As a digital marketing freelancer, you must be aware of the best tools and resources that can help you establish your online presence, connect with your clients, carry out projects, billing and learn new skills.
I have created this resource page to list out the tools and websites that I think can be of great value to your website and business.
Having a professional looking website, social media presence on the top platforms, familiarity with the top tools in digital marketing space and being updated with the latest, most in-demand skills are essential for a freelancers survival and success. Nobody is going to hand-hold you through these steps and you have to hit the ground running.
Clients want results from the word go and this is possible only if you already are well-equipped and well-skilled.
Best Resources for Digital Marketing Freelancers
Best Hosting Plans for your Website
I have been using Hostgator for this website. It offers a great value for money proposition, has a solid support system (extremely crucial for your peace of mind) and it’s super easy to get your website up and running with their one-click installation for WordPress.
Bluehost is another great option, bundling together reliability and cost-effectiveness. For a new site, one can start out with the Bluehost standard plan and if you see a good growth in traffic numbers (like more than 7-8k in a day), you can consider shifting over to Optimized Hosting plan for WordPress.
WPEngine is another great option if you have the budget in hand to absorb this expense (the personal plan starts at $29/month), especially if you want to leave the technical side of the things off your radar. It’s worth to point out that WPEngine is considered one of the best in the managed WordPress hosting space.
Buying A Domain Name
I’ve bought mine from GoDaddy but you can also go for Namcheap or Hostgator. There are many deals being offered by these companies and sometimes you can get the first year for as low as $1. So, check out these websites and compare their offers and go for the best deal that you can get your hands on!
Make Your Website Look Professional
Who doesn’t want a website that has killer looks and awesome layout. Needless to add, a good looking website adds to your credibility too.
You can see StudioPress (the creator of Genesis Framework) at work on this website. StudioPress has a huge fan following among the designers and developers owing to a vast repository of awesome looking themes (I am using the Atmosphere Pro theme), SEO optimization, ease of customization and a great support system. It has an absolutely clean structure, gives your site fast loading time and a fully responsive HTML5 design for mobiles. The theme you build your website on is a one-time investment, and it definitely pays, in the long run, to invest in a trustworthy source like StudioPress.
Divi from Elegant Themes is another great option for building a great looking website. Powered by the Divi Builder, what you get is an intuitive front-end editor with a drag and drop functionality. And the best part is – Divi Builder is a WordPress plugin and will even work on themes not built by Elegant Themes! Using the Divi Builder is a total breeze, you just have to click and type and see all the changes instantly in real time. At a price of $89/year, all the themes, plugins, support, and updates are yours to use. Sounds good to me!