RESOURCES FOR BLOGGERS AND ONLINE ENTREPRENEURS
When you're a beginner, it's difficult to know what app, tool or online course is going to be the most useful to grow your blog and online business.
That's why I put together a list of resources that will help you become a successful online entrepreneur.
I've divided them in different sections and given you options when possible.
Here are some free resources to get you started.
OPT-IN FREEBIE IDEAS LIST
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY
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online business and blogging tools
These are some of my favourite tools for bloggers and online entrepreneurs to manage most aspects of your business. Where I can, I've given a couple of options and explained why they're suited for you. Here you'll also find some of my favourite productivity tools to help you stay on track and achieve your business goals.
DOMAIN NAMES AND WEB HOSTING
First thing first. If you want to start your online business, one of the first things you need to do is register your domain name.
SiteGround is one of the top web hosts for beginner bloggers because of its reliability. Their customer service is excellent and quick to respond.
If you're not the most technically minded, Dreamhost's dashboard is easier to work with. Good for smaller bloggers!
I love ConvertKit because it's so easy to use and because it integrates so well with my other tools.
If you're a beginner, they have a FREE plan to get you started.
WORDPRESS THEME BUILDER
Though I use ThriveThemes for my websites, there's a lot more stuff out there already designed with Elementor, like Bluchic's themes and Landing Page Templates or this Resource Page Template by my friend Kimi. If you don't have much time, I'd use Elementor Pro with these templates.
LEAD MAGNET TEMPLATES
These templates are the perfect solution for online business owners looking to create professionally designed lead magnets, without the price tag of working with a designer or the hassle of fancy design programs.
Great WordPress Premium Themes for bloggers. They use Genesis and already include a custom Instagram page.
Beautiful and easy to use Feminine WordPress Premium Themes. They are Elementor based designs, so it's easy for you to work with them and they're easy to use for beginners.
StudioPress has a wide range of themes for men and women alike. If you have more than one website, you can get access to all their themes and extra tools with Genesis Pro.
DIGITAL PRODUCT SALES
If you want to sell your own products but don't want to pay a monthly fee, Payhip is great choice. It will let you get started with selling your products and learning what works without the risk. It also handles memberships.
Having beautiful stock photos will give your website a more professional book. With an Ivory Mix membership you'll get access to thousands of stock photos, templates, captions and extra trainings.
Another beautiful site for feminine stock photos. With a Pixistock membership you'll get thousands of stock photos, templates, masterclasses and more!
DIGITAL PRODUCTS AND COURSES
One thing I like about Podia is that it doesn't just work for online courses. If you have a range of products such as digital products, online courses, master classes and even a membership, it's easy to set everything up with Podia.
If all you want to do is online courses or you're thinking of your first course, it will be easy for you to get started with Thinkific. It's easy to use and you get lots of support from them.
If you like Asana but want it to do more, you'll love ClickUp.
Though it can take longer to learn how to use it properly, ClickUp is a lot more flexible than Asana and I find it much easier to keep track of everything I'm doing.
Focuster helps you prioritise and focus on the important tasks. It automatically schedules your to-do lists in your calendar. It's for you if you keep moving from one task to the next and never seem to finish what you're doing.
BLOG BOSS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
PLANNING AND ORGANISATION
This is my favourite digital planner for bloggers and online entrepreneurs that do blogging. If you struggle to figure out where to keep all the information you need and how to plan your projects, you need to check it out!
PLUGINS AND THEMES
My favourite plugins from WPeka are its GDPR plugin and the Legal Pages Pro plugin. Make sure your website is compliant with GDPR and get ALL your legal pages done in minutes.
These are some of my favourite social media tools. They will help you share your message and reach more people on social media.
SocialBee is my favourite tool for social media because it's automated my curation tasks. It's easy to create posts you can recycle and set up a schedule so you're always posting a variety of content.
When it comes to Pinterest, I use Tailwind to schedule my pins. It's much easier to do with a dedicated Pinterest tool. With the Plus plan you can have limited access to Tribes, SmartLoop and Tailwind Create, but if you want more, you can get a PowerUp.
If you're going to use Pinterest to promote your website, having a Tasty Pins will help you add and manage your Pinterest images from your WordPress dashboard without having to code. Great for fashion, crafts or food bloggers.
I use MissingLettr to create campaigns for my blog posts so they're being posted at different times during the year. But I also use it to share my posts so other people can curate them and share them for me, so I get extra traffic.
SOCIAL MEDIA TEMPLATES
This is my favourite social media tool for solopreneurs. It not only allows you to recycle posts, but you can easily create different variations for the same post with suggestions they scrape from your content.
TOOLS YOU NEED TO EQUIP YOUR HOME OFFICE
Equip your home office with the right tools for doing online business in comfort.
Get high quality video for your online courses, your tutorial videos and your Zoom meetings. But if you need a webcam with privacy shutter, get this one instead.
online courses and ebooks you'll also love
If you're ready to invest in your online education, here are some of my favourite courses and books for bloggers and online entrepreneurs. I am sure you'll love them too!
AFFILIATE MARKETING FOR BEGINNER BLOGGERS
Learn the basics of affiliate marketing with this book. It doesn't matter if you still don't have a blog or you've been blogging for a while, the book is full of tips and strategies to boost your earnings!
ORGANISE AND GROW YOUR BIZ WITH ASANA
PRODUCTVITY AND PLANNING
Whether you end up using Asana or a different project management tool, this course will teach you the best way to get organised. If you do end up using Asana, though, the templates included in the course are going to be lifesavers for you.
AFFILIATE MARKETING SUPERSTARS
This is one of my favourite affiliate marketing courses. It's the most comprehensive affiliate marketing course I've seen, and it's suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced bloggers.
SEO FOR AFFILIATE MARKETING SUCCESS
AFFILIATE MARKETING AND SEO
Getting your SEO right for affiliate marketing is the key to high converting posts. If you want to make sure the right people (people who will buy the product with little prompting) will ready your posts, you need to work on your SEO. It's a great book for beginners!
PRINTABLES BY NUMBER
You can create printables to offer as freebies and grow your email list, but you can also create printables for selling them and making money. This course is for you if you want to start making money with your own products but don't want to create big products like courses or ebooks.
PASSIVE INCOME BUNDLE
Have a bunch of products, but you're not selling enough of them or do you struggle with product launches? Learn how to do a successful launch campaign and then create automated sales funnels to sell the same product on autopilot with this bundle.
ROCK YOUR DAY OF VOXER
If you want to try your hand at coaching but don't want something that will be super involved, this course will teach you how to set everything up using Voxer.
EBOOK BESTSELLER BOOTCAMP
BOOK WRITING AND PUBLISHING
Always wanted to write a book but can't seem to get started? This course will teach you how to write, self-publish, and promote your first book in a matter of weeks!
MONEY MAKING FREEBIES
Your guide to creating the kind of resources that people flock to and excitedly absorb… bringing them face to face with multiple buying opportunities to boost the potential of making sales from your freebies.
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