Essential Resources for Bloggers
Check out the resources I recommend for running a successful blog…
Siteground is the host that I use personally for both of my websites. They are affordable, fast and with excellent customer service. I asked various bloggers before I bought it and Siteground was always the most popular host for starting out.
Happy themes is a great theme library for people who have a habit of changing their mind a lot. You buy access to the whole library instead of one theme so you can change things up whenever you fancy a makeover
KEYWORD RESEARCH TOOLS
Keysearch is my go-to tool for finding the keywords I want to rank for on Google. It’s super easy to use and has helped me explode my traffic. Once I started using Keysearch, my traffic increased by 500% in one year.
Tailwind, like Keysearch, will help you skyrocket your blog traffic. But not only will it help you with your Pinterest strategy, but it’ll also save you heaps of time. You can automate your pinning schedule and get back to binge watching Netflix whilst Tailwind does the hard work for you.
Canva is a super easy tool to use to create all the graphics you need for your blog from Pinterest pins to blog post cover photos. I also use Canva to easily create digital products to sell or use as freebies to grow my email list. The Pro version has some useful features like access to 2 million stock photos and branded colours and fonts.
If you want to make beautiful pins which beg to be clicked on Pinterest but you either have no time to design them or you are not sure where to star, you can download 10 Pinterest templates I made for you.
WP Rocket, a cache plugin, is an absolute saviour if your website is a little sluggish. It’s super easy to use even if you are a technophobe and will have your website running at lightning speed in no time at all.
In an ideal world, we’d all resize our images before uploading them to our blogs. In reality, this is time consuming and it’s much easier to install a plugin which can resize them automatically for us. That’s where Short Pixels comes in.
Evergreen Countdown Timer Plugin is a useful free plugin which I use to help me create time-limited offers (known as tripwires) when someone signs up to my freebies. It helps create a sense of urgency to snap up a great deal converting a reader to a customer.
GRAPHIC DESIGN TOOLS
Adobe Creative Cloud offers various tools for all of your creative needs. The two I use most frequently are Photoshop and Lightroom to edit all of my photos and keep them looking professional and cohesive.
I absolutely love my Osmo Pocket for filming on the go. It’s so tiny that it is discreet and the inbuilt gimbal keeps the image super stable. It also has an app that helps create cool videos in a flash.
I love this camera bag mainly because it doesn’t look like a camera bag and therefore I feel less vulnerable with it as it doesn’t scream, I’m carrying expensive equipment! Its waterproof, spacious and has a section for your laptop.
DIGITAL PRODUCT DELIVERY
WooCommerce is a free wordpress plugin to sell your digital products. I use mine to create an online shop but I dont sell direct through Woocommerce as it has a very expensive affiliate programme so I had to look elsewhere.
Ultimate Bundles is one of my favourite affiliate networks with a brilliant 40-70% commission and lots of hands on support. The offer heavily discounted bundles of online courses, ebooks and templates in flash sales for a huge variety of niches from travel to parenting to healthy eating and much more besides. You’ll get an email a month or so before any bundle gets launched so you can get ready for the flash sale. Highly recommended. Sign up here
Skimlinks works by automatically turning your links into affiliate links. So even if you haven’t joined a programme, you can still earn commission. It’s brilliant for new bloggers just starting out with affiliate marketing as there’s no need to apply for programmes and convince them to have you onboard! You can sign up here.
PASSIVE INCOME SUPERSTARS DIGITAL RESOURCES
If you want to hit the ground running and get your affiliate marketing strategy up and running then take this free 5 day affiliate marketing challenge. It’s also a little sneak peek into my course coming out later this year…