To start this post off, I would like to say…we bloggers work hard! We put many hours into each post, making sure the pictures, writing, and layout is just right. We’re a bunch of hard workers doing something that we love! But…finding cool, easier, quicker ways to do things is sometimes really helpful. I have done some research (and also stumbled upon) some great blogging resources and websites that I think make the blogging life easier. In this post, I have compiled a list of 13 resources from web hosting, to fonts, to blog design. I hope this list helps you and makes life a little bit easier when you’re working on something you love…blogging!
1) Go Daddy
This website is great for buying domain names. It’s where I bought my domain name and I definitely recommend it. I’m so glad I have an actual “.com” domain instead of a “.wordpress.com” domain. It’s a lot more professional and makes you look legit. Go Daddy’s domain names are pretty affordable and they have great customer service. You can also re-sell your domain names on their website…another cool way to make some moolah!
This website is great for selling things. For example, if you wanted to sell some jewelry you made, you could set up an Instapage in about 15 minutes! It’s a drag and drop building site (meaning it’s super quick and easy). You can link it to your domain name and bam! You have a website to sell items on in no time!
PicMonkey is great for logo design, Pinterest pins, and blog pictures. This is where I edit a lot of the pictures I upload to Pinterest and also where I go to put cool fonts on my pictures. They have some really fun designs and great editing tools. They have a free plan which will give you access to just the basic picture editing tools and then they have a premium plan which will give you full access to every editing tool they offer. I use the free plan and it’s worked great so far!
If you want to get really serious into photo editing then Photoshop is for you! It’s expensive and somewhat hard to get the hang of. You really have to take your time and learn about Photoshop and all it has to offer (because there’s a lot). With all that negativity having been said…it really is a great editing program. It has every editing tool you could ever imagine! You’ll be on your way to creating very professional looking photos, designs, and logos.
This is a great website for free fonts! You can download many of them and use them for personal use…meaning you just can’t sell what you’re making. If you do want to use the fonts for commercial use then you have to purchase them. But for a Pinterest pin or a blog picture it’s a perfect resource!
I’m sure by now all of you have heard of this magical site. It’s a fairly new site that will help you grow your Pinterest page’s engagement and exposure as well as your blog’s engagement and exposure. I’ve been using it for about a month now and my blog page views have doubled…honestly. Once you sign up you have to join a few “tailwind tribes” (super easy, free, and quick to do) but then you can get to pinning! It’s really easy to do…you upload the pictures you want to pin, schedule them for a certain time in the day when your followers are most active (Tailwind will give you this info), hit the schedule button, sit back and watch your Pinterest page and blog page double in views!
I love this website. It’s a great way to earn a few extra bucks from your blog! To start, just create an account and link all of your social media sites to it. Then, say you’re writing a blog post about a cute outfit…you can get on Shopstyle and search for those outfit pieces, copy the link Shopstyle will give you and use that link in your blog post. When people click on the link you then earn some money! It’s not much per click but it does add up! You can also copy and paste the link onto your Instagram page under “website” and have it link to the outfit you just posted a picture of.
The Amazon Affiliate Program is pretty much exactly like Shopstyle Collective…you search for a product, grab the HTML code or link, paste it into your blog post, and then earn money on each click you get. I think it’s a little easier to earn money from Shopstyle but Amazon does have a wider range of products that you can earn money from via clicks.
I’ve had a PayPal account for years now. It’s an easy way to get paid for blogging related things and it’s also super secure. You can keep track of income and expenses on things you’ve used your PayPal account for which I think is very handy.
This website has great interactive WordPress designs. They have cute, feminine, easy to use, easy to set up, interactive designs…perfect for bloggers! Once downloaded, you can change the colors and of course add your own images and designs.
Genesis Framework means that you can have a WordPress theme that is interactive and interesting. A lot of WordPress themes require you to have a standard theme and then download the Genesis Framework to make it more interactive. But once you purchase Genesis you can use it on as many blogs and themes as you like.
MailChimp is great if you’re a newbie blogger and want to start creating your first email list. It’s really easy to use and set up. You can create cute (or professional) looking emails and easily send them to specific email lists. MailChimp also lets you view who has opened the email, who unsubscribes, and who clicks on the links in that email.
This website is a great alternative to Google Analytics. Google Analytics can sometimes be confusing to use but StatCounter is quick and easy. It’s great if you want to quickly look at stats and find out where traffic is coming from. All you need to do is sign up, download the code onto your site, and you’re good to go!
I hope you found these blogging resources helpful! Also, Happy Halloween!! I hope you all have/had/are having a great day filled with lots of candy and good times!