Mike Appleton
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Making the decision to start your blog / online business is the easy part but to succeed having the right tools is a must.

I have been running my online business and an avid Wordpress user for roughly 10 years.

On this page you will find my top tools & resources for ensuring you hit the ground running with your blog / online business.

Blogging

Start your blog on solid foundations with my x essential WordPress themes & plugins

Email Marketing

Build an engaged email list that will  drive traffic on demand with these x email tools

Social Media

Tap into the millions of potential customers on social media with these x social tools

SEO

Drive hoards of free traffic using my x hand picked MUST HAVE SEO tools

Image Editing

Simplify & design beautiful images in no time with my x hand picked image tools

Video Marketing

Explode your businesses reach using video and these x essential video tools

The Essential Tools

Below I have listed my top 3 must have tools for anyone looking to start a blog or online business. These cover the main 3 elements.

Webhosting

The first thing your going to need when starting out online is a reliable web host, I highly recommend you start with BlueHost.

With years of experience with a number of hosting providers I personally use and recommend BlueHost.

These guys have 3 main web hosting packages catering to all needs with plans start at just $3.95 / month.

Need help getting started? Be sure to check out my tutorial covering everything you need to know about how to start your own blog / website.

WordPress Themes

On this blog I use the X Theme, but to get it where it is now took time and knowledge of HTML & CSS.

If you do not have this experience, I highly recommend Thrive Themes, these guys have produced some of the best wordpress themes on the market and they're ready to go out of the box.

If you want your blog to perform and look the part straight out of the box then you can't go wrong with Thrive Themes.

Autoresponder

Your email list is the core of your online business (or atleast it should be).

That's why choosing the right email autoresponder provider is critical to ensuring your biggest asset runs smoothly.

The #1 autoresponder for small - medium sized online business is AWeber. Prices start from $19.99 per month but you test drive the service for free for the first 30 days.

Traffic

I use Buzz Bundle to reach out and engage with my audience on a daily basis, in return this drives a ton of traffic to this blog.

A free trail version is also available, I would highly recommend you check it out!

WordPress Plugins

Building a list is an integral part of your online business, I personally use ThriveLeads to capture leads and build my list on this very blog, you should too, check it out.

WordPress SEO by Yoast is hands down the best WordPress SEO plugin out there, if you aren't already using it, you should be.