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We are regularly asked for recommendations on different tools, resources and services related to blogging and monetizing. Some of my readers want to know what tools we use and we recommend

As a result we’ve put together a list of recommended blogging resources that we use. For some of them you will find articles and tutorials here on Monetize.info.

If you have questions on how to use a particular tool or don’t know if is worthy feel free to send me an email and I’ll tell if its good for you or I can recommend alternatives.

Bookmark this page and check it regularly as it’s updated often.

As you have noticed, if you are a regular reader, I really like to automate, optimize and improve my online businesses as much as possible.

As a general rule, I recommend mostly FREE tools or trials that do the job and you may cancel without getting charged.

A. SEO Tools

If you’re doing Search Engine Optimization, then at some point you need SEO tools to automate some of the processes along the way: keyword research, backlink creation, competition monitoring etc.

#1. Google Search Console – FREE

The Search Console delivers reports and data to control your site in Google.  You can see how users are discovering you through Google Search, including specific queries that resulted in your site appearing in front of users.

Determine which queries brought traffic, and review your backlink profile to see which sites are linking to your website. You will also get alerts for any issues found on your site, and analyze clicks from search.

#2. Google Analytics – FREE

This tool covers just about every face of your SEO process from basic keywords research, traffic analysis, and derived backlinks. You can get metrics on what keywords people used when they land on your pages. This can give you important insights into what you need to tweak and improve to get your website performing better.

Consistently review your metrics to see your traffic grow, and make adjustments to your campaign as you see high bounce rates or pages that have high exit rates. Track and test your performance to increase leads and sales.

#3. Google Keyword Planner – FREE

Google Keyword Planner still remains one the most popular Keyword tools as it’s still one of the most accurate free SEO tools available. You can access search volumes and the difficulties in one easy to use dashboard. Letting you choose and discover easy to rank for (or highly searched) terms to place in your content.

You can use the tool to research thousands of keywords as well as create plans that you can execute upon.

#4. Google Mobile Friendly Test – FREE

The importance of having a mobile website continues to increase, and the number of searches on mobile has surpassed those on desktop. With mobile domination, you must take advantage of this to determine if you pass the mobile-friendly test. With this tools you see whether the site is ready for mobile or not.

#5. Google Page Speed Insights– FREE

Website loading speed is a confirmed ranking factor by Google. The PageSpeed Insights tool measures how the page can improve its performance on both desktop and mobile.  Implementing the suggesting you see on the tool will improve the performance of your site and the user experience.

#6.Google Structured Data Testing Tool – FREE

Using this tool you can test if your content have correct Structured Data Markup infos. You can add Structured Data about your website, your organization, reviews, music files, restaurants menus and much more. Check available Scheme.org commands here.

#7. Google My Business – FREE

Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool for businesses and organizations to manage their online presence across Google, including Search and Maps.

By verifying and editing your business information, you can both help customers find you and tell them the story of your business.

#8. Google Trends – FREE

Google Trends is one of the best and most versatile tools available for SEO. Use it to  find which keywords are getting more searches by users so you can target the ones with most searches.

You may find which topics are hot in your industry AND/OR in your region and can create content around this topics. Also you can do newsjacking by checking the hot news and write content around them.

#9. Yoast SEO WordPress plugin- FREE / $69

yoast_logoYoast SEO is a must have plugin for your wordpress site if you care a little bit about SEO optimization. It will optimize your website structure, the content and the internal backlinks. Follow this complete step by step Yoast tutorial.

Premium version come with multiple focus keywords, better internal link suggestions and automatic redirections when you delete/change a post so you will not lose any traffic.

#10. SemRush – FREE 14 days then $99,95 monthly

semrush-tutorialSEMrush is a software research suite designed to provide digital marketers and online businesses with competitive data to inform marketing and business decisions.

Get a 30 days of SEMRush Guru for free worth $149.95.Learn how to benefit from your competitors by developing perfect content and advertising strategies.

#11. Ahrefs – FREE 14 days then $99 monthly.

Ahrefs is the closest you can get to an ‘essential’ tool if you are a serious content marketer or SEO.

It will give you tons of insight into your competitors and you will make much better marketing decisions. It is used not only for backlink intelligence but also for SEO audits, content marketing analysis and link prospecting.

#12. SEO PowerSuite – FREE or $299 Premium

SEO PowerSuite is one of my favorite suite of tools as it comes packed with many features and the price is really affordable on the long run ($299 one time + $29,95 monthly).

