Hey guys! This is my master resources list of all the things that make my life easier in one place for you to find. So I created this list of resources with the products and companies I love. I hope these tools can help you save time and money too!
This page contains affiliate links. I would never recommend a product that I didn’t fully love. For more information, visit my disclosure page here.
Bluehost: If you’re looking to start a blog on a budget, Bluehost is the way to go. Currently, they have hosting packages for as low as $3.95/month. What a deal! I have personally been using Bluehost since I started my first blog in 2015 and have not had any issues. The support team has always been there to provide a quick solution. Plus if you sign up through my link, you’ll get your domain for the first year free. For more info, check out my How to Start a Blog page here.
Namecheap: I use NameCheap for my domain registration. When I bought my hosting I used my free domain on my first blog so when I wanted to use a different domain, Namecheap was like it says, cheap and easy to use. Also, I personally didn’t have issues when I had both my domain and hosting with one provider but I have read several times that it is better to have your domain and hosting seperate of each other.
Studiopress: Studiopress is the creator of the Genesis Framework. The Genesis Framework seems to be pretty popular among bloggers when coupled with a child theme. I personally use the Genesis Framework and love how it helps shape my blog’s design. It’s a great price and even if you want to use a free theme now and upgrade to a paid one later, you’ll only purchase the Genesis Framework once.
Themes: Speaking of making your blog pretty with a theme. I highly recommend using a child theme for your blog to make it gorgeous. My current theme is Brunch PRO by Feast Design Co. Shay’s designs are simplistic, beautiful and really take advantage of the whitespace. When trying to find a theme that fits your own style, I also recommend looking at both Restore 316 and Pretty Darn Cute Designs. I absolutely love both of these designer’s styles.
Tailwind: As a new blogger, I have found there is so much to do. Spoiler alert, it’s a never-ending list of to-dos. Why not make life easier by using a schedule for your Pinterest pins? Everything I have read is Pinterest is where it’s at & that you need to be pinning 20 – 30 times per day. So when I found out I could schedule all of my pins for the entire week in a short time, I signed up for the free trial. I upgraded to the paid version before I finished the free trial because it makes my life so much easier.
Affiliate Marketing Networks:
Affiliate marketing is one of the main ways bloggers earn money from their blogs. It’s easy when you’re recommending products and services that you’re already using and love. I never recommend anything that I wouldn’t personally use for my own blog or home. Here is a list of some of the affiliate marketing networks I’m a member of:
I plan on doing some reviews and tutorials soon so be on the lookout.
30 Day Blogging Fastrack: This course is an awesome month-long course that takes you step by step on how to get started with blogging. Pete & Heather are awesome and have a facebook group where they answer questions while you’re taking the course and after. This course taught me so much about blogging and its structured to release one lesson per day so that you won’t be overwhelmed. Or if you need to work on it at your rate, you can do that. They also run a 10K traffic challenge which is helpful to get your following started. It’s only open for enrollment once a month but you can start with their 5-day crash course to get your blog set up here.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: Michelle is the teacher of this course and I’ve looked up to her since I first started learning about blogging. In her course, she really breaks down the ins and outs of affiliate marketing and provides the guidence to maximizing your affiliates. If you’re just starting out with your blog, it’s a great resource to start with.
Lynda.com: Lynda is one of the biggest online learning platforms out there. I’ve been using it personally for about a year now to teach myself graphic design and learn both photoshop and illustrator. The videos are simple to use and there are two pricing options which make it so affordable.
SkillShare.com: Skillshare is a new learning platform that I am trying out. I’ve only taken a few courses but I love it so far. I signed up because one of my favorite bloggers that I follow on YouTube for her tutorials has a Skillshare course that taught me how to create a foil in Photoshop. For less than $10 per month, you can sign up and have access to their over 10,000 courses.
PicMonkey: Be I got into Photoshop, I learned how to create beautiful designs, edit my photos and create social media graphics in Picmonkey. It’s easy to learn and use.
Creative Market: Being an aspiring graphic designer, I don’t know how to create everything I want to use in my designs. One of the biggest things I pick up from Creative Market is fonts. They have a wide selection of fonts and graphics that you can use when designing things for your blog.
Adobe Creative Cloud: Since I started falling more and more in love with designing things, I moved over into learning Photoshop & Illustrator. Through the courses on Lynda.com I ‘ve gotten the hang of both of these programs fairly quickly. It’s going to benefit me in the long run as Adobe is the universal program of choice in the design world. If you’re thinking about design or are in school for it, I highly recommend in investing in the software.
Ebates: As you may know, I love to shop. Shopping online saves loads of time for me, especially when I can save money while doing so. I’ve saved over $175 over the last two years shopping with Ebates. I’ve even written a review on it here.
& there you have it. These are my most recommended tools for your blog and for life in general. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments or shoot me an email.