Must-Have Tools To Grow Your Blog
There are a couple of products which I use daily to run my blog. The following list is a guide to the programs I use the most for blogging – both free and paid. I only show products or services I recommend that I personally love and enjoy using!
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Hands down, Siteground is the best hosting company in my experience. I started my old blog with Bluehost but after many issues switched over to SiteGround and since then It has been a smooth ride.
Their customer service is worth every penny plus they also offer one free migration. So if you are thinking about starting a blog or looking for new hosting company then SiteGround is a great choice.
I use MalerLite as my email provider and I’m very happy with their services. They provider Free plan for up to 1000 subscribers. Even though it’s free but you’ll enjoy all the services of a paid plan. Their Customer services are available 24*7 and it’s are awesome.
If you want to learn to start your email list building then check my post here.
Convertkit is one of the popular email providers among bloggers and I’ve heard that their services are awesome but they are bit pricey.
Their basic package starts from $29/m so it’s not for me yet.
This is one of the most popular email providers. They also offer free package up to 2000 subscribers but with limited services. The customer service is not 24*7 plus there are limited templates for the free plan.
I get most of my page views from Pinterest and I pin about 60-65 pins per day automatically using Board booster. To tap the benefits of Pinterest, it’s necessary to pin throughout the day and more you pin more you get visible and better chances of increasing your page view. But for me, it’s not possible to pin 60-70 pins per day on different boards because I’ve got a life apart from my blog. So I use Board booster to achieve these task.
Learn more about Pinterest in this beginners guide for Pinterest.
With my old blog, I wasted lots of time trying free themes so this time I decided to go with paid themes asap. I’m using Blogger pro theme from ThemeForest. ThemeForest has lots of options if you are looking for a paid theme.
One important thing to consider when using a theme is that it should be mobile responsive.
I love Atheme. They have both free and paid theme and the best part is they provide customer support to a free theme as well. I used it on my old blog.
Atheme has good collections of themes. I love their customer support.
This is a free plugin to improve your SEO. It’s one of the must plugins to install when you start your blog.
This free plugin helps to compress, optimize and resize your images so that your website loads faster.
This is a light plugin which is very helpful in stopping Google Analytics from tracking your own site visits. This plugin is must if you want to get correct visitors reports from Google Analytics.
If you are yet to install Google Analytics then check this post on how to install it. This is a free plugin.
Canva is an amazing free application where most of the bloggers create their amazing pins, printables, and ebooks.
It has got many free images, templates for facebook, blog post, Pinterest etc. It’s very user-friendly. I love it.
PicMonkey is another popular photo editor/ creator software in blog land. I’ve not used it myself but heard good stuff about it.
It’s no longer a free application though. You can check it out using the free trial and decide if it’s worth spending your money.
Don’t forget to compress your image before uploading it. I use the free application listed below to compress images.
It is must to compress your images before uploading to your site and I recommend Optimizilla. It’s a free software and it gets the job done perfectly.
If you guys are looking for beautiful stock photos then look no further then Ivory Mix. You get access to 1900+ Royalty free stock photos with an unlimited download for $97 yearly membership. You can also get the free picture by signing up for her newsletter.
COURSES & EBOOKS
This is an amazing ebook written by Carly from Mommy on purpose on manual pinning, it’s worth a read to learn manual pinning strategies.
I learned a lot about Pinterest from this book. This ebook has so many tips & tricks that I had never read before. It is truly a very helpful ebook, worth your time and money.
This is a small ebook that talks about making money from your blog at any stage- from a New blog to a Seasoned one. Victoria from A Modern Homestead created this ebook and just like most of us she too failed a couple of times in blogging but she didn’t give up and found success with her 4th blog.
She earns a monthly income of about 4K from her small blog and gives me a hope that its possible to make money from blogging. I got some useful information from this ebook.
This course is written by Lena from What mummy does. In this self-paced course, Lena shares the strategies that helped her to grow her traffic.
I have applied few of her lessons and can vouch for it. These 21 strategies are doable and effective. It consists of ebooks, live examples, and step by step video tutorials. I highly recommend this course if your traffic is stuck and just not moving forward.
80% of us especially mums are blogging so that we could contribute to our family finances by earning some money online. So almost all of us are looking to make some money while creating valuable content for our readers.
Affiliate marketing is one of the chosen ways for bloggers to make income and Michelle Schoder Gardner tops this list.
I would like to call her the queen of Affiliate marketing as she earns more than million dollars per year from Affiliate Marketing. So if you are planning to make money through Affiliate Marketing then this course by Michelle is a must.
In this course, Michelle talks about in and out of Affiliate Marketing plus it also gives you access to one of the most engaging Facebook groups.
This course is worth every penny and I recommend it as I myself have learned a lot from the course as well as from the facebook group.
Join my Facebook group to network with other bloggers and grow your business.
Follow my Pinterest account and apply for my Group boards. Check my Account here.