Best Resources for Bloggers

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I find myself recommending a few great tools over and over (and over!) again when it comes to blogging. Collectively, these resources have helped me grow this blog beyond my wildest imaginations. I know they can do the same for you! Some of the links below are my referral links.

These are some of the tools that I recommend very regularly for other bloggers. Check out these 15 best tools for bloggers.

BOOKS:

 Launch by Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker’s book is a must-read for anyone who wants to create products. Launch gave me a solid framework for presenting books and products to my readers (I’m not an internet marketer by any means!) He helped me understand how to share what God has given me in a way that serves my readers first and foremost. Even though Jeff does not claim to be a Christian, much of the info in this book is wise… because it puts your readers and their needs before anything else.

Read more about Launch here.

 

Strategies Worth Sharing by Brittany Ann

Theory is good and I love me some theory but I need strategies, especially when it comes to Facebook. I don’t like Facebook. I don’t understand Facebook. But our generation is on Facebook and I believe part of being a good steward is going where people are. I love Brittany Ann’s book because she shares WHY her strategies work (the theory part that makes my brain happy), and WHAT those strategies are (so I can actually implement them and see results for myself.) I call Brittany Ann’s resource An Action Plan for the Facebook Frustrated. :)

How one blogger organically grew her Facebook page from 2K to over 100K in just a few months! She found exactly what works and shares it in the brand new resource for bloggers!

Strategies is available here.

 

Creating and Maintaining an Editorial Calendar by Angie Holden

So this one little book saved my sanity! Angie’s simple method of coming up with a calendar that makes sense is all I use now. Before this book, I just “winged it” when it came to my posting schedule and topics. With this new system, I offer variety to my readers and avoid burning them out on any one topic. I typically create a calendar for each quarter instead of a year- I like flexibility and am prone to switch things up!

This book is available on Amazon here.

COURSES:

Elite Blog Academy:

If you do anything today, it needs to be getting on the waiting list for Elite Blog Academy. EBA is hand’s down the best thing I’ve ever done for my blog.

This blogging course is not cheap. But I can tell you it paid for itself in just a couple months for me.

I learned how to blog strategically, grow my pageviews (I went from 10K a month to over 150K a month in under 10 months time), and earn enough through my blog to cover blogging expenses and then some.

EBA is only open a few days each year and enrollment is extremely limited… but if you sign up to be notified when it opens, Ruth will send you her free blog guide PLUS, she periodically sends amazing free training that will revolutionize the way you blog (like this 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight .) I consume everything Ruth puts out. It’s just that good.

 

Pinterest in 21: 

Pinterest is my highest source of referral traffic. I’ve taken several big dollar courses and read oodles of articles on Pinterest. While they were all helpful, none of them quite gave me a proven, understandable and comprehensive strategy for Pinterest, especially as a Christian blogger. So after piecing things together and figuring it out for myself, I created my own course where I lay it all out, step by step. This is everything I’ve learned that works. In 21 bite sized daily videos, I give a comprehensive strategy for Pinterest from a Christian blogger’s perspective, starting from the ground up.

It’ll knock your {pin-worthy, off course} socks off~ wink.

 

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing:

Michelle knows how to do affiliate marketing… she makes over 50K every single month doing it. Her course covers everything a beginner needs to know as well as more advanced tips for those who’ve been doing affiliate promotions for awhile. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a step-by-step guide to creating and making money from your own successful affiliate marketing strategy. You’ll never be left wondering where to go next when creating and implementing your affiliate marketing strategy.

 

Book Boss: Write and Launch a Profitable eBook in 90 Days or Less

This course is amazing. It’s probably ranked right up under Elite Blog Academy. Abby shares step by step how to create your eBook, host it, deliver it, and market it effectively. With nine modules and video instruction, she makes the tech simple and lays out a no-brainer launch strategy. Her templates and calendar helped me when I launched my Praying the Promises Challenge and journal last fall. This course is pure gold for anyone wanting to write and launch an eBook.

 These are some of the tools that I recommend very regularly for other bloggers. Check out these 15 best tools for bloggers.

OTHER SERVICES:

Studio Press:

Studio Press is where I go for themes and the Genesis framework. I love, love, love dressing up my site and customizing it to fit me. Studio Press makes it easy and inexpensive to DIY with their tutorials. The Genesis framework comes with all their designs and is what I use.

Quick note about themes and frameworks. A framework is sort of like a mannequin and the theme would be the clothes you put on the mannequin. Genesis is the mannequin- you purchase it once. Once you have your mannequin, you can then dress it up with any Genesis theme you like, whenever you want. You can switch these out as often as you like (or can afford, lol!)

I’ve used the Swank Theme from Pretty Darn Cute Designs and absolutely love it! This theme is only $49- well worth it, especially when you are on a budget! But remember, you do need to purchase the Genesis framework first (the mannequin) if you haven’t already.

 

SendOwl:

SendOwl is the service I settled on for hosting and delivering my products (after much trial and testing and hours of clean up and customer service nightmares when other services and plugins failed to provide what I needed. No fun.) When you are ready to sell your own products or ebooks on your site (and I trust you will be soon if you aren’t already!) Send Owl is going to be your new BFF. You live and you learn.

Creative Market

This is my go-to place for design elements. You can purchase beautiful and unique fonts, book cover layouts and templates, backgrounds for your images, cut-outs, textures, borders, and more for your pdf’s, and the list goes on. Sign up for their weekly newsletter and you’ll get their amazing weekly freebies!

PicMonkey

This tool makes is SOO easy to create graphics and design elements for your blog and social media. I use the free version (though I’m sure it is well worth the upgrade to have access to more fonts.) Definitely one of my top 10!

Drip

I’ve used Mad Mimi (recommended for beginners or those on a tight budget!), MailChimp (not recommended as it doesn’t provide the flexibility a blogger needs), ConvertKit (um… read my experience with ConvertKit below) and now, Drip.

I moved to ConvertKit after being with MadMimi and MailChimp because it has some amazing features and is designed just for bloggers. As of June 2017, I am no longer with ConvertKit and it’s a very sad story :( Basically, CK messed up royally during a major promotion and I lost all my scheduled emails. We’re talking hours of work.

Then, when I went in to screenshot the issue, another glitch occured, causing an empty email be sent to 35,000 of my subscribers. I had over 900 people (my best folks!) unsubscribe because they thought I had been hacked. EEEKK!! Then they began emailing me wondering why they hadn’t heard from me and asking how to get back on my list.

The worst thing is that CK refused to acknowledge it was their issue and never corrected the issue.

As a business, I simply cannot afford an unreliable or irresponsible ESP. So now I’m with Drip. I’m loving it so far! It has even greater flexibility than CK and I’m able to segment my readers even more. Their workflow capability is fantastic!

 

P.S. I just discovered the  Verizon MiFi, a portable device that allows you to independently connect any WiFi enabled device to the internet wherever you are in the world. Woot! That’s a bonus tip :)

 

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I hope these resources help you as you learn to blog more effectively and streamline your blogging process. Wishing you all the best! ~AJ

 

 

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