Tech Toucan

Recommended Tools

Over the years I’ve tested out hundreds of online marketing and blogging tools, and I’m constantly refining the resources that I rely on.

On this constantly-updated page, therefore, I want to discuss some of my most trusted tools for building profitable blogs and affiliate sites.

Site Building


One of the best-known and most highly respected web hosts. Bluehost offer highly competitive prices, good levels of customer service and allow you to host multiple sites on a single account.

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Want to make your WordPress site look as professional as possible? ThemeForest is an online marketplace for WordPress theme designers, offering thousands of quality-checked designs at reasonable prices.

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My #1 tool for carrying out research, including finding great keywords, inspecting backlinks and more. If you only invest in one SEO tool for your blog then make it SEMRush.

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KW Finder

My top keyword analysis recommendation, making it easy to find thousands of potential target keyword phrases, then drill down to see exactly which keywords are best for your site.

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Track your keyword rankings with SERP Book. Its cheap but powerful, and allows you to make informed decisions about the impact of your SEO work.

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Pinterest Marketing


Having tried out a host of different graphic design tools, Snappa is my tool of choice for quickly creating great-looking social media graphics on a budget.

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The professional Pinterest marketing tool. Very powerful for growing your followers and Pinterest traffic in a hands-off manner.

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Cheaper than Tailwind, Boardbooster offers a similar range of functions, but with a different user experience.

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Big Stock Photo

The site I am currently using to source top-quality royalty-free images for my Pinterest marketing.

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List Building


Simply the most feature-rich email marketing tool on the market, with a huge range of pre-made optin form templates and split testing of forms as standard.

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My chosen autoresponder service for storing my subscriber details and sending out broadcast email newsletters.

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Pretty Link Pro

Easily manage your affiliate links and add them to any blog post. Also permits split testing, to see which offers are performing most strongly with your visitors.

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Easily and automatically add affiliate links to your existing posts with Skimlinks.

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