Tools of the trade
Collated for you in one place: the tools of the trade, the items that we love to use and some freebies thrown in to help you get started making income online
Disclaimer - Some of the links in our tools section are affiliate links which means we may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. Purchasing anything through these links comes at zero extra cost to you. Please know that we only share sites & products that we find genuinely useful and that we use ourselves!
We've been asked what tools we use to make online income by many of you so please find a comprehensive list to help you listed below. When starting out making money online it can feel quite daunting so knowing which services to use and which to avoid is a sure fire way to get started on the right track.
For beginner hosting you want something that is cheap and reliable. Believe us when we say, Bluehost is both! All of our sites are hosted with Bluehost.
The best solution for beginners starting a blog or small website. Wordpress is absolutely free and has unlimited plugins, themes and extras.
An alternative to Wordpress for those who can get stuck in with html & css. With a low barrier to entry, MODX will have you creating great websites in no time for free.
Depending on your requirements, peopleperhour is a great resource for finding talent, or a great way to get paid for doing design work.
Freeimages.com is the first place we check for free stock imagery. They certainly don't have the largest stock database but it's always worth seeing if you can grab an image from here before visiting paid micro stock sites.
For paid images istockphoto is our first stop. They have an absolutely huge amount of photography and vector stock. Prices can vary depending on the size of image you want. Luckily as we only need the images for the internet, choosing the smallest image size is usually fine.
For backing up files quickly and easily we use Dropbox. It just runs as a folder on your computer that you save files to, that then get backed up to the cloud. You can also share folders with friends/clients for quick collaboration. You can also get 2gb of storage absolutely free!
Keep track of your websites health by looking through Google's eyes at your website. Info about keywords, links to your sites, issues etc
To keep track on how many visitors are on your site and to find out a wealth of other information like what devices they are on, which country, how they got to your site and how long they visited for.
About the author
Paul Messenger is the founder of moneytuts.com, blogger, designer and online marketer.