Hey love! I created this list to feature the “best of the best” when it comes to launching, growing, and monetizing your blog. If you have questions about any of the tools on this list, please reach out to me at email@example.com. I’d love to chat!
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The Best Blogging Tools, Programs & Software
1. ConvertKit for email lists
There’s no other email marketing tool that does what ConvertKit does.
With automation features up the ying-yang, ConvertKit is completely “set-it-and-forget-it”. For example, with Convertkit you can run email courses seamlessly (and on autopilot), “tag” your subscribers according to their interests, and set up tons of automation rules so you barely ever have to log into your account (all the magic happens automatically!)
I originally started my email list on MailChimp, but I switched over to CK less than a month in. And it was quite honestly the best decision I’ve ever made for my business! Ready to get started with ConvertKit? Click here!
2. LeadPages for landing pages
To create gorgeous landing pages to grow my email list, LeadPages is my tool of choice. With hundreds of pre-made templates to choose from, it’s super easy to create new page or sign-up form in minutes. Perfect for design- and tech-challenged people like me!
LeadPages is an investment, but it’s one of the best investments I’ve made for my blog and business. If you struggle with design and coding but are SO ready to grow your email list, LeadPages is the step up you need!
3. Teachable for online courses
For hosting my online courses, I LOVE Teachable. Their platform is incredibly simple and straight-forward to use, but still uber professional-looking. I love that I can house all my courses in one place, and on top of that design gorgeous sales pages, offer coupon codes and discounts, set up affiliate programs, and SO much more. All with one program!
They have super affordable monthly rates, and they even offer a FREE plan (yep, Free-99 baby!) Click here to get started with Teachable.
4. Adobe Illustrator for graphic design
Adobe Illustrator is my design program of choice, and I’m kind of obsessed. In fact, the entire Adobe suite of products is fantastic, and I highly recommend them all!
I’ve never been particularly skilled with design, but making the move to Adobe Illustrator (plus taking this Illustrator course from Love + Color) has made all the difference. I’m happy to say that I’m now much more confident with my design skills, and I owe it all to Illustrator.
My Favorite Courses for Bloggers
1. Pageviews from Pinterest
If you’re ready to grow your impact, income, and traffic with the power of Pinterest, this course was made for you! With 8 in-depth modules, video tutorials up the ying-yang, and a special BoardBooster bonus, Pageviews from Pinterest is the ONLY course you’ll ever need to skyrocket your blog and business with Pinterest. Enroll here!
2. The Pinterest Manager Masterclass
If you’ve mastered Pinterest and are ready to cash in on your knowledge, you’ll love a career as a Pinterest Manager. Freedom, flexibility, and tons of fun… What’s not to love!? Click here to learn more about the masterclass.
3. Email Lists Simplified
The lovely Meera Kothand has put together a PHENOMENAL course for bloggers looking to start, nurture, and profit from their email lists. A certified email marketing specialist, Meera knows exactly what’s up when it comes to email list growth. She’s my go-to person whenever I have a question about my list, and I can’t believe she’s offering this course for the total STEAL of $147.
My Favorite Ebooks for Bloggers
1. The Blogging Babe’s Handbook
The Blogging Babe’s Handbook contains 10 proven, actionable, step-by-step strategies to grow your community, blog better, and make more money. Inside the book you’ll learn my “10 Commandments” for growing a thriving online community, making valuable connections, and earning a healthy chunk-of-change from your blog in the shortest amount of time possible.
If you have an existing blog BUT you’re frustrated by its slow growth and the lack of money coming in, this ebook is for you. Buy it here!
2. The She Approach to Boosting Your Traffic
The She Approach to Boosting Your Traffic is the ultimate guide to skyrocketing your blog traffic, building a loyal readership for your blog and expanding your online reach. It’s a 100+ pages ebook that gives you insight into how to increase your page views in an organic way by going over aspects that every blogger needs to know such as: defining and reaching your target audience, basic social media techniques, Pinterest training, SEO optimization, email marketing and much more. Purchase the book here!
3. How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours Using Pinterest
In this book, you’ll learn the exact strategy my friend Elise used to make her first affiliate sale within 24 hours of using Pinterest. You’ll also learn how Elise tripled her sales that same week using her ‘viral pin’ strategy, the Affiliate Marketing & Pinterest basics you need to know to make sales, and her secret to creating & designing perfect pins. Buy the book here!
Tools for Starting Your Blog
My website runs on the WordPress platform, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you’d like to set up a self-hosted WordPress website, here are a few of my top picks for hosting and themes…
2. Siteground hosting
4. Tweak Me V2 Theme by Nose Graze
I honestly don’t think a better WordPress theme for beginners exists. You can do ANYTHING with the Tweak Me V2 theme, without having to get into custom coding (perfect for people who are code noobs like me!)
Other themes I love are:
• Coded Creative Themes
• BluChic Themes
The Best Stock Photos for Bloggers
1. Haute Chocolate Styled Stock Library
All of the photos you see on my blog and social media accounts are from Haute Chocolate’s Styled Stock Library. When you sign up for a membership, you get access to thousands of gorgeous, feminine photos that are perfect for #girlboss bloggers and female-entrepreneurs. Join the library here.
My Favorite Social Media Tools
If you’ve been around for a while, I’m sure you’ve heard of my love for BoardBooster. It’s AMAZE-BALLS. Drive massive traffic to your website with Pinterest, and put it all on autopilot with BoardBooster? Yus please! Click here to start your free trial today.
For Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook scheduling, Hootsuite is my go-to tool. It’s totally free, plus you can schedule an unlimited amount of posts on up to three different social media accounts. Can you say SCORE?!