I love blogging. What started as a hobby in 2010, has grown into a income earning opportunity. I learned that blogging takes money, time, and commitment. I’m always on the lookout for tools and resources to make my blog life easier and more successful. These are some of my top blogging tools that EVERY blogger should have. These resources will help you manage and grow your blog.
A beautiful blog is the cornerstone of a successful blog. People want to enter your online “home” and be able to find and use everything you have available. They also feel more comfortable if your home is clean and simple.
ELEGANT THEMES – $89 /year or $249 /one time fee
A beautiful theme is essential to every great blog. There are MANY great themes available to select from, but I am MOST in love with DIVI from Elegant Themes. DIVI has great flexibility and you can make your website look the way YOU want it to look! There’s no limit to what you can create. Plus, with the purchase of an elegant themes package, you get access to DIVI Builder. I use the DIVI Builder to create beautiful landing pages for my products and resource pages (like this one). It gives a unique, professional look to your site!
There’s no doubt about it, blogging takes time. There are many great tools to help you manage your blogging time. These are my favourites.
You’ve got to have goals and where there’s goals, you need goal crushers!
PASSION PLANNER – $25
If there is one thing that has helped me CRUSH my goals, it’s the Passion Planner. After buying my first Passion Planner in 2015, I wrote an eBook, a parenting workbook, designed a dexule homeschool planner, and launched an eCourse. The Passion Planner helps you map out and work towards realizing your dreams! It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
In order to grow your blog, you need a vision. This strategic planning template helps you map out the steps you need to take to have a successful blog. Sign up for my newsletter to get your strategic planning kit.
In order to succeed, you need to learn from the experts! I’ve taken a number of courses and read various books which have contributed to my blogging success. I highly recommend any of these resources.
HOW TO MASTER TAILWIND – $57
I was hesitant to take this ecourse because I had been using Tailwind for over a year, but I learned so much! My pinning time decreased greatly (from 2-3 hours per week to 15-20 minutes per week). Plus my repins have been steadily going up! If you have Tailwind, this course is a MUST-HAVE!
Every blog needs great images. However, what if you’re not a good photographer? Here are some of my favourite places to get images for my blog.
STENCIL – $9/month (PRO version)
Long ago (when I first started blogging) I used Microsoft Paint to make my blog graphics (what can I say, I was naive). Then I started using PicMonkey which improved my graphics tremendously! However, Stencil has revolutionized how I create social media images. Between its inhouse library of 860,000 creative commons images, its social media templates, and drag & drop editor, I can make images for all of my social media sites in less than 20 minutes! This online photo editing program is POWERFUL. I’ve tried many other online editors but Stencil, by far, is my favourite!