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I've now been blogging for around 4 & a half years and have come to learn which tools and products I like using and which ones I would recommend. Below are some of my favourite resources from tools and services to books and products which I use for my blog and would highly recommend using. I often get emails and questions on a daily basis asking what I edit my photos on or how I started a blog so I thought it would be useful to have all the answers in one place. 

I shall continue to add to the list as and when we find a new useful resource.

H O S T I N G 

Bluehost have some of the lowest prices ($3.95 per month) for website hosting and you can easily have your self-hosted blog up and running in less than 10 minutes! BlueHost is an official "WordPress" recommended web hosting provider. This service also comes with a free domain name which is a great place for beginners to start.



D O M A I N  N A M E 

No matter where you decide to host your site, before you do anything you need to purchase a domain name. Don't bother with a blogspot.co.uk or wordpress.com if you want to take blogging seriously and want to look professional. You can can domain names for pretty cheap and my preferred domain sites are GoDaddy and 123 reg which you can purchase for as little as £2.99. I have many websites and always use one of these two.

T O O L S

PicMonkey is a must have resource for any blogger especially if you don't have photoshop! This photo editing app is great for beginners or if you need to do some quick editing or create a pin-able image. A bonus to using PicMonkey is the fact that you can upload your own fonts! PicMonkey offer a free or paid version for just a couple of pound a month of $33 a year! Depending on your needs and I would highly recommend investing in the paid version for additional features, more fonts and add ons! Sign up for PicMonkey here.

Boardbooster 

I pin on average around 100 pins a day and cannot tell you have much this has changed my way of using Pinterest! I have seen a huge growth in my stats since doing this and it only takes me around
15 minutes each week to do! Yes just 15 minutes! I use BoardBooster to do this and set up my pins each week which will then be re-pined every single day. My page views have doubled since scheduling my pins. Its really time-saving and effective. You can read more about how I use it here.

DaFont to download plenty of pretty fonts for those pinnable images you'll be creating which you can then upload to PicMonkey too.

Co-schedule for Wordpress users is an amazing tool for not only scheduling your blog posts but also scheduling your posts to social media to save you a ton of time! This will literally change your way of planning and you can schedule for weeks or months in advance. They currently have a free 14 day trial so go and try it and I guarantee you'll love it! 

Canva is another photo editing program for designing which is very useful for creating images for your blog. It's FREE and has pre-made layouts for creating Facebook headers to the correct sizing. The easy to use templates allow you to create high quality images for your blog and social media sites. Personally I prefer PicMonkey though. 

Buffer is a fabulous tool and by far the easiest for sharing all of your content via social media. It's also available to download on your phone which is great for scheduling whilst on the go. Buffer is great for sharing new content as well as browsing back over previously shared content to re-share without having to type it all out again. Give the free version a go and I promise you, you'll want to upgrade for just $10 a month!

MailChimp is a great email marketing tool for sending out your blog's newsletters or even email courses. It's an easy way to build relationships with your readers and create, send and keep track of your email newsletters online

P H O T O G R A P H Y 

If you're wanting to improve your photography or are looking for a DSLR camera I would highly recommend investing in a Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Camera for taking high quality blog images.


Wanting to improve your photography skills? This Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens is widely popular when looking to upgrade from the camera kit lens. I also recently purchased the Canon EF-S 24 mm f/2.8 STM Lens which is my go-to lens now.

The Joby GorillaPod is a great accessory for bloggers and vloggers and can be used with a SLR camera or smartphone.

D E S I G N 

Pipdig - Looking to buy a pre-made Blogger or WordPress layout? Pipdig have a fantastic selection of blogger and WordPress templates which are custom made and incredibly easy to install. All templates come with free installation and you can even tweak the templates to suit your blog.

I like using Moo.com for our business cards and other printing services. They're surprisingly affordable and you even have the option to upload your photos from Instagram and Facebook!

B O O K S  &  P L A N N E R S

I've bought and read many blogging books and planners over the years and these are my absolute favourites I wanted to share with you:




Your guide to defining your purpose, creating clarity, and building a year of killer content







For The Lifestyle Blogger Who Has Nothing to Write About. This book is packed full of ideas for plenty of blog posts throughout the year. 





If you're looking for an editorial calendar or don't have access to CoSchedule then this epic blog planner is for you! This is much more than just a planner its a workbook and a fantastic tool that every blogger should have. 




This e-book is the perfect guide to blog design for all bloggers whether you're new or just wanting to up your game and make a brand for yourself. It will walk you through step by step how to create the perfect blog design and discuss what's important to have on your blog and what to get rid of. The e-book is both applicable for Blogger and WordPress users. 





The Bloggers Planner is the perfect agenda for every blogger. Use it to organise both your day and blog content. Available in A6, A5 and A4 these planners are really useful and you can even choose your cover text! 







E - B O O K S  &  C O U R S E S 

Here is a list of e-books/courses I would totally buy again!

How I made $40k My First Year of Blogging

How I Made $40k My First Year of Blogging is by Chelsea Lords from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. In her first year of blogging, Chelsea made $40k!!! She spells out exactly how she did it in this eBook. I highly recommend reading this book if you want to learn how to turn your blog into a successful, money-making website from the start.



Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a course that teaches new bloggers how to make money blogging using affiliate marketing. I make money every month from affiliate marketing — it’s my favourite way to make money online. In this course, you’ll learn how to implement a strategy to grow your blog income exponentially.


The Nectar Collective - Pinfinate growth $247 I enrolled in this course earlier this month when I started to up my Pinterest game and take it seriously. I started to use it correctly to drive traffic to my blog but I wanted to find out how to actually build an audience on Pinterest which I didn't have at the time. Although I was already doing the majority of the tips Melyssa shares in this course, I still found it really interesting and worthwhile. If you are a Pinterest newbie or looking to grow your following and drive traffic to your blog then you will find this course beneficial!



The Nectar Collective - Brand Boss $147 Again, this is another fantastic course by Melyssa at The Nectar Collective which I purchased this month after deciding to re-brand. I was already in the process of re-branding but wasn't really sure where I was going with it. Melyssa has taught my why I should focus on a niche and to increase my readership.


Femtrepreneur -Your First $1k 

These are all tools, products and services which I use on a regular basis and highly recommend. If you have any questions about any of them please feel free to get in touch!

* This list may include affiliate links

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