Being a blogger is a lot of fun and very rewarding. I’ve been blogging for a long time and have found some great resources along the way. If you are considering starting a blog or just looking for resources to help you improve your blog you are in the right place!
Looking for a step-by-step guide to setting up a blog? Check out How to Start a Blog. Enjoy this resource guide!
I started out on Blogger but moved to WordPress.org in 2011. It was a great move. You have more freedom with your blog on WordPress and if you are wanting to make money from your blog it’s the best platform choice.
I’ve used GreenGeeks since I moved my site to WordPress. They have good customer service and use green energy credits.
If you need help designing your blog check out Eighteen 36 Designs. While I designed my own blog, I am familiar with her work and she has helped me with some issues on my own site.
I used Google Adsense for years and it’s a good place to start because there is no page view requirements, however the pay is quite low. I recently switched to Mediavine and my income has gone up considerably because of it. It’s a great ad network and the people that work there are very helpful. Every question I have had has been answered quickly. I highly recommend checking it out.
If you don’t meet the requirements yet for Mediavine, try GourmetAds. It’s another ad network I have used and really liked. It pays better than Google Adsense as well.
Affiliate links are a great way to make passive income on your blog. I like to share products I truly believe in and affiliate programs allow me to do so and make a percent off of purchases people make from my blog. These are some of the affiliate networks/programs I belong to.
eBooks & Courses-
A Blogger’s Guide to Working With Brands by Lisa Sharp
How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup
Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook by Abby Lawson
Make Money Blogging at Any Level by Victoria Pruett
The Family Blogger: How to Run a Successful Blog without Missing Family Time by Victoria Pruett
Blogging with Becky and Paula, they have a lot of great ebooks and other information.
For my newsletter I use MailChimp. It is very user-friendly and I’ve been happy using it.
Mama Miss Blog Planner, this is the blog planner I use and LOVE. It’s affordable and contents everything you need to keep track of your blog and help your blog grow.
Blogging Income Spreadsheet– very helpful for growing your blog.
PicMonkey– Even though I have graphic software and know some about graphic design, I still love PicMonkey. It’s so quick and easy to use! While you can get most of it for free, I pay for the Royale membership. It’s affordable and well worth it. You get more options and I mostly love having more fonts.
Creative Market– I used this site to buy the font I used for my header. They also have great graphics and each week they have freebies.
Board Booster– This is one the tools I use for scheduling Pinterest. You can try it for free.