Resources

Blogging Resources

There are so many great resources for bloggers! I want to share the ones I know of, use and love. Many of these ebooks, courses and tools were made by other bloggers. It's a nice feeling to support fellow bloggers and get such great products to use on my own blog.

I hope this page helps you while you are starting your own blog. I do share some affiliate links on this page, if you click on a link and love the product or tool and purchase it, I get a small percentage from the company. It doesn't cost you any extra, thanks for supporting another blogger!

eBooks & Courses

STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO START A BLOG

If you want to start a blog but don't know how to do it, this is the ebook and course for you!

Life is busy, so this ebook and course is for those who only have an hour here or there to work on it.

It is geared towards moms, but anyone can read the ebook and take the course. The simple step-by-step tutorials make it easy for anyone to start a blog.

This was one of the first courses I took on blogging. Suzi is now making over $17,000 a month with her blog.

Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a step-by-step guide to creating and making money from your own successful affiliate marketing strategy. 

HOW TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT AND IN CONTROL OF YOUR MONEY IN 30 DAYS.

Feeling consumed, frustrated and overwhelmed around money? Tired of spending your money on things you don't care much about, or having no money at all to buy things you want?

The 30 Day Money Cleanse will move you from limitation and lack around money to feeling confident, comfortable and secure about money.

I recently took this course and it is great! Goes through and works on your thoughts towards money, and how to draw it towards you, not away from you.

It's not specifically about blogging, but it does help to change the way you think and feel about money, so your blog can start bringing in a lot.

Website / blog host companies

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SiteGround

I recommend SiteGround to every new blogger because I use them and know they are amazing. They have very cheap reasonable prices for different packages.

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BlueHost

Bluehost is another alternative that many bloggers use. I have never used it so I can't compare. I just thought I would give you another option to the one I use. It also has very cheap and reasonable priced package prices.

Social Media Automation

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Tailwind

Tailwind is an automation scheduling website for Pinterest. It that allows you to pin many pins in circulation to free up your time daily.

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Hootsuit

Hootsuite is a lot like Buffer. You can schedule posts for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn. There is a limited free version or a paid one with more options.

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Meet Edgar

Meet Edgar is used by many bloggers. I have not used it as it is an expensive premium service. It loops social media scheduled in it. So if you don't add any new ones, it will loop back to the beginning so something is always being post on your social media accounts.

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Social Crawlytics

Find out what your competitors and industry influence's are sharing the most. Find out their social metrics, most shared authors, scheduled monitoring and a robust API - ALL FOR FREE!

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Buffer

Buffer allows you to pre-schedule posts for facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn. You can use the linimted free version or upgrade to do more.

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Grum

I have not tried Grum yet, but thought I would include it because many bloggers use it. It says you can schedule posts and they will post without you having to push post on your phone.

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Preview

The Preview App is an iphone/ipad/mac app that can be downloaded and schedule and plan Instagram posts. You can drag and drop photos to see exactly what it will look like when its published on Instagram feed. Best part is the app is free and you can use it for multiple accounts.

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Boardbooster

Boardbooster is a pin scheduling website for Pinterest. It circulates new and old posts on pinterest.

Photo Editing & graphic design

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Canva

Canva is great because it has so many different templates already done. So you can change them to your branding and post your designed graphics for your social media accounts or on your blog posts. And best of all its free. Definitely register for the free account because it keeps all your work you have done, so you can easily go back and change things.

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Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a photo editing and graphic design website. I just heard about it and have looked at it a bit. I can't wait to play around with it. It is a new free website.

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Picmonkey

Picmonkey is more of a video editing website. It is starting to also make templates for graphics, but most of them are for the paid services. It does not keep past work. You can make the canvas's trasnparent in the free verson. I only use the free version, so there is plenty it can do. I have heard the paid version is much better if you need to make the background of your pictures white.

