Inside My Toolbox

I am often asked about the tools I use in my personal and professional life. I thought I would document them here. This is not a static list but one that I will update as my needs and tools change. Please note: the software tools are for Mac, since that’s the computer I use.

A Collection of Hand Tools - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/prill, Image #16208370

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/prill

If there’s a tool I am missing or one you think is better than the one I am using, please let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page. These entries are arranged in alphabetical order after each heading.

Blogging

  • Akismet: This is the plugin I use to control comment spam. Even though I get more than 500 comments a day, I get very little spam. Akismet blocks almost all it, so it never sees the light of day. This creates less work for you and less friction for your readers. (For example, you don’t have to require them to register to leave a comment.)
  • BlueHost: If you use WordPress as I recommend (see below), you will need a hosting service too. I recommend BlueHost. They are currently offering a special $3.95 a month rate to my readers. I also have a free screencast that will show you how to set up a WordPress site on BlueHost in 20 minutes or less.
  • BoxShot 3D: This is the software I use to create 3D images of books. It is an amazing, sophisticated piece of software that makes it simple to create gorgeous cover images for books and e-books. You can even use it to create images of ntebooks, software boxes, and many other objects.
  • Disqus: This is my commenting platform. It is used by thousands of large sites and has become the de facto standard on professional blogs. It is super-easy for your readers and allows them to manage comments across many sites without having to sign in every time. It is also very useful to you as a blogger.
  • Feedburner: Some people, particularly those who are more tech-savvy, will prefer to subscribe to your blog via RSS. I use Feedburner to manage my RSS feed. It is a free service owned by Google. It is easy to set up. It has an e-mail module too, but I still prefer using MailChimp for that (see below).
  • Get Noticed!: This is my brand-spanking new theme. I designed it myself and my web developer and partner Andrew Buckman coded it. We are planning to start selling this in the next few months. Before this, I used StandardTheme, which is also very good. Elegant Themes, WooThemes, and StudioPress are also great options.
  • Google Analytics: This is the gold standard when it comes to analytics. If you want to track your unique visitors, page views, bounce rate, and a host of other metrics, you need to sign up for a free account and then follow the directions for installing it on your blog.
  • iStockPhoto: If you want your posts to get noticed, you need to use photos. They pull people into the content. Yes, you can get free ones at places like Flickr.com, but personally, I can’t afford the time. iStockPhoto is one of the largest online stock photo databases. It is now owned by Getty Images. They offer a 20% discount to my readers.
  • MailChimp: As any Internet marketer will tell you, nothing is more important than building your own e-mail list. I use MailChimp to manage mine. It has a super easy-to-use interface, great analytics, and is 100 percent reliable. Other people prefer AWeber. I don’t think you can go wrong with either one.
  • ScribeSEO: This is a premium plugin I use to optimize my WordPress posts. It analyses each post, then assigns it a percentage grade (with 100% being a perfect score). Best of all, it suggests how to improve the score by offering different key words and metadata. It was developed by the very smart folks at CopyBlogger.
  • VaultPress: You definitely want to back up your blog on a regular basis. Disasters happen, and you don’t want to lose days, weeks, or years worth of content simply because you didn’t have it backed up. VaultPress was developed by Automattic, the same people who built WordPress. The integration is seamless. Turn it on and forget about it.
  • WordPress: I converted from TypePad to self-hosted WordPress in 2008 and haven’t looked back. In my opinion it is the most robust, yet easy-to-use blogging platform out there. You will find thousands of themes, plugins, and tools that work with WordPress. Best of all, it’s free. (However, you will pay for hosting, themes, and some plugins.)

