Passionate about blogging and excited to take your blog to the next level? You’ve come to the right place!
I thought it would be a great idea to have a page where you can come to find all the resources, plugins, programmes etc that I would recommend to new and seasoned bloggers!
*This post contains affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase. This is at no cost to you! I will not endorse any products or brands which I do not believe in or use myself*
There’s only one option for me when it comes to hosting and that’s Siteground. Amazing customer service (24/7 live chats!), super affordable and my site has never had any downtime. I honestly couldn’t recommend them enough.
In fact, I’ve written a whole post about self-hosting and why Siteground are the only hosts for me!
The most popular places to get WordPress themes are Pipdig and Etsy. I’ve bought every theme I’ve ever used on Etsy. There are so many brilliant and talented creators out there and I am more than happy to support them and pay for a theme. Besides, paid themes are usually fully customisable so you can make your blog stand out from the crowd. You can also buy media kit templates on Etsy but I designed my own using Canva.
Plug-Ins (Self-Hosted only!)
I’ve written a post ALL about plugins – check it out:
Yoast SEO – Guidance on achieving perfect SEO to help have your posts rank higher on search engines.
Akismet – Blocks spam comments and malicious attempts to log into your account.
Simple Social Icons – Allows your social media icons to appear anywhere you like on your blog.
MailerLite Sign Up Forms – Easy way for your readers to sign up to your mailing list.
Pinterest PinIt Button – Allows your readers to pin your content to their boards without having to open the Pinterest app separately
Instagram Feed – To add your Instagram feed to your blog.
Giphy Press – Allows you to add animated GIF’s into your posts.
Jetpack – Allows to you keep an eye on your site stats.
W3 Total Cache – Caches your pages to improve SEO rankings
Broken Link Checker – Checks your blog for broken links which may negatively impact your SEO!
E-Mails and Growing Your Mailing List
MailerLite for Newsletters, Landing Pages and Managing Subscribers
I create my fortnightly newsletters using MailerLite. If you haven’t signed up to receive my newsletters – what are you waiting for? Head to my sidebar and subscribe!!
Their customer service is brilliant – I recently contacted them with a query and I received a response in under 5 minutes. They even checked my account to make sure that the issue had been fixed!
ZoHo Mail for my Domain E-Mail Address
When I set up my mailing list, I wanted to make sure that my newsletters and e-mails pitching to brands were coming from a professional e-mail address. ZoHo Mail is so easy to navigate and it was very straight-forward to set up.
Ivory Mix is genuinely just a brilliant resource in itself. Once you sign up, you get a beautiful set of stock photos sent to your inbox every month which can be used on your blog itself or to create pins for Pinterest. Their stock photos are perfect for using in beauty and lifestyle posts.
Ivory Mix also offer a tonne of free-to-affordable blogging courses and downloadable resources to help you on your way. They also run a Facebook group which is a great community filled with lovely bloggers supporting each other and sharing tips.
Pexels –The photos on Pexels are mostly free to use – just remember to credit the photographer. It’s not always required, but it’s a nice thing to do!
Graphic Design and Photo Editing
Canva –I use Canva to design pretty much everything on my blog – pins, banners and even my business cards! This app is available for nearly all devices and it’s so easy to use. You don’t have to be a Photoshop whizz to create some great looking graphics!
A Color Story is the only app I use to edit my Instagram photos. There are so many free and paid options within this one app so your editing possibilities are endless!
Awin – is the UK’s largest affiliate marketing website and with 2,100 advertisers on their platform – you’re bound to find dozens of brands within your niche. There is a £5 deposit to be paid when you start up your account but this is fully refunded when you get your first payout!
Share A Sale – The affiliate programmes on Share a Sale are more tailored towards US/International brands. However – Share a Sale is also home to two of one of my most profitable programmes : A Color Story and Tailwind.
Style Collective – This one is mainly for fashion/beauty bloggers. I find it super handy as it gives you automatic access to hundreds of retailers without having to join their separate affiliate programmes individually.
Amazon Affiliates – Probably one of the best affiliate networks to join as Amazon sell EVERYTHING!
Influenster – Earn badges and qualify for free product vox boxes by reviewing your favourite products.
Tailwind is an app which allows you to schedule your pins on Pinterest, both to your own boards and to group boards.
There are a few different plans for Tailwind – ranging from free to paid plans. I pay around £9.00 per month in my plan and it’s worth every penny. My traffic has doubled and by scheduling your pins – you don’t have to sit and manually pin 60-odd pins per day. Winner!
Buffer is a tool for scheduling tweets and Instagram and Facebooks posts. Since I started using Buffer, I’ve seen a huge increase in my engagement levels. It posts your tweets at a time of the day when your followers are most likely to be online. The free version allows you to schedule up to 10 tweets in one go.
Your personal profile and your blog fan page aren’t the only ways that you can use Facebook to promote your blog.I love getting to know other bloggers through Facebook groups and I learn SO much from them. These are my favourite blogging Facebook groups that I’m part of:
Courses and Resources
If you’re going to invest in any blogging course, these are 100% worth the tiny investment of $20 (£14.41 – for my UK readers) each. Both are by Lauren from EllDuclos .
When it comes to e-books – this is the one I’m SO glad I invested in. It contains all the tips and worksheets you need to take your lifestyle blog to the next level!
If you want to hear about any of these resources in a bit more detail, why not check out this post:
This page is updated regularly so please keep checking back to make sure you’ve got the latest and greatest tools and resources available!