Resources


Here's a list of useful resources I recommend for bloggers. It will be updated every time I come across a new site, product or service I think may be helpful. (Some affiliate links have been used.)

Web Hosting
Bluehost is one of the most affordable web hosting options on the market, but also one of the best. Plans start at just £3.26 ($3.95 or 3.58) per month and include a free domain for one year, 24/7 support, one-click Wordpress installation, step-by-step set up instructions, a fast loading time and good security features including a free SSL certificate. They also offer a 30-day money back guarantee.

Web Design
Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted digital design content from creatives around the world. You can buy photos, web themes, graphics, templates, fonts and more and there's no subscription fee. They also give away six free goods every week.

Stock Photos
Unsplash is a good resource for beautiful free stock photos.

Make Money Blogging
Turn Your Dreams Into Money is the ultimate blogging course for beginners and seasoned bloggers alike. It'll teach you everything from how to set up your blog, to how to stand out on social media, to how to make a full-time income blogging. It's the most comprehensive course I've taken.

Pinterest Coaching
Pinterest with Ell is a really affordable e-course teaching you exactly how to grow your blog using Pinterest with step-by-step instructions and no jargon. It's the course that exploded my monthly blog traffic - click here to read my review for more info.

Pin Creation
Canva is where I make all my Pinterest graphics (pins). You can also use Canva to create social media posts, newsletters, media kits, banners, logos and more.

Pin Scheduling Service
Tailwind is a social media scheduling tool that lets you organise your pins and schedule them to be posted at a later time. You can also join boards ('tribes') where other people will share your content. The first month is free and it's easy to cancel your subscription at any time.

Tweet Scheduling Service
Buffer is a platform which allows you to schedule your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook posts. You can schedule up to ten tweets using the free plan.

Email Marketing
Mailchimp is an easy to use email marketing service you can use to build an email list and send newsletters, updates and campaigns to your subscribers.

Spelling and Grammar Checker
Grammarly is a free browser extension which proofreads your work for any spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. Sometimes it can be easy to miss your own typos so this tool is a godsend for busy bloggers.

Analytics
Google Analytics is the best way to track your blog traffic and stats such as page views, audience demographics, bounce rate, session duration and much more.

DA Score
Moz is the place to check your DA (domain authority) score.

Affiliate Marketing
ShareASale is an affiliate marketing network where you can apply to be an affiliate for lots of different brands, so whatever your blog niche you should find something suitable for you. 

Books
My Blogging Secrets by Amber McNaught is my favourite book about blogging, written by a professional full-time blogger. Click here to read my review. 

Receive Donations
Ko-Fi is a 'virtual tip jar' for creators. It allows people who enjoy your work to support you by donating a small amount, roughly the price of a coffee.

Free Printables
I've created some free printables to make your blogging life easier, including a checklist ebook, blog post planners and an upload schedule. You can view and download them here.