Tom Spark Favorite Products
This a list of all of my favorite products that I either use day to day or like. If you click on these links, you will help support the channel. Nothing on this list has been sponsored or paid to be here! These are just products I can vouch for and I use daily.
Privacy / Security Products
My Favorite “Anti-dox” Tool: DeleteMe
(20% off with code “tomspark”)
You know those websites who love to host all your IRL information like where you live and your phone number–like Whitepages? If someone finds your “IRL” name, it’s not that hard for some malevolent individual to post that information online and to convince others to harass you or send unwanted pizzas to your doorstep (or worse, swat you). That’s why I love the service provided by DeleteMe.
Basically you pay a small fee every month for a dedicated individual from the company to constantly scan and monitor these websites to delete information sold about you. Sure you could do it yourself for free, but requesting and sending out 30-40 emails every month and asking websites to remove your private info sounds like a huge pain in the ass to me. It’s one of the best ways to prevent doxxing and improve privacy online.
My favorite VPN / daily driver: TorGuard VPN (Review)
(50% off with code “tomspark”)
TorGuard VPN has been my daily use VPN for around 5 years. Call me cheap, or call me biased, it’s still the only good VPN that costs only $5 a month or $30 a year with my code “tomspark”. It simply can’t be beat for someone like me who values speed, security, customer support, and a good reputable VPN provider.
If you want to create a blog or website like this, you will need a web host. A lot of web host providers are owned by a huge company called EIG (Bluehost, Hostgator, etc), and most of these companies don’t care about your privacy and anonymity and they upsell charge you on basic things like WHOIS protection.
Dreamhost is an entirely different company, that does care about user privacy and provides things for free (non-renewable up charges, free SSL certificate, etc) that other web hosts charge for!
It’s by far, my favorite private web host.
My Favorite Antivirus: Malwarebytes (Review)
Nowadays, most antivirus do pretty much the same thing–and other people who claim otherwise are testing too many viruses on their virtual machines. I don’t think using a full-fledged suite like Norton or Bitdefender is worth it anymore.
I like Malwarebytes for its cheap price, and easy to use software that doesn’t get in the way or try to up-sell you with needless purchases. The free model is decent for scanning, but the pro model is worth it for the real-time protection which prevents you from downloading stupid stuff or going to dumb websites.
My Favorite Youtuber App: Tubebuddy
$19 a month isn’t cheap, but the features that Tubebuddy offers have saved me way more time and money. You can bulk check videos for demonetization, add useful tags, research competitors, bulk change video descriptions and more. An invaluable tool and a must-have for any Youtuber.
My Favorite Graphic Design / Photo Editor App: Canva
I don’t even use photoshop anymore because the online photo editor Canva has become so powerful. It’s like Photoshop for noobs, but even better. With the pro version, you have tons of stock images, backgrounds, icons and anything you need to create a cool picture for a blog post or even just a youtube thumbnail. It’s super easy to use, and you can even make animations and small video clips! Some of my favorite new additions to the online app is that you can quickly remove the background from pictures which makes putting my face into thumbnails super easy.
My Favorite studio microphone: RE-20
I’ve tried a few different studio microphones, and I’ve settled on the RE-20. It gives really good dynamic sound for my voice. The SM-7B–another popular choice, sounds a bit flat to me (although it’s a bit cheaper). Watch this video for a comparison/test of this microphone.
My Favorite Chair: Herman Miller Embody
The Embody is the best chair on the market if you value ergonomics. It’s a bit tricky to find right now since chairs are in high demand with the pandemic, but seriously–this chair is worth the price. I spent around a month’s worth of ad revenue on it, but I don’t regret it. It’s lightweight and breathable to sit on, but super springy and supportive and has some of the best back support on any chair I’ve tried.
Favorite Website SEO tool: SEMRUSH
Don’t have any ideas on how to rank for keywords or how to get more traffic to your website without wasting money on Google ads? While Tubebuddy is a great tool for Youtube, Semrush is where the real power lays for doing website SEO.
It’s a bit expensive, but this website is a complete powerhouse of useful tools like keyword searching, backlink building, competitor analysis, and more.
It’s also the ONLY SEO tool that provides a free 2 week trial. There is so much stuff on the website that there is a significant learning curve. But if you really take the time to exploring the website, you will quickly find it’s worth the cost for your business since you’ll make more money with better SEO.