I created this page as a simple blogging reference guide with blog and website recommendations. Listed are all the blogging tools and products I personally use and recommend.
Included in this guide are favorite books, podcasts, and more for both online business and creative inspiration.
I think you’ll find this guide helpful and easy to reference.
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If you are just getting started blogging and want to spend as little as possible to begin, Bluehost is a good option. You can register your domain name and sign up for web hosting for around $3.95/month. Includes WordPress.org One-click installation straight from Bluehost.
If you have been blogging for a while and are looking for superior website speed, customer service, and security, I highly suggest Big Scoots web hosting. I recently switched and cannot say enough good things about them.
I started with Bluehost, now I have Big Scoots.
I use the Amelia theme by 17th Avenue Designs. Oooh, I love how pretty it is! All their themes are, so do check out 17th Avenue Designs.
Fantastic beginner blogging course: Kickstart Your Blog.
Affiliate marketing course: Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers. Affordable and helpful.
SEO course: Stupid Simple SEO. This course is pricy but worth it! I just took this course in November 2021, but am seeing my traffic grow by implementing the techniques in this course.
Free entrepreneur planner:
This free planner printable will help organize all your blog and business ideas!
In addition to using SEO for ranking in Google, I use Pinterest to market my blog.
I love Pinterest, and using it to market and research is tons of fun. Pinterest can drive massive traffic to your blog. I barely do Instagram and don’t bother at all with FB.
Pinterest marketing tool:
Tailwind– This app will help you spread your pins far and wide by pinning for you at automated set times throughout the day.
It’s a great supplement to manual pinning, because there’s no time to pin throughout the day.
I like ConvertKit because I can offer multiple free opt-ins to collect emails- an essential feature that Mailchimp and other free email collection services lack.
Canva- Create your logo, Pinterest pins, and other images. The basic version is free and includes a selection of free stock photos, vectors, etc. Canva is perfect for blogging.
I also just got an iPad, the Procreate app, and am learning to use Photoshop. All for my Etsy shop though, rather than my blog.
I use stock photos from Canva premium or Unsplash. My pins do well on Pinterest these days without needing extra paid stock photography.
- Spell checker: Grammarly- Basic version is free and awesome.
- Word finder: Thesaurus.com- A valuable tool.
- Amazon Basics Portable Photo Studio/lightbox- Easy set-up, works great. A good value for the money.
- Nikon D3200 Digital Camera- A professional, user-friendly, quality DSLR camera.
Books for business:
- Get Rich Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield Thomas.
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris.
- You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero.
- She Means Business by Carrie Green.
Books for creativity:
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
- Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper by Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, (SARK).
- Make Your Creative Dreams Real by SARK.
- Real Magic by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
I hope you enjoy these blog and website recommendations! And please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear them!
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