Starting a blog can be a bit confusing. Especially with all of the decisions and choices you have to make when customizing your blog in the beginning. I often found myself saying,
“I WISH SOMEONE COULD JUST TELL ME WHICH HOST AND THEME TO USE.”
“HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS COURSE IS WORTH THE MONEY?”
I was definitely one of those people. I asked and reached out to a ton of different experienced bloggers to ask them what products they recommended and loved. Honestly, that is one of the best ways to find a great product. Of course, the creators of the product are going to talk it up like they reinvented the wheel, but a blogger who has used the product is going to tell you what they honestly think. That is how they build trust with their readers.
Since I wondered which blogging tools and resources were the best, I decided to put together a list of my all-time favorite resources for blogging and beyond so you don’t have to search all over the web.
(THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS HOWEVER, I WILL NEVER RECOMMEND ANYTHING THAT I DO NOT BELIEVE IN OR USE MYSELF. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT MY DISCLOSURE POLICY HERE)
STARTING A BLOG
Blog by Number – Suzi Whitford demonstrates and walks you through every step of starting a blog and making it a success with her Blog By Number Ebook. From starting a blog and then growing your audience, Suzi is right there with you as a helpful guide.
SiteGround – SiteGround is a web hosting company. If you are looking to start a website or blog I recommend choosing SiteGround. Not only do they have very good customer service, but they also have an amazing price for web hosting. SiteGround also has the fastest and the safest service available.
Elegant Themes – After using several Free WordPress themes and having my site running super slow and not performing, I finally broke down and decided to purchase a theme for my blog. And I am so happy that I fell in love with the first one that I tried which is the absolutely amazing Divi theme by Elegant Themes. They have both a Yearly Acess and a Lifetime Access option that allows you to use any of their awesome themes as well as their Plugins. They also have Theme Updates, Premium Support, Unlimited Website Usage, and more.
Canva – I use Canva to edit all of my pictures before posting them on my blog. It is an easy tool that can be used to edit your pictures in so many ways. Canva also has several ready-to-use templates within a drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online. And did I mention it is FREE?
BUILD AN EMAIL LIST
Email Bundle eBook – Suzi Whitford teaches you exactly how built an email list and made over $17,000/month.
MailChimp – MailChimp collects your email subscribers for you and allows you to send one email campaign to all of your subscribers at once. Another perk about MailChimp is that they offer several FREE email services up until you have over 2,000 email subscribers.
INCREASE BLOG TRAFFIC
Ready Set Blog for Traffic – Elna Cain is a blogger and freelance writer who has grown her online businesses to an all-time reach. She teaches you all about how to find the right type of blog traffic and how to convert that traffic into subscribers and loyal customers.
Zero to 10k Pageviews – Anna is a homesteading wife and mama of two who was desperate to bring in a full-time income from home while raising her babies. And one year ago she finally took the leap and created a blog about what she loved most. Homesteading of course!!! But Anna wanted to make her blog work for her and her family. The biggest problem was pageviews! She was constantly being told by other professional bloggers that it was going to take time. But time was one thing that Anna did not have. That’s why she made it her goal to grow her blog to over 10,000 page views within 30 days. And she did it. In her ebook Zero to 10k Pageviews she walks you through all of the steps she took to increase her page views in her first month of blogging.
Traffic Transformation – Lena is a stay at home mom of 3 who was able to increase her blog traffic from 17k to 400k monthly page views in only 10 months. And through her new strategy of keyword research and optimization training, she can teach you how to do it too. Her ebook has been purchased by over 1200+ bloggers who are loving all of her tips.
LEARN HOW TO ROCK PINTEREST
Tailwind – Tailwind allows you to schedule your Pinterest pins automatically. It also saves me so much time and has helped me grow my blog without having to be on Pinterest all day. Since I have had Tailwind my Page views have quadrupled. I think every blogger should look into setting up Tailwind to get more traffic to their blog from Pinterest. SIGN UP HERE TO GET YOUR FIRST MONTH FREE!!!
Pinteresting Strategies – After using the tips and tricks described in Carly’s course– Pinterest Strategies, I have more than tripled my blog traffic. Carly breaks her Pinterest ebook into easy to read sections and also pictures. She talks a lot about how to use manual pinning to increase your blog traffic. I have learned so much just from reading this ebook and I highly recommend everyone learning about Pinterest from Pinterest Strategies. I also wrote a review about here ebook HERE.
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche – I had been eyeing this course for months until it went on sale and I finally bought it. And let me tell you. It did not let me down. This course is packed full of everything you could ever want to know about Pinterest, including creating your profile, when to pin, automated pinning, and so much more. It is also the perfect course for beginners to get their blog noticed through Pinterest. Another benefit is the fact that the creators of this course update it constantly to keep up with Pinterest’s changes.
MAKE MONEY BLOGGING
Make Money Blogging at any Level – Making money blogging can happen at any level. Whether you have 1,000 page views or 1 million. You can make money. After several failed attempts at making an income through blogging, Victoria Pruett finally figured out how to make an income without having millions of page views. After purchasing her ebook, ( Make Money Blogging at any level ) and using the tips she has laid out, I was able to increase my page views by from barely 100 per day up to over 1,000 per day. The best part is that her ebook is only $20. Yes, you read that right! And it is well worth every penny.
Strategies Worth Sharing – If you are looking to increase your traffic through Facebook this is the resource for you. Strategies Worth Sharing is written by Brittany a mompreneur who grew her Facebook page from 2,000 to over 100,000 in just five months without paying for a single Facebook ad. Her strategies are very eye-opening and have helped me grow my Facebook page to where it is today.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – As a new blogger, it is extremely difficult to figure out which strategies you should use to make an income from your blog.
Michelle earns over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing, and she shares all of her amazing tips in this course. In this course, there are 6 modules, over 30 lessons, over 20 worksheets, bonuses, an extremely helpful exclusive Facebook group, and more, and she goes through everything when it comes to affiliate marketing, *This course is a MUST if you want to be successful in Affiliate Marketing!
How to Make your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours – Elise Brazen teaches you how she is able to make affiliate sales on Pinterest through affiliate marketing. In her ebook, she also says she can teach you exactly how to accomplish your first affiliate sale within 24 hours. It is an amazing resource that I could not stop reading until the end.
Amazon Affiliate: How to Make Money as an Amazon Affiliate – Amazon is one of the easiest companies to become affiliates for but making money is a little bit harder. Since Amazon changed their payment policy and has reduced how much you can make per sale, it can be challenging to earn money. However, Carolina shows how she made over $1,000/month with a small blog through Amazon affiliates. I devoured this ebook and was able to more than triple my Amazon earnings.
WRITE VIRAL BLOG POSTS
Post by Number – This course by Suzi Whitford (yes she is on here a lot. She is just plain awesome) shows how to write amazing blog posts quickly. But also how to create content–rich blog posts that will benefit your readers.
Grammarly – Grammarly is an automatic grammar checker. It eliminates grammar mistakes, checks for plagiarism, and improves your words and style. My writing has become so much better just from having Grammarly on my computer. Oh and I forgot to mention there is a FREE version. I use it and love it.