Essential Tools of a Professional BloggerBy
My Essential Tools series returns today with the tools that are being used by a professional, full-time blogger. Meet David. David is a professional blogger, and has been living full time off his online earnings. Currently, he is working on eXtra for Every Publisher, a blog created with hopes of helping others make money thanks to the blogosphere. David has written two posts that I think are essential reads (there are more, but these two are really good):
WordPress – Not only is this my blogging software of choice, but I write blog posts about the software. If it hadn’t been created, I doubt I everwould have gotten to where I am. I have been using it since 0.72 and have eagerly anticipated each subsequent release. It just keeps getting better and better. The best thing about it is that with a little PHP know-how, WordPress can be changed to run just about any type of site – from CSS Galleries to ecommerce stores.
Crimson Editor – You need a good syntax highlighting text editor for coding, and Crimson Editor is by far the best I have ever used. I use it for bending WordPress to my will. It is free, lightweight and is the only text editor I use on my Windows machine.
Irfanview – When I am on a Windows computer and I have an image I need to resize or crop, I don’t want to open some bloated tool like Photoshop, and so Irfanview to the rescue. With its plugin pack it also makes a half decent media player for music, movies and flash videos. Another free tool for Windows users.
Adium- Networking is the key to my day, and nothing does it better than Adium on my Mac. I can talk to people on just about any instant messaging client. For the first time in my life I am connecting with people that only use AIM.
StumbleUpon -You want traffic for your site? Use StumbleUpon. For one of my projects, Xfep.com, it has given me six times more traffic than any other source thus far. There is no better feeling than seeing that people are interested in the content you produce.
Samson Q1U USB Microphone – If you want to record audio, create podcasts, or even just be a guest on a podcast, you have to have a great microphone, and I am very happy with my $50 Samson Q1U USB microphone. It feels solid, heavy, and durable. It looks professional, and sounds great.
An Amazing Host – HostGator -I have gone through many hosts, and the one that is just amazing me right now is HostGator (me, too says Char). Lots of space, great support, and stable. I couldn’t be happier. If you want to really make it in the blogging world, having little downtime and fast loading pages is a must.
Thanks, David! I now have some new tools to go check out! How about you? What are your essential tools for online success?