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In this post you will learn about the best blogging resources that will actually help you!!
Thinking about starting a blog, but don’t know where to start?
Or, maybe you have a blog, but feel stuck in your place and feel like you’ll never get your blog to grow, it just won’t budge!
Trust me, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
There is so much information out there on blogging:
- What’s working for one person
- What worked back in 2018
- How much easier it USED TO be
- Guest posting
- and so on!
Viral pins that give other bloggers what seems to be overnight success, and then they try to teach you how they did it.
But, in all honesty, they have no idea themselves.
Or, maybe they had great keywords and actually knew what they were doing…..or, it got picked up by a much more successful blogger and was shared with thousands of more readers because of that.
It’s really hard to tell…
But, I’ve been working my way through blogging ecourses and ebooks for the past three years. They, in general, have a lot more useful information in them than most blog posts will. That’s why people pay for them!
And, some are great and moved the needle forward for me (for my ‘health/mom/lifestyle’ blog), whereas others (that I won’t mention) did nothing for my blog, even when completely implemented!
In this post you’ll find:
- the best tools to help you start and grow your blog
- Ebooks and Courses to help you gain traffic through Pinterest or SEO (google traffic)
- the best company ever that you need to be aware of when their Blogging Bundle is on sale
- and more to come!!
This is not an exhaustive list of the best blogging resources, and as I learn more and more about blogging through amazing ebooks and courses, this post will be updated to reflect them. So, make sure you bookmark this, or pin the image below to your blogging related board on Pinterest, to make sure you can refer back to it!
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The Best Resources for Starting a Blog
To start your blog, there will be a few things you absolutely need.
I actually wrote a full post on exactly what you need and why here, but for a basic overview…
You will need:
- A hosting company (this is like paying rent for your space on the internet)
- A platform to work on your blog (this is like the physical home that you’re paying rent for)
- A theme (this determines what your blog looks like, it can be free or you can pay for one)
- A tool to create graphics for your blog and social media
- And, social media accounts (so you’ll be able to grow your blog using different platforms before Google ‘sees’ your blog and even gives you a chance at ranking for anything)
- Also, don’t forget to stay organized with My Blogging Spreadsheets
I have used three hosting companies since I started blogging.
And, I will put my two cents in here, because this is my blog and I don’t want you to suffer and stress like I did.
I started with Bluehost (<– notice, no affiliate link). This hosting company was recommended by a much more successful blogger that I trusted, so I thought it’d be all good.
Read about my experience with Bluehost here, and why I DO NOT recommend them!
So, do yourself a favor, and don’t go with Bluehost.
The second hosting company I tried was Siteground (<– notice, affiliate link, this company is great)!!
Siteground has amazing customer service. It’s like they actually care! Which is very rare to find in customer service representatives nowadays.
Their prices are comparable to Bluehost, but much better quality hosting. For the two years I was with them, I didn’t have a single instance where my site was down! Plus, they make it super simple to upgrade your plan when your blog traffic increases and you outgrow the plan you’re on.
I started with their lowest plan, and after taking this course, I had to upgrade to their GrowBig plan because my traffic kept increasing! After implementing this course/ebook I was in serious need of upgrading to Sitegrounds highest plan.
When it was time to renew, I opted to switch to Bigscoots, just in case I get another huge jump in traffic. Also, because they let you pay for hosting monthly, and I didn’t have almost $400 to renew with Siteground for a year on their highest wordpress plan with no promotional pricing.
So, if you’re not getting at least over 100K pageviews, I’d highly recommend Siteground!
If you are getting plenty of traffic, too much for Siteground to handle; I’d highly recommend BigScoots! Their customer service is on par, if not better than, Siteground.
In fact, when I had first signed up for Bigscoots I had a lot of questions and concerns, I’m not as tech savvy as I like to think I am, at least as far as hosting and DNS and that kind of stuff goes.
I think there may have been 24 hours where I hadn’t gone into their chat to ask questions, so they emailed me to make sure I didn’t need anymore help.
