Niche Site Resources – Tools of the Trade

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niche site resourcesHere you can find my favorite niche site tools and essential resources, all in one spot. I am always learning and as I do, I will be updating this page often. I recommend bookmarking this page for your reference and convenience.

Web Hosting

  • Web Hosting Hub: Web Hosting Hub is the main company that I utilize and recommend for hosting. That is where this site has been hosted all along and I have been a very happy customer for the last 4+ years.

    They provide a free domain, ultra-fast SSD hard drives (20x faster) and they will even Auto-Install WordPress for you for free, if desired. Their customer support is excellent and responsive, which is so important in the event you run into any snags along the way.

    Special Offer: I negotiated a special discount, specifically for NicheSiteTools customers, that will provide you $1 off hosting each month for the entire length of your initial sign-up. I highly recommend the Spark package at only $3.99/month.
  • HostGator: HostGator is an alternative option for anyone specifically looking to pay month to month. Over the long term you will pay far more with month-to-month hosting, vs traditional yearly hosting, but it is a possibility. As an additional incentive, if you decide to go with HostGator, you can go through my link and use coupon code “nichesitetools”, to get your first month of hosting for only 1 penny.

Themes

  • Elegant Themes: Elegant themes currently has over 87 different themes to choose from, with Divi 2.0 being most popular. Their themes are all easy to install/customize and they give your sites a clean, modern, mobile friendly, responsive look and feel.
  • Theme Forest: Theme forest is huge theme marketplace and also very popular with the community members here at the site. REHub is one theme recommended for Amazon review style sites and Newspaper 7 is a popular choice as well. There are many others to choose from, definitely something for everyone.
  • ThemeFuse: ThemeFuse is another popular option with community members here at the site and on the private FB group. Core is the one mentioned most often.
  • Thrive Themes: Thrive Themes have gotten a lot of positive buzz recently, as mentioned on the Niche Pursuits site/Podcast. I recently purchased a full Thrive membership myself and have access to all of their themes and plugins. All of their themes are mobile responsive and optimized for conversions. The Rise theme is their most popular choice.
  • Thesis: Thesis is the theme that I got started with, way back at the beginning of my online journey.

Domain Registration

  • NameCheap: For domain registration I highly recommend NameCheap. They provide consistently low prices, that include privacy protection. The price is approximately the same for both sign-up and renewals, which is key.

Education / Training

  • Free Affiliate Marketing Training:  The wealthy affiliate program provides a free, step-by-step affiliate marketing training program for beginners. You can get some additional details in my post and Podcast episode here.
  • Proven Amazon Course: This is the Fulfillment By Amazon training program that myself and several others purchased. It contains step by step modules on the various aspects of how to be successful, selling on Amazon. You can check out my comparison post for more details.
  • Amazon Boot Camp:This is the course from Jessica and Cliff Larrew, which was featured on other several other popular Podcasts recently. It is an excellent step-by-step video course on how to sell on Amazon, through the Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program.
  • Five Dollar Posts: This is a step-by-step video course on how to utilize inexpensive Facebook Ads to drive traffic, leads, email signups, etc. to your website.

Keyword Research

  • Long Tail Pro: Long Tail Pro is my favorite keyword research and competition analysis tool. A proper keyword research tool is one of those must have products, essential for anyone serious about achieving success online. Be sure to take advantage of my special discount, by going through my discount link to get $55 off their annual plan pricing plan. The annual plan includes free unlimited access to their Long Tail University training program, free annual access to their new Same ID: competition research software and a Private Facebook group, specifically for Long Tail Pro customers.
  • Market Samurai: Market Samurai is an excellent, cheaper alternative. Through my discount link, you can sign-up for the free 12 day trial and shortly afterwards, you will receive a 35% off offer to purchase Lifetime Access to Market Samurai for a one-time only fee of $97. That is an amazing deal, especially for anyone on a limited budget.

Blogging

  • Fiverr: Do you need a website logo or banner created?  Perhaps some blog content or a YouTube video?  You can find all that and lots more, all for only $5!
  • MailChimp: Site to utilize for all of your email list needs.  Collect email subscriptions, send out automated welcome emails for new subscribers, sends out emails for all new blog posts, etc.  It is completely free up to 2,000 email subscribers and 12,000 emails/month.

WordPress Plugins

  • EasyAzon: Want to make more money with less time as an Amazon Affiliate? EasyAzon is my recommended plugin to help speed up the process of inserting Amazon links into your posts or pages and you can also make more money through their link localization feature and 90 day add-to-cart option. EasyAzon is normally $47, but through my affiliate link, you can get it for only $29. For full details check out my EasyAzon review post here.
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast:  Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the free WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.
  • Pretty Link Lite: Great plugin for creating ‘pretty’ links which redirect to other sites, such as Amazon or other affiliate programs.  Rather than having huge, ugly looking links, this helps you clean them up.  You can also track the number of hits.
  • Updraft Plus – Backup/Restore: A great plugin for backing up and restoring your WP site.  In addition to storing your backups on your hosting account, you also have the option to upload the backups to several cloud based storage locations, such as DropBox.
  • CommentLuv:  Add-on to the default WordPress comment system that rewards your readers by allowing them the option to place a link to one of their recent blog posts at the end of their comment.  Helps to increase the number of comments.
  • Thrive Leads: Thrive Leads is an excellent, all-in-one email optin plugin. If you’re looking for one plugin that will allow you to gather email email addresses, this is the one to choose. Thrive Leaves comes with every type of optin you’ll need, completely with professional, fully customizable templates. That includes banner bars, side bar widgets, below post boxes, screen filler overlays, exit intent pop-ups, etc. It also has full integration with all of the major email providers. It is an excellent deal at $67 for Lifetime Access for 1 website, or $97 use on an unlimited number of sites.

