Recommended Resources for Bloggers

This is a list of tools and resources I use, have used, or have tried and recommend for others (just because something doesn't fit my workflow, doesn't mean it can't for you).

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Hosting

Best Hosting for New bloggers

SiteGround - Start your blog for less than $4 per month

Other Hosting Options

Dreamhost - Top rated hosting platform

Cloudways - Best for advanced tech users - Managed cloud hosting for WordPress

WP Engine - Great for large, popular blogs

Flywheel - Managed hosting with premium support

Media Temple - Also great for large, popular blogs and premium support

Email Marketing

Perfect for New Bloggers

MailerLite - Feature-packed and free for your 1,000 subscribers

My Personal Favorite

ActiveCampaign - Affordable email marketing and sales automation

Other Popular Email Marketing Services

ConvertKit - Simple but powerful email marketing - for bloggers, by bloggers

Social Media

Best Value

SmarterQueue - Affordable and easy-to-use social media scheduling

CoSchedule - The best editorial calendar solution for content creators

Multiple Networks

Later - Also great for large, popular blogs and premium support

RecurPost - Top rated hosting platform

Buffer - Great for large, popular blogs

Hootsuite - Managed hosting with premium support

Pinterest

BoardBooster - Inexpensive Pinterest scheduling - $5 per 500 pins

Tailwind - Pinterest scheduling tool and official Pinterest partner

Instagram

Planoly - Free Instagram planning and scheduling tool

Tailwind - Tailwind now includes Instagram planning and scheduling

WordPress Plugins & Themes

Must-Have Plugins

Social Warfare - The best social media sharing plugin

Elementor - A freem drag-and-drop page builder that works with any theme

WordPress Themes

Divi/Elegant Themes - Awesome page builder and WordPress plugins

OceanWP - My favorite WordPress theme to use along with Elementor

Genesis Framework - Really popular framework that many themes are built on top of

Other WordPress Plugins

ConvertKit - Simple but powerful email marketing - for bloggers, by bloggers

Affiliate Networks

Popular Affiliate Program Networks

Share-a-Sale - Large network with many affiliate programs

Amazon Associates - Share and earn from any Amazon product

ShopStyle Collective - Earn per-sale and per-click, supports many stores without needing to apply seperately

Other Networks

Maven X - Read my guide on how to get started with Maven

Awin

CJ Affiliate

Buffer

Hootsuite

Graphic Creation

Design for Non-Designers

Canva - Most popular tool to create graphics if you're not a designer

Other Easy Graphic Design Websites

Crello - Simple but powerful email marketing - for bloggers, by bloggers

Stencil

Desygner

Adobe Design Programs

Photoshop - Photo editing and compatible with lots of graphic design templates

Illustrator - Best choice for vector based graphic design

InDesign - Page layout and design, use to create printables

Graphic Resources

Best Value

Envato Elements - Unlimited access to over 380,000 design assets

Graphic Marketplaces

Creative Market - Affordable and easy-to-use social media scheduling

The Hungry JPEG - Top rated hosting platform

Buffer - Great for large, popular blogs

Hootsuite - Managed hosting with premium support

Stock Photos

See my Ultimate Stock Photo Website List for more options

Feminine Stock Shops

Ivory Mix

Color U Bold

Haute Stock

SC Stock Shop

Free CC0 Stock

Pixabay

Raw Pixel

Pexels

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