Social Media

  • Buffer: This is one of those ideas that is so simple and so elegant, you slap yourself on the forehead and say, “Of course!” You add tweets to your Buffer whenever you want. It then spreads them out during the day according to a schedule you pre-determine, so it doesn’t overwhelm your followers.
  • HootSuite: This is my Twitter dashboard. (It can also be used for Facebook, LinkedIn, too.) It allows me to monitor direct messages, mentions, and the tweets of those I follow. It arranges lists of users into columns (e.g., Family, Work Associates, Industry Sources, etc.), so I can quickly see what’s happening with any specific group. I use this tool to send messages and replies.
  • Platform Conference: This is my newest conference, based on the framework I use in my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. The next event is scheduled for November 9–14, 2014 in Nashville, TN. Confirmed speakers include Amy Porterfield, Ken Davis, Pat Flynn, Ray Edwards, Stu McLaren, Cliff Ravenscraft, … and me!
  • SocialOomph: This is the service I use to manage scheduled tweets. I have a file with my top 100 most popular blog posts. Essentially, it includes one tweet for each post. I bulk upload this to Social Oomph and it posts these tweets, one per day every day at a specific time. It is a great way to keep my older posts visible. It drives a lot of traffic to my blog.
  • TweetPages: This is the design service I use to keep my social media branding in sync. They took my blog design and the used it to design my Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube profiles. They have spectacular customer service and are very affordable.

Speaking

  • Keynote: This is the software package that single-handedly converted me from PC to Mac. If you are not familiar with it, it is Apple’s alternative to PowerPoint. It is easy-to-use and produces amazing, beautiful slides. The graphic capabilities are so robust that I usually use it in place of PhotoShop for designing almost everything.
  • KeySpan Remote: This is the remote slide control unit I use when I speak publicly. Yes, I know I can use my iPhone for this, but the KeySpan is a third of the size of a phone. I can fit it in the palm of my hand, and no one knows it’s even there. It turns me into a magician!
  • Launch Conference: This is a conference I co-own with my partner, Ken Davis. It is about the business of public speaking—how to get booked, what to charge, how to create products you can sell at the back of the room, etc. It is for professional speakers or those who want to consider becoming a professional speaker.
  • OmniOutliner: This is where every speech starts for me. It is easier to use than a word processor, allowing me to arrange and rearrange all the elements of my speech, creating a thorough outline of my presentation. I also notate the slide numbers in a column to the right of the outline. Here’s an example of my Platform speech.
  • Photoshop: As I mentioned earlier, I use Keynote for most of my graphic design needs. However, for those really difficult jobs, I still use Photoshop. To be honest, I am not a big fan. I find the interface non-intuitive and clunky. But for raw power, I haven’t found anything that comes close. Photo shop does anything—if I can just figure out how to do it.
  • SCORRE Conference: This is another conference I co-own with my partner, Ken Davis. It is designed for professional speakers and those who simply want to communicate more professionally. While Launch is about the business of public speaking, SCORRE is about how to prepare and deliver your speech in a way maximizes it’s impact on the audience. It literally changed everything about how I communicate.

Podcasting

  • Adobe Audition: This is the audio editing software I use. It is expensive and probably overkill. There are free or cheaper alternatives available. I bought it because Cliff Ravenscraft recommended it and has some good tutorials about it. It is super-easy to use, but I feel I am only tapping five percent of its capabilities.
  • BluBrry PowerPress: This is the WordPress plugin I use to embed my podcast on my blog. It uses a simple, elegant interface and provides a very nice audio player, so your listeners can simply click “Play” to listen to your show.
  • BroadVoice: This is one of two voice mail services I use to capture questions and feedback from my listeners. (The other one is SpeakPipe below.) People simply call into my number, hear a voice mail greeting from me, and then leave their message. BroadVoice then mails me a WAV file of the recording, which I can edit and insert into my show.
  • Ginger Schell: She does all the transcriptions for my shows. She does a masterful job. She is a little more expensive than other services, but English is her first language, and she pays attention to the details. When you want it done right, she is the one to call.
  • Heil PR40 Microphone: This is the microphone I use. Again, I bought it because Cliff Ravenscraft recommended it. I haven’t found another mic that produces the depth and resonance of the PR40. If you have listened to my podcast and like the sound of my voice, this is the mic that is responsible.
  • Heil SM–2B Shock Mount: This is the cage-looking thing on which the mic mounts. It is a “shock mount,” so that if I bump the desk or the boom, the mic won’t pick up the sounds.
  • ID3 Editor: This is a single-purpose software package. It does one thing well. It allows you to create the metadata for your audio files, so when you upload them to iTunes, it’s all there.
  • LibSyn: If you are going to podcasting, you don’t want to host these files on your own blog. If you have hundreds of people—or thousands—trying to access them at once, you could crash your server, incur crazy charges from your hosting company, or risk them shutting down your blog. Instead, you want to host them on a flat-rate media service like LibSyn.
  • Mackie 1402-VLZ3 Mixer: This is the audio mixer I use—again, recommended by Cliff Ravenscraft. It enables me to mix together my voice, music bed, audio clips, and external callers, into a single audio stream that I record.
  • OmniOutliner: This is where every podcast starts. I create my “Show Prep” here, just like I do my speech outlines (see above for details).
  • Roland R–05 Digital Recorder: I don’t record directly to my computer’s hard disk or flash drive as you can with a USB microphone. The risk of doing so is that your computer crashes in the middle of your podcast and you have to re-record it. Instead, I record to a digital audio recorder. This one is fantastic quality and super simple to use.
  • SpeakPipe: This is the second of two voice mail services I use to capture questions and feedback from my listeners. (The other one is BroadVoice above.) People simply call into my number, hear a voice mail greeting from me, and then leave their message. BroadVoice then mails me a mp3 file of the recording, which I can edit and insert into my show.
  • SoundByte: This is another single-purpose program. It allows me to queue up audio clips (e.g., musical intro and outro, as well as listener questions) and play them in real time when I record my podcast. It’s a little buggy on Mountain Lion, but it works.
  • Timer Utility: This is pretty much as the name suggests: it’s a timer. I start it when I begin my podcast, so that I don’t lose track of the time and ramble on and one.

