My Blogging Must-Haves
Here are the platforms, plugins, and people I use to keep my blog running:
There are a few popular platforms for building websites, and some may seem simpler to use. But WordPress has by far the best functionality and most options.
They’re designed specifically for bloggers and other content creators (not big business), and I love that. They handle my email list and weekly newsletters, and I’ve found it’s much easier than previous email services I’ve used.
I switched to this managed host, recommended by many of my blogger friends, after having speed issues with my previous one. The switch couldn’t have been easier, and I’ve been very happy with them.
This is the ad network I use, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how responsive they are, how easy it is to control the type of ads allowed on your site, and how truly profitable it’s been.
I create my Pins and graphics here. It’s easy to use, has a free option (I use the paid version), and makes it simple to create social media graphics, ebooks, and more.
Baffled by SEO? It’s the key to boosting your traffic, but I know it can be confusing! This is the first course I’ve taken that actually made sense to me and allowed me to make real, effective changes right away.
This plugin in a must-have. SEO is everything when it comes to websites, and the Yoast plugin makes it easy to dramatically improve your SEO.
Written by the creator of the wildly popular food blog Pinch of Yum, this e-book is what I used when I was first learning to take food photos. It’s affordable, easy to follow, and great for beginners who don’t understand their camera settings.
Rita specializes in sales funnels and Facebook ads, but I credit her for helping me take my blog to the next level when I was ready to quit.
Grow a more engaged, involved tribe who LOVES following you! I share what has worked for me so YOU can build your own loyal following too.
Stand apart in a sea of content creators! Take your writing to the next level with simple steps to instantly upgrade your blog posts, emails, and social posts, better connect with your readers, and make you SHINE.
Disclosure: Some of these are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if you make a purchase. I only recommend and include the resources that I personally use.