- Here’s my website resources page
- Why make a resources page?
- What are SEO keywords and how to use them in your posts?
- How to make money online?
- How much money can you make blogging?
- What is an affiliate program?
- What are the best affiliate programs?
- How to come up with a name?
- How important are keywords in domain name?
- What is domain name privacy?
- Domain privacy protection. Is it worth the money?
- What are free ways to promote my website?
- What does self-hosting mean?
- What are the best fonts for an email newsletter?
- Looking for the best free logo maker?
- What is a bounce rate?
- When should I decide to pay to advertise my site?
- What is keyword optimization?
- Web Hosting
- “Must Have” WordPress Plugins
- Email autoresponder software
Why make a resources page?
Resource pages are a great way to organize your site content is an easy-to-read format. Readers love the blog resources page and it is always my most visited page on my sites!
I created this resources page and it’s very useful for organizing a blog. In addition, to provide a convenient place for readers to find the information I discuss in a central location. My initial thought was, what does a resources page look like? And how would I implement it on my site?
I started out looking for a free resource guide template but didn’t have much luck. Instead, I used a Google Doc I’ve maintained to capture questions I have searched for in the past, as well as questions I get asked from time to time. I also listed sites and tools readers would find useful.
If you’re wondering if making a blog resources page is difficult, it’s really not and I highly recommend doing it. But, if you choose to create a resource page, a table of contents is a must. This is the first time I have used a Table of Contents plugin. I went with UltimateBlocks. It does a lot more than just build a TOC, but that’s all I need it for at this time. I would normally just a manual template to create my table, however, this plugin worked great!
What are SEO keywords and how to use them in your posts?
What are SEO (search engine optimization) keywords? SEO keywords range from single words to lengthy multi-word phrases and are used to inform website content to increase relevant organic search traffic. … When properly researched and optimized, keywords act as a conduit to connect your target audience with your website.
How to make money online?
If you’re starting a blog for the purposes of making money, and you’re not passionate about the art of writing, then you’re basically wasting your time.
The craft of blogging isn’t just about tapping keys on a laptop and then hitting submit. To be a successful blogger requires lots of time and patience, but most of all, a love for what you’re doing.
If you really enjoy blogging and have the perseverance to withstand the challenging periods on the front end, it is very possible for a lucrative career in blogging could be in your future.
All the sites and links listed on this resources page will help you with your goal of making money online!
How much money can you make blogging?
Are you wondering how much do bloggers make? With more people working from home, the idea of making money blogging has dramatically increased in popularity.
The reality is, you can make a lot of money blogging. Most of the tools listed on this resources page are assist you in getting closer to the goal of being a professional digital marketer or blogger.
I truly believe if you select a niche you can dominate or even a popular one that can generate traffic, make real money is definitely popular. Check out these steps to get started.
What is an affiliate program?
Affiliate marketing is a process by which a blogger (or affiliate) earns a commission for marketing another person’s or company’s products.
The blogger simply searches for a product or service they enjoy, then promotes that product and earns a piece of the profit from each sale they make. Amazon is the number one affiliate program currently in use. Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money online and you don’t even need a website to get started!
What are the best affiliate programs?
You wake up in the morning and your bank account is stuffed with cash. That’s the dream, right? While the best affiliate programs can be lucrative, it does take a bit of work but large returns are very possible!
There are so many affiliate program currently out there, they really need to have their own resources page.
Amazon is one of the most popular affiliate programs used by bloggers and online marketers, however, some of the best affiliate programs have payouts far exceeding them. See what these experts have to say.
How to come up with a name?
When it comes to domain names, I have 3 rules; 1) Keep it as short as possible, 2) Pick a name that gives you future flexibility in case your product line needs to pivot, and 3) Always try to get a “.com” name.
There are several websites that offer free domain name generators, and then link you to a domain name registrar (that’s how they get paid), but I’ve never had much luck using them. They’re mostly for fun and giggles. I personally like to brainstorm with InstantDomainSearch. It is one of my most frequented sites on my blog resource page.
Here is some solid advice from the folks at WPBeginner.
How important are keywords in domain name?
When brainstorming for a new domain name, do not limit your choices to ones that contain your targeted keyword. Select a name related to your niche and something visitors will remember. The shorter the better!
Back in the early dot com days, keyword domain names, i.e., pets.com, cars.com, etc, were all the rage. Having keywords in the domain name was deemed essential for high search rankings.
Today, search engines, specifically Google, have evolved to where this is no longer the case. Having your targeted keyword(s) in your site name no longer gives you a leg up against your competitors within your niche.
In the present, developing a brand/branding your site and content are viewed as key to growing your online presence.
What is domain name privacy?