Productivity

  • Chrome: This is my browser of choice. I find that it is faster than Safari or Firefox. However, it also has some memory quirks that bother me. If I get too many tabs open, it can really slow down my system or make it a little quirky.
  • Cobook: This is an interface to Apple’s Contacts application (formerly Address Book). Frankly, it’s what Contacts should be. My favorite feature is that it will look up the contact’s information on Twitter and/or Facebook and allow you to synchronize the user’s photo.
  • DropBox: This is the application I use to share files with my family and business associates. I am able to give access to both folders and files. It syncs automatically with my local computer in the background.
  • eaHELP: This is the company for whom my virtual assistant, Tricia, works. They are a domestic company, providing premium services to clients who really care how they are represented. I really cannot say enough good about them. They are first-class in every way. If you have never considered a virtual assistant, start by reading my post, “7 Reasons You Should Hire a Virtual Assistant.”
  • Evernote: This is my digital brain. I store everything here: receipts, web clippings, Kindle notes, meeting notes, you name it. I like it so much, I wrote a series of twelve posts about it on my blog. It is an application I launch at startup and keep open all the time.
  • Evernote Essentials: This is a great e-book intro to Evernote by Brett Kelly. It’s $29.00 and worth every penny. It will save you hours of learning on your own. Highly recommended.
  • Fujitsu S1300i ScanSnap Instant PDF Sheet-Fed Mobile Document Scanner: This is how I convert all paper to digital. I simply scan it through my scanner and it inserts it into Evernote, complete with tags, etc. If you want something a little more robust, you can check out the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 Deluxe Bundle Sheet-Fed Scanner.
  • Excel: I use this for all number-crunching. Frankly, I am not a big fan of Microsoft Office. It is just too bloated for me. But Excel is the exception. I have tried iWork Numbers and even the Google Docs spreadsheet, but they are just not powerful enough. Maybe it’s because I have used Excel since version 2 in 1987. It’s second-nature.
  • Google Calendar: I have to have a calendar I can share. It must be accessible by my family and team members (e.b., managers, booking agents, etc.). Google Calendar provides all the functionality I need.
  • Harvest: This is my invoicing system. It lives in the cloud and is readily accessibly by my assistant and other team mates. It is powerful and allows my customers and clients to pay instantly by credit card. It has made collections effortless.
  • Mail: I have tried almost every Mac mail software program ever written, including (most recently) MailPlane, PostBox, and Sparrow. I keep coming back to Apple Mail. It really does everything I need, especially now that I have also installed MailTags and Mail Act-On.
  • Nozbe: This is my task management system. I have tried them all (I think), but I keep coming back to Nozbe. It has a bit of a learning curve, but I have not found anything that is more powerful or more flexible. The trick for me is to use labels to group projects together. This keeps my system organized and manageable. Nozbe also integrates with Evernote and DropBox.
  • PathFinder: This is a Finder replacement. (I can’t imagine going back to Finder.) It provides multiple windows and tabs. It’s really everything you would want in a file management system. It’s what Apple should have designed to begin with.
  • Skim: This is a PDF viewer and a replacement for Preview. It makes highlighting and notating PDFs a breeze. Plus, I just like the interface better than Preview.
  • SnagIt: I use this program for al my screen capture needs. It is something I use daily. It has a robust set of effects tools, like borders, drop shadows, reflections, and perspective. It also has an amazing array of annotation tools. It can also do video capture of your screen (i.e., a screencast).
  • Typinator: This is what is commonly called a text expander. You type in an abbreviation and it responds with whatever text you want. I use it to type commonly used phrases, correct common misspellings, insert HTML code, and type in boiler-plate templates.

