This is a look inside everything that allows me to continue building and maintaining my online empire. Well, maybe it’s not quite an empire just yet, but a guy can dream.
Everything listed below is a product or service I actually use regularly. Some of the links below may be affiliate links meaning if you end up buying the product or service after clicking the link I will get a small commission from it. The commission comes at no additional cost to you. I only recommend products and services which I have experience with and have found to be a helpful or critical part of my work and play.
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These are things that are physical tools that I use regularly that I couldn’t do my job without.
- MacBook Pro 2014
- Bluetooth Apple Keyboard and Magic Mouse
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6 (backup)
- Field Notes
- Next Level Apparel for Red V-Neck t-shirts.
These are the apps that I use on either my iMac or MacBook Pro.
- Adobe Creative Cloud (primarily Photoshop and Illustrator)
- Desk for publishing blog posts like a boss.
- Boxy for email.
- Evernote for idea capture and development.
- Coda for FTP.
- Atom for all coding.
- TweetDeck for multiple Twitter account management.
- Spotify for audio stimulation.
- Chrome for web browsing.
- Recordit for screen recording in video and GIF format!
- Slack for team communications
- FocusBooster for Pomodoro and time tracking.
- Todoist for to-do lists and project management.
When I’m not on my desktop of laptop, odds are I’m on my phone. These are the apps I can’t live without.
- Inbox by Gmail
And in case you missed my post about the Best Mobile Apps to Create Visual Content, it also contains some great mobile apps that I use occasionally.
These are apps that I use on the web to accomplish various tasks.
- Google Apps for Work (Google+, Drive, Analytics)
- Bit.ly with my own custom short URL for all link shortening.
- Rebrandly (currently testing this as a Bitly alternative)
- Buffer for social media post scheduling.
- LastPass because, like everyone, I have too many places to log in.
- MailChimp for newsletter creation.
- Feedly for RSS reading.
- Brand24 for deep social listening.
- Mention for basic (free) social listening.
- HotJar for website heatmaps, session recordings and funnel analytics.
- OpenTest for quick and easy screen capture videos.
- Loom for super simple screen recording.
These are all the components used to make dustn.tv happen. From hosting, software, plugins and everything I use to make it what it is.
- Wiser Sites, my highest recommendation for web hosting.
- WordPress, self-hosted, for all websites/blogs.
- CloudFlare for speed, security and traffic spikes.
- Social Warfare – because it’s the best social sharing tool on the market (see how it skyrockets Pinterest traffic).
- Ninja Forms
- CoSchedule – for taking my content editorial calendar to the next level.
- Optin Monster
- Fluid Video Embeds
- Broken Link Checker
- WP Canvas – Gallery
- W3 Total Cache
- Yoast SEO
And that’s it for now. I’ll do my best to keep updating this page and making it better.