Tools


Are you looking for some direction with your writing journey?  Need a bit of a poke to start your journey?

I've put together a list of recommended blogging blogging resources, that I've personally used or that are highly recommended by others.

Blog Platforms

Hostgator - For the last 6 years I've used Hostgator to build and blog and currently for my blogs domain name, its my blogging platform of choice.  I also highly recommend Blogger, which is a free platform, which I use alongside my Hostgator domain name.

Hosting

If you're unfamiliar with blog hosting services there are plenty to choose from.

If your a new blogger just starting out I highly recommend Hostgator, use the special discount code 1CENT and get your first month for a penny.

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Tools for Graphic Design eBook Cover Creation

PicMonkey - This is my go to website for creating, touching up, adding overlays on images.  Easy to use dashboard and Royale option for any extras its a great tool that can be used for free.  You can also join the PicMonkey affiliate scheme and receive 50% commission off the sale.  You can do this with ShareaSale.

Adazing - I use this eBook cover creator alongside PicMonkeycreate all of my book covers.  With an easy dashboard you can create your book cover, book title along with lots of other free software to help you self publish a professional looking book design to help boost your book sales.

Tools and Services for Email Marketing

MailChimp - A service I'm currently using to send out my free weekly newsletter.

MailMunch - I use this alongside MailChimp to create my embedded and pop up boxes.

Other Blogging Resources and Tools


Google Analytics - I've been using Analytics for a long time now, it provides me with a wealth of knowledge about my blog and Hubpages traffic.  I can see which blog posts or Hubpages articles are getting the most traffic.

Add to Any - My social media buttons are set up with ease, thanks to Addtoany.  You can integrate your follow buttons easily with the HTML provided, and gain more traffic.

Buffer - Buffer is my favourite social media scheduler, It's quick, reliable and perceptive.  It has an easy dashboard and great for small business owners who want something quite robust.

Payhip - Sell digital downloads directly on Twitter, Facebook or your own website.  Sell to your own customers and get paid instantly via PayPal and Stripe.

Blog Monetization

Adsense - Googles own ad network.

Amazon Associates - You can start earning with Amazon straight away.  Just set up your account and start earning,  Its a trusted brand, with many plus points including easy integration, decent commissions and people can buy more than one product on your Amazon link.

Hostgator - Hostgator is a popular choice if you want to make money online.  You can make $50 to $125 per sale and easy payment options like PayPal or Check its definitely worth signing up.

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

Udemy - Is one of the top online education portals with over 8,000 courses and 800,000 students.  You can create your own course to sell or make a passive income through their affiliate scheme.

Bluehost - Join Bluehost and receive $65 per referral, If you make 5-10 sales per month you can increase your sales bounty to $100-$125.

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

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