I had waited a couple hours to respond because I knew I did have more questions, but wanted to straighten out my thoughts before asking.
When I finally responded, I then went to change my daughters diaper and was about to nurse her, thinking it’d take more than a couple minutes for them to respond.
Not even 5 minutes after I asked more questions, they responded! I was seriously impressed. So, if you’re getting some serious traffic with your blog, and want some seriously awesome customer service, consider Bigscoots!
Blogging Platform (WordPress)
There are two major platforms to use for blogging that have pretty much become the standard.
They are WordPress.org and squarespace.
My preference has always been wordpress.org because there’s a lot more you can customize with it.
Many, many successful bloggers, like those who you see pushing out income reports of $10K+ months, use wordpress.org.
Plus, many hosts, such as Siteground, has plans specifically for this platform, so it just makes sense.
Since it’s so popular, there’s plenty of sources to get help with it if you ever feel lost! (Like Youtube, Google, and this amazing and FREE course.)
Theme for Your Blog
Many bloggers will tell you that one theme is way better than another and have a strong preference. Honestly, this one is up to you and how you want your site to look.
I started with a free theme and then moved to one that was paid after about 10 months of blogging. It was actually a bonus in The Genius Bloggers Toolkit, so the theme felt free to me, but has the quality of a paid theme.
The ‘paid’ theme I have right now for my ‘health/mom/lifestyle’ blog is Isabelle from Bluchic. There’s a very good chance I’ll change themes again on my blogging journey.
For THIS BLOG (Learn Grow Blog), I’m using GeneratePress. The free version. So, if you like how this site looks, use that theme.
And, if you really want, you could have a completely customized, designed specifically for you, theme.
If you ever find a site that you love the theme (look) of, most blogs will show at the bottom of the site where the theme is from.
Photo Editor or Graphics Editor
There are many different ways to make photos or graphics for your blog or to post on social media.
There’s paid and free options, photo editing, or simple graphic design editors. What you use may be based on preference, or on what you can afford.
If this is the first time you’ve been on my blog, I’m a bit frugal when it comes to blogging (or any type of) expenses. So, I use the free version of canva to create graphics for my blog, my pins, and other social media graphics.
If, for any reason I need something more extensive to edit a photo, such as making the background transparent (like for logos), I’ll use pixlr; also a free program.
Social Media Accounts
These are obviously, and luckily, free, even for business accounts.
There are four main social media platforms you’ll want to grab your blogs name for right away, and those are:
- Pinterest (go here to create business account)
- A Facebook Page (you make this while signed in from your personal account)
- Twitter (go here to create business account)
- and, if you’re big on video, you’ll want Youtube, as well!
And, because you’ll ask if you are just starting out, it’s really up to you whether you switch your personal account to a business account, or start fresh with a new account.
You’ll most likely want to just start new accounts that are business accounts, that’s what I did. Though, I only had a Pinterest account, with about 7 followers on it, before I started blogging. I was never really big on social media before blogging. So, your situation may be slightly different!
You will need a business account, though. If you don’t have a business account then you won’t have access to useful analytics. And those analytics can help you and your blog grow!
Don’t forget to get these Blogging Spreadsheets to keep all of your blogging resources organized!
Th Most Useful Resources for Blogging
So, you know I’m not big on spending money, so there won’t be too many tools in this section, and what is in this section will either save you money, sanity, or time, in the long run (or short term)!
I could not blog and stay consistent on Pinterest without Tailwind. No question about it!
My first year of blogging, I did not have Tailwind; I pinned manually.
It took so much time.
I tried different systems, ones I read about or tried creating myself.
The best strategy I found/ came up with, I was spending 30-60 minutes a day pinning on Pinterest. Now, that may not seem like a long time, but when you’re a mom and have limited time during the day to work on your blog in the first place; it’s a lot of time.
And, that’s not even including the time it took to create the pins, that’s just pinning time!
