ESSENTIALS FOR

YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS

I get so many questions about my favorite tools and resources for my creative blogging business so I thought I'd just list them all here.  I'm continually adding to it so be sure to come back to this page every so often for updates :)

 
 

Web Hosting

Bluehost

Bluehost is one of the most recommended hosting and domain name platforms around.  Ask almost any blogger about that!  Domains with Bluehost are very affordable!!  At $2.95 you just can't beat it.  Use my link to get that discounted rate.  And that also includes a FREE Domain!  If you are starting a blog, this is the most affordable and easiest way to go, especially for WordPress Blogs. 


Email List

ConvertKit

I've tried several email service providers for blogging.  But when it comes down to it, ConvertKit was built for bloggers and by a blogger. Try it for free here!  It is a phenomenal tool for converting your readers into your subscribers.  I love all of the automations and tagging features.  The ability to re-send emails to people who have not opened them yet is super cool!


Pinterest

Tailwind

This tool is an absolute game changer.  Everything changed when I implemented Tailwind into my Pinterest strategy.  I'm not in front of my computer all day long anymore manually pinning.  Hours upon hours of my life back!  Automation is key when it comes to blogging and this, my friends, is the bomb.  You can schedule all of your pins, including which boards to pin them to, how often and at specific times for your audience.  Hello Pinterest traffic!!!  Try Tailwind for free here.

How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale In 24 Hours

This crash course by Elise of House of Brazen was such an eye opener for me!  I highly recommend it and love the strategies taught here, because they actually work!!!

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

If you only had the time and financial means for one course, Michelle Schroeder's Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is hands down the one I would recommend. Michelle earns $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing and she shares exactly how in this course.  If you are a blogger, you need this course!


Graphics & Stock Photos

Canva

Canva makes creating blog post, social media and pinterest graphics so easy.  I have several templates that make creating new ones very easy.  This is a free tool, but there is a paid pro version, but it is not necessary.  

Jasmine Star's Social Curator

I cannot speak highly enough of Jasmine Star and her genius behind Social Curator.  She creates beautiful images no doubt, but her words steal my heart.  She is such a creative writer and I have learned so much about purpose and engagement with social media through Jasmine.  I highly recommend Social Curator for a boost to your social media platforms.


Goal Setting

PowerSheets by Lara Casey

When it comes to setting goals according to your purpose or calling I believe there is no better product on the market than PowerSheets by Lara Casey.  Her goal setting series this year was amazing and I am so glad to have gone through it.  I'll be updating mine monthly and will post my goals progress throughout the year too :)

Social Media Management

SmarterQueue

Social Media is meant to be social and fun, right?  Well, it can be again.  The secret is in scheduling the bulk of your social media content ahead in batches so you can still engage and truly be social with your followers at other times.  And SmarterQueue makes this possible!  By setting up tons of content in different "queues", this tool auto generates your content based on when you tell it to and to different platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups.  It has been a lifesaver for me!

Planoly

Oh how I love this Instagram planning tool!  As a photographer a pretty curated Instagram grid and feed is super important to me.  I want my Instagram feed to tell a story and Planoly helps me do just that.  I batch schedule my Instagram content at least a week in advance, sometimes two.  Planoly also has the ability to schedule stories too.  That's huge!