Starting a new blog or business can be overwhelming.
So, I’ve compiled a list of all my favorite tools that I use and love to keep my business running.
You’ll find my must have resources for new bloggers to help you build a beautiful blog, social media tools, the best Facebook groups for bloggers, and much more!
This post contains affiliate links. If you are a purchase through one of my links, I’ll earn a small commission. We’re talking latte money, not enough to buy a pony. I only recommend products that I use or have used, and love.
WordPress (self-hosted, not wordpress.com)
BlueHost for domains and hosting, see my blog on which host to choose (coming soon)
HostGator for domains and hosting, see my blog on which host to choose (coming soon)
GoDaddy for domains and hosting – I purchase all my domains here and host all my websites here. I love their customer service. Anytime I’ve had issues, I call and get to speak to an actual person and they’re always super helpful.
Pretty Darn Cute Design for gorgeous feminine WordPress Themes
Yoast SEO is a great tool for optimizing your website for search engines.
Woocommerce for creating my shop and selling digital or physical products.
301 Redirects to quickly and easily change links to old posts and pages.
Compress JPEG & PNG Images compresses the images on your site, which speeds up your sites load times
Instagram Feed to create that cute little banner at the bottom of my website.
Shareaholic for the share buttons at the bottom of my posts, related content, and floating share buttons
Get Response – The best online marketing solution. Includes, Autoresponders, landing pages, marketing automation.
Convertkit – Best email marketing platform, hands down, and super easy to use. I’ve tried other platforms that I was never able to really wrap my head around. Convertkit makes it so simple.
Shareasale – A few of the affiliate programs I’m part of include Blurb, Ashley Brooke Designs, StudioPress, + Pretty Darn Cute Designs. When you sign up and refer others to join, some of these programs offer a referral bonus!
AWIN – I joined AWIN so I could be an Etsy affiliate, but the big bonus is that they’ll pay you cash money for every referral you send their way that signs up for AWIN.
Convertkit – Affiliates earn 30% recurring commission on each person they refer to ConvertKit.
Graphics + Design
Canva for creating pins and graphics for my website and social media. They offer free and paid options.
PicMonkey is another great (free!) tool for creating blog graphics
Canon DSLR for beautiful photos. Sometimes my mobile phone just doesn’t cut it and I have to bust out the DSLR
Wonderlass Stock Photos – Sign up for Alison’s email list and get a pack of super colorful stock images for FREE
Creative Market for… EVERYTHING! Seriously – stock photos, wordpress themes, icons, graphics, social media templates, AND… they have brand new FREE goods every week. They have amazing deals with items starting at just $2
Social Media Tools
Bitly for shortening links and tracking individual link analytics
Tailwind for scheduling Pinterest. Tailwind has been a game changer for increasing my blog traffic –
Business Organization + Planning
Trello for business and life organization, project, virtual assistant, and team management
Blog + Life Planner for business planning, setting goals, blog tracking and more
Google G Suite – Drive, Docs, and Voice.
IFTTT stands for If This Then That. Use their Applets to bring services you’re already using together with other services, to do awesome stuff! For example, you can use an applet to automatically post your instagram posts to twitter.
Ashley Brooke Designs for cute office supplies and accessories
Sarah Morgan of XO Sarah
Denise Duffield-Thomas of Lucky Bitch
Carrie Green of Female Entrepreneur Association
Allison Marshall of Wonderlass
Christie Vachon of Living for Naptime
Mariah Coz of Femtrepreneur
Pauline Cabrera of Twelveskip
Favorite Facebook Groups
Online Biz BFFs – Update: This group has been archived and no longer accepts new members 🙁
Creative Superheroes – My favorite!
Love your business love your life: Free 17 page workbook