Blog resources are tools and instruments that bloggers use to get their blog running smoothly. You need these resources if you want to blog in an organized and systematic manner.
However, there are so many resources that tend to confuse new bloggers about what to use and when do we need that particular service/software in our Passive Income blogging journey.
Nevertheless, every blogger has their own resources, many of which are quite common while others are different, depending on their blog niche requirements.
I am sharing this resource page with the intention of helping other bloggers to use the right resources at the right time.
Note: I am listing all those resources that I am, have or had used for my blog for years and its worth the investment. I won’t be just discussing a mere service for the sake of an affiliate link. My purpose for blogging isn’t just about being professional but also being honest in whatever I write, show or prove.
Disclaimer: Please do note that some of the links below are affiliate link through which I will earn a commission on each purchase. I assure you that I am currently using all of these products that have been beneficial for my website. I trust all these companies that are providing these products. In fact, I have personally made my own purchases from these companies.
- 1 Essential Blogging Resources
- 1.1 Blogging E-books (must read )
- 1.2 Hosting
- 1.3 Blog theme design
- 1.4 Blog branding services
- 1.5 Finding the right keywords for your content
- 1.6 Social media marketing
- 1.7 Email Opt-Ins
- 1.8 Affiliate networks
- 1.9 Freelance networks
- 1.10 Creating your online courses
Essential Blogging Resources
- Hosting services
- WordPress themes for a lovely blog
- Email Marketing for your subscribers
- Goal Setting
- Productive ideas for your blog
- Blog Design help
- Online courses
Blogging E-books (must read )
Read is a must-have habit when it comes to blog business. If you want to write good content, you need good reading. Note down the following books that should be a must read in your blog journey, especially in the first year of blogging.
Apart from my paid, unpaid and academic blog, when I decided to start a professional blog, I decided to have Abby Lawson Building a framework ebook that is a comprehensive guide to all that you need to know about Blogging from scratch. Not just that, she has also shared all her details of the way she earns passive income through her lifestyle blog. I kept on following her for months until I decided to get a grip on all the tips and tricks she used to monetize her blog.
I came to know about Meera Kothand when she was in the initial stages of her new blog (not new anymore, she’s earning good income). What attracted me most was her focus on the details of each blogging step. The Blog startup is one such product that includes the core strategies of understanding the pre-requisites of pro-blogging. From content creation strategies to Monetization tips along with email marketing (for which she is too good at ), she has it all covered.
If there is one thing that I would honestly want to share about Amy is her Simplicity of explaining the interconnected phenomenon in blogging. When I first got myself into registered with Amy’s knowtbook, I thought it would turn out to be some basic concepts that I was familiar with. However, it turned out that I knew very little about Money making strategies that she has publicly shared.
All the hosting services that I have ever tried, SiteGround has remained to be on top of my list. And I do have some genuine reasons for saying it out loud that their customer support is AWESOME!. Firstly, when you buy or switch to SiteGround, they will migrate all your website for free with no downtime during the process of migration. Yes! Don’t worry, they do the complete task.
To add more, you can have a live chat with them anytime. Their customer support representative will no close the chat until your query is solved. And if the problem is not solve6d, they will forward your query ticket to their senior support representative who replies you just within 2 hours. You can check the complete review I have written for SiteGround. and I have also created a complete step-by-step tutorial on how to create a blog with SiteGround.
Bluehost is another hosting service that I rate equally when it comes to its services and usage and in all honesty its cheaper than SiteGround. I have a complete step by step tutorial on how to start a blog with a blue host which is an easy to go process.
Note: Selecting a good hosting service is important as you can just change things in one go. Such initial costs should be spent wisely on service that is the best. Don’t go for too cheap a hosting just because they are cheap. A cheap hosting service also means unpredictable problems that you can complain of.
Blog theme design
Ah!! themes, that structure your beautiful blog with images, sidebar, headers, colors, fonts, and whatnot. I was so confused when I wanted to select a theme for my blog. And I am sure you must be feeling the same when you are new to theme selection and design. Since I have had a trial and error journey, I learned one good thing about paid themes. They won’t disappoint you in future so invest in a good theme and consider it a one time cost.
I am discussing the following themes that I have personally used on my blog. (Beware theme designing is such a tiresome job particularly when you are new to it ! so select one theme and don’t think about changing it again)
For years have I been searching for a theme which has an easy drag and drops builder that could easily change the way I want my blog to be. When you install Divi, the foremost layout and style would make you feel like you took the wrong decision but they have 100+ pre-made layouts that you can use to start a professionally designed website with just one click! Not only that, it has a layout for almost all niches with their own home page, about page and blog pages. All you have to do is drag and drop your own content to these layouts and that’s it! Super easy customization. So don’t worry if you have no idea about theme customization, all you have to do is to install the theme and begin with using the pre-made layouts until you get a grip on Divi customization itself.