Now, I schedule pins for new posts as soon as I finish the post, and spend maybe an hour or two a week, or month, filling up the rest of my pinning schedule on Tailwind.
Total sanity (and time) saver!!
Plus, I was able to grow my Pinterest account to 2.6 million views last summer using that simple strategy the majority of the time, with less than 2,500 followers!
If you want to try it out, you can get a free month of Tailwind here!
Note: Since the new year (2020) I’m experimenting with manual pinning again, for Stress Less Be Healthy and Learn Grow Blog. I’ll post about this again once I have some more data!
Email Service Provider
Bloggers need an email service provider to grow their email list, grow their blog, and not get in any huge legal trouble. It’s just how it is, and there are some email providers that are better than others.
The great thing about the list you grow is it’s yours. You control how often you speak to the people on your list and what they see from you, as long as they open up your emails!
The best email service providers out there, that are simple to use and have great customer service, are Mailerlite and Convertkit.
The only reason you shouldn’t use Convertkit is if you can’t afford it, whether paying annually or monthly.
Convertkit is usually offering a free trial of some length at all times, in case you want to try it out before paying for it!
If your concern is price, then the best email service provider, that’s free to start out, would be Mailerlite.
This is the email service provider I currently use. It’s free up to 1,000 email subscribers.
Since it’s free up to 1000 subscribers, there isn’t much risk, go ahead and check it out here.
Don’t forget to get these Blogging Spreadsheets to keep all of your blogging resources organized!
The Best Blogging Ebooks to Grow Your Blog
Ebooks are a great way to learn and grow your blog, especially if reading is how you absorb information the best, like I do!
You can go at your own pace, don’t have to worry about waking up little ones by watching, or listening, to a video, and can read just about anywhere if you download the ebooks on your phone. I have my google drive synced to my phone, so I always have all my ebooks with me!
Another great thing about ebooks is the price, at least compared to the same information that’s put into an ecourse.
The downside is that there are a lot of ebooks out there promising more than they actually deliver; whether the author had a lucky break and thinks what they did will lead to everyone having success or they’re just trying to sell more copies to make money.
But, there are some out there that will lead you to success, at least if you do the work and apply what you learn from them.
The books below have helped my traffic, and understanding of Pinterest, improve; along with helping me never feel stuck on what I should write about next. No writers block here!
Written by the PotPieGirl, aka Jennifer from potpiegirl.com (and other blogs)
This Ebook is about Pinterest and how to gain traffic using what Pinterest gives us to work with.
There’s a lot in this ebook about how to create personal board titles. Along with where to find examples to get on Pinterests radar and to have pins start showing up more in search results, and other places on Pinterest, to be found and get shown to Pinterest users. She also teaches in the ebook where to pin your pins first, along with a lot more!
Jennifer also has a knack for finding unique strategies, or ways of doing things, that other bloggers hadn’t even thought of before. I had read multiple other ebooks and ecourses on Pinterest before reading this ebook, and I kept having ‘aha’ moments while reading it!
The One Hour Content Plan: The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Year’s Worth of Blog Post Ideas in 60 Minutes and Creating Content That Sells and Hooks
Written by Meera Kothand from www.meerakothand.com
This Ebook will ensure you always have something to write about!
Many bloggers, after a little while, will not know what to write about. They may have had a long list of ideas for posts when just starting out, and then that list dwindles down to almost nothing.
After reading this ebook (which is super cheap and sold on Amazon) you will not have that problem. It is packed full of action items and bonus worksheets to help you process the information and apply it to your own blog!
I read this book as soon as I got it (in The Genius Bloggers Toolkit) and I have so many post ideas; I don’t know how I’ll ever get to them all!
And, the ideas just keep flowing, and flowing, and flowing; I would have to stop the flow of ideas and write at least one post a day for the next 3 years to get through all my post ideas now. (OK, that may be an exaggeration, but you get the point!)
Written/Created by Carly from mommyonpurpose.com
Carly knows her stuff when it comes to Pinterest! There is no denying that.
