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Blogging Resources And Tools I Love in 2021

There are tons of blogging resources out there, all claiming to be the key to growing your blog and helping you hit the big time.

Since I launched my blog at the beginning of 2017, I have taken many courses, read numerous ebooks and tried out two different hosts and themes for my blog.

I have honestly spent hundreds (thousands?) of dollars on courses that didn’t amount to much or the latest must-have blogging tool that left me feeling a bit ripped off. 

The below are my tried and true blogging resources that will save you all the time and money I wasted in reading the wrong books and using sub-par products.

I started my blog in March 2017 and got my first page view that month. 3 Months later I was able to apply to a premium ad network (Mediavine). This has allowed me to drastically increase my income and even quit my full-time job to stay home with my children. 

From 70,000 page views in September 2017, I got my most ever page views this past summer with 350,000 in August 2019. Below you will find the tools blogging resources that I believe helped me get there plus read on for my most-read posts on blogging. 

Blogging resources

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10+ Best Blogging Resources 2021

Before we go through the list, I do want to point out that there is  a ton of free stuff for bloggers if you know where to look. You can get free WordPress themes, quality stock photos and even blogging courses without paying a dime. 

I do believe that you can have a great blog without spending much so make sure to look for all the free tools you can. 

Read my post on the The Best Free Stuff For Bloggers in 2021 for the latest freebies. 

 Free Courses For Bloggers 

First of all, nothing beats free! Grab as much free stuff as you can and make the most of blogger mailing lists and promotions. You would be surprised at the great information that you can get for free!

Create a Viral Pin Ebook

My free ebook on creating a pin that drives traffic and traffics the right audience. Click here to learn more and download the book.

Want a viral pin? Grab this free ebook that will show you step by step how to create a pin that goes viral and gets tons of traffic quickly! Grow your Pinterest traffic and get more exposure for your pins with these tips and tricks. Tips on how to create the perfect pin description, what size should pins be on Pinterest. How to use keywords on Pinterest. How to find pinnable images and free stock photos. What size pins to use. This is a free course for bloggers who want to grow their traffic.

Blog Traffic Bonus Guide

Lena Gott is one of my favorite bloggers and she offers free products that are packed with useful information. 

This free ebook is a bonus section of her course Traffic Transformation Guide (see below)  and is full of tips on optimizing content and growing your blog traffic easily.

FREE ebook on growing your blog traffic and increasing revenue for your blog

Paid Blogging Courses Worth Taking 

Traffic Transformation course

The best guide for boosting your blog traffic using different social media platforms. 

Read my full review of Traffic Transformation here.

Traffic Transformation guide to growing your blog traffic with social media

 

Pinteresting Strategies

THE way to learn about Pinterest algorithms and how to get the most out of your pinning.  This will always be my favorite Pinterest guide and is updated pretty regularly.

I talk about how this book helped me in this post.

Pinteresting strategies By Carly Campbell

 

 

Debbie Gartner Ebooks

Debbie is an SEO guru and I have all he  books are the best blogging resources money can buy in my opinion. 

I like her ebooks because Debbie is a blogger who makes her money from a website that is not about blogging. She shows you exactly how she makes money using her flooring website. 

Here are my favorite Debbie Gartner books that I feel are must-haves for bloggers:

Easy On-Page SEO

Easy Backlinks for SEO

SEO Bundle of both the above SEO books 

Easy SEO Revamp
(for intermediate/advanced)

Blogging Tips and Tricks 

Here are my top posts on blogging

Make Money Blogging Free Course

How To Find & Join The Best Pinterest Group Boards For Your Blog

How To Loop Pins Using Tailwind (in just 15 minutes a month)

How To Use Tailwind Tribes To Get More Blog Traffic Easily

The Pinterest Strategy That Skyrocketed My Blog Traffic

9 Simple Ways To Improve Your Pinterest Game Quickly

Domains and hosting

BlueHost

BlueHost is the best web host for new bloggers. Their pricing is great and they even offer a free SSL certificate (my previous host was charging me $99 just for this!).

If you are wondering why you need to have a self-hosted blog instead of using Wix or WordPress.com, well, the simple answer is that you won’t be able to make money from blogging as easily using those sites. If you intend to monetize your blog and place ads and affiliates, you really want to have a self-hosted WordPress blog with a hosting company like Bluehost.

Your hosting with Bluehost includes a free domain name (the www.) so in one click you will be all set.

You can get hosting for as low as $2.65 through my link.

If you need help setting up your blog, check out my guide to starting a blog


Bluehost hosting for new bloggers

 

Lyrical Host

Lyrical host is the hosting company I now use for Seaside Sundays. I was with Bluehost for the first two years and they were great but you will find that after your term is done, they increase the rates and it becomes pretty expensive. 

Enter Lyrical. Lyrical have really good rates for blogs with high traffic. If your blog grows quickly and you outgrow Bluehost or your hosting is up for renewal, I highly recommend checking out Lyrical. 

You can get 10% off your hosting with the discount code SEASIDE10 at Lyrical Host

Pinterest Marketing & Analytics

Tailwind is my go-to website for Pinterest analytics and the awesome Tailwind Communities that allow you to promote your blog posts for free to other Pinterest users.

Click here to read all about how to grow your Pinterest traffic with Tailwind Communities

Click here to get get a free month trial of Tailwind

 

Sources for Free Stock Photos

I like using a mix of paid and free stock photos depending on what I am looking for.

Check out my post of the 26 Awesome Sites That Offer Free Stock Photos for a list of great free options. 

More Blogging Resources 

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The Best Affiliate Networks That Accept New Bloggers!

From 0 to 90K Page views in 9 Months: Blog Report

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