Tools I Use to Grow My Business and Blog
On this page, I’m sharing a list of tools, products, and services that I use or have found to be valuable in growing my blog and business.
This post contains affiliate links for products I use and highly recommend. You can read my full disclosure here.
My Hosting Company: HostGator
My Publishing Platform: WordPress
My Computer: Custom built by my husband
My Keyboard Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 for Business
My Mouse SteelSeries Rival Optical Gaming Mouse
My Microphone Blue Yeti
How I Built My Blog
The Blogging Blueprint is my online course for beginner bloggers.
It’s time to stop spending hours, weeks, and months browsing the internet for advice on growing your blog. The Blogging Blueprint is the beginner bloggers roadmap to blogging success!
What you will learn in this course are tried-and-true strategies for growing your blog the RIGHT way. You’ll learn:
- How to choose your blogging niche
- How to write content that keeps your audience coming back for more
- The simple trick I used to MAKE a blog post go VIRAL
- How to build relationships with other bloggers
- How to increase your blog traffic
- How to get your content to rank in search engines
- How to earn money with your blog
- and much more…
You have what it takes to be a successful blogger. If you have a feeling that The Blogging Blueprint could help you grow a successful blog, then you owe it to yourself to at least check it out.
I have been using HostGator for my business since the beginning, and have always received awesome customer service and support from them. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Recommended WordPress Themes
My collection feminine, affordable, and user-friendly WordPress themes. With my user-friendly feminine WordPress themes, you can customize your theme to fit your unique style all without messing with any code. You have the ability to change the colors, fonts, and layout all within the themes built-in theme customizer.
Recommended Online Image Editor
PicMonkey allows you to quickly, and easily create, and edit graphics and images. Effects that take time to create in Photoshop, can be done with the click of a button in PicMonkey.
Recommended WordPress Plugins
Social Warfare is a premium social media sharing plugin. This plugin includes tons of awesome features. I’ve tried my fair share of social share plugins, and Social Warfare has been my favorite.
A website caching plugin that improves your site speed.
Antispam Bee removes spam comments from your blog. From my experience, this plugin works better than Askimet (the default spam plugin) and is always free.
This is the popup form I use to grow my email list. OptinMonster has helped me significantly increase my daily email subscribers.
How I connect my Google Analytics account to my website. I find that I get a much more accurate report by connecting to Google Analytics using this plugin. Check out my tutorial, How to Add Google Analytics to WordPress.
What I use to search engine optimize my website and blog posts.
I use this plugin to cloak and track my affiliate links.
Recommended Social Media Tools
Allows you to schedule social media posts.
Allows you to schedule your pins on Pinterest. Tailwind saves me so much time when it comes to pinning on Pinterest.
I love using Board Boosters looping feature. I use Tailwind for scheduling and BoardBooster for looping my pins.
Recommended Email Marketing Solutions
This is my email newsletter provider. They have so many amazing features that help me grow my email list to over 14,000 subscribers.
Recommended Business Solutions
My eCommerce plugin. Highly recommended for selling products (physical and digital) on your blog or website.
The plugin I use for my affiliate program.
What I use to create forms on my website. I love gravity forms, and can’t recommend them highly enough.
Recommended Design Resource Sites
Here’s a list of websites I go to for fonts, graphics, and images.