Recommended Resources To Build Your Small or Online Business
This resources page is a curated list of tools, services and products that I have tried, tested, used and recommend for anyone looking to build their blog or online business. I ONLY recommend products that I have paid for and seen improve my business – if it isn’t on this resources page, it doesn’t mean it isn’t suitable, I just haven’t seen results with it.
Clicking any of the logos or images, or *links on this page will take you directly to the recommended product. You need to be aware that some of the resources I recommend on this page – and in other places on this website – are affiliate links. What does this mean? If you click that link, and at some point make a purchase, I may receive a commission for referring you. This commission doesn’t cost you anything more. In fact, sometimes there are longer trial periods for anyone using my links.
I only recommend the companies and products that I have used and believe in, that I believe would be helpful to you, the small or online business owner. Please do not purchase the products if you do not believe that they will help you with your goals, or your business with it’s growth!
Resources: Web Hosting
I have only used three companies for web hosting in my entire online life. And there is only one that I recommend to anyone who asks. *SiteGround. I switched my main website across after a number of years with a competitor and I haven’t looked back. SiteGround even helped me several times – and speedily – with queries I had transferring my site over. I hope to never leave them!
If you are new to online, I recommend their Start Up plan. This will cover you for up to 10,000 monthly page views.
If you have been online for a while, and have some traffic, or maybe you want to have more than website hosted, their Grow Big plan would be great. This allows you up to 25,000 monthly visitors at
Finally, there is the Go Geek plan, which is fab up to 100,000 visitors per month.
Resources: Email Service Provider
As someone who has had both an online and offline business, I have dabbled away with different email service providers over the years. None has come close to ConvertKit.
*Using ConvertKit has made my online business so much easier than the email service providers I used before. I can set up wonderful automations and sequences, tag and segment my subscribers so that I am never sending anything that isn’t appropriate to them and their needs.
If you are looking to start or grow an email list of trusted subscribers, I highly recommend ConvertKit.
Resources: Building Your Website Traffic With Pinterest
I took *Pinfinite Growth by Melyssa Griffin back in September 2016, and have seen steady increased growth of my Pinterest account, and the traffic referred to both my own, and clients’ sites, since.
The strategies learnt, also helped me to start my Pinterest services here on this website.
If a person were only planning to invest in one online course to help grow their traffic, I would hand over fist say that Pinfinite Growth is worth it.
If you click the Pinfinite Growth image, you will be able to register for *Melyssa’s Pinterest Webinar which you’ll learn plenty from! And if you end up signing up for the course using that link, I will as a bonus, provide a free Pinterest Prescription (worth $99) on your account, once Melyssa’s 60 day refund period has passed!
Resources: Building Organic Website Traffic With Google
Google Analytics is something I had never really understood the importance of until I started my business The Creative Curator. I’m not even sure when I came to know of it; I still have old websites registered as properties.
What I do know is that Google Analytics helps me to understand what is working to bring in traffic to my website and grow my business. I create monthly reports on the growth of all my websites, and am careful to make sure that I deep dive into all the stats so I really understand what is happening.
Google Analytics is a free tool provided by Google.
Google Keyword Planner has made a remarkable difference to the way I create content for my readers on my fashion creation website. As a fashion designer, I know the technical terminology for different sewing and pattern making techniques, but this did not translate into how my readers would be searching for answers on Google.
Only when I understood and implemented a keyword strategy for better SEO did I start to see better organic growth with search engines. This Google tool is free, and basic, but is a great starting point for your SEO implementation.
It was another course by Melyssa Griffin that taught me these skills – *Blog to Biz Hive – and I’ll link this a little further below. (You can read about my experience with Blog to Biz Hive here!)
Now, Google Search Consol takes some getting used to. I’ll probably create some blog posts to better help you understand this tool, as far as I understand and use it anyhow!
Google Search Consol, once properly set up, shows you what you’re ranking for in Google search results. It shows you the impressions your content is making, the click through rate, the search terms and your position in Google search results for those terms.
By watching and analysing the steady growth in my Google Search Consol, I have been able to really optimise my site for organic traffic. This is yet another free tool from Google.
Resources: Selling Products Online
I’ve tried a variety of resources to sell my products, both online and offline, but none compare to *SamCart. I am able to choose from a selection of great designs to use for my product sales pages, and have the option to order bump or ‘up-sell’ within the sales form too. All with it being safe and secure!
I use SamCart for eBooks, online courses, digital planners, my Pinterest and VA services and of course, physical products too – and quite frankly, I love it.
When it comes to hosting the free content, and paid courses, for my subscribers, I am a die-hard Teachable fan. I have used Thinkific, Kajabi, MyCoach (now Podia) and a random deal for another company from AppSumo, and NOTHING has compared to the ease of use and aesthetic design of Teachable.
Even my students – both free and paid – prefer spending time in my courses and membership site on Teachable than they did on Thinkific.
*Teachable has a free plan which I used to grow my student base by offering a free resource library. I then built a course with them, and moved my membership site over from Thinkific too.
If you’re in need of further resources – do drop me a comment below. These are the absolute minimum, but there are also plugins I use for my WordPress sites that help me grow, and physical products too of course. I’ll update this resources list with more tools at the start of 2018!