Blog and Website Recommendations

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. Enjoy!

blog and website recommendations

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Website tools

Web host:

Go to Bluehost to register your domain name and sign up for web hosting for around $3.95/month. Includes  One-click installation straight from Bluehost. 

Website theme:

The Divi Theme by Elegant Themes- I suggest Divi over any free themes because of Divi’s superior customization abilities. With Divi, you can create a truly high-end, professional-looking blog.

Blogging courses:

Fantastic beginner blogging course: Kickstart Your Blog. 

Affiliate marketing course: Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers. Affordable and helpful.

Pinterest Course: Pinterest Ninja This course will give you a solid understanding of how to best use Pinterest for marketing your blog.

SEO course: Adventures in SEO– Not necessarily for very beginner bloggers, but for bloggers who feel more established and are ready to seriously increase blog traffic via Google and Pinterest. This course will show you how to do keyword research for both Google and Pinterest effectively so you can rank on the 1st page of search results.

Free entrepreneur planner:

This free planner printable will help organize all your blog and business ideas!

Blog marketing:

In addition to trying to rank for the first page of Google for my keywords, 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 once you know the magic ways, LOL, (because Pinterest can be a lot to figure out!)

Pinterest marketing tool:

Tailwind- This app ($15/mo) 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 sometimes there’s just no time to pin!

Email list:

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.

More info: MailChimp vs ConvertKit- Why I Switched From MailChimp to ConvertKit.

**Update: I no longer recommend MailChimp at all, even for beginners. Read more:

MailChimp For Bloggers: What No One Ever Tells You About MailChimp and Censorship.

Graphic Design

Canva- Create your logo, Pinterest pins, and other images. The basic version is free and includes a selection of free stock photos, vectors, etc.

Paid stock photos:

No free photos can compare to professional blogging photos from Haute Stock. A worthy investment.

More blogging recommendations

Writing tools:

 E-commerce tools:

Books for business:

Books for creativity:


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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