The ultimate list of personal growth, business and blogging resources and tools
The ultimate list of personal growth, business and blogging resources and tools

Welcome to the Blogging Resources page of Let’s Reach Success. I created this list to keep track of all products, services, tools and people who’ve helped me along my journey to creating an online business and living a life of freedom and independence.

I’ve also covered brands I respect and products I don’t yet use but which I believe in. All items listed below will be beneficial to your escape from the 9 to 5, personal growth, entrepreneurial mindset, freelance career, and – ultimately – digital business earning enough.

Some of the links included below are affiliate but that’s because I trust some products so much that I’ve joined their referral program as I want to recommend them to my audience as often as I can. They can indeed help you take your goals and business to the next level. That adds no extra cost for you in case you decide to subscribe to their services, use them for free (most of what you’ll see below is free!) or purchase a product.

This page with business and blogging resources is for the learners who want to know more. For the hustlers who are looking to get things done. And for the creators who want to practice their craft, do what they love and turn it into their career.

To check only what you came for, click any of the links below and you’ll be taken to that section of the page:

Blogging Resources and Tools for Site Owners

If you’re interested in starting your own blog, I created a quick tutorial showing you the right steps.

Content management system

WordPress – the best blogging platform. Read about my experience with it here.

Hosting

Bluehost – one of the most popular and trusted web hosting services. Click here to start setting up your new site with Bluehost now for less than $5 per month.

WPX Hosting – A more professional hosting for WordPress sites. Let’s Reach Success is currently using their services. Here’s my honest WPX Hosting review.

Plugins

Wordfence – a top plugin for website security. I’m using it and it’s blocking so many attacks, sends reports of warnings, and scans the site all the time.

Social Warfare – the social sharing plugin I use for Let’s Reach Success.

WP Member – a membership software.

WP Optimize – the tool I use to clean my database with one click.

WPtouch Mobile Plugin – offer better design and usability to your mobile visitors with this tool.

W3 Total Cache – to improve site performance.

Site Monitoring

Google Webmasters – see if your site is crawled properly and if there are any errors that Google has found.

Google Analytics – know exactly who’s visiting your site, what content performs best, create campaigns, set goals, etc.

Email

ConvertKit – a top email marketing provider which should be your next move if you want to up your email game. It’s popular for having the power of Infusionsoft, but being easier to use than Mailchimp.

MailChimp – the email marketing solution I use for my weekly newsletter. However, there are better ones out there.

Drip – quick and easy email marketing software. You can use it for free for your first 100 email subscribers.

SumoMe – free tools to grow your email list and build traffic.

Zoho – I use it for mail but it’s an operating system for businesses that has literally anything. I can help you with sales and marketing, email and collaboration, and managing the business process and your team with the right apps.

Themes

Theme Forest – the #1 marketplace for website templates and themes.

Mag theme – the premium theme I’m using for Let’s Reach Success

SEO

Pretty Link – this item of the list of blogging resources is the best way to make your links shorter and beautiful and track clicks.

Yoast SEO – the best SEO WordPress plugin. Helps me a lot. Guides you when installing it for the first time. From then on, helps you set up sitemaps, optimize your site for search engines, optimize each separate post for keywords, verify your site with Google and other major webmaster tools, as well as other features.

Google Keyword Planner Tool – find the keywords to plan content around.

Long Tail Pro – best long tail keyword research software on the market.

CoSchedule Headline Analyzer – a free, one-click tool to help you write better headlines that drive traffic and shares.

Monetization

If you need some inspiration, check out my monthly income reports to see exactly how I earn money blogging and freelancing.

How to Start a Profitable Blog – my free blogging guide showing you the steps to create a blog that makes money.

SeedingUp – a platform for both publishers (make money from your blog with paid posts, links, reviews, videos, etc.) and advertisers (increase brand awareness by posting on specific sites in your industry or utilize other people’s social media following with video campaigns).

ValuedVoice – another platform I use to make money through sponsored posts on Let’s Reach Success.

LinksManagement – build links to boost the rankings of your site.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – Affiliate marketing is one of the top ways bloggers monetize their websites. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is also the best course for beginners and one I recently took to add this as a new income stream. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, who earns over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing. In this course, there are 6 modules, over 30 lessons, over 20 worksheets, bonuses, an extremely helpful exclusive Facebook group, and more, and she goes through everything when it comes to affiliate marketing.

