Resources

NSP-resourcesI thought it would be helpful to have a page that provides a list of resources for you. I personally use each of the resources for managing my niche websites, and other activities. I’ll keep adding to this list as I learn more and become aware of other tools. Consider bookmarking the page for your convenience.

Disclosure: Some of these are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. I do have experience with each of the products or services listed below so I feel fully comfortable recommending them. Please do not spend any money on the products unless you feel you need them to achieve your goals. It turns out a lot of the things I use are free so you should be able to do the same.

Project Management

Trello – I use Trello as a task and project management tool. It’s great for individuals and small teams. It’s free.

Asana – I use Asana too, but less often. Asana is great for bigger teams and organizations. It’s a lot like basecamp but free.

Google Apps and Sheets – Project Management tools should NOT be complicated. Simple is best and easiest to teach your team. To me, one of the main jobs of a PM tool is to stay out of the way so the work can be done. Also free!

Hiver – Hiver makes Gmail a robust and effective project management tool. It’s used by Uber, Pinterest, and Lonely Planet, among many others. It’s great for teams where you can share inboxes (super powerful when you think about support teams), or if you do outreach.  Check out the FREE plan for up to 3 users – just install the Chrome extension.

What other entrepreneurs use for project management – Here’s a round up post about PM Tools.

Niche Sites

Amazon Affiliate Niche Site Process – My guide on creating a niche site and I apply my project management skills to add a process around the whole process. That way you know what to work on, and when.

Five Figure Niche Site – My course on creating a profitable Amazon Affiliate Niche Site.

Hiring Writers – It can be tough to find good writers for your niche site. Perhaps you haven’t hired freelancers before and you don’t know what to expect. It turns out you can find great writers for a fair rate, but you have to go about it in the right way.

WordPress Themes for Niche Sites – A guide I wrote about themes.

The Ultimate Azon Theme Dave Nicosia created this theme. It is fantastic so far. It’s great out of the box without fussing around with confusing options. The theme is also optimized for Amazon Reviews. I can’t do it justice so be sure to check out all the features here in the free video series.

WPComPEAR – The best comparison table for niche sites. Provides unique features that you can’t get anywhere else.

Google Adwords & Keyword Planner – For keyword research, it’s the most reliable tool.

Long Tail Pro – One of the best tools for keyword research. It is faster for extensive keyword research, like when you’re starting a new niche site.

Ahrefs – Suite of SEO tools. I use it for it’s VAST backlink database.

Majestic – Suite of SEO tools. I use it for it’s VAST backlink database.

SERP Lab – This is the app that I use to track my rankings. It’s reliable and cheap – there’s even a free version.

Images

Flickr Creative Commons – Use images for free if you attribute them.

Startup Stock Photos – Office images

Magdeleine – Free images to use, some are public domain and others require attribution.

Pexels – Free stock photos.

Unsplash – Free stock photos.

ISO Republic – Mostly free stock photos and some premium ones too.

MMT – Free stock photos.

Email

Aweber – I use Aweber for Niche Site Project. Great service, stable, and a fair price.

Get Response – Another great service that I use for some other projects. Comparable to Aweber but some additional tagging parameter are available.

Marketing

Optin Monster – I use this for some sites for list building.

Sumo Me – It’s a free option and powerful. I stopped using Sumo Me after they raised prices. And now they are all over the place so I feel the popups blend in. If you’re on a budget, it’s still a fine choice.

Human Scale Business – This is a great platform to get help if you make unique products and sell them online. So Human Scale Business isn’t directly related to niche site – more related to scaling up small businesses. You can get help and advice on growing, scaling, financing, improving cash flow, and just about anything you may encounter in a small business. They have a great podcast, too. I talked about basic SEO on this episode. There is a free network that you can join here. It’s for a special kind of small business founder: makers of unique products sold (at least in part) online to consumers. We’ll help each other learn, develop best practices, and succeed. Topics include product development, marketing, manufacturing and sourcing, fulfillment, and financing.

Hosting

Bluehost – I host my niche sites here, using the WP Optimized service. I started on the shared hosting and moved up.

MDD Hosting – I host Niche Site Project here. It’s a smaller company, stable, and I’ve been hosted there for years.

Max CDN – I use a CDN to help my sites load faster. Learn about optimizing for speed here.

Namecheap – My preferred registrar.

ManageWP – Where I back up my sites. You DO have a off site backup, RIGHT?? It comes free with the WP Optimized plan at Bluehost. The backups go straight to my Google Drive daily.

Thesis Theme – It’s the theme I use on NSP. It’s fast and clean.

Software

Screenflow – I use this for screen captures and video editing.

Moz Bar – It’s a Chrome Extension that I use to research the competition and get an idea about the authority of a website.

SEO Quake – Another great Chrome Extension I use to get tons of info for competitive analysis.

Ninja Outreach – This is a powerful outreach tool that can help you reach influencers in any niche. It can find leads AND bloggers in every market – including niche sites. It gathers contact info, social, and SEO data all in one place so you don’t have to keep track of your outreach campaign in spreadsheets or email. Ninja Outreach keeps it simple by integrating with your email for easy outreach. It puts everything in you need in one place.

Boomerang – Great for getting a handle on your inbox and send delayed emails.

Brain.fm – What I listen to when I’m working hard.

 

Books

Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Better Faster Smarter by Charles Duhigg

Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

Four Hour Chef  by Tim Ferriss

 

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