Regardless of what type of blog you’re running, you’re absolutely going to need a number of tools to help you grow. Below are some of the Blogging Tools that I use to both run, and monetize this blog. I’ve included some other tools that I’ve used in the past, and still recommend. These are the best tools to grow your blog now.
Domain Name & Hosting
The first thing you’re going to need for your brand new blog is what you know by now is a domain name, and a place to put your new endeavor. You’re going to need hosting.
Comparing Hosting Companies
There are lots of hosting companies out there, and most are very good. Your best bet is to compare price if you’re stressed about that, and make a decision from there.
I use this company for most of my blogs, simply because they’re the company that I started out with years ago.
Their customer service is awesome, they’re always quick and helpful whenever I’ve had to access them. And when they say that their plans are $2.88 a month, they mean $2.88 a month. And that’s ACTUALLY on a month to month basis.
In addition, you get up to 50 free SSL Certificates with every hosting account, and free domain privacy!
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Graphic Design / Marketing Tools
Below are some Blogging Tools & Resources in the form of graphic design tools that I know you’ll find useful.
I love this cool piece of software. It’s great for ‘pin sized’ graphics for platforms like Pinterest, as well as other types of graphics tasks. Not a bad price at $7.99/month. Well worth the dough.
Picmonkey comes with a 14 day, full featured FREE trial, which I always recommend you take them up on. It’s the best way to figure out whether or not you like a product.
Ok…I recently discovered a love for this app because I actually can use it anywhere…and anytime…and I do. It’s also very easy to use, has so many templates to choose from that you can create your marketing on the go!
I create many of my Pinterest pins with this app now, because it’s so easy to use, but truthfully speaking, I switch between Picmonkey and Canva, because you can never have too many marketing apps on your phone 🙂
I use Fiverr for things like logos and graphics on the fly (when I’m too lazy to do it myself). Super cheap, and I’ve been using them for years, and I’ve never had a complaint 🙂 You can find lots of vendors here who’ll do your project starting at five bucks. Can’t beat that 🙂
Let’s face it; absolutely NO BUSINESS can survive without marketing. Period.
That said, here are some super cool tools to help you scale your business, while managing your marketing tasks.
Drip helps to move your e-commerce marketing forward. It’s one of the best tools to help your blog grow now.
Build personalized customer experiences, drive more revenue, and take your marketing strategy to the next level with Drip.
Hubspot is the Swiss Army Knife of the online business. You name it, they’ve got it. From CRM platforms to Email Marketing you can find just about anything you need here.
They’ve even got SEO training! You’ve GOT TO give them a try!
Email Marketing Tools
AWeber – a email/newsletter management tool that I use on a couple of my blogs
SumoMe – a tool to help you collect email addresses through a number of cool popups, hello bars, welcome mats and other tools.
Mailchimp – I started my email marketing journey with Mailchimp, and I still use it for my blogs that have less than 2000 subscribers 🙂
Mailmunch – This email marketing tool actually syncs with Mailchimp, which is awesome. Using the basic version is free (Yay!), but if you want the fancy templates etc., it’s gonna cost you (not much though). The signup bar at the top of this blog, and the drop down signup for the “Real Talk” series are both from Mailmunch.
Monetizing that Bad Boy!
Adsense – Probably the easiest way to monetize your blog if you’re new. Once your blog grows and you’re getting much more traffic, you can migrate to other ad networks.
Media.Net – Another super easy way to monetize blog traffic.
More to come. Stay tuned… 😉