I’m pretty sure you know the feeling. You download a new tool, one that you have never used before and suddenly you realize, it is much easier to use than your old one.
You instantly love it. Everything is better.
The colors, the user interface and it lets you do your work in a much faster more effective way.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I love these kinds of tools. They make creating so much easier.
No matter what you do on the web, if you’re building a website, if you need to find the right Keywords or if you simply want to publish new content, there is always a tool that can help you to achieve your goal.
Since a lot of you have been asking me what I use for my daily work, I thought about creating a small list.
Let’s start with tool number 1.
I am currently ranking for “free illustrations”, “free SVG illustrations” and also for some other terms like “illustrator tips and tricks 2020”.
What do I mean by ranking?
My site will show up when you google those keywords. This technique is called search engine optimization. If you manage to get a good ranking, it means free organic traffic for you, day by day, without paying for it.
There is a lot to consider when doing SEO. From On-Page stuff to Backlinks, to creating valuable content.
The most game-changing factor for me, however, was Keyword Research.
A Keyword is basically the term you want to show up for. There are Keywords that are hard to rank for and some that are very easy to rank for.
Yes, that is right. There are Keywords which are very easy to rank for.
To find these Keywords, where I don’t have to do crazy SEO work, I use a tool called KWfinder.
This is a paid tool, but it is surely worth every dollar.
Because it tells you the two most important things about a Keyword.
Both based on your country, your language and also international. So no matter if you want to start doing your own SEO (which I really recommend) or if you are already doing SEO, you should check out this tool.
Now, let’s move on to my tool #2.
As you can imagine, when it comes to creating SVG vectors, Adobe Illustrator is the tool to go.
Back then I’ve installed Illustrator to be able to edit some freebies I’ve downloaded on the internet. While doing this I realized that Illustrator is an incredibly powerful tool.
So instead of looking for Freebies, I just started to create my own artwork. Illustrator makes it extremely easy to create new things. There are tons of features and tools which can help you to create exactly the shapes you want.
In fact, I had so much fun that I have created my free svg illustrations.
But can you do it as well?
Yes, you can. Period. Just start and get comfortable with Illustrator. You will love it. I wrote down some illustrator tips and tricks for 2020, which may help you in the beginning.
It comes really handy when creating websites because let’s be honest, no one knows better how your icons or illustrations should like, except you.
So give it a try. I think you can try it our for free for 7 days. Enough time to get to know it a little better.
I use Visual Studio Code for coding. I’ve been using Sublime Text for a while but Visual Studio Code has some pretty awesome features. It is free and you can download it for mac and for windows.
Since I am a big fan of the cyberpunk genre, I was really happy to find out that they even have got a theme for that. You will also find lots of plugins and tools to make writing your code easier and VS Code is pretty fast as well.
So make sure to check out Visual Studio Code.
Now I know, WordPress is by far the most popular content management system. I mean every time, I read that someone wants to start a new website, I am reading WordPress.
It is also very powerful. Plugins are offering almost any functionality. There is a WordPress theme for every business you can imagine.
So why not using it?
Because it may be, that your website, like mine, is not complex enough.
The truth is that the vast majority of small or medium-sized websites are not complex enough. The vast majority being pages that show static information, service pages, contact forms, maybe a blog.
But that’s all.
WordPress is working with Databases, but you don’t need a database for your static site. You can use a simple static site generator and there are some incredible advantages in doing so.
Your website is safe because there is no database. Your website is fast, really fast. It works incredibly well with SEO. You can host your website for free with GitHub pages.
Yes, that is right. You can host your website for free. GitHub Pages are offering this solution. Now there is one disadvantage comparing to WordPress. The setup is no that simple. But it is easy to learn it. You should make sure to check out both Jekyll and GitHub pages.
I will create a tutorial on this in the future. So make sure to join my Facebook group or to follow me on Instagram. You will then get all the updates.
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