10 ultimate blogging Resources

Blogging takes a lot of work and time. If you are not careful, you can spend lots of money and lots of time on blogging resources and tools.

Today, I want to share with you the 10 blogging resources I use on a daily basis.

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My budget

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.

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10 ultimate blogging Resources

1. Creative Market

Creative Market was the first resource I found. In my I research for free pictures this website came up. I then checked it out, not only did it have pictures,  but graphics, blog themes, fonts and so much more.

Creative Market was having a special 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.

2. Pinterest

One of my favourite blogging resources is 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 doing searches on Pinterest and reading lots and lots of blogs.

Not only do I love Pinterest as a reader, but I also 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.

3. Boardbooster

This post has been updated. Since I wrote this post, a board booster is no longer an option.

They were not a certified partner with Pinterest and had to stop their business. I hope that they find a way to work with Pinterest because I loved the features they had.

4. Tailwind

I found tailwind before the board booster. 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.

What I love about Tailwind are the tribes and the recommended pins. Once you pin a pin on Tailwind, it will give you a list of other pins you might like as well.

Click here to try it out now.

5. Canva

Canva is a program that helps you create pictures, print out, pins and so much more.

I am not a trained graphic designer and I don’t have time to learn Photoshop or any of the other programs. When I started looking at what I needed I knew that I needed something free and something simple to use.

I found Canva early on in my blogging and I love it. Canva is something 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 canvas. It is free and easy to use.

6. Mailerlite

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.

7. Facebook

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.

8. Free pictures

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.

9. Follow other Bloggers

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:

10. Best blogging tool: Use Old technology

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.

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67 responses to “10 ultimate blogging Resources”

  1. Sharon Avatar

    Looove tailwind so I completely agree with that one. I use PicMonkey now but everyone else seems to love Canva more. I really should check it out.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I have never used picmonkey, so I’m not sure what the differences are, but LOVE canva

  2. Joanna Clute Avatar

    I use so many of these you have listed here. Tailwind was a saving grace when I found it.

  3. Amber Avatar

    I want to hear more about how youre making printables wirh Canva! Its something i have been trying to do. Next post? Haha

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Great idea!! I’ll write one up for you!

  4. Naomi Destiny Avatar

    My favorites are Canva, TailWind, Facebook and Pinterest. I will check out Creative Market…thanks for sharing your helpful tools.

  5. Ana S Avatar

    Love these resources and I highly recommend them to new bloggers as well!
    Mailerlite was a God-sent when I came across it and they are adding new features all the time. Tailwind is the ultimate time saver and Creative Market is like the best thing ever invented!

    Thank you for sharing!
    Ana – Blogger at http://www.TheSheApproach.com and big supporter of women who are building an empire online through blogging!

  6. Jess Avatar

    What a great list! I love tailwind, but need to get wayyy better at using Facebook!

  7. Sam @ The Haunted Housewife Avatar

    I recently discovered Creative Market, I have no idea how I missed it before but I loooove it. I use everything else, besides Tailwind!

  8. Gayle | EverSimple Mom Avatar

    Great resources listed here. I’ve never heard of Creative Market so I will be checking that one out. Thank you.

  9. Kristine Avatar

    Great tips! I use most of these tools so I’m glad I’m on the right track!

  10. Mei N Avatar
    Mei N

    I like old schools too. I’m already using some of these resources too, but then again I still love going back to the basics sometimes. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Because I have kids, I sometimes have to use my notebook to plan out posts and then I rewrite them in google docs. It’s takes more time but it gets the juices flowing

  11. Alison Avatar

    Super useful collection of resources! I’ve never looked at Creative Market. I’ll have to check it out.

  12. Michelle Avatar

    Great information and ideas, I really need to try Canva

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Yes you do!! It saves me hours of work and I can have images ready for my blog in minutes

  13. LiveLovely Avatar

    This is great. I’m saving these to go back to later. I haven’t heard of a couple of them. Thank you 🙂

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      These are my top picks. I know that there are lots of resources out there, but like I said, I have very little money to spend and not much time. So that’s why I picked this list

  14. Kate Avatar

    This is a great list for a beginning blogger! It was months after I started blogging that I learned about Creative Market, and it’s such a treasure trove! I also use many of these tools. Canva is another one my favorites because of the simple user interface.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I’m glad I found those 2 at the start! Such time savers

  15. Emily Anne Avatar
    Emily Anne

    This is a fanatic list of resources and some of them I hadn’t heard of! I can’t wait to try them out! Tailwind, Pinterest and Canva are life savers!! Thank you for making this post, it’s super helpful!

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      If you love tailwind, Juno into boardbooster next! I waited to do it and am sorry I did. It’s a great way to set settings and then walk away. During the summer, I could not use my computer but due to by boardbooster setting I was still getting traffic from Pinterest

  16. Bronx Avatar

    I’ve heard so many great things about Tailwind and Mailiter. I use Mailchimp at the moment and don’t know how to work with it :p But creative markted really caught my attention (from line one 😉 ) I’ll have to check that one out! x

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I started with mailchimp as well and could not figure it out!! Then I found mailerlite and loved it from the get go. It’s easy to use and has so many functions. Like I said, it’s free up to 1000 subscribers so perfect if you have a small list

  17. Herlina Kwee Avatar
    Herlina Kwee

    Yes, I’m using most of these myself. I am also setting up G+ at the moment. I haven’t quite figured it out, but I have been using it to share articles I am reading in addition to pinning them to Pinterest. Thanks for the write-up.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I started using G++ but found that all my efforts were not getting much return. I hope you have better luck then I did

  18. Trisha Avatar

    Such a great list! Pinterest, Canva, and Tailwind are my three favorites that you have listed. Obviously they all kind of go together, but I think that’s why ultimately I have found them all so useful!

  19. Tamara Goyette Avatar
    Tamara Goyette

    I need someone to take me through Tailwind I just cannot figure it out.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I wish I had a post to help, working on one. Just search how to us tailwind . Also, I think tailwind has a guide so it tells you step by step what to do

  20. Sara Avatar

    I use Tailwind and Canva a ton. They make life so much easier! I definitely need to check out Boardbooster! Thanks for sharing ?

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