If you are like me, you are most likely overwhelmed by the massive amount of products and services out there and only want to know the best tool available for wat you need to accomplish.

I've tried so many, I decided to list the best tools and resources I've used and have helped me grow my business.

They go from SEO to Social Media tools as well as books, guides, and e-courses.

Most of these tools offer free trials or are free to use, and trying them out is a no brainer.

Before you continue reading, please take the time to read my affiliate disclaimer.


The Best SEO Tools I've Used

Ahrefs

Ahrefs is (arguably) the best backlink analyzing tool out there, this tool is just amazing for link building in general as well as keeping track of your site's backlink profile and health.

They've also recently introduced to their many tools a keyword analyzer, which is incredibly useful.

BuzzStream

BuzzStream is the best outreach tool I've used, it's so easy to find influencers in any niche thanks to their "Discovery" tool.

If you want a great tool to help you with your influencer outreach and link building, this is the tool I use and love.

Long Tail Pro (aff link)

This is one of the best keyword research tools out there.

I've been using it for a while now and it has changed the way I approach keyword research.

It has helped me a whole lot and saved me a ton of time!

I wrote a keyword research guide in case you want to know how I use LTP to find great low competitive keywords.


The Best Social Media Tools I've Used

Viral Content Buzz

Viral Content Buzz is a community of bloggers and small business owners that help each other out by sharing their content on social media.

The platforms supported are Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and StumbleUpon.

So, if you need help building a following on social media or simply getting extra traffic to your site, this is a great way to do it.

Have in mind, though, that this is a heavily monitored community and SPAM is a big NO, NO.

Check them out, I use their tool regularly. I might end up sharing your content 😉

Adobe Spark

Spark is Adobe's newest product. You can create professionally looking videos, posters, and images for your social media accounts.

Since it came out, I've used it instead of Canva.

It's way faster and easier to create my blog post images.

I recommend you try it out, it's free to use.


Social Media Dashboards

Hootsuite (aff link)

Hootsuite is a social media management system or also known as social media management dashboard where you can manage your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, WordPress, and YouTube accounts.

You can use their many apps to manage other networks as well.

I use it every day to "listen" and engage with my audience and influencers in my niche.

This is definitely the best free tool available for that.

I wrote a full in-depth review about this tool in case you want to check it out, you can read it here.

TweetDeck

TweetDeck is, in my opinion, the best free social media dashboard for Twitter management.

However, just like with any tool, there are good and bad things about it.

Let me explain: TweetDeck is definitely the tool to use for Twitter chats, hashtag monitoring, some influencer monitoring and overall management of your Twitter account (notifications, mentions, followers, DMs).

But, if you want to monitor many influencers at once, interact and get close to them, I highly recommend you use Sprout Social.

Buffer

Buffer is without a doubt the best free scheduling tool available today.

They support Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest. Its dashboard is very nice and clean, user-friendly and they have a mobile app as well 🙂

This is the scheduler of my choice. 🙂


Twitter Tools

Commun.it (aff link)

Commun.it is like having your personal virtual assistant for your Twitter profile. They monitor your account and tell you when a lot of time has passed since your last interaction with a user and should re-engage.

They also offer automated actions and messages (I'd be careful when using them, it can easily become spam).

In all honesty, I love this tool. However, if you are not too involved in content marketing, or building a loyal following, I wouldn't recommend it.


Instagram Tools

Later (aff link)

Later is a great scheduling tool for your Instagram posts ─ you have no idea how much this tool has helped me with my Instagram posting.

They offer some analytics and the first 30 posts per month are free.

If you want more control over your account and help with your marketing I'd go with Tailwind. Unlike Later, their focus is more on analytics and they give you a lot of data on your posts and hashtags.


Tumblr Tools

Tumbling Jazz (aff link)

Tumbling Jazz is the best Tumblr software available to us, this software helps you automate your posts and grow your Tumblr following reliably (this is time-consuming and tedious when you do it manually).

Also, the software does things like scheduling, curate content, among other things. 

Pinterest Tools

  • Tailwind

Tailwind

Personally, I believe that Tailwind is the best Pinterest scheduling and analytics tool available today, Buffer has one too but, it's not as powerful.

Also, I believe that it's way too cheap for all they offer and you can try it for free, no credit card needed 🙂

Btw, your first 100 scheduled pins are free and with my link, you get a month of unlimited use 😉


YouTube Tools

  • Social Robot PRO

Social Robot PRO

Social Robot PRO is an incredible bookmarker, it gets you high-quality backlinks to your YouTube videos very fast and reliably.

I've used it to rank videos in 1-2 days depending on the competition.

If you do decide to get it, I recommend you to get their upsell "SocialBase" which they update all the time.

SocialBase is a library with more than 1,000 sites you can use to get links for your videos, if you don't get it, you'll only get 50.

It will save you a ton of time.

I'll create a guide to YouTube SEO and explain how I use it to rank videos.

Look forward to that 🙂


The Best Website Related Resources

  • Thrive Themes
  • Flywheel
  • Namecheap

Namecheap

Namecheap is the registrar of my choice, it's really easy to use and has a very user-friendly interface.

Besides, the pricing for each domain is really cheap in my opinion.


The Best Productivity Resources

  • Focus@Will

Focus@Will

Is a service where you listen to peek performance music.

You might be wondering.

What in the world does peak performance music mean?

Well, it's music that has been tweaked in order to help you concentrate and perform better.

You can listen to the music on their website or on your iOS or Android device.

I wrote a massive article about productivity in case you want to read it, it's called "The Only Productivity Resource You'll Ever Need".


Online Courses That Actually Work

There are many online courses available today and even though I haven't taken them all, I've listed only the best ones I've used and feel comfortable endorsing.

Periscope Courses

  • Scoping for Biz

Scoping for Biz

Scoping for Biz is a Periscope e-course created by Kim Garst from BoomSocial, she's an established social media authority and best-selling author.

I recommend you follow her on Twitter and on Periscope, that way, you'll be able to see what she does and learn from her.

She also provides a ton of free actionable content 🙂


E-mail Marketing Courses

  • Inbox Blueprint

InboxBlueprint

This is the first e-course I took and I was incredibly lucky to have found it among the hundreds of thousands out there.

It was created by Anik Singal and he teaches how to build an email marketing business around your passion.

The e-course is really easy to follow and he even tells you how to outsource the stuff you don't know how to do and get it done very inexpensively.

Also, he is giving away his book "The Circle of Profit".

I've read it and it's incredible, I highly suggest you grab your own copy of the book.

You can get it here.

It explains the whole business model and his journey with email marketing.


Email Marketing Tools

The email marketing tools I recommend will depend on where you are at right now.

  • Mailchimp
  • GetResponse
  • ConvertKit

Mailchimp

If you are a newbie and don't have a list already, I recommend using Mailchimp, it's free for the first 2,000 subscribers and you can play around with the tool.


Books I loved

  • Will it Fly
  • Crush It!
  • The Thank You Economy
  • Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hoock

Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn

I had the opportunity and pleasure of being part of the launch team for this book and I've got to say that it was great.

I had access to the ebook before anyone else and could read it as many times as I wanted. In fact, I still have my copy of the book.

It shows you how to properly test your current or next business idea with many examples and actionable advice, in order to know if "it will fly" and not waste time and money.

It's really valuable and definitely, a must have on your bookshelf for constant reading.


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Jonathan Nuñez

Founder, John's IMSecrets