Best Recommendations To Grow Your Blog

 

On this page, I have included a list (by genre) of some great resources which will help you to grow your blog.

These include useful products, services, software and recommended courses. The below recommendations include products/ services that I have either used or experienced.

This resources page is intended to help you to grow your blog and to save you time & money!

 

Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission from any purchases made. Listed are products that I highly recommend, and which would provide a great value for you.

 


WEBSITE DESIGN

BLOGGING RESOURCES

SOCIAL MEDIA

EMAIL MARKETING

FREELANCE TOOLS

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Resources to help grow your blog

 

WEBSITE DESIGN

 

 

123-reg.co.uk – Offer a range of website services including Domain Name registration & transfer, and Website Hosting. I have been using 123-reg.co.uk for the past 3 years for my website hosting, (I  currently host 5 websites with them!). They support ‘.co.uk’ domain names, as well as ‘.com’.

I have found them to be reliable, supportive and they offer great deals for using their services!

123-reg web offer hosting from only £2.49 a month! Click here for further information!

cheap website hosting domain service bluehost

 

 

 

Bluehost Similar to 123-reg, Bluehost offer a range of website services; domains and hosting.

I originally started with Bluehost, which was great. I eventually transferred to 123-reg, as I am based in the UK and needed to host ‘.co.uk’ domain names, as Bluehost is an American company, this was not something they could offer. However, I would highly recommend Bluehost if you are looking for a ‘.com’ website hosting service, as they are professional and supportive.

With hosting as cheap as $3.95/ month and a free domain name Click here to see great offers by Bluehost!

 

 

 

Elegant Themes-  I highly recommend Elegant Themes as a platform to source professional, stylish themes for a website with WordPress. Elegant themes offer a yearly membership for $89, or a lifetime membership for $249, which includes access to all themes in the library, updates & plugins!

I originally bought the yearly membership, but when it came to my renewal I bought the lifetime access, (if I had done this, to begin with, I would have saved myself some money). You can also download the new and brilliant DIVI theme,  which is an amazing versatile theme, allowing you to create a truly unique website, (and its loads fun to create!)

Click here for further information on Elegant Themes

 

 

creativemarket.com – A collection of creative design elements which are unique and help your blog or website business stand out. Some are free and some are paid, worth checking out if you are looking for a unique font!

 

placeit.net – Feature a variety of free and paid background mockups. These are amazing useful web tools to provide a canvas for you to showcase an image of your responsive websites; including desktop, mobile, tablets and more!

BLOGGING RESOURCES

 

123-reg.co.uk – Offer a range of website services including Domain Name registration & transfer, and Website Hosting. I have been using 123-reg.co.uk for the past 3 years for my website hosting, (I  currently host 5 websites with them!). They support ‘.co.uk’ domain names, as well as ‘.com’.

I have found them to be reliable, supportive and they offer great deals for using their services!

123-reg web offer hosting from only £2.49 a month! Click here for further information!

cheap website hosting domain service bluehost

 

Bluehost Similar to 123-reg, Bluehost offer a range of website services; domains and hosting.

I originally started with Bluehost, which was great. I eventually transferred to 123-reg, as I am based in the UK and needed to host ‘.co.uk’ domain names, as Bluehost is an American company, this was not something they could offer. However, I would highly recommend Bluehost if you are looking for a ‘.com’ website hosting service, as they are professional and supportive.

With hosting as cheap as $3.95/ month and a free domain name Click here to see great offers by Bluehost!

 

 

 

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing– I cannot recommend this online course enough for bloggers or website owners, who want to learn how to make money from blogging!

Michelle, the course tutor,  earns over $160,000 per month alone, from using the techniques taught in this course! I found this course to be highly descriptive, I enjoyed having no time pressure and being able to study at my own leisure, you also receive access to the dedicated Facebook group, to meet with fellow students!

Click here for information on this brilliant course!

 

 

 

Freestock Images I use the below websites to source high quality images for my online projects as they are FREE and mostly don’t require the use of referencing;

https://pixabay.com/

https://unsplash.com/

 

 

Zoom – This is a fabulous platform similar to Skype but much more professional. Zoom offers both free and paid options, ( I am currently satisfied with the features from the free package). The Zoom platform supports online meetings and webinars.

 

 

pdfescape – An online PDF editor and form filler, a free alternative to adobe acrobat. This is a very useful website for bloggers creating freebies/ products… especially checklists!

 

 

Leadpages – #1 Landing Page Builder. A very creative, drag & drop, user friendly platform, which creates stylish landing pages for websites & blogs. Leadpages is brilliant for creating a designated landing page for an email opt-in lead magnet, or to market a product.

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

 

 

BoardBooster– This is a great platform to help manage Pinterest. BoardBooster includes many features for scheduling pins, cleaning up boards and optimising Pinterest strategies. Although BoardBooster is a paid platform, it does offer free pins for a trial.

 

Buffer – Is a very useful app for planning and scheduling social media posts. Currently, Buffer supports; Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest. With free and paid options, it is certainly worth a go to make your digital social life smoother!

 

 

 

EMAIL MARKETING

 

MailChimp– Is an email service provider, which includes the ability to create email automation services and set lists for subscribers. Mailchimp offer a free package for up to a certain number of subscribers, therefore making them a brilliant starter platform, to begin gathering and building your email list.

 

 

ConvertKit

ConvertKit – I have absolutley fell in love with ConvertKit, as an email marketing provider for professional bloggers. I have found ConvertKit to be a company that generally wants to help you grow and succeed. They offer a fabulous range of training, not only to use their platform, but to help you use it to succeed and win!

The platform itself is very user friendly. With Converkit, you can create different broadcast emails, email automations, divide subscribers into different groups and access reports. Truly worth looking into if you are serious about growing your email list.

Check out ConvertKit, and build your email list now!

 

 

 

FREELANCE TOOLS

 

 

caitlinpyle.com – Offers a free 7 day e-course, to share how to build a freelance business and make money online as a Proofreader.

 

doubleyourfreelancing.com – This is a great online resource, offering lots of useful information for freelances to develop and grow.

 

horkeyhandbook.com– Gina shares how she built her successful freelance business offering VA services, and how you can too.

 

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN

 

Canva– Canva is absolutely brilliant as an online free tool to create high quality images. Different templates are available including; social media, blog post, Pinterest graphic, business cards, logo, ebook cover, leaflets etc.

Canva includes easy to use features and the ability to upload your own imagery into your designs. I highly recommend Canva!

 

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