Blogging is a confusing world, especially for beginners. I’ve been doing it for over two years and I’m still learning things. But I have done a lot of research, tried and tested, and learned a lot along the way. Below are some tools and courses that will help you get things done faster, make your life easier, make you money and help give you the boost you’ve been looking for.
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SiteGround is the host to go with. I know you’ll see Bluehost advertised everywhere but trust me when I say go with SiteGround, Bluehost is notorious for problems down the road. And if you’re thinking of making a change to SiteGround I can tell you that they are extremely helpful and a change over will go smoothly.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
If you’re not doing anything for SEO yet then you are behind. Sorry to be blunt but SEO is the #1 way to drive consistent traffic to your blog. And there is one tool that makes it SO easy.
Keysearch is the best investment you could make in your blog and honestly it is cheap for the amount of traffic it will bring you. It is a tool to find keywords to use in your posts, to see what keywords your competitors are ranking for and to keep track of how your keywords are ranking in Google. Use this code when you sign-up to receive 20% off: KSDISC
Pro Tip: This post details how to use Keysearch and teaches you How to Find Kick Ass Keywords to Rank in Google
So many bloggers put off email but if you start it now trust me you will learn skills that will drive traffic to your blog and you can sell more through affiliates! Email should be started no matter how small your blog is.
Mailchimp is awesome for beginners. It is so simple to use, is easy to integrate onto your blog and it’s free! Until you hit 2000 subscribers. Plus it looks great and you can customize it for a look that works with your brand.
I’m a Pinterest VA (virtual assistant) so I spend a lot of time on the platform. Tailwind is a great tool for scheduling and other tricks that can save you so much time. Sign up for your first month free here to see how you like it.
Crowdfire – An app that you can use for both Twitter and Instagram (though you have to pay for Instagram) to help you clean up non-followers and inactive users. I use it about once a month to unfollow people who are no longer active on Twitter.
Cleaner – An app designed for Instagram that shows you who is following you back and allows you to whitelist accounts. This is awesome for people who participate in follow threads or to help clean up those who aren’t following you back so you can use your Instagram count to follow others who will! It is free to start but is only a couple of dollars to keep cleaning (totally worth it in my opinion!).
Buffer – An app online where you can manage your Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts. There is a free version which is limited but suits the needs of many or there is a totally reasonably priced paid version.
Courses & Books
Travel Blog Summit – This summit first started in 2016 and was the first of its kind in the travel blogging industry. The entire conference is online and is seriously packed with so much information and inspiration. Tommo & Megsy, the geniuses behind the conference have free resources for you and an absolutely incredible course that is worth the amazing price that they sell it at!
How to Make Money from Blogging
The title says it all. It’s packed full with advice from the blogger who has taught me the most helpful tips when it comes to blogging and making money. You have to spend money to make money and this book is the best investment to get started.
Blogs & Podcasts
There are a few blogs and podcasts that I keep going back to because the information is just so useful. These bloggers are so dedicated to helping other bloggers and everything they share is genuine and helpful.
Digital Nomad Wannabe – This site is packed full of extremely helpful and detailed advice for beginners and also those who have been blogging for a while. I have seriously learned so much from Sharon who now has it all in her book. If I want to improve my blogging this is the first site I go to.
Problogger – Darren is the Problogger himself and know SO MUCH about blogging for all niches. His advice is amazing and he is always updating his blog. His podcast series is even better and is a great way to learn more about blogging while on the go and doing those tedious blogging tasks!
The Smart Passive Income – Another site dedicated to making money from blogging, but this time only the best kind: passive income! Pat is a genius who has many free ebooks that are so helpful and he also has a podcast where he interviews some very talented and smart bloggers who earn their living from blogging.
There are so many affiliate programs out there that you can join to help you start earning money. Here are just a few to get you started!
Shareasale – Find affiliates on this site
CJ (Commission Junction) – Find affiliates on this site
Awin – Find affiliates on this site
Tailwind – For Pinterest
BoardBooster – For Pinterest
World Nomads – Travel Insurance
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