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Blogging takes a lot of work and time. If you are not careful, you can spend lots of money and lots of time on resources and tools. I don’t have a huge amount of money to spend on producing and promoting my blog.
For me, blogging is a hobby that I want to one day turn into a business. I don’t have the time to devote to my business right now, but I do have time for is investing in the tools I need to increase my audience and engagement
Here is a list of blog resources I use and love.
Creative Market was the first resource I found. I was doing an internet search for free pictures and this website came up. I checked it out, not only did it have pictures, but graphics, blog themes, fonts and so much more.
I paid for a special monthly bundle that gave me pictures, a blog theme and so much more. The bundle was 90%+++ off the regular prices and a steal of a deal. Not only did I get a huge discount on the bundle, but by becoming a member I get free resources every week.
As a blogger with a small budget, this is one of the first places I go to find fonts, themes, pictures, textures and anything else I might need.
I love Pinterest. Even before I started blogging I used Pinterest on a regular basis to search for inspiration. I still use it for that but also so much more.
Pinterest is where I have found amazing bloggers who know so much more than I do and who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Everything I have learned about blogging has been by Doug searches on Pinterest and reading lots and lots of blogs.
Not only do I love Pinterest as a reader, I love it as a blogger. I get 90% of my traffic from Pinterest. It’s a great tool to use to reach many people that you may not reach using any other social media.
Since I don’t have lots of time to pin, I have invested in 2 tools to help automate that process.
For the longest time, I did not understand how to use boardbooster. I found a tutorial to watch and ever since have fallen in love with this.
Boardbooster has will re-pin my pins or will pin other pins totally automatically without me having to do any work on it.
Over the summer, my computer was broken so I could not blog, but due to the settings I had put in boardbooster, I was still getting some traffic from Pinterest.
It’s a great program to use if you don’t have much time and you just want to set your settings and only pin a few times a week.
Click here to try it out now.
I found tailwind before boardbooster. I found it was much easier to understand and the learning curve was way easier.
Tailwind is a great tool that helps you schedule your pins. It helps you be consistent and can pin to all your boards at once.
Click here to try it out now.
Canva is a program that helps you create pictures, print out, pins and so much more.
I am not a trained graphic designer. I don’t have time to learn photoshop or any of the other programs. I needed something free and something simple to use.
I found canva early on in my blogging and I love it. I use it to create all my images on my blog. I also use it for Facebook images and Instagram.
Lately, I have been using canva to create printables that I will add to the courses I am working on creating
Canva has many templates you can use and change. It has some free pictures and graphics you can use. If you can imagine creating a graphic, it can be made using canva. It is free and easy to use.
Mailerlite is an amazing tool that helps me create emails, opt-in forms, pop-ups and so much more. I can create amazing looking emails and opt-in forms using this tool. The best part is, it’s free to use until you have 1000 emails on your list.
Mailerlite is easy to use and understand. Creating emails is simple and quick. I highly recommend mailerlite for first-time bloggers.
I use Facebook every day for blogging. Facebook has many groups. Any sort of interest you have you can find a group. These groups are a great place to learn more about blogging but also share your blog posts and get leads.
Facebook also has cheap ads that target your direct audience. It’s a great tool to use to learn more but also grow your following.
Facebook is not only a great tool to grow your audience, but also to meet other entrepreneurs and learn from them. Some of the first groups I found on Facebook were so helpful and the people are so willing to share their knowledge, it’s amazing.
Favourite go to bloggers for knowledge:
There are many more, but these are a great place to start.
I try to blog for as cheap as possible. One of the areas I save lots of money on is pictures. We all know how important pictures are in blogging. I don’t have to time to take my own, so I like to use stock pictures and free pictures.
check out my blog post: The Best sites to find pictures for your blog
There are many places online where you can find licensed pictures for free. Before using, make sure you read what your limitations are and use the pictures accordingly.
Bloggers to follow
I have found that the best way to learn about blogging to read blogs about it and follow people who have been doing it longer than I have.
There are many bloggers that have excellent websites and courses that are well worth the investment.
List of bloggers to follow:
Since I have children, it’s not always possible to use the computer or even on my iPad. Kids love technology and every time I use it, I always have 3 kids surrounding me. To keep that to a minimum I use a notebook to write down blog ideas and plan out my month. I also use my calendar to plan when to publish blog posts and Facebook posts.
I learn best through writing so I will usually print out free resources I find and write on them and then keep them in a binder. It’s all totally old school, but I love it.
These are all tools that I use on a regular basis. There are many more, but these are the ones I use every day and the ones I would recommend you start with.
What are your favorite blogging resources?