RESOURCES TO HELP YOUR BLOG SUCCEED + MAKE SOME MONEY
I thought it would be a great idea to have this resources page where you can come to find tools + programs I use + recommend! I’ll be sharing my favorite blog design tools, plug-ins, affiliate programs, blog platforms, money saving sites & MORE!
Disclaimer: Some links are affiliate HOWEVER, I always ONLY share what I LOVE no matter what!
BLOG DESIGN + PLATFORM
I always recommend self hosting your wordpress account! If you can afford the 3.95$ a month it’s the way to go! (especially seeing as how wordpress .com is actually more pricey and less bang for your buck!) Self hosting will give you access to a ton of plug-ins and give you the most design freedom! You will be able to also have your own domain name which is IDEAL!
Self Host I Use & ALWAYS recommend: Site Ground
I recommend Site Ground for multiple reasons; Their fast speed servers (never crashes or causes errors), High Security (+ SSL Certificates), Fast responding knowledgable support team, + the fact that they offer free site transfers! (if you need to transfer from wordpress .com , blogger, or a different host – they make it that much easier for NO additional cost!)
WordPress Plug-in Recommendations Once you Self Host:
Sumo – For share buttons!
Akismet – For comment spam protection
Jet Pack – For quick site stat estimate
Instagram Feed – To add your Instagram feed to your blog
Easy Facebook Liker – To add a quick and fast way to like your business Facebook page via your blog!
Yoast SEO – To guide you through achieving perfect SEO (to help have your posts rank higher on google.
W3 Total Cache – Caches your wordpress pages to improve SEO
Contextual Posts – Decreases the bounce rate because it will show related posts of yours at the end of each post.
MiloTree – This is a plugin that will have a popup that alternates from either showing your (instagram, twitter, Facebook or other sites) for your readers to follow.
GoogleXML Sitemaps – So that search engines can better index your blog
Google Analytics for WordPress – Best site stat tracker!
Page Builder – Let’s you customize your page with the drag + drop feature.
WP Maintenance Mode – Plug in to use when you are tweaking or working on your blog and you don’t want your readers to see the mess.
Pretty Link – create custom URLs to make URLs more appealing (especially affiliate URLs)
WP E-Commerce – Shopping cart plug in – if you sell products, this is how your audience would purchase them! (services and digital downloads too)
WPTouch – Perfect to transform your website to a mobile device, to make for a better mobile viewing.
CoSchedule – Helps with scheduling (editorial calendar)
WP to Twitter – Will automatically post a tweet from your blog to twitter.
Click to Tweet – Add a tweet to your post and all they have to do is hit “click to tweet”
Dropbox Backup + Restore – To backup your wordpress blog so you don’t have to worry about it being wiped from your hard drive!
Ultimate NoFollow – If you do sponsored posts it’s essential to have no follow links. This will give you the option to check if you want the link to be nofollow and it will fix the link for you!
PURCHASE A THEME OR MEDIA KIT
BluChic – Feminine themes
Creative Market – Both theme and media kits found here!
ThemeForest – Both theme and media kits found here!
Etsy – Both theme and media kits found here!
GRAPHICS + PINTEREST
Create Perfect Pin graphics, blog graphics, logos and more with CANVA. I SWEAR BY CANVA.
Set your blog up for success by scheduling your pins using Tailwind ! Once you schedule your pins, you will notice your Pinterest stats RISING and your blog traffic will BOOM! I used to only manually pin but NOW I recently started utilizing Tailwind to see what the hype was about and I love it! It also allows you to track your pins + see what WORKS and what doesn’t. Pinterest is one of the biggest sources of blog traffic for me! So you should definitely try it out!
If you use my link you will receive 15$ towards Tailwind to use when you first sign up.
Read how to utilize Pinterest for your blog traffic HERE
Build Your Email List
Email List Builder – I use MailerLite (free for up to 1,000 subscribers. If you use MY LINK you can get 20$ credit to use towards any upgrades) Building your email list is important because those who subscribe to your blog are your RIDE OR DIES. They are here for your content! It’s great to keep your subscribers all in one place, this is the best way to do so! Social media may not be forever, so grow your email list just in case!
Viglink – I just found out about Viglink but love it! Viglink works with thousands of different brands to start monetizing your blog with affiliate links! All of the affiliate companies you need to work with in one place!
Awin – Another favorite affiliate program to join! Has a ton of brands to work with.
ShareASale – Another great affiliate platform to join that has a ton of affiliate programs to offer!
Flex Offers – A great way to earn extra income via affiliate link programs.
ShopStyleCollective – This is great for beauty/fashion bloggers. You can create product widgets too for your blog to display each item you mention in your post. They also pay per click not only sale!
Amazon Affiliates – Making money via amazon affiliate links is a little more difficult, BUT it has EVERY PRODUCT under the sun, in my opinion.
Influencer/Marketing Platforms (join to find brands to work with)
InfluenceHER – They email you any brand collabs that are available.
Social Native – Another platform that gets you connected with paid collaborations with brands.
Style Collective – Once you sign up you have access to all the resources (like a list of brands that work with bloggers!)
Influenster – Earn badges and qualify for free product vox boxes!
Octoly – You receive 5 coins when you first are approved. One coin gets you a free product to try out and once you review it you get the coin back to try out a new product! (usually you need 10,000 + followers to get accepted into program)
Revfluence – a platform that brands use to find influencers! I scored a deal with a mattress company via this platform.
Support Groups for Bloggers
Boss Girl Bloggers – A group that I actually started of over 23,000 female bloggers + entrepreneurs that help each other learn, and grow successfully!
Style Collective – A group of female fashion bloggers – free resources to help you succeed – & meet ups always being planned!
Join Palm – A community that once you are approved you get put into an instagram pod + can meet other influencers on instagram. Also get deals on products (for less)
SAVE MONEY + MAKE MONEY
Ebates – I am always using Ebates when I shop because it gives you CASH BACK! Who doesn’t love getting cash back when shopping? It’s a no brainer!
SwagBucks – I love Swagbucks because they pay you to do the easiest of things like take surveys, watch videos, shopping online + more! You earn points that are redeemable for cash back or gift cards! Easy way to make some side cash!
AIRBNB – I am a HUGE fan of AirBNB because it’s more affordable than hotel stays! When you plan on traveling, look at places on airbnb FIRST! Guaranteed a more affordable stay! A lot of the homes you can stay in are SUPER cute too (:
THE BEST OF ELLDUCLOS BLOG TIPS
How to Pitch & Work with Brands – In this post I break down how to work with, get noticed by, and pitch to brands! It’s super detailed and FREE content for YOU!
How to Make Money with Affiliate Links – If you want to start incorporating affiliate links, I suggest you give this a read!!
How to Start a Blog & Make Money (6 month journey) – I started my blog and began to make my first steady income 5-6 months later! In this post I tell you how I did it!
How to Increase Your Instagram Engagement – Let’s face it! Instagram is a pretty important aspect of your blogging life! And it’s no secret that getting engagement and following ever since the algorithm shifted is HARD! Well, here you can read some tips and tricks that I learned to increase Instagram engagement!
I also offer Blog Coaching sessions where we can talk one on one for one hour about ANYTHING you need help with when it comes to blogging! Whether it be figuring out social media or blog traffic strategies, OR learning how to use WordPress! I also love teaching others how to work with brands and score their first brand collaboration! If you are ever interested check out my SERVICES page.
Hopefully these resources helped you out!! (: