Welcome to my blogging resources! Here you will find tools, ebooks, courses, and more to help make your blogging journey that much easier. Every single item mentioned on this page I have personally tried and tested. I would never put something on this page without trying it first. I also want to be upfront and say that some links on this page are referral or affiliate links so I may earn a small commission every time one is clicked on.
I am constantly finding new resources to add here, so check back often!
WordPress – Think of WordPress as the software used to create your site. Other software people use are blogger and Weebly, but WordPress is the best in my opinion. WordPress has the most plugins available for you to use, is simple to navigate, and supported by just about every host. Once you decide on a host, you can easily install WordPress for free and get started.
ipage – This is the first web host I used when I decided to go self-hosted. Plans start at $2.99 a month and they offer 24/7 WordPress support.
Seriously, one time my blog just completely disappeared. After I stopped freaking out I hopped on the chat support and the issue was resolved in less than 30 minutes.
SiteGround is where I currently host my blog! Plans start at $3.95 a month and go up to $11.95 per month. With the startup plan, which is what I have, you get one website, 10GB of webspace, and it’s suitable for up to 10,000 visitors a month.
One of the main reasons I switched webhosts, however, is because SiteGround makes getting an SSL certificate incredibly easy. In fact, it’s free. All you have to do is fill out a short form, click a button and you’re done. Oh, and did I mention you also get a free website transfer when you switch to SiteGround?
Bloglovin’ – Read all of your favorite blogs in one place! Signing up is free, and you can submit your own blog so people can follow it and be constantly up to date.
With over 10 million users, your blog is bound to be found by new people who will really enjoy your content.
Activate – Activate is Bloglovin’s influencer company that provides opportunities for bloggers to partner with brands. Each opportunity requires a quick application, and then you’ll usually hear back within a few weeks if you got picked or not.
I did my post with New Wash through Activate and it was a great experience!
Google Analytics – This one probably should’ve been second on this list. Google Analytics is a must have for tracking visitors, page views, referral sources, and so much more. It’s easy to install onto your blog and takes less than 5 minutes to get up and running.
While Google Analytics can look (and quite frankly is) intimidating, you can learn the basics easily enough to get some good insight as to what’s happening on your blog.
Google Adsense – While some people don’t like the look of ads on their blog, I don’t mind them in small amounts. I only have spots for ads in two strategic places and I run those ads through Adsense. It’s free to sign up, and just like analytics, it’s easy to place the code on your blog and get going.
Place ads on your sidebar, in posts, or in the header and footer areas of your blog.
MailerLite – I love MailerLite! This is how I curate my email list, create pop-ups, sign up forms, landing pages, and my weekly newsletter! The drag and drop feature makes creating your email and newsletter materials so easy.
It’s free to sign up and use for your first 1,000 subscribers. There’s no limit to how many emails you can send, which is a huge win in my book.
Pexels – This is one of my go-to sources for free stock photos. All the photos can be used commercially so I never have any worries about what I’m using the photos for.
New images are added every day, so the options are just about endless.
Unsplash – In addition to Pexels, I also really enjoy Unsplash for stock photos that are free for commercial use. The photos are all free, you can download them immediately, and no account is required. I’ve found that there is a great selection of makeup and lifestyle-related photos to choose from on this site.
Canva – Canva is probably one of the best tools out there. It makes designing pins, social media posts, ebook covers, and anything else you could dream of incredibly easy.
Start with a template or from scratch and then let your imagination run wild.
Logojoy – Logojoy makes creating a logo for your business so easy! Simply choose some pre-designed logos you like the look of, pick a few colors, and select a few icons you like. From there you can completely customize the layout, fonts, and colors of your logo. What’s even better is that upon purchasing your logo, you get the appropriate sizes to fit every social media platform imaginable!
Creative Market – Creative Market is full of content to use for designing just about anything you want. Purchase stock photos, graphic images, blog themes, fonts, and so much more.
I personally like to purchase graphics to use in my Etsy designs. If you do this, make sure you purchase the extended license.