Though, the timing of me getting this ebook and starting to deep dive into learning everything I could about Pinterest started around the same time. So, a lot of what I know about Pinterest and how it works is due this ebook!
She does take the manual pinning approach for Pinterest. Which in all honesty, is what you should do when you are first starting out on Pinterest; so you can pay attention and learn how it works on the platform itself, instead of just learning how a scheduler works.
However, you can use a scheduler with her strategies and still get a ton out of this resource!
The best part is, it was updated this past year because of all the updates that were done on Pinterest over last summer!
She actually turned it into an ecourse, and now it’s even more amazing!
You can see, hear, and read what she’s talking about, instead of just reading. Which makes it excellent for all types of learners, not just those who learn best through reading.
Resources that the creator keeps updating are always the best type of resources to get, at least in my opinion! That way you won’t have to keep paying for new resources to stay up to date.
The Best Blog Courses to Grow Your Blog
Created by Caroline from CarolineVencil.com
This is by far, one of the best courses/bootcamps I’ve signed up for!
If you click here and scroll down, you’ll even be able to see my testimonial! And, it says it doubled my page views, but it really helped me at least triple them!
The course/bootcamp was a month long, started the last week of July, and within the second week of August you can see the first spike in traffic!
This was for my ‘health/mom/lifestyle’ blog. I can’t guarantee results like these for everyone who enrolls in the course. You have to do the work and implement everything for the course to work for you.
It is also super affordable!
Caroline is a finance/budget blogger when not writing about blogging; maybe that’s why she made it super affordable, so that even beginning bloggers barely making any money yet can actually afford it. I’m not 100% sure, but that’s my guess.!
Check out the sales page here! It was meant to be taken in the late summer to prepare for the upcoming holiday season, but in all honesty, you can get a lot out of it anytime of the year.
Created by Jennifer Maker from jennifermaker.com
She considers this an ebook, but really, it is so much more than that!
This was the other course that helped my pageviews jump for my ‘health/mom/lifestyle’ blog.
To be completely honest, though, it was A TON of work! But, that work pays off!
If you are prepared to do the work, as in publish a new post and new pin every single day for a month, plus about a week of preparing your pinterest account before hand (that’s about how long it took me); then head over and get this course now!!! You can’t beat the price for all the value you get from this, either!
Plus, if you’re completely new to Pinterest for blogging, she goes over exactly how to set up your Pinterest account for success.
It’s currently only $27!
Sign up here!! Seriously, do it! You will not regret it, she gives away so much valuable information, more info than some courses priced 10 times as much!
In fact, I’m about to go through this course again, for Learn Grow Blog!
Created by Elna, from twinsmommy.com (plus many more!)
This course covers a lot!
From Pinterest to SEO, and strategies for both!
She goes in detail in some of the lessons to teach you how to design pins, even if you’re not great at graphics!
Elna starts the course out with some basics, like how to gain domain authority (for SEO) with guest posts, and then goes much more in depth to get google traffic and traffic from Pinterest. She even shows exactly how she was able to grow her blogs by 40K pageviews a month!
I’ve gone through the course twice so far; once when I first got it and had no idea what I was doing yet, then again after she updated it in 2018.
I got a lot more out of it the second time around, probably because I actually implemented some of what I learned, lol. She also recently notified her Facebook Group (which I’m in) that she is working on updating the course again, and she wanted our feedback for what to put in it! As soon as she is done with the update I will be going through this course again, and this time I will spend the time to implement everything I learn.
*I’m also currently going through EBA (Elite Blog Academy) and DTC (Dare to Conquer).
EBA feels more like an outline, or one path for blogging, a ton of encouragement to help you feel like you’ll be successful, eventually, no matter what (it may just take years to get there).
DTC is more for people who want the actual strategies that will help them become successful; there is no fluff and the instructor is willing to simply tell it how it is. He also understands that blogging isn’t easy and keeps creating resources, the lifetime membership for his courses is probably the best blogging investment I’ve made so far. And, I haven’t even finished going through them all, yet!
