When I first started my business 5 years ago, I didn’t want to spend a penny towards my business.
I remember wanting to purchase a product that would help me grow my business and being hesitant because of the price. I also remember my husband talking to me about how it takes money to make money, and the importance of making smart investments in my business. Needless to say, I took his advice and made the purchase.
I can tell you that making that purchase was one of the smartest things I’ve ever done for my business.
I understand the hesitation that comes along with investing in your blog or business. However, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is the importance of investing in your business or blog.
Now does that mean you have to buy every product that catches your attention? No. But it does mean that sometimes you have to spend money on things that will either increase your knowledge, save you time, or earn you money.
In this post I’m sharing 5 blogging tools worth paying for.
This post contains affiliate links to products I recommend.
Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling tool. I made the decision to purchase a 12 month subscription to Tailwind last year. Initially, I signed up for the free trial, but loved it so much that I upgraded my account within a few days.
Scheduling my pins through Tailwind allows me to be active on Pinterest, even when I’m not.
Here are my results 1 year after implementing Tailwind into my Pinterest growth strategy:
Hootsuite allows you to schedule your social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Google+, and more. Scheduling your social media is a great way to save time when running a blog or business. I believe that a social media scheduler is a must have tool for bloggers.
Convertkit is an email marketing service. MailChimp was my original email marketing provider, however, I found that they lacked a lot of the features I wanted for building my email list. When I first discovered Converkit, I thought they were a bit on the pricey side and felt uneasy about making the switch. However, the moment I imported my email list and begin utilizing everything they had to offer, I knew I had made the right decision. I have now more than doubled my daily subscribers with ConvertKit.
4). Social Warfare
Social Warfare is a WordPress plugin that adds social share buttons to your blog. I’m a big fan of this plugin. Somehow, the makers of Social Warfare have been able to include a bunch of great features, without slowing down your site.
Because Pinterest is my number 1 traffic referrer, one of my favorite features is the ability to upload a Pinterest specific image and description to your blog posts.
PicMonkey is an online photo editing tool. Because images are such an important aspect of blogging and social media, it’s important to be able to create your own graphics.
While PicMonkey can be used for free, there is an option to upgrade to PicMonkey Royale for $4.99 per month. Upgrading gives you an ad free photo editor, advanced touch up tools, over 1,000 graphic overlays, premium fonts, and more.
What’s your favorite blogging tool (free or paid)? Share it in the comments below.
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