Tools I Use to Grow My 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 page contains affiliate links to products I recommend. If you purchase something from this page, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.
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 ambitious beginner bloggers.
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.
HostGator: 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
Beautiful Dawn Designs: 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
Recommended WordPress Plugins
Social Warfare: 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.
W3 Total Cache: A website caching plugin that improves your site speed.
Antispam Bee: 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.
OptinMonster: This is the popup form I use to grow my email list. OptinMonster has helped me significantly increase my daily email subscribers.
Google Analytics by MonsterInsights: 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.
Yoast SEO: What I use to search engine optimize my website and blog posts.
Pretty Link Lite: I use this plugin to cloak and track my affiliate links.
Recommended Social Media Tools
Buffer: Allows you to schedule social media posts.
Tailwind: Allows you to schedule your pins on Pinterest. Tailwind saves me so much time when it comes to pinning on Pinterest.
BoardBooster: I love using Board Boosters looping feature. I use Tailwind for scheduling and BoardBooster for looping my pins.
Recommended Email Marketing Solutions
ConvertKit: This is my email newsletter provider. They have so many amazing features that help me grow my email list to over 16,000 subscribers.
Recommended Business Solutions
Grammarly: Grammarly has really helped me keep my spelling and grammar error down to a minimum. I always proofread my content with Grammarly before I hit publish.
WooCommerce: My eCommerce plugin. Highly recommended for selling products (physical and digital) on your blog or website.
AffiliateWP: The plugin I use for my affiliate program.
Gravity Forms: 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.