Blogging Resources and Tools

I've put together a list of recommended blogging resources that I've personally used (in most cases) or which have come highly recommended by people I trust.

I will add to these lists as I come across new blogging resources that I recommend.

Blog Platforms

My recommendation for blogging platforms is pretty obvious -  For the last 6 years I've used Hostgator for all of my self-hosting needs and its also the blogging platform of choice for most bloggers today.

Blogger - a free hosted option owned by Google and a platform I'm currently using.

Tools for Graphic Design

PicMonkey - Create exclusive effects using touch up tools along with fabulous fonts on all of your graphics.

Adazing - You can create your eBook cover and book title along with lots of other free software to help you publish a professional cover design and market your book.

Email Marketing

MailChimp - Your allowed up to 2,000 free subscribers and 12,000 emails per month.

MailMunch - Create embedded and pop up email boxes on your blog quickly and easily.

Social Media Management

Buffer - Social media scheduler, it's quick, reliable and free. 

Other Tools

Google Analytics - A free metrics and statics program that you need to have installed!

Cognito Forms -  A form builder that's easy to use, with a payment option that is 1% per transaction plus Stripe's fees.  

Rakuten Affiliate Network Welcome Program

Monetizing Your Blog

You can make money numerous ways with your blog - far more than I can cover in this resources page.  But here here are some good networks to start with.

Adsense - Googles own ad network.

Amazon Associates - A trusted brand, with easy integration and great commissions and bounties.

ShareaSale - One of the internet's largest online affiliate networks.  

Udemy - With over 8,000 courses and 800,000 students you can create your own course  or make a passive income through their affiliate scheme.

Bluehost - Receive $65 per referral,

BeRush - Earn 40% of subscription sales from ads and links to SemRush keyword tool.

Payhip - Sell digital downloads directly on Twitter, Facebook or your own website.

Link Collider - Earn 20% commission on every sale and work on your SEO at the same time.

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