I will be the first to tell you, that I am no pro at blogging. In fact, I just started my blog back up the beginning of August this year!! So far, I am loving it!
I am no pro, but I think that I have learned a lot since starting again. I do what I enjoy, and I get to share my experience with all of you!
Today, I am going to share my best blogging resources with you. These are the sources that I have personally used and love. Resources that I have found to be the best of the best. Resources that have helped me grow my blog and my social media following.
So, I hope that whether you are contemplating on starting a blog, or have already started one, you can take some of my tips and implement them into your blogging adventure!
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First and foremost, I personally used SiteGround to get hosting for my blog. They are super affordable, with rates starting out at $3.95/month. Before I used Bluehost, and while they were good, I feel that I didn’t get as much support as I do with SiteGround. If you are contemplating on starting a blog, I completely and whole-heartedly recommend SiteGround. Right now you are able to get 60% off with my link!
Once I had my site set up and ready to customize, I knew that I needed a theme that would be fun, creative, and would pop to my readers. Now, I cannot tell you that I am 100% satisfied with my site, it is still a work in progress, but I really to love my theme! Creative Market is where I purchased my theme. They have a variety of themes for very affordable prices, some as low as $6.99! That is a steal. They also have templates, fonts, and whole lot of freebies that you can download each month. If you are in need of a theme or anything else, check them out!
Anyone who blogs will tell you that you need to start an email list ASAP. I am no different. If you have plans to start a blog and expect to make side income with it, or even attempt to try and get a full time income, then you need a reliable email provider. Insert ConvertKit! My favorite email provider. I have used others, but nothing compares to ConvertKit. They are affordable and have AMAZING support. They have webinars on how to market your blog, grow your email list, and easy video tutorials on how to get started. With my link, you can get a month long FREE trial. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed.
What can I say about Tailwind? Well, for starters, they are AMAZING! Gosh, I don’t know where I would be on my Pinterest and Instagram game without them. For those of you that have no clue what Tailwind is, they are a scheduling site. Meaning that I can go in and set up pins that I want to be scheduled at a later date through Tailwind and I don’t have to worry! In order to gain momentum with Pinterest or Instagram, you need to be active at pinning throughout the day. Yes, I know, we all don’t have time to be on Pinterest ALL day. That is why I love Tailwind. They do all the work for you.
Another added bonus to Tailwind are the Tailwind tribes that you can utilize. Tailwind tribes are like Pinterest Group boards. You can join a tribe and pin pins there as well. Other tribe members will repin as they want or see fit, then you get double the views and re-pins! Tailwind has seriously grown my Pinterest account substantially. I have literally gone from a couple hundred views a month to over 62.5K just since starting my blog in early August. Now, if that isn’t motivation to start using Tailwind, I don’t know what is! Get a free trial with my link!
There you have it, my must have resources for blogging. Like I said before, I just started my blog in August of this year and I am already up to 2000 page views a month and growing and have over 100 subscribers, and I can honestly say that it was with the help of the above resources.
I mentioned before, I am not a pro blogger my no means, but I do hope that by me NOT being a pro, you will see that I am just an average Joe blogger who is trying to help YOU with growing your own audience and gain more blog traffic. These have helped me tremendously in growing my blog, and if it helps me, surely they will help you too!!
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