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Blogging Tools For Beginners:
What really is worth investing in?
In today’s post, I am sharing my favorite blogging tools for beginners. These resources and tools have helped me keep my blog looking professional, and some of these are real time-savers.
If you’ve been wondering about what blogging tools are worth getting, or you’d like to know what I use and recommend to all bloggers, keep on reading.
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Your hosting platform
One of the most important decisions you will make in your blogging journey is which hosting platform to go for.
Now, if you follow me on Twitter, you might know the complete mess that changing my hosting platform caused me a while ago.
I had transferred my site from Bluehost (which is a very good option if you are on more of a budget) to another VERY popular platform which many bloggers rave about. That new platform broke my site for 2 whole days. That is why doing your own research is super important.
If you’re looking for a new hosting platform, Skystra have excellent customer service and I’m really enjoying their platform. To get you started, they are offering you your first month for free which you can get by clicking here!
You can also check out the free email course I offer on how to start a blog by leaving your email down below:
Looking for the perfect theme can be overwhelming since there are SO many WordPress themes out there!
I got both my old theme and this one from Creative Market. They have themes on there starting at just under $20. That’s perfect if you’re not willing to spend a lot on your blog, especially in the beginning.
I use Canva for all my graphic design needs. PicMonkey is another good one, but you end up having to pay for it after your free trial. Canva, on the other hand, is free. Unless you want to upgrade to their paid membership, which I personally don’t think is necessary.
You can use it to design your logo, pin graphics, and literally anything else your blog might need.
The website I use for all my opt-in freebies and newsletters is ConvertKit. Although a bit of a monthly investment, I think it’s totally worth it.
They make it very easy to create opt-in forms and attach email sequences to those forms, unlike some of the free websites.
However, if you want to step your game up, try out ConvertKit free for a month by clicking here.
I used The Email Marketing Fairy to set up all of my welcome sequences and can’t recommend it enough! It has 50 word-for-word emails you can send your list. SO handy if you have no idea what to send your mailing list.
If you don’t yet know, Pinterest is my favorite platform for driving traffic to my blog. When I first started blogging, I had no idea how to manage Pinterest.
Since then, my profile has grown to nearly 7 thousand followers, and 5.4 million monthly viewers. Now, monthly viewers don’t mean that 5.4 million people click on my blog a month. But it does mean that a LOT of people see my pins.
At the time of writing this, I am generating around 90,000 monthly views. Over 90% of my monthly traffic comes from Pinterest.
I still use it and think it is worth it, especially because I also share my pins in their Tribes, which work well to push my pins out.
If you’d like to try Tailwind for free for a month, click here.
I’ve used Grammarly since I started blogging, and it quickly became one of my favorite blogging tools. It is like spell-check, but better.
I recommend signing up for their Premium plan which has a lot of great features. It checks for overused words, plagiarism, inconsistent writing style and unclear sentence structure among others. But, if you don’t a more affordable option, their free plan is great as well.
You can sign up with Grammarly here.
If you, like me, aren’t very skilled with the camera, stock photos are going to be your best friends. I don’t have the time nor the patience to take my own photos, which is why I use stock photos.
For a free option for beginners, I recommend Unsplash and Pixabay!
Ebooks and courses
I could not have grown my blog as much as I have in this short period without learning from other bloggers. Here are some of the BEST courses and ebooks I recommend to all bloggers:
- This affiliate marketing guide. The author of this ebook is a good friend of mine who makes thousands of dollars a month with JUST affiliate marketing. This guide will show you how to get the same results.
- An ebook all about SEO for bloggers. A godsend, if I do say so myself. I’ve learned so much and improved my SEO by a lot since implementing the strategies found in this ebook.
- The Email Marketing Fairy which helped me grow my mailing list to over 3000 subscribers in a few short months.
I hope you enjoyed this post on my favorite blogging tools for beginners! If you use something which helps your blogging that you think I would also enjoy, please leave it in the comments!