The suite comes with 4 tools: Rank Tracker to check your ranking changes, Website Auditor to identify and fix your one-site issues, SEO Spy Glass to identify backlinks (yours and your competitors ones) and LinkAssistant to be able to manage and acquire backlinks by contacting webmasters.

#13. Open Site Explorer – 

kontent-machine-logo_cropped1KontentMachine is one of the best content generators on the market. It is a huge time and money saver helping to make setting up link campaigns a quick and painless process. Kontent Machine allows anybody to create thousands of articles that can be as unique, readable or media rich as you want them to be. Excellent for inserting in to SEnuke campaigns through the Wizard, or using in any of hundreds of other SEO applications.

7. SERPowerhouse – 73% off, $47 lifetime license

ser_powerhouseSER Pourhouse is a tool create by Georgi Georgiev of very famous KontentMachine that allows you create top ranking multi tired campaigns on GSA without wasting hours spending on configurations and manually loading content.  It saves your damn hours and also allows you to dominate SERP with fresh contents with every link. It’s fast, it’s proven, it’s safe. No more requirement of changing contents after every interval. Go on vacation, leave it keep running and you would be still able to get great quality links without any concern as It gives fresh content 24/7, automatically.

8. SEOContentMachine – 75% off, $59 one year license

seocontentmachineSEO Content Machine is a multi-language content scraper & generator that supports all western languages. Create SEO content in Spanish, French, German and more. Using coupon code BLACK2016, you can save 50% off the SEO Content Machine auto content generation software yearly plan .

B. Social Media Tools

  1. MissingLettr
  2. MassPlanner

2. BuzzBundle – 60% off ($79 instead of $199)

buzzbundle_logoBuzzBundle is yet another amazing tool in the SEO PowerSuite bundle, that we use day almost every day. These days social media and SEO work hand-in-hand and BuzzBundle helps you manage your website’s social presence so you will be able to: 1) Find new mentions about your or your brand in real time 2) Act as different Personas and easily switch between accounts to post, comment & message 3) Schedule posts for future publishing and post from various locations under proxies 4) Monitor competitors’ mentions & SMM activity 5) Much more.

9. ProxyHub – 27% off recurring, 

proxyhubProxyHub provide the best affordable Private Proxies with no bandwidth limit, restrictions and support. You can use this proxies with your favorite SEO tools like GSA Search Engine Ranker, ScrapeBox, Senuke TNG etc. This black friday weekend you can get a 27% lifetime recurring discount on any of Proxy Hub’s private proxy packages using coupon code: BFCM2016

  • Claim ProxyHub deal
  • The seller offers a 3 days money back guarantee.
  • Offer is valid: November 25- Dec 3, 2016

Expired Domains

Expired Domains lets you easily filter and buy the best domains from hundreds of thousands that expire every day. Metrics from Majestic, Moz, SEMrush, SimilarWeb, and Estibot make it very easy to find the right domains for your money-site or PBNs.

12. DomainHunterGather – 50% off.

domain_hunter_gatherProfessional tools for finding expired domains and scraping expired web2.0 accounts. Find thousands of expired high PR domains worth hundreds of dollars in just a few minutes.Advanced searching functions allow you to find expired domains in any niche you want. Just enter your keywords and hit Search for unlimited niche domains Save up to 50% off Domain Hunter Gatherer professional expired domain hunting.

C. Outreach Tools

13. NinjaOutreach – 35% off annual.

ninjaoutreachNinja Outreach is a piece of software used for influencer marketing. It lets you search for different bloggers and influencers based on different search phrases, then organize them into lists, and ultimately shoot out emails using templates you can build within the software.

Save time and money on your next outreach campaign.Save 35% off on annual plans for NinjaOutreach blogger & influencer outreach software using coupon code NINJAOUTREACHBFRIDAY

D. WordPress Themes & Plugins

14. WP Rochet – $39 monthly


WP Rocket is a caching and performance optimization plugin to improve the loading speed of WordPress websites. You can install and configure WP Rocket in less than 3 minutes. Site speed in an important SEO ranking factor so you should use a caching & optimizing plugin for your WordPress sites. We are using WP Rocket with great results for our websites, being very easy to implement and to configure. There is no need to use coupon as the prices have been sliced for this period.

11. WPContentBot – 60% off.

wpcontentbot-image-622x320Upload unique content to your wordpress blogs with WP Content Bot.  Select a website to scrape and pull articles, transform the content if required, and upload articles to your network of blogs. Build a PBN with WP Content Bot in a few hours.

You can scrape content from archive.org and rebuild entire websites to use as part of your PBN in just a few clicks. It can do the work of 1 or 2 people within minutes and safe you a lot of time and money.


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