Updated on October 4th, 2022
As a blogger, it can be challenging to figure out what blogging resources to use because you can feel bombarded by everything out there on the Internet. In this post, I will include recommendations for general resources and other resources to help with your blog design, posts, social media promotion, and monetization. You will be able to use all these resources regardless of whether you have a free WordPress plan, a blog on Blogger, or you are self-hosted, therefore, I will not include any WordPress plugins as recommendations.
*This post contains affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission if you make a purchase through my links, but there is no extra cost to you.
Canva: Canva is my go-to website for creating my own graphics for my blog. I have used it to create my blog’s header and logo before as well as my featured images and Pinterest images. There are tons of templates available to use or you can start your own designs from scratch.
Colorzilla: Colorzilla is an extension for Chrome and Firefox that tells you the color of an object in your browser, and I use it all the time when creating my graphics. For example, when I am making my Pinterest images, I like to have my blog name match the colors of the image itself and with the ColorZilla I can quickly figure out the color in the image and use it for the color of the text. Canva now has its own color dropper, but Colorzilla is still good to use outside of Canva.
Pixabay, Pexels, Unsplash, and Kaboompics: These four websites allow you to find royalty-free stock photos to use on your blog. I do not always have the time to take my own photos, therefore, it is great to be able to easily find images to use instead.
How to Make a Media Kit for Bloggers: If you want to start working with brands, you will most likely have to make a media kit. In this post, I share how to make a media kit using Canva and which sections to include.
GrammarCheck and Scribens: After I write a post, I like pasting it into one of these websites that checks for spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes and offers wording alternatives and suggestions.
Grammarly for Chrome: Instead of using one of the websites to check for grammar, you can use the Grammarly Chrome extension instead. The Chrome extension checks for spelling and grammar mistakes as you are writing your posts. The extension also checks for mistakes when you are writing emails, comments, or on other websites.
Ubersuggest: When you are writing your blog posts, it is recommended to use a keyword tool to find relevant keywords to use in your post that will then increase your blog’s chances of being found on Google. Once you type a keyword in Ubersugget, it will give you a list of relevant keywords and the search volume of those keywords. However, you are limited to 3 searches a day on Ubsersuggest on the free plan.
Keyword Surfer: As an alternative to Ubersuggest, Keyword Surfer is a Chrome extension that will automatically show you relevant keywords and the search volume when you type in a keyword in Google.
Beginners Guide Understanding SEO for Your Blog: Voureen from The Passive Plan created an SEO eBook that you can receive for free by signing up for her email list. The eBook includes information on what is SEO, the benefits of SEO, the basics of on-page and off-page SEO, as well as a checklist.
Domain Authority Checker and Moz: If you are working with brands, it is especially important to know your blog’s domain authority (DA). If you have your own domain name, you can check your DA, which is a number 1-100. The higher your DA, the higher your blog is likely to rank in search engines like Google. Moz is the official website to check your DA, but you are limited to 10 checks per month, but with Domain Authority Checker there are no restrictions, and you can enter multiple websites to check all at once.
How to Increase Your Domain Authority: In this post, I share the 5 ways you can increase your DA including how to get backlinks and the basics of SEO.
Broken Link Checker: A good thing to do every now and then is to check for broken links on your blog. Broken links are bad for SEO and people are less likely to return to your blog if they encounter broken links. With the Broken Link Checker, you enter your blog’s URL, and the checker will scan up to 3,000 web pages. If the checker finds a broken link, it will show you the blog post’s URL and the source code so you can easily fix the link yourself.
The Best and Worst Social Media Platforms for Bloggers: In this post, I briefly explain the pros and cons of the various social media platforms, and which ones I recommend using for your blog. I recommend using 1-3 social media platforms to promote your blog.
How to Promote Your Blog for Free: This is another post I wrote, and I focus on the various ways you can promote your posts such as by joining Facebook groups and Pinterest group boards as well as collaborating with other bloggers.
Buffer, Hootsuite, and Later: Buffer is an app I mentioned in my How to Find Time for Blogging post, and you can use Buffer to schedule 10 posts at a time for Twitter and Instagram. Hootsuite is another app used to schedule Twitter and Instagram content, and with the free plan, you can have up to 3 social media profiles and 30 scheduled posts. Later is another option to schedule Instagram posts, and with the free plan, you can schedule 10 posts at a time.
Neontools: Neontools is mainly used to shorten links and create landing pages, but I only use Neontools for their Hashtag Analyzer. When I am making a post on Instagram, I can put in a hashtag such #fall, and it will include a list of related hashtags, and hashtags that have over 1 million posts, less than 1 million posts, and less than 100,000 posts, so you can easily find a mix of hashtags to use to hopefully get your post seen.
The Influencer eBook: The Influencer eBook is a short ebook you can receive for free by signing up for Styling Social’s email list. The ebook includes finding your niche, growing on Instagram, and pitching to brands as well as a pitching template.
Pinterest Cheat Sheet: Mariam, creator of the Boss Babe Chronicles blog, created the Ultimate Pinterest Cheat Sheet, which you can receive by subscribing to her email list. The cheat sheet includes a list of things to do when setting up your Pinterest profile and creating and sharing pins.
