Resource Page of Blogging Tools
Here is a list of blogging resources that I can personally recommend. Blogging is not easy. I bought my domain, and spent a year reading, absorbing, learning, studying, and building, before I launched my blog.
Now that my blog has been launched for just over a year, I feel confident that this list of blogging resources is current and what I would suggest to my friends and family, if any of them wanted to start up a blog today.
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Learning to Blog for Profit:
Learning to blog for profit, is entirely different than the old days of blogging. In the old days, blogging was like an online journal. Blogging for profit is completely different.
Making money blogging, is not so much in what you write or how you write, but what you sell through your blog. Whether it be advertising on your site, affiliate marketing such ie: Amazon or others, or by selling digital products, this is how one makes money blogging today.
In order to sell things, you need traffic. Lots of blog traffic. To learn how to sell things, and to learn how to get traffic, takes a lot of skill. And those skills are not found for free online.
I have gone through many courses over the last two years, and below I will list my absolute favorites that will help you to create a profitable blog too.
If you don’t know where to even begin, I know where you are. That is why I had my domain and host all set up for a year, before I even launched! I installed WordPress, and was lost after that. It took a long time for me to figure out how things worked.
YouTube is your friend. If you don’t know how to do something on the back end of your website, look there. There is probably a video showing you how to do it. Facebook is full of blogging groups also. Join them!
Suzi Whitford at Start A Mom Blog has some amazing tutorials on YouTube and Facebook. I also started with her Blog by Number course.
How to make Money Blogging at Any Level by Victoria Pruett of A Modern Homestead is another great resource that lays everything out that you need to know, to do this blog thing.
To Get Blog Traffic:
In order to grow your blog traffic, you need a couple of things. You need to understand SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and you need to understand how Pinterest works. Pinterest is a visual search engine. Yes, search engine. Just. Like. Google. But in visual format instead of text.
Understanding how to get traffic from both types of search engines is critical. These are the best courses I have found out there that I have taken myself, and would highly recommend.
Pinteresting Strategies by Carly Campbell of Mommy on Purpose
Easy On Page SEO (for beginners) by Debbie Gartner of The Flooring Girl
Easy Backlinks for SEO by Debbie Gartner of The Flooring Girl
To Learn About Affiliate Marketing:
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers by Carly Campbell of Mommy on Purpose
Shareasale is a great place to find affiliate products you can sell.
Hosting is crucial. It is where your site is stored. It is the company whose servers your blog is “hosted” on. And it is where I made a big mistake when I started out. Today I use Siteground, and I am very happy with them. They are a great host if you are just starting out.
If you are an established blogger, and have 100K page views a month, this is probably not the host for you. But it is great for those just starting out. Their support is excellent and quick. And your site speed, which is a critical component to having a successful blog, will be awesome.