There are so many tools available for bloggers today.  Some are amazing and will really help you grow and be more productive.  Others are a waste of your hard earned money.  I put together this toolbox to show you which tools, resources, courses and products I use in my blog business.

Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.

Hosting

WordPress.org: a blogging platform that requires you to buy your own hosting (this is what I use now). This is definitely the option I’d recommend if you’re ever thinking of trying to earn money from you blog.

WordPress.com: the free version of WordPress. Your URL will look something like www.myblog.wordpress.com.

Bluehost: This is another hosting option that many bloggers use.  They are also inexpensive, easy to work with and have excellent customer service.

Design

Genesis: Genesis is the framework behind your WordPress theme.  It provides helpful functionality for a variety of child themes.  It allows your website to function better without the bloat of free or standalone themes.

Restored 316: A collection of beautiful Genesis child themes for all niches.

Pretty Darn Cute Designs: Another resource for gorgeous Genesis child themes.

Training

Building a Framework:  This is a comprehensive eBook by Abby Lawson of Just a Girl and Her Blog.  She covers everything you need to know about starting a successful blog.

Pinning Perfect: This self-paced, online class from Melissa of Blog Clarity teaches you everything you need to know to become a Pinterest Master.

Productivity

Planner: I love this printable blog planner from CarrieElle

Evernote:  I use Evernote to organize and store information that I always need to reference.  Some of the information I store in Evernote includes:  About Me information for sponsored post applications, affiliate links, research for blog posts and so much more!  Here is a great guide on getting the most out of with Evernote.

Trello: I use this free app to keep my lists organized.  It’s also the tool I use to help me plan my editorial calendar.

Wunderlist: I use this free to-do list app on my phone and computer to keep me on top of deadlines.  I love the reminder feature and how information is shared between my phone and laptop.

Social Media

Tailwind:  I use Tailwind to schedule all of my content to Pinterest.  This has revolutionized how I manage my Pinterest account.

Hootsuite:  I use Hootsuite to schedule my Instagram posts.  This has been a HUGE time-saver for me.  I can easily create my Instagram post, schedule the day/time that I want it to post and, when it’s time, Hootsuite sends a notification to my phone so I can easily publish the post to Instagram.  It’s one of the easist solutions I’ve found.  You can also link Hootsuite to all of your Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages, profiles and groups.

Buffer:  I love Buffer.  I use it for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook scheduling.

Email Marketing

ConvertKit:  This is the email delivery system that I’m using now for all of my websites.  It allowed me to combine the functionality I was getting from several platforms into one, easy-to-use format.

Making Money

Share-a-sale:  I use Share-a-Sale to find affiliate links and to find sponsors and advertisers for my websites.

Media.net:  This the Bing and Yahoo version of Google Adsense.  You can use Media.net ads along side your Google ads and other ad networks.

Photography

Camera

Maco (100 mm) Lens

Tripod 

Studio Lights

Basics of Digital Photography online class

The Essential Guide to Lightroom online class

The Essential Guide to Photoshop online class

Other

Moo Business Cards:  I love the unique business card options that Moo offers.  They really make your cards stand out from the rest.