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DISCLAIMER: All of the tools listed on this page are used and loved by me! Some of them are my referral or affiliate links, which means if you click on them and end up purchasing something, I may receive a small commission or credit to my own account. However, I promise I'll never recommend something I wouldn't happily use myself. Enjoy! - MJ
BuildIng Your Online Platform
- Weebly: The website + blogging platform I used to build this site!
Content Calendar + Organization
- Airtable: I use Airtable to plan + organize all of my blog and other digital content, and then view the content with scheduled dates in the Calendar View! It's an incredibly powerful yet efficient app!
- Trello: I use Trello to brainstorm ideas before they're ready to become "content," as well as collect relevant resource and research links onto individual boards. There is some overlap in functionality between Airtable and Trello, but I especially like to use Trello for outlining content into sections or steps (i.e. lists + cards) that can be easily moved around before sending the final draft over to Airtable to be scheduled.
Social Media Scheduling
- Viraltag: Viraltag is the best all around social scheduling software I've found! It can appear pretty pricey, but for what is included all in ONE app, it's worth it! In fact, it's the only app I've found that does everything I want it to, plus it's just a beautiful user experience. I highly recommend taking advantage of the free trial! And if you use my referral link when you register, you'll also get a $15 credit towards your first paid month!
- Tailwind: I use Tailwind for Pinterest posting on steroids! You can now also use it for Instagram!
Email List Management + Landing Pages
- MailerLite: MailerLite is awesome in so many ways! It's extremely affordable, easy to use, and yet it also somehow manages to be super powerful and beautiful! It has all the automation and tagging features a serious content marketer looks for, PLUS it allows you to build full, gorgeous landing pages for free!
- I already mentioned Weebly above, but thought it worth mentioning that it's also a great option for creating landing pages, either for free or as part of a paid website plan!
Online Teaching Platforms
- Teachable: Teachable is the go-to platform in the blogging educators' world -- it's fairly easy to set up, even without any tech-savviness, and looks professional! Overall, it's an enjoyable experience for the student, and perhaps a little easier to navigate than Thinkific.
In most cases, it will have all the technical options you need, however my one pet peeve currently is that unless you're able to shell out $99/month for the pro plan, you have VERY few design customization options. Therefore, most Teachable sites look almost identical in layout, as in it's very obvious that a site is a teachable site after you've seen a few, which may or may not be a bad thing, depending on how you look at it!
You can add your own photos, change the main colors (however, as far as I can tell you're stuck with the same colors for all of the courses in your school), choose from a handful of fonts, and that's about it.
Teachable recently announced they were planning some big updates in 2017, including a theme gallery with point and click customization, as well as a selection of optional "app" add-ons. Here's hoping these new features will be available for the lower-priced plans!
>> Read My Post 10 Reasons to Set Up Your Freebies or Membership Site on Teachable
- Thinkific: Thinkific has many features in common with Teachable, and actually currently offers quite a bit more in customization and teaching tools for the lower priced plans. Both Teachable and Thinkific offer FREE plans, with the ability to offer Free courses at no cost to you. But Thinkific also offers full access to the code editor, which means you have a lot more control over the design of your school than you do with Teachable, unless you upgrade to Teachable's Pro plan, which is $99/Month.
All in all, Thinkific offers more features than Teachable, and offers much more creative control to the user. However, Teachable is easier for the non-techy to navigate, and they are always investing back into the company to improve their product.