My Recommendations

The Best Of The Best

I always get asked what the best tools are for certain online jobs, and I’ve compiled this page to make it easier for you to find answers without asking me.

I only recommend products that I either currently use, or have used in the past. If I don’t use them anymore, I explain why not, and why I still recommend them.

I’d like to point out that some of my links are affiliate links, which means if you buy a product or service via my link, I’ll earn a commission. This is at no extra cost to you at all, and is like a mini tip for my good recommendation. 

This page will be updated as situations evolve and recommendations change, so make sure you are up to date before continuing a subscription anywhere.

My Top Recommendations

These ones are “Must Check Out” services. They are ones that I wouldn’t be where I am today without.

Learning The Basics: Our Community

I barely knew how to log-in to WordPress before I joined a community teaching me all the ropes, and now I make a full-time living online, all thanks to the education I got.

After building up my own audience and a ton of customers, we decided to launch our own community for everyone.

Keyword Research: Jaaxy

Jaaxy is another product from the guys behind WA, with another free-trial available. I wouldn’t even have 10% of the search traffic I get to my sites without it. Simple to use, accurate results, and great value.

Keyword Research: LongTail Pro

This is even better than Jaaxy and although I use both right now, LTP is fast becoming my go-to keyword tool. Check out my review to learn more, or get a free trial for Long Tail Pro.

Backlinks: The Hoth

Backlinks are very important for getting where you want to be – Page one of Google. Unfortunately, most people do backlinking wrong.

I could write a whole essay about how to do it right, but it would be much easier if I just told you to use The Hoth. They have beginner packages the start from $60, to more expensive packages. They’re also very suitable for more advanced needs.

I want rankings.

Backlinks: Rank Guardian

For a more hands on approach and for more powerful results (at a similar price), check out Rank Guardian.

My favorite strategy is a sprinkling of Hoth before moving on to RG.

PBN Services: PBNLab

Finding expired domains used to be pretty difficult until PBNLab came along. This awesome tool for crawling the web is not only very good at what it does, it’s also addictive.

I’ve found over 4,000 expired domains in just one crawl before. Tell it your keywords, and let it do its thing.

Check out PBNLab.

Other Important Services

These ones are not services you “absolutely must” use, but you should “definitely consider checking them out” all the same. I use them on a daily basis, but you don’t need to use them if you are just starting out. When you feel ready to increase your budget however, they do become a must.

Premium Themes: WPZoom

I know that most people head to StudioPress or Elegant Themes, but I’ve found them to be too confusing at times. WPZoom produce some truly excellent themes, at very reasonable prices, and most importantly, don’t appear to be going anywhere. There are a ton of themes online that are no longer supported, or are just plain terribly coded. The guys at WPZoom not only produce themes that work, but they are very hands on with their support. Pavel himself has logged into this site before to fix an issue I discovered, and I love that.

Premium Themes And Kickass Plugins: Thrive

Thrive themes are conversion optimized, have some fantastic landing pages, and generally look very sleek. On top of that, Thrive Leads and Thrive Content Builder are some of the best plugins around. Using TCB, you can produce excellent pages.

Read how I used Thrive to boost conversions by 300%.

Premium Images: Fotolia

I know, you really don’t like the thought of having to buy images for every artice you create, but they do make a HUGE difference to how your site looks. If you don’t want to risk taking images at random from the web (and you really shouldn’t), and you hate having to trawl through sites like Flickr to find ones you can legally use, then give Fotolia a shot. Their prices are more than reasonable, and your site will look 10 times more professional.

Hosting: Bluehost

I used to recommend Hostgator but I’ve since changed to Bluehost. These guys are just the best hosts out there. They’ve got great pricing, great support, great stability, and most importantly, have been recommended by WordPress since 2005. You can’t argue with that.

Here’s my review.

Also, watch this get started video.

Email Services: Aweber

It’s never too early to start building a list of subscribers, and your first month at Aweber only costs $1, then $19 each month thereafter. That’s a pretty good price for one of the best email services out there.

Sign up for your first month as soon as you start getting some traffic to your site. Aweber also provides some great training on list building.

Learn more via my review.

Website Brokers

I create turnkey websites, but I don’t have any “established” sites for sale. If you’re looking to buy a website that is already established, I recommend you check out FEInternational.com and EmpireFlippers.com.

I don’t recommend Flippa.com. If you are serious about investing in a site, check out either of the two above.

  • Dave Page

    I started my own niche to market Amazon products and has massive issues with EasyAzon and that was just configuring the countries. I went Premium and even had to get help fro Support as my Amazon Keys weren’t working.

    Because I know Amazon will always prioritise their customers and affiliates first, I knew that sooner or later they would come out with their own tool.

    i still have my niche site but have gone on to develop my MMO site until Amazon Onelink has been been rolled out properly.

    All my current posts have EasyAzon links built in so will I have to change these out when I go back to this site in a few months? Or should I just leave it?

    • OneLink only works with Amazon links not shortened ones, so if EasyAzon has the link shortening activated, you’ll need to turn that off or change the links.

      • Links are as is, so nothing is shortened, thankfully that particular site only has a dozen posts on it anyway. BTW, you have a brilliant site

  • DoYouDaveRamsey

    What are your current thoughts on the Hoth? It looks like they have really expanded their list of offerings – at least relative to the last time I looked at them. Would you still (August 2016) recommend Hoth and which of their packages would you consider the best blend of high value/low risk?

    Thanks
    Dave

    • I haven’t tested some of their recent products, but I still recommend the main Hoth and Hoth Blitz packages for a new to fairly new site. 1 or 2 packages is enough, then move on to better links.

      • Mateus Renhe

        Hey Dom! What do you mean by better links in this case? Rank Guardian?

  • Gregory Waldron

    Hey Dom, I have a wordpress account but no blog. How should I proceed on Wealthy Affiliate website builder with no blog?

    • You can work through the training there and it will explain it, but basically you can build a website from scratch from within WA, so you needn’t connect it with your wordpress account if you don’t want.