Blogging Tools and Resources to Launch & Maintain a Professional Blog
Sharing the valuable blogging resources and tools I use for my two blogs and online business. These are tools I personally use today and highly recommend – therefore feel free to ask questions in the comments 🙂
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Setting Up A Blog
Hover | Domain Names
I have used Hover to purchase the domains for both of my websites, plus websites I might want to launch in the future. They are a reputable company with competitive pricing. You simply enter the name you wish, i.e. ‘myblogisawesome’ and it will show you what’s available. Price range: $12.99 – $15.99 to own the domain name for 1 year. Get $2 off your first purchase with this link.
Siteground | Website Hosting
The main reason I use Siteground is for their customer service and strong technical skills to help me with anything. Their live chat is fast and the technicians will walk you through EVERYTHING. Pricing: Starts at $3.95 US a month for one website. Learn more about Siteground hosting here.
Bluchic | WordPress Themes
A theme is your website design. It’s responsible for the overall look and feel of your site from the layout of the pages to your fonts. Bluchic WordPress themes are stunning, mobile responsive and straight forward to set up. Pricing. Themes start at $79 US + get 10% off when you sign up to their newsletter. Have a look at the themes here.
Chapter 2 Creative | Logo Designs
I have worked with Corey at Chapter 2 Creative to design my logos for Full Circle Digital and Put The Kettle On. She is fantastic to work with and develops creative solutions to help you have a professional-looking brand.
Autumn Lane Designs | Logo Designs
Before I worked with Corey (above) I created a placeholder logo for Full Circle Digital. Their pricing is very good – logos from $19 US. They provide hands-on, professional service and have 1100 ‘premade’ logo designs that you can customize for your website. Check out their affordable logo designs here.
Legal Templates for Your Website/Blog
- Check out the legal template shop here and use code YOLANDA15 for 15% off!
- Learn more about legal guidelines for your website/blog in my Interview with Mariam (lawyer & blogger).
These are the tools I rely on to grow my traffic from Google and other search engines every single month.
SEO Bootcamp: Free Video Training for Beginners
Mike Pearson, the creator of Stupid Simple SEO has an introductory video series you can watch for free!
Enroll in the SEO Bootcamp now!
Easy On-Page SEO | eBook
This course says it’s for beginners, however, I disagree as SEO moves so quickly I strongly believe that anyone taking this course will learn a lot and be able to make numerous changes to optimize their website for SEO. I loved how easy this eBook is to navigate and the strategies used to get started right away. The course is currently on sale for $1o off! More details here.
Adventures in SEO | SEO & Pinterest Course
Extremely detailed course and substantial online training with videos, worksheets and impactful tips. The materials are focused on SEO for Google and Pinterest and give amazing tactics you can implement to make Google and Pinterest work together to drive even more traffic to your website. Click here to join the waiting list.
Yoast SEO | SEO
The Yoast SEO plugin gives you pointers within your WordPress blog post on how to make your content more readable and SEO friendly. I highly recommend it solely for the purpose of giving you tips and the format it provides to add your alt text, meta description, Facebook and Twitter descriptions. Definitely a helpful tool.
Social Media Tools
Social Media Content Calendar
Check out this 365 Day social media calendar I purchased from Angie Gensler. It’s a fantastic resource that saves me loads of time, plus I never run out of ideas. Some highlights:
- Daily post ideas planned out for you in a proven-to-work system for social media marketing
- 87 unique and easy-to-create post ideas
- 52 questions to increase engagement
- 52 inspiring quotes to increase likes
- 12 brain teasers to rack up the comments
Learn more about the 365 Day social media calendar here or click the image below
Tailwind | Pinterest Scheduler
An approved vendor for Pinterest and Instagram and the preferred choice to schedule content by most bloggers. You can start a free 30 pin trial and if you want to upgrade to the paid version (which I use) I have a $15 discount for you! Start your tailwind free trial or get $15 off Tailwind Plus (paid account).
SmarterQueue | Social Media Scheduler
Works with your favourite social media networks to schedule your posts, analyze competitors and find great content to share. Try their 30-day free trial– no credit card needed.
MiloTree | Social Media Followers
A smart popup and an extremely helpful tool that converts your blog visitors into social media followers and email subscribers.
Try MiloTree free for 30 Days.
Creative / Graphic Design Tools
Canva | Graphic Design Tool
No matter where you are in your graphic design experience, Canva is a fantastic tool that allows you to quickly create images for your blog posts and social media accounts. They have a free or a premium account called ‘Canva for Work’. I personally use Canva for Work as it allows me to save custom fonts, set up folders for my work, get access to premium fonts and images. Saying that the Canva free account is a great place to start.
>> Also, make sure to try the Canva Pro 30 Day Free Trial!
