My Recommended Resources Every Blogger Needs
Every blogger needs resources to help them run their blog. It’s possible to do it without any external help, but it makes it ridiculously tough. And why wouldn’t you get help from others? People have so many great things to offer! I’ve compiled this list of the resources every blogger needs, to give you a head start.
Before We Start
If you haven’t already started your blog but have been thinking about it, then you’re going to need to read my guide on how to start a blog. It breaks it down into easily implemented steps to have your blog up and running in less than half an hour.
I’ve recently switched my hosting across to SiteGround, and I couldn’t be happier! My blog loads soo much quicker, and their support during the transfer has literally been amazing.
I have a full guide on getting set up with Mailerlite and using it to get your first email subscriber which you would definitely find useful if you’re wanting to get started with an email list but have no idea where to begin.
I wanted to create this handy guide to show some of the best resources I’ve come across since launching AIMH, and how they have given me some seriously useful elements within my business.
These are my top 5 blogger resources!
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1. Haute Stock
I came across Haute Stock a few months ago and I’m completely hooked. They do absolutely amazing stock photos that you can use across your blog and your social media. Amazing quality, a massive amount of choice, and great flexibility – Haute Stock have it all! They will totally transform the look of your blog.
These are some examples of their photos:
The membership is $99 for three months, which works out at just under £74. For three months’ subscription, I think that’s pretty damn amazing, considering the quality of the photos, and the usability they come with!
You can even edit the photos and add in your own filters, text and logos to make the images sit in line with your own brand. I’ve found that the choices are unbelievable, and I have so many in my reserves ready to use!
They add new photos on the 1st and the 15th of each month too, so you’ll never be short of stunning new images to use on your website.
Images and photography is such a massive part of your blog – and whilst it’s important to learn and get better at taking your own photos, there’s nothing wrong with using stock photos!
I talk about Haute Stock in my Blogging Expenses post, where I go through all the subscriptions I use for AIMH, that make me work more efficiently!
If you’re looking for a photo editor, then this is the place to go! So many bloggers will tell you the same thing – Canva is amazing for creating social media images, blog images, headers, and so much more. Believe me, you will fall in love with the functionality of Canva.
I use it for Pinterest mostly because they provide a set of templates that work for each kind of image, and Pinterest is the place I am working on for driving traffic to my site. The templates make it super easy to create pinnable images!
Another great feature is the option to create headers for all of your social media profile pages. I used Canva to make my Twitter header, and I love the minimalistic and simple design.
I’ve found graphics to be one of the hardest things I’ve had to learn about on my blogging journey! I started my blog with no idea how to edit images apart from using Paint! It’s laughable when you look back but I know so many people started the same way!
Using Canva makes it really easy to learn how to create your own beautiful graphics that you are excited and happy to share with others, rather than embarrassed. And surely that’s an amazing thing.
Using a great email service provider makes life sooo much easier. Contacting your readers via email is the best way to make a stronger, better connection with those interested in what you’ve got to say. I recently moved across to Mailerlite, and I couldn’t be happier with them.
They are free for your first 1000 subscribers, and you get all kinds of useful features that you have to pay for with other service providers. Mailerlite makes it so easy to create stunning, on-brand forms, landing pages, and automated sequences for your email list, which is great if you’re not massively tech minded.
I’ve found since moving across, my subscriber list has been growing much quicker too!
Focusing on getting email subscribers should definitely be a priority if you are a blogger. These are your people, and having a way to contact them directly is a real privilege. You have the opportunity to keep them informed of everything that’s going on with your blog, the new products you have available, and when you write new posts.
Check out my guide to getting your first email subscriber if you’re yet to start you list. I teach you how to get set up with Mailerlite and how to create your first email form so that you can begin collecting those extremely valuable email addresses!
Social media is an amazing tool – but you own your email list.
This is an obvious one if you’re not new to WordPress. There are literally thousands of plugins available and choosing the right ones can be a bit stressful! But once you’ve got the right ones, your blog can really hit its sweet spot!
I’ve researched and honed down the ones that I think are an absolute necessity for your blog.
Yoast SEO is definitely the most useful plugin I’ve installed to assist with my blog. It has a lot of useful features that make setting up your posts to be SEO friendly so actionable! You can choose the keyword that suits your post best, write a meta-description for when your post comes up in search engines, and so much more.
The Editorial Calendar plugin is also a massive help. It gives you a virtual calendar for your posts, and you can drag and drop drafts, create new ones to fit gaps, and schedule them directly from one place.
It makes managing your blog so much easier, and I’d be lost without it now!
If you are looking to monetize your blog, then you have lots of different options. If affiliate marketing appeals to you, then I would recommend Awin.
Awin provide access to thousands of different brands that you can join as a marketer, and they handle a lot of the background work for you. There are some great brands to try – such as Superdrug, ASOS.com, Benefit Cosmetics UK, and more!
I love using Awin because of how easy it is to get set up and their customer service is spot on! They have lots of different tools that you can use too. Whether it’s just creating a simple link, or finding a banner from one of your favourite brands – Awin makes it so simple to start advertising the products you love.
I’ve written a full guide on using Awin to make money from your blog which you can check out for more info!
Every blogger needs resources, and these are my top 5 that I know will make a massive difference to your own blog! Since I started All In My Head, I’ve learnt so much about the things that work for you, and the things that don’t. Of course, a lot of it is down to personal choice, and where you want to take your site.
Don’t ever feel like you HAVE to do follow things you read about from other bloggers. It’s your own journey and there isn’t anything worse than feeling like you’re doing the wrong thing. If you’re writing and you’re happy – then you’re doing it right 🙂
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