Digital Tools and Resources

A collection of Ukandoo’s top recommended tools, services and software to help you start or run a digital business

Building Your Website

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Divi

Divi is one of those themes that can be used for almost anything.

With their drag-and-drop Divi builder, making websites is simple for even the least tech-savvy person.

With 18 pre-designed layouts to choose from, all responsive, mobile-friendly, SEO friendly and great features such as WooCommerce and parallax sliders, it’s a no-brainer. In fact, it’s the very theme we used to build this site!

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Optimizepress

Optimizepress is perfect for digital marketers.

Create fully responsive high-converting landing pages, sales pages and membership portals easily and beautifully.

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TemplateMonster

For those of you with a little more experience in web dev, TemplateMonster may be for you.

You can build a site or web project with our template in a few hours that would have taken months on your own custom design.

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ThemeForest

ThemeForest is part of the Envato Market and offers over 25,000 website templates and themes.

What’s more, ThemeForest offers one of the lowest prices among the various WP themes today, for as little as $30.

If you are looking for excellent theme functionality, beautiful design and at an affordable price then you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Hosting Your Website

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Hostgator

All of our niche websites are hosted on Hostgator. Why?

Because they make it incredibly easy to get a new site up and running with their one-click WordPress installation.

You can use your Hostgator to host multiple domains – and with great hosting plans such as their baby plan it makes affordable hosting accessible to everyone!

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Bluehost

Bluehost is another top hosting site that offers affordable hosting and great service.

With 24/7 support, a free lifetime domain on sign up and over $150 offers, it’s definitely a good hosting service for those of you just starting out.

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GoDaddy

So why GoDaddy?

Well, first off they offer the cheapest service in the marketing of hosting – a great bonus when you’re just getting started.

They have awesome plans too for small companies and entrepreneurs aswell as customer support, with a live chat feature that enables you to get live feedback with any issues you may have.

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TSO-Host

With 24/7 customer support, fast load speeds and 1 click installations – TSO Host is a great alternative to the more mainstream hosting providers.

It’s a great place if you’re looking to get started online, or for looking to change, they’ll move your site hassle free with no downtime!

Email Marketing

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Drip

Our #1 recommendation for email marketing & automation.

Drip integrates with many other digital tools we use and this new generation of email automation tools is so much easier and nicer to use than many other email marketing software tools.

TRY DRIP FREE for up to 100 subscribers to see the true power of this amazing software. You won’t regret it and if you’re already using another email marketing system then you will likely want to change over to Drip.

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AWeber

We highly recommend using AWeber for your email list building.

It integrates nicely with all the other digital tools we use, you can send out unlimited emails per month and setting up autoresponder lists is as simple as 123…

PLUS you get an initial FREE 30-DAY TRAIL with all the features to try out the software and thereafter it costs just $19 per month to continue it if you have up to 500 subscribers.

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MailChimp

MailChimp is great, especially if you are just starting out with email marketing.

Their tools are easy to use and help you create professional-looking campaigns.

With easy automation campaign set-ups, fantastic template building, basic reports, form-building – all the core features are right there.

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Landing Pages

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LeadPages

LeadPages is by far our favourite tool for creating high-quality landing pages.

With their drag and drop feature interface, customizing your landing page couldn’t be any easier!

LeadPages works both with WordPress and non-WordPress sites, it’s domain and SEO friendly and their software integrates seamlessly with a variety of different platforms!

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Instapage

Instapage is a great tool for converting viewers into subscribers or buyers.

What’s more, they provide seamless integration with CRM, email marketing, social and other optimization tools with no programming required.

SumoMe

From the creative minds of AppSumo comes an amazing suite of free tools to help grow your blog and increase traffic. Over 10,000 blogs (and counting!) use these free tools.

Accounting + Business Tools

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Xero

We all know accounting can be an absolute nightmare when you have a small business or at the very least extremely boring and tedious. Yet everyone knows it’s crucial.

For someone with no accounting experience, Xero is the way to go. Xero provides a low-cost solution to help balance your books and make sure you’re on top of everything. You can send online invoices on the go and view your cash flow in real time. It’s intuitive and displays everything you need beautifully.

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Evernote

Evernote is your online notebook that you can access anywhere. When you capture a note it automatically syncs to all your devices.

You can create reminders, make to-do lists, capture pictures, save documents and with its handy search option you never have to worry about where you saved something. We cannot stress enough how useful this app is to both our personal and working lives.

Social Media

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Hootsuite

If your serious about social, Hootsuite is the way to go.

Hootsuite enables you to schedule and manage posts across all your social media accounts whilst providing you with in-depth analytics and feedback.

You can add multiple team members to make social media management easy and easily save and reproduce what posts provide most engagement and results.

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Browser Plugins

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SEOquake

“A Powerful SEO Toolbox for your Browser” – we couldn’t have said it better.

This is an absolutely free Google Chrome extension that enables you to conduct on-page SEO audit, compare domains and examine all internal and external links.

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SimilarWeb

This is one of the simplest website analyzer tools out there. Similar Web reads any site and tells you instantly its global rank, country rank and category rank.

It also gives you basic insights into traffic overview, referrals, search, social and website content – it’s a ton of free information right at your fingertips.

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Google Analytics

Get stronger results across all your sites with Google Analytics. It’s free and easy to use.