What Is Domain Privacy Protection? When you purchase a domain name, your personal details are saved in a publicly available database called WHOIS. Domain privacy protection is an ‘add on’ service you can buy to protect your personal data and keep it hidden from the rest of the world.
Domain privacy protection. Is it worth the money?
When you register a domain name, your personal details are saved in a publicly available database called WHOIS. Domain privacy protection is an ‘add on’ service you buy to protect your personal data and keep it hidden from the rest of the world, but is this really necessary?
What are free ways to promote my website?
A website is useless without site traffic. Focus your marketing efforts to attract the right kind of visitors according to your digital marketing objectives.
Here are some great tips to get free traffic to your site!
What does self-hosting mean?
A self–hosted blog is one that resides on your own server. Most people, however, pay a third-party to host their blog, which opens them to all the benefits of a self–hosted blog. Sites like Bluehost and InMotion , which I discuss in more detail later on the resources page, are among some of the popular companies that provide hosting services.
When I first started out I had a Blogger account, which was hosted by Blogger / Google. After getting a grasp on the in’s and out’s of blogging, I moved to Typepad which had a few more features but someone else was still responsible for the hosting. As my business grew I eventually switched to self-hosting.
There are many good things to having a company handle the hosting. I would also say there are several online businesses that use this model to great success. However, if you want to have ultimate control of your site and business I would highly recommend you to learn more about self-hosting.
What are the best fonts for an email newsletter?
The most common typefaces for newsletters are Times News Roman, Verdana, Arial, and Tahoma. I prefer to use Verdana for my newsletters. These are safe choices to be used for any purpose.
The font size depends on the typeface. I would recommend headlines to be between 22 and 28 pixels, and the body font size should be around 14-18 pixels. I tend to lean towards the larger sizes, using 18 pixels for body text size and 28 pixels for headlines.
Looking for the best free logo maker?
There is no shortage of free logo design sites which have a multitude of creative options to choose from. Some are free to use while others charge when you go to download your designs.
Another simple and free tool that is often overlooked is the Google Drawing app located within Google Docs. While lacking the amount of premade templates commonly found on Canva or Snappa, the Google Drawing app is a great way to mock up a design, contains free stock images for you to use, and you can download your artwork in a variety of file formats.
What is a bounce rate?
Bounce rate is an Internet term used in web traffic analysis. It represents the percentage of visitors who enter the site and then leave from the initial landing page rather than continuing to view other pages within the same site.
Bounce rate is an important metric for search engines in determining the quality of your site. Having interesting content and a variety of content (like starting your own resources page) is a great way to visitors on site longer.
For example, if you have 4 visitors come to your site and they only view the page they landed on and leave, your bounce would be 100%.
The lower your bounce rate, the better your perceived quality rating, since search engines determine your display relevant information readers are interested in.
When should I decide to pay to advertise my site?
There are many forms of paid traffic you can purchase. Before you go down the path of paid traffic there are many ways to increase website traffic free and to maximize your site’s visibility to search engines and readers who may be interested in your content.
Internet marketing guru, Neil Patel, has crafted an excellent article on this very topic.
What is keyword optimization?
Keyword optimization (also known as SEO keyword research) is the process of researching, analyzing, and selecting the best keywords to target to drive traffic from search engines to your website.
This is perhaps THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL you should focus on improving, whether you are just starting out or a seasoned website veteran. There are several sites on this blog resources page to help you will this topic.
I have included a great article by SearchEngineLand to guide you through the process of how to use keywords everywhere on your site.
Rickhuey.com is hosted on InMotion. I use the VPS-1000HA-S plan, which provides amazing power and performance. They also offer shared hosting plans at reasonable prices, up to and including dedicated server options as well.
I have used and currently use several hosting companies for a variety of business applications. From the (2) hosting plans listed on my resources page, InMotion does the bulk of my heavy lifting.
The InMotion technical support is outstanding and I have relied on them heavily at all hours of the day and night.
Bluehost is known for its extremely low prices and great customer service. Bluehost is one of the pioneers of shared hosting and is part of an Endurance International Group.
I use them for several customer sites. Uptime and customer support has been outstanding! If you’re just get started or require virtual or dedicated servers, Bluehost has you covered.
“Must Have” WordPress Plugins
I love this plugin and think everyone should have this installed. Whether you are developing your site for the first time, or need to perform occasional maintenance that you don’t want your visitors to see.
Of all the plugins listed here on my resources page, this is the first one I install.
Organizing a blog in private while visitors see a “Coming Soon” or “Maintenance Mode” page.
This plugin works with any WordPress Theme. Responsive. Customize the Look and Feel. Easily add Custom CSS and HTML.