Pixelgrade – These days, you don’t have to be a designer and know how to code to get a blog that looks beautiful! Pixelgrade provides stunning, responsive themes that will set your blog apart from the rest. Seriously, I’ve never seen designs like these ones. In addition to the theme, there are also various packages available for purchase to have your theme installed and your blog set up without you having to do a thing.
VigLink – VigLink is the ultimate affiliate program. With companies like e.l.f., NYX, American Eagle, and Etsy, it’s perfect for beauty and lifestyle bloggers. Taken directly from the VigLink website: “By identifying commercial products mentioned within a publisher’s content, VigLink automatically invigorates those terms by transforming them into hyperlinks whose destinations are determined in real-time, advertiser-bid auctions.”
Amazon Associates – Shop on Amazon often? So do a lot of other people! Sign up to be an affiliate and you could make some extra money through products you’re talking about on your blog already.
Create custom links, banners, native ads and more.
ShopStyle Collective – This is one of my favorite affiliate programs. You can create widgets to feature clothing, makeup, home goods and more on your blog. You can also use your links to promote products on Pinterest, in emails, and in blog posts.
The best part? They pay per click!
Maven – Just link Pinterest, you can save clothing, makeup, books, fitness equipment and more to different boards.
Share the boards with your audience through the dashboard or on social media. You’ll earn a percentage of every purchase someone makes from one of your boards!
BoardBooster – BoardBooster is your one-stop shop for Pinterest management. Schedule pins to all of your boards, loop old pins so new followers get the chance to see them and create campaigns to pin randomly sourced pins to your boards. You can also maintain your Pinterest account through BoardBooster by organizing boards, searching for broken links, and more. Plans start at $5 a month, which is the least expensive option on the market right now!
Tailwind – Tailwind is another great tool to manage your Pinterest account. Schedule your pins, see analytics about your account, optimize your content, and more.
It allows you to have a constant presence on Pinterest without actually being on Pinterest.
Buffer – Buffer is what I used when I first started blogging. A free plan allows you to connect up to 3 social media accounts and schedule up to 10 posts per account at a time.
Upgrade to a paid plan ($10/month) and connect up to 10 accounts, schedule 100 posts per account, and create multiple posting schedules.
Hootsuite – This is the scheduling tool I currently use, and I like it! You can schedule as many posts as you’d like, see Twitter feeds of content related to yours, and gain insight with the available analytics.
Upgrade to a paid plan for even more, premium features.
Traffic Transformation Guide – This was the first ebook and real investment I made for my blog. At over 100 pages, this eBook has 21 strategies that author Lena Gott used to go from 17K page views to 400K page views in 10 months.
Along with the 21 strategies, Lena tells you what not to do to save you time and kick your bad blogger habits.
The She Approach to Boosting Your Blog Traffic – Trying to build a genuine following while boosting your traffic? Then you need this eBook. Written by Ana over at The She Approach, this eBook has over 100 pages of actionable steps to boost your traffic.
It’s also only $25 which is a steal compared to similar types of books.
Pinterest Primer – This is a free Pinterest course from Mckinzie over at Mom’s Make Cents. The course is in the form of 6 videos, each of which covers a different topic. By the end of the course, you’re armed with all of the knowledge you need to create a killer Pinterest profile and start generating blog traffic.
Before you spend money on course or ebooks about Pinterest, take this free course.
Pageviews From Pinterest – If you’re looking to take your Pinterest Education to the next level, I cannot recommend this course enough. Along with each video course (there are 10), you get a written version. The text for each lesson goes into even more detail and is nice to have to refer back to. The course also comes with a workbook to find your blog’s niche and identity. Oh and another freebie? 3,000 free pins when you create a BoardBooster account!
Again, I love this course and recommend it to everyone!
The Income & Growth Bundle For Bloggers – Keeping track of your goals, social media and blog growth, expenses and income can be confusing and difficult! Krista over at Reroute Lifestyle put together an amazing 5-page spreadsheet to help you keep track of everything.
You also get instructions on how to use the sheet and a list full of ways to grow your blog traffic. It’s also only $11, which is the cost of 3 of those lattes you love so much 😉