Top Resources For Successful Blogging
You can waste so much time *testing* different hosts, apps, email lists, products… looking for the perfect solution. The indecision can be crippling. You need to get on board with solutions where you know somebody has made successful, and trust them. If you want to change your mind, do it when you are making $1000 per month, NOT when you’re just starting up… there is a lot to do at that stage.
These solutions are products/services we trust, and ones we KNOW work for a beginner wanting growth as well as professional bloggers. We would NEVER recommend anything we haven’t use successfully.
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BUILDING YOUR BLOG OR WEBSITE
There are around 2 MILLION websites hosted by Bluehost, and for good reason. It is my recommended hosting company and starts at $3.05 per month (if paid annually). As you sign up, they will try to upsell you things you don’t need, so don’t be afraid of unchecking boxes for everything but the shared hosting. Extras can come later, when you are established. The service and reliability cannot be matched, given the sheer size of their operation.
We can’t code a website. (Well, we know how to use html for bold and italics… and maybe make a link 😉 but … we managed to make this webpage. We used Elementor Pro. It is a page builder plugin for WordPress (so make sure your blog is a self-hosted wordpress one!)
There is a free version of Elementor, which could make a webpage look better than 95% of blogs out there, but for $49 the Pro version is excellent value for money and has lots of extras you’re bound to use eventually.
Canva is a true game-changer. It has done the ‘impossible’! It has brought together powerful design tools and a very simple interface – easy enough for most people to master quickly. And, of course, it is free!
OTHER TOOLS FOR WEBSITE BUILDING
BUILDING YOUR EMAIL LIST
I heard a long time ago, ‘the money is in the list’. And it is true. Whether you are just starting up as a blog or retailer, or whether you run an established business, a list of prospects and customers is essential.
Mailchimp has been around for ages. What I like about it the most is its delivery rates. With Mailchimp, your emails don’t get put in SPAM folders as much as their competition. That is what I care about the most. It means that your promotions begin without being hampered 10-15% before you’ve even started.
Mailchimp can send emails straightaway after subscription and after a sale. You can then schedule in emails to be sent the following day, week, etc. You can have different ‘tags’ on users too (a tag for subscribers, a tag for customers, etc) so you can send different emails to different people. Being popular, it also means that it works with WordPress plugins well.
Pinterest is a great way of driving traffic for new bloggers.