I have spent more than a year of doing extensive research and testing different tools on my own blog. So I thought I would make it easier for you by sharing the only tools you really need to start (and succeed) with your own blog:
1. Blue Host: $3.95-5.95/month pending on your plan
This is the first step. And this is the company I have used from the start. Their customer services has been stellar. Not only is Bluehost one of the most reliable hosting companies in the world, they have the most affordable prices too. You can have your blog up in 5 minutes! Get the best pricing right here, today.
2. Shopify: 14 Days Free then $14/month
Every blogger should have a store. I sell books and audio downloads in mine. Because a store is a great tool for extra income. And Shopify is the best option on the market. Period. It’s incredibly easy to use, you can accept credit cards on the spot, and they have hundreds of plug-n-play templates to make your store look professional. Bonus: They have an award-winning mobile app that makes it possible to operate your store, straight from your phone.
3. MailChimp: Free till you reach 2k subscribers.
To capture emails and send a regular newsletter is an absolute must. When people subscribe to your nester the are giving access to their precious inbox. You want to honor that access. And MailChimp is the industry standard because the are simply the best.
Don’t wait like I did. Get on it. And start promoting your goods:
4. Co-Schedule: $10/month
For those of us that have different social media profiles and need to keep them organize. This plug-in helps you plan wisely as you upload new content on your WordPress site. You work the calendar so that your post gets posted across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc. in different days, at different times and even more than once. This is a must for all serious bloggers.
This package includes different tools that allows you to download templates, share all your social media information and collect emails. It’s $89 a year, but it includes so many tools you already use, that it is actually savings. Like a lot of savings. And it looks so professional and sexy!
I was a huge fan of their style but their customer service has won me over completely. Get it and try it for 30 days. You will never go back.