WordPress for Beginners: My New Free Email Course!

WordPress for Beginners: My New Free Email Course!

  I know first-hand how frustrating WordPress can be when you’re a beginner, and I don’t want anyone to have to go through that alone. Which is why I’m super happy to announce that…   WordPress for Beginners is here!   *This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. This means I earn a commission if you make a purchase through one of these links. For my full disclaimer, click here.*   WordPress for Beginners is a free 5-day email course that covers everything from:   + Purchasing a custom domain name and web hosting + Choosing the perfect Theme to design your site with + Finding and installing the right plugins + Designing a beautiful and user-friendly […]


Top 10 WordPress Plugins Your New Website Needs (Part Two)

Top 10 WordPress Plugins Your New Website Needs (Part Two)

  If you’re serious about making money with your blog, WordPress is the place to be.   Squarespace and Blogger have their perks, but in my mind, WordPress blows them both out of the water. My favorite thing about WordPress is how functional and customizable it’s made my website. And I owe it all to these amazing little things called “plugins”.   In the first post in this two-part series, I shared five of my tried and true, ride-or-die plugins. Today in Part 2, I have five more amazing plugins to share with you! Ready?   *This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. This means I earn a commission if you make a purchase through one of […]


Top 10 Plugins Your New WordPress Website Needs

Top 10 Plugins Your New WordPress Website Needs

  Do you know the #1 reason I’m over-the-moon obsessed with self-hosted WordPress?   PLUGINS!   Plugins are what make WordPress websites so insanely customizable and functional. Anything you want your website to do – trust me, there’s a plugin for that!   *This post may contain affiliate links for products I love. This means I earn a commission if you make a purchase through one of these links. For my full disclaimer, click here.*   So… What are Plugins? I know plugins can seem a little complex when you’re new to WordPress, so I’m gonna try to break it down in simple terms.   First, I want you to visualize your WordPress website as being like a large chunk of code (CSS and […]


WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: 7 Major Differences You Need to Know About

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: 7 Major Differences You Need to Know About

  When I first started thinking about moving from Blogger to WordPress, I had no idea that there are two different “versions” of WordPress.   Thank goodness I stumbled across that tidbit in an article somewhere. Otherwise I most likely would’ve ended up on WordPress.com without even knowing there was another option!   And don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing bad or “wrong” with WordPress.com. But moving to WordPress.org (the self-hosted version) was the one thing that made all the difference for me, my blog, and my business. If I’d ended up on WordPress.com, Blog Beautifully probably wouldn’t have grown half as quickly as it has!   There are some major differences between the .com and .org versions, and […]


5 Major Mistakes New Bloggers Make + 5 Quick Fixes To Boost Your Brand-New Blog

5 Major Mistakes New Bloggers Make + 5 Quick Fixes To Boost Your Brand-New Blog

  Oh how I wish I had a screenshot of my first blog to include in this post. Sadly, that blog disappeared years ago. Or maybe I should say, “thankfully”. It truly was atrocious, so it’s probably best that gem has left the internet for good.   Flash forward a few years, and I’m helping other bloggers create their dream sites. Crazy, huh?   Since starting my business in April 2016, I’ve realized that pretty much every new blogger makes the same “mistakes” that I did when just starting out. It’s basically a rite of passage into the blogger-dom.   You ladies seemed to really like when I shared my “quick fixes” for 7 common Pinterest mistakes in this post, […]


7 Strategies to Get Your First 100 Email Subscribers in 30 Days or Less

7 Strategies to Get Your First 100 Email Subscribers in 30 Days or Less

    Full disclosure: it actually took me 34 days to get my first 100 email subscribers, not 30 (just being #real with you guys). But somehow, “How to Get Your First 100 Email Subscribers in 34 Days or Less” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, now does it?   When you’re brand new to blogging and trying to build up your email list, a lot of what you do will be hit-or-miss.   You’re testing out different strategies, trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t. It can be frustrating when you feel like you’ve created the “perfect” opt-in freebie, only to have zero people sign up for it. I know what that feels like, trust […]