Writing

  • Scrivener: This is an amazing, powerful word processor developed specifically for writers. Unlike Word it doesn’t feel bloated or get in your way. I use it for writing everything—books, sales copy, even blog posts. It also has multi markdown language baked in, which I use extensively. It is my go-to word processor of choice.
  • Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition: This is the bible in the book publishing industry. It has an interesting introduction on the art of bookmaking, but it’s principal value is as a reference to all things related to grammar, style, and usage. If you prefer, you can use the online edition, which is what I do.
  • Fast, Effective Copywriting: This is a course taught by David Garfinkle. It is not cheap but the content is priceless. Best of all, David and his partner Brian McLeod provide a notebook worth of writing “templates.” They include every component of good sales copy, from headlines to bullets to guarantees.
  • How to Write Bestselling Fiction: As far as I know, this is the only non-fiction book Dean Koontz has ever written. Sadly, it is out-of-print. However, you can still find it in used bookstores or through Amazon. It is the best single book I have ever read on writing fiction. Be prepared to spend $50.00 or more.
  • On Writing: This is my favorite overall book on writing. Stephen King chronicles his writing journey, which is worth the price of the book. But then he goes on to give his best writing advice. As one of the most successful, prolific writers of all time, this counsel is extremely valuable.
  • The War of Art: This classic by Stephen Pressfield illuminates why the creative process is often so difficult and what you can do about it. It’s also a swift kick in the pants—something every writer needs from time to time. I have read this book several times and given dozens of copies away.
  • WestBow Press: There have never been more options available for getting your book published. Self-publishing no longer carries the stigma it once did. WestBow, a division of Thomas Nelson, is a good choice if you want to pursue assisted self-publishing. It’s like hiring a contractor to build a house, so you don’t have to manage the subcontractors.
  • Why Now Is the Best Time Ever to Be an Author: This is a video of a speech I gave at the Indie Author Conference in 2011. Today we live in an unprecedented time for authors. Opportunities abound. I lay out five reasons why this is such a great time to pursue your dream of becoming a published author.
  • Word: I put this in the same category as Photoshop (see my comments above). There are some things that only Word will do. It has about every feature known to man—if you can just find it. I would probably never use Word, except for the fact that my publisher insists on it. Also, so many people use it that has become the standard in cross-platform document exchange.
  • Writing a Winning Book Proposal: This is my classic e-book that details everything you need to know to write a book proposal that gets the attention of agents and publishers. It has been used by publishing professionals for more than a decade and has become the de facto standard in the book publishing world.

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  • Alan Wages

    I have been reading your blog since 2004. It’s amazing to see the infrastructure required to support what you do. I have not used it but have heard Pixelmator is a good alternative to Photoshop.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks!

      Acorn is a good alternative to Photoshop too.

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  • http://twitter.com/dspechtbossier David A. Specht Jr.

    Do you use Pages to design your ebooks? I see you can export as an e-pub in Pagesm but I also see “Creating Your Personal Life Plan” is a navigable pdf.
     

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I actually designed it in Keynote.

  • Richard G.

