I wish I had known about all the tools and resources for new bloggers when I started my first blog! I got my site all set up, then learned of all the OTHER things that need to be done like setting up your email marketing, making a blog post schedule, and so much more. I sort of did things backward, but now I can share with you what I learned that would have made my jump into the blogging world so much easier!
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TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR NEW BLOGGERS
If you are really just beginning, you might want to check out How to Start a Blog Beginner’s Guide where I break down the steps to actually creating your first blog.
A GOOD WEB HOST IS A MUST
You can’t have a blog without a web hosting service! Why not start with the best! I use SiteGround because they are just awesome! I started with another host (Bluehost) but had OMG so many issues with them from the start. After my site going down for almost a week during the Black Friday shopping season, I decided it was time to ditch them. SiteGround did the migration for free and I’ve had ZERO issues since – AND my site is loading faster! Sign up for SiteGround and get your blog off to a good start!
PROGRAMS FOR AFFILIATE MARKETING
These are some of the main affiliate marketing programs. Most of the affiliate programs you will want to sign up for are hosted under one of these. Get signed up for them all now so you can more easily sign up for the particular programs later. You can also see the full list of affiliate programs that I am currently using and having great success with.
OTHER TOOLS TO GET YOUR BLOG STARTED WITH EASE
Grammarly – Grammarly is a tool that EVERY blogger, writer, social media influencer, etc should be using. This is a grammar/spelling checker that you install as an extension on your browser. It is absolutely free so sign up now and install it on your browser!!
PicMonkey – Your blog graphics and Pinterest Pins can make or break your blog. Everything is about the visual appeal and you need a good graphics editor for making beautiful and “pin-worthy” Pinterest pins and blog images. PicMonkey is free to join and you can sign up right now so you are all ready to start designing once your blog is up and running.
Canva – Canva is another graphics editing program. The basic plan is free and they have upgrade options. I’m using a combination of the Paid PickMonkey and free Canva services for my graphics and Pinterest pins.
Blog and Pinterest Graphics – It is really important to “brand” your blog. That means using the same colors, fonts, and graphic designs throughout the blog to maintain consistency. There are several places to get free stock images until you can upgrade to a paid subscription.
TOOLS FOR EMAIL
MailerLite – I use MailerLite for my email marketing. Having an email program is imperative to growing your subscriber list and getting your content viewed. There are many email programs out there but I love MailerLite because it is absolutely FREE until you get to 1000 subscribers. It is super easy to use and integrates smoothly into WordPress themes. Sign up now for your FREE subscription so you can get a jump on creating emails and newsletters for your subscribers!
OptinMonster – Having a great Opt-in program enables you to easily create subscriber buttons and boxes that integrate seamlessly into your blog. OptinMonster works perfectly with MailerLite and enables me to create beautiful sign-up forms that match the color scheme of my blog and place them in strategic places throughout my site. You will notice in this post, the boxes to sign up are created to match my theme and color schemes. All this was accomplished through MailerLite and OptinMonster! I’ve visited so many blogs in which I could not find a button or box to subscribe! Make it easy by using a great Opt-in program. Sign up now for OptinMonster!
TOOLS FOR SCHEDULING
I’m now managing two separate blogs and each of them is tied to several social media accounts. I could spend every day (all day) just posting to social media! I couldn’t even imagine having one blog to manage AND have kids or a second job without some sort of scheduling tool! I use HootSuite for my Twitter and Facebook accounts, and Tailwind for my Pinterest scheduling. I literally spend a couple of hours 2-3 times during the month scheduling out everything for the next 3-4 weeks. This is especially helpful in allowing me family time on the weekend or if we wanted to plan a family trip.
HootSuite – HootSuite is another scheduling program for use with Twitter and Facebook. If you plan on using those social media outlets to get your content out, HootSuite can save you a ton of time with its bulk-load option. I’ve got my Twitter and Facebook posts scheduled out 2-3 weeks at a time. Not all of these are blog posts. It’s important to keep your followers engaged by posting other stuff too such as motivational quotes, “coming soon” posts and other types of content. HootSuite is free to join, and with upgrades, you’ll get more resources to use. I’m currently using the free version.
Tailwind – Tailwind is a scheduling program to schedule your Instagram posts and Pinterest Pins. It is FREE TO JOIN and has Tribes, which are similar to group boards, to help get your pins out there without having to sit and manually pin all day every day. I usually spend about 1 hour twice a week scheduling my pins and sharing others’ pins from the Tribes. THAT’S IT! That leaves me so much more time to work on creating quality blog content. Sign up now (for free) with my referral link and get $15 towards an upgrade to use later! Speaking of Tribes, sign up below to get access to my Tribe – Girl Bosses Rock Beginners – created specifically to help newbie bloggers start getting their content out!
You can read more about my first 30 days here: My First Month’s Blog Income Report
Pinterest is a goldmine for most bloggers, regardless of their niche. Now there are some who only pin manually, but if you are busy like I am, you need all the help you can get! I highly suggest using TAILWIND to schedule your pins. I actually do a combination of manual and scheduled pinning but you will find what works best for you. TAILWIND is free to join and you can join their many different TRIBES – which are like group boards where everyone in the tribe shares everyone else’s content. Sign up for your FREE Tailwind account now and get a $15 credit when you upgrade!
MY PINTEREST SUCCESS
I had used Pinterest for personal pinning of DIY and cool stuff but I never realized how important and beneficial it can be for bloggers to get their content out! I wasn’t seeing much productivity with my pinning at first so I went ahead and took a few courses on using Pinterest for a blog. Let me tell you, there are a LOT of them and some are quite expensive! In the end, they had some of the same information but each one was also missing something that the other one covered. As you can see below, I DID have major success with increasing my blog traffic. I also tremendously increased my blog income at the same time!
MY BLOG TRAFFIC INCREASED
Not only did my pins gain increasing views, but so did traffic to my blog! You can see the tremendous spike in blog traffic (below) which correlates to the pinning success (above).
PINTEREST FOR BLOGGERS & BUSINESS
I decided to put together my own course but make it more affordable than what others were charging because I know that most bloggers just don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a bunch of different courses! If you want to start making REAL money with your affiliate programs – both from your blog and through Pinterest – you MUST do this training! Within a week of implementing some of these tips and strategies, I began seeing results (that you saw above) with those awesome emails saying “you made a sale” from my affiliate programs! This course covers basic AND advanced strategies for Pinterest affiliate marketing PLUS how to harness the power of Pinterest to increase your blog traffic, subscribers, and income! You won’t find a lower price for the amount of information in this course! Check out Pinterest for Bloggers & Business and you won’t be sorry! This is the one investment that will pay for itself right away! ENROLL NOW and get 1/2 off with code BIZ50 at checkout!
AFFILIATE MARKETING HELP
Generating income is a major factor in the decision to start blogging. I don’t believe in the “if making money is your primary goal for blogging, you will be disappointed….” For most people, the intended goal – making money – is a huge factor in your discipline and dedication to the job! I always hear other bloggers say “it takes a while before you will start earning any money and that is just a big fat lie! ShopStyle Collective is an awesome program that enables you to earn on a per click basis and literally earn money the day you launch your blog or publish a post. Check out this quick video I made that explains how it works! You can also check out The Profitable Pinner which is ALL about Pinterest affiliate marketing!