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Are looking for the best places to find stock photos for your blog, or looking for best themes? If so, you are in the right place. Woo Hoo!!! I have compiled over 50 resources and tools to help you on your blogging journey. A couple of these links are affiliate links but I only highly recommend products and services I have used and/or LOVE! So, let’ s get started!
- WordPress.org – Self- Host Platform. (This is the one I recommend if you are looking to grow your blog into a business).
- SquareSpace.com – Very user-friendly & a great place to look if you are looking for a professional website without learning a ton of coding.
DOMAIN & HOSTING
- Bluehost – Bluehost hosting is my FAVE and the platform I am currently using at the moment for ArtsandBudgets.com. It’s so professional and very easy to sign up & get things rolling. On my blog, I share how to get started with Bluehost and how to set up a blog with Bluehost hosting & WordPress.org. Check it out HERE !
- Go Daddy – I have heard good things about GoDaddy as well! 🙂
- Restored 316 – I love restored 360! I am currently using one of their themes for my blog now. Yaaay! 🙂
- A Prettier Web – This site has a ton of pretty themes so if you are looking for feminine themes, check them out.
- Theme Forest – This is another great site to pick out themes from.
- Designer Blogs – This site has stellar themes!
- Studio Press Themes – StudioPress has a TON of themes to pick from! Everything from business professional to girlie girl themes.
GRAPHIC DESIGN + DYI APPS
- Canva – Canva is a free image editor website & probably my fave! I really love Canva because of it very user-friendly and doesn’t take a person long to catch on to how to create logos, flyers, and picture graphics. I actually did my logo for Arts and Budgets right on Canva & normally design my Pinterest images directly from this website.
- PicMonkey – PicMonkey is very similar to Canva.The only difference is that PicMonkey doesn’t have a save image feature as Canva does. But you can also sign up for their membership for just $2.75 per month and it comes with a lot of awesome features. On the plus side, It’s very easy to use and very user-friendly.
- Creative Market – Creative Market is AMAZING!! It is an online marketplace where you buy digital design goods to use in your commercial or personal projects! How cool is that?! Check them out to find cool fonts, icons, themes and more!
- Apple Pages – If you are looking to design worksheet or checklist for your blog or e-course, check out Apple pages. It is AMAZING and easy to navigate through.
- Design Seed – This site is great if you need to create a color pallet for a design.
- Fivver – Fiverr is ONE of the best ways to save money online. Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed. When I first started this blog I saved so much money by picking a designer to help with my logo, resource list cover and more right on Fiverr.
- Pexels – This is one of my favorite sites to get photos for my blog posts & it’s FREE to use!
- Pixababy – Another amazing site with free stock photos for people to use! Wooo hooo! 🙂
- Morguefile – Great stock photos for creatives.
- Gratisography – Free high-resolution photos.
- Unsplash – Another site with AMMMMMAZING stock photos.
- Haute Chocolate – Looking for beautiful stock photos?. Check out Haute Chocolate! They send you free stock photos every month when you sign up for their newsletter.
- Rekita Nicole Studio – I absolutely love the free stock photos that I get from this site. You can get access to the gallery by signing up for their newsletter.
- Wonderlass – I love love love WONDERLASS! Such an amazing site & Allison is super awesome! The photos are top notch, and while you are on her site sign up for her FREE mini branding e-course. It helped me get clarity for my personal brand.
- A Prettier Web – Get 7 FREE stock photos when you sign up with this site. Woohoo!
- Shay Cochrane – Shay has such a professional and amazing site! Get a free stock photo when you sign up on her blog.
- Death to Stock Photos – Sign up with this site and get a free stock photo package every month.
- Turquoiseandpalm – Beautiful stock photos and some of my faves are on this site.
- GoldandBerry – This lifestyle blog has a ton of resources and great stock photos.
- MavueBlogs – Great blog for creative women entrepreneurs & who needs girlie stock photos!
- Kreanilledesign – Great professional site for women with amazing stock photos.
- Ashleyelladesign – This site has 10 free stock photos that you can use for your blog or social media post.
- TwigyPost – I just signed up for this site and I really like the free stock photos here.
- ThisCreativeGirl – Sign up on this site and get FREE 7 stock photos to use on your blog & social media outlets.
EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDERS
- Mailerlite– Yo! Mailerlite is AMAZINGGGGG!If you are looking for a cheaper option with some of the same capabilities as Convert Kit I would say go with Mailerlite. This provider has 24/7 customer service and autoresponders all on their free plan which is pretty awesome! Oh! And they also have a landing page feature which is a huge plus.
- Mailchimp – Mail chimp is really cool! If you are just starting out and have 2,000 or fewer subscribers than this might be a great option for you! MailChimp helps with building your mail list and also is a great tool for sending out email campaigns to your blog or website subscribers.
- Convert Kit – I have heard so many great things about convert Kit that when I hit 2,000 subscribers I will switch over. I have heard that Convert Kit has a lot of different features such as; flexible opt-in forms, powerful marketing automation and more.
- Aweber – Aweber is awesome because it has a ton of tools to get started with your email needs.
LIST BUILDING & LEAD CAPTURE
- Opt-in Monster – I love love love opt-in Monster. Since signing with them my email list has doubled in less than 2 weeks.
- ThriveThemes – Great place to find lead captures for great prices.
- SumoMe – SumoMe is a great FREE capture lead service and really easy to navigate through.
- Leadpages – Leadpages is amazing! If you are looking for a top-notch lead page, check them out.
- Optimize Press – With Optimize Press you can create high converting landing pages, sales pages, and membership portals.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT & SCHEDULING
- Hootsuite – Hootsuite has the ability to manage all your social networks and schedule messages for future publishing, Hootsuite gives you a wide scope of your social media activity.
