A “behind the scenes” look at every single tool used to run Serve No Master.
I have personally used every single recommendation on this page.Every tool here is currently used by me or was crucial to helping me grow my business to where it is today.
TOP RECOMMENDED FOR EMAIL MARKETING
I have used all of the most popular and well-known email providers throughout my online career. ConvertKit blows them out of the water. The technology is fast, extremely intelligent and has massively boosted my revenue. You can move your entire list over without losing a single follower.
TOP RECOMMENDED FOR LANDING PAGES
When it comes to hosting your website, there is nobody like Bluehost. They are the best, whether you are just getting started or ready to scale. They have amazing plans for beginners and when your site explodes, they have powerful growth plans that are very reasonably priced.
TOP RECOMMENDED FOR EDITING
I make a living as a writer. Every single word I write controls my family’s income. Grammarly has massively changed my income. I write faster, make fewer mistakes, and can save money on editing costs. This tool is a crucial step in my writing process and one of the foundations of my workflow.
After a bad experience with a previous vendor, I switched to Namecheap. I buy all my domains here and they are rock solid.
Blazingly fast servers and extremely knowledgeable tech support make WPX Hosting the best hosting provider in the world.
The ultimate and unstoppable Amazon keyword research tool. Finds the keywords that all the other Kindle tools fail to find.
My top secret weapon for finding hidden categories, generating powerful keyword lists, and naming my books.
The gold standard dictation and transcription software that I use for all my courses, products, and podcast episodes.
Xmind – If you think in circles, then this free mind mapping tool is a must have for your book writing workflow. Create a modular outline for your book.
OmniOutliner – For the linear thinker. Outline your book in order and insert your research as you progress.
Scrivener – Turn the daunting task of writing a book into manageable pieces with this beautiful word processor.
Rev.com – Hire these professional transcribers to turn your words into a book, in less than twenty-four hours.
Hemingway – Check if your sentences are too wordy and complicated for your readers. Become more efficient and better writer.
Vellum – This is how I format all of my books for Kindle. It’s beautiful and wonderful, but unfortunately it’s Mac only as this time.
Calibre – The free formatting and conversion tool that I use every few days to move my books between formats.
I used Affinity Photo to make every single banner and image on this page at a fraction of the cost of PhotoShop.
The perfect screen capture tool that I used to record my training videos, Vimeo content, and all the reviews on my site.
This wonderful microphone turned my average voice into radio-quality gold. Used in all my videos and webinars.
Combined with my smartphone, this lavalier mic allows me to record podcast episodes every morning on the beach.
This plugin turns your blog into a Podcast publishing machine. Gets your episodes from your website to your audience.
Putting out five episodes a week leaves me little time to edit each episode, that’s why I have these guys.
BuzzSumo – This is my favorite platform to search for currently trending topics and to get great episode ideas
Google AdWords – Find the terms people are searching for the most and inject them into your podcast and show notes.
Skype – The best way to do long distance interviews.
Ecamm Recorder – Connects directly into Skype to record your interviews. Can be set to automatically record all your calls so you never mess up.
Google Docs – Share notes and outlines before the episode with your guest
ProCaster – The best Rode microphone for your podcast. Has a traditional XLR/microphone connection in the back and will make you sound beautiful.
Zoom H6N – Record directly into this high-tech recorder and get perfect quality every single time. No computer hum in the background. Runs on batteries so you can record outside or during power outs.
Rode PSA1 Microphone Arm – Mount your microphone to your desk just like I do to easily swivel your mic around. Other mounts can’t handle the weight of Rode Procaster/Podcasters.
Rode PSM1 Shock Mount – This is the microphone holder that is covered in elastic to keep vibrations from reaching your microphone. Rode microphones are slightly heavier and wider than other microphones, so 3rd party holders often don’t work.
Dragonpad USA Pop Filter – protect your microphone from hard P sounds and unwanted spit.
Sound Foam – You only need to cover 25% of the hard, flat surfaces in your room to eliminate echo.
Beats Studio 2 Bluetooth – These headphones changed my life. You must wear headphones when recording interviews, or the two channels will bleed into each other. I learned this one the hard way. These headphones are one of the best purchased I’ve ever made for my studio.
Audacity – This Free program can handle your entire podcasting process from recording to editing to mastering.
Adobe Audition – This is the sound software from Adobe that I use to compress audio and organize my clips.
Levelator – Open source program that makes your podcast loud, even and perfect.
iTunes – The easiest way to add art to each podcast episode along with ID3 tags.
Libsyn – The best podcast hosting platform that will even build you a custom podcast app.
Simple Podcast Press – Automate podcast episodes and track your iTunes reviews around the world.
Smart Podcast Player – The best-looking podcast player in the world.
Tracking your visitors, how they find your site, and what they do is critical marketing intelligence to grow your blog.
The premier provider of landing pages designed to send your conversions and revenue through the roof.
Powerful and fast WordPress theme that I use for all of my pen name author websites. More affordable than Thrive.
WordPress – The most common and powerful website platform and the centerpiece of your blog technology.
Theme Directory – WordPress has loads of certified free themes to choose from as well.
Really Simple SSL – Handle the transition to SSL in just a few seconds. This plugin is absolutely necessary.
UpDraftPlus – You MUT backup your website regularly
Clicky by Yoast – Track your website visitors with this analytic and tracking plugin.
Yoast SEO – Simplify your on page search engine optimization to increase your traffic from search engines.
W3 Total Cache – Speed up your site load times and lower your bounce rate.
WP Smush – Automatically compress your images to speed up your website load times and avoid paying to transfer unnecessary data.
Insert Headers and Footers – Place your Facebook pixel on every single page of your blog automatically. Build up your custom audience.
Facebook Conversion Pixel – Place on your thank you pages to track your successes.
This shopping cart controls every penny that comes into my business and ensures that my affiliates always get paid.
This automatic savings account is awesome. Works like the worm from Office Space AND pays you five bucks to join.
This automatic investment accounts makes saving for a rainy day easy and also pays five bucks to new members.