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Learning how to start a blog seems overwhelming in the beginning. You need a name for your blog, you need to purchase a domain name, you need web hosting, you need to know how to set-up your blog, you need to design your blog and how to monetize your blog.
This blogger resource page will help you start your blog or improve your current blog. These tools will give you the insight you need to set-up a successful blog.
How To Blog
As a beginning blogger, you may have questions on how to set-up your blog, name your blog, and monetize your blog. These two resource Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook and How to Blog for Profit Without Selling your Soul will help you get a great start.
Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook is a great guide book for how to start your blog, how to set-up your blog, build a following and monetize your blog. Updated in June 2015 with new information and additional features, it is a must have for all bloggers, and especially helpful for new bloggers.
Abby will take you through the process to name your blog, set-up your website, managing social media, working with vendors and so much more…
The basic package includes the book and blog planner, or you can purchase upgraded versions with interviews from top bloggers on topics covered in the book.
How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul will help you take your blog to the next level. After you have the basics of your blog set-up, you will learn how to improve your Pinterest presence, work with affiliates and many other ways you can make money with your blog. Learn simple updates to the design of your blog will drive traffic, and make your blog profitable.
You will also learn how to create and sell your own products and maximize your time for the greatest profit.
iBlog: Everything You Need to Know about Blogging for 30 Top Bloggers. Learn how to blog from 30 top bloggers. They each share their experience and perspective on blogging to help you build a better blog. Their knowledge will help you improve your blog.
These bloggers cover many topics including how to use social media, how to build a community with your blog, how to use affiliate marketing for profit, and how to make freebies and printables and how to manage your time.
Let these 30 bloggers give you all their best blogging tips.
Register your domain name with Name Cheap for just $3.98 a year. Registering a blog domain name with NameCheap is fast and easy.
If you change your web host in the future, you will not need to change the domain manager.
Bluehost provides easy set-up for your web hosting. Bluehost includes many of the features bloggers need such as 1 Free domain name registration, drag and drop website set-up, unlimited domain hosting, unlimited IMAP and POP3 email assistance and much, much more.
SiteGround is my current webhost. They provide great customer service (they always respond the same day and within a few hours, sometimes a few minutes). Since I have moved my website to SiteGround my pages load much faster.
If you are looking for a feminine WordPress theme, check out the lovely themes offered by Restored 316.
Restored 316 has some of the most beautiful and feminine blogs themes you will find on the internet. They are constantly adding new themes and designs.
StudioPress offers a many different themes on the Genesis framework. You may purchase one theme or a package of themes.
If you have multiple blogs or you like to update your theme frequently, StudioPress may be a great option for you.
I use the FoodiePro theme offered by Studio Press.
PicMonkey is a useful picture editing tool. I edit all my blog pictures in Picmonkey.
You can also create blog banners, headers and more with the creative tools in Picmonkey.
Canva is another picture and editing tool similar to Picmonkey. I use Canva mostly for social media banners, blog banners and headers. Canva offers pre-sized and formatted art you can personalize to match your blog.
Use Grammarly to check all your grammar and help you improve your writing skills.
The app is available in Chrome and Internet Explorer, you can also add it to Word and Outlook to edit your emails and documents.
Social Media Tools
Board Booster helps you manage and schedule all your pins on Pinterest. As you find content to pin, you select a board in Board Booster and your pin will automatically be posted for you throughout the day. You can select how many items are pinned to each board each day. You can also start with a free account and schedule 100 test pins or start with a paid account for $5.00 a month to schedule 500 pins.
Hootsuite – Allows you schedule social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Googleplus. I use Hootsuite to schedule all my social media on Twitter and Facebook. With the free service, you may schedule up to 3 accounts. Additional accounts may be added for a monthly fee.
Buffer – is similar to Hootsuite in that you are able to schedule content for your social media accounts (limited service free accounts and paid accounts available). Buffer recently added Pinterest to the types of accounts you can manage, but must be handled with a paid account. BufferApp also has Pablo which allows you to create pictures with quotes to post on social media.
Pictures for your Blog
You may take your own pictures for your blog or you may purchase pictures from canva.com or shutterstock.com. There are many websites that offer free pictures for use the CCO (creative commons license). Before using any pictures, check the licensing and usage allowances.
Here are a few of my favorite sites for free pictures:
To track your blog ideas and scheduled posts, you need a blog calendar. You can use a simple WordPress Editorial Calendar plugin (which I find helpful for reviewing past posts and planning future posts). You may also use one of the many blog planners you can download online.
I suggest a printed calendar. I like the blog planner offered by HEDUA – My Blog Plan. It offers monthly and weekly pages to plan. It has pages to recap your social media and most popular posts. Each month has an article to help you improve your blog.