When I planned to start my own blog, I’ve read a lot of blog resources posts and pages. After almost 5 years of Blogging, now it’s time to share my recommended blog resources that I use on a daily basis, and find them helpful with running and growing my blog! Hopefully, you’ll find them helpful too!
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WordPress.Org: Not WordPress.Com! It’s the platform you’ll use to manage your blog, it’s a user surface. To own your content and be able to monetize it if you want to, you’ll need a self-hosted blog. You don’t have to download any software and it’s completely free. However, you’ll need a domain and name hosting. (see below) At the first look it might look overwhelming, but don’t worry, it’s simple and logical. Take your time, get familiar with it!
Helpful articles on WordPress
WPBeginner: It’s a resource site on WordPress, you’ll find helpful tips, tutorials,
SiteGround: Absolutely the best hosting and customer service I’ve ever paid for! No servers down, clean and simple user surface, great money-value ratio! Plus, you can buy your domain name and site hosting at one place!
Scheduling & Automation
Tailwind: The best tool to schedule your Pinterest and Instagram posts! It saves so much time, I can’t even tell! Plus since Pinterest is my #1 traffic source (and most bloggers’ too!), this is the most important marketing tool I use!
IFTTT: If This Than That! It’s a free platform to connect, automatize your apps and devices; not only for bloggers, but you can use it in your personal life too! You can browse hundreds of ‘recipes’ or you can create your own!
Later: It’s the app I use to plan and schedule my Instagram posts. You can visually plan your Instagram posts, write your caption and add hashtags on your computer!
Growing your social sites
MiloTree: Either you want to grow your social sites or your email list, it’s the perfect pop-up widget for your blog! You can set it up in about 2 minutes, and convert your visitors to followers! I can’t even tell how happy I was when I finally find this app! The best part is it’s only 9$/mo! Start your 30 Day Free Trial now!
Genesis Framework: It’s the base of most of the WordPress themes, so all Genesis child themes (like above) requires the Genesis Framework.
Photo Design, Editor
Canva: It’s a free drag-and-drop graphic design site where you can customize the hundreds of premade graphics, or you can create your own ones! It’s absolutely amazing and saves so much time I would waste on trying to create social graphics from scratch!
BeFunky: It’s an online photo editor/collage maker/graphic designer site! I use this to edit my pictures on the blog and honestly, I don’t need any other site or software!
Grammarly: It’s a free browser extension that automatically detects mistakes and/or suggests context-specific corrections and synonyms! If you write anything online, it’s an absolute must! (Check out this article about the importance of good grammar and the most common mistakes, people make) Believe me, the about 2 minutes to set it up will worth it!
Evernote: Evernote is an organization site and app where you can auto-sync your notes on every device you have! It helps you stay organized, focused and creative! Find the plan that fits you the most!
Akismet Anti-Spam: Automatically checks the incoming comments to catch potential spams.
Jetpack: It’s from the same developer as the Akismet Anti-Spam. I use it to have an instant glance at my site stats, but it has many other features you’ll love!
Yoast SEO: The #1 WordPress SEO plugin! It makes search engine optimization so much easier, even for non-techy gals like me.
WP Recipe Maker: Simple, easy to use recipe plugin that already compatible with the new Gutenberg editor, and with the Pinterest Rich Pins!
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