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This resource list is excellent for Blogger who is just starting out. This list has the essential tools most Bloggers use and services I use myself. I have also provided other great alternative options. You will find all the useful tools you will need to create and keep up with your blog.
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- SiteGround: I use SiteGround as my preferred web hosting and domain. SiteGround has excellent customer service, and everything needed to run your blog or website.
Essential plug-ins to install:
If using wordpress.org for your blog, these are few of my recommended plugins. You can select whatever plugins on this list that will fit your need.
- Yoast SEO (an incredible SEO plugin)
- W3 Total Cache(speeds up your website)
- Wordfence Security(a security plugin that is a MUST)
- Updraft Plus Backup(a plugin to backup your blog – you should back up your blog every few weeks)
- Contact Form 7(contact form)
- Beaver Builder Plugin (the best page builder ever. This is an essential tool)
- Beautiful dawn designs themes
- Wanderlust WordPress Theme
- Charlotte – A Personal Blog & Shop
- Victoria – Blog & eCommerce Theme
- Isabelle – Blog & eCommerce Theme
- Rachel WordPress Theme
- Cell – Clean Blog WordPress Theme
- TUULIKKI Nordic Blog & Shop Theme
- Grammarly: I use the paid version for both school and blogging. Grammarly also has a free version which is great for casual usage. Grammarly is my absolute go-to tool for writing.
- Hemingwayapp: Hemingway is an alternative tool to Grammarly. In my opinion, Grammarly is much better than Hemingway, but I do want to give you guys options.
- Keywordtool.io: This is a great keyword tool, and it’s free.
Email Marketing tools
- Mailerlite: Mailerlite is the email marketing service I use, and I love it. It is easy to use, packed with lots of features, and free for up to 1,000 subscribers. It’s my favorite email marketing service by far.
- MailChimp: Is another excellent alternative to Mailerlite.
- Adobe Photoshop: I have been using Photoshop for years, and it’s my favourite desktop tool for graphics and photos.
- Creative Market: A marketplace where you can buy social media templates, fonts, and other graphic design templates. By sign up for their email list, you can get six free freebies emailed directly to you every Monday!
- Canva: Free software that is easy and quick to use. I use to make most of my blog and social media graphics.
- PicMonkey: Another online graphic design software.
- DaFont: DaFont has a variety of fonts that you can use for your blog.
- Bitly (URL Shortener): Bitly is a URL shortener tool. Used to convert long links into short links for easy online sharing. You can get analytics for each link you create to measure clicks.
- Optimizilla: This site will help you optimize your images to keep your site running smoothly.
- Oh Tilly
- Creative Convex
- Start Up Stock
- Skitter Photo
- Haute Chocolate
- Ashley Ella Design
- Buffer: To schedule your posts on Twitter and Facebook.
- HootSuite: Is another program to schedule your posts on Twitter and Facebook.
- Facetune: To edit your photos quick and easy.
- VSCO: To add unique filters to your photos.
- Linktree: To add Multiply links in your Instagram bio.
- Later: an app that allows you to schedule your posts on Instagram.
- Wetransfer: Wetransfer is the easiest way to send large files up to 2GB for free.
- GSuites (Gmail, GoogleDocs, Google Drive, Google Calendar)
- DropBox: This is one of my top tools for blogging and school. You can connect your computer and phone. DropBox is great because you can upload files and retrieve it via phone or computer. The best part is it gives you a considerable amount of online storage to hold all your files.
- Fiverr: Need a little help while working on other tasks? You can get help on everything (I mean EVERYTHING) done for just $5
- Paypal: Paypal is a must have tool. Paypal is a payment platform that allows you to receive and make payment.
- SendOwl: If you’re planning to sell an eBook and you’re not tech savvy, SendOwl is an excellent platform for you.
- Teachable: If you’re planning to set-up an eCourse, Teachable is the platform to do it with ease.
- Fiverr: Not only can you use Fiverr as a place to get services, you can also offer services on Fiverr too. Not all services are set to $5. You can actually set your own prices for the services you’ll provide.