My Blogging Toolkit

As a writer, blogger, and small-business owner, I use a variety of software programs and tools nearly every day to help my blogging business run smoothly. I guess you could call them my blogging toolkit. I want to help you be more productive and succeed in your efforts so I’m happy to share my favorite blogging tools and resources with you.

If you have questions or are looking for a particular resource, please contact me. I will help you find what you need and we can both benefit from it!

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Swagbucks ~ I do about a zillion searches a day in the course of my work, and I love getting paid for it! Did you know Swagbucks pays you to use their search engine? They reward you with Swagbucks which you can redeem for gift cards. I make around $5.00 a month this way. Not much, but every little bit helps!

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Website Tools

Host For Web ~ I love my website host! The customer service is wonderful and the platform is so easy to use. Plus they are the most reasonably priced host I’ve found.

Neve by ThemeIsle ~ I was recently using the FREE Astra theme, but I found an amazing deal on AppSumo for a Theme package that was irresistable. So now I’m sporting Neve Theme and I LOVE it. You can use Elementor to create pages in any design you want or use their very clean and pleasing standard template. It’s super versatile. I’m still tweaking the graphics and design, but so far it’s a great theme for me.

WPRocket ~ This incredible plugin was an answer to prayer for me. My website speed had gotten so slow that I was losing traffic and my rank in Google searches was dropping like a rock. When I installed this plugin, my site was loading in about 10 seconds. After the thirty minutes it took to install WPRocket and configure the settings, my site was loading in 2 seconds. I cut 80% of my load time with one simple plugin and it was so EASY! This is a must-have tool for every blog or online business.

BluChic Landing Pages ~ I have used other services for landing pages, however, they were expensive and elaborate, with a lot of learning curve. I recently started using BluChic Landing Pages and I find them to be an affordable and amazingly beautiful option! Plus they integrate with my Astra theme perfectly!

Digital Products

Sendowl ~ If you intend to create ebooks or digital download to sell on your website, you need a payment and delivery service to help you facilitate your sales. Sendowl does an amazing job of making online sales easy! And better yet, you can set up your own affiliate program and solicit the help of your fans and followers to help you sell your product, giving you another stream of income.

Teachable ~ I host my courses on Teachable. I love that they allow you to start out with a FREE plan and lay the foundation before you switch to a paid plan. Their interface is easy to use and understand, so even a low-tech person will succeed.

Other blogging tools I can’t live without

Tailwind ~ As a busy blogger, I have to save time wherever I can. Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling tool that allows me to schedule my Pinterest marketing in under an hour a week. And it offers networking opportunities as well. You can’t beat Tailwind’s Tribes feature when it comes to finding quality pins to post on your boards. And having tribe-mates to help you promote your pins is amazing. Collaboration is the best! I use Tailwind to share my pins with my Tribe. I also find other people’s pins to share on my boards so you always see great content coming through my Pinterest feed.

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Tasty Pins ~ I use a software called Tasty Pins to add pins to my blog posts. This awesome add-on allows me to create a specific Pinterest description for my images which will follow the pin image to social media. It also makes attaching pins to your posts super easy! Just click and add the images you want people to pin. When they click on your social share button, the pins you’ve created will pop up. No HTML required! You can also disable pinning on those awkward horizontal post images that you don’t want showing up on Pinterest. And these are just a few of the features. This plugin saves me SOOOO much time and frustration.

AppSumo ~ Whenever I need an app or service, I check at AppSumo first. They offer AMAZING prices and deals. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars by using their service! The trick is to catch the deal while it’s available. Sign up and get email updates so you never miss an amazing deal.

Hike SEO ~ If you want to get noticed in search engines, you need great keywords and SEO on your posts, images, pins, and social media hashtags. This amazing tool helps me find keywords, suggests others, tracks my rank in searches, researches my competitors keywords, and suggests ways I can improve the SEO on my website. It’s an all in one amaze-balls SEO tool!

MailerLite ~ Building a mailing list and staying in touch with your followers is key to building a profitable business. I use MailerLite to help me coordinate my mailings and I’ve been incredibly happy with their service! They are one of the most affordable out there, easy to use, and they have all the great features I need to be successful.

Photoshop ~ As a person who’s worked in graphic design for a long time, I can’t live without Photoshop. It’s a must have. I use it every day to adjust images, create graphics, etc.

AdobeStock ~ If you’re looking for great quality stock photos, you can’t beat AdobeStock’s selection and quality. I have been using their photos for several years and can’t say enough about how impressed I am.

Scrivener ~ I use a writing program called Scrivener to store my ideas, write my posts, develop my opt-ins and products, and just all around keep me organized. I loved using it to write novels, and when I started using it to organize my blogs, I was even more of a fan!

Business Planning and Organization ~ I could not stay organized and on top of my job if I did not have a great system for setting goals, monitoring progress, and keeping track of the details and idea I have for my business. I’m currently using Amazing Marvin to keep track of the day-to-day tasks and larger ongoing projects. This amazing app is like a productivity coach and business manager all in one. You can choose from dozens of amazing features and systems to customize your app to best suit you and how you think. In choosing Marvin, I have been able to combine all my info from Asana, Trello, a written planner, an idea file, and all my scribbled notes on my desk into one app. My brain feels so much clearer now that I have a good system in place.

Marvin has an app for your phone too, so you can add or complete tasks wherever you are. Super convenient!

Courses I Recommend

I didn’t come by my knowledge of blogging, monetizing, and affiliate marketing all by myself. I’ve had some great mentors and fabulous info through courses I’ve taken. Here is a list of the online courses that have helped me tremendously:

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing ~ This online course is packed full of information, with over 50 modules that cover everything you need to know to make money with affiliate marketing on your blog. The creator, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner makes over 100K every month. She knows her stuff…and you can too!

How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours ~ (Now called Paid by Pinterest)This incredibly affordable ebook was the inspiration for an affiliate marketing experiment that I undertook. The result? I made $90 the first week on just one affiliate program with one pin. I highly recommend this book! Worth every penny and then some.

The Pinterest Ebook ~ If you’re looking for advice on how to build your blog traffic, check out the Pinterest Ebook by Adrian of Help for New Bloggers. She has been a Pinterest VA for many years and is a marketing expert! Her ebook is full of information, resources, videos, and so much more to help you get the traffic and exposure you need to make a success of your online business.