OK! I keep getting asked which tools and services I use for all our blogs, so I finally found the time to gather all of the most useful links, suggestions and resources into one handy place! So now, the next time someone asks, I can relax, lay back and unfurl my true, patronising form and say: have you looked here?
NB: Some of the links below are affiliate links, so we may get a commission if you follow the link and choose to use these companies. They’re all companies and products I use, trust and love! I hope you find them useful too! Thanks for supporting the Dutch Uncles!
InMotion Hosting: if you’re looking to start a blog you’re going to need a server host, and for that I recommend InMotion. It’s who I use for DutchUncles and they’re regularly beating BlueHost in the lists of best WordPress and business hosting options. I genuinely believe InMotion are the best choice for getting started and working with you to grow your site.
They make the daunting technical tasks of getting yourself up-and-running relatively painless, letting you launch your blog with simple WordPress installation, and 24/7 customer support via phone or chat who have never failed to help me out at every time of day and night.
And, if you sign up using my link, you can currently take advantage of up-to 44% the listed prices for their plans!
Don’t forget to check out my free guide on how to start a successful blog.
StudioPress + the Genesis Framework: like all the best blogs, Dutch Uncles runs on WordPress and I choose the Genesis Framework from StudioPress for all my sites. That sounds like a lot of nested nonsense. If you want to know more about setting up your own blog, check out my how-to.
But the short of it is, if you want to monetise your blog, WordPress is the best, most secure and most respected option. If you want your WordPress blog to run clean, look good and be as easy to maintain as possible, then the Genesis Framework has all the support and essential tools built-in, plus a tonne of great plugins to make tailoring your blog to your needs really easy.
Once you sign-up with StudioPress, you can then build your own theme or access one of the amazing themes as a starting point. For all you who so often compliment Dutch Uncles, all credit has to go to the amazing team Themetry who created this theme Milan Pro.
Mailerlite: If you’re getting into newslettering –whether it’s for your blog, your conventional business or your family! – the simplicity of Mailerlite makes them easily the best option. The service is free for your first 1,000 subscribers and once they’ve helped you grow past that they’re still cheap compared to competitors like MailChimp or Convertkit.
Tailwind: If you are tired of pinning manually, try Tailwind. It’s the perfect scheduler to set up your pin strategy and make the most of your time and get optimum results from Pinterest. Try it for free for the first month, and get a $15 free credit for your second month!
Dare to Conquer: previously the Billionaire Blog Club this truly is the ultimate blogging resource! It’s not just a try series of pages, this is a whole community of like-minded people, all ready to lift each other up! That can include you!
If you are serious about creating a 6-figure blog, this is the place to be and you can start that journey for as little as $1 by accessing the incredible roadmap here. So if you want to get serious about your side hustle, make sure you get off on the right foot. DTC has everything you need to take your blog from hobby to 6-figure business!
TRAVEL & ESCAPE
If you don’t like travelling, what are you doing here?!
Heading out and finding new wonders, seeing new sights, tasting new delicacies and meeting new people are all some of the greatest pleasures in life. You can check out my tips on how to travel in style on a budget here, and these are the tools I use to do it!
Achieving the 10% Genius discount on many hotel options only takes a couple of completed bookings and some of those prices are genuine bargains.
AirBNB: AirBNB is a great option, especially for longer stays when you want something that feels a bit more like home.
If you’ve never booked through AirBNB before, get a free $35 credit on your first booking by using this link.
Agoda: Agoda is another invaluable resource, especially if you’re planning a trip around South-East Asia, India, China and even down towards Indonesia. Their range of hotel options is as good for inspiration as it is for locking in great deals.
Skyscanner: I never book flights without checking Skyscanner first. You can read more about all the tips I use to book cheap flights here, but Skyscanner is always on top of my list!
TECHNOLOGY & TOYS
Last but very much not least is the technology and toys I rely on everyday!
Whether it’s for tourism, plugging away at home, blogging from my sofa or beside the Grand Canal, these are pieces of kit you’ll always see by my side.
THE REST OF THE GEAR…
If you have a question about any of the things I mention below, please get in touch by sending me a message here. I’d love to hear from you!