DOMAIN + HOSTING + THEME
SiteGround– I use this to host my website and i have written a detailed post here on how to set up and run your blog in ten easy steps.
NameCheap– The cheapest domain name provider. Plans start at $8 for a single domain name.
Designer Blogs– Want a refreshing, clean and unique premium theme? I love this platform and it has a ton of free stuff that helps you be a more productive blogger! I would particularly recommend this for fashion, beauty or lifestyle bloggers.
ThemeIsle WordPress Themes: If you’re looking for a premium wordpress theme, look no further! ThemeIsle themes come in easy to install, quick and customizable versions for an affordable price.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
Tailwind– Everyone who has a blog in travel, lifestyle, fashion, beauty or personal development should check out this tool. Not only has Tailwind saved me from manual pinning, it has increased my reach from Pinterest to 50k monthly unique viewers in 1 month. Get Your First Month On Tailwind Free When You Sign Up Here!
Kicksta– Looking to grow your Instagram following but tired of the follow/unfollow game? Let the professionals take care of your Instagram growth marketing.
PicMonkey: Get Pinterest perfect designs which are easy and fun to create using PicMonkey. As mentioned, the power of good design cannot be ruled out especially when it comes to Pinterest Marketing.
Canva: One of the most intuitive and easy graphic design tools I have come across, you can pretty much create any graphic you want on Canva for FREE.
Pixabay: Limited but free stock photos that you can use for your blog’s featured images as well as for creating Pinterest designs on PicMoney or Canva.
MailChimp: The tool that I use to build me email list, is also free upto 2000 subscribers with incremental slabs after you cross the threshold. I have integrated Mailchimp to wordpress and also used it to create free landing pages, including the one that you ended up on to download this free guide.
Sumo: An excellent tool for converting website visitors into email subscribers via lead magnets or plain old pop-ups. My email list is growing by 25% month on month only via Sumo. The plugin is free until 200 subscribers, but is chargeable once you cross that threshold like most other email marketing tools.
Optin Monster: The best conversion optimization tool that exists in the market, especially with exit intent pop-ups. If you’re looking to seriously up your conversion rate optimization and boost email subscribers, definitely look into Optin Monster’s paid version.
Maven – A visual platform connected with retailers where you can save your favourite products, share it across social media or on your blog and get direct commissions. It works on Pinterest as well! Sign Up Here To Start Making Money.
Share A Sale Affiliate Program: One of the best and widest affiliate programs with global merchants. The platform is incredibly easy to use and very diverse for bloggers from various niches.
EXPANDING YOUR BLOG INTO A BUSINESS
Udemy: If you’re a newbie blogger looking to drive revenue and traffic back to your blog, start with Udemy’s online platform to create courses for anything under the sun and get paid doing the same.
Fresh Books: A life saver for small businesses or start-ups that want to keep a track of their expense/income reports but no idea where to start. The best part is that you can use it to generate invoices to your clients too.