Advertising

  • Google Adsense: Make money by placing relevant ads on your website that are generated from advertisers using Google Adwords. This is free to use, but you have to register for an account.
  • Google Adwords: If you want to begin advertising on Google, you can select keywords and locations and you pay each time someone clicks on your advertisement.

Website Stats and Optimization

  • Google Analytics: Google’s free website tracking and analytical tool. A must have for anyone with any type of website.
  • Google Optimizer: This is another free tool from Google where you can test different webpages of the same content, only changing one or two things, so you can see which one works/converts best. It’s basically a website optimizer/testing tool.
  • Uptime Robot:  Free online tool to monitor the up/downtime and responsiveness of your web site(s).  You can monitor up to 50 sites, every 5 minutes absolutely free.
  • CopyScape: Partially free online tool to check your site for duplicate content.  It is free until you hit the maximum number of queries per month.
  • Site Linker: A second free tool to check your site for duplicate content, I’m including this one also in case you run out of free queries per month with CopyScape above and also because they provide somewhat different results that are both work investigating.

For Capturing Video / Screencasts, Audio and Image Manipulation

  • Camtasia Studio for PC: Excellent program for creating videos of your PC screen for use in tutorials and webinars.  This is the product I utilize for all the videos you see on this site.  30 day free trial available.
  • CamStudio: Free open source program for creating screen capture videos on a PC.  I have not actually utilized this version, but I wanted to make you aware there is a free version out there.
  • Audacity: Free audio recording/editing software.
  • Gimp 2:  Free image editing software that I dare say, rivals Adobe Photoshop.  I liked it so much that I actually removed Photoshop in favor of this software because it ran so much faster and did everything I utilized Photoshop for.
  • Cool Text: Free Logo and Graphics Generator.

Digital Photos

  • PhotoDune:  My go-to photo resource.  They have a huge selection of high quality, inexpensive photos.  All of the photos that I utilize here, that I did not take on my own, are from PhotoDune and they only cost $1 each.  Great deal!
  • Pixabay:  This is a relatively new site with lots of free images to choose from.

Books

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad:  This is the book that changed my way of thinking and got me started with online adventures.  I read this book way back in 2003 and I registered my first website after reading that.  It holds a special place on my bookshelf and will always be one of my all time favorites.

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies or products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.  And a sincere THANKS, if you do decide to purchase any products utilizing my affiliate links. 

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Wyeth April 4, 2012 at 2:08 am

Awesome info Chris. Saw your post on Mark Mason’s site and eventually found your resources page. Lots of helpful links.

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Chris April 4, 2012 at 7:28 am

Thanks Wyeth, greatly appreciate the comment and visit! I’m a big fan of Mark and his site.

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Jason | 3DPrepper October 12, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Hi again Chris,

Just bought the Audio Technica mic and a bunch of other cool stuff through your Amazon link.

I “may” take the jump into podcasting about 3D Printing, and partly due to you as a motivating factor!

Glad you’re hear to give great advice, keep it coming!

Thank you,
Jason
@3dprepper
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Chris October 12, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Thanks so much Jason!

I really appreciate you purchasing through my Amazon link, but more importantly, thank you for letting me know that what I’m doing here is making a difference! That really means the world to me.

Best of luck with your own Podcast efforts and definitely let me know if I can be of any assistance along the way!
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Dirk Dallas June 18, 2015 at 2:45 am

So much helpful info Chris! Thanks so much!!

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Chris August 24, 2015 at 2:41 pm

Thanks a bunch Dirk!
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Dee September 7, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Hey Chris
I’ve been subscribed to your podcast for a few months now. I really enjoy your down to earth style and honest commentary.

Thanks so much for your podcast on Protecting Yourself From Hackers. I was listening as I was driving home and the first thing I did when I got home was to run down the checklist you provided. Wow it was scary how vulnerable I was.

I’m new to all this internet marketing stuff so your podcast is super helpful and motivating for me. You’re also really good company on my commute home from my day job 🙂
Keep up the excellent work
Luvya
Dee
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Chris September 8, 2015 at 10:53 am

Hey Dee, thanks for the comment and kind words, much appreciated!

I am very glad that you find the show helpful/useful and to be able to provide some good company on the commute.

Be sure to head on over to the private FB group if you haven’t had a chance yet at http://www.nichesitetools.com/mastermind

Welcome to the community!
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Jay April 28, 2016 at 8:28 am

Awesome stuff Chris! Trying to build my blog now. I listen to your podcast and have been checking out all your site’s resources.
Thanks!

Jay

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Chris April 28, 2016 at 10:31 am

Hey Jay,

Thanks for the comment and welcome! Glad to have you on-board and your site looks great. Let me know if I can be of any assistance.
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