One of the most common questions I get from friends and readers alike is about what tools and resources I use to run my blog, Etsy store, and social media accounts. I did not have the luxury of being able to quit work when I decided to start these online ventures, so finding tools that were easy to use and could help me save time were critical to my success. When I first started, I spent a lot of time and money on courses and tools that did not work for me, so here is my list of the things that did work! Here is my list of the Best Blogging Tools for 2019.
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Let me know how these resources and tools work for you, or if you have resource recommendations that I should add to the list let me know in the comments below.
Blog and Affiliate Marketing Training
Wealthy Affiliate is an excellent resource for any new blogger. It has hours of training including step by step instructions to set up a new word press website. It also provides detailed training on how to monetize your blog through affiliate marketing and advertising. You can also set up a free site using their platform if you chose. Check out my Wealthy Affiliate review to find out more and see why I suggest you sign up for their free trial.
Bluehost If you’ve looked around my site, you know that Bluehost is the provider I recommend for setting up new WordPress Blog. Their service is reliable and affordable with plans starting from $3.95/month. You also get a free domain when you purchase your word press hosting.
Google Analytics. Understanding who is visiting your website is key to success for any blogger. I recommend creating a Google Analytics account to see everything at a glance. You can also track your blog’s stats via your mobile phone with the Google Analytics app.
Graphics and Marketing
Canva is a graphic design tool that uses drag-and-drop functionality. They provide pre-made templates that can be customized to make anyone into a designer. A must-have tool for creating beautiful blog graphics and social media posts. If you have a look around Canva, you will notice many of my graphics are based off Canva templates.
Creative Market A fantastic resource for stock photos, fonts, and graphics. Hot tip – Every week they offer six new freebie items you can download and use for your website, newsletter and other promotional materials.
Creative Fabrica Another great affordable resource for graphics and fonts. Creative Fabric graphics come with a commercial license, so I have used these graphics on products I sell on Etsy.
Social Media Tools
Tailwind This is a must-have tool for growing your Pinterest following (and your blog following). I use Tailwind to schedule all of my pins, and it automatically pins them at the optimum times for maximum reach. It also analyzes pins so you can see what is working and what is not. To top it off, You can also joint tribes to boost your following. Start Your Free Tailwind Trial
Agorapulse I use Agorapulse to schedule and share content on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Its an affordable tool that saves me time. Start Your Agorapulse Free Trial
Yoast SEO An excellent tool for making the most of your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) on WordPress. If you have a website, you need this plugin. Easy color coding system to track if your posts are Google friendly.
Social Warfare This plugin adds beautiful, fast social share buttons to your site. I found social warfare after trailing a few social sharing options, and this was my favorite You can see what the buttons look like on the top of every post on this blog.
EWWW Image The EWWW Optimizer plugin will compress your images, so they do not slow down your website. They have excellent customer service — a must-have for any glamour blogs.
The Contract Shop As a small business, I don’t have the resources to pay a lawyer to review my Terms and Conditions. The Contract shop provides written templates to make sure your site is Legal.
Grammarly is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform. One of my biggest fears in starting a blog was that I am horrible at typing and my spelling is atrocious. Grammarly gave me the confidence to press post on what I wrote as I feel confident my posts are clear and mistake-free. If you don’t want to invest in another tool, check the free version of Grammarly.
Styled Stock Society. Maybe I was just naive, but it took me until I found Styled Stock Photography to understand that all of the beautiful images I saw on Instagram were not all they were cracked up to be. I could not get a single Instagram-worthy photo, and I was at a total loss for how the others were doing it. Well, now I know! Subscribe to the Styled stock newsletter and get 10 FREE stock photos + new freebies in your inbox every single month!
Mailing List Management
Convert Kit is a great tool to help you build and communicate with your email list. They make it easy to customize and embed forms on your blog to turn casual readers into subscribers. I know it sounds old school, but an email list is still a vital tool in blogging success. Convert kit offers a free 14-day trial, so you can try it out before you buy.