Here is my list of resources for bloggers. This list includes resources every blogger should be using. Plus my web hosting , content management system and free email software.
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the resources listed below and recommend them because they are companies that I have found helpful and trustworthy. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below! This list will be constantly evolving as new plugins and services are released and updated.
My Web Hosting Companies
Affordable Web Hosting – Bluehost
Bluehost – Is my first web hosting company. They are one of the most affordable web hosting companies out there! They have 24/7 support, are integrated with WordPress in just one click and offer the 1st year of your domain name for free. They also give you a 30 day money back guarantee and a free SSL certificate.
Whats even better is that if you purchase Bluehost through one my links you will be offered a huge discounted price on any monthly subscription. They are perfect for low budget start ups. So if you want to get your website started today check out here!
- 24/7 hour support
- 1st year of your domain for free
- Free SSL certificate
- Very Affordable
Managed Web Hosting – BigScoots
BigScoots – Is my current web host. They are one of the best web hosting companies for medium sized bloggers. They offer fast hosting on private servers. I am using the managed wordpress package which I would recommend. Click here to see the wide range of benefits they offer.
- Private Servers
- Managed Web hosting
- Website email included
- Triple checked migration
Content Management System
WordPress.org – Is a free open source software with an easy to use layout with powerful features. This gives you will unlimited flexibility whilst building your website.
WordPress.org also offer a range of free and premium WordPress Themes. Themes give you a gigantic head start on building your website. They give you easy to use built in customisations like the menu bars and featured slider.
Each WordPress Theme has different customisations and is built differently. Make sure the theme has all the main features you want. Other features can also be added later down the line. I recommend only looking for themes with 4 stars and above
- Small learning curve but still perfect for no tech genius’s
- Allows unlimited flexibility
- Built in WordPress themes
- Completely free (just requires a web host)
Bluehost offers a one click integration with WordPress.org. You can find their very affordable plans and simple instructions on their top menu bar labeled ‘WordPress’.
Free Emailing Software
Mailchimp is my email marketing software. If you have seen the pop up or embedded ‘recipe newsletter’ on the side bar that has been made by Mailchimp. They offer a range of other features like landing pages, detailed analytics and weekly growth reports.
The best thing is they allow you to make a free account for up to 2000 subscribers. Check out their website here.
- Free for up to 2000 subscribers
- Powerful marketing features
- Free landing page
Photography & Graphic Editing Software
Adobe Photoshop is a graphic editor for windows or mac. This is where I edit and compress all the photos for this website. It has in depth editing features that can cover up blemishes, enhance bad lighting or colour correct photos.
There are other cheaper alternatives out there but in my opinion there are none as powerful and in depth as Adobe Photoshop.
- Photo editing
- Creating digital art
- Graphic design
- Making Gifs
Keyword Research Tool
Keysearch.co is a keyword research & Seo tool. It allows you to analyse keywords, phrases and websites.
Once you click research on your keyword it will analyse it using google API. This gives you one of the most accurate results out there. It will then show you a ton of information about that keyword, including…
- Monthly Searches
- Difficulty to rank
- The google page 1 ranked webpages/website
It will then give you information about the webpages on page 1 of google for the keyword. This includes…
- Page authority
- The amount of keywords linked to that webpage
- Search traffic of the webpage
- The domain authority of the website
- Search traffic for the website
On top of this you can analyse your and your competitors websites. You can track their organic keywords and analyse their website for Seo. If you are looking to bring traffic through google and optimise your Seo I highly recommend this tool!
- Uses google API for accurate results (most other key search softwares don’t)
- Analyse your website and your competitors
- Find highly searched monthly keywords