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These are some of my favorite tools and recommendations for building your website…
- Bluehost – Easy to use, 1-click automatic WordPress installations and excellent 24/7 customer support. I highly recommend them for your first site.
- Synthesis – Managed WordPress hosting designed to handle traffic. Featuring daily back-ups, a site up-time monitor, and more.
- WP Engine – Fast, secure, and scalable WordPress hosting. Also featuring daily back-ups, and more.
- Scribe SEO – No better way to increase your site traffic than to think about and incorporate keywords into your content. You need to think about what consumers are searching for before you hit publish. Scribe SEO helps take the guess-work out of this process and provides an analysis for you so that you can optimize your posts for better performance.
- The Beginner’s Guide to SEO from SEOmoz – This is a great in depth tutorial on how search engines work. It covers the fundamental strategies that make websites search engine friendly.
- WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast – My favorite SEO plugin for managing your title tags, meta-descriptions and more on your WordPress blog.
- Aweber – I use Aweber to manage all of my email marketing for my newsletter and blog subscribers (for RSS to email). They have a $1 30-day trial and then it’s $19/month after that. I love them because they’re very reliable, I can create custom web forms, and track & measure conversions and more.
- StudioPress Themes for WordPress – I’ve said it before, having a solid website design matters. People are judging you based on what you’re website looks like. StudioPress has some of the best, professional looking, and SEO optimized website designs out there. And what’s great, is that they basically work right out of the box. Just upload your theme, then access the point-and-click design options to setup the look of your site.
- The Genesis Guide for Absolute Beginners – this is an excellent, comprehensive resource if you’re using the Genesis Framework on your WordPress website.