Do you plan to create a blog in 2018? I recently shared my messy blogging journey in a FREE ebook, which you can read more about here, and I wanted a place to share some of my favorite blogging resources.
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By the way, we recently created a private Facebook group specifically for RV bloggers who are looking to connect, ask questions, collaborate, share content, and overall support one another! You can join Bloggers on the Road here!
Favorite Blogging Resources
There’s a lot that goes into blogging, and I plan to share more info in the future, but for now here are a few of my favorite blogging resources.
Where to Purchase a Domain Name
NameCheap – I ‘ve now used them a few times and love that they include FREE privacy!
GoDaddy – We’ve use GoDaddy for nearly all of our domains
BlueHost – this is the easiest if you buy it with your hosting package
Where to Purchase a Hosting Package
BlueHost – this is who I recommend if you’re just starting out and want something SUPER affordable. You can read my guide to setting up your blog in less than 10 minutes HERE.
WPEngine (Save 20% with this link) – If you can afford to pay a little more, I highly recommend WPEngine, we LOVE them! When I was first starting out I used HostGator but honestly didn’t have the best experience with them. I later switched to RFE but didn’t like that they didn’t have 24/7 support. I then switched to BlueHost which worked well until my site grew and I wanted a managed VPS server. I then switched to WiredTree, which I LOVED, but they were later bought out by Liquid Web and I didn’t have the best experience with them and was going to have to spend a lot more money to get what I needed. That’s when I switched to WPEngine, and while it’s pricey (we have the business plan), it has been well worth it! After 4 years of blogging, and trying out different hosting companies, they are my absolute favorite!
Where to Purchase Premium Blog Themes
MailChimp – Perfect if you’re just starting out
ConvertKit – a bit more expensive but they have some great plans and features
Social Media Marketing
Social Warfare– They have a free and pro option but this is a social media plugin to help increase your post/page shares and it’s awesome!
SmarterQueue – If you’re looking for a smarter way to schedule your social media, this is a great option and much more affordable than MeetEdgar.
Tailwind – Another awesome Pinterest Resource, they recently added an Instagram option too!
IFTT – Definitely worth checking out for some free social media scheduling and other helpful applets!
CoSchedule – Calendar you can add to your blog to help you stay organized!
Asana – Another awesome resource for getting your blog and business schedule organized!
Additional Blog Goodies
Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom (I have the Creative Cloud)
Free Stock Photo Resources:
Blogging Books, Blogs, and Training
Amy Porterfield – I feel like I can listen to Amy’s inspiring podcasts all day (and sometimes I do!). She is an AMAZING resource for anyone wanting to create a life doing what they love. She has this way of making me feel calm, in control, and less stressed about my crazy, never ending, to-do list.
Melyssa Griffin – Awesome resource for all things blogging and social media – she also has TONS of free worksheets to help get you organized and on track!
ProBlogger – Darren has been blogging for YEARS and has tons of experience! He is one of my favorite blogging mentors and we listen to his podcast every week! If you’re serious about blogging you should absolutely check out his site, follow him on social media, and listen to his podcast. Just sayin’ 🙂
Elite Blog Academy – Let me just say that Ruth teaches some awesome courses and I find all of her emails to be so inspiring! Her EBA course is only open once a year though, so it won’t be open until 2017. Even so you should visit her blog for amazing content and blogging resources.
Fizzle – They have a podcast filled with helpful tips for entrepreneurs, and you can also sign up to get access to their online training videos. I personally love their honesty, humor, Star Wars jokes and impersonations, and I was originally convinced that Chase was actually Giovanni Ribisi, because he sounds just like him! By the way if you sign up from this link you can get a free 5 week trial of their online videos!
Building a Framework – This is THE guide to starting a blog! Not only that but Abby offers multiple package options, including videos and access to her exclusive Facebook group for bloggers. This is an awesome resource because you’ll immediately be able to connect with other bloggers from all different stages, and get some really great tips too! Did I mention she starting making 6 figures in just 2 years?!
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – Tasha has made it her mission to figure out the best way to make an income using affiliate links, and it doesn’t matter how big or small your blog is either. She has an amazing Facebook group as well and shares all of the insider tricks for making affiliate links work for you authentically.
If you’re an RV’er we highly recommend joining the RV Entrepreneur’s FB group and listening to their Podcast! We also created a FB group specifically for RV bloggers (Bloggers on the Road) who are looking to connect, ask questions, collaborate, share content, and overall support one another!
Don’t forget to download my FREE eBook and Blogging Worksheets!