Check out these awesome tools and resources! I either use or have used everything on this list and stand by each one. Be aware, some of the links listed are affiliate links meaning I will receive a small commission from your purchase. You can read my full disclosure on this here. I hope you find these tools helpful for you on your blog and business journey! Check back often as more tools and resources are added.
I use SiteGround to host all of my sites. It’s extremely easy to setup, they are faster than other hosting platforms I’ve used, and their customer support is amazing. There is a very simple process to install and set up your hosting and WordPress at the very same time. You can follow my easy guide here. SiteGround support will also help you with this process as well.
I highly recommend SiteGround to host your new website or blog. You can get started for only $3.95!
I use ConvertKit for my email marketing and connecting with my subscribers. It’s very easy to use and provides great customer support. Take your email marketing to a new level with easy to create forms, landing pages, and autoresponders with ConvertKit.
I utilize Leadpages for all of my landing pages for courses, opt-ins, and for online events and challenges. Leadpages is perfect for the not so tech-savvy person, like myself. They offer beautiful and easy to use templates and great, easy to understand tutorials. If you are looking to increase your conversions, Leadpages is perfect and I highly recommend it!
Focus@Will is a lifesaver. I use it whenever I am writing or working on client projects. Focus@Will is a music player that helps you to concentrate and focus better. It’s been scientifically proven to increase concentration by 400%. There are different types of music available to choose such as ambient, acoustic, classical, and more. Use my link, and get a free trial of Focus@Will.
ShareASale is one of my favorite affiliate networks. It’s free to apply and sign up and houses hundreds of affiliate programs. You can earn money many different ways within ShareASale. Some programs offer free products to review as well as banner ads. Commissions range from as little as 5% to as much as 50%. You can browse through all of their available programs ranging from Dollar Tree to Wayfair.
I am an Amazon affiliate as well. I love promoting Amazon products because people already trust Amazon. You don’t have to really oversell when promoting their products. Share your story and why you purchased or would purchase and simply share the link. You can learn more on affiliate marketing in this post or this podcast with Suzi Whitford of Start A Mom Blog.
My opt-in playbook is a free resource that will teach you how to create the perfect opt-in for your business or blog. Every method is not going to work for you. This playbook will help walk you through creating what will work best for you.
I use CinchShare for all of my automation on social media, except for Pinterest. I love CinchShare because of it’s batching process as well as it’s integration of Canva. I have used other tools such as Buffer and Hootsuite but CinchShare is absolutely my favorite and I highly recommend it. If you create graphics within Canva for your social media posts, this tools is perfect for you. I have a full review on CinchShare here.
Jaaxy is the tool I use to make sure I am using top ranking keywords within my posts and site content. Simply enter in keywords you are interested in using and Jaaxy will show you how well that keyword ranks compared to others. This will help you to increase your SEO and choose better keywords. You can try Jaaxy for free up to 30 keyword searches.
I recently started using JotForm to create forms for my clients or for sign ups. I like their customization options, which are a bit better than Google Forms. It is free to use and I definitely recommend using it over others I have used in the past. They have easy to use templates or you can start a form from scratch.
I use Acuity for my client, meeting, and now podcast scheduling system. It’s super easy to set up, create forms, integrate with other programs like Google, and since clients have to pre-pay for services, it also integrates well with my payment system. You can try Acuity for free using my link!
This is my favorite place to get free stock photos. Simply search using a keyword for the type of photo you are looking for. Pexels has hundreds of free stock photos for you to download and use as needed.
Another great free resource for free stock images is Unsplash. I’ve found some really unique photos here. a lot of bloggers use Pexels, so if you are looking for hidden gems, check Unsplash.
Canva is my #1 tool for creating images and graphics to use on social media or website. They have amazing templates, fonts, stock images, and all kinds of elements. Not sure where to start? No problem, Canva has a design school with free tutorials and ideas to help you get those creative juices flowing! It’s free to use, but upgrade to their business plan and you have the ability to upload your own fonts and customization.
If you are looking for a place that houses all things graphics, Creative Market is that place. You can find mockups, illustrations, fonts, stock photos, and so much more. If you sign up for their newsletter, you will receive 3 free goodies each week! It’s definitely worth it!
Pinterest is my number one traffic driver to my site. Utilizing Pinterest effectively is very important to the growth of my blog. I use BoardBooster so I am not having to actively pin throughout the day. I can set which pins I want to pin to specific boards, clean up my boards, and optimize my boards all from BoardBoster. Try it free for up to 100 pins!
I use Cast to record, edit, and publish my podcasts. It’s a very simple tool. Schedule your sessions within Cast and it will send out an invitation to guests with a link to the Cast studio. It will store the recording and you also edit from within the Cast dashboard. I use this mic and the quality is great. You can try Cast for free using my link!
Monetization Success Resources
- How To Make Money Blogging: How I Replaced My Day Job With My Blog
- How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
- The Badass Blog Planner: Your guide to defining your purpose, creating clarity, and building a year of killer content
- ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Wiley
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
- The Compound Effect
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