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1. Tools for starting and designing your blog
2. My favorite tech, platforms, and software
3. My favorite ebooks for bloggers
4. The best social media tools
Tools for Starting & Designing Your Blog
1. Bluehost for web hosting
Self-hosted WordPress is my favorite blogging platform by far, and when you purchase web hosting through my special Bluehost link, you can get started for as little as $2.95/month (regularly $7.99!) Bluehost is a great, user-friendly company, and the setup process couldn’t be easier.
Click here to start your WordPress website with Bluehost for $2.95/month!
Then, follow along with my step-by-step tutorial for creating a super successful blog from scratch.
2. 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 theme creators I love are:
+ Coded Creative
3. The Haute Stock Images Library
Every image you see on my blog and social media accounts are from the Haute Stock Library. When you sign up for a membership, you’ll get access to thousands of gorgeous, feminine photos that are perfect for #girlboss bloggers and female-entrepreneurs. I’m absolutely obsessed with these photos, and it’s so stinkin’ fun to receive new photo packs every month! You can join the Haute Stock Library here.
4. Contracts & Legal Documents from The Contract Shop
Let’s be real: we’re bloggers, not lawyers. However, there are lots of times when we need a bit of legal knowledge to make sure everything’s buttoned up in our businesses. That’s where the Contract Shop comes in! In the shop you have access to dozens of contract templates ranging from privacy policies to website disclaimers to course creator disclosures and so much more. Click here to view the items in the Contract Shop!
The Best Tech, Platforms, & Software for Bloggers
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 creating & selling 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 Ebooks for Bloggers
1. 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!
2. The 2018 Printable Blogging Planner from Love & Sweet Tea
If you find yourself constantly feeling overwhelmed and off-track with your blog, this printable planner from Love & Sweet Tea will be your saving grace. With three beautiful designs to choose from, there’s something for everyone! One of my favorite things about this planner is that you can print off as many of each page as you like – so if there’s a certain section you find yourself using over and over again (for me, it’s the blog post planning pages!) you can stockpile them. Grab your 2018 printable blog planner 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!
4. Manual Pinning Simplified
It’s no secret that Pinterest is constantly changing, and nowadays, pinning “manually” (that is, not just with a tool like Tailwind or BoardBooster) is vital to your success. In this ebook, Kyla breaks down why this method of pinning is so effective, her secret hack for organized manual pinning using only a smartphone, and how to develop a manual pinning routine that takes less than 30 minutes per day. Snag the Manual Pinning Simplified ebook here!
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?!
No time to schedule social media every week? Recurpost has your back. Set it up once, and it’ll share posts on your Facebook and Twitter accounts every day on autopilot. Learn more and get started with Recurpost here.
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