Since I decided to quit my job in May 2011, I have used an enormous number of products and services related to making money online.
Over the past couple of years I have explored everything from online courses, to WordPress plugins, to hosting providers and more. With my experiences in mind, I thought it might be useful to bring together all of the products that I use (or have used) and love.
My aim with this resources page is to make you better informed, so that you can make the right decisions. If you have questions about the resources below, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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I’ve got a healthy selection of resources available for you below, but there are a few standout tools that I find myself recommending more often than most. If I could only recommend four things to you, they would be the following:
Bluehost. Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and the best endorsement I can give to Bluehost is to have all of my websites hosted with them, which just so happens to be the case. They are just about the most experienced shared hosting provider around, but they also have the capacity to easily accommodate growing sites too. They offer unlimited domains hosting, 24/7 US-based support, free backups and much more. Let me show you how to create a website with Bluehost in just 23 clicks!
Fizzle. This online community has it all: high-definition video training, interviews with experts, forums, periodical live interactive training sessions…the list goes on. Brought to you by three enormously respected guys – Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves and Caleb Wojcik – Fizzle is a fully-formed online community for any budding online business owner. Best of all? You can join for just $1. Jo, a Leaving Work Behind contributor, is a huge Fizzle fan – she explains why here.
Paid to Blog. This is my comprehensive course to making a full time living in part time hours from freelance blogging, which is what enabled me to quit my job in 2011. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in making money online.
Paid to Blog Jobs. I created this unique service to help freelance bloggers find and secure more jobs in less time. My team and I spend literally hours every day trawling through over 50 separate sources across the web (many of which are lesser-known) in search of high quality freelance blogging job opportunities on almost every imaginable topic. What would otherwise take you hours can be done in minutes, and you end up with more paying clients than you ever would have without Paid to Blog Jobs.
WPKube. Sometimes, you simply need a go-to resource – a Leaving Work Behind, if you like – for all of your WordPress knowledge. WPKube is that resource! This site is a proverbial fountain of WordPress-centric wisdom where you’ll find tutorials, how-tos, news, and much more. They also cover reviews of themes, plugins, and hosting providers – if it’s WordPress-related, they’re on top of it! What’s more, WPKube regularly offer big discounts and deals on all manner of tools and services. In a nutshell, WPKube can save you money and educate you – which is a good deal as far as I’m concerned.
- WordPress. The world’s most popular blogging platform for a very good reason: it’s the best. I use WordPress for all of my blogs — I don’t know what I’d do without it.
- StudioPress. Once you’ve installed WordPress you’ll need to choose a theme, and my number one recommendation is the line of themes offered by StudioPress. This very site runs on a version of their flagship Genesis theme and I couldn’t be happier with it.
- AWeber: There are a few email list services around but I consider AWeber to be the standout winner. They have the best features and a one month trial will only set you back $1.
- Start a Blog that Matters: If could only make one recommendation to a new blogger, Start a Blog that Matters would be it. And I don’t say that lightly — I learned more from this course in a few short weeks than I had in the previous six months. I cannot praise it highly enough. Now here’s the really incredible part: this course used to sell for $97, but you now get it as part of your Fizzle membership at no extra cost.
Domains and Hosting Resources
- Bluehost. Sometimes actions speak louder than words, and the best endorsement I can give to Bluehost is to have all of my websites hosted with them, which just so happens to be the case. They are just about the most experienced shared hosting provider around, but they also have the capacity to easily accommodate growing sites too. They offer unlimited domains hosting, 24/7 US-based support, free backups and much more.
Online Business Training Resources
- Fizzle. This online community has it all: high-definition video training, interviews with experts, forums, periodical live interactive training sessions…the list goes on. Brought to you by three enormously respected guys — Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves and Caleb Wojcik — Fizzle is a fully-formed online community for any budding online business owner. Best of all? You can join for just $1.
Freelance Writing Resources
- Paid to Blog. This is my comprehensive course to making a full time living in part time hours from freelance blogging, which is what enabled me to quit my job in 2011. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in making money online.
- Paid to Blog Jobs. Trawling through the tens of online jobs boards to find the best freelance blogging job opportunities can be a real hassle. That’s why I created Paid to Blog Jobs: a resource that brings together only top quality blogging opportunities from across the web.
Keyword Research & SEO
- Point Blank SEO: Jon Cooper has quickly established himself as a leading SEO expert in the blogosphere and this link building course demonstrates why. Point Blank SEO is packed with innovative and effective link building strategies of which I have been using plenty for this site and others.
- Market Samurai: I purchased Market Samurai way back in May 2011 and still use it regularly — it’s an invaluable keyword research, competition analysis and rank tracking tool.
- 99designs. My go-to resource when I need something graphical designing. The design you’re looking at right now was commissioned on 99designs.
- oDesk. You can outsource just about anything with oDesk, and typically at seriously cheap rates. I often use it to find researchers for blog posts and features I’m doing.
- Fiverr. I’ve used Fiverr for everything from research, to graphic design, to video editing. At $5 a gig you can’t really go wrong!
Photos and Images
- Compfight. My number one source for royalty-free images — most of the images you see on this site were found using Compfight.
- Google Advanced Image Search. If Compfight fails me (which is pretty rare), this is my next port of call.
- Stock.xchng. If I’m looking for stock images, I’ll go here first. You can’t complain at the price (they’re free!).
- Icon Finder. If you’re looking for a particular logo or icon, this could be your best bet.