Tools We Use

These are the main tools that power the our activities at For the full list of tools we use or that are on our radar, see the big list.

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WP Engine

Hosting: WP Engine

Consistently the best support we’ve had in 20 years of hosting. Not the cheapest, but your time is money.


CMS: WordPress

Hopefully this seems obvious, but the huge ecosystem lets you get more functionality for less cost.


Theme: Astra (Agency Bundle)

One of the top themes for Elementor. The “Agency Bundle” is a good value, especially the lifetime option.

Elementor Pro

Page Builders: Elementor Pro

Like WordPress, Elementor has a big ecosystem of developers, meaning you get great tools at great prices.


Email: ActiveCampaign

Switched from Mailchimp to play with the automation features. Honestly, haven’t had time to build it all out yet.


SEO Suite: SEMrush

The “Swiss Army Knife” of SEO and an increasingly large number of useful digital marketing functions.


Link Analysis: Ahrefs

Generally the go-to for people who want an overall SEO suite, but need the backlink part to be super strong.


Competitors: SpyFu

The secret weapon. SpyFu is an absolute beast for competitive intelligence (spend, keywords, etc).

Google Analytics

Analytics: Google Analytics

Everyone installs this, but try to look at it like a new tool. There’s always more to explore and accomplish.

Google Data Studio

Reporting: Google Data Studio

If you haven’t started using this yet, stop everything else and just do it. Puts many paid tools to shame.
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