Uses HTML5 & CSS3. Translation Ready, i18n Support. Multi-site Support. BuddyPress Support. Uses WordPress Best Practices.
Redirection is the most popular redirect manager for WordPress. Easily manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This can help reduce errors and improve your site ranking.
Redirection is designed to be used on sites with a few redirects to sites with thousands of redirects.
It has been a WordPress plugin for over 10 years and has been recommended countless times. And it’s free!
Give yourself some peace of mind with UpDraftPlus.
UpdraftPlus simplifies backups and restoration. It is the world’s highest-ranking and most popular scheduled backup plugin, with over two million currently-active installs. Backup your files and database backups into the cloud and restore with a single click!
Backup into the cloud directly to Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon S3 (or compatible), UpdraftVault, Rackspace Cloud, FTP, DreamObjects, Openstack Swift, and email.
This is one of my favorite plugins on the resources page. I have a backup sent to my Gmail on daily.
SEO is the most consistent source of traffic for any website. Rank Math was created to help website owners get access to the SEO tools they need to improve their SEO and attract more traffic to their website.
I really enjoy using this plugin since switching from Yoast SEO earlier in the year. It’s very easy to use, simply set up, jammed pack full of features.
While I considered adding Yoast SEO to this resources page, I have had several sites crash due to a critical error recently while updating the plugin.
If you use Rank Math, you won’t need to use the Redirection plugin. That feature is included within this plugin.
Simple Social Media Share Buttons
Simple Social Buttons gives you the ability to add popular social reach around your content with an advanced set of social media sharing buttons to your WordPress sites, such as: Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
TablePress gives you the ability to quickly and easily create beautiful tables. Organizing a blog can take many forms. You can embed the tables into posts, pages, or text widgets with a simple Shortcode.
This plugin is amazing if you run a data heavy website. Works great with Google Sheets.
Broken Link Check
Broken Link Checker monitors and tests all internal links & external links on your site looking for broken links. It helps you fix bad links to improve SEO and user experience.
When it comes to maintaining and organizing a blog or website, this tool is invaluable for finding and managing broken links.
Imagine having a with several hundred or thousands of posts and pages, with each including numerous internal and external links. This task of link management can become overwhelming.
Even for your resources page, having a good way to verify the quality of your links is important.
- Monitors external links and internal links in your posts, pages, comments, the blogroll, and custom fields (optional).
- Detects links that don’t work, missing images and redirects.
- Notifies you either via the Dashboard or by email.
- Makes broken links display differently in posts (optional).
- Prevents search engines from following broken links (optional).
- You can search and filter links by URL, anchor text and so on.
- Links can be edited directly from the plugin’s page, without manually updating each post.
- Highly configurable.
Insert Headers and Footers
Insert Headers and Footers is a simple plugin that lets you insert code like Google Analytics, custom CSS, Facebook Pixel, and more to your WordPress site header and footer. No need to edit your theme files!
This plugin was added to the resources page because it just makes adding code to your head section so easy.
The simple interface of the Insert Headers and Footers plugin gives you one place where you can insert scripts, rather than dealing with dozens of different plugins.
FEATURES OF INSERT HEADERS AND FOOTERS
- Quick to set up
- Simple to insert scripts
- Insert header code and/or footer code
- Add Google Analytics code to any theme
- Add custom CSS across themes
- Insert Facebook pixel code
The Title Remover plugin adds a simple metabox beside the post creation form in the WordPress admin interface, allowing you to toggle the visibility of the title.
Sometimes you don’t want a page or post title to appear. Perhaps you’re creating a resources page and want to layout your header or h1 title in a different manner. This plugin will hide the defaulted page or post title. Works great and very easy to use!
This plugin works with every theme that uses the recommended WP function for displaying the title. For other themes, that display the title using a lesser know method, it might not work.
Fast Velocity Minify
It minifies CSS and JS files with PHP Minify (no extra requirements).
This plugin has a ton of built-in customization at your fingertips. Easy to install and set-up.
WP Affiliate Disclosure
WP Affiliate Disclosure allows you to add a customizable, FTC-compliant disclosure statement that will automatically display across your WordPress website based on the rule(s) you define.
I recently stopped creating my own affiliate disclosure sections and started using the WP Affiliate Disclosure plugin.
- Show the disclosure statement at the beginning and/or the end of a post.
- Easily customize statement content, including adding in links, images, as well as HTML elements.
- Only show the disclosure statement on certain posts.
- Only show the disclosure statement based on its taxonomies ( categories / tags )
- Works on custom post type as well
Add Expires Headers
The Add Expires Headers will improve your website loading speed by caching various types of static files in the browser of your user. It is a lightweight plugin but its impact on page loading speed is very crucial and easily noticeable.
