Often times, people have asked me about the tools that I use in my business life. These are the ones I am currently using.This is not a static list but one that I will update as my needs and tools change.

Blogging

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Akismet: This is the plugin I use to control comment spam. This will save you time dealing with spam comments.  Akismet blocks almost all of it, so it never sees the light of day. This creates less work for you and less friction for your readers. (For example, you don’t have to require them to register to leave a comment.)

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Hostgator: If you use WordPress as I recommend (seebelow), you will need a hosting service too. I recommend Hostgator. I have arranged with them for you to get it for only $3.96 a month, which is $1.00 a month off their normal rate. Its fast, easy to install wordpress.

Google Analytics: This is the gold standard when it comes to analytics. If you want to track your unique visitors, page views, bounce rate, and a host of other metrics, you need to sign up for a free account and then follow the directions for installing it on your blog.

Salient – Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme. This is the WordPress theme that I currently use for my blog. it is so flexible. I absolutely love it. It\\\’s Multi-purpose and you can use customize it to your liking. just to website and type salient

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WordPress: I started using WordPress self-hosted back in 2007 and haven’t looked back. In my opinion it is the most robust, yet easy-to-use blogging platform out there. You will find thousands of themes, plugins, and tools that work with WordPress. Best of all, it’s free. (However, you will pay for hosting, themes, and some plugins.)

Personal Development

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Audible: I love to read but sometimes the best option for me is to listen to Audio books through audible.  The Audible software is awesome. The user interface is simple and easy to use. I can listen to books at normal speed or speed them up to cover more ground faster. (I also comprehend more at a faster pace.)

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Feedly: This right here is life saver.. As much as I like to follow good blogs, Its nearly impossible for me to keep up with all the blogs and news I want to follow. This application made it so much more simple because you can choose all your favorite blogs and pulled them in one place and read.  if you are using this, add my blog so you can follow.

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Kindle: I read ninety percent of my books on the Kindle app for iPad. I also use the desktop app on my PC. I find super convenient and it comes handy when I am traveling as well. Plus, I like being able to hold almost my entire library in my hand.

Productivity

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<a href=”http://www.seagullscientific.com/”>Bartender: </a>This is not what you think! Bartender is a software application that organizes the programs in your menu bar and hides them until you need them. If you are a neat-freak like me, you’ll appreciate how this clears away the visual clutter.

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Chrome: This is my browser of choice. I find that it is faster than Safari or Firefox. However, it also has some memory quirks that bother me. If I get too many tabs open, it can really slow down my system or make it a little quirky.

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DropBox: This is the application I use to share files with my family and business associates. I am able to give access to both folders and files. It syncs automatically with my local computer in the background.

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Focus@Will Studies have shown that the right music can dramatically increase your productivity. I can be very much A.D.D. and be all over the place when it comes to focusing. This service has helped me to stay on track by listening to music and it really does help my productivity. The music included is designed to maximize your productivity and increase your focus. There is both a free and paid version.

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Google Calendar: I have to have a calendar I can share. It must be accessible by my family and team members (e.g., designers, agents, etc.). Google Calendar provides all the functionality I need.

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Rhino Support: This is the app I use with my virtual assistants to manage my public e-mail accounts. It is basically a support system, similar to ZenDesk but much less expensive. It allows us to track e-mail messages,comment to one another, and use e-mail templates to respond.

Email Responders

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Getresponse :Most email autoresponder services are going to be the same when you’re at a basic account level. They start to differ when you’ve got a list of 50,000+ that you’re mailing to each week. I have been using this service for 5 years, they have glitches every now and then but they are very good wit their customer service.

Facebook Marketing

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SocialMediaAdGenius.com : This is Curt Maly’s company. This is one of the best Facebook marketing course I have ever been expose. This How I m perfecting my marketing campaigns on Facebook.