TOOLS AND RESOURCES YOU NEED TO GROW AN ONLINE BIZ
I'm often asked what tools I use for this and that, so I thought that putting together a list of my favorite blogging resources might be super helpful!
Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links (because that's how smart boss babes roll), which means that if you make a purchase through them I get a commission at no extra cost to you. Rest assured, I ONLY endorse products & services I LOVE and would recommend to my best friends.
Bluehost: This is the web hosting provider I'm using for all my blogs. It's super affordable and easy to setup and I've had ZERO downtime since I switched to them months ago. Plus all plans come with a free domain name.
- If you need help to setup your account, you can read my how to start a WordPress blog tutorial.
- If you've been blogging on WordPress.com and want to take your blog to the next level, here I explain how to move your blog to self-hosted WordPress.org
- If you want to change hosting providers, I've got you covered there as well.
Pinnacle by Kadence Themes: This is the theme I'm currently using on my blog and I love it to pieces. Pinnacle is incredibly versatile, responsive, and loaded with great features. I can customize almost anything from the options panel without writing any CSS. Plus the customer support at Kadence is top notch and their themes are way more affordable than other more popular options.
Divi by Elegant Themes: It's the most popular WordPress theme in the world, yet it's fully customizable so your blog doesn't have to look like anybody else's. Divi stands out among other themes due to its drag-and-drop page builder and real time design. You can create endless layouts, landing pages and split test your sock off without ever touching a line of code. If you are not sure what I'm talking about, check out this demo.
Email List Building
MailerLite: This is the email marketing service I'm currently using to grow my list. It's ridiculously user-friendly and it has killer 24/7 chat support. Plus it’s FREE up to 1,000 subscribers and incredibly affordable afterwards. If you need help to get started, I wrote a post about how to use MailerLite.
Branding & Design
Fiverr: A great place to have your logo designed for as little as $5. Jobs are usually delivered in a couple of days and most designers include one or several revisions in the price. For gorgeous watercolor logos, check out Barbara's portfolio.
Creative Market: A marketplace for all things handcrafted and mousemade, like beautiful fonts, brushes, vector patterns, WordPress themes and shock photography. Every Monday they send out 6 free digital goods to everyone so having an account with them pays off big time.
Canva: Free and premium drag-and-drop tool that makes designing graphics a breeze. I use it to create the Pinterest-friendly images on this blog. A great time-saver with lots of templates, fonts, and graphics to choose from.
Adobe Creative Cloud: I'm one of those people who can't imagine their life without Photoshop. I take most of my blog and social media pictures and Photoshop is what I use to edit them. If you are a student or teacher, you can save 60% off the monthly membership price.
Sell Digital Products
SendOwl: The easiest way to sell your own digital products right from your blog. Quick integration with Paypal, Stripe, Apple Pay, Drip and many more. The cherry on the top is that they offer a super affordable flat monthly fee so you get to keep all your profits.
ShareASale: This is my absolute favorite affiliate network and one of my top earners. Their advertiser database covers all niches and their cool statistics make it super easy to know exactly which URL each sale came from.
Geniuslink: The solution to monetizing your international traffic. Geniuslink automatically redirects your readers to their local Amazon website helping you avoid commission loss. All you have to do is sign up for the Amazon Associates program you see clicks coming from and connect it to your Geniuslink account. Sign up for a free 14-day trial.
Pretty Link Plugin: I use this plugin to manage and keep track of all my affiliate links. The way it works, it transforms the long, ugly affiliate links into clean links using your own shortened URL. Then it gathers useful stats, like the number of times a link was clicked and tells you exactly where the clicks are coming from.
Tailwind: I've been using Tailwind for a few weeks now and I can say that I 100% love it. It's already saved me tons of time and my pageviews almost doubled. In little over an hour, I can schedule a whole week worth of pins, which does wonders for my productivity. It also has good analytics with insights Pinterest doesn't provide, like detailed board stats. If you blog about blogging, you can join my Tailwind tribe here.
BoardBooster: I use BoardBooster AND Tailwind together since they have complementary features. I use BoardBooster to create campaigns and loop older pins from a specific board. It's a set it and forget it kind of thing.