I think a resource page is a great tool to have for those of you looking to find products and services to help you earn extra money from home, locate deals, and find ways to save money. This page is also a bit self-serving because I often forget the awesome tools (apps) I use on my smartphone, and online that help me with earning and saving money. By setting up this page, I know I can always come back here to find what I’m looking for! i recommend bookmarking this page because I will continue to add to it.
Note: Some of the links below (but not all) are affiliate links where I will earn a commission if you end up making a purchase. As always, I only recommend products and services I use or have experience with and feel that they can be helpful to others. I do not recommend products or services just for the small commission that I may receive if others purchase them. My recommendation to you is to only spend money on products and services that you truly believe will help you with your goals. As we all know, it is easy to empty our pockets on the next shiny object that looks good today, but of no use to us tomorrow!
-WordPress: In my opinion, WordPress is the easiest blog platform to install and use. I have even used WordPress to build websites for paying clients. With so many theme options, both free and paid, you can’t go wrong with WordPress. I don’t use anything else to build my websites!
-THESIS Theme : A premium (not free) WordPress theme that I use here on MyMochaMoney.com It comes SEO optimized right out of the “box” and there is so much you can do with it! It’s very customizable. Also, it’s made to load faster and look better! The forum for this theme usually has an answer to any of your questions. I have been very happy with THESIS.
-Socrates Theme: I use this theme on most of my other sites such as my Eat Free on Your Birthday website. I LOVE THE SOCRATES THEME! You can create and monetize a blog in minutes! Very simple to use and comes with nice headers, or you can upload your own. The learning curve for this theme is shorter than THESIS.
-Aweber:I’ve been using Aweber as my email marketing company for years and I can HIGHLY RECOMMEND it. It’s a tool that can be used for collecting email addresses as well as sending out your newsletter. I have to believe this is the most popular of all the email subscription tools as you find most internet marketers use and recommend Aweber.
-iContact: Another award-winning email marketing solution for your email marketing efforts. I use iContact for one of my clients. I can’t say I like it any better than Aweber. I like them equally the same. I don’t think you can go wrong with either one of these email distribution companies.
-Hostgator: I have all my websites hosted by Hostgator. What I love about them is their customer support. I’ve had problems in the past that had more to do with my website and not really about hosting and when I use their Live Chat, I always get someone to help me.
-Microniche Finder: I’ve been using Micro Niche Finder for several years now. I love this tool! I’ve been able to find great niche keywords that have enabled me to rise to the top on Google. It has also helped me find keywords for article writing, blogging, setting up niche websites, and for writing on blogging networks such as Hubpages and Squidoo.
-Google’s Keyword Tool/Google Adwords: Free keyword tool to use for your Adwords advertising campaign or to look up preliminary keyword ideas to get a sense if there is a lot of competition for your keyword or keyword phrase ideas, and number of searches completed on your keywords.
-Keyword Researcher: Awesome software for finding long tail keywords! You can download the software for free but the paid version will give you more long tail keywords.
IMAGES & PHOTOS
-Tinypic: Free image and video hosting, and photo sharing.
-Morguefile.com: Free pictures to use for corporate or private use. I use this website all the time when I’m looking for pictures to use on my websites.
WEBSITES & SMARTPHONE APPS TO SAVE YOU MONEY
-The Coupons App: The #1 ranked FREE coupons app! I always check my coupons app before shopping at any store to see if there is a deal, freebie or coupon for that particular store. I’ve been able to score free popcorn at the movies, a free Starbucks drink, money off at restaurants and more! Plus, you can see where the cheapest gas is around your local area or if you’re traveling.
-BudgetSimple:Everyone knows that if you make a monthly budget and stick to it, you have a better chance of getting out of debt and saving more money. BudgetSimple is a great website that lets you make a simple monthly budget.
-Dave Ramsey: If you don’t know who Dave Ramsey is, then check out his website. He has led thousands of people out of debt and to live like no one else! His no-nonsense financial advice is pertinent to people in all sorts of financial positions. Not only can Dave be found online with a website filled with free tools, advice and product & service recommendations, he has a Podcast as well as a nationally syndicated radio show. I personally listen to Dave almost every day on my iHeartRadio app where yesterday’s show runs continuously the following day. For a little more about Dave, you can check out my post, “How To Make it an All Cash Christmas Dave Ramsey-Style.”