Niche Site Resources – Tools of the Trade

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 and Domain Names

  • NameCheap: NameCheap is the company I’ve utilized for all my website hosting and domain names for several years. They are fast, cheap and reliable. $1.98/month special for up to 3 websites!


  • GeneratePress – This is the theme that I utilize on all my sites.  It is free to try, but you will definitely want to update to Premium to utilize all the customization options and get priority support and updates. Premium is $49.95 for an unlimited number of sites and there is a yearly 40% renewal discount.
  • 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.

Education / Training

  • Free Affiliate Marketing Training:  The wealthy affiliate program provides a free, step-by-step affiliate marketing training program for beginners. Great way to get started.
  • Proven Amazon Course: Step by step modules on how to make money selling products on Amazon.  This includes everything from private labeling your own products and building a brand to sourcing products overseas.
  • 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. They are currently running a special offer one time payment of only $47! That includes full access to 10,000 search results that do not expire and a FREE 7 day SEO Bootcamp video training course. Take advantage of this special limited time offer while it lasts.

Email Service

  • GetResponse:  The service that I utilize and recommend for all your email list building and automated emailing needs.  Collect email subscriptions, send out automated welcome emails for new subscribers, sends out emails for all new blog posts, etc.  Very inexpensive and 99% delivery rate.

WordPress Plugins

  • AmaLinks Pro: Want to make more money with less time as an Amazon Affiliate? AmaLinks Pro allows you to create responsive great looking showcase boxes, tables and other product comparisons all right in your regular blog posts.
  • 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.

For Podcasting

  • Audacity: Free audio recording/editing software.
  • Microphone: This is the same microphone that I utilize for my Podcast.  It was recommended by Pat Flynn and the quality is really great.


  • 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.   Thank you ahead of time!

19 thoughts on “Niche Site Resources – Tools of the Trade”

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

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

  4. 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 recently posted..3DPrepper’s “3DC” (3D Printing Every Day Carry)My Profile

    • 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!
      Chris recently posted..Amazon EasyAzon 3 Plugin ReviewMy Profile

  5. 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


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


  7. Thanks for the resources! Always appreciated.


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