If you would like to start a blog of your own or simply looking to improve your current one, I’ve compiled a list of blogging resources that have helped me along the way. The resources on this page are comprised of those that I currently use and recommend.
When I first started even thinking about blogging I had a million questions. I still a few hundred thousand of them (haha), but at least now I can help you answer a lot of them. As a self-taught blogger I’ve spent countless research hours (articles, videos, tutorials, eBooks, and other blogs), and I’ve come across incredible resources that have made a huge impact in what I know today. Trial and error is a big part of this. I’m hoping to help you get through some “trials” while avoiding some “errors”.
As my journey continues, I will be adding to this list. So please be sure to check back in often to see if there are any new ones that can benefit you.
* This page contains some affiliate links. Meaning that if you purchase their product by using the direct link, I receive a small compensation at no extra cost to you . HOWEVER, I will never advice you towards something I don’t absolutely love and/ or don’t currently use myself.
- Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook– This fantastic e-book written by Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog is by far the best investment I’ve ever made. It is the most complete blogging guide I’ve come across since I started this journey. Not only does it walk you step by step from choosing your domain, but it discusses other crucial aspects of blogging, such as networking, social media, important plugins, working with affiliates, and so on. Whether you are a novice or an expert blogger, I guarantee you this e-book can help teach you a few things to help your blog be successful. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
- Cracking the Code on the Amazon Associate’s Program- This info packed eBook written by Ashli Sweat walks you through how she makes $5,000/ month with Amazon affiliates and how you can do it too by following her tips and stratergies.
- How To Make a WordPress Blog (WordPress.org Video Tutorial)– This is an hour-long, info packed video tutorial. Greg Narayan does a great job in walking you through the steps of creating a blog using WordPress.
- Bluehost– is the hosting company I use. Not only does it have fantastic reviews but is one of the most popular. They have great customer support and their site is very user-friendly. You can get a special discount by signing up under my link.
- Genesis framework– I wanted a rock solid foundation for my site from the very beginning. It is best described as follows: “Genesis Frameworks empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress. Whether you’re a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go”- Genesis framework team. Think of Genesis as the car that drives your site, and a child theme as the paint and upgrades. They also have a great selection of “Child Themes” to accommodate any budget.
- Restored 316 – This is the theme (design) I use for my blog. I love their themes and after looking through different ones, they caught my eye. The simplicity and elegance of their theme design speaks for itself. My theme is the Simply Charming Pro. Just as important as the content of your site/blog, so is the appearance.
- MailChimp– Is a reputable email marketing website where you can create a FREE account for the first 2,000 subscribers. This is the omen I currently use.
- Tailwind– This is a pin scheduling service for Pinterest and Instagram. After doing my research, Tailwind got my vote. I signed up and that was it, I could’t live without it… haha. It allows for automatic pin scheduling throughout the day (or weeks), depending how far ahead you want to schedule. Tailwind’s detailed analytics allow for smarter pinning, and their recommended “pinning time slots” based on your daily peak traffic is simply genius. You can also create “Tribes”. With this tool, you will be able to add your own content to a Tribe and have others view, schedule and share your content to their own audience. Win-win for everyone. You can sign up today through my link and receive a FREE 1 month trial.
- Genesis simple hooks– If you are anything like me and coding isn’t your thing, this plug-in is a lifesaver. It allows you to add code to different areas of your blog without messing with your theme files. However, it is exclusively for those using the Genesis Framework.
- Yoast SEO– I’m loving this plug-in. Allows you to edit your content’s meta data to increase your SEO. It also provides you with an analysis check list of each post regarding the readability and SEO of your content. It is a very user-friendly and powerful plug-in.
- Akismet anti-spam– Protects your blog against spam and malicious log-in.
- Google analytics– A powerful tool that provides you with the insights of your blog traffic. It offers detailed reports of your blog’s visitors and where they came from. I also use Jetpack site stats for comparison.
*Note: You can download all of these plug-ins and many more from your WordPress dashboard
- Canva– If you aren’t using Canva yet you are probably missing out. It’s a FREE app for image editing and graphic creation. It provides you with ready-to-use templates depending on the social media platform you want to use them for.
- Pixabay, Pexels, and Upsplash– These are the FREE stock photography websites which I am currently using. With their large selection of free images, you can definitely find what works for you.
I hope this was helpful to you.
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