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’prll be taken to that section of the page:
- Blogging Resources
- Make Money Online Resources
- Resources for Freelancers
- Productivity Tools and Resources
- Work from Home Resources
- Blogs, books and podcasts to check out
Setting Up Your Blog
How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to selling products, making money from affiliate marketing, building a name for yourself, getting traffic and monetizing that attention.
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.
Theme Forest – the #1 marketplace for website templates and themes.
Mag theme – the premium theme I’m using for Let’s Reach Success
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.
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.
Canva – feel like a designer without any special skills. I use it to create book covers, Pinterest-friendly images, banners and more. It gives you all the right sizes too.
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.
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.
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.
Traffic from Social Media
How I Gained 20K Pinterest Views in 1 Month: 8 Pinterest Tips for Bloggers – If there’s one social media I’d recommend that will transform the way you bring traffic to your blog and make money online, it’s Pinterest. I recently doubled my Pinterest views a month after I got active on the site. In this post, I share the strategies I learned from experts that worked for me.
If you need some inspiration, check out my monthly income reports to see exactly how I earn money blogging and freelancing.
Make Money Freelancing
Make Your First Money Online Freelancing [Free Course] – I created a free course sharing my journey to making more than $4,000/month blogging. It all began with freelancing and you can use this course to follow the steps I took to become a freelancer with no experience and earn my first income online.
Make Money from Your Blog
How to Start a Blog to Make Money – This guide shows you how to start a money-making blog quickly and on a budget.
Build your own product and sell it. – Here’s a post to help you decide which product to build first and validate the idea.
Teachable – create, sell and promote your online course. With Teachable you get the whole experience. Analytics, customization, marketing and hosting and security.
How to Write and Publish Your First Book in Less Than 30 Days – Check out my guide on how to become a self-published author in less than a month. I’ve published plenty of eBooks and have included all the steps you need to go through, from choosing your niche and word count and committing to writing the content to editing, formatting and marketing the book.
How I Make a Living with Sponsored Posts – My monthly income reports won’t be complete without sharing the how-to of sponsored posts. That’s how I earn half of my income. In this post, I share more about how I started with it and what I charge. You can also see how I earned $250 from one sponsored post.
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.
Have an 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.
Amazon – largest retailer. You can sell literally anything there.
Ebay – another huge retailer.
Etsy – the place to be if you have handmade goods.
ClickFunnels – create any marketing funnel to promote, sell and deliver your products online.
LeadPages – one of the best landing page builders.
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.
Side hustle ideas
The 5 Most Popular Ways to Make Money on Instagram – You can monetize Instagram in plenty of ways. Here are the most popular ones.
4 Ideas for Side Hustles – Check out 4 side hustles you can start on your own and no later than this weekend that can be your chance to achieve financial independence.
Get Paid to Travel – Here are 5 travel careers you can start from home.
8 Realistic Million-Dollar Ideas – Becoming a millionaire online isn’t as hard as most people think. All it takes is an online business. Check out this guide.
How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer – In this post, I outline the exact steps from shifting my mindset back when I didn’t believe I could be making any money online to finding my first client, making my first $1,000/month, moving to another country and becoming location independent.
How I Make Money from My Freelance Writing Services – Getting paid for your services might be the quickest way to start earning online but it’s not always easy. Check out my best tips to be a freelancer.
Sites for Freelancers
Upwork – Upwork was where I landed my first freelance client and believed I could get paid to write for others. It connects freelancers with brands and individuals looking to outsource aspects of their business. But there’s a lot of competition and it takes time to build reputation. Check out How I Became a Top Rated Upwork Freelancer.
Guru – Another place to find contract workers or land freelance jobs.
Clear Voice – A professional content marketing platform that connects quality brands with talented freelancers. I recently made $375 from one article for a client on Clear Voice.
Jooble – the job search engine operating in 65 countries worldwide to help you find the ideal job for you.
Contena – a service for people who want to launch or expand their freelance writing business.
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.
Manage Your Time
The Morning Hustle Checklist – Make the most of your mornings and work on your passion project in the early hours of the day. Here’s a free checklist as part of your blogging resources to help you do that:
RescueTime – use this tool to track your time and understand your daily habits so you can eliminate distractions, find focus and reach work-life balance.
Trello – Stay organized and keep track of everything with an easy to use tool like Trello. It lets you use boards, cards and lists to prioritize your projects and get more done.
How to Have Energy All Day When You Work from Home – There are many challenges we face when working from home. In this post, I tackled the problem with the afternoon slump.
20 Tips to Stay Ultra Productive While Living The Laptop Lifestyle – The laptop lifestyle isn’t always easy. In this guide, I’ve outlined my best practices that help me stay on top of my productivity and keep my focus to perform well on a daily basis.
How to Spice Up Your Home Office on The Cheap and Make It More Creative – Your home office is where the magic happens, so it’s worth taking the time to make it more creative.
10 Simple Tips to Smarten Up Your Home Office – Take your workspace to the next level with some little adjustments.
Slack – This team collaboration tool will simplify communication and streamline workflow. Use it for free to stay in touch with your team, make video calls, integrate with other apps and share files.
Asana – Project and task management tool for remote workers.
Google Drive – Create spreadsheets and store and access easily all your files.
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.
Making Sense of Cents – Michelle created a million-dollar blog in the personal finance niche starting from nothing. Her income reports are some of the most popular posts on her site where she shares how she earns over $100,000/month blogging. There’s a lot to learn from them.
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.
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.
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!