5 Ways to Monetize Your Blog: In this post, I share 5 ways you can monetize your blog from having ads on your blog to writing sponsored posts and selling your own products.
How Much Do Bloggers Charge for Sponsored Posts, Social Media, and Advertising Packages?: If you are unsure what to charge for sponsored posts, social media posts, and advertising packages, I share what other bloggers charge based on their blog’s DA and page views as well as follower counts on social media.
60+ Sponsored Post Networks, but which ones should you join?: I share my experience of joining 60+ sponsored post networks as well as which networks I recommend joining and which ones you should definitely avoid.
The Worst Advice for Bloggers: In this post, myself and other bloggers share the worst advice we received because even if blogging experts are sharing a piece of advice, it may not always be the best to follow.
Google Calendar: I use Google Calendar to plan my blog posts and social media posts for the month.
Bonjour Blogger: Bonjour Blogger offers tons of articles on how to get your blog started from coming up with a name, finding your niche, and how often to post. There are also articles on how to create newsletters, reuse old blog posts, and use Instagram to promote your blog.
The Bloglancer: The Bloglancer is another site I recommend if you are looking for posts to read on how to grow your blog and social media as well as freelancing and working with brands.
Jenny in Neverland: Jenny has a section on blogging advice that includes tips for hobby bloggers, planning content, boosting traffic, and working with brands.
Kayleigh Zara: Kayleigh has a ton of wonderful posts on blogging tips as well as how to make money blogging.
Before I begin this section, I want to mention that several of these resources are affiliate links. I am including these resources because I use them and I would personally recommend them.
Art by Lena: Lena offers illustrated blog headers that include up to 2 hand-painted illustrations with your blog’s name. The base price is £20, and you can add extra illustrations or a matching logo for £4. To give you an example of her work, my current blog header and logo were created by Lena!
Lucy 50 Pinterest Templates: Lynn has a package of 50 Pinterest templates that you access on Canva and then edit with your information. The templates are $10 CAD, they help save time plus they look great. You can also purchase the Nora 50 Pinterest Templates from Lynn for $10 CAD.
45 Pretty Pinterest Templates Starter Kit: Amber created 45 Pinterest templates on Canva that you can purchase for £6.99 and edit to your liking before using them on Pinterest.
Lucy 78 Instagram Highlight Covers Template: Lynn also offers a package of Instagram highlight covers that you download and can customize in Canva before using them on Instagram. The highlight covers are $5 CAD. Lynn also has the Nora 78 Instagram Highlighter Covers Template for $5 CAD.
Lucy 15 Instagram Story Templates: This package is $4 CAD, and it contains 15 templates including “Facts About Me”, “This or That”, “Would You Rather”, and more which you can customize in Canva and then post on Instagram Stories. You can also check out Lynn’s Nora 15 Instagram Story Templates for $4 CAD, which includes “3 Things I’m Grateful For”, “All Time Favorites in Gifs”, and “What’s on My Playlist?” among other templates.
Lucy 2 Page Media Kit Template: As I mentioned earlier, media kits are great if you are wanting to work with brands, and if you are looking for a template to use, I recommend this one from Lynn. The media kit template is $5 CAD, and Lynn also created the Nora 3 Page Media Kit Template, which is also $5 CAD.
Pinterest with Ell: This course is taught by Ell who is the founder of Boss Girl Bloggers. The course is $48.75 and teaches you how to set up a Pinterest account, find keywords, use Tailwind, make affiliate sales, and grow blog traffic.
A Beginner’s Guide To Affiliate Sales by Kayleigh Zara: This ebook is £5 and it is all about how to monetize your blog through affiliate marketing including what affiliate programs to use, content creators to affiliate for, creating a blog post for affiliate sales, and understanding seasonal sales.
Lucy Customizable Invoice Template: Lynn sells a customizable invoice template for $3 CAD that you can download and edit when sending an invoice to a brand. Lynn also created the Nora Customizable Invoice Template, which is also $3 CAD.
The Blogger’s Survival Guide by Nic’s Healthy Life: In The Blogger’s Survival Guide, Nicola shares tips and advice she learned over 12 years of blogging. The guide is £7.99 and it includes how to create the right mindset, produce great content, get your blog noticed, monetize your blog, overcome challenges, and come back from a blogging slump.
Yearly Blog Planner by Jordanne Lee Creative: Jordanne created yearly blog planners that help you plan and track your content, stay on top of blogging tasks, and plan your social media content. The planners range in price from £5 to £8.
Weekly To-Do List and Monthly Planner: For another planner option, Lynn has the 2-page weekly to-do list and monthly planner for $2 CAD. The planner will help you get organized and break down your task list.
Lyrical Host: If are you planning on going self-hosted, I highly recommend Lyrical Host. You can read my experience on switching from WordPress.com to WordPress.org with Lyrical Host here. Lyrical Host makes the process of going self-hosted so easy and their customer support is amazing. You can also use my discount code TALES10 to save an additional 10% on all their plans.