Pinterest Templates | Editable in Canva
I offer a variety of Pinterest templates that give you a hand if you are looking to save time, need a little help designing high-performing pins, or if you just want to release more Pins to Pinterest with new designs.
- Check out these 10 Feminine Pin Templates and these 25 Pinterest Templates.
- If you’d like to try some free Pinterest templates sign up here.
Check out these two great resources for stock photo sites…
- 12 Inclusive & Culturally Diverse Stock Photo Sites
- 17 of the Best Free Stock Photo Sites for Bloggers
*Note: Check out the free graphic design mini-course in the courses/eBooks section below…
Pinterest Tools & Resources
The Power of Pinterest: Planner & Strategy Guide | Printable eBook
13-month planner with 26 strategic worksheets. This unique planner walks bloggers & online businesses step by step through all monthly Pinterest tasks so you can grow your website traffic, increase email opt-ins and make more money! Learn More about the Pinterest Planner here.
Pinteresting Strategies | eBook
30 lessons that walk through how Carly, the course creator gets over 200K page views a month from Pinterest! This course provides comprehensive information on how to make manual pinning work best for you. Learn more about Pinteresting Strategies here.
WP Tasty Pins | Pinterest Optimization
I purchased the WP Tasty Pins plugin for $29 to make it easier for me to add the Pin description when uploading an image, instead of having to use HTML code. You can also disable certain images from being pinned in your blog post. It’s a handy tool that saves a bunch of time!
Learn about WP Tasty Pins features here and read my review of Tasty Pins with details on how to use.
MailerLite | Email Platform
This is the email marketing program I use for both of my websites. The account is free for up to 1000 subscribers and after that, the pricing is very competitive. The email tools and setup of Mailerlite is also very easy to implement. Learn more and sign up for free here.
101 Fill in the Blank email templates
If you have trouble trying to figure out what to say to your email subscribers this is for you. These easy email templates are a lifesaver with 12 sequences, 26 solo emails and 5 subject lines per email. Get $20 off with my coupon code: FULLCIRCLE
Blogging Courses & eBooks
Best Free Blogging Courses (Updated for 2021)
These high-quality blogging courses are provided by pro bloggers who have a lot to teach. Check out a full list of the blogging courses and sign up while they’re still free!
The blogging courses I’m recommending cover the following topics:
- How to start a blog
- Becoming an authority in your niche
- Skills to grow your business
- How to drive traffic
- SEO for beginners
- Pinterest and Google SEO strategies
- How to legally protect your website and business
- Graphic design basics
Affiliate Marketing Courses and Best Programs to Join
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers | eBook
I loved the strategies Carly shares that really help you write blog posts in a way that will encourage way more clicks on your affiliate links. She also goes deep into how important email marketing is with generating affiliate sales. I highly recommend everything in this course! Grab the course info here.
Journey to the Center of Amazon | Course
If you want to make serious money as an Amazon affiliate I highly recommend this course by Debbie (The Flooring Girl). She $4000 to $5000 a month on Amazon Associates alone and teaches everything you need to know about being successful on Amazon.
Learn more about her course here!
To learn how you can make money with affiliate marketing check out this detailed post on the best affiliate programs to join, plus tips to succeed.
Plus, here are some affiliate programs you can join to get you started…
When you sign up to this affiliate company you have access to promote thousands of different products and companies. This is ideal when you want to write a post about gift ideas or share some key blogging resources like Tailwind, PicMonkey and Grammarly
If you want to promote products on Etsy, you must sign up to Awin. Awin is the exclusive partner to Etsy for affiliate marketing.
If you are interested in sharing other bloggers ebooks or digital products SendOwl is a great place to start. This is a perfect strategy if you have taken a course or bought a digital product you love and you want to tell others about it (and get paid a commission to do so)! Even if you don’t write about the content in your blog you can share these products in blogging Facebook groups.
No matter what your blog content is about Ultimate Bundles will have amazing content for you to promote and make 40% commission on every sale. These bundles are essentially huge bundles of eBooks and other resources for a heavily discounted price. For example, a productivity bundle worth over $1500 (if you were to purchase each eBook separately) is sold for just $37 for a limited time.
What’s cool is there are all sorts of bundles you can promote such as: productivity, blogging, meal planning, healthy living, herbs & essential oils, photography and so much more – all launched at different times throughout the year.
There are different affiliate programs for each country. I recommend signing up to the country where most of your audience lives. You can find this data in Google Analytics. *For example – I live in Canada, but I have my main Amazon Associates account set up as US.
Once you are approved, you can then apply to Amazon’s One Link program. This basically means that you provide one affiliate link (in your blog post), but if someone outside of the country clicks it will redirect to their local Amazon site. This just means you will still get commission outside of your primary ‘Amazon country’.
Make sure to save this blogging resources page as I’ll be updating it whenever I make new discoveries!
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