New to blogging? Need to keep a list of resources handy? Here’s my handy dandy blogger’s toolkit; including resources and links to my favorite blogging tools and services to help both the beginner and the advanced blogger create an amazing blog.
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Hosting and Setup
SiteGround is my FAVORITE for hosting with easy setup, baller customer service, and incredible tutorials. Note: SiteGround will also help transfer your site, in the event that you are looking to better monetize your blog (and use SiteGround’s awesome affiliate program, with payouts of $50-$100 per sale made from your affiliate link).
WordPress self-hosted blogs are the way to go.
EccentricWare (coming soon!) offers basic technical blog setup services. Note: no branding services are included; EccentricWare puts together the skeleton of the blog, installs the theme, puts on the maintenance plug-in, and then hands it to you. You get to make it pretty!
Toolkit Resources to