Best Resources for Bloggers
I created this recommendations sheet to share with you what I feel are the best resources for bloggers. These are the websites and products I use daily that makes my life so much easier!
Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.
- SiteGround—Once you decide about making your blog into a passive-income machine, I highly recommend self-hosting it. A low-cost way to get yourself started with this is using SiteGround, they have some of the best affordable plans; plus, their customer service is really efficient. Of all the service providers I’ve seen, SiteGround is the best when it comes to both reliability and customer service
- WordPress.org—This is an amazing platform for the aspiring blogger or website-builder. There are many user-friendly plugins you can use to create the best viewer experience and track statistics
- Hueman Theme by PressCustomizr–Multi-column layout and highly customizable. One of the most popular themes for WordPress; fun, simple, effective.
- Pinterest – One of the best traffic-boosting resource at a blogger’s disposal. If you aren’t using Pinterest as a blogging medium, you’re missing out on potentially Thousands of views each day; that’s no Bueno.
- Tailwind – Tailwind is the ultimate time saver! One of my favorite Pinning tools. With amazing features like pre-scheduling and bulk-scheduling, you can pick one day out of the week to Pin everything you want. Then, Tailwind optimizes and schedules all those pins throughout the week, making it essential for increasing daily traffic.
Every month you get 100 free pins across multiple account…but if you plan on becoming a blogger for income, you will want to upgrade to the premium (400 pins/month), or the premium plus (Unlimited Pins) for maximum effect.
- BoardBooster – Another amazing Pinterest tool. Boardbooster uses amazing features such as looping and sourcing pins for you, which keeps all your boards growing all the time; automatically.
Usually you can get a 100-pin trial for free…but after that it’s just $0.01 per pin; well worth the increase in traffic!
- HashTagify – I stumbled upon this little gem while trying to optimize my social media profiles. Step 1: Type the hashtag phrase you want; Step 2: Let HashTagify analyze its’ Popularity, Trends, Related Tags, and Where you’ll have the most impact. Just using this for my Pin-descriptions has boosted my viewership by about 20% in just a couple days.
- Quora – If I’m ever lost on a topic, whether it’s monetizing my site, post ideas, or just a simple reassurance that I’m on the right path; Quora helps me get through the day.
Designs + Photography
- Coolors.co – This tool is great for beginner bloggers who haven’t found the right color scheme. Once you click on the link, you will be brought to a Palette-generator that will auto-create you some beautiful branding colors. Best part, completely free.
- ColorHexa – One you decide on one, or multiple color brands, this tool tells you everything you need to know about the color. From the color wheel and schemes, to color-blindness ratios and tone alternatives, it’s pretty amazing.
- ColorPick Eyedropper – For the unsure blogger who sees a color with absolutely no idea how to identify it. This is a free chrome extension you install then click on whenever you see a pretty color you want to know more about.
- ShutterStock.com | Canva.com | UnSplash.com – All three of these websites host a variety of stock photos in every niche. The main difference is Canva allows you to create different Pinterest Pins, or thumbnail photos, or even a postcard while still in the site; whereas ShutterStock and UnSplash you simply use for stock photo downloads
- Amazon Affiliate – One of the biggest affiliate programs, for the obvious reason it’s Amazon. The comfortability and security this Amazon affiliate program offers for both the user and seller, makes this program my most popular.
- Ultimate Bundles – Ultimate Bundles offers amazing care packages of digital products at ridiculous low prices. I recently purchased one of their Blogger Bundles which was a combination of over $3k worth of courses, ebooks and guides for exactly $97. The conversion rate on these bundles are insane and each time I see a new one pop on their schedule, you bet I’m reading about it!
- ShareASale – Popular, yet still personable is why ShareASale makes a website fun. Many 3rd party sellers on this site are small and take an actual interest in your blog, and over time help you create a better overall site. There are tons of great merchants through this site and I recommend checking it out.
- Google Adsense – Of course, you know Adsense, because it’s Google; the most well-known network ever. Those who use Adsense on a regular basis agree their ads perform the best. You can fully customize your Ads; difference sizes, text displays, colors, you name it Google Adsense does it.
- Media.net – Like Adsense, Media.net is an ad network that is powered by Yahoo/Bing. This network uses colored keyword-blocks to help blend them into your site. Most of the time these ads will blend into your current color/theme scheme to create a cohesive look. These ads will compliment your existing/future Google Adsense ads, mostly because of the dynamic nature of both.
- Mediavine – Mediavine is a strategic ad-network that focuses on In-Content Ads which over the years has become very effective in the online marketing game. Each as is dynamic and becomes more engaging than the last by following the rule of 3; satisfy publisher, reader, and advertiser.
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