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Here’s a quick run-down of all the gear I use:
My Blogging Gear
- Hosting: WPX
- Domain Registrar: Namecheap
- Keyword Research: Keywords Everywhere
- Free Competition Analysis: Moz Bar
- Better Competition Analysis: aHrefs
- Rank Tracker: SerpRobot
- Content Optimization: Surfer SEO
- Writers: Try BuySellText
- Pillow Links: Crowdo.io
- Guest Posts: Sorry, I can’t help you!
My YouTube Gear
My Blogging Gear
The Bottom Line: I use WPX for hosting. My portfolio has about 350,000 pageviews per month and the $25/month plan handles it fine.
I started out with BlueHost. I never had a terrible experience with them, but I know a lot of people who have had problems. I jumped ship from BlueHost to Kinsta when I went over 50,000 PVs. It wasn’t because Bluehost wasn’t handling it. It was because I was worried it would reach a point when it wouldn’t, so I wanted to move to a plan that could cope.
So I went to the best hosting platform ever – Kinsta! Man, they’re good. The interface is awesome. BUT. They’re really expensive.
So I made the switch to WPX after reading Matthew Woodward’s awesome review of the best hosting plans.
And I’ve been happy with the switch.
If I were to start again, I’d start out with the $10 per month WPX plan. It’s best to start with them and stay with them as you grow, in my opinion.
The Bottom Line: Go with Namecheap.
I buy my domain names from Namecheap. They’re cheap, they’ve got a great dashboard interface, and they offer free Whois protection. That’s all I need.
I originally used Bluehost to take care of my domains. Not anymore. The fee jumps after the first year by quite a bit, and they don’t offer free Whois protection. Namecheap also allows me to register my domain names under an Alias rather than my real name. So it’s Namecheap for the win. Even if you’re using Siteground / Bluehost hosting I’d use Namecheap as the domain registrar.
The Bottom Line: I’ve got no recommendations at the moment. If you’ve got a good service, let me know and I’ll check it out!
Sorry guys, no recommendations here! It’s hard to find a good link builder and a bad one can give you real headaches. I’ve gone with Rhino Rank before. The quality of their stuff is OK and they’re cheap, but they’re not great.
I currently have my own outreach guy who reached out to me. He’s good – so I’d recommend trying to find an outreach guy once you have the money for it. Try UpWork.
But, I would say if you’re after pillow links, I am a big fan of Crowdo.io. They do forum links which aren’t great for rankings, but it can diversify your anchor text ratios.
The Bottom Line: I get my writers from people who reach out to me on my website, so I don’t use a service. If I were to use one, I’d try buyselltext.
I still write my own articles – A LOT! It’s what I spend most of my days doing. But I get help from a few writers who have reached out to me in the Niche Safari community.
I tried iWriter’s 2c plan. Oh man, I was not a fan. I don’t know if it was just the time of year or the articles I was putting out there, but the quality was … well, it was clear those people were ESL writers.
I do want to try out buyselltext at some point, so I’d probably point you their way. Let me know if it’s any good!
The Bottom Line: Beginners, fork out the $10 for Keywords Everywhere (it’s almost unlimited). Intermediate, fork out the $99 a month for aHrefs.
I have two paid tools for Keyword Research.
Free Competition Analysis
Bottom Line: Moz Bar isn’t as good as aHrefs for competition analysis, but it does the trick for beginners.
Bottom Line: SerpRobot is cheap and refreshes its results daily. It starts at just $5 a month.
I use Surfer SEO.
My YouTube Gear
I have a Canon G16 camera.
I use the Samon G-Track mic.
I use Camtasia.