Blogging and Business

When I started blogging in 2014, I had no idea the impact it would have on my life. What started as just a hobby and a creative outlet has turned into a business that has completely changed my career trajectory!

If you’ve landed on this page, I’m guessing you either have a blog or have been thinking about starting one. If so, you came to the right place!

This page is filled with all of the blogging tips, tools, resources, and strategies I wish I would have had when starting my own blog. On this page, you’ll find resources on everything from starting your blog to growing your traffic to making money.

There are affiliate links on this page, meaning I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. For more information, see my full disclosure policy here.

Starting a Blog

 

If you haven’t started your blog yet, or even if you have started but you’re still new to blogging, take some time to check out these articles and resources. Starting a blog is a LOT of work, and these resources will help you to eliminate some of the frustration and overwhelm!

How to Start a Blog in 2019 – a comprehensive guide walking you through every step of starting your own blog on WordPress

Start a Successful Blog While Working Full-Time – a guide to building a profitable blog while working a full-time job

9 Things to Do Before You Launch Your Blog – a blog posts where I share all the things you need to do before launching your blog

 

Growing Your Blog

 

Starting your blog is only the first step. Here are my favorite blog posts on growing your blog.

How to Grow Your Blog in 2019 – a blog post where I share the best strategy for growing your blog this year

How to Skyrocket Your Blog Traffic with Tailwind – a blog post where I share a tutorial on my favorite tool for growing your Pinterest traffic

Blog Faster: How to Grow Your Blog When You’re Short on Time – a blog post where I share lessons on blogging more in less time

How to Drive Traffic with Old Blog Posts – a blog posts where I share how to drive traffic to old blog posts and WHY it’s worth your time

Tools to Automate Your Blog Promotion – a blog post where I share my favorite tools for automating your blog promotion and driving traffic to your blog

 

Making Money Blogging

 

One of my favorite things about blogging has been being able to make money doing something I love! Here are a few posts to help you make money blogging.

How to Make Money Blogging – a blog post where I share all the ways you can make money on your blog

Tax Tips for Bloggers & How I Manage My Blog Finances – a blog post where I share everything you need to know about managing your finances and filing taxes as a blogger

 

The Tools I Use

 

These are the tools I use every day on my blog to keep things running smoothly. I couldn’t run my business without these tools!

SiteGround – my #1 recommendation for a WordPress host for new bloggers. They have the best services, the best features, and the best customer support I’ve experienced. You can get your first year of hosting for just $3.95 per month through this link.

Divi Theme – the theme I recommend to new bloggers because it’s a completely drag and drop editor, meaning you need zero design or coding experience.

ConvertKit – the best email service provider for both new and experienced bloggers. It helps you to grow your email list, create simple landing pages to promote your opt-ins, build funnels to make money from your email list

Tailwind – my favorite tool to help you grow your Pinterest traffic. Pinterest is the #1 source of traffic to my blog, thanks to Tailwind!

Planoly – the best drag and drop tool to help you plan and schedule your Instagram posts and stories. Plus it’s free to use when you post fewer than 30 images per month!

SmarterQueue – the best scheduling tool for Facebook and Twitter that allows you to add evergreen content – meaning SmarterQueue shares your content over and over again with no extra work on your end!

 

My Favorite Blogging eBooks & Courses

 

I have taken so many online courses since starting my blog. These are my favorites and the ones that have had the biggest impact on my blog success.

Blog With a Full-Time Job – a course that teaches you how to start and monetize a blog while working full time (hands down the best blogging course I have taken)

Traffic Transformation – an eBook about growing your blog traffic to hundreds of thousands of page views per month

Pinning Perfect – a course that teaches you the best strategy to grow and automate your Pinterest traffic

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – a course that teaches you to make money with your blog through affiliate marketing

Making Sense of Sponsored Posts – a course that teaches you to make money with sponsored posts

Six Figure Blogger – a course that teaches you to make six figures from your blog by creating digital products

Earn More Writing – a course that teaches you to make money as freelance writing

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