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  • http://www.facebook.com/victorious.soldier Greg Wiley

    Hey, Michael. May I suggest Droplr for your screen capture? It is very intuitive and has shortcuts to capture many app screens as well. 

  • http://www.DavidASpecht.com/ David A Specht

    This may seem like something I should be able to google, but I haven’t had much luck. I was wondering what you use to get the customized short URLs you use on Twitter, etc. I looked at bitly, but it didn’t seem to have a way to make the shortened domain custom. Thanks for the help. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Actually, mine is done through bit.ly. I use their custom domain option. It has been a few years since I set it up, but it works great.

  • http://www.DavidASpecht.com/ David A Specht

     Nevermind. Found it in the knowledge database for bitly. Here is the link if anyone else had the same question…
    http://support.bitly.com/knowledgebase/articles/76741-how-do-i-set-up-a-custom-short-domain-

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/73D7HN524T6LQZYTM7PCRB6A7Y tmabie

    Michael,  I’ve really enjoyed your blogs and podcasts.  I’ve recently officially set up my coaching business as an LLC.  I have also secured a domain name and am using BlueHost and WordPress.  I’m curious as to any suggestions you might have for designing a logo.  It may be in your Platform book, but don’t have it in front of me now.  I’ll check later.  I found one site that offers a “contest” for several designers to submit designs to you for you to chose the winner.  I don’t know if you have any other thought on this.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I have used the contest site a few times. I used 99Designs and CrowdSpring. Both were great. That’s where I would start.

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  • Ruth Hovsepian

    I came across your blog by chance today and watched the EZ WordPress video. I have enjoyed everything I have seen so far. You have a very refreshing writing style. I’ll be back to learn more. I have seen so many of these tool lists but this one is organized well, each product is described for the layman and the options are many. Thank you.

  • MR131333

    Great list!! I am also a huge fan of Snagit. Have never really bothered to get up to speed on Photoshop. Can you share an example of what you do in PS that caused it to make your awesome list? Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I use Photoshop whenever I have to do more intense graphic manipulation, like complex drop shadows or masking. Thanks.

  • guybjerke

    Is there an iPad equivalent to Skim on the Mac?  I’d like to work on the iPad and be able to see my notes and highlights from PDFs on the Mac, if necessary.

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  • Ryan Dembeck

    As many other have said, thank you for this list of your tools! Would you consider doing another category  or even a podcast or blog post, on what your mobile tool-set looks like? I would have a great interest in hearing what you use on your mobile device. Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, thank you. I keep meaning to do this.

  • http://herInfernalmajesty.com/ Her Infernal Majesty

    Michael, I just found your blog two days ago, and it has been so helpful! You have precipitated so many “Aha!” Moments! Thank you for sharing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks so much. I’m glad!

  • Vgungor

    I’ve recently been introduced to the Smart Pen for taking notes. The pen records both and the written word when used with special paper. Connect the pen to your computer after the meeting and an image of your notes and the associated audio are stored digitally. Use the ear buds and touch the pen to the notepaper to hear the conversations surrounding that part of the meeting. It’s great for interviews where you want to focus on the conversation and still record the salient points or make drawings.

  • cjfritsch

    Michael, Have you tried Pixelmator for the Mac?  It is not as deep as Photoshop, but I have found it to be a great alternative for image editing.  UI is great compared to Photoshop.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I have. However, I have not taken the time to learn it. Thanks.

  • Michrls

    Michael: I purchased your book and I’m following your tips to build my platform. I run a blog and I’m about to come out with a new design for it. I would also like to design and email my new posts in the same format that have  yours.  Could you share which plugin or service you use to send out your new post emails? 

    Thanks a bunch for your willingness to share and help us out. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I use MailChimp. Thanks.

      • Michael Charles

        You use the RSS feature or is there a plugin?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Do you mean with MailChimp? Yes. It takes my RSS feed and fires off an e-mail to my subscribers whenever I post something new. Thanks.

  • Ryan Wells

    Michael, you are missing a *massive* productivity saver. A text expander. There’s plenty for Mac and PC. It will supercharge your productivity trust me! Especially when you can also automate tasks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You are right! I actually use one: Typinator. I just added it to the list. Thanks so much.

