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The Ultimate Guide: 80+ Resources for Bloggers

The Ultimate Guide: 80+ Resources for Bloggers

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Becoming a successful blogger is a lot harder than I initially thought it was going to be. Not only do you need to produce new content regularly, but you'll also need to maintain a social presence, interact with other bloggers, create a brand for yourself and so much more! I wish I had a comprehensive resource list when I first started out because it would have saved me a lot of time. If you're new to the blogging world or just curious about learning more, here’s your chance. And don’t worry I’ve done all the work for you. The following is a compilation containing over 80 blogging resources to help get you started.

Blogging Platforms

Wordpress - Free open-source CMS system. Does not offer hosting or domain name.
Squarespace – Service-based CMS website builder, blogging platform, hosting service, commerce platform and domain name register.
Wix – Cloud-based web development platform allowing users to create HTML5 websites.
Ghost – Free open-source publishing platform.
Drupal – Free open source content management framework.
Joomla – Free open-source CMS for publishing web content.
Medium – An online publishing platform created with journalists in mind.

Web Hosting & Domains

GoDaddy - Domain name registration.
SiteGround - Web hosting service provider.
Bluehost - One of the largest Web hosting service providers.
HostGator - Web hosting provider, VPS and dedicated servers.
Instapage - Landing page solution for optimizing your ad spend.
Teachable - Create and sell online courses.

Stock Images

AlltheFreeStock - A curated list of free stock images, audio and videos all found in one place.
Skitterphoto - Free high resolution photos with no copyright restrictions and requires no attribution.
Pixabay - Over a million high resolution photos, illustrations, and vector graphics. Free for commercial use. No attribution required.
Pexels - Free stock photos you can use everywhere. ✓ Free for commercial use ✓ No attribution required.
Picjumbo - Over 1,500 FREE stock high resolution stock photos perfect for every designer, blogger and entrepreneur.
Splitshire - Royalty free stock photos with no copyright restrictions.
Plixs - Free photo community with different creative commons licenses.
Stocksnap - High quality and high resolution stock images free from all copyright restrictions and requires no attribution.

Free Font Downloads

Dafont - Archive of freely downloadable fonts.
Font Squirrel - Free high quality downloadable fonts.
Fontspace - Over 33,000 free fonts for personal or professional uses.
1001 Free Fonts - Over 35,00 free downloadable fonts for personal and professional use.

Graphic Design Tools

Canva - Free online graphic design tool intended for beginners. In case you missed it, you can read my post on some of my favorite Canva font pairings here.
Pixlr - Cloud based browser photo editing tool. Allows full control over images, layers, effects and more.
Get Stencil - Simple image creation for social media marketers, bloggers and small businesses.
Design Bold - Online photo editor and design studio for professionals.
Pic Monkey - Free easy photo editing. Add filters, frames, text, and effects.
Gimp - 100% free to download. Program is similar to Photoshop. Difficulty level is moderate to high.

Free Logo Design Tools

Squarespace Logo - Create a logo for your business and choose from thousands of logo design options.
LogoGarden - Online logo creator with hundreds of icons and fonts with the ability to Save & download your custom logo.
Logomaker - Online easy-to-use online logo maker helps you create your own custom logo.

SEO Tools

Google Adwords - Online advertising to improve your internet marketing efforts.
Google Trends - View the latest trends, data and visualizations from Google.
Wordtracker - FREE alternative to the Keyword Planner with the ability of reaching 10,000 results per search.
LongTail Pro - Keyword research software used by over 70,000 marketers and SEOs for their keyword research needs.
Market Samurai - Discover the best keywords and your competitors weaknesses with our keyword analysis tool.

Email Marketing

MailChimp - The best free email marketing service for those with smaller email lists. (Recommended for beginners)
ConvertKit - An email marketing and automation solution for professional bloggers, authors, and creators.
Mad Mimi - Create simple to send HTML email newsletters to help grow your subscribers and manage your email list.
CampaignMonitor - Email marketing solution that helps you create, send and optimize email marketing campaigns.
Constant Contact - Online marketing tool used to manage lists and create campaigns. GetResponse - Send email newsletters, campaigns, create online surveys and follow-up autoresponders.
Litmus - Email design and marketing tools to help you build, design, test, and analyze your emails.

Social Media Tools

Tailwind - I use this on a daily basis and has been my absolute favorite tool! Used to schedule Pinterest and Instagram and schedule to pin at the best times for maximum engagement. Click here to read the success I had with Tailwind.
Board Booster - The exact same thing as Tailwind; pin scheduling tool for bloggers.
Simply Measured - Social media tool used to measure analytics.
HootSuite - Social media management tool used to measure and schedule posts.
BufferApp - Social media management platform used to publish posts and help drive traffic.
FollowerWonk - Twitter analytic tool used to optimize social growth.
SproutSocial - Social media management tool created to help grow social media presence by finding new customers.
ManageFlitter - Twitter Tool used to gain sight into your Twitter account.
Twitonomy - Twitter analyic tool and dashboard.
Agorapulse - Social media management tool that works with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube.
Shortstack - Used to run contests on Facebook.
Likealyzer - Analyze and learn strategies to better your Facebook pages.
NeedTagger - helps you find customers, generate leads and attract followers on Twitter. - Twitter dashboard used to grow followers & manage multiple profiles.
Viral Content Bee - Social media sharing used to engage readers.
Crowdbooster - Measures and optimizes your social media marketing.
Socialcrawlytics - Influencer & content marketing tool.
Demographics Pro - Social media dashboard used to analyze, influence and target social audiences.
Moz Analytics - Management tool used for tracking inbound marketing and local SEO.
Sysomos - Social media monitoring and analytics tools.
BuzzSumo - Identify the most shared links and key influencers for any topic.
Oktopost - Social media management platform designed to publish social messages, engage with social sales and support employee social advocacy.

Affiliate Programs

Shareasale - Affiliate marketing network connecting merchants and affiliates across all major categories.
Ebates - Receive compensation for referring buyers to the retailers, brands, merchants, and other partners participating in the Program.
CJ Affiliate - Online advertising specializing in pay-for-performance programs.
Amazon Affiliate - Easy to join and the associates program allows you to start earning money immediately.
Creative Market - Earn 10% of every purchase for an entire year from all new customers you refer.

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