It’s probably overkill, but I like to use this plugin combination to the Fast Velocity Minify.
1) Reduce page loading time of website.
2) Improve user experience as page loads very quickly than before.
3) Decrease total data-size of page.
Wp Smush Image Compression
Smush has been benchmarked and tested number one for speed and quality and proven crowd favorite image optimization plugin for WordPress.
This is the only image compression tool on the resources page and is simply the best one currently on the market.
Here are just some of the features you can expect:
Optimize your images turn on lazy load, resize, compress and improve your Google Page Speed with the incredibly powerful and 100% free WordPress image smusher.
- Lossless Compression – Strip unused data without affecting image quality
- Lazy Load – Defer offscreen images with the flip of a switch
- Bulk Smush – Optimize up to 50 images with one click
- Image Resizing – Set a max width and height and large images will scale down as they are being compressed
- Incorrect Size Image Detection – Quickly locate images that are slowing down your site
- Directory Smush – Optimize images even if they are not located in the media library
- Automated Optimization – Asynchronously auto-smush your attachments for super fast compression on upload
Looking to sell products or services on your site? WooCommerce is the world’s most popular open-source eCommerce solution.
The WooCommerce core platform is free, flexible, and amplified by a global community. The freedom of open-source means you retain full ownership of your store’s content and data forever.
Whether you’re launching a business, taking brick-and-mortar retail online, or developing sites for clients, use WooCommerce for a store that powerfully blends content and commerce.
Pretty Links enables you to shorten links using your own domain name (as opposed to using tinyurl.com, bit.ly, or any other link shrinking service)!
In addition to creating clean links, Pretty Links tracks each hit on your URL and provides a full, detailed report of where the hit came from, the browser, os, and host.
Pretty Links is a killer plugin for people who want to clean up their affiliate links, track clicks from emails, their links on Twitter to come from their own domain, or generally increase the reach of their website by spreading these links on forums or comments on other blogs.
Email autoresponder software
Aweber is an email marketing company founded in 1998; and, serves over 100,000 individuals and businesses for their email marketing.
I have used Aweber for the past 15 years and highly recommend them. They provide excellent customer support, continue to evolve their product line, and have an excellent video library of tutorials to get you started.
There are 2 versions of Aweber: ‘Pro’ and ‘Free.’ This allows you to use most of the features of Aweber, so long as your mailing list is smaller than 500 subscribers (after this, you’ll need to subscribe to a paid plan).
I would encourage every website owner to have an email list. It’s a great way to insulate your site against the uncertainties of search engine rankings.
Another reason Aweber made the resources page is their awesome affiliate program. I have been receiving commissions from some customers signing up under my links for over 10 years!
Mixergy: Learn from proven entrepreneurs
This is the first podcast I check for updates each morning and the reason they are listed first on my resources page!
The Mixergy Mission is to:
- introduce you to doers and thinkers whose ideas and stories are so powerful that just hearing them will change you
- give you an alternative to the “know-it-all, professional gurus.” I want to convince you that no single person knows it all. I want to show you that the best way to grow is to learn from a mix of smart people who are willing to share their expertise and experiences.
- infect you with a passion for business and then help you build your business
- encourage YOU to have a mission, not just a startup, not just a company, but a calling
- act as a counter-weight to all the “startup guys” who try to convince you that the only reason to build a business today is so you can flip it tomorrow
- convince you to follow a vision so big and important that you can’t do it alone. Then I want to give you a mix of wicked-smart people who will help you achieve it
Noah Kagan Presents
Noah Kagan is the Chief Sumo at Sumo Group. Before that,he was employee #30 at Facebook, #4 at Mint, and worked at Intel.
This podcast is about actionable business advice for entrepreneurs and businesspeople. Learn how to start a business, marketing, and more. Noah has failed and succeeded over the years, and these are his stories.
How I Built This with Guy Raz
Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
The Wolf’s Den – Jordan Belfort
In this exciting podcast, JB sits down with Dave Asprey, body hacker guru and founder of the Bulletproof brand. JB and Dave share a mutual interest in biochemistry which leads to a rich conversation about how longevity, insomnia, supplements and smart drugs factor into the pursuit of a long and extraordinary life. This is one of JB’s all-time favorite podcasts. You don’t want to miss this one.
Neville Medhora hosts a podcast about all sorts of topics including copywriting, life, web stuff and more. A great supplement to KopywritingKourse.com, NevBlog.com, and SwipeFile.com.
Internet Traffic Kings
Get ready to rise to the ranks of the online marketing hierarchy. Take some notes from the original royals of revenue. We’re opening up a traffic chest of knowledge from the best of the best Hosted by “The ClickFather” Kevin De Vincenzi and “The Big Faboo” Jon Fondy.