If you plan to make money with your blog, then you'll need an option for your Email Marketing Automation. Depending upon how far along you are in your journey, you can begin with a free option such as MailChimp, however, you will eventually have to start paying for that as well if you want to remove the branding and once you surpass a certain number of subscribers on your email list. It's often more difficult to make a switch in automation systems later, so I recommend going with either ConvertKit, AWeber or HubSpot right out of the gates.
I use and highly recommend all three of them. Here is a bit more perspective to help you decide which one is right for your business:
If you are a blogger, the best choice is ConvertKit. It's easy and intuitive to use. AWeber is for small business or those entrepreneurs making less than about $250,000 in revenue per year. It easily integrates with just about any type of website platform that you use and it's also very user friendly. HubSpot on the other hand is an ideal solution for businesses that have annual revenues in the $250,000 to $5million category.
Content Creation Tools
Need a solution for creating visually stunning E-Books? I have two, Squribble is the solution for the most efficient way to put together your ebooks. If there were ever a tool to make things simple, this is it! The other option is Creative Market. They provide ebook themes in a similar way to WordPress Themes where you can browse a pre-made theme and simply enter your content.
Thinking of doing Webinars? Then WebinarJam is the place to go for the best software to make that possible. Sell your digital products with ease by creating a polished and profound Lead Magnet using the global industry leading software.
Need some help with what to actually say in your ebook, webinar, or even on your blog? Then FunnelScripts is the solution! Generate headlines, blog post titles and more with the click of a button!
There comes a time when you want to forget about bitly and create your own custom URLs for link shortening. For example: https://vogue-media.com/clickmagick. Start with your own free trial.
Search Engine Optimization
The importance of good SEO to compliment any SEM efforts is incredibly under-rated. Everything needs to be optimized, and at the very least, use the free Chrome Browser Extension Keywords Everywhere.
Another free tool for good research is Answer the Public. This allows you to type in literally any question and then gain some idea of other questions that people are asking around that topic.
For those seeking a competitive advantage, the best software available is SEMRush. This is the software used by digital agencies.
Another fantastic tool that I also use for my video research is TubeBuddy.