When I first started The Professional Mom Project I remember reading so many posts, free ebooks, strategies etc. I’m no blogging expert but have come across a few helpful blogging tools and resources.
Hosting and Theme
As I explain in my How to Start a Blog post, I chose to go with a self hosted WordPress blog. I currently use Siteground as my web hosting service. I think their customer service is pretty good. Nice representatives and they are typically quite helpful. My site has only been down a couple of times and went back up rather quickly.
My current theme is the WordPress 2016 Theme. It’s free and very simple. I’m looking into purchasing a prettier theme based on the Genesis Framework by StudioPress. Two of my favourite options so far are from Pretty Darn Cute Designs and Restored 316 Designs. I actually find it really hard to decide which theme to choose because they are all so lovely!
Helpful Blogging Tools and Resources
In terms of scheduling my posts, I use the free version of Hootsuite to schedule Twitter. I find the interface easy to use once you get used to it. For more info on Hootsuite you can check out my Twitter Tips for Beginners post.
For Pinterest, a great free option is Ahalogy. When I first started blogging I used it to schedule most of my pins in addition to doing manual pinning. You have to apply to use it but my application went through pretty quickly.
Now I use Tailwind to schedule my pins. It’s super quick and helpful. As a result of using it I’ve increased my followers and the visibility of my pins. If you click on the link you can get a month free to try it out and see if you like it.
I use the Facebook scheduler to schedule my Facebook posts since it’s easy to use and I’ve heard that Facebook prefers when publishers use their scheduler rather than another company’s scheduler
I’ve recently started using Google + again and tend to do that scheduling on my own.
A couple of new places to publish your posts include: Medium, Niume and Clipboard
My social sharing buttons are from SUMO and I’ve fund that they work well.
I also really enjoy using MiloTree. It’s the little pop up that comes on the side of my blog asking the reader to follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram or join my mailing list. It’s a great product that is user friendly, not too intrusive and isn’t as loud and bothersome as some larger plugins that scream “follow me”!
Helpful Books and Courses
I recently purchased The Genius Bloggers Toolkit and have started working through all of the amazing content.
So far, I’ve been impressed with:
Lena Gott’s Program – Traffic Transformation is amazing. She recently revamped the program and you can find my review here: Secrets to Blogging Success a Review of Traffic Transformation.
Lena has seen some amazing growth in her blog. While I’m not starting with 17K views (I only wish!) I’m starting to put some of her strategies into action and seeing some positive results so far.
Abby Lawson’s book Building a Framework
This book is great for beginners as it goes through the whole blog set up process step by step. I’m hoping Abby’s advice on list building and page views will be as useful. You can find my review here: 5 Lessons Learned from Building a Framework
Some more of my favourite courses and programs:
Learn about Pinterest group boards with Group Board Master
Profitable Blogging Summit has so many amazing videos and resources to watch and read through!
As I find new and helpful resources I’ll continue to add them here!
For more blogging related content check out these posts:
- Top 5 Apps for Bloggers
- 11 Must Have Plugins for New Bloggers
- Don’t fall for these 5 Blogging Myths
- 5 Things I Hate about Blogging