There are certain blogging tools that I use to help make my blog more efficient and easier to manage. If you guys are interested in trying out these blogging resources, you should. They are definitely worth it!
The First Things You Need to Start A Blog
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Siteground – If you’re starting a website, you can buy a domain from here & use Siteground for hosting so that you truly own your website. You pay $3.95 a month to run your blog. The tech support team is extremely helpful when it comes to helping you setup hosting for your website.
WordPress – Install WordPress.org and connect Siteground to it to establish your blog. Make sure to use WordPress.org and not WordPress.com . I made the mistake of using WordPress.com and it resulted in me losing out on money as well as actually owning my blog completely. There are also a lot of restrictions with WordPress.com so use WordPress.org guys!
Google Analytics – This is what you use to track your website traffic and where it comes from.
Keywords Everywhere Tool – Download this to your browser and it will open your world to so many keywords that you can use. I have even gotten blog post ideas from using this tool.
Planner – I use a planner to help me keep track of what I need to do for my blog and it really helps me out a lot.
Calendar app in my phone – I also use the calendar app in my phone and I schedule updates on when I need to post or when I need to market something on my blog.
Tailwind – This app helped me grow my Pinterest following from 1500 to 9000+ in 7 months. It also gets me 8000+ unique views a month on my other website. It is a must have for updating Pinterest if you have a busy schedule. It takes me maybe 6 hours to set it up for the entire month where it automatically posts to my Pinterest at anytime of day without me having to do it manually.
Get a free month of Tailwind by signing up for it here.
Befunky – I create/edit most of my Pinterest images with Befunky.
Social Media Marketing
Pinterest – The #1 social media referral for both of my blogs. It is a must have if you want to increase blog traffic.
Flipboard – I just started using Flipboard after reading multiple blog posts of how easy it is to gain traffic from it. I am currently testing it out, but I’ll update you guys on if it has gotten me traffic or not in the future. Follow me on Flipboard!
Facebook – Setup a Facebook page and update it regularly. I recommend updating it at least twice a week if you can.
Twitter – Check out my blog post 10 Ways to Get More Twitter Retweets and Likes | Twitter Marketing.
Instagram – Instagram is an ideal social media app if you plan on getting sponsorships with brands, but I it’s not that great for getting blog traffic. Grow your following if you plan on working with brands.
Pinterest Pin It Button – This simply gives all of the images on your website a hover over Pinterest Pin It button which makes it easier for readers to share your blog posts to Pinterest.
Social Pug – This adds social share buttons to your page. It helps with encouraging more social shares on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.
YoastSEO – I use this plug in to help me remember what I need to fix before I post a blog post. I also use it to edit the Meta description for each blog post.