Products, services and companies on this page have proven their worth to us over relationships that span years, in most cases.
They’re here because we trust them.
Resources listed below are ones we personally use and pay for (unless they’re free). Where we’ve established an affiliate relationship with a company, using the link we provide pays us a small commission when you buy.
WordPress.com – This is a blogging/small website platform and not traditional hosting. Still, it’s often a good place for beginners. (free to start, with limits)
NameSilo – Inexpensive, easy and secure. Domain privacy included at no additional charge. Use Promo Code FEARLESS to get $1 off a domain registration or transfer.
StudioPress – Fast, lightweight, flexible and modern themes for WordPress. Look great on any device. Excellent support/service for DIYers.
Automattic – Reliable, well-coded themes from the people who make WordPress. (free)
Wordfence – Monitors your site for malware and other threats, and notifies you via e-mail when plugin updates are needed. Even the free version is incredibly helpful. Note: Do not enable the Live Traffic feature. Almost no one needs it and it will tax your server and slow your site.
ShortPixel – Compresses images better than any plugin I’ve used, free or paid. Zero detectable loss of quality. Most affordable, easiest & best way to optimize an entire WordPress Media Library. (“freemium” WordPress plugin)
Website Form Builder
Gravity Forms – Pro-level forms solution that lets us take payments, send e-mail signups to ConvertKit, do client intake, offer quizzes, set up coupons and about a hundred other things.
WP Forms – Lightweight forms plugin we use and recommend for most of our clients. Base plugin is free and great for simple contact forms. Upgrading adds numerous features.
ConvertKit – Makes it simple to handle more-complex e-mail marketing such as opt-in/lead magnets, welcome sequences, e-mail courses, segmented/tagged subscriber lists, and more.
Dropbox – Creates a local folder on any device you like, then syncs it everywhere. Easy file sharing. Up to 2GB free. Use our link to sign up & receive an additional 500MB of space at no charge when you install Dropbox on your computer.
WP Rocket – Simple to use premium caching and optimization plugin. We often include WP Rocket as part of our WordPress Website Optimization service, because it’s the best WordPress optimization plugin we’ve found.
WP101 – A Fearless Venture clients get custom tutorials for their specific site/issue, but oftentimes you just need a general how-to. WP101 provides us with professionally done, always up-to-date, easy WordPress tutorial videos to help beginners quickly learn WordPress basics, plus how-to videos for Yoast SEO and other popular WordPress plugins.
Social Media Management
Missinglettr – Automatically creates year-long drip campaigns for your blog posts & shares them out to all of your connected social profiles. Huge time saver + traffic driver. 50% off the 1st three months when you use my link to sign up for any plan.
SmarterQueue – Helps schedule posts to most social media channels. Also helps find quality shareable content.
Accounting & Invoicing
ZipBooks – Not true accounting software, but a decent offering to help you manage your business account and get paid. (free and paid plans)
Zoho – Professional e-mail with your own domain name, along with a whole suite of helper apps. Free and paid plans (so there’s no excuse for not getting legit e-mail).
24Sessions – Video and audio meetings, plus the ability to screen share and record. Easy integrated scheduling that syncs with Google Calendar. Unlike Zoom, Hangouts or Skype, 24Sessions is simple enough for even the most tech-challenged people we work with. Only downside is no payment integration.
Meeting & Interview Transcription
Happy Scribe – Uses voice recognition to produce quick and inexpensive (currently .15/minute) transcripts from your uploaded audio. Offers a synced & timestamped interface to make editing a breeze. And yes – when a robot transcribes, there will be editing. Happy Scribe makes it easy.
[email protected] – Subscription service that works with any device & helps focus and productivity regardless of surroundings.