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Blogging Tools and Resources

I often receive questions about the blogging tools and resources that I have used, so I decided to put my recommendations all in one place for easy reference!

These are all tools and resources that I have personally used and loved. I only recommend products that I can vouch for 100%. If you make a purchase using one of the links below, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

 

Starting Your Blog

Bluehost: This is the web hosting company I use to host all my blogs. I’ve used Bluehost for over two years now and had a great experience. They offer fast, reliable, affordable web hosting and are the perfect choice for new bloggers.

Click here to read my step-by-step guide for setting up your blog with Bluehost.

You can use this tool to see if the domain name you want for your blog is available:

Bluchic: Once you have started your blog, you’ll need a WordPress theme. While there are plenty of free themes out there, I prefer premium themes because they have more customization options and functionality. My favorite themes come from Bluchic (I’ve been using their Victoria Theme on my blog for years!)

 

Online Courses

Start a Mom Blog courses: Don’t be fooled by the name, Start a Mom Blog courses are great for ALL bloggers, not just moms. 🙂 These courses were created by Suzi, a former engineer turned mom blogger. I’ve learned so much from her. If you’re new to blogging, I recommend starting out with her FREE course The Blog Plan.

Pinteresting Strategies: This is my go-to recommendation when I get questions about Pinterest. Pinterest can be an AMAZING way to get traffic to your blog, if you know how to use it right. I took Pinteresting Strategies (created by Carly, a successful blogger who gets 200k+ pageviews per month from Pinterest) as a new blogger and it skyrocketed my traffic within a few weeks. It’s also VERY affordably priced (and you can get an additional $5 off with the discount code PINNING5.)

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: Affiliate marketing is one of my main sources of income, and I learned everything I know from this amazing course. Created by Michelle, a blogger who earns over $50,000 a month from affiliate marketing, this course is a great, in-depth guide to making money from affiliate marketing.

Ultimate Bundles: Ultimate Bundles is a company that creates “bundles” of digital products like online courses, ebooks, templates, and more. These bundles are available for an extremely discounted price (think under $100 for $5,000+ worth of products) for a limited time only. The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is one of their most popular bundles that contains dozens of amazing resources for bloggers, but it’s only available once or twice a year. Sign up to be notified when it goes on sale!

 

Software

ConvertKit: ConvertKit is the email marketing platform I use. With ConvertKit, I have grown my email list to over 5,000 subscribers. You can sign up for their free plan here. (It’s free up to 1,000 subscribers.)

Canva: I use Canva for designing all my Pinterest pins and any other graphics I need for blog. Best of all, it’s totally free and extremely easy to use!

SendOwl: The absolute EASIEST way to sell your digital products is with SendOwl. I use them to sell my ebooks. It’s literally the easiest platform to use and so quick to set up. Plans start at $9/month, but you can get a free month trial here.

 

Helpful Blog Posts

Here are some of my most helpful blog posts for new bloggers:

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