Blogger’s ToolKit

Since I started blogging, I’ve had loads of questions from people about starting a blog. How to do it? What do you use? What works best for you? Well, I’ve compiled a list of what works for me. I will keep updating as I go. Hope it helps you on your blogging journey!

Blogging Platform:

WordPress

I started my first blog on the Blogger platform. I loved it. It was an easy way for me to test the waters in blogging. Once I decided to do more things with my blog, I went straight to WordPress. It full of options, easy to figure out and all kinds of awesome.

Theme:

Headway

This blog was built using the Headway theme.

Hosting:

Blue Host

I love Blue Host. It works well for my all of my sites. Their prices are very reasonable and you can add an unlimited number of sites to your account.

Domain Name Purchase:

Go Daddy

It may be their commercials that sucked me in. When it was time to purchase domains, I automatically went to Go Daddy.

Email Marketing Services:

MailChimp

MailChimp is an awesome service. I started this blog using Feed Burner. I switched to MailChimp because it offers more options. I can do newsletters and special campaigns. It’s also free up to about 2000 subscribers.

Images and Photos:

Dreamstime

I’ve purchased photos from Dreamstime while building another site. They also offer some options for free photos. They’ve been a great resource.

Photopin

This site also offers free images for bloggers and creatives. Lots to choose from.

File Storage:

Evernote + Dropbox

So many people swear by Evernote and it’s all true. It’s great for jotting down ideas, writing drafts of posts, saving things to read. Dropbox is great for storage as well. I store photos in Dropbox.

Social Media Management:

Hoot Suite

I love Hoot Suite. I use it non stop. I use it in real time as well as to schedule posts across all of my social media platforms.

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