Recommendations

In case you ever wondered what tools I’ve used for my blog or need recommendations on things like how to save money online – this is your one stop shop! Be sure to subscribe below to get access to my free resource library!

*A few of these links are affiliate links, which means I may get a small commission at no cost to you. As always I don’t recommend what I haven’t used and loved myself. Read more here.

Blogging Resources

Setting Up

WordPress.org

  • Very popular among bloggers
  • Easy to set up and customize with various themes (including themes from external sources)
  • Enables plugins which are very useful for bloggers

 

 

Pipdig Themes

  • Current theme I’m using for my blog: Venture
  • Beautifully designed (& responsive) themes
  • GREAT customer service: quick and helpful responses

 

Hosting

SiteGround

Super affordable: Normally $3.95/month. Get started here.

  • EXCELLENT customer service: no really, when I struggled to set up my domain with hosting (because I used two different services) they literally did everything for me. All I had to do was ask
  • Easy installation and navigation
  • Hassle free: literally set it up and forget about it. I’ve never had any problems with them
  • BONUS: if you’re a college student looking to start a blog they also offer a student discount for their plans.

 

 

Plugins

  • Yoast SEO: best plugin for optimizing your website for search engines
  • Grammarly: use to automatically perform spell checks and grammar reviews as you write. As a blogger, you NEED this. I use this for all writing, including emails, and I’ve been using it for about 2 years now.
  • Smush: great for reducing image size for faster load times without reducing the quality of your images
  • WP Autoterms: use to generate your legal disclaimers and privacy policies, etc
  • Shareaholic: use to get a free floating share buttons on your website to make it easy for your readers to share your content!

 

 

Design

Canva

  • FREE graphic design tool for social media apps, flyers, and more!
  • Hundreds of layouts for designing all your graphic needs
  • Paid version offers extra features + branding set up for consistent graphics

 

 

Images

Pexels & Unsplash

  • Both offer thousands of FREE stock images
  • Pictures can be used for both commercial and non-commercial uses
  • Attribution is not required, but it is appreciated

 

Monetize

Google AdSense

  • No minimum requirement for views, great for new bloggers
  • Easy to get started with
  • Payment threshold: $100

 

 

Media.net

  • If you use my referral link, you get a bonus of 10% on top of your regular earnings for 3 months!
  • Another great alternative to Google Adsense (can also work alongside Adsense)
  • No minimum traffic requirement needed to join

 

Increase Blog Traffic

Google Analytics

  • You NEED this if you have a blog to track your traffic
  • Use to identify successful sources of traffic
  • Great for seeing most popular posts to get inspired for new content

 

 

Tailwind

  • The BEST tool for increasing traffic to your blog from Pinterest (I gained 2000 page views and 60,000 views on Pinterest in my first 2 weeks!)
  • Sign up for a free trial here! It’ll be the best decision you ever make to grow your blog traffic.

 

 

Pinterest 

 

 

Email Marketing Campaign

Convertkit

  • GREAT for easy opt-in forms you can place within blog posts for convenient sign-ups to your email list
  • A very user-friendly platform that automates your email sequences easily
  • Better chance of delivery to your subscribers’ inbox (vs going to spam)
  • Use my referral link for a free 14-day trial! 

 

MailChimp

  • Great FREE option for email marketing (up to 2000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month)
  • Creative design templates for your emails and landing pages

 

 

 

Other tools

WhatTheFont: Use to find the name of fonts from images on the web

G Suite: who doesn’t already love Google’s tools (Drive, Docs, Gmail, etc)? Use G Suite to create your own domain email (i.e. you@yourcompany.com) for only $5/month

 

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