Best Blogging Resources
This post contains the best blogging resources and tools that go into blogging and creating a successful online business. The tools can vary depending upon each entrepreneur’s goals and each blogger’s niche. An online entrepreneur encompasses so much more than being just a writer. You’re also a marketer, a publisher, an editor, a creator, a designer, a proofreader, a researcher and so much more. This post is designed to make a blogger’s work more efficient and manageable. The ones I’ve listed here have worked the best, saved me the most money, made me the most money, protected my website and that I currently use myself.
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AmaLink Pro Affiliate WP Plugin – AmaLink Pro is hands down the world’s simplest, most efficient plugin to add your Amazon links to your blog or website.
Blog Title Generator
Even the most creative of us run out of ideas sometimes! When that happens and you need a catchy title, ad campaign or content spark head over to FAT JOE for their terrific blog title generator.
This handy tool makes it easy to generate over 700 headlines with one click!
I use FAT JOE WRITING AND LINK BUILDING SERVICES. They are fast, affordable, produce high quality content and I love their SEO link building services, PR, guest posting services, blog booster and their super easy to use platform!
Website Legal Templates
The last thing any blogger wants is to unknowingly violate the law. Therefore it’s vital to protect your online business and website. With these templates Amira who is also an Attorney makes the process very easy and non intimidating.
These affordable templates ensure that your website and blog is legally protected and complies with the law.
Trusted by thousands of bloggers, entrepreneurs and businesses the quality protection is well worth the low price for peace of mind!
You also get 9 bonuses for FREE well worth over $1,175.
Click on the image to learn more!
I started out with Mailchimp because I have to admit – it’s FREE and simple to use. However I have to say that they make it virtually impossible to speak with anyone if you’re not on a paid plan so if you have any issues whatsoever I DO NOT recommend them.
I just switched over to Constant Contact hooray!
I am more than impressed by Constant Contact. They’ve been in business for decades, offer a 60 day free trial with no credit card, email templates to put on autopilot and second to none customer service.
I know a lot of bloggers use Convertkit but I tried them and was less than happy when I had to wait 48 hours for a response. Yikes!
However in all fairness they do have some very appealing integrations, along with Mailerlite and Aweber so I would not opt them out.
My first blog was built on Squarespace which is great if you want a simple type of website. They do have some beautiful themes to choose from. But for Bloggers, there’s no doubt that you’ve got to have a self-hosted site on WordPress.org.
WordPress has unlimited themes, a ton of free and paid for plugins to make your site operate exactly as you want, it is super easy to use, there is a ton of help for anything you need to do and the best thing is that you OWN it.
It looks completely professional and most importantly – No one can take it away, it can’t be deleted! If you opt to have a free site the fact is that it’s limited, looks less professional and can be deleted at any time.
Ready Made Websites
If you don’t want to DIY or don’t have the time to create your own website Template Monster has stunning ready made websites that can have you up and running with a website in about an hour for as low as 9.99 a month.
Not looking to be overwhelmed with so many choices? There’s also Weebly.
For hosting I chose Bluehost. There are many other hosting companies to choose from but I found Bluehost to have very low competitive prices, only 2.95 per month, top speed, 24/7 support, excellent security and it’s trusted by more than 1 million domains!
I’ve never had an issue and switching it over from a more expensive hosting company was flawless.
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How to Blog
An indispensable course by super 6 FIGURE blogger Chelsea Clarke on how to you can start, run, monetize and operate a successful blog with no experience. 6 courses in one including email marketing, Pinterest marketing, affiliate marketing, influencer strategies, link building SEO tips and much more!
For free tips read my post. Filled with guaranteed strategies to make money from your blog even with low traffic!
Small Business Accounting
Freshbooks: Freshbooks is a small business accounting software service (similar to QuickBooks) I use for my side business. It helps you keep track of your income, send invoices, and more. You get a HUGE amount in savings with FreshBooks as compared to the ridiculous rates that PayPal charges.
Blog Design Resources
My blog was redesigned on the Genesis theme.
For feminine WordPress themes, I recommend Bluchic themes for a beautiful website that you can have up and running fast.
For simple yet professional videos that anyone can make I highly recommend Animoto.
Turn your photos into marketing videos for business or for personal use. They also have various budget tier levels and offer a free trial.
You can also use the vimeo app for simple free video creation storage and sharing.
SEO/Social Media ToolKit
SEMrush combines so many different features all into one place. Usually, you have to get an SEO tool, a social media marketing tool, a PPC tool, a research tool, and so on but this platform does EVERYTHING.
Domain analysis, keyword analytics, backlinks checker, toxic links analyzer, competitor analysis, social media scheduler and so much more!
All of the different online marketing elements you need to run an online business are rolled into one neat package with SEMrush.
PLUS! If you choose to sign up to be an affiliate and promote SEMrush, you get 40% recurring commission for sale.
The commission goes as follow:
- For pro plan (priced at $99.95/month), you earn $39.98
- For Guru plan (priced at $199.95/month), you earn $79.98
- For Business plan (priced at $399.95/month), you earn $159.98
- It goes higher if the referral opt for enterprise plan and purchase add-ons.
I always turn to Picmonkey and Canva on a daily basis because they have everything you need for the beginner or expert to turn to make your image ideas turn into life – photo editing, collage making, graphic design tools for ebooks, lead magnets, social media and more.
