Resources for Bloggers

When I started doing all this ages ago I didn't have a clue where to start or what tools to use. I started doing a lot of the work manually and experimenting with tools.

These tools saved me a lot of time so they were already worth it in my view. Every new tool you get help you get a little bit more reach, more followers, more subscribers, etc. I now see them as an ESSENTIAL INVESTMENT for anybody with an online business or a blog. 

Finding the right tools can also help you get better at what you do.

If you are not sure what tools and resources you need, have a read and see the things I use.

[Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post may include affiliate links. This means that I get a commission if you purchase the product through my link at no extra cost to you.]

These are some of the essential tools and some resources I couldn't run this blog without:

Before I go any further, if you want to start a blog, you need to make sure you're GDPR compliant. 

Yf you’re looking for the simple, easy, and affordable way to comply with the new GDPR regulations, Suzanne Dibble has a brilliant legal document pack that will give you access to 20 legal template documents you need to comply, plus checklists and video guides. She explains everything in detail and will take a weight off your shoulders. 

Domain Names and Webhosting:

If you want your blog to be more than a hobby you need your own domain which you can get from NameCheap

You also need a reliable host, and Siteground is the perfect webhost for beginners. Click on the banner to get your Website Hosting from Siteground or if  you want to find out why I choose Siteground you can read my blog post here.

Web Hosting

Social Media Scheduling Tools

These are the tools I use to schedule all my posts.

Smarterqueue - I love Smarterqueue because it allows me to use all my Evergreen content again and again. I just load it once and it keeps working for me until I decide to remove it or change it. It's a fantastic tool for Twitter!

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

Although I have just started using Tailwind I am extremely impressed with its scheduling power and it's helping me get a lot of reach for my pins when I still have a very tiny following. 

Click here to try it.

Image Creation:

I just love it because it's soooo fast and easy to use.  

I use Stencil nearly every day to create images for my own blog posts and others. I love that you already have lots of free photos available to use, inspirational quotes and lots of icons. I don't have to spend any more money on images or graphics and I can get most of what I need in Stencil. And I can share my images directly from Stencil to Pinterest, so it saves me lots of time!

Click here to try Stencil.

Canva - I still use Canva when I am working on ebook covers and other types of graphics. I just love the templates.

Productivity and Organisation Tools

Evernote - Both for your personal and professional life. I can't do without it and it's the first tab I open on my browser every time I log on.

Kanbanflow - This is the second tab I open on my browser every time I log on. I have set it up to tell me what I need to do every day, any repetitive tasks, deadlines, etc.

Email Service Providers

I have been using it for a while now.

If you want to see why I moved to Drip check out this blog post.

ConvertKit - This is my second choice for email service providers and the one I would recommend to beginner bloggers. It's easier to use than Drip so for the less technically-minded it is ideal.

Landing Pages and Optin Forms

Thrive Architect - I have recently started using Thrive Architect to build my landing pages. It's a WordPress plugin and it is much cheaper than paying a subscription-based tool. So far I am very impressed with it. 

Thrive Leads - Made by the same people that make Thrive Architect, it is a great plugin that can make your forms look stunning without you having to learn any coding. 

If you want another option, LeadPages and OptinMonster are also good choices.

Where to find free stock photos and graphics

 Unsplash - Stunning collections of photos that you can collect and keep for a later date.

Creative Commons - Easily searchable. It has photos, clipart and music as well.

The Hungry Jpeg - Weekly freebies and premium Graphic design resources. Great for Fonts and Design bundles for creative entrepreneurs.

FontBundles - For Free Fonts and Design Bundles, great for seasonal campaigns.

Where to sell your digital products

Payhip - If you want to sell your products without paying a monthly fee, Payhip is a great option.  It works best if you create a landing page separately and connect the button to Payhip's checkout.

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