Here is a list of recommended tools and resources to help with your online business.  I personally use all of these tools on at least one of my web properties.

Website Development

WordPress – My preferred blogging platform.  WordPress is very easy to use but still needs tweaking to get it to perform at the highest level.

Joomla – Another web content management system.  I use it for some of my niche sites where I may need some custom functionality.

Genesis Theme Framework – The framework/theme that I use for  Very flexible and fast wordpress theme framework.

YooThemes – Another versatile theme provider.  Has themes for both Joomla and WordPress.


Bluehost – Recommended host for new sites.  Includes free domain.

Hostgator – Recommended host for beginning sites.  See my Bluehost vs. Hostgator review to choose which provider is best for you.

LiquidWeb – Provides complete hosting services from shared hosting through dedicated servers.  Highly recommended.  Excellent customer service.

KnownHost – Use and recommend their VPS Hosting services.

ServInt – Also recommended for their VPS Hosting.


Market Samurai – My recommended tool for niche and keyword research.

SEO Moz – Complete set of SEO tools.  Includes keyword and competitor analysis, SERP tracking and much more.

Google Keywords – Free keyword traffic tool from Google.

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