I often get emails and messages asking me what tool I use for X and which software I use to do Y so I thought I’d compile a handy list that I can refer people too.
For full transparency some of the links on this page are affiliate links and although there is no extra cost to you I may earn a commission. However, I highly endorse everything on this page and will NEVER recommend anything on FAQ Tube, my videos or social media that I don’t personally use.
vidIQ - This is the one YouTube tool that i use every single day. This is my number one tool for keyword research, also is also useful for looking at private tags on YouTube. It also has a number of bulk update and efficiency tools. Full review and walkthrough coming soon.
TubeBuddy - This is an incredible tool that will save you hundreds of hours, especially if you are running large channels or multiple channels. It will allow you to bulk update features such as titles, cards and descriptions at the touch of a button. Full review and walkthrough coming soon.
Long Tail Pro - This is my secret weapon for finding out what people are searching for on Google. I use this keyword research tool for my YouTube channel (as well as this blog) because more people search Google every day than YouTube and so ranking a video in Google can be huge for your channel. Full review and walkthrough coming soon.
DIY Video School – As I always say I'm a platform guy not a production expert. But i know a guy who is.
Caleb Wojcik is a professional Videographer and producer for some of the biggest names on the internet. He's also an expert in self shot video and over a DIY Video School he has a host of courses to help you from a Self Shooting Masterclass to learning how to use Adobe Premiere.
Roland R-05 Professional Audio Recorder – I record my audio separately from the picture I capture in camera. This is a studio quality audio recorder that I use when doing pieces to camera along with my lapel Mic (below). This is used and recommended by Podcasters, Videographers and Musicians alike.
Audio Technica ATR-3350-XLR – Lavalier Microphone – This is a inexpensive lapel mic that I use along with my audio recorder while shooting pieces to camera and it produces very clear sound for the price.
Excelvan Professional Studio & Lighting Kit – This is the Green Screen that you see in my main videos. It comes with the full screen and lighting setup so is an inexpensive studio setup for those just getting started in video production.
Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam - This web cam I use for live streams, webinars and skype calls. I also use it for capturing some of my quick pieces to cameras and tutorials
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB/XLR Microphone – This may not be a “studio” mic but its as close as you can get anywhere near this budget. Also plugs straight into a USB port so no extra connections needed.
Auphonix 6-Inch Pop Filter – To round off the audio production I’d suggest you add a pop filter to your setup. This will stop your P’s “Popping” and reduce the hiss on your “S” and is basically a cheap add-on that delivers lots of extra quality.
Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Laptop – Once I switched from Windows to Mac I’ve never looked back. Built from the ground up to work seamlessly for creatives this is probably the greatest purchase I ever made and it’s no exaggeration when I say I couldn’t live without it
Adobe Premier - This is now my go-to editing software for anything other than my screen recordings. It may look complicated but is actually very intuitive and has a professional suite of tools at an affordable price, especially as this is now the industry standard. Need help using it? Check out this course from DIY Video School.
Screenflow - This amazing software allows you to capture what’s happening on your screen then edit it and add in audio, images, transitions and other media. It’s extremely user friendly and requires little or no previous experience. Perfect for tutorials and walkthroughs (and those who are a little camera shy).
AKG K450 Premium Foldable Headphones – These noise cancelling headphones are much much cheaper than your average Beats by Dre but deliver just as much quality sound. They‘re super comfortable too. Also amazing for commutes and plane journeys.
ConvertKit - Not collecting your audience's email address? You should be!
This is email software on steroids. It allows automation and custom audience segmentation so you can send them messages that are most relevant to them. Cannot recommend this enough.
Genesis WordPress Framework – Brought to us by the same great minds behind Rainmaker Digital, Genesis is a premium WordPress framework that gives you awesomeness and professionalism right out of the box.
Thrive Content Builder - This AMAZING WordPress plugin allows you to create beautiful web pages with drag-and-drop ease. Create landing pages, calls to action and even clickable menus in a few steps. Easy to use, professional results and much cheaper than alternatives on the market (yes LeadPages I'm talking about you).
Host Papa - Great web hosts that offer unlimited domain hosting and bandwidth for as little as $3.99 a month and a great free suite of tools to help you get started including one click WordPress installation.