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Hello bloggers or want-to-be bloggers! I am so glad you are here!  This is where I will keep all of my favorite blogging tools and resources. When I first started blogging in 2013, I had no idea what all went into it.  Personally, blogigng started as a way to share about our tot school adventures and over time turned into more of a place to encourage mamas to thrive in all areas of life.

With my love to create community and encourage others, I have found that I love cheering on other bloggers. I know what a gift the community of bloggers has been to me, and love being able to foster that for others.

While I will keep this page updated with my go-to blogging tools and resources, I also love sending out regular emails to my fellow bloggers.  If you want more helpful tips on a regular basis and encouraging words, you will want to join here to be a part of the Intentional Blogging Community. When you sign up you will receive a free Guide to Pinterest that was put together by Liz and I.

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Blogging Tools and Resources

BLOGGING START UP

Website Hosting- Siteground is my favorite host for websites. I have tried one other host and had issues, but everything has been smooth with Siteground. They have the best customer service and great rates. I am using Self-hosted WordPress so you need to have a host with that.

Email Hosting- You will want to start an email list right away. This is key! I am currently using Mailer Lite and love them because of their options and ease of use! I am not paying yet and have a lot of options that not all email service providers give. I also use Hello Bar as a way to link to my email sign up at the top of my website. Hello Bar integrates with most email hosts.

Computer- A couple years ago, I purchased a Chromebook and I absolutely love everything about it! It was reasonably priced and has been the perfect computer for me to use for blogging.

HELPFUL BOOKS/COURSES

Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook Abby was one of the first bloggers I ever seriously followed. It has been fun to watch her journey and I respect her and Donnie so much. Her course is well worth every penny and literally helped me set up my entire blogging process. I still resource this course.

Natalie’s Blogging E-Course for Moms This course is gold and is so, so, so affordable! Plus, you also get access to her private blogging Facebook group where she hosts monthly blogging chats. I am constantly learning so much from Natalie and am grateful for all she gives to other bloggers.

How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup I love that this book has action steps at the end of each chapter. I recently read this and learned so much as I worked through it.

Pinterest in 21 This course was so helpful for me with Pinterest. I love how you can move through it one day at a time or even take longer if you want. Pinterest is such a game changer for blogging when used well!

A Blogger’s Guide to Google Drive This course is the price of a coffee. It really helped me get organized!

5 Days to a Successful Blog Launch These free  tips will help you get off the ground and running with your blog!

Blog Start Up 101- Who better to learn from than Money Saving Mom herself?! This course is a low price and well worth your money! I also love following her on social media for more helpful tips!

ORGANIZATION

Google Drive- Using Google Drive to organize your blog files is something that I have been working on. This tutorial has been helpful. I also use it to organize my blog content (see course listed above).

Semikolon Notebook I love a good notebook and adore this one because of it’s size and variety. There is a lined, graph paper, and blank paper section. It can hold all of my random notes and monthly to dos.

Simplified Planner I have tried countless planners and nothing ever seemed to work until I started using this one. I love the quality of the planner, the beautiful colors, the layouts, and more. Personally, I use the daily planner. I use the monthly view for personal, but use the daily portion to write out my to do list for each day.

SCHEDULERS

Hootsuite I used to use this but then started using Buffer because of the layout.

Boardbooster At just $5 a month, this tool is well worth it. Pinterest is one of my favorites and is an extremely useful tool for bloggers.  This tutorial is helpful for setting it up!

Tailwind- This is definitely my favorite Pinterest scheduler because I love the ease of use. Get your first month free!

Tailwind Tribes You do not have to have a Tailwind account to participate in Tailwind tribes. It is a must to join these! They will help you grow your Pinterest! Join my Tribe here (make sure to follow Tribe rules).

Facebook Scheduler There is proven research that Facebook prefers if you schedule using their scheduler. When you have a page for your blog, you can schedule out posts.

PHOTOGRAPHY

CanvaI use the free version and use this to create my printables for my blog.

Picmonkey This is what I mainly use to create blog graphics.

Pixaby If I need stock photos, I grab them from here.

If you are looking for helpful tips to improve your photography, check out these posts:

Favorite Phone Camera Apps + Tips

How I Edit My iPhone Photos on My Phone: A Step by Step Tutorial

PODCASTS

Simple Pin Media

Create If Writing

Brilliant Business Moms

AFFILIATE COMPANIES

Share a Sale This affiliate network works with a huge number of companies.

Amazon The options are endless with what you can link to.

Grove Collaborative- There are cleaning, personal care, and baby care products available. Naturally weave these into posts to receive a commission.

Ultimate Bundles I love promoting various bundles that fit my readers. There are so many options and they provide a lot of support and tips.

Make Over Your Mornings E-Course I love sharing about this e-course since it helped me so much. Crystal has plenty of programs you can be an affiliate for!

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive Sign up to be an affiliate with my book! You can use Amazon links or sign up via Gumroad (head over to Gumroad and create a login, then email me with your login email and I will add you!).

Remember, if you are sharing about something you love, check to see if there is an affiliate program for it! Also, always make sure to disclose you are using affiliate links. Always stick with sharing links that make the most sense with you and your readers! 

WRITING A BOOK

Anatomy of a Book Launch This is a very helpful post, and you can also sign up to get her free launch process which I followed.

Gumroad This is what I use to host my PDF versions of any books. It is set up well and you can set up affiliates with it as well!

Createspace Self publish a printed book using Createspace. This is how I published my book.

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