By far my most-used online tool is the PicMonkey browser-based photo editor. I use this for every image you see in my posts here, and on MomPrepares.com. While there is a free membership available, I highly recommend the $24/year Royale membership which will get you access to a a huge selection of premium fonts, tools, textures, and overlays.
StudioPress has been my favorite theme developer for years, and now with the Genesis Framework and simple to use child themes, it’s better than ever! I develop about 1-2 sites a week using these themes and I couldn’t be more impressed with how well they perform or how easy they are to modify. Yes, my own site is built on the Genesis Framework with very few modifications to the New child theme!
You’ve got Genesis. Now you need a beautiful child theme. There’s no better place to shop for something clean and elegant than Restored 316 Designs. I’ve used Lauren’s themes many times over the years and I’m very impressed with the quality!
If it’s more of a business theme you’re looking for, Web-Savvy Marketing has some really great child themes for the Genesis framework. From authors to dentists to musicians, these themes can be plug-and play (each has multiple color themes) or you can have someone modify the them to suit your needs. I’ve used these child themes multiple times and every time I’ve had a good experience.
Say it with me: Swiftype Site Search. This powerful tool creates your very own search engine for your site and pre-fills results as your users type. It’s the coolest thing since sliced bread and I know you’re going to love it as much as your readers do! You can check it out by typing something like “chicken” into the search bar at MomPrepares.com to see how it works!
Optin Monster is a fantastic and easy to use tool that will integrate with your favorite CRM. I use it with Mailchimp and I love it! Creates beautiful popups and widgets that you can place anywhere on your site to encourage readers to sign up for your email list.
An amazing esource by one of my favorite bloggers, Angela England,30 Days to Make and Sell a Fabulous Ebook just the step by step help you need to get that ebook published! Not only do you get the ebook download, but 30 Days to Make and Sell a Fabulous Ebook is a social ebook, meaning you get forum access to ask questions, find accountability partners, and more!
While MadMimi is a far cry from aweber, it’s perfect for small-time bloggers who wish to start creating an email list. The templates are VERY easy to use, and within minutes you’ll have a gorgeous email newsletter ready to send to your growing list! If you’re a member of my newsletter, you’ve seen the product of MadMimi first hand! It’s free for the first 100 subscribers and after that you can upgrade as you need to.
Looking for a great affiliate network to find merchants to promote? Shareasale is my favorite! In fact, almost every vendor above is listed there and by promoting them, or others in your niche, you can make money on your own blog! Join Shareasale today and let me know how you like it.
Disclaimer: I believe in these products enough that I have become an affiliate partner for many of the recommendations on this page. If you decide to purchase the products or services listed here I just might make enough money to buy myself a cup of coffee or two! Rest assured, you won’t be charged any extra.