tOOLS FOR YOU

Throughout my years in the blogging game, I’ve tried many (many!) different tools. Some weren’t great, some I liked and some I absolutely love!

Below is a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for building your blog and your audience. I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to running my business.

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.

HOSTING

If you’re just starting out, check out your free guide on “How To Start A Blog”.

I recommend getting inexpensive, but reliable hosting. I highly recommend BlueHost when you are first starting out. 

They are a reliable service and they give my readers a special price. Plus, I give you a 30-minute one-on-one coaching when you purchase BlueHost through my link
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YOUR BLOG

A great site is more than just your hosting. It’s
something that people want to visit time and time
again. That’ why you need something that not only functions well but looks good too.

Start by laying the foundation. Successful Blogging uses the Genesis Framework.

If you want a coaching call with me plus my team to create a pro website finished in a week and done inexpensively, click here to find out more.
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yOUR EMAIL SERVICE

You may have heard the money is in the list, and it’s true. An email list is the key to building a profitable blog.

When you’re starting out and your budget is tight, I recommend SendInBlue. They are free when you are starting out and, as you grow, that also have SMS text messaging (for when you do webinars!)

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YOUR nEXT EMAIL SERVICE

Once your blog is a little more established, you can graduate to ConvertKit. Once you have money coming in, it's easy to get great tools.

You can create responsive opt-in forms, set emails to go out at set intervals and segregate your lists using tags. They are awesome!


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CONTENT UPGRADES

One of the best ways to capture those email
addresses is by putting an irresistible free offer
right in front of your readers.

And one of the best ways to do that is by creating content upgrades, those little extras you see in blog posts that you need to sign up for. I recommend Content Upgrades Pro for creating beautiful upgrades that convert well.

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LANDING PAGES THAT CONVERT

LeadPages is my go-to tool for effortless opt-in pages, sales pages, thank you pages.

I also use them when guest posting.

It is hands down the easiest way to build landing pages and collect email addresses.

It's one of the first tools I invested in - I've been with LeadPages for years!
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eYE-CATCHING IMAGES

We talked about designing a beautiful site. Now let’s talk about images. Images have the power to attract readers and bring you traffic from social media.

I use Canva to create my images. For a free service, they are so feature-rich. They offer pre-made templates with the perfect dimensions for blog post images, infographics, and social media banners and posts.

But in order to create enticing images, you need great photos. I like to use free stock images as much as possible. Three of my favorite sites for finding photos are Pexels, Burst and Picjumbo. With so many royalty-free photos available, you can definitely find something that will fit your blog posts.

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SOCIAL SHARING PLUGINS

Traffic. It’s something we all want. And I’ve tried
many tools to help me grow my traffic. Here are
some of the best.

Social sharing is on top of every blogger’s list of traffic-generation tactics. Social Warfare is the plug-in I use that is on top and bottom of every one of my blog posts. I really like this plug-in because you can put the correct image on Pinterest (sized the right way for Pinterest) and Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. It’s terrific and I have 20% more shares since installing Social Warfare.

Another method I promote is blog commenting. Commenting on other blogs will always bring you attention and traffic.


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