Below a curated list of tools and recommendations, I use on my blog.
A resource page is a good place to start if you are looking at the basics of what you need when you start blogging.
I use WordPress.org for my Kiwicado blog. For me, it’s the only way to go. Other platforms are restricted and or have some risks when using them.
Please note when you sign up with a hosting company like Bluehost you will be prompted to set up WordPress via the Bluehost dashboard. That means you don’t have to take the extra step by going to WordPress.org.
Read more about why I prefer WordPress.org here: Start A Blog
Bluehost: My favorite hosting company is Bluehost. Their entire setup from creating an account to connecting to WordPress.org is extremely easy and very clear to follow. Their customer service is always very helpful and goes beyond to make sure your issue or problem is solved.
Convertkit: Is a great email marketing platform and is primarily used by bloggers. As a blogger having an email list is essential. Convertkit has a great set of features like autoresponder, form building, and subscriber management. Their dashboard is easy to use and their customer service is superb.
Tailwind: This is a must-have blogging software if your sharing pins on Pinterest. Tailwind lets you schedule your Pinterest pins and shows you analytics on what pins are working and what is not. It’s a huge timesaver.
Fiverr: Is a marketplace for freelance services. It connects the customer with freelancers that offer services in a variety of categories. As a blogger, you can find help with content writing or setting up your site for example. It takes a little to research to find your right match, but it’s a good place to start.
Depositphotos: Has a library of 170 million files of stock photography. Offering high-quality, Royalty-free stock images, high-definition footage, and thematic collections for all your creative projects.
My Favorite Courses For Everything Blogging
Create & Go
The Create & Go Courses taught me so much when I was new to blogging. With the course Launch Your Blog Biz you will really learn how to get started as a newbie blogger.
And when you are ready to take your blog up a notch and tackle social media, the Six-Figure Blogger and Pinterest Traffic Avalanche are the way to go.
By taking these courses I really felt I started blogging the right way from the get-go.
And if you really want to get to dive into all of Crate & Go courses the Pro Blogger Bundle is the way to go.
Create & Go Courses
Launch Your Blog Biz
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche
Pro Blogger Bundle
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing
Making Sense Of Sponsored Posts
Affiliate Marketing Networks & Programs
Yes, it’s very tempting to apply to affiliate networks and programs when you first start your blog. But I recommend working on your blog first. Many affiliate networks and programs look at the overall blog package.
Do you have a nice looking website? Do you have a business-related email? But mostly do you have enough quality content on your blog to attract readers?
Not saying it is impossible to add affiliate networks or programs to your blog at the beginning. It just might be harder to get approved without having enough content.
Here are some well-known affiliate networks.
- CJ Affiliate
- Rakuten Advertising