When it comes to your blog, if there’s a way to do something easier, faster, and for cheaper, then you should take advantage. Here’s a master list of all the resources I use to run my blogs and automate as much as I possibly can. This list will be updated as I find new tools to share and reviews to post!
A2 Hosting – My awesome hosting provider has an awesome support team that goes above and beyond. I’ve called them numerous times about issues that aren’t even really their fault, and they’ve always been happy to help or point me in the right direction!
Namecheap – The cheapest domain provider around.
WordPress – The backbone of 1/3 of the internet! WordPress is the #1 publishing platform for bloggers who are serious about business. The best part? It’s free, and super easy to use.
Po.st – I’m currently using Po.st to track my social media shares and clicks. It has a ton of customizable options and the analytics are cool to see!
Mailerlite – I use Mailerlite for all my newsletters. It’s easy, customizable, and best of all free for beginners!
Zoho Mail – Awesome for creating custom domain email addresses for free!
Tailwind – This tool is a lifesaver and can easily triple your Pinterest traffic when implemented correctly! Schedule unlimited pins on your own schedule and find new ones to add to your queue with this awesome Pinterest tool.
Adobe Creative Cloud – I use Illustrator and Photoshop to create all of my shareable blog and social media graphics! Lightroom is my go-to pick for editing travel photos.
Buffer – Buffer is where my Facebook and Twitter posts are stored before posting. I hav this automated using a plugin (I’ll share my strategy soon!)
IFTTT – IFTTT is great for automating your WordPress to Social Media workflow. I use it to send my new blog posts directly to social networks.
Zapier – Zapier is better at automating images from WordPress to Social Media, so I use it for that purpose.
Later & Planoly – I use both of these apps to plan and schedule my social media posts for different blogs. I can queue up my images, arrange them in a way that makes my feed look clean, and prepare the captions and hashtags ahead of time. When it’s time to post, these apps notify me! 30 posts per month are free.
Shareasale – The first affiliate network I generated income on!
RewardStyle – The most profitable affiliate network I’ve come across. I have many good things to say about RS so be sure to read all my posts on them!
AdSense – The easiest way to make passive income with a brand new blog. AdSense is run by Google so it’s very reputable and easy to install.
Paypal – Many companies will require a Paypal account to pay you, so make sure your account is set up and verified as soon as you can!
And.co – It took me a while to find a simple yet well-designed revenue and expense tracker, and And.co seems to fit the bill nicely. Great for generating invoices as well if you need to!
Bloglovin – An awesome visual RSS reader for female bloggers to promote their blogs. It’s kind of like a Google News service for creative bloggers!
Feedly – A more traditional RSS reader for a broad range of blogs.