Tools and Resources

UPDATED February 1, 2017

While WordPress is dang good for building websites and it includes plenty of bells and whistles, it doesn’t quite do it all.

For additional design, functionality and of course content generation, I rely and use a fleet of various tools that primarily consist of software.

Below is a table listing out my current tools and resources.

If you have any questions about any them, feel free to contact me.

Please assume the links are affiliate links.

PurposeResourcesExplanationCoupon Code
HostingBluehostI used Bluehost for years. I've since migrated all sites to Kinsta, but if starting out, Bluehost served me well.
KinstaFor the money, it's the best hosting service I've ever used. My sites have never performed so well. Read my full Kinsta review here.
WordPress ThemesEleven40 by StudioPress728 px wide ads fit in the content. Minimalist design. Quality theme developer.
WordX by My Theme Shop. I also use Schema Theme by MyThemeShop - is currently using Schema Theme.Simple to use and fits 728 px wide ads out-of-the-box.
Newspaper ThemeLots of bells and whistles. You will need to widen the content area to fit 728 px wide ads.
Performag by Thrive ThemesWorks flawlessly with Thrive Content Builder. Looks decent and loads fast.
Flatsome ThemeOutstanding Woocommerce theme. Actually it's also a nice blog theme even if you don't use Woocommerce.
Content FormattingWPCompearI resisted this content formatting plugin for years. I finally bit the bullet and started using it. Now I love it and use it for plenty of content.
Thrive ArchitectI use Thrive Architect page builder to create custom pages of all types including really great looking content pages, landing pages and sales pages. I've tried most page builders and this is my go-to option.
OpinionStage PollsBest poll software I've ever used. Loads fast. Dead-simple to use.
Ad Inserter PluginExcellent ad management plugin. Lots of placement control and very easy to use.
CanvaPerfect for image collages and adding text to images.
WP Review ProProduct review plugin. Works with most themes very well.
Content Views ProAmazing plugin that displays posts, images and other filterable content in grids. Many uses.
Advanced Ads ProVery nuanced ad management plugin which makes it easy to place ads above/below any image, table or other elements.
WordableSoftware that imports Google Docs into WordPress backend. Even imports images and all formatting. Ideal if you outsource content and/or receive a lot of guest posts.
TablePress PluginOutstanding table plugin for data-rich tables.
MonetizationEzoicEzoic in 2017 is shaping up to be a monster earner for me outperforming my own ad configurations. I'm now running Ezoic 100% on my ad-supported niche sites.
Media.netExcellent additional ad network. Get 10% revenue bonus when you sign up and are approved via link to the left.
CriteoExcellent backfill ad network. You set the CPM floor. Can add decent incremental revenue to your website.
Advanced Ads Pro PluginThis is a must-have ad management plugin. You can insert ads pretty much anywhere including after tables and images.Code: FATSTACKS
Save 10%.
WP CouponsExcellent plugin to create a coupons section on your website.Code:
Save 10%.
SkimlinksExcellent if you aren't accepted into a particular merchant affiliate program.
Social MediaViraltagSuperb Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr posting software.Code:
Save 50% for first 2 months.
SumoMeAdds social media buttons to your site including images.
Email MarketingThrive LeadsCreates opt in forms of all types.
OptinMonsterExit intent opt in forms plus many other types of optin forms.
AWeberThis is the email autoresponder software I've used for years. Simple to use and does the job for me.
InstapageDrag and drop landing page creator. Easy to use. Plenty of great templates to choose from.
ContentContentRefined.comQuality content service that will format content in the backend of your website.
Human Proof Designs Article PacksThis is an excellent content source for product oriented content such as "vs." and "best-of" content. I use the Premium service, which relative to other content providers, is very reasonably priced.
Word AgentsThis content service writes excellent informational content. They really dig in and put together decent content. I've ordered hundreds of articles from this service over the last 1.5 years.
Writer AccessHigh volume quality content across many niches.
ShutterstockMy preferred stock photo service. Decent subscription rates.
VideoAnimotoVideo slideshow software I've used for years.
CoursesNiche TycoonMy flagship course that reveals everything I do to plan, launch and build up both B2C and B2B niche websites.
Authority Site SystemThorough course on planning and launching niche authority sites by the folks at Authority Hacker.
RankXLDetailed course by Chris Lee who earns 5 figures per month with a very simple formula: SEO + AdSense = 5 figures per month.