Hostgator – Nearly all of my websites are hosted using Hostgator (including this one). They’re easy to use, have phenomenal support, 1-click automated WordPress installation, and provide free backups of your website(s). I highly recommend them, for both beginners and experienced webmasters.
Yoast – The must have SEO plugin for every WordPress blog. It allows you to see how your posts look in Google before publishing, add meta tags with ease, and overall just make your website easily readable and loved by the top major search engines.
Google Analytics – A free website tracking and analysis tool provided by Google. A must have for all webmasters and internet marketers.
Product Distribution & Shopping Carts
Clickbank – An online retailer for digital products. One of the most popular, highly reputable, and decently priced. A great place for product owners to sell products using affiliates, and for affiliates to make decent money through commissions.
Paypal – Paypal is fine to use when selling your products on a smaller scale (income under $1000), but if you’re going to use any of the above shopping carts on a larger scale, you need a PayPal account anyway.