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Whoa! Where do I begin? There are so many amazing resources that go into blogging I’m a bit hard pressed to list everything on one page without wanting to overwhelm my readers.
The ones I have found that work the best, save me the most money, make me the most money and that I currently use myself are listed below.
I started out with Mailchimp because, I have to admit – it’s FREE and very simple to use. But I am in the process of transferring over to ConvertKit. It’s designed just for bloggers and creators. I am amazed so far at all the ways it’s been helping me to automate and build my email list. It’s an easy learning curve, their customer service is amazing and it provides so many incredible ways to build a platform, cultivate relationships and automate your email so it’s all on autopilot.
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. For Bloggers I definitely recommend WordPress.org. Please not that I’m not someone who likes change and I’m definitely not a Tekkie! But I was absolutely convinced after trying WordPress that I had to convert because WP is a self hosted site made just for bloggers. They have unlimited themes, a ton of free and paid for plug ins 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 totally professional and most importantly – No one can take it away, it can’t be deleted!
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 3.95 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.
How to Blog
Amy Lynn Andrews There are thousands of sites with information like hers, many of which are excellent and ones I read too. And like many bloggers, she makes a full-time income too. But here’s how she’s different:
She’s been blogging longer than most (since 2004).
She doesn’t send you daily emails or other noise.
I really love her minimalistic style. It’s extremely smart, practical and to the point and will get you the information you need with a comprehensive strategy.
I also recommend Blog Boss The Complete Blog to Biz Roadmap – by Chelsea Clarke. If you are just starting out or have had a blog going for a while and are tired of not seeing the traffic and income that you know your blog deserves, AND are overwhelmed with all of the scattered information out there on how to really make money blogging this course is just the thing for you.
Chelsea’s tips have helped me grow my blog to triple the traffic from where I started and she can easily do the same for you if you implement her tips. She also offers a FREE mini course as well as an awesome micro influencer course.
Be Your Own Blog Boss is the complete blogging business roadmap – and covers every single thing you need to know to confidently create, launch, run, market and monetize an income-earning blog!
For monetizing your blog I can also proudly recommend Make Money Blogging At Any Level by Victoria Pruett. It’s straight forward advice on the reason why one blogger with as little as 20,000 page views can be raking in $5000 a month while another with over 100,000 page views a month will only bring in $200 a month. Excellent read for the newbie blogger. With the information overload out there it’s almost impossible to piece together an easy to use strategy which is why I recommend these 3 bloggers so strongly.
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.
My theme is from a UK company called PipDig. They have beautiful magazine style themes, seamless integration from other hosts and fantastic customer service. Not to mention great prices!
Update – I had my blog redesigned by Corina Ramos Designs recently. She did an amazing job and fast!!
For simple yet professional videos I 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 vimeo app for simple video storage and sharing.
I always turn to Picmonkey they have everything you need for the beginner or expert to turn make your image ideas turn into life – photo editing, collage making, graphic designer. I am no way a designer and Photoshop is above my head so this works for me!
If you’re looking to turn your blog into a full time or even a part time business I’d definitely recommend Deluxe Business Services. 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, business forms and office supplies, to SEO services, to Payroll, to Marketing Business Kits and more. Plus they have a quick turn around time and low prices!
There’s also Fiverr who I recommend for great rates and quick turnaround if you need a logo, help with graphics, web development or marketing. They’re also great if you have skills that you want to market and need to earn some cash!
I primarily use Share-A-Sale. I increase my sales, generate interest in my site and develop my brand. It’s super easy to use and there are tons of merchants to choose from. I also use Clickbank and Skimlinks.
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Whether you’re new to affiliate marketing or been at it for a while this company that’s been around for over 16 years can help you find a sponsor for your web site. And you get paid for your great content. I also use FlexOffers but I honestly find it somewhat confusing with so many merchants to choose from.
For a more detailed understanding about affiliating marketing and how you can earn a passive, lucrative income I highly recommend Michelle Schroeder Gardner’s easy to comprehend course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
This invaluable course has shown me and others:
- How to build a six figure blog without millions of visitors or selling your soul
- how Michelle went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month
- The step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course that shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging
- Looking to increase your blogging income? Check out Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing!
- I also recommend for beginners to Internet Marketing Wealthy Affiliate and Affilorama because you can try them for FREE
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 112K in a matter of weeks! They are the best app to amplify your social media following, schedule your posts, analyze and expand your reach.
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 our site, and much of it is a direct result of this plugin.
After I installed this plugin I saw an immediate increase in shares. I have it setup to include Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest but you can customize it to whichever social networks you prefer. 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.
Hands down if you want simple marketing advice on how to get your blog read and seen by thousands, hundreds of thousands – make that millions of people – because that’s the ultimate goal right? Go to Copyblogger.com Read by over 2 million people, it’s FREE, they have the most professional and easy to use/follow advice, you’re able to share it (as long as you don’t alter the content) And bottom line, they are simply the PROS on Marketing and how to write top content whether you’re a blogger, freelance writer, editor, marketer or advertiser.
Jaaxy Keyword Tool – There’s no comparison when it comes to keyword tools. Keyword research is time consuming! And Google tools in my opinion are confusing. I like Jaaxy because it was made for 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 and executives or anyone who needs to make a career change.
Virtual Receptionist – If you have a small business and don’t have time to answer the phone yourself, don’t want a machine to do it and don’t have the budget to hire a full time receptionist why not hire a virtual one? Gabbyville has awesome live receptionists and answering services for reasonable rates! Try them for FREE for 14 days.
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 I’m older and blog 10 hrs a day! I simply don’t make as many homemade meals as I’d like to. However, I 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 thought this is ridiculous! I started a free trial of the $5 Meal Plan – and my wallet is really happy I did.
It’s a great way to save money and it’s a much healthier choice than eating out. If meal planning is not your thing though, I highly recommend trying the $5 Meal Plan. This is a weekly meal plan service that can make your meal planning super simple. For just $5 per month, you will receive a delicious meal plan, where every meal will cost about $2 per person (or less). It’s a great way to save time and money, plus they offer specialty plans, including gluten-free and vegetarian meals. Click here to try it free for 14 days.
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! For a detailed list of exclusive blogger secret methods grab my Ultimate Checklist for how to promote your blog posts. You’d have to search all over the internet to find this all in one place. And here it is!
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