These resources are my favorite tools that I currently use for my blog. They have been nothing but helpful and effective for my website or else I would not recommend them to you.
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-Pinteresting Strategies Ebook:
I can’t recommend enough getting your hands on valuable, worth your time and effort, resources to help grow your blog. Blogging can feel like a total mystery at first and getting traffic to my blog was one of the hardest things I’ve had to endure. It took so much trial and error, and research upon research. When I came across this this Pinterest Strategies ebook, written by Carly at Mommyonpurpose.com, I couldn’t have been more excited. I had no extra money to spend when I first started blogging, so I couldn’t afford to spend a monthly fee to use Tailwind or Board Booster. The Pinterest method in this ebook doesn’t require using ANY kind of program, it’s just you manually pinning! But without the “fingers crossed I hope people see my pins” method that utterly fails so many of us.
Carly’s Pinterest Strategies ebook shares valuable information about Pinterest in easy to read, digestible “bites”. After reading through the book twice in 1 week, I began implementing all the content presented, and saw instant growth in my traffic from Pinterest. In fact, my traffic has grown by 500% since my purchase of the ebook and I had my first pin go viral, bringing 1,800+ views to a single blog post in 1 day. The best part about the ebook is it taught me how to grow my traffic WITHOUT having to pay for a scheduler. That, to me, was the biggest factor in my decision to purchase the ebook and I’m overjoyed the book delivered what I hoped for. Learn more about the Pinterest Strategies ebook that will explode your traffic and never have to pay for Tailwind or Board Booster again.
I absolutely love my Isabella Theme by Bella Creative. I believe it’s necessary to have a professional looking theme in order for readers to take your blog seriously and be encouraged to stay on your site longer. There are thousands of professional looking themes out there, but to check out my theme or similar themes, visit Bella Creative.
-Blogging To Win Course:
From making your blog look professional, to learning how to create clickable and helpful content, to effectively growing your traffic and monetizing your blog in a way that won’t fizzle out, this course has it ALL.
I used all the free printables, watched all the videos thoroughly several times, and completed the homework for this entire course. Afterwards, I felt like I finally had that clarity about blogging successfully that I has been searching for before I took this course.
I HIGHLY recommend this course to both new and seasoned bloggers. Click here to check the course out!
I use the FREE version of Canva to create all my pins. I absolutely love it and see no need to pay for premium features anytime soon. My pins have gained great traction on Pinterest while still using the free version of Canva to create my pins. Check out Canva here.
My blog is hosted through Bluehost, which I highly recommend to anybody who wants to start their own blog on a budget without sacrificing quality service.
It is one of the most affordable hosting platforms, and the customer service has been nothing but a pleasant experience and 100% helpful.
The one time I had an issue (in the past 13 months of hosting my blog with Bluehost), I contacted customer service and within 15 minutes the issue was completely resolved. That is far from the experience I was expecting as most of the time customer service can be a pain.
I was so thankful and pleased with my choice to host with Bluehost because of their affordable hosting price and great customer service. Another fantastic quality of Bluehost is they offer you a free domain name just for hosting your blog with them. Domain names usually cost around $15 dollars, so that’s $15 more in your pocket! If you choose to host with Bluehost, you can click the link below to get started.
-Tailwind and Board Booster:
With the manual pinning method I use from Carly’s Pinterest e-book (see above), I have also incorporated Tailwind and Board Booster to help save time now that I have more of an income from blogging. The manual method works great for pinning my own pins, but because Pinterest works best when using a 70/30 (other pins to your pins) ratio, I’d have to spend 2-3 hours pinning every day. I use Tailwind and Board Booster to schedule other people’s pins to my different boards and group boards, so I can spend more time blogging and less time pinning all day. That way I pin my own stuff at optimal times, and leave it to Tailwind and Board Booster to pin for me throughout the day. Use my links to sign up today and you’ll receive your first month FREE for both Tailwind AND Boardbooster!
I’m currently using Mailerlite for my opt-ins and emails I send out bi-monthly to my subscribers. I absolutely love it. You can stay on a free plan all the way up to 1,000 subscribers and can separate your subscribers into different categories based on the information they’d like to receive.
I highly recommend Mailerlite, whether on a paid or free plan. It’s a fantastic value for what you receive and EASY to figure out, unlike MailChimp and a few other mailing systems I had major trouble trying to use effectively.
-Amazon Massive Discounts on Opened Box and Used Camera Gear:
I don’t know about you, but as my blog grows and my skills progress with photography, I dream more and more about upgrading my camera gear to keep up with my blog.
However, as we all know, camera equipment is expensive.
Well, don’t worry friend, I got your back. Amazon has huge deals on opened box and used camera gear for a fraction of the cost that you would spend buying it brand new. Some of the cameras and equipment haven’t even been used yet, they have just been opened, resulting in major discounts and a major score for you and me!