When I first started blogging I didn’t know where to begin. There was so much information! Not to mention all the things that needed to be learned in order to get started. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed by the amount of work that needed to be done. It would’ve been nice to know which blogging resources were best to use.
I started blogging because I love to write. Well, writing is only a little bit of what goes into a blog. It amazes me all the things that happen behind the scenes. And over the course of blogging, I have found some great resources to help. Some of these resources have affiliate links. You can see my disclosure about affiliate links here.
Hostgator.com – If you haven’t started a blog yet Hostgator is who I use to host my site. They have great customer service and offer great deals on getting started with your own site. Interested in getting started now? If you are interested in getting started on your blogging journey now, click here.
WordPress – If you are thinking about becoming a blogger, then you want to be self hosted. It will save a lot of headaches later. You definitely want to use WordPress and you definitely want to be self hosted. Like Michael Hyatt says when you aren’t self hosted, “It’s like building a house on rented land, you wouldn’t do that.” So go ahead and start with WordPress <dot> org. It’s FREE! All you have to be is self hosted and you do that by using Hostgator.
Courses I Have Taken And Love:
Blog Clarity – My absolute favorite social media channel would have to be Pinterest. I took the time to learn Pinterest and how to use it to my blog’s advantage. And, if I were to tell you all the courses I have taken you would be surprised, however, the course I took for Pinterest was a great course.
No regrets at all spending money on taking this course! I highly recommend if you are considering learning more about Pinterest and how to use it as a resource for your blog to take this course. Ever since I took the course, Pinterest has brought me the most traffic month after month and I believe that has a lot to do with all the things this course has taught me. This course is called Pinning Perfect Course, you should go check it out.
The Blog Hive – Amazing! Melyssa Griffin’s Nectar Collective is full of so much knowledge and she shares it all in this course. The questions I had about blogging but felt too dumb to ask, all got answered right here. This course helped me to understand different things about blogging and opened my eyes to many things.
Book Boss – Let me share with you the reason you need to write an eBook: You aren’t counting on anyone else to send you a check at the end of the month! An eBook is your work and you get all the credit & the gratification when it is complete.
If you are ready to write an eBook, then this course is the course you want to take. Abby and Donnie, from Building a Framework, do an amazing job explaining all the order and steps of writing an eBook. From start to finish, they are right there telling you how to do everything. And when you are done taking this course, you are basically ready to sell your book.
Busy Moms Building A Business – The perfect course for the mom who needs to replace her corporate salary in order to quit, but doesn’t know how… or the mom who stays at home with her kids and has a lot of great ideas but doesn’t know where to start… or ANY MOM who wants to start an online business and still have time for her family!
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing – Are you a blogger but unsure of how to make money online? Or, maybe you’ve been blogging for awhile but haven’t had much luck with affiliate marketing. This course will show you how to build a six figure blog without millions of visitors or selling your soul.
Services I Recommend:
WP radius – I am not very techy, period! Luckily WP Radius helps out with any of my WordPress struggles. If you just want someone to do the behind the scenes stuff for you, WP Radius is where you want to turn. You won’t be disappointed, and they guarantee satisfaction!
Convert Kit – Convert Kit offers so many great ways to email your subscribers. You can keep them all together, then when you go to email, you can email to just a certain group. It is a pretty amazing system Nathan Berry has put together. Convert Kit is who I am currently using for my email services.
MailChimp – When you first start out blogging and you are trying to decide whether or not the whole blogging thing is for you, MailChimp is a great tool to use for your email services. It is FREE for your first 2,000 subscribers. Once you reach 2,000 subscribers you can either stay with MailChimp and start paying or move on to another email provider. The choice is yours.
Social Media Services:
BoardBooster.com – When you first start blogging it can be very overwhelming. Everything that gets done is done by you and you alone. Pinterest drives the most traffic to my site. In order for me not to stress a lot over Pinterest I use Board Booster. Board Booster offers great tools, two of them being scheduling and looping. Once you have everything set up with Board Booster you don’t have to worry again until it is time to add more content to your feeds.
Buffer – Buffer is a great tool to use to schedule out your social media for Facebook and Twitter. As long as you have added things to your feed, you can go days without worrying about your social media.
Social Warfare – Social Warfare is a great plugin to use for WordPress. It sizes your images for you depending on which social media platform you are posting to. Social Warfare also shows you at a glance how well each of your posts are doing.
Sumome – Sumome is the resource I use for the pop ups on Happily Ever Uncluttered. Sumome helps me gather emails for my weekly email newletter.
Canva is easy to use and a great platform to design images for your posts.
Picmonkey is a great platform to use to design your images for your posts.
Photoshop is another great platform to create images for your posts and your site.
Other Great Resources:
LeadPages – Leadpages is the source I turn to when I am needing to create opt in forms for printables I have created for a blog post. If you happen to use ConvertKit, they also offer landing pages and forms to use.
Google Analytics – Google analytics is the go to resource when you want to keep track of the traffic on your site. See where your traffic is coming from, what posts are popular, and view daily, weekly, monthly traffic & comparisons. Google analytics is really a neat resource to play with and learn more about.
Gumroad – I love how easy Gumroad is to use for the products I sell on my site. Gumroad takes care of everything, you set it up the first time and your done. If you have a product you are trying to sell, look into Gumroad to help you sell it.
Now, if only I had done all these things from day one I wouldn’t have needed to invest so heavily in Kleenex. Blogging doesn’t have to be done alone. I hope you have found some resources you will be able to use for your own blog!