the Absolute Best Resources for New Bloggers

Today, I’m doing something a little different! I know a lot of my readers are bloggers or aspiring bloggers, so I wanted to create a post that has all my favorite resources all in one place!

I have done a ridiculous amount of research to find the most-loved resources for bloggers. I personally use and recommend all the programs, tools, and sites listed here! They are true time savers or offer an additional value that keeps me focused on the right things to do to grow my blog.

As a full-time working mom with a part-time side hustle, I am all about the time efficiency and I love products and services that make my life a bit easier!

Please note, many of these links are affiliate links – meaning they do not cost you anything extra, but I do receive a small commission if you use them. I won’t put anything on here that I don’t love!

Blogging

1. Site Ground–Self-hosting your blog means that you choose where your website “lives” in cyberspace. Site Ground is an amazing hosting provider. Their plans are super affordable, their customer service is amazing, they have outstanding up-time, and basically, I can’t say enough good things!

2. WordPress.org–The best and most commonly used platform for your blog or site. This is the “back office” area where you will write your posts, design your site, etc.

3. Divi by Elegant Themes–There are many themes to choose from when designing your blog. I’m currently in the process of redesigning this site using Divi, but you can see it in action on my writer website here. It is amazing because it’s basically a drag & drop customizer! I do not have a background in coding or web design, and I still have a clean, professional looking site (that’s so easy to customize).

Design

1. Canva–I absolutely LOVE Canva and use it and PicMonkey exclusively for all of my beautiful blogging and Pinterest images. They have a super functional free version and a premium membership with some sweet upgrades.

2. PicMonkey–Another great site for personalizing images. The basic version is free, and the premium version has some great features and it’s super affordable.

3. Creative Market–If you want beautiful fonts, stock images, templates for your site while also supporting talented creatives, you must check out Creative Market. They’ve got great bundles and you can purchase individual items or designer bundles.

Social Media Management

1. Board Booster— If you are serious about growing your site traffic (and you should be!), one of the best places to focus your efforts is Pinterest. Board Booster is a service that auto-pins your pins throughout the day, driving your traffic up up up!

2. Tailwind— Similar to Board Booster, but with some more advanced settings and analytics.

3. Buffer— There are a ton of social media auto-posters floating out there, including HootSuite, IFTTT, among others. Buffer is great–it has a very functional free plan and also an awesome premium plan. Reclaim your time and boost engagement by pre-scheduling your social media posts!

Productivity

1. Trello–Okay, not to be dramatic, but Trello is life. Trello is an amazing (and FREE) task management tool where you can create boards, and within those boards create cards that can store lists, links, documents, etc. It’s like if Pinterest and Evernote had a baby. I use it for my general to do list, I store all my log-in information there, there’s a board for my cleaning calendar and even a board for my research paper. Check it out! Did I mention it’s free?

2. MailerLite–If you are just starting out and building an e-mail list, MailerLite is a great option. Its initial plan is free up to 1,000 subscribers and you have access to all features. Once you grow bigger, prices start at $10/month. Use my link to get a $20 credit when you sign up!

3. Fancy Hands–Think of this like an online personal assistant who can do all the things you hate to do. Fancy Hands will call and make appointments for you, reserve items at a store until you can pick them up, and even format your references list for an academic paper (I might know this from experience). You pay monthly for a certain number of tasks. Sign up and get 50% off your first month!

Finances/Lifestyle

1. Ebates–This is my favorite website to earn CASH BACK when shopping online. I won’t even tell you how much I got back at Christmas time, but let’s just say it was enough to start next year’s Christmas fund…Sign up through my link and get a free $10 gift card!

2. WalMart Grocery–Okay, this is my latest and greatest discovery. As a mom of two toddlers, it is pretty fantastic to be able to not get out my car when I grocery shop. Order online, pull up to the store, and they bring it to your car! Get $10 towards your first order when you use this link.

3. Stitch Fix–Clearly I don’t get out much (see above), which is why this whole section is about never going into stores. LOL. If you want a super fun, curated and individualized clothing experience, check out Stitch Fix.

I hope you find this list incredibly helpful! All these tools seriously make my life so much easier, especially as a full-time working mom with a part-time side hustle!

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5 thoughts on “The Absolute Best Resources For New Bloggers

  1. This is a great list and I love the eye-catching graphic at the end. Thank you for this list. Great idea for sure.

    Posted on July 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm
    1. thanks, Lacy!

      Posted on July 25, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  2. Great info, I didn’t know that Wal Mart had a pull up grocery service. That’s a huge time savet

    Posted on July 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm
    1. it’s great! not sure if it’s at all Wal-Mart stores but I was excited to find out mine did!

      Posted on July 27, 2017 at 3:52 am
  3. Pretty good content here. Definitely going to follow you’re blog.

    Posted on July 28, 2017 at 6:09 pm