Email Management & Marketing

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Convertkit

Convertkit is the email management service I use. I collects emails through forms and landing pages I make. Then I can send weekly newsletters and freebies to the list of email subscribers. It does cost money depending how big your list is. It is made specifically for bloggers, so it's a great platform.

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Mailchimp

Mailchimp is a free email service provider for 0-2000 subscribers. After that the service costs money. I used Mailchimp for about a month before moving to Convertkit. It was just a bit to confusing and basic for what I was wanting to do.

WordPress themes Free & Premium

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Sugar & Spice (Free)

I like this theme. It is simple and looks nice as soon as you upload it onto your blog. It has some customizing options which is nice. It's the theme I am currently using on this website so you can see what it looks like. I will be upgrading soon, but this one is doing the trick for now.

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Restored 316 Design

These are amazing premium themes. They are designed for the female entrepreneur in mind. They can be customized to suit your brand and desire of blog look. They have many different themes to choose from.

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Bluchic

Great premium wordpress themes. I have heard the support is great. There is also an option to buy all the themes in one bundle if you plan to have a lot of blogs. They also have 3 free themes listed with their paid themes.

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Customizr (Free)

This is another free wordpress theme that looks good from the very beginning. As soon as you upload it, there are many options to customize the front home page, and the blog pages. It has 3 featured page options on the home page. This is my second go to free theme.

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Hello You Design

These are cute premium themes for your blog! They are fairly feminine designed. Very easy to customize and comes with a lot of widgets and set up video instructions.

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Creative Market

Creative Market is the ultimate bloggers product website. They have fonts, photos, graphics, themes, branding help, templates, and more. You really have to go check it out for yourself to see what I'm talking about.

WordPress plugins

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Yoast SEO

This plug in helps to make your blog post SEO optimized. You can change the meta tag for google to include your keywords. It also tells you how many words you wrote, and how many times your keyword is placed in your blog post.

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Pretty Link Lite

Pretty Link Lite allows your to shorten links you use to include you domain address. You can track how many times the links are clicked, and provides a report of each link you make.

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Google XML Sitemap

This plugin will generate a special sitemap that will help Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines find your blog faster.

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SUMO

Sumo helps readers subscribe and share your amazing blog. It iscludes its own social media buttons, as well pop ups to capture emails through all the well known email management sites.

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Insert Headers and Footers

This is an amazing plug in that I use on my blogs. You can easily insert your codes from social medias like pinterest to verify your website. You can easily copy and paste the codes into this plugin and it will do it all.

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Ultimate Social Media

This plugin puts nice social media buttons on your site where you want them. The buttons can be customized by what they do and how they look.

Productivity Tools

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Trello

Trello is an amazing project based website that you can also collaborate with teams or partners. Its like giant sticky notes that you can use for many purposes, like manage your social media content, or use as your editorial calendar.

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Google Calendar

Google Calendar and docs are great free resources that I use often. You can use the calendar as a editorial content calendar and use for person plans all in one to keep your day running smoothly. You will need to have a gmail email account to use it, which is free to sign up for.

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Blog Planner

A good planner can keep you organized and successful. Working on a to do list and keeping your content calendar someplace you can quickly look at it is essential for a smooth running blog. You can also keep track of all the important numbers.

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5 Day Start A Blog eCourse Free

I am still in the process of putting a free 5 day email course on how to start a blog. It will go through simple basic steps that every blogger needs to do to get off to a good start.

Other blogging resources

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Grammarly

Grammarly is a free writing app and grammar check. It helps to make sure your document, blog post or whatever you are writing is mistake free, clear, and impact your readers. It checks for 250 different errors in your writing.

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Gumroad

Gumroad is a place for product creators to upload their creations and sell them. They handle all the money processing and returns. You get to create your own store front and sell many of your own products. You can sell digital or physical products.

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Sendowl

Sendowl you can produce and sell your digital products. Sendowl takes care of collecting the payments and paying you. They also deal with any returns. You just make the product, upload it, and share to spread the word.

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