Here are some of the most important tools I use to run my business:
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RankXL is hosted on Traffic Planet (now called WPX Hosting).
Read about what happened when I switched RankXL’s hosting to Traffic Planet here.
For email marketing and list building, my tool of choice is ConvertKit.
You should always install Google Analytics even if you don’t use it on a daily basis. It’s the best tool to see long-term stats on your site, and is essential to have if you want to sell your site in the future.
I like to have both Google Analytics and Clicky installed on the site. Clicky is what I use on a daily basis to check stats. It’s a much simpler interface than GA, and gives you better real-time stats.
Custom design work
As much as I love designing things, there’s a limit to what I can do.
For quick custom jobs, I’ve been using Envato Studios almost exclusively for a few months now and am always satisfied with the experience.
For getting content written, I use a variety of sources.
Textbroker is a little bit more expensive, but you’ll get higher quality articles.
If you’re looking for more long-term writers, then the ProBlogger job board will probably be your best bet to find someone talented.
Link building tools
I’m a big believer in the saying: “The more difficult a link is to acquire, the stronger it usually will be.”
Because it’s true.
That’s why I love building links through outreach because it’s the most effective strategy to acquire these types of links.
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After Google’s update to only show exact search volumes to paying Adwords customers, the best alternative is KWFinder. It’s so much cheaper than the other tools below, and shows you all the exact search volumes, and suggestions that the Keyword Planner used to show.
There are a lot of different tools for tracking rankings, but the best one I’ve tried is SerpBook.
It’s the most accurate, and is the rankings tracker I use for my sites, and is even the one that was used when I worked at my old SEO agency job.
For complete niche site and SEO training I created the Niche Site Course, which takes you step-by-step through my entire strategy.
The Niche Site Course focuses primarily on SEO and organic traffic.
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