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The best way to build a strong, powerful blog is to have the right tools and resources to do it. Learn where to get the best free and paid resources.

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Blogging Platform The best solution to run your blog

WordPressWordPress is the only reasonable choice for your blogging software. It is by far the most powerful, easy to use and supported blogging software on the web. Plus, it’s totally free. Millions of people use WordPress, and even develop great plugins and themes for you to use to further enhance your blog. With a community like that, WordPress is a no-brainer.

Domain Registration The safest, most reliable domain registrars on the web

GoDaddyWe recommend GoDaddy because it is the most professional and easy-to-use registrar out there. They run constant promotions, saving you HEAPS of money on domains, and have the best domain management tools on the web. We use them for all Blogussion domains, and couldn’t be happier.

  • NameCheap
    A popular domain registrar, Namecheap offers an easy-to-use interface as well as great options for managing your domain.
  • 1&1
    1&1 offers a variety of great services for webmasters, but one service they offer (and offer quite well) is domain registration. With constant specials and very low prices, 1&1 is hard to pass up.
  • Dotster
    A leading provider of domain names, Dotster is one that really stands out in providing customer support. Their 10 years on the web only brings new innovations, and Dotster even goes beyond domain registrations and offers more great, affordable services.

Web Hosting The most affordable, reliable and quickest hosting services for your blog

WPWebHostWPWebHost is targeted for WordPress blogs, so of course they have the best service for your blog on the web. We have been on WPWebHost for about a year and a half with no issues, and top-notch support for when we mess things up. No other host is fine-tuned for just WordPress, making this the ideal spot for any WordPress blogger.

  • Hostgator
    One of the most well-known web hosts on the site, Host Gator makes it easy to setup and run an efficient blog of any software.
  • Blue Host
    A very respected service, Blue Host offers affordable plans with many features included. Plans start at $6.95 a month, and is within any bloggers’ budget.
  • Dreamhost
    Dreamhost has been around for 11 years, and continues to offer great features in their hosting packages like unlimited domains, databases, unlimited disk storage and even promises 100% uptime.

Blog Design Where to get the most beautiful & functional themes for your blog

Thesis ThemeThesis is the framework Blogussion is built on, and by far one of the most optimized theme for SEO, design and standard code out there. It offers a variety of admin options, and comes with a huge arsenal of hooks to make customizing your theme much simpler.

  • Woo Themes
    WooThemes is one of the largest sources of WordPress themes, and provides high-quality themes through their membership program.

  • Studio press
    StudioPress offers very professional, business-like themes for your blog. StudioPress is behind the famous Genesis Framework for WordPress.
  • Elegant Themes
    Elegant Themes provides some of the most unique WordPress themes on the market. You can gain access to all of their themes for a measly $19/year.
  • Theme Forest
    Theme Forest is a marketplace where authors from all over the world create and sell their WordPress themes at very low prices.

Plugins & Tools Useful plugins, tools and services to help enhance the features of your blog

  • Aweber
    Aweber is a powerful service that makes building an email list simple. With great features and constant innovations, Aweber blows the competition completely out of the water.
  • Scribe SEO
    Scribe is an SEO tool that acts as your very own “SEO guru.” It scans your posts and makes suggestions on how you can maximize the optimization for best search engines rankings.
  • OIOPublisher
    OIOPublisher makes integrating and selling ads on your site a breeze. This plugin adds a bunch of great options to your admin panel, and even the most inexperienced bloggers can get a good feel for it in no time.
  • Ninja Affiliate
    Instantly turn selected keyword into affiliate links. This plugin works all across your blog, and can have a significant impact on how much money you make from affiliate marketing.

Blogging Books The best books available to help educate you further in multiple blogging topics

Rockstar WordPress Designer

How to be a Rockstar WordPress Designer

Managing web content has always been tricky, but with WordPress, any web designer can have a flexible, free and powerful CMS to use not just on blogging projects, but on all sorts of websites. In How To Be a Rockstar WordPress Designer you will learn step by step how to take a straight HTML site and power it with WordPress.

During the course of the book you’ll build THREE WordPress themes, a blog, a portfolio site and a general site with menus and submenus. Each theme demonstrates different aspects of WordPress theming and all three are packaged in with the book so you’ll have Photoshop, HTML, CSS and WordPress PHP files to refer to. Read more →

Digging into WordPress

Digging into WordPress

There is much to learn about the World’s most popular publishing platform. From your first steps of learning about WordPress all the way through maintaining a site throughout the years, this book is packed with truly practical information.

We go into depth about the anatomy of a WordPress theme. How they work, and how to write the code you need to do the things you want. This means real code that you can sink your teeth into, as well as copy and paste. Beyond theme building, we introduce many tricks your functions.php file can pull off and show you ways to increase performance and security through HTAccess.

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Blogging to the third power

Blogging to the Third Power

What is it that separates the millions of mediocre bloggers from the ones who build traffic and achieve amazing results? What is it that propels some onward and upward into fame and fortune while others find themselves struggling just to get a small handful of readers?

If you’re like most bloggers, then you’ve probably been kicking yourself trying to figure out the answer to these questions…trying to find the key that unlocks the large steel doors that are holding you back from the success you’ve been looking for.

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Twitter Marketing

Twitter Marketing E-Book

Twitter marketing is cheap, it connects you with your target group, it drives traffic to you, it improves your SEO and builds your authority. For a new person on Twitter, there are so many options that you probably don’t know where to begin.

My Twitter Marketing e-book is an easy-to-follow guide to everything marketing on Twitter. It is a complete step-by-step guide to building your name, establishing your brand and authority, and getting traffic and customers on Twitter. I focused entirely on practical advice with specific, actionable how-to tips, tools and techniques. Follow the easy steps and clear tactics to take action today. Read more →