Blogging Tools & Resources

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FOUNDATIONAL

Whether you’re just starting a blog or you’ve been blogging for a while and you want to be more focused and efficient, this in-depth course takes you step by step to lay a solid foundation, then helps you build your successful, profitable blog upon it. While it’s definitely not cheap, it’s worth every penny in the long run! Registration only opens twice a year, but you can join the waiting list here.

 

TECHNICAL

Reliable, secure hosting is a must-have for your blog. SiteGround is the best out there, with secure servers, lightning-fast friendly support staff and no downtime. Don’t just go for any old hosting (like I did in the past – and regretted!) – make sure you’ve got a solid, reliable host. View SiteGround’s plans here and get 60% off!

It’s always good practice to purchase your domain name(s) separately from your hosting for added security against hackers, so I purchase all my domains with NameCheap because they’re the cheapest (and most reliable) in the long run. You can also transfer a domain to them. View NameCheap here.

If you need extra help getting the technical side of your blog up and running, this course from veteran blogger Crystal Paine will make it a breeze! Enrolment is always open! View the course here.

 

THEMES

This has swiftly become the industry standard for professional blogging. Not only can you purchase the Genesis framework and customize it’s very simplistic child theme, but you can also buy framework & theme packages and save some money on them, too! View the framework and themes here.

A Christian company specializing in beautiful, feminine themes that run on the Genesis framework. Lots of customizable options, lots of amazing themes, including one designed especially for bloggers! I’ve used one of their themes and love how clean and clear their themes look! View Restored 316’s themes here.

You’re sure to find a theme to fit your preferences here! Lots of different theme design options and they’re all completely customizable, too, so your site can look really unique after changing some of the settings. I’ve used their themes before and love how easy they are to use and customize, plus how polished they look! View Pretty Darn Cute’s themes here.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL

This epic printed book blogging planner from Meera Kothand helps you not only plan your goals,  blog and email content, but track which content is most popular with your audience and how your blog’s reach is growing. View the planner here.

You need this printable blueprint worksheet to help focus your blog’s identity and navigation and create a clear, user-friendly site. Get it free here.

Master your time management and productivity, plan out your blog’s next year in a way that will help you stay on track and start reaching your goals. Get it free here.

Learn the simple yet effective roadmap you need to succeed at blogging – from a successful blogger and bestselling author who makes 7-figures with her blog! Get it free here.

Break free from stagnancy and time-wasting with this epic free blogging resource from New York Times best-selling author and 7-figure blogger Ruth Soukup. It’s a game-changer! Get it free here.

Not sure what to write about? Spark your creativity with this huge list of post ideas! Get it free here.

A free web-based version of spreadsheet software – and it’s much easier to use than most actual spreadsheet programs! I use it to keep track of various promotional schedules, group board rules and more! Start using Google Sheets for free here.

Another great free tool from Google, this one’s a web-based word processor. I use it for drafting blog posts, email campaigns, to do lists and keeping all my blog post ideas in one place. Start using Google Docs for free here.

 

EMAIL LIST

If you’re a blogger, you need to focus on building your list. MailerLite is free up to 1,000 subscribers and have every type of sign-up form you need (including landing pages). They have a simple user-interface and helpful, friendly support staff. View MailerLite here.

ConvertKit is favored by bloggers and offers all the features you need for an organized, growing email list. I’ve used both MailerLite and ConvertKit – the features are very similar and both systems are brilliant. ConvertKit don’t offer a free plan but you can try ConvertKit free for 14 days here.

Not sure what to actually send your list once you’ve got some subscribers? This eBook will help you easily write and send effective emails! There are two package options – I bought the Plus package because it includes a swipe file and video training. View the eBook packages here.

This free eBook is a gentle and fun introduction to list building. Jennifer answers a lot of questions, explains why you need a mailing list, gives five real-life examples of specific ways she’s built her list of over 24,000 subscribers (to save you some trial and error of your own) and an overview of her formula. Included is information you’ve probably never thought or heard of, so you don’t want to miss this! Get the free eBook here.

In the course, Jennifer teaches you the exact tips and strategies she used to grow her mailing list in a way your readers will LOVE! Jennifer earned $24,548 in her first year as a blogger thanks to her mailing list. (And she didn’t spam her readers with affiliate links every day to do it, either!) Does she have some unfair advantage? No – she’s a normal blogger like you and me. She had no special connections, no big bloggers giving her a helping hand, and no budget for advertising, either! Want to find out how she did it? View the course here.

 

PROMOTIONAL / MARKETING

Need help mastering your pin design and pinning strategy? This great course will help you create the perfect pin, figure out a strategic pinning schedule and skyrocket your page views as you sit back and watch your pins go viral… View the course here.

Pinterest will usually give you the biggest return on investment for your efforts, so it’s important to consistently pin your own content and related content from other bloggers. Tailwind makes it easy to schedule a whole month’s worth of pins in less than 30 minutes! Try Tailwind free for a month here.

Scheduling your Facebook and Twitter messages saves so much time, and ViralTag makes it effortless! Plus it has excellent analytics, post recycling (so you can share popular content again later automatically), easy customization for each network and so much more! See all the features and try ViralTag free for 14 days here.

This clean, light, easy-to-use plugin gives you the best social media sharing buttons. Completely customizable, it will improve your reader experience, boost your traffic and increase your reach – all without slowing your site down! View the Social Warfare plugin here.

Guest posting is great for boosting authority, SEO, and your blog’s reach. Find out how to make it work effectively for you in this free eBook. Get it free here.

Wondering how to monetize your blog? This free eBook gives you 7 ways you can quickly boost your blogging income! Get it free here.

Discover the essential steps in this free eBook that you need to take when you’re getting a surge in page views so you can capitalize on a traffic boost! Get it free here.

What works well in the blogging world one year can change pretty quickly the next! This free guide will help you get ahead with this year’s biggest trends to stay relevant to your audience. Get the free eBook here.

 

Get some of these resources listed in a handy cheat sheet, along with a free printable daily work/life balance worksheet and planning sheet in the Priorities Planning Kit for Bloggers.

Free Printable Priorities Planning Kit for Bloggers | Christian Blogger: Are You Making This Huge Mistake? | Where Truth Lives .com | Christian blog post, blogging, time management, priorities

 

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