 

E-commerce Resources

Online store

Shopify – the best e-commerce platform that lets anyone create a store and start selling things online, on social media or in person.

WooCommerce – best plugin to add an online store to your WordPress site and turn it into a real business. Handles payments, is highly customizable and offers plenty of extensions.

Sales funnel

ClickFunnels – create any marketing funnel to promote, sell and deliver your products online.

LeadPages – one of the best landing page builders.

Platforms to sell on

Amazon – largest retailer. You can sell literally anything there.

Ebay – another huge retailer.

Etsy – the place to be if you have handmade goods;

Udemy – sell your online courses on the biggest platform of that kind.

Teachable – create, sell and promote your online course. With Teachable you get the whole experience. Analytics, customization, marketing and hosting and security.

Payment gateways for your e-commerce store

PayPal – quickest way to pay or get paid online, and set up a merchant account.

Stripe – another popular software platform to run an online business.

 

Blogging Resources for Writers

Plagiarism checker – make sure any text you publish is original.

Grammar and spelling checker – again, by Grammarly, the tool trusted by millions of people. Use it for free to check and fix mistakes or as a browser extension.

Adding visual content

Pixabay – a site with A TON of royalty free images that I use almost daily. Open any post on Let’s Reach Success and see the images. They look professional but are something I found through tags on Pixabay in a matter of minutes.

Pexels – another great resource for royalty-free images. I also use images from Pexels to create beautiful graphics for Pinterest which helped me double my views there.

Canva – feel like a designer without any special skills. Here I’ve created book covers, posters, social media posts or headers. It gives you all the right sizes too.

Piktochart – easily create your own infographic. That type of content is quite popular and will be a nice addition to any long article you write.

Start freelancing

This blogging resources list won’t be completed without sharing how to make your first money online. For that, I’ve created a free book. Grab it by signing up in the form below.

Make Your First Money Online Freelancing
Get the blueprint I used to start making money from my blog and freelance writing business.

Outsource/Find Freelance Work

The best places to find the right people and services for the job you need to get done.

UpWork – a global freelancing platform where you can find independent professionals and work together remotely. That’s one of the places where I offer my writing services. Read about how I became top rated on Upwork.

Freelancer – another outsourcing marketplace allowing employers to find the right copywriter, web developer, designer, virtual assistant, translator, programmer, or anyone else that can do their job well.

Fiverr – offers any task or service you need, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed.

Guru – another cool place to offer your freelance services or hire quality freelancers.

Contena – a service for people who want to launch or expand their freelance writing business.

Jooble – the job search engine operating in 65 countries worldwide to help you find the ideal job for you.

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Blogging resources to read

FourHourWorkWeek.com – the lifestyle designer and jack of all trades Tim Ferriss who’s a bestselling author, successful blogger, podcaster, investor and advisor in major startups, and who speaks 5 languages, knows Jiu-Jitsu, dances Tango, is a national Chinese kickboxing champion and has hacked his body and mind, teaches us how to do the same.

JamesClear.com – behavioral psychology, habit formation, and performance improvement.

SebastianMarshall.com – on strategies, self-discipline, philosophy, science, and victory.

StartUpBros.com – entrepreneurship and startups.

MarkManson.net – the harsh truth about passion, success, relationships, and more (plus a lot of psychology and philosophy).

TropicalMBA.com – insights on entrepreneurship, location independence, building great products and scaling businesses.

ZenHabits.net – tips on how to ingrain a new behavior and stick to it, have peace of mind, be content and live more simply.

Tynan.com – thoughts on life, habits, loving work, writing books, playing poker, buying your own island, minimalism and being a nomad.

Foundrmag.com – the ultimate resource for aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to build a game-changing business. With their magazine, podcast, extensive articles on important topics, and all types of other free eBooks, guides and webinars, Foundr are killing it on the market.

QuickSprout – super powerful techniques to optimize content, grow traffic, increase your conversion rate and anything you need to know from the expert himself – Neil Patel.

ProBlogger – tutorials to help you learn the skills of blogging.

MOZ – SEO software, tools and resources for better marketing.

BackLinko – SEO training and link building strategies.

CrazyEgg – more advice and products on site optimization from the experts.

Books

Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill) – one of the most powerful books you’ll have the chance to read with ideas that can change your life if put into practice the right way. All about the origin of success and the power of the subconscious mind.

