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Are you a blogger or looking to start a blog? There are so many tools out there for bloggers it can be hard to decide what you need. You can search Pinterest for hours trying to decide. While you’re at it, how about you follow me on Pinterest here. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best tools for bloggers.
First of all, when you are starting out blogging you should not use Wordpress.com, Blogger.com or any other kind of free blogging site. You won’t own your content and it can be hard to monetize. You also won’t look professional. Your blog is your business and you will need to invest in it from the beginning. For my site, I use Squarespace. I don’t know much code and I think you have a better-looking DIY site with this option. If you need graphic design help you can take a look at Fiverr. I have tried Wordpress on a self-hosted blog through HostGator, but it wasn’t for me. You can also check out Bluehost, and SiteGround.
If you do end up choosing Squarespace it integrates nicely with G Suite for email. This is good because, in order to use my favorite free email sending program MailerLite, you need to have an address from your website, like firstname.lastname@example.org. MailerLite made it really easy for me to get GDPR compliant and it’s free under 2,000 subscribers. You’ll want to make sure to edit your content with Grammarly. I started using them for my freelance writing gigs to make sure there were no errors in my writing but it also helps check my blog posts too. Nothing worse than an error on a blog about freelance writing and blogging.
For social media scheduling on Pinterest, I cannot stress enough the importance of Tailwind. I bought the annual plan because it has fewer limitations and it has really helped my traffic immensely. Right now I’m using a combination of Buffer and Hootsuite to schedule my Facebook Page and Twitter.
If you plan to make money on your blog there are a lot of programs to start affiliate marketing with. Some I use are:
If you need income on the side while starting your blog, consider:
You can also trade in your old devices on Gazelle.
Here are some posts about these programs on my website you might want to check out:
- Saving Money With Ibotta
- Make Money Driving For Uber
- How to EARN Money With Swagbucks
- How to Save and Even EARN with Ebates