- Buffer – Buffer is an awesome website to drive traffic, increase fan engagement and save time on social media. If you are looking for a way to schedule tweets and Facebook post, check out Buffer!
- Bitly – If you need to shorten a promotion URL or a website URL for your social media outlets, check out this site.
- Tailwind – I Loveeeeee Tailwind! If you are looking to take your Pinterest game to the next level check out Tailwind. It is a complete Pinterest and Instagram management site that can help generate more traffic to your blog. You can schedule pins, discover new content, monitor Pinterest and measure results all in one platform. This site was a game changer for me! Oh, and they give you a month free trial to start & a $15 credit to sign up with after your trial is over. Woooo hooooo!! Tailwind is one of the main reason my blog traffic has tripled in since last month.
- CoSchedule – Plan, collaborate and schedule your social media with this site.
- Teachable -I really love Teachable. This is the website I will launching my new E-course on and so far I really love how user-friendly it is. You can sign up and start designing your e-course for free.
- SendOwl – This site is great if you have a product to create & sell. A lot of bloggers use this site to sell their books, etc.
- ZippyCourse -This is another place to create and sell online courses.
- CustomerHub – You can create a membership and sell product on this site.
- Paypal – Paypal is probably my favorite! It’s so easy to use and you can create so much on this platform. It’s also very trusted and the most common.
- Square Up – This is another great platform to receive payments on the go. This is great for musicians who have shown and are selling merchandise.
- Stipe – This is a great payment platform and I have heard wonderful things about them.
- Yoast Plugin – One of the best SEO tools for WordPress. You can easily optimize your WordPress site with one plugin.
- Word Tracker – You can find high-performing keywords in minutes with this site.
- Google AdWords – Find keywords by using this site.
- Stupid Simple SEO
- DropBox – This is a great website to backup photos, videos, blog posts & more! It’s really important to make sure to back everything up because anything can happen.
- Google Drive – Google Drive is AMAZING! I write all my blog posts in this tool and keep them organized in a folder. Not only does Google Drive let you create documents for free but you can also create powerpoints, surveys, spreadsheets and more.
- Evernote – Need to create a project to-do list? Jot down a reminder?. Or snap a picture of a sketch? Evernote is great for keeping notes and ideas on the GO.
- Toggl – This is a great site to track your tax forms for your business.
- Wunderlist – One of the easiest ways to get things done. Organize and share your to-do lists. No matter what you’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it super easy to get stuff done.
- SurveyMonkey – This is a survey platform where you can create different surveys such as customer satisfaction, employee engagement, event planning and more.
- Asana – This site is great if you have a large project to work on with other people. It helps with engagement and organization.
- Grammarly – I love Grammarly! It makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free. It corrects over 250 types of grammatical mistakes, while also catching contextual spelling errors and poor vocabulary usage & it’s FREE!
- Camtasia – Camtasia lets you record a video of what’s on your computer screen and use it to make lessons, tutorials, or product demos.
- ScreenFlow – I have heard GREAT things about this tool! With ScreenFlow, you can record any part of your monitor while also capturing your video camera, iOS device, microphone, multi-channel audio device, and your computer audio. The easy-to-use editing interface lets you creatively edit your video, and add additional images, text, music, animations, and transitions for a professional-looking screencast.
EDUCATION & COURSES
- Facebook Advertising Course – This course is free and offered through leadpages. It’s a blueprint course to help you with getting more leads through Facebook advertising.
- Wonderlass Brand Mini Course – This course is SUPER awesome and helped me map out my brand for Arts and Budgets in a ton of ways. Allison teaches on how to make your brand stand out & how to be consistent with your brand. On top of all that, it’s free with wonderful colorful handouts as well.
- Creative Live –There are a ton of courses on this site and if you watch them LIVE while they are broadcasting, they are FREE!
- Building a Framework – If you are looking to take your blog to the next level & start making income from your blog, Check out this E-book. It is super AWESOME and filled with a ton of information and resources to help grow your blog.
- Legalize Your Blog – This free course is great!! It’s filled with information on how to set up your blog as a business and how to protect it! Woohoo!
- Instagram Authority – If you are looking to set up your Instagram game, check out this out! It filled with great resources and tools on how to get your Instagram profile booming!
- inforpreneurs In 5– If you are looking to develop your own product through your biz check out this free E-course with Regina. She is a rockstar and in this course, she teaches you the in and outs about developing a product that will sell.
- WordPress E-Course- If you are looking for extra with setting up your WordPress page this free E-course will help you get started. You will learn the ins and outs of setting up and using WordPress as a blog, website, store or forum without all the techy words.
- Facebook SOS- This free E-course is filled with goodies to help generate more traffic to your Facebook page!
BLOG TRAFFIC BOOST
- Facebook Mini Group List -Yes! I generated a list of Facebook Groups that have helped me skyrocket organic traffic to my blog and below are some of the groups featured on the group list to help boost your site traffic and engagement! Woo hoo. 🙂
- Creative Ninjas– This group is hosted by ME!! This group is for all Creatives + Side Hustlers who want to grow, learn, and connect with other awesome creatives! It’s filled with blog + biz support & promo days to help grow your blog + biz and social media platforms!
- Rymixer Club – This group is awesome-sauce! It helped me generate more traffic to my blog with the promo days that they have in the group– which are on most days.
- Blogging Boost -This group is geared towards connecting with other bloggers, sharing your posts, and learning the ins and outs of working online!
- Growing Social Media for Bloggers – This is really a supportive group that helps with growing your social media outlets and your blog! The admins in this group are awesome as well and very helpful.
- Boost Your Blog – This group is designed to help bloggers engage and promote one another’s work through shared interest and opportunity!