Tools for Writing, Managing & Promoting Your Blog
Domain Name — You need a unique web address for your blog like www.mysite.com. I use GoDaddy.
Website Host — You need somewhere to host your website that is reliable and reasonable. I use Mom Webs.
Keyword & Ranking Tool — If you only can have one keyword tool, Market Samurai is a good one. It started out being just a keyword tool, but it is so much more now. For example, you can put in a keyword, find affiliate offers for that keyword, and it will give you headlines, paragraphs, images and bullet points to build a blog post or ad. There is so much more…You just have to get the Free Trial and see for yourself.
Backup Often! — You never know when you might be hacked, one of your plugins brings down your site or you just make a critical error in one of your WordPress files. You’ll sleep better knowing that you have a secure backup waiting in the wings. I schedule regular backups using BackUp Buddy. I can also scan my site for malware using this plugin.
Video Player — Playing videos on your website can be tricky and you may not want all the junk that You Tube displays with your videos (ads, related videos, etc.). I use two methods on my various sites:
- Simple Video Management — is a WordPress plugin which allows you to easily embed videos from You Tube or anywhere else and you control how the videos are displayed, what controls are allowed and if it auto plays or not. It also comes with very cool skins.
- Easy Video Suite — is the best way to manage videos if you want to host them yourself (for example on Amazon S3). No need to install anything on your own server. There is a handy WordPress plugin to embed the videos on your posts and pages.