*There may be affiliate links in this post, girl has to eat after all….
Want to know my go to blogs, products and tools? Of course you do. I made a little list of the things that I use and learn from so you can quickly see my favourites.
Favourite FREE Resources:
The Blog Plan: 12 months to grow your blog to thousands per month!
31 Actionable Steps You Need To Take In Your First Month Blogging
Blog Traffic Bonus Guide (prequel to Traffic Transformation: 21 Strategies I Used to Go from 17K to 400K+ Page Views in 10 Months)
Carly from Mommy on Purpose (you need to get on her blogging email list!!!)
Scrivs from Obstacle (and many, many more!)
Suzi from Start A Mom Blog (brilliant resource for newbie bloggers)
Favourite Blogging Tools and Products:
Hosting – SiteGround
This blog is hosted with SiteGround and I got my domain name from them as well. I really recommend them.
Honestly, their technical support is just so quick and helpful. Plus after all the horror stories I heard about Bluehost I’m super glad I went with SiteGround.
*Want to learn how to start a professional blog for profit, then check out my tutorial here!
Theme – Extra from Elegant Themes
I love the themes from Elegant Themes . I started with Divi and now use Extra, but really you cannot go wrong with either of them. They have fantastic drop and drop functionality, loads of different personalisation options and technical support, which is invaluable.
Site Graphics – Canva
All my site graphics are made on Canva. It’s crazy easy to use and they have templates for all the different social media platforms! Plus it’s FREE!
Blog Photos – Haute Stock
I’ve actually done a post reviewing Haute Stock which explains exactly why I love their images, well worth a read if you are umming and ahhing over whether you should get a membership or not. The photos are just stunning and crisp, so if you’re an awful photographer like me, your blog photos can still look professional!
Email Service Provider: Mailerlite and ConvertKit
I only recommend two email service providers Mailerlite and ConvertKit.
I have used both of them and they both have extremely similar features. I would suggest using Mailerlite until your blog is making a regular $1,000+ per month because it’s free up to 1,000 subscribers. Then consider ConvertKit once you have a regular income as ConvertKit cost $29 per month up to 1,000 subscribers.
Pinterest Scheduling: Tailwind and BoardBooster
I know everyone’s always asking whether they should get Tailwind or Boardbooster for Pinterest scheduling. Personally I use BoardBooster to schedule my group board stuff and Tailwind to schedule repins of other people’s content. If I could only use one I would choose BoardBooster, it’s tricky to set up but well worth it once you’ve done that!
If your not sure which one would be best for you then, luckily, if you sign up with one of my links you get a free trial:
Click here for a FREE trial of 100 pins with Tailwind
Click here for a FREE trial of 100 pins with BoardBooster
Instagram Scheduling: Later
Later is free for up to 30 posts per social media account per month, I can schedule an Instagram post for every day of the month in one sitting. Saving me loads of time for other blogging tasks!
Income Journey from Start a Mom Blog
If you find income reports useful, or if you just want to see how a normal, stay at home Mom grew her blog from $0 to $17,000 per month income in 12 months then this eBook is for you. One of my favorite blogging resources.
Top tip, make sure you get the email bundle as well because that is invaluable!
Price: $47 just for the Income Journey or $80 for the Income Journey and Email Bundle
Traffic Transformation: 21 Strategies I Used to Go from 17K to 400K+ Page Views in 10 Months
Invaluable eBook. I would really recommend this to anyone who wants to be a successful blogger because those 21 strategies are foundational things you need to be doing but would never consider or realise the importance of.
Written by Carly (from Mommy on Purpose) this is a manual pining method that gets insane results for people. Recommended reading regardless of whether you plan to manually pin or not because it will help you understand how Pinterest works.
How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale In 24 Hours
This is good and it works, but don’t bother buying this book if you’re already good at Pinterest and BoardBooster. If however you are a Pinterest newbie this book is amazing!
Affiliate Marketing –
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
Create by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who routinely makes over $50,000 per month from affiliated marketing alone. If you are a complete newbie to affiliated market then this course is invaluable.
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – Everything You’re Missing
Hands down the best blogging course I have ever taken. It showed me exactly why I wasn’t making money and how to fix that. If you feel like you have tried everything and you still can’t get pageviews or income then I really recommend you taking this course with an open mind!
Price: Not currently available as it’s in beta testing