My Fave Blogging Tools & Resources
Tools, resources, and tech to help you get started blogging, monetizing your blog, staying productive, and much more.
I started with Bluehost as a new blogger years ago and immediately regretted it because my site was so slow on it (I was losing traffic every day!).
Start your blog the right way with SiteGround; I haven’t looked back since.
Divi was the only drag-and-drop theme that gave me the design freedom and functionality to get the look and feel I wanted on my websites.
Unlike other drag-and-drop themes, you only need to purchase a Divi license once to use on multiple sites (that means if you branch out in the future with different sites, you don’t have to pay for Divi twice).
Highly recommended in my book!
NameCheap also offers WHOIS guard inclusively with the price of your domain name – that means one less add-on you have to purchase separately.
I started with Mailchimp as a new blogger years ago, and I couldn’t figure out a simple way to use different opt-ins from different landing pages. This is a failure on Mailchimp’s part, so I quickly switched over to Convertkit to fill this need.
So glad I did. Convertkit is the easiest and most intuitive email service provider I’ve used. It allows me to create multiple lead forms for different lead magnets, segment my list easily, and tag subscribers depending on their behavior (link clicks, etc).
Start with Convertkit especially if you plan to grow; you won’t regret it!
That’s where Creative Market comes in — I can easily get lost on this site for hours, clicking through beautiful templates, logos, and other loads of design inspiration. I’ve bought a lot of the product mockups they offer, and I usually head over here to find unique fonts I haven’t seen anywhere else.
You’ll love Creative Market; check it out here (make sure to leave aside a few hours of just for browsing).
It’s also much easier to do cool texture effects on PicMonkey than on Canva (like creating a gold-foil background for your fonts). If you really want to take your DIY graphic design to the next level, get both!
I use Canva for everything: logo creation, pin creation, even drawing up some beautiful lead magnets. I make most of my lead magnets in Canva, and the effect is always stunning.
This takes a lot of the worry over making sure your website is getting consistent, quality, organic traffic from Pinterest. You can’t imagine the ease of mind I have knowing Tailwind is doing the leg work for me here.
FreshBooks makes it easy for you to keep track of your business’s financial health. Say goodbye to the days of overwhelming tax deadlines! FreshBooks has you covered in this department (it even has a super easy invoice-sending feature which is useful when you’re hiring contractors).
Highly recommend if you’d rather spend your precious time on your business instead of taxes!
You can already imagine the possibilities with it, right?
It doesn’t hurt that Deadline Funnel integrates seamlessly with a bunch of other apps like Convertkit, ActiveCampaign, and even LeadPages. Deadline Funnel really allows you to put “automated” back in your online biz.
Creating endless landing pages on your own site can get a bit tiresome and unproductive; besides, it gets really unorganized quickly on the Pages dashboard of your WordPress site. Unlike your own landing pages, it’s much easier to track analytics on LeadPages (you’d have to use Google Analytics to track conversion stats accurately on DIY landing pages).
LeadPages solves that easily; couldn’t recommend enough!
Think of Evernote as a really decked out online note-taking app. It sync across your devices, it lets you take “clippings” off the web of notes to save for later, and it lets you keep everything organized by “Notebook.”
If you jot down notes as frequently as I do and are horrified by how disorganized it gets, then Evernote was made just for you.
You can set a due date for each task, and you can even sync the Trello board with your iCal or other calendar app so you can stay on track.
Trello has made it really easy for me to organize all the little things I have to do to keep my online businesses and life running. Check Trello out!
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