When I was surfing through Pinterest and checking other blog themes. I saw that most bloggers had those lovely feminine styled blog themes with proper branding and lightly textured along with soft colors. I was wondering how do they come up with such elegance in their blog theme until I found the creative market with a long list of minimalist theme. As a personal blogger, minimalist themes remained to be my favorite and you have the check the long list of creative market.(It has free goods every month)
The Creative market has everything that makes your blog look super-awesome! (No, it’s super duper awesome and I mean it) as you may see my own Tickled Pink theme by restored 316.
Theme forest has themes are less feminine and more professionally styled themes required for the various business purpose. If you are finding a consultancy, coaching, creative designing or magazine theme, theme forest is the perfect place to get one. (Ps: I came across this coaching theme for a woman that I like a lot)
Oh ! Femininity ~ This is what you will find in all of its themes particularly designed for female bloggers. And I so love the way they add the floral stocks photos they show with each demo theme. I would clearly say it out loud that femininity is Blue Chic.
Blog branding services
A hub of lovely graphics, designs, fonts and other craft for your blog. You can sign up to receive free goods in your email. It also has free fonts every month sent to its subscribers.
99 designs provide customized services for web development, graphic designing, logo, and identity and have their own unique way of representing themselves. In fact, if you are totally clueless about branding your website, you can check out their Brand guide services that will provide a full detail to what your blog requires.
I have personally used Fiverr for design services and let me tell you the real time one on one contact with revisions is totally worth giving it try. Either you desire to have a complete branding service or have any minor issue with setting up your blog brand, Fiverr freelancers do it cheaply yet with quality. (Don’t forget to give them a good review for their work)
Design Modo is a hub of different services you require for web development, designing and customized theme design alongside other services like email marketing template etc. It’s a wee bit technical for basic blogger but a recommended choice for web developers and designers.
Finding the right keywords for your content
Longtail pro keyword I came across this software when I was reading Pat Flynn and boy he wasn’t wrong about it. The detailed analysis of choosing the right set of keywords for your blog content plays a big role in your content. You see, it’s not just about organizing your content to make it valuable enough. A certain measure is to be taken to strategically write something that solves problems of other people with such keywords included that makes them reach you.
Social media marketing
Tailwind is a marketing automation software used for scheduling your Pinterest and Instagram posts. You can schedule all your content a month ahead of time by using tailwind and its probably the number one platform used by Pinterest users for marketing automation.
HootSuite was the first social media marketing automation platform that I used when I started blogging. It not only schedules but also updates numerous social media account altogether. So you can send or update your posts and status in facebook, tweet t twitter, pin on Pinterest, attach an image on Instagram. The best part is that it is also able to post and schedule in facebook groups and pages that you own.
You would rather be surprised to know that I am almost using everything that elegant themes have been providing. The elegant themes email opt-in plugin called Bloom is a user-friendly plugin that has helped me brought a lot of subscribers. I have been experimenting with the plugin and somehow it works very well. The plugin lets you design your templates write your own content coupled with images or logo of your website. It has the option to associate itself with all email marketing services including MailChimp, Aweber etc, What is even more interesting is the stats that it provides which lets you evaluate the consequences of the current opt-in form you make.
If you’re into affiliate marketing, promoting products and receiving commission per product. Click bank is one such marketplace which has super awesome reliable products that you can use and promote as an affiliate marketer. The particular purpose of click bank university is to teach you how to create and sell your own digital products. You will surely need this when you are in the middle of your blog journey.
Affilorama is all that you need to know about affiliate marketing. It started with the basics to the stage of having your own first sale with the strategies, tips, and tricks it explains in their videos. I would recommend this from day one because you can start affiliate marketing from your first blog post. (They have free video lessons too)
Flex offers is easy to go affiliate network that I personally use for affiliate marketing. It has one of the best and featured affiliate programs you need especially in lifestyle and information/educational niche. I would recommend this for new bloggers to sign up as soon as they start affiliate marketing on their blogs.
Well! I don’t think I have to explain Fiverr for the help it has given me for designing, branding and providing one of the best graphic designing skills I required for my blog. And that too with just $5. Fiverr is a place where you can have any services as cheap as $5.
I have been freelancing in people per hour for almost 3 years now. You can check my profile for the service I provide. This place is a way better than other freelance platforms as pays a good amount to the services you provide. Since I have been content writing for long, I have found high paying long-term clients compared to other freelance networks.
For those who are interested to start freelancing from scratch without much of an experience, freelancer.com would help a lot. You learn with time, and surely it does requires an ample amount of time to understand the dynamic of freelancing.
Creating your online courses
I create and buy courses from Udemy because this has been the number one platform for me to create my own courses as well as buy courses from other professionals. You can check out my professional course in Freelancing with people per hour (On discount for this month) where I teach people to start freelancing and land your first job even if you have no experience.
If you are into distant learning with certifications from renowned universities, than coursera is your place to go for. I look forward to completing my own distant learning masters degree from this website. Not only is it authentic but also well -recognized around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity of going through different courses from top universities around the world.
EdX is just another place to get yourself enrolled for free courses to learn various skills that could help you in your professional life.