The Best Company to Know About to Get the Best Deal Ever on the Best Blogging Resources
This company is amazing!
And, I’m not just saying that because I’m an affiliate for them!
What they do is bundle together a ton of amazing digital products created by successful bloggers and sell the bundle for super cheap!
There’s usually some pretty great bonuses, too! The bonuses are from bigger companies; some are digital and some are physical products where all you have to pay for is shipping.
(Don’t worry, all of the bloggers who have products in these bundles gave permission and had to submit their product to be looked at and tested by the company before being chosen.)
They have many different bundle sales through out the year. The best one for bloggers is called The Genius Bloggers Toolkit!
The products in this bundle change every year, but it only goes on sale once a year, so go here to sign up to be notified when it goes on sale. You don’t want to miss it! (Sometimes there will be a flash sale, too! Super important to get on their email list to know when and if that happens!)
Some of their bundles will be available longer than just a few days or a week, but won’t be as cheap as they were during their dedicated sales period.
They keep coming out with new useful bundles specifically for bundles. So, sign up for my newsletter and I’ll be sure to let you know when these bundles go on sale.
Ultimate Bundles offer bundled sales on other topics as well, such as in the health and wellness, homemaking, and more niches!
If you would like to be an affiliate and promote their amazing bundles when they go on sale, go sign up here!
Don’t worry if the first couple of sales you make are to family and friends, either (that’s what happened for me- they just have such great deals, I couldn’t resist telling everyone I knew!).
The Best Place to Learn and Get Resources to Help Your Blog Be Legal
I know, I know, no one wants to think of the boring legal stuff when it comes to blogging.
Like I said, it’s generally boring, can seem super complicated, and how do you even know what you need for your blog to be legal, anyways?
I’m no lawyer, so I’m not going to tell you what you need on your blog for it to be legal, but….
I’ll point you in the right direction to find the information you need!
Luckily, there are bloggers who blog about the legal side of blogging!
Some are even actual lawyers or attorneys who blog on the side, or have switched from their law career to a life of blogging about the legal side of blogging!
They have created:
- courses, in case you’re truly lost and need a step by step guide
- ebooks, if you absorb legal info better through reading about it
- templates, to make things super easy for you
- and more!
One such blogger/lawyer is Amira, who wrote an amazing guest post for The Savvy Couple, about 7 blog laws every blogger needs to follow; check it out here and then go from there!
*The Savvy Couple created the ecourse Blogger’s Secrets, which I am currently going through and will be reporting back on soon!
There’s A LOT of Blogging Resources Out There!
There is so much information on blogging and becoming successful with a blog; it can at the very least make your head spin.
You could spend months, or even years, trying to learn all you possibly can about blogging, and there’ll still be more to learn!
Honestly, the best way to learn, and learn what actually works is to go and start your blog, use the tools above you think will be most useful for you and the lifestyle you want (I couldn’t do this without Tailwind- get your first month free here), start with one ebook or course, and then start implementing everything it tells you to do.
You’re not going to be successful overnight.
You probably won’t even start making money for, at least, a couple of months. And, if it takes longer than that to even make $10; know that it’s to be expected and that blogging is a long term game, not a quick win.
Many of the bloggers who created the courses and ebooks above; it took them a few years to become as successful as they are!
Luckily, we can learn from how they found success, so maybe it won’t take us as long.
I made the mistake of not investing much in blogging education for my entire first year in blogging; I bought the Genius Bloggers Toolkit…..nine or ten months after I started blogging. But, I went about those resources the wrong way. I tried to get through the resources as quickly as possible.
Don’t make the same mistakes I made!
Invest in your blogging education, take your time, and apply everything you learn before you move onto anything else. Many strategies you’ll learn above will take at least a few weeks to help you start growing, if not longer.
Give it time, apply what you learn, and simply trust the process; know that the money you’re spending is an investment that will continue to grow, and grow!
If you have a favorite resource not included in the list above; be sure to leave a comment of what it is and how it helped you!