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When I first started learning about blogs I was so overwhelmed with all the different resources available out there. I didn’t know where to begin and so I didn’t. I would get cold feet worried I would make the wrong decision and then it all be for nothing. I finally took several plunges and exactly what I was afraid of happened. I didn’t end up liking what I had purchased and that was money wasted.
I had read all the free information I could find so I knew that making an investment was necessary to learn the “good stuff”. Again I made some investments that were good and some that were bad. I have since decided they were all good because now I know what works and what doesn’t for me!
One of the BEST investments I made and I am so thankful I did was this course! The author has several other courses and ebooks (like this one on Amazon Affiliate Marketing and this one on her Income Journey) that I also recommend because I have read/taken almost all of them and so far they all are amazing!
What I was nervous about when I first started is what all strings were attached to blogging. What all did I have to pay for? I didn’t have ANY money to spare so I wanted to know for sure what all costed money and what all didn’t.
I have discovered that most resources worth getting are going to cost you something. Now mind you this is a business you are starting and it costs thousands to start a brick and mortar business. Shoot it cost thousands for my husband to start his lawn care business! I have not spend more than $200-250 tops to start my blogging business.
I know what you are thinking…that’s still alot of money! Trust me I know! But since bitting the bullet and buying some much needed resources it has made a night and day difference for my blog! I mean I actually have a blog now! Before trying to find every free version got me no where. I personally couldn’t even start!
I am sure there are other bloggers out there that have advice on how to be sucessful with free resources but I am sorry I am not one of them.
I am as cheap as they come (I have to be my husband spends way too much lol) but that is how I was raised so again TRUST ME I don’t like spending money and I will find any way around having to buy something if I can.
That all being said I will get straight to the list of resources I recommend and I have personally purchased and use for my blog.
PicMonkey (free version) – Photo editing
Grammarly – Grammar check
Color-Hex – Get color codes to keep blog colors universal
Pexels – Stock images
Canva – Photo editing
Rich Pins – Adds extra detail to your pins from your website
Loom – Video program
Adsense – put ads on your blog
Affiliate programs – get paid when someone purchases through your link
Plug-Ins (free to start upgrades can cost)
-W3 Total Cache
-Better Click To Tweet
-Social Media Share Icons
-Pinterest Pin It Button Hover
Free First Month Blog Plan Course – Free course that walks you through the first month of blogging
Pinterest Primer Course – Free course that teaches you how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog
Name Cheap – Domain name provider
Site Ground – Hosting provider
Convertkit – Automated email service provider
Elegant Themes (Divi) – Theme for your blog. This is the theme I use. It has so many amazing features but my favorite it the drag and drop capability. I can build my blog in a live view.
Tailwind & Board Booster – Automatically pins to your Pinterest account for you. If you use my Tailwind link you will get the first month free to try it out.
Teachable – Course creation
Blog by Number Course – The course I took that taught me how to do all of this.
Make Money Blogging at Any Level eBook – An awesome eBook for beginning bloggers. I quick read full of awesome information about ads and ad placement.
Pin to Profits Foundation Course – A course on how to use Pinterest to drive awesome traffic to your blog.
The author that made the course I mentioned above is currently offering a FREE course for new bloggers! I don’t know how long it will be FREE so I wanted to get it out to all my readers! You can find the FREE course here!
Please let me know if you have any questions!!