The 4-Hour Workweek (Tim Ferriss) – see what lifestyle design and location independence is all about. Practical advice on how to reclaim your time, quit your regular job and live the ideal lifestyle.

Crush It! (Gary Vaynerchuck) – a bit outdated as the Internet has changed a lot since the book was launched, but still influential enough to make you realize what you can achieve if you figure out what it is that you’re passionate about and start expressing your ideas using the right medium. Also, talks about the importance of personal branding.

The Lean Startup (Eric Ries) – in praise of constant innovation when creating a product and a business. Reveals why most startups fail and offers a method that uses a scientific approach to building startups that consists of the application of lean thinking to the process of innovation.

The Tao of Pooh (Benjamin Hoff) – a book written in a simple yet beautiful way explaining the concept of Taoism using fictional characters. Makes you see things from another point of view, smile more and be peaceful.

The E-Myth (Michael. E. Gerber) – great points are made inside such as why your business is a reflection of who you are, how to see your business as a whole, what are the 3 personalities every business owner has and why some people are still thinking like employees when trying to build something on their own. Teaches you how to leave the comfort zone that’s preventing you from expanding your business and how to have a vision and create a system.

Eat That Frog (Brian Tracy) – if you want to be more productive, read this one book, make small changes in your approach and daily habits, and start getting things done today.

Crushing It! (Gary Vaynerchuk)

The Miracle Morning (Hal Elrod) – how to start waking up because you want to, not because you have to, create a powerful morning routine that includes activities focused on each part of your life (physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual) and how to unleash your potential and become the best version of yourself as a result of that.

Purple Cow (Seth Godin) – a wake-up call and an action plan on how to transform your business by being remarkable and creating a unique product.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (Mark Manson) – an entirely new approach to personal development, by one of my favorite writers ever. He doesn’t spare the unpleasant truths about life, and encourages us to find better problems instead of avoiding the ones we currently have, to embrace failure and get better at it, to start being happy by accepting that pain is a big part of it, and to get comfortable with the fact that we’ll never be perfect or know everything we need to, and that’s absolutely fine.

The One Thing (Gary Keller) – this book takes prioritizing to a whole new level. By defining and focusing on your one thing, you’ll also learn how to cut through the clutter, achieve extraordinary results and deal with stress and being overwhelmed. This bestseller helps to finally understand purpose, priority, and productivity.

The $100 Startup (Chris Guillebeau) – a fantastic read showing you the real ways to claim your freedom by making money online, providing value, and living an enjoyable lifestyle while doing work you care about.

Podcasts

The Tim Ferriss Show – it’s the #1 business podcast on all of iTunes and in each episode, Tim interviews a unique guest that shares his secrets for success in a particular field. It’s highly educational, practical and motivational.

The TMBA Podcast – Dan and Ian talk about business, location independence, lifestyle design, ideas and hustling. Make sure you browse the archives.

The Smart Passive Income Podcast – another top-ranking business podcast sharing the stories of people who’ve succeeded in their digital projects and are now making money online and building businesses.

The Side Hustle Show – You’ll hear the stories of people who’ve successfully monetized their side projects, quit their job, changed their whole life, and made a lot of money by doing what they love and trying something new and unusual.

Noah Kagan Presents – Noah is more than just a marketing guru and the creator of Sumo and AppSumo. He finally started his own podcast recently, where he invites cool guests to talk business, or shares some of his insights on topics such as growing a 6-figure business, self-growth, managing time and money the smart way, and much more.

These tools and blogging resources will make your life and online business easier.

There are plenty of products and software services to answer any need of the independent freelancer, aspiring entrepreneur, or online business owner. The point is to explore what’s out there and start with one tool today.

After experimenting, you’ll keep using those that save you time and money, improve your site’s ranking and content, help you get new leads and expand your brand.

While using these and becoming more tech-savvy, you should also dedicate your free time to the books, blogs, and podcasts I mentioned in the beginning. That’s because you need to feed your mind with the right type of information, build additional skills, and get encouraged knowing how others before you have succeeded in the same market.

Here’s to you and the blogging resources and tools you need to succeed at every next level!

This page with business and blogging resources is for the learners who want to know more. For the hustlers who are looking to get things done. And for the creators who want to practice their craft, do what they love and turn it into their career.