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  • http://www.NateAnglin.com/ Nate Anglin

    Do you really need Hootsuite and Buffer? I’m more asking this question for me ;-). Can’t Hootsuite do everything Buffer does? I am a novice to both but I really love how clean Buffer is, it just lack the dimension Hootsuite covers…which is understandable given what they’re try to accomplish. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I do. You can’t monitor your lists with Buffer nor reply to others on the fly. However, if you just go with HootSuite you lose the ability to buffer tweets. You an schedule them, but this is way more hassle.

      • http://www.NateAnglin.com/ Nate Anglin

        Thanks Michael, makes sense. I spent some additional time on both last night and see what you mean.

  • Brhodes

    Michael, I saw at one point your template that you use when writing your blog. Where was that? Please steer me to it.
    And by the way, I appreciate so much your willingness to share your resources!

  • http://www.applicationtalk.com/ Jason

    Michael,

    Thanks for your continued incredible content. This post is so valuable to me. I have 2 questions.

    What plugin do you use to create your most popular articles widget?

    I was looking at the Mailchimp terms of service and it says they will not allow affiliate marketers. I would like to use Mailchimp because it is free to start out. So my question is how do you use Mailchimp. What am I missing on this topic?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That actually isn’t a plugin; it’s part of the GetNoticed! theme. I checked on the “affiliate marketer” thing one other time with MailChimp. I can’t remember the exact response, but it put my mind to ease. I’m going to check again. I’ll let you know what I find out.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I found the answer in MailChimp’s Knowledge base. This should put your mind to ease. Thanks.

    • http://www.applicationtalk.com/ Jason

      Thanks for that info. Totally straightened me out. I am looking forward to the release of your theme. I am hoping to use it on my next project. Thanks again.

  • Susan Lundal

    Michael – This is excellent! Thanks!

  • Phil Larsen

    I am currently hosting with Bluehost and WAS using WordPress, but my classroom wordpress site started to get viruses. I honestly didn’t know that was possible until my website started getting redirected to very inappropriate sites. I have since moved on to Weebly. I tried everything to fix the WordPress virus problems, but they kept coming back. I loved wordpress, but it just became a cumbersome mess that sucked hours of time and energy away from my classroom teachings.

    So here is my question: does anyone suspect this could have been prevented? I tried the free antivirus finder plug in, but couldn’t get it to stop. Also, what are the odds that Bluehost wasn’t the best host for me, and that another hosting company could have stopped the viruses?

    Thanks,

    Phil

  • http://www.weeklyhustle.com/ Ryan Ridgway

    Most of these are great recommendations! I’m going to hop on Vault Press immediately. Thanks for providing such an informative resource. – Ryan

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  • Heath Capps

    Crazy stuff…so many.

  • Don Jones

    I think I recall you mentioning using an ipad and most recently the ipad mini. Is that correct? If so, what do you use them for? Has the mini replaced your ipad? Thanks! 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it has replaced my iPad. I use it for accessing e-mail and Evernote on the go. I also use it to read.

  • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

    Hi, Michael. My blog has “outgrown” the shared hosting on Hostdime.com. I guess Bluehost’s shared hosting hasn’t “throttled” you back with all your traffic? Or are you using some dedicated server with them?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I don’t use BlueHost for my main site. It’s just two big. I use Linode with two dedicated servers. BlueHost really specializes in shared hosting. Thanks.

  • Amanda

    Found you via Social Media Examiner podcast, this list is amazing, thank you so much for putting it together… I can’t wait to read the rest of your website!

  • http://www.athletebydesign.com/ Jeremy Boone

    Michael,
    Great list!  Is there a PC version of the ID3 Editor software that you might recommend?  Also, do you include your artwork in your tags for each episode or does Blubrry do that for you?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Sorry, I am not aware of a PC version. I don’t do anything special with the artwork. I think iTunes just pulls it from my Feedburner feed.

  • http://twitter.com/HollakREGroup Hollak RE Group

    What tool are you using for your custom URL shortening? I think it looks like mhyatt.us if I remember correctly.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I use bit.ly’s custom URL function.