In fact, out of all the web-analyzing tools we’ve mentioned so far, this is the tool we love and use the most.

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MOZ Bar

Streamline your SEO while you surf the web.

Moz toolbar lets you create custom searches, compare link metrics and highlights links and keywords and quickly expose page elements.

SEO + Keyword Research

SEMrush

SEMrush is THE tool for digital marketing experts.

Get insights into your competitor’s strategies in display advertising, organic and paid search and link building.

In other words, this tool enables you to benefit from your competitors as you are able to pick, apply and develop the perfect content and advertising strategies.

Click here to learn more

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KWFinder

This is a great tool for finding long tail keywords. Simply type in your keyword or phrase, target location and language and get real-time keyword SEO difficulty with one click.

KWFinder has a handy related long tail keywords generator tool, making it easier to find long tail keywords related to your niche with high search volumes and low keyword SEO difficulty.

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SerpChecker

Start SEO competitor analysis instantly with SerpChecker. With the ability to select countries, states or cities you can get the most accurate local Google SERP results. This is a brilliant and simple to use tool for understanding competitive strengths and weaknesses and to evaluate your SERP position.

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Ahrefs

Ahrefs is one stop shop for SEO tools.

Many SEO tools have standalone single functions such as Buzzsumo and MOZ, however Ahrefs serves as an all in one multi-functional tool.

This software is extremely powerful and enables you to reach into the depths of the internet to show you every link, every share and every tweet pointing to the site you are researching.

Design Gigs + Outsourcing

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Fiverr

When you want a job doing good-quality, fast and cheap Fiverr is the place to go.

Browse from thousands of services offered by independent freelancers from logo design, to SEO, to copywriting – Fiverr has it all.

And as you guessed it…it costs only a $5!

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Upwork

Upwork is a great place to hire experienced freelancers.

Start your job in hours and get amazing results with people who really know their stuff.

Creative Resources

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Canva

Canva makes design simple for everyone.

With Canva you can make blog graphics, presentations, posters, Facebook covers, eBook covers and more.

They provide beautiful templates and a wide variety of fonts and icon elements to spice up your designs.

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Stencil

Ridiculously simple image creation for social media, marketers, bloggers and small businesses.

With over 1,200,000+ royalty-free images and 670+ amazing templates you can create awesome graphics for your social media in no time.

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Piktochart

This incredible tool helps you design infographics with ease. It’s free to create an account and create infographics with access to over 4,000 icons and hundreds of templates..

Piktochart allows you create powerful infographics without the cost of a designer so give it a try today!

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Envato Market

Envato has everything you need for your creative project.

The Envato Market is a collection of themed marketplaces, where creatives sell their digital assets to help bring your ideas to life.

With over 9 million digital products to choose from including WordPress themes, plugins, video clips, audio jingles etc – you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

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Creative Market

Unlike hiring a creative or freelancer, Creative Market is simply an awesome place to get all sorts of creative design resources.

They also post free weekly downloadable goodies from cool fonts, icons, posters and graphics. Why not check out what on offer right now?

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StockSnap

Need free beautiful HD photos? Then, StockSnap is your answer. It’s our “go-to” place when we’re looking for authentic creative photos as unlike the name suggests, StockSnap offers a good range of HD photos in many categories that don’t have that staged “stock photo” feel.

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Unsplash

Unsplash is another great place for finding beautiful free HD photos. They’re photo library is a little smaller than Stocksnap, but images tend to be of higher-quality. Yet like Stocksnap, Unsplash’s photo library offers beautiful photos supplied by independent photographers, and so have that authenticity many stock photo sites lack.

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Pexels

Pexels is the best free stock photo library for HD commercial and business use, and we highly recommend you check this one out!

Whilst we love StockSnap and Unsplash for their creative and authentic looking photos, Pexels is extremely useful when you’re looking for more commerical and branding “style” photos.

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Fotolia

Fotolia is owned by Adobe and has one of the largest stock libraries, currently offering over 57 million high-res, royalty-free images and videos available to license.

They source for quality contributors and offer users the flexibility to either purchase a monthly or annual subscription or credit-based pay-as-you-go system.

Fotolia is our go-to source when we want beautiful, professional and high-resolution images.

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PhotoDune

PhotoDune has grown a lot over the past few years, and for good reasons.

As part of Envato Market, PhotoDune is a great source for stock images at really affordable prices. Their highest-priced images cost only $9 – this is much lower than most top micro stock agencies.

We’ve started using PhotoDune more and more, and feel it’s a bit of a hidden secret in the microstock world. All in all, it’s a great source for high-quality images at low-cost.

Traffic + Analytics

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Google Adsense

Google Adsense is a free, simple way to earn money by placing ads on your website.

It’s incredibly easy to get started with Google Adsense and if you’ve registered and joined other advertising networks you know that some of them can be incredibly arduous and long-winded as well as hard to get in.

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Google Analytics

Get stronger results across all your sites with Google Analytics. It’s free and easy to use.

In fact, out of all the web-analyzing tools we’ve mentioned so far, this is the tool we love and use the most.

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Cyfe

Cyfe is an all-in-one business dashboard app that helps you easily monitor all your business data from one place.

On top of the set-up channels such as social media, marketing, web analytics, finance, sales etc you can also integrate Cyfe with popular apps like LinkedIn, Shopify, Mailchimp and much more.

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