Blog Resources and Tools

I have found useful and would personally recommend

Blog Platforms

WordPress – Number one platfrom on the web.

  • Used by 30% of the web
  • Free and trusted

Blogger – Free. Owned by Google.

Wix – Build websites using drag and drop.

Web Hosting

Bluehost – Recommended by WordPress.

  • One-click install
  • Free domain

WealthyAffiliate – Best of the best providers.

  • Double-hosted sits
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Daily backups

HostGator – 100% WordPress compatible.

  • Easy and affordable

WPEngine – For established websites.

  • 60 day free trial
  • Free SSL certificate

Design Themes

Themeforest – Over 10,000 WordPress themes.

  • 3 million digital products
  • Beautiful and premium

StudioPress – Premium WordPress themes.

  • Genesis Framework

Graphic Design

Fiverr – Professional freelance design services.

Canva – Create graphics for social media.

PicMonkey – Design visual content for your blog.

24Slides – Professional presentation designers.

Email Marketing

MailChimp – Most popular email marketing and automation.

AWeber – Email and newsletter management tool.

LeadPages – Creates powerful landing pages for blogs.

Sumo – Collect email addresses with popups.

Media Management

HootSuite – Social media marketing dashboard.

MeetEdgar – Reuses your best content for more views.

SproutSocial – Manages day to day interactions.

CoSchedule – Schedules messaging within WordPress.

Productivity

Evernote – Brainstorming, note taking and ideas.

Slack – Best for internal team communications

Trello – Communications and project management.

Wunderlist –  A to-do list application.

Further Tools

Google Analytics – Free metrics and statistics program.

BuzzSumo – Analyze the sharing of your content.

MarsEdit – Write and upload content without WordPress.

EasyDigitalDownload – Sell products from your blog.

 

Monetization

Adsense – Most used strategy for ad placements.

AmazonAssociates – Earn by recommending products.