Logo and Design Resources
If you’re looking to turn your blog into a full time or even a part-time business I’d definitely recommend 99 Designs.
99 Designs offers you access to a whole community of designers at your fingertips. Whether you need a logo, book cover, website or impressive templates that can be instantly personalized in minutes to create the exact look you need.
They have all the tools you need to help you with the trillion different details of running a small business from logo and website design, book covers, social assets, templates and more.
Plus they have a quick turn around time and low prices!
For INFOGRAPHICS turn to Visme! Totally FREE (for basic) and an amazing tool to create stunning presentations, reports and infographics to capture your target audience.
I’ve received more traffic from infographics than any other type of of graphic I’ve created.
Fiverr I recommend for great rates and a quick turnaround if you need anything from a quick WP troubleshooting issue
- WordPress help
- photoshop editing
- flyer design
- blog posts
- influencer marketing
- t-shirt design
- cartoons and comic design
- album covers
- creative writing
- proofreading & editing
- business cards & stationary
- web programming
- resume or cover letter
- banner ads
- PDF or eBook covers
- blogger outreach
- Social media
- web development,
- Pinterest pros or even
- voice overs!
Basically everything to run an online business and they even have Fiverr Pros who are top rated professionals around the world in their niche. They charge more than the normal Fiverr freelancers but well worth it.
They’re also great if you have skills that you want to market yourself if you need to earn some cash!
Read my interview with ‘LaserLife’ a top rated Fiverr Copywriter who makes thousands of dollars a month on Fiverr here!
I use Share-A-Sale and Wealthy Affiliate. They have thousands of merchants to choose from and are the easiest to work with. I increase my sales, generate new interest in my with high profile merchandisers and get the highest commission.
I pick and choose products that are relevant to my niche and that I actually like, use and recommend to others that will help grow their business.
The platform for ShareASale is very simple to understand, it’s a breeze to sign up and there are tons of popular and familiar merchants to choose from.
Clickbank and Skimlinks are also very popular but I didn’t make as much with them because I found their platform very convoluted. Clickbank however is a privately held company that’s been around since 1998.
It has more than 6 million clients worldwide. I myself prefer a smaller network and if you’re just starting out with affiliate marketing I recommend you go with one that’s not too overwhelming.
Although ClickBank does offer their own University.
Wealthy Affiliate offers step-by-step training and has coaching and mentoring programs, educational videos, free trials, free lessons and a tremendous support network.
Here’s a tutorial for Clickbank which is one of the global leaders for affiliate products:
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If you’re interested in building an affiliate marketing blog as a full time career to make passive income online, then I recommend you sign up for their free trial on their highly popular program.
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Social Media Resources
Revive Social is a very useful tool for increasing your traffic. Revive Social Network can help you to build a strong social circle and grows your professional network by sharing content from other websites in your industry on your Social Media accounts.
Set it and watch your social circle grow automatically. Revive Old Post helps you to keep your old posts alive by automatic sharing them and driving more traffic to them from social media networks.
Set it up once and you’ll never have to worry about your old posts again.
Tailwind for Pinterest and Instagram has helped me go from 200 views to over 400K in a matter of months! It is the best auto-scheduler to amplify your Pinterest/Insta following, simplify your pinning, grow your blog’s reach, expand your presence, analyze and build your new business.
They even let you post to Facebook and Twitter!
Aside from SEMrush I truly could not live without them. Otherwise I’d be pinning manually for hours on end each day!
This is one of my favorite plugins that I use on Socialbuzzhive. It includes social share buttons that make it easier to share your post and also keep count of how many times your post has been shared. Social traffic is so important to bloggers and this plugin can really help.
After I installed this plugin I saw an immediate increase in shares. I have it set up to include Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest but you can customize it to whichever social networks you prefer and even change the style and the colors.
Like most services, the paid version is the one you want if you are a professional blogger… the features are quite limited without it. Get Social Warfare HERE.
Jaaxy Keyword Tool – There’s no comparison when it comes to keyword tools. Keyword research is time-consuming, confusing and exasperating!
I like Jaaxy because it was made for affiliate marketers and bloggers. You can’t get a more advanced and useful platform for managing all aspects of keyword research, website, competition all in one place.
Miscellaneous Sites That Help Me Make My Life Easier
Resume Writers – Top rated resume service for students, professionals, freelance writers, and executives or anyone who needs to make a career change and revamp their tired resume.
Print Friendly & PDF – I love this extension because you can make any web page into a PDF – it’s so cool! It removes junk like ads, gives you an editable preview and still has clickable links. Get more shares, saves, and love!
Now that blogging has taken over my life who has time to cook? I also found I was spending a bundle on eating out as well as shopping for food and always getting more than what was on my list – I started a free trial of the $5 Meal Plan – and my wallet is really happy I did.
Sunbasket is another time-saving meal site that does home deliveries. It’s Organic produce, clean ingredients, and delicious recipes delivered weekly. They specialize in Paleo, Lean & Clean, Gluten Free, Vegan and more. They are really delicious and awesome!!
They won second overall in delivery meal kits in the country. I hate taking the time to shop, prep and cook so this makes it totally worth the price. You get $45 off your first order if you click the link!
I hope this list of resources helped! I know it’s extensive but you should get a feel for what will work best for you. Most companies have free trial plans.
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