When it comes to blogging there are so many different resources than it can get overwhelming to figure out what you should get for your own blog. In the 10+ years we’ve been blogging we have gone through lost of resources, some great and some not-so-great.
Blogging doesn’t have one formula that fits for all blogs because everyone’s approach, interest and goals are so different. This page is to meant to be used as a guide and not a must-have for every blog out there.
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Most the links on this post are affiliate links, which means we will get a small commission if you buy the product without this affecting the price you pay. This helps pay for our hosting and blogging needs so we really appreciate it. Rest assured all we recommend here are resources we have used ourselves and love.
Blogging Courses Worth Taking:
If you want to start a blog or just started the blog and are all confused about it, this is the perfect book for you. Suzi goes into great detail of everything you have to do to set up your blog and start blogging the right way from the beginning.
My only regret is not having this guide when I started blogging – this would have save me so much time.
Check it out here!
Have you always wanted to write catchy headlines and posts that will keep everyone coming back to your site? I bet you do since this is the key to having a success blog.
I cannot recommend this course enough – it will change the way you write post! I honestly have never met a blogger that’s regretted taking this course and if you ask around you will find many people highly recommend it.
Unfortunately this course only opens a few times so click here to find out if it’s open and if not get on the waiting list.
Do you think Facebook is dead? So did I! It took me 4 years to get my Mama Instincts page to 5000 likes. I am now half way through this course and my likes have doubled in less than ONE MONTH.
I still cannot believe it and I regret not buying this course sooner. If you’re going to spend money in a Facebook course, get this one and don’t waste your money on anything else. I haven’t found anything as effective as the Moolah course.
How to Make Money with Amazon Affiliates (even if you have a small blog):
Most blog viewers are already buying things on Amazon so why not get a commission from their purchases?
This book was written by one of the founders of this blog, Carolina King. This book goes into great detail on how to use Amazon affiliate links to earn your blog income, even when you have less than 10 000 page views a month.
Check out the book and guides here.
If you’re just beginning to blog, any host will do fine for you. The problems start once you start getting more traffic…
After changing hosting more times than we’d like to, we have found one provider that we love: InMotion Hosting. We have been with them for over a year and our sites haven’t been down once.
This blog is also hosted with InMotion because they offer a very affordable WordPress plan all the way to dedicated servers. The great thing about it is that your blog can grow with this hosting company and you won’t have to worry about your site going down if you have a viral.
Phone Apps that make blogging easier:
We’re both moms, which means we do a lot of blogging tasks from our phone. Here’s a list of our favorite phone apps. Since there are different phone platforms we are just listing the name of the app so you can look for it in the app store of your phone.
- Social Media aps: Facebook and Facebook Pages, Twitter, Instagram (also check out Boomerang and Layout by Instagram), Pinterest and Snapchat all have their own app to manage your social media accounts.
- WordPress App: Use it to answer comments and check stats.
- Google Analytics App: Use it to check stats and see real time users.
- WordSwag: Great for creating picture memes and quotes.
- Rhonna: Also to make pictures with text.
- Ripl: To make short videos with images.
- PicTapGo: Great for photo editing.
- VSCO: Great for photo editing.
- Google Drive: Access all your documents wherever you are.
- Dropbox: Similar to Google Drive and great for sharing files with others.
For a long time we did it all ourselves but after some years into blogging we started running into technical difficulties that we couldn’t fix ourselves. That’s when we found iMark Interactive.
We have been using Grayson’s services for about 2 years now. We are both currently on his maintenance plan but before we were on a plan, we just paid him every time we needed an issue fix.
He is the most knowledgable person we know when it comes to techy stuff so if you have issues, reach out to him.
This is great to keep your information organized and accessible from wherever you are. If you’re collaborating with another blogger it’s a great way for both of you to have access to the files and edit them.
It’s what both of us use to manage this blog!
One of the founder of this blog, Jessica, has created a blogging planner to keep all of our blog stuff organized. It’s useful and practical and the planner we both use on a regular basis.
See what’s in this toolkit here.
Mailing List Providers:
If there’s one thing we both regret not doing sooner is setting a mailing list so make sure you’re collecting emails from the beginning.
Here are some companies that you should check out:
- MailChimp: Free for the first 2000 subscribers. It’s what we’re using on this blog and what Jessica uses on her blog.
- Aweber: It’s what Carolina uses for her mailing list.
- ConvertKit: Comes highly recommended by lots of bloggers. Our favorite feature is that you can offer a free digital product and the person that signs up to your list can access it instantly.