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50 Awesome Resources to Help You Jumpstart Your Blog Promotion!
Over the past few weeks, you’ve learnt why you should start a blog, how to start it with a bloody big bang and ten things I wish I knew before moving from Blogger to WordPress. So, today I wanted to share the best resources I use for blogging and blog promotion every dang day!
Moving from a free blogging platform to a self-hosted platform caused me a lot of problems and ended up costing me a lot of money.
Of course, that doesn’t mean the same things will happen to you, but I seriously recommend starting with a self-hosted blog with Bluehost from the very beginning. I chose Bluehost because it was excellent value for money for my needs.
UPDATE! As of February 2017 you can start a self-hosted blog for $5.95 a month!* That’s a flippin’ deal!
For those of you who don’t really want to go pro with a blogging career and only want to add a few extra pounds/dollars to your income then a free platform is ok.
Free Blog Platforms:
I use free design tools online all the time. I do use photoshop, but I love having design programs available in a browser because it means that I don’t have to store even more items/programs on my computer and I don’t have to be an amazing designer to use them (which I am definitely not).
- Canva – This site has saved my bacon. It’s where I’ve created all of my blog images and some of the free magazines available here on the blog.
- DesignSeeds – “celebrate colours found in nature and the aesthetic of purposeful living.” It’s my favourite place to find inspiring colour palettes.
- COLOURlovers – Loads of gorgeous colour palettes and trends!
- FontSquirrel – Free fonts for commercial usage
- PicMonkey – Photo editor and designer
The Highest Quality Free Stock:
I’ve been using free stock for a while now; there are some amazing websites out there!
I was also very impressed with the free image compressors that are listed below. It helped me to dramatically reduce my blog database size!
- StockSnap – Beautiful stock images. The search engine searches the best free stock resources to find the gorgeous images you need. It’s not a robust search engine so you may need to check these sites individually.
- Dreamstime – Stock photos and images with a Free Section that gets updated regularly
- Pexels – Fab Free stock photos, this is my first port of call on a free stock search.
- KaboomPics – More free stock photos and images
- Pixabay – Over 600,000 free pictures and videos and has a slightly more robust search function.
- Death to Stock Photo
- Tinyjpg/Tinypng: Compresses the size of your images before uploading – Photoshop plugin available
- Social Image Resizer Tool: Compress your images
- ResizeImage.net – Resize images without losing quality
Stuck For Post Ideas?
There are obviously going to be days where your mind is blank, you have no idea what you are going to do to fill up the content calendar, and you’re feeling a little uninspired.
There are generators online that can give you some fantastic ideas! Some pretty terrible ones too but you can just ignore them, or laugh first then ignore them.
- Portent: Content idea generator, I love this. A lot of it doesn’t make sense, but you can use it as a guideline.
- Blog Topic Generator: This topic generator at HubSpot is not bad, but I usually struggle to figure out what nouns to use if I’ve no idea what I want to write about. It’s free. You can keep refreshing. It’s the same templates over and over again with different applications.
- Co Schedule Blog Post Headline Analyser: Analyse your headline before publishing your post. This is amazing. I got an 80 score once. Felt like I’d won an Olympic gold medal! I was ready to do a lap of the craft room, but I settled for a screenshot instead.
- Headline Analyser – Honestly, the Co Schedule headline analyser is easier to use, and I prefer the general GUI (graphical user interface).
- BuzzSumo: Analyse the best performing content in your Niche.
- Mini Disclosures for each of your blog posts by Michael Hyatt, to comply with FTC guidelines.
- DisclosurePolicy.org – Generate a free disclosure policy for your blog! This is a great resource. I actually hired someone on Fiverr to write everything I needed for my blog.
- Grammarly – Free editing software
I am so easily distracted. I have tried so many different productivity systems in my time, but the best (for me) seems to be using Trello cards via the Pomello app.
- Pomello (I use the Chrome extension/Macbook App) – It’s a Pomodoro timer for Trello cards.
- FocusWriter (if you use wordpress.org, it has a unique feature that means when you click on the rich text editor, the rest of the screen fades to grey. It creates a little focus window.)
When you decide to use Pomello, you hook up your Trello account, and when you want to start a task you just pick from your list of cards, and a timer begins ticking. You get 25 minutes to work on a task, and you can decide to start a new task after a break or continue with the task you are working on. I can highly recommend it.
Social Media Automation:
Social Media Automation is incredible. You can set up all of your social media messages in advance so that they can go out even when you decide to take a day off. How amazing is that?!
- Co-Schedule – An awesome editorial content calendar and social media sharing for your content.
- Board Booster -For Pinterest automation, this is what I am currently using to drip Pinterest pin’s into my board’s on a regular basis.
- Tailwind – more Pinterest automation/scheduling and really powerful analytics!
I really recommend using E-mail marketing from the very beginning of your blog career. You would want to start collecting e-mail addresses immediately.
People don’t just give over their e-mail addresses willy-nilly.
If someone lands on your site or wants to download something you have created, you have an opportunity to start a conversation with that person. The conversation can start in the form of a newsletter.
- Mail chimp – I’ve used this recently until it outgrew my needs but it’s perfect for a small list
LeadPages– Creates gorgeous opt-in forms and boxes to build your mailing list
- ConvertKit – What I’m using now. I’ve only sent one newsletter so far, so I will be able to tell you a lot more in a few weeks, once I am used to the new layouts and features.
Can you believe that was 50 resources already?
The list doesn’t seem so long when it’s broken up does it?
Don’t open all of these links at once; you will end up feeling overwhelmed. Believe me, I know!
I have a bonus tip – download xTab if you use Chrome, you can limit a number of tabs you have open at any one time and block any new tabs for opening up!
Do you have any more amazing resources for me? I hope you find these resources useful for your blog promotion and it gets easier. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or e-mail me using the little tab at the bottom of the screen!