When you are just starting on your blogging journey, it can seem that you are simply bleeding money. From choosing the right hosting package, buying a WordPress Theme and deciding whether to splurge on a logo, blog expenses add up quickly.
The good new is that not everything has to cost money. If you want to get your blog up and running quickly and as cheaply as possible, you need to take advantage of every freebie you can find.
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When I started Seaside Sundays I discovered that a lot of bloggers offer great free courses or planners in exchange for your email address. This is a great way to get some knowledge under your belt without spending. It also allows you to “try before you buy” and check out different teaching styles before you decide on which courses you want to buy.
My Favorite Free Stuff For Bloggers In 2018
Free Blogging Courses
These completely free courses will help you with social media marketing, branding and starting to monetize your site.
Free Blog Traffic Bonus Guide – this is a must-read for any new blogger who wants to grow their traffic.
How to create a viral pin – my free ebook on getting noticed on Pinterest.
Instagram Authority – awesome free course on Instagram marketing and growing followers.
How to make money blogging – Free 5 day course on monetizing your blog
Classy – Free guide to branding and getting a great reputation online from branding expert Olyvia.
Planners will help you plan out your editorial calendar, social media posts and brainstorm blog post ideas.
Free Pinterest Planner for 2018 – I used the 2017 version and downloaded the 2018 one the second it was published. This planner from Kate at Simple Pin Media is awesome. Make sure to check out their podcasts too.
Free Weekly Social Media Planner – a weekly planner for Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook with a pre-scheduled plan and daily tasks to keep you on track.
Free Fonts, Photos & Social Media Images
There are tons of options for free photos, free fonts and other images.
Creative Market – Sign up and get 6 free items a week (from fonts to styled stock photos and clip art).
The Hungry jpeg – Get tons of free fonts and photos (look for the freebies section at the top).
Lily Liseno – Get over 10 freebies including a free WordPress theme, blog headers & social media icons.
Bloguettes Social Media freebies – Download over 20 awesome freebies such as Blog Post title Templates, social media icons, Pinterest graphic templates & more at the Bloguettes website.
Simplifying DIY Design – get a bunch of free editable Canva templates plus cheat sheets for creating printables, social media templates and more.
Products that help you run your blog
Tailwind – Although the free trial at this link will give you 100 pins to schedule for free, the main draw of Tailwind for me is the awesome Tailwind Tribes which are always free. Tribes are a way to get your content out to other bloggers and promoted on Pinterest. A lot of bloggers find they help even more than Pinterest group boards.
You can read more about how I use Tailwind tribes here.
Canva – completely free photo editing with tons of great templates.
Mailerlite – set up an email subscriber list and send out newsletters completely free. (up to 1000 subscribers).
Payoneer – this ingenious site gives you access to bank accounts in different countries so that you can accept payments Worldwide. It’s great for sites like Amazon Associates that don’t pay by Paypal, especially if you have accounts with Amazon One (UK, Canada, US & Japan).
Get $25 free from Payoneer once your deposit balance reaches $1000 at this link.
Know about more great free stuff for bloggers? Comment below and I’ll add it in!
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