Welcome to our blogging resources page! You can come here to find just about everything that you may need to start and manage a blog. At times, I will add new blogging resources to help make your blogging life better.
One of the main blogging resources that I recommend for blogging beginners is The Art Of Blogging Course. The Art of Blogging Course does not simply get you online, we help you learn how to stay online. We teach you how to start a successful blog!
Recommended Blogging Platform
WordPress – The WordPress platform is the best blogging platform. You can launch your blog quickly and easily. Then, you can start adding new pictures, pages, and posts. Numerous hosting companies have the WordPress PLATFORM.
Read: What is WordPress?
WordPress.com – WordPress.com is my first recommendation for brand new bloggers. They are slightly more expensive than other hosting companies, but the potential exposure provided by the WordPress community makes it worth the few extra bucks. Plus, you can even start for free.
StudioPress – StudioPress is a streamlined version of the WordPress platform because it uses the Genesis framework. The Genesis framework comes with less built-in features. Therefore, your page will load faster. In addition, they offer a variety of premium themes. Therefore, if you want to set your blog apart for search engines and have an even more professional look, start your blog with StudioPress.
HostGator – This is a hosting company that also provides the WordPress platform. They are a popular platform that many bloggers enjoy using. You will have a variety of free themes to choose from.
Read: What is a Host?
JetPack – This all-in-one plugin actually comes pre-installed on your WordPress.com account. However, if you already started a WordPress blog elsewhere, you can still purchase this cool plugin. It will save you from having to find and install multiple plugins that a blog will need.
Woocommerce – Woocommerce is a great plugin for online stores. So if you have tangible products to sell or digital, this is very popular eCommerce plugin in the online blog industry. In addition, there are many additional plugins that can be used along with Woocommerce. For example, PayPal, MailChimp, and invoicing plugins can work alongside Woocommerce. I have used this plugin many times for both physical and digital products.
StudioPressThemes – StudioPress is also a managed WordPress hosting company. However, they offer themes that are lightweight and search engine friendly. Plus they are known for having some of the most popular mobile-responsive themes for WordPress.
Shutterstock – This company provides a database of images. They are a paid membership company, however, single images can also be purchased. If you need a unique image for the homepage of your blog or a project you are working on, this is a great place to find pictures.
Pixabay – This is a free image database. All things considered, its a great place to get blog images. However, as a free source, numerous people can use the same images over and over again. So, if you are creating a product package or cover, a paid image source is a better option.
Graphic Design Tools
Design Wizard– Design Wizard is simple to use graphic design software that allows you to personalize an image in seconds. It also features excellent integrations with Hubspot, Marketo, Buffer and Intercom
GetStencil – This is a very cool graphic design tool. And it integrates with a social media management platform.
Canva – Canva is a low-cost graphic design site. After selecting an image, you can easily add texts and other overlays to the image for free.
Email Marketing Companies
AWeber – This company is one of my top picks for email marketing. They have free webinars, an eBook, and training.
GetResponse – You can also start an email marketing campaign using GetResponse.
MailChimp – This is a great place to start your email marketing for free. They have everything that the other paid companies offer, however, I do not find their dashboard very user-friendly. If you need help with something on their site, just use a search engine to direct you to what you need on their site.
Tools for Getting Organized
How to Manage a Blog eWorkbook – This is a starter blog management guide for first time blogger. If you are enrolled in The Art of Blogging Course, you are given a free printer-friendly version of the book.
Social Media Management Tools
GetStencil – GetStencil is primarily a graphic design tool. However, the great thing is that it integrates with buffer. They have a Hobbyist, a Pro, and an Unlimited plan.
Buffer – Buffer is a social media management tool. They offer a paid plan for 3 or more social accounts. Then, you can schedule up to 100 posts per social account.
Fiverr – This company is a low-cost freelance service. Therefore, you can outsource some of your work. They provide a wide array of things that can help a new blogger. In fact, you can hire a writer and get a logo designed.
This is the end of our blogging resources guide.