Resources & Tools
Anybody that wants to start a blog needs certain resources and tools to make it happen. I’m still discovering new things I can use every day so, I will be adding to this list regularly. Below is a list of tools and resources that I use every day to get thousands of page views per month.
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This is who I’ve chosen to host my site. I’ve only had them for a little over a month but they are fantastic! The reason I went with SiteGround is that they have plans that allow you so many visitors a month. They give you room to grow! I chose the Grow Big plan in the hopes that I will get up to 25,000 visitors a month. If I do, then I can upgrade! The pricing is VERY reasonable, starting at just $3.95 a month! The only way to get the $3.95 a month price is to pay for a year in advance. I just wanted to let you know that.
Tailwind is a HUGE help to me. I don’t know what I would do without it. It is an awesome pin scheduling tool. All you have to do is create the pins and set when you want them pinned and Tailwind does the rest. You can set your schedule to pin as little or as often as you want. This is great if your peak Pinterest traffic is while you are sleeping or at work. Tailwind tells you when your peak traffic is and you set your pins accordingly. Get your pins out there while you sleep or while you’re working! See the banner below to get an idea of what Tailwind can do for you. You get to try it for FREE! After the free trial, you can choose to either pay $9 a month annually or $15 a month each month. You will get 400 pins a month, you can join 5 Tribes, and you will get 200 monthly Tribe submissions. There are also other plans that you can upgrade to. Tribes are groups of people that share the same interest that pin from their sites and blogs. Then for each pin you share, you share someone else’s pin. So, one pin being viewed by your followers will be seen by potentially thousands of people!
MiloTree is another fantastic tool! This will help to grow your email list, Facebook page, Pinterest following, Instagram following, and YouTube following. It is a tasteful little pop up to draw subscribers. Since using this easy to configure tool my email list has grown!! Not to mention my following on social media! MiloTree is super easy to use and only takes a couple minutes to set up. Also, it integrates with your email service provider! Give it a try today!
PicMonkey is fantastic for making graphics for your website. I use them and one other site to make my pins for Pinterest and other graphics that I need for my site. PicMonkey is super easy to use. I also use Photoshop but PicMonkey is so easy to use I just go there or the place I will list next. Sign up now and you get 7 days FREE!! They have 3 plans to choose from starting at $7.99 a month. Right now I don’t have a plan but, I plan to sign up for one soon!
Canva is another great graphics design site, like PicMonkey. It is also super simple to use. Again, I use this site more than I use Photoshop. I’ve used Photoshop for years but PicMonkey and Canva are just easier to use. You can use Canva for FREE (which has limited use) or sign up for their Canva For Work plan for $12.95 a month. I am currently on the $12.95 a month plan.
ConvertKit is an awesome email service provider that I use for my newsletter. They are simply the best and super simple to use!! It only takes a minute or 2 to make up a subscription form to match your website. If you are looking for someone to host your newsletter, you can’t go wrong with ConvertKit. You get a 14-day FREE trial to start!
This is without a doubt, a must have plugin for your WordPress site. What is SEO? It stands for Search Engine Optimization. You need this to help you rank higher in search engines like Google. It tells you everything you need to do to create a more search engine friendly post. Just search for this in the plugins section of your WordPress admin area.
Stock Photo Resources
Having killer Pins is how you get high traffic. So, where can you get awesome stock photos to make killer pins? Below is a list of some great stock photo sites.
This is a great stock photo site! They have a new Flexible Plan that allows you to pay $29 a month to get 30 hi-res photos and vectors every month. Each additional image you download is just $1 each. Best of all, if you have any unused downloads in a month, they transfer to the next month!
Another great royalty free photo site. They offer two different plans. You can get On Demand Credits starting at 40 credits for $39. That’s $.98 an image. That is their most popular option. They also have a Subscription Plan. There are 4 different subscriptions you can choose from. The first choice is 10 images a month for $29, which is $2.90 an image. To me, that is too pricey. I would go for the second plan which is, 150 images (with a daily download limit of 5 images) for $79 a month. That’s just $.53 an image. There are also high priced plans, and with those, the cost of each image goes down. You can check them out by clicking the image below.
They offer not only images, but also audio files, fonts, and templates! There are 3 different subscriptions you can choose from. The most popular one the Annual Subscription which is $79 (was $228). You get unlimited downloads of images, audio, fonts, and templates. They also offer a 7-day money back guarantee. The other option is Download Packs. The most popular download pack is $25 and gives you 30 downloads for 1 year. That is $.83 per download. Choose whichever pack best suits your needs.
Graphic Design Resources
This is a list of graphic design sites I shop at. I use their graphics to make printables, wall art, vinyl stickers, cards, invitations, and more. They also offer stock photos, WordPress themes, templates and so much more!
This place awesome!! I shop here on a regular basis. The bundles that they offer are way too good to pass up. You can find graphics, fonts, mockups, stock photos, illustrations, palettes, plugins, embroidery designs, printables, brushes, and so much more!! Check them out now, you won’t be disappointed!
This is another fantastic graphics site. I shop regularly here too. They also offer tons of resources! Be sure to stop in often to check to see what bundles they have and what FREEBIES they are offering!
That is all for now. I will be updating and adding to this list often though so check back periodically!