As a web designer (since 2004) and marketer for over 20 years I have used a lot of tools for online marketing. There has been a lot of trial and error and yes frustration. I have complied the tools that I use to run my various online businesses. These are the tools I also recommend to my clients. 

Web Hosting

Blue Host

If you want to start a blog and make money with it, you can't go wrong with Bluehost. It comes WordPress pre-installed and you get a free domain name too.


 I use Namecheap to register all my domains. I like to keep my domain registration separate from my hosting. It's quick and easy to register.

Build Your Website the Right Way

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Blog Themes

Thrive Theme Builder

Thrive Theme Builder

I built this page using the Thrive Architect page builder. Now they've taken their page builder and turned it into an ultimate website/blog builder!


Full control of how you design your blog. You can use their free templates to start and then edit it to your liking.

Create Your Blog the Right Way

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Page Builders

Thrive Architect

Thrive Architect

Visually design your blog posts using the most popular page builder for WordPress. Over 4M users. I use Thrive Architect to build blog posts and pages (like this one) on this blog.



Visually design your blog posts using the most popular page builder for WordPress. Over 4M users.

Email Marketing

I use them to collect email subscribers, tag them, and send them to an email sequence. A must-have for all bloggers.



Easy email marketing platform with email automations and built in email templates to get you started.



Their main benefit over ConvertKit was that it was free. But this edge became obsolete once ConvertKit launched their free plan.

Email Marketing the Right Way

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Money in The List (Email Marketing) Toolkit

Lead Generation

Thrive Leads

Thrive Leads

I create my opt-in forms with this plugin. The best features are the different opt-in form types, A/B testing and detailed analytics.

Social Media

I use this daily to schedule my Pinterest pins. Simply put, I would not have a business without this tool.

Social Warfare

Social Warfare

This is who I use for the beautiful social sharing icons I have on all my blog posts. Loads fast, updated often and is super cheap.

Use Social Media the Right Way

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Affiliate Programs

My preferred affiliate program. You can find something here for almost any niche. It's easy to manage and use.

Amazon Associates

I use Amazon Associates on my other websites. Regardless of your niche, you can find products to promote on your website.


If you want to make money with ads Google Adsense is a great start and easy to use.

Sell Your Own Products



Not in the WordPress universe but is great for e-commerce and dropshipping websites. It comes with hosting and built in social media integration among a host of features. 



If you are going to sell anything, you first need a Stripe account to process credit cards.

Send Owl


You need this tool to sell your own products. With SendOwl, when someone makes a payment your product is automatically emailed to the buyer.

Sell Courses

Thrive Apprentice

Thrive Apprentice

I use this on my courses page to sell online courses. You will make more money selling a course than an ebook, even though they're very similar.



This is the most popular solution for creating and selling online courses. Most bloggers use this platform.