Below are the tools and resources I’ve used to start and run

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Setting up a blog 

Bluehost: Starting a WordPress blog for cheap, but without sacrificing quality, is why going with Bluehost for web hosting is such a popular choice. As a digital marketer and content manager, I’ve professionally used other hosting companies and Bluehost continues to remain a fave. Their services makes them one of the top hosting providers of 2018. Current offer is $3.95 a month for hosting with a free domain, 1-click WordPress installation, and 24/7 support. I also love how easy it is to create and manage professional, personalized emails. 

Shopify: I’ve used Shopify to run my stores and what I like about them is how clean and easy it is to start a store, set up your theme, add and manage products, and keep track of your store’s progress. Shopify does provide a free trial for 14 days and charges $29 a month to run a store (or store with a blog) on their basic plan. Once you’ve set up your shop, you can add physical products, digital products, and products from Amazon.

High-quality themes, graphics, fonts, and stock images

The theme I’m currently using: The WordPress theme I’m currently working is called Ashe. There is a free and pro version of this theme. What I really like about this theme is how easy it was to install and that it can take all my images and pages without flipping out. I purchased another theme for way more money only for it to be useless unless I spent lots of extra money on lots of extra work. With the Ashe theme, I haven’t had any issues. 

Beautiful Dawn Designs: Not only does Tiffany at Beautiful Dawn Designs provide tips and strategies for making money online. growing a blog, and working from home, but she also creates some beautiful, affordable, high-quality themes with some costing as low at $35. That’s a good price for a high-quality theme blog visitors will find easy to navigate and engage in. She also offers a service for installing and setting up WordPress themes onto your site.

Creative Market: This site is good to shop for any design project. They’ve got graphics, fonts, stock images, themes, and templates for print and digital. And new freebies weekly. Plus I love how Creative Market sells bundles of fonts and graphics. I love shopping their fonts and texture bundles for my products. Check out what they’ve got free this week

Fiverr: Great place to find freelance services for anything from graphic design, to digital marketing, to writing and editing, to lifestyle and fun. I’ve even used Fiverr to have my resume and LinkedIn re-written by a professional, and very experienced resume specialist for a great price. Fiverr technically helped me get the job in tech I wanted.

Email Marketing 

ConvertKit: This is what I’m currently using to invite people to connect with me via email, send my emails, build and send sequences, and set up automation easily. Basically, my email marketing. Although ConvertKit is not free if you have less than 1,000 subscribers, I still think it is worth the monthly fee to build your list and simple (in my opinion) to set up. My list has jumped to over 100 subscribers within the first week of having their high-quality forms and landing page up. That’s pretty good in comparison to other list building tools. ConvertKit has been changing the game for my online business. 

MailerLite: Great email marketing service with advanced tools and unlimited emails for FREE up to your first 1,000 subscribers. After you’ve got 1,000 subscribers, their monthly dues start at $10 and go up as your list gets bigger. I think MailerLite is very helpful for those that want quality but aren’t ready to spend money on email marketing. Plus, you pay by the size of your list which is cool because you essentially pay according to how many people you’ve got on your list. 

Tools for growing blog traffic with Pinterest

Tailwind: I LOOOOOVE Tailwind! It comes second to Pinterest. This Pinterest and Instagram marketing toolkit is worth every penny for the time it saves me alone. I’m from the days when we had to make educated guesses as to when was the best time to share content. Tailwind gathers all those statistics based on your audience and comes up with the best time slots. All you’ve got to do is pin stuff to your best boards. Which is another thing Tailwind keeps an eye on – your best boards. It’ll also tell you how your profile is performing, how your pins are doing, how often you’re getting re-pinned and what you’ve already pinned. Tailwind is how I grew my Pinterest profile from scratch to over 1.9 million monthly viewers in only 3 months. They do have a free 14-day trial to give them a try. 

Pinterest Perfection Masterclass:  In order to really win with Pinterest, you’re going to need to learn how to use Pinterest from those winning. And use Pinterest ASAP. What I like about the Pinterest Perfection Masterclass is that it’s one of the easiest and quickest courses to consume and implement. Elna also includes a pin promoter planner that is really helpful in guiding you on what to focus on daily, monthly, and when first starting with Pinterest. Within a month, Elna’s course helped me use Pinterest to grow my blog traffic from 570-ish page views in June to over 7k in July. 

Pinterest Ninja: It’s a good ebook that’s packed with LOTS of information. I like that Pinterest Ninja also goes into affiliate marketing on Pinterest, creating a profitable Facebook group, and building your email list with Pinterest. This ebook takes more time to consume and implement, but for what it has to give (more traffic, more subscribers, more income), it’s worth it.  

Make money blogging with affiliate marketing 

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: In July 2018, Michelle earned $68,675.51 using the strategies she teaches in Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I just completed the course and look forward to seeing how it goes. I’ve seen other bloggers get great results implementing Michelle’s strategies. A highlight of the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course for me was the lesson on how she earned an average of $40,000 a month from one product. 

Books I’ve found helpful 

CREATE Blog and Editorial Planner: Create Exceptional Content, Get More Done and Smash Through Your Blogging Goals: Handy dandy editorial planner for sure. Meere Kothand provides more than space to plan emails and blog post. She also helps you determine what tasks to prioritize, what types of tasks to batch, and a system for staying on track with your goals. It’s helped me get focused and plan what I produce based on my overall goals. CREATE Blog and Editorial Planner is worth working with especially if you’re new to blogging in order to make money and grow your online business.

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