  • matthewjtuttle

    Michael, try OpenOffice.org
    I have never used Office, just because this is free and is capable of so much more. It used to be Sun’s free alternative to StarOffice.

    I guess it doesn’t have some of the proprietary Macros that Office does, and it lacks support for saving the new office xml format, but it has just about anything else you could want.

    -Matthew

  • http://financialplanningapprentice.com Robinson Mertilus

    Awesome! That’s how you stay so productive. 

  • OneSmartLady50

    Thank you so much for your transparency.  I am from an economic group of folk who are scraping the barrel while working very hard to build an independent publishing consultant business.  Your pearls of wisdom and insight are tremendous and I don’t believe anyone could learn this from courses in college.  Bless you. :)

  • Retha Groenewald

    Wow this is a toolbox. Some are the same tools I use and others tools I am definitely going to have a look at. I read an article on Hubpages about the top 5 books a writer should read. On Writing by Stephen King was one of them. The Bible was another one on the list. 

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  • Abigailsdaddy

    Mr. Hyatt, what “read later” app do you use: Instapaper, Pocket, etc.?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Evernote. ;-)

  • http://www.EngagingLeader.com/ Jesse Lahey

    Michael, care to share the tools you use for your videos? For example, I’ve been unhappy with my lapel mic, and before shopping around I decided to check here to see if you have a recommendation. This is a very helpful post, by the way.

  • Rloveall

    wow Im blown away with all this info !!!
    well done

  • Daniel

    Michael, I noticed at the top of each of your blog posts, just below the post’s title, you give your readers an opportunity to comment about that specific post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or print it, etc..  I’ve not seen this feature on any other blog posts or Word Press themes, but sure makes a lot of sense, and I suspect many people will post a link to those sites because you just make it so convenient to do so! You make their the impulse to be social easy to satisfy.  How can I set that up on a typical WordPress blog site, so that it is built into every post I create? Is it a widget, what is it? You have a great site!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Daniel. It is actually built into my theme, which we are planning to release commercially later this year. However, you can search on Google for “social share” or “share bar.” There are lots and lots of similar plugins available. Thanks.

  • http://www.empoweringthe80percent.com/ Ellory Wells

    Michael, what do you use as the backbone of your store? I notice that it looks slightly different from your “GetNoticed” theme but not by much. I recently found “WP Marketplace” but have yet to evaluate it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am using BigCommerce.

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  • http://dancingupsidedown.com/ Emerson Jane Browne

    Michael, great list. Thank you.  

    In looking at ByWord and MarsEdit, I am a little confused.  Why do you need to write in one program (ByWord) and then copy it into MarsEdit? Can’t you just write your post in MarsEdit?  Why do you prefer to use both?

    Thank you for any insight you can give me.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yep, you can absolutely write it in MarsEdit.

      The only reason I don’t, is that ByWord is more minimalist—fewer distractions. I like MarsEdit, because I can edit the metadata and the HTML.
      Hope that helps. I think I would just start with MarsEdit and, if it meets your need, you have one less program to buy and learn.
      Thanks.

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  • http://twitter.com/futuresense Jim Finkelstein

    Incredible and helpful list.   Have you found an app for Mail which will allow deliver and read receipts (like Outlook)?    Thanks, Jim

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I haven’t, but I really haven’t needed that functionality.

  • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

    This is a great resource that I keep coming back to. Michael, have you ever thought of adding a category for running?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, but that’s a great idea! Thanks.

  • http://www.alansalls.com/ Alan Salls

    Thanks for these lists, Michael, they are priceless. 

    Obviously, you are a Mac guy.  I do have a iMac and an iPad myself, but I am MUCH more familiar with and comfortable working on a PC.  Are there good PC equivalents for ByWord and MarsEdit?  From checking them out it seems they are strictly Mac applications. 

    In your opinion, if someone is interested in focusing there career on blogging/writing, is it worth the time, effort, learning curve, and expense to switch to a primarily Mac platform for working on, or can you find just as good of an array of applications for PC’s?  Thanks in advance!

  • Rusty Boozer

    Michael – great post but you left one tool set off the list. What do you use for your videos?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I have this on my list to add. Thanks.