The Tools I Use
Note: Some of these resources are free, and some aren’t. Those that are paid resources are affiliate products or services, meaning if you buy them, I get a commission at no extra cost to you. Please know that I have personal experience with all of the following resources, which is why I recommend them.
Every blogger, writer or a digital platform-builder needs great re-sources. Here are some that I use and recommend. Hopefully, they’ll help you as much as they’ve helped me.
Web hosting and design
- Sasa Host: Need help hosting a blog or website? For as low as $1.90 a month and $22 a year, you can get set up on Sasa Host if you are in Kenya. If you prefer a global package you could use GoDaddy which will give you a hosting package at the rate of $2.99 per month. Remember Sasa Host is one of the leading web hosting service providers in Kenya, while GoDaddy is one of the leading web hosting service provider globally. That’s the only reason as to why I recommend them. They also provide you with 24/7 customer service. Besides that, they also help you register a domain and install WordPress, and you can get set up in minutes.
- WordPress: This is the free blogging software that I use and recommend. It’s the best and its free.
- Humble Theme: This is the blog theme I use. Great for starters and if you merge that with a couple of email capturing tools and call to action tools. Then you have a solid blog with you. Find it here
- Writer’s Plus: This is an android mobile tool that you could use wherever with your phone if you like to write while on the move. It’s free and gives you the ability to share your work and even back it up on any cloud service that you have.
- The Writer’s Manifesto: Check out this short eBook, by Jeff Goins. It’s based on the frustrations of a writer on the basis of his personal experience. He talks about working through the tension between writing for accolades and writing for yourself. Use it to get some inspiration.
Online shopping carts & product distribution systems
- Paypal: Basically an online bank account that makes it easy for you to receive payments.
- E-Junkie: Easy-to-use online shopping cart. Great for selling eBooks and other simple products. Super cheap and has an easy-to-use affiliate program to help sell other people’s stuff.
Communities & courses
- Words and Life: This is a free Facebook group started by Patrick Steven Maunda. It will help you build the habit of daily writing and reading. Plus, you get the chance to meet other cool people and get inspired by what other people are doing out here.