Resources and Tools that I use for my Blog
Every wondered which Resources and Tools you should use in your Blog?
If you are struggling to figure out which ones to use have a look at what I use to give you more of an idea of what might be useful for you.
I am currently using the Resources and tools below.
I hope you find this list useful.
Please note at no extra cost to yourself for some of the links listed below I can earn a small commission when you click on the link at no extra cost to yourself. For recommendations that are not free please do not spend the money on these items if you feel you do not need them or they will not help you reach your goals.
I hummed and hawed about which web hosting company to use and in the end went with Siteground at the time they did have a really good offer for a years web hosting and after reading a few bloggers thoughts on using them as opposed to bluehost I decided to go with Siteground.
Check them out here they have different plans to suit where your are on your blogging journey SITEGROUND
I haven’t as yet had any issues with Siteground and accessing everything in the cpanel has been very straight forward. I have my domain name registered somewhere else so didn’t take advantage of the domain registration along with the hosting which was shame because that would have saved me even more money as my domain registration was far more expensive!
I use a WordPress free theme called Total. Its available on the WordPress platform if you choose to use it for your blog. I highly recommend that you sign up for a self hosted platform like WordPress if you intend to run a business.
If you decide you want to use a free theme then I highly recommend signing up for Pat Flynn’s free course Build your own Brand
I recommend taking your time and going through the entire course it has been a great resource for me and helped immensely when setting up my blog. He does go through paid themes as well but my current theme is so nice now that I am not sure at the moment I want to pay for a theme.
Plugin’s for Word press
There are tonnes of plugins you could have for your website but just make sure that you only add ones that you will truly need as they can slow down your site these are ones that I use for my WordPress blog and I can highly recommend them.
Pretty links plugin will allow you to insert you long website link, affiliate links and make them look pretty and short see my affiliate link for pretty links – yes they even have on of those
Amazon link builder- affiliate link – ok this took me ages to workout how to use it see my blog post on installation and how to use it once you get the hang of it it is very easy not all the templates work and to be honest I haven’t fully figured it out yet give it a shot as Amazon will no longer let you use the widget link builder on the affliiates page so its better to get it up and running now so you can add in affiliate links and once you have it set up it is very easy to use
Smush wp – this reduces the size of any images you upload to your media library and then onto your website so it avoids again slowing things dowYoast seo – another clever plug in that will help track your seo for your blog posts Plug in for google analytics who has time to figure out how to instal analytics life is too short – I tried on my own and then gave up – best thing to do is download this nifty plug in again recommended by Pat Flynn from his build your own brand course ( did I mention it’s free )
For more information on Plugins see my post here
Password management for all your websites I have started using dashlane to save all my passwords for my websites securely its free to use and I recommend considering it if you want the extra level of security.
I also use Securi plug in available on your wordpress plug in list for security for the site.
Convertkit seems to be the go to provider several bloggers have recommended them – come back and see what I think once I start collecting email addresses.
Social Media tools
I use Boardbooster to repin my pins making it much easier to add and move pins around automatically.
I recommend Momsmakecents course see below on using boardbooster. It goes through each application on boardbooster via video and also shows you how her account is set up. It takes some time to get the hang of.
Tailwind is another repinning tool which I will use and the yearly subscription will work out much cheaper it looks to be useful to schedule pins more precisely but as I haven’t yet used it I can’t give a recommendation of it yet.
Moms make cents – Boardbooster and Affiliate marketing for Pinterest – both these courses have helped me to get a really good understanding of Pinterest and I will go into a more in depth article in a new post soon on these courses and why I recommend them over other ones I have tried.
I have recently joined BillonaireBlogClub again I will have another post coming out which will go in depth as to why I decided on this course. I have to say its not cheap but not as expensive as Elite Blog Academy it comes in around £180 or $280 if you go through his tripwire sequence which he tells you about. I love the fact he is totally honest about blogging and how to make money. If you want to use Pinterest as your primary social media his course is also extremely informative. Scrivs 12 day boot camp will give you a taste of his writing style and information sign up here.
Designs for Pins and Images
I use Canva for my Pin designs as recommended by Momsmakecents it seems very straightforward and easy to use plus its free!
Looking for images try these if you sign up for free some of them periodically send you free photos and stuff every month I do use other sites but at the moment these are my favourites.
Affiliate programs to sign up to as a Newbie
- Shopstyle collective
- Amazon associate
- Ultimate bundles
- Awin – this is great because you can sign up with etsy through this.
- VigLink is very easy once you get past the installation and you have access to a wide variety of merchants without having to apply to each one.
Most of the links above will take you to the UK sites as I am based in the UK so you will need to change region when you apply normally this will be requested anyway when you sign up.
So far I have only just started and will earn commission via Awin from Etsy at the moment basically getting my £5 back from my initial application procedure its only the start I will let you know how it goes plus I pop in another post on how to use Awin I have a basic understanding at the moment so once I have a better grasp I will give you more information on using it.