UPDATED February 1, 2017
While WordPress is dang good for building websites and it includes plenty of bells and whistles, it doesn’t quite do it all.
For additional design, functionality and of course content generation, I rely and use a fleet of various tools that primarily consist of software.
Below is a table listing out my current tools and resources.
If you have any questions about any them, feel free to contact me.
Please assume the links are affiliate links.
|Hosting||Bluehost||I used Bluehost for years. I've since migrated all sites to Kinsta, but if starting out, Bluehost served me well.|
|Kinsta||For the money, it's the best hosting service I've ever used. My sites have never performed so well. Read my full Kinsta review here.|
|WordPress Themes||Eleven40 by StudioPress||728 px wide ads fit in the content. Minimalist design. Quality theme developer.|
|WordX by My Theme Shop. I also use Schema Theme by MyThemeShop - Fatstacksblog.com is currently using Schema Theme.||Simple to use and fits 728 px wide ads out-of-the-box.|
|Newspaper Theme||Lots of bells and whistles. You will need to widen the content area to fit 728 px wide ads.|
|Performag by Thrive Themes||Works flawlessly with Thrive Content Builder. Looks decent and loads fast.|
|Flatsome Theme||Outstanding Woocommerce theme. Actually it's also a nice blog theme even if you don't use Woocommerce.|
|Content Formatting||WPCompear||I resisted this content formatting plugin for years. I finally bit the bullet and started using it. Now I love it and use it for plenty of content.|
|Thrive Architect||I use Thrive Architect page builder to create custom pages of all types including really great looking content pages, landing pages and sales pages. I've tried most page builders and this is my go-to option.|
|OpinionStage Polls||Best poll software I've ever used. Loads fast. Dead-simple to use.|
|Ad Inserter Plugin||Excellent ad management plugin. Lots of placement control and very easy to use.|
|Canva||Perfect for image collages and adding text to images.|
|WP Review Pro||Product review plugin. Works with most themes very well.|
|Content Views Pro||Amazing plugin that displays posts, images and other filterable content in grids. Many uses.|
|Advanced Ads Pro||Very nuanced ad management plugin which makes it easy to place ads above/below any image, table or other elements.|
|Wordable||Software that imports Google Docs into WordPress backend. Even imports images and all formatting. Ideal if you outsource content and/or receive a lot of guest posts.|
|TablePress Plugin||Outstanding table plugin for data-rich tables.|
|Monetization||Ezoic||Ezoic in 2017 is shaping up to be a monster earner for me outperforming my own ad configurations. I'm now running Ezoic 100% on my ad-supported niche sites.|
|Media.net||Excellent additional ad network.||Get 10% revenue bonus when you sign up and are approved via link to the left.|
|Criteo||Excellent backfill ad network. You set the CPM floor. Can add decent incremental revenue to your website.|
|Advanced Ads Pro Plugin||This is a must-have ad management plugin. You can insert ads pretty much anywhere including after tables and images.||Code: FATSTACKS
|WP Coupons||Excellent plugin to create a coupons section on your website.||Code:
|Skimlinks||Excellent if you aren't accepted into a particular merchant affiliate program.|
|Social Media||Viraltag||Superb Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr posting software.||Code:
Save 50% for first 2 months.
|SumoMe||Adds social media buttons to your site including images.|
|Email Marketing||Thrive Leads||Creates opt in forms of all types.|
|OptinMonster||Exit intent opt in forms plus many other types of optin forms.|
|AWeber||This is the email autoresponder software I've used for years. Simple to use and does the job for me.|
|Instapage||Drag and drop landing page creator. Easy to use. Plenty of great templates to choose from.|
|Content||ContentRefined.com||Quality content service that will format content in the backend of your website.|
|Human Proof Designs Article Packs||This is an excellent content source for product oriented content such as "vs." and "best-of" content. I use the Premium service, which relative to other content providers, is very reasonably priced.|
|Word Agents||This content service writes excellent informational content. They really dig in and put together decent content. I've ordered hundreds of articles from this service over the last 1.5 years.|
|Writer Access||High volume quality content across many niches.|
|Shutterstock||My preferred stock photo service. Decent subscription rates.|
|Video||Animoto||Video slideshow software I've used for years.|
|Courses||Niche Tycoon||My flagship course that reveals everything I do to plan, launch and build up both B2C and B2B niche websites.|
|Authority Site System||Thorough course on planning and launching niche authority sites by the folks at Authority Hacker.|
|RankXL||Detailed course by Chris Lee who earns 5 figures per month with a very simple formula: SEO + AdSense = 5 figures per month.|