This is a look inside everything that allows me to continue building and maintaining my online empire. Well, maybe it’s not quite an empire just yet, but a guy can dream.
Everything listed below is a product or service I actually use regularly. Some of the links below may be affiliate links meaning if you end up buying the product or service after clicking the link I will get a small commission from it. The commission comes at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products and services which I have experience with and have found to be a helpful or critical part of my work and play.
Table of Contents (for quick navigation)
These are things that are physical tools that I use regularly that I couldn’t do my job without.
- HP Pavilion
- HP Wireless Mouse
- Redmy Note 3
- iPhone 6 (backup)
- Field Notes
- Next Level Apparel for Red V-Neck t-shirts.
These are the apps that I use on either my iMac or MacBook Pro.
- Adobe Creative Cloud (primarily Photoshop and Illustrator)
- Desk for publishing blog posts like a boss.
- Boxy for email.
- Evernote for idea capture and development.
- Coda for FTP.
- Atom for all coding.
- TweetDeck for multiple Twitter account management.
- Spotify for audio stimulation.
- Chrome for web browsing.
- Recordit for screen recording in video and GIF format!
- Slack for team communications
- FocusBooster for Pomodoro and time tracking.
- Todoist for to-do lists and project management.
When I’m not on my desktop of laptop, odds are I’m on my phone. These are the apps I can’t live without.
- Inbox by Gmail
And in case you missed my post about the Best Mobile Apps to Create Visual Content, it also contains some great mobile apps that I use occasionally.
These are apps that I use on the web to accomplish various tasks.
- Google Apps for Work (Google+, Drive, Analytics)
- Bit.ly with my own custom short URL for all link shortening.
- Rebrandly (currently testing this as a Bitly alternative)
- Buffer for social media post scheduling.
- Circloscope for Google+ circles management.
- LastPass because, like everyone, I have too many places to log in.
- MailChimp for newsletter creation.
- Feedly for RSS reading.
- Brand24 for deep social listening.
- Mention for basic (free) social listening.
- HotJar for website heatmaps, session recordings and funnel analytics.
- OpenTest for quick and easy screen capture videos.
Powering My Blog
These are all the components used to make dustn.tv happen. From hosting, software, plugins and everything I use to make it what it is.
- Hostgator, my highest recommendation for web hosting.
- WordPress, self-hosted, for all websites/blogs.
- CloudFlare for speed, security and traffic spikes.
- Social Warfare – because it’s the best social sharing tool on the market (see how it skyrockets Pinterest traffic).
- Ninja Forms
- CoSchedule – for taking my content editorial calendar to the next level.
- Optin Monster
- Fluid Video Embeds
- Broken Link Checker
- WP Canvas – Gallery
- W3 Total Cache
- Yoast SEO
- Genesis Framework (affiliate link) with a modified Altitude Pro Child Theme
And that’s it for now. I’ll do my best to keep updating this page and making it better.
If you have any suggestions, comments or questions about my current tools (or have a tool you recommend) I’d love to hear from you! Drop a comments