If you are wondering what tools and blogging resources I use, you have come to the right page.
Here I will list everything I use in order to maintain this blog. I do try to save money and not splurge on unnecessary tools and apps, so the list will not be too long.
I will also include books and courses I find particularly useful and which helped me grow my blog.
If you are thinking about starting your blog or you already have one, you may find this list useful.
This page contains affiliate links, and I will receive a commission if you decide to use some of these services and tools at no additional cost to you. I am only mentioning resources I personally use and love, and all of them I purchased with my own money.
Blogging Resources: Services and tools I use
I chose Bluehost as my hosting provider and I am very satisfied with their service. Their support is great, and you do not have to install WordPress, you can simply connect via their homepage.
This is an affiliate link below, and I will earn a commission if you click and purchase a hosting plan.
This service has made a significant influence on my page views and the number of my monthly viewers on Pinterest.
I use it to schedule pins from others, but also my own. I am unable to commit to daily manual pinning as I have a job and kids, but this app enabled me to be consistent and regularly pin every day.
I noticed a huge increase in my reach and visits from Pinterest ever since I started using it. I went from 50,000 monthly viewers to nearly 500,000!
When I started this blog I used to use The Writer theme, which was ok but a bit to plain and was lacking many design qualities I wanted.
So I switched to the new Maggie Bluechic theme and I saw an immediate boost in traffic and a significantly reduced bounce rate! So I highly recommend these themes, if you need a good looking theme you want to set up fast.
I use this tool to check spelling and punctuation in all my blog posts. It is amazing how many mistakes slip up without us realizing.
This is a very handy tool for all bloggers, whether you choose to use a free or paid version.
I decided to upgrade my version to the paid one, as I do not have a proofreader for my blog posts and I can really use all the help I can get.
The free version contains most of the features of Grammarly Premium apart from an advanced grammar checker, a plagiarism detector, and vocabulary enhancement suggestions.
So the free version of Grammarly is ideal for new bloggers and freelancers who want to keep their expenses to the minimum.
Canva is a great web-based service where you can create different types of images.
I use it mainly for Pinterest and I create all my pins there.
They have great templates and features, but I decided to purchase a business version because you can keep your fonts, templates and other branding material and also resize images to your preferred size.
I especially adore this tool for the simplicity of use it provides. I am not an expert and I have never used this type of tools before, yet it is so easy to create amazing images.
This is a WordPress plugin I use to monitor my SEO in blog posts. It is not perfect, but it will catch all little mistakes we often make.
So whenever I write a blog post, I make sure to check this plugin and see if I made any errors.
You cannot rely completely on this plugin for your SEO efforts, but it is a good helper.
I am sure that everyone with a website uses Google Analytics. You will find all the important stats about your website there. Who visits your blog, where do they come from, how long they stay on your page and many other details.
The website insights Google Analytics can provide are invaluable for the success of any business.
So this is a must use tool for all bloggers.
In order for your pages to load fast, you have to compress all your images before uploading them to your website.
Every single photo I use is first uploaded to Optimizilla, and then downloaded and uploaded again to my blog.
It is amazing how much space you can save with this tool and the best part is that this service is free.
If you want to look professional with a custom email (using your own domain), then you need G Suite.
For $5 per user per month, you get 30GB of cloud storage, file sharing, video conferencing, 24/7 support, and more.
And as all Google services, uptime and support are excellent.
Blogging Resources: E-books and Courses
I regularly buy ebooks and courses as I believe you have to invest in your knowledge. On this page, I will only share blogging resources that help me grow my blog.
I often buy ebooks or courses and when I read them I conclude that most of this information is something I am familiar with.
If you are a complete beginner, then you will not have this problem.
But if you have been around for a while, trying to study blogging, then chances are you will have the same issues as I do.
On this page, I will only list resources that provided something valuable and helped me see some real results.
Pinteresting Strategies by Carly Cambell
When I first started using Pinterest, I had no idea how to create my profile, use keywords, create boards and much more.
I really like this book and I think it is worth the money. Carly goes straight to the point, her explanations are simple and very precise.
You can start implementing everything right away.
At the moment, I am using a mix of manual pinning and Tailwind and this works for me great. However, I still refer to this book and use its advice. So I would really recommend it for new bloggers who want to master Pinterest.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
This course is expensive and if you are struggling with your budget, do not get it right away.
The fact is, there will be no affiliate sales on new blogs just because they still do not have enough traffic for that to happen.
First, start working on your content and attracting new visitors. As your traffic grows, consider investing in courses of this type where you can find out how to correctly insert affiliate links and start earning money.
This course is well written, detailed, and it will help you grow your blog even further.
I do believe that you have to invest money in a successful blog. You just have to carefully select blogging resources you actually need.
When you decide to purchase an app, service or e-course, be cautious. Take your time to read online reviews and see what other people think about it.
Then also use a trial period and see if you really find it useful and necessary for your work.
If the answer is yes, then go ahead and purchase it.
If you follow this recommendation, you will not waste any money.