Here’s a list of resources I use. I only recommend products/services that I use and that are of excellent quality and provide exceptional value to you (and me!).
Hostgator: All of my websites (around 40 so far) are hosted with Hostgator. Very user-friendly, super-fast automatic WordPress installation and excellent customer service. I’ve used many (MANY!) hosting companies over the years, but I’ve never been as happy with my hosting as I currently am. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Hostgator for your first site. If you’re using another host, consider switching to Hostgator. They’ll transfer your sites for free.
I have a very short tutorial on how to build a website in less than 2 minutes.
Market Samurai: Yes, it’s a silly name, but an excellent product. If you’re researching keywords for building Niche Sites or doing SEO, you need a tool like Market Samurai. It beats any other keyword research tool currently on the market. It’s what I use and I recommend you use it too.
Google Adwords Tool: Free tool from Google for doing keyword research. It’s made for coming up with keywords for using on Adwords, but I use it all the time for keyword research for SEO and Niche Sites. Don’t want to spend any money, go here. Even if you buy a keyword tool, make sure to double check everything with the Adwords Keyword Tool and always use [exact] searches for your results.