Here I will pull together my recommended items and resources for you. This page will grow over time as I continue to add to it.
Disclosure: Some links on this page and throughout the site are affiliate links. This means that I will earn a commission if you decide to purchase through these links. This is at NO cost to you. Items that I link to are products and services and I would recommend to a friend (you) and are items that I use or have used and stand by.
Namecheap – A few of my domain names I have gotten from Namecheap. They generally run pretty good promotions when purchasing a domain name and I have snapped up a few because of it.
Google Domains – In addition to Namecheap, I run my primary domains on Google. I do this on the premise of separating my hosting from my domain. In ancient times, I was bitten by having my domain name and hosting service from the same provider. I now keep them separate.
Namecheap – I’ve used Namecheap for many years now for their hosting. Thus far I have been happy with their service. Getting setup is a breeze and with a couple clicks of a button, you can get WordPress installed and running.
WordPress.org – Free hosting, blogging platform. Great for those wanting to get started, but not worry about finding hosting.
WordPress.com – WordPress blog platform to host on your hosting service of choice. This is what I have used since my early days of blogging and will continue to use in the foreseeable future.
Photography & Video
For podcast editing, I currently use Audacity. It’s free and it’s cross-platform. So, it does not matter if you have a Windows machine or Mac.
Microphone / Recording
I currently use the AKG P420. This is an upgrade from the Snowball Mic I started out with.
I also picked up a Zoom H1 hand-held recorder. The purpose of this is to record any thoughts or notes. I use this to record my Toastmasters speeches for podcasts.
When upgrading my Mic, I also upgraded to the Scarlett 2i2 audio interface. Doing so improves the audio of your recordings and allows you to have more inputs and configuration options. It’s no mixer, but it gets the job done.
The following links are for services I am experimenting with to monetize the blog. I may cease to use a particular affiliate or ad service. Those changes will be reflected here. As of now, please view the below as my current monetization resources.
Adsense – Googles Ad network. I’ve recently just started to use this as a manner to monetize the blog and bring in some side income.
Copyblogger – With getting back into blogging with attempts to take a more professional approach in an effort to build my own media publishing company, Copyblogger has been inspirational in how to build and organize my content. I am constantly reading and re-reading their content and finding ways to apply their advice and recommendations.
SmartPassiveIncome – Another fantastic resource. I somehow have always found myself on SPI and I’ve continued to go back. It wasn’t until I stumbled across SPI that I realized how I could make blogging work for me as a passive income. I hope to apply all the things I’ve learned from my inspirations to build my business and position myself to do what I love.