Sometimes people ask me which tools and resources I use for my blog and social media. I’m always happy to help out other bloggers. Blogging is a community, not a competition. Here’s a list of things I use and recommend.
Bluehost – I started out on Bluehost. Not only did I get hosting for $3/month, I also got a free domain name (worth $9.99) and free email accounts. I highly recommend Bluehost if you’re new to blogging. They also have a great affiliate program if you’re interested in affiliate marketing. The original price for hosting is $5.95/month but if you click through my link, there’s usually a discount.
SiteGround – When I was nearing the end of my Bluehost year, I decided to switch to SiteGround to get a bigger package that allows for more traffic. The switch was really easy because their customer service was awesome. No bumps. Just seamless transfer. Their prices rival Bluehost. You can start your blog with SiteGround. But if you’re still with Bluehost and you’re getting more and more traffic, switch to SiteGround.
Photos & Design
Creative Market – You can get fonts, templates, designs, images, and pretty much everything you need design-wise. They offer 6 free things every week so it’s worth signing up for their email alerts to make sure you don’t miss anything. The prices for everything else are pretty reasonable.
PicMonkey – When you need to design pin images, title images, collages, and other social media posts, PicMonkey is your jam.
Canva – This is the easiest way to make beautiful social media images for free. You can buy some of their stock photos for $1 each, but you don’t have to. They have templates set up for each platform with the exact sizes you need.
Amazon Prime Photos – If you already have Amazon Prime, you already have access to Prime Photos. (If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, you should totally get it. (I use it for pretty much everything in my life.) I use Prime photos to store and sync all of my photos from my phone. You have unlimited storage for photos which works out well for me because I take A LOT of photos of Toot.
Unsplash – Free stock photos!
Social Media Tools
Tailwind – If you don’t want to spend all day pinning your posts on Pinterest but you want everyone to see your pins, you need Tailwind to schedule your pins. You also get some great analytics. My traffic doubled when I started using Tailwind to schedule my pins to group boards. Highly recommended. As a bonus, you can get the first 100 pins and the first month free.
Tailwind Tribes – This is a new feature that Tailwind started to promote sharing between bloggers. You can join my tribe here. You add your pins to the tribe and share the pins of other bloggers in the tribe. Plus it’s free to use even if you aren’t paying for Tailwind!
MiloTree – It’s a pop up on the side of your blog to get more social media followers and email subscribers. It’s free or you can upgrade for $6/month for extra features. You can link up your Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Mailchimp accounts. It rotates through each account so when your readers come back, they’ll see a different account.
Tweetdeck – This is how I organize my twitter.
Book Boss – I recently enrolled in my first course! Book Boss is a comprehensive course on how to write and launch a profitable ebook in 90 days or less.
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