Tools & Resources I Use And Recommend
I’m often asked what tools I use to run my blog & biz and although I do occasionally mention them in my posts, I’ve decided to put together an easy-to-access list here. I hope it’s helpful!
These products and services make my life way easier, for which I LOVE them to pieces and would recommend them even to my best friends.
Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links (because that’s how smart boss babes roll), which means that if you make a purchase through them I get a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Bluehost: I’ve been a happy Bluehost paying customer for over 2 years. They offer reliable services at truly affordable prices. Setting up an account is super easy, plus Bluehost hosting comes with a free SSL certificate and a free domain name for the first year.
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Divi by Elegant Themes is the most popular WordPress theme in the world. It has a super user-friendly drag and drop editor (perfect for beginners!) and is fully customizable. You can create endless layouts and landing pages and split test your socks off without ever touching a line of code.
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StudioPress are the creators of the famous Genesis Framework. They also offer 80+ professional themes (Genesis Framework included!) that can be purchased for a one-time fee.
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Start an Email List
Mailerlite: The email marketing service provider I’m 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 (limited features) and incredibly affordable afterward.
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Sell Digital Products
SendOwl: This eCommerce platform makes it easy for me to sell digital products right from my blog and handle my affiliate program. It has amazing features such as upsells, cart abandonments, and plenty of payment options. The cherry on the top is that they offer all this for an affordable flat monthly fee.
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Tailwind is the best Pinterest scheduler there is. I’ve been using Tailwind for well over a year now and it has saved me tons of time. In as little as 30 minutes I can schedule a whole week worth of pins (even less now since they introduced the SmartLoop feature), which does wonders for my productivity.
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Ezoic: Selling ad space is one of the easiest and most passive ways to monetize a blog. Ezoic not only helps you do this but also optimizes your ad space so you earn as much as possible while you put in minimum effort.
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.
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Pretty Links Pro: I use this WordPress plugin to manage and keep track of all my affiliate links. Pretty Links 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 came from.
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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.
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Creative Market: A marketplace for beautiful fonts, brushes, vector patterns, templates, mockups, etc.
Get 6 free goods every Monday
Fiverr: A great place to have your logo or header 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.
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FreshBooks: Simply put, FreshBooks is the best cloud-based accounting software. It is ridiculously easy and was created with small business owners in mind. You can quickly create and send invoices, accept payments, log expenses, collaborate with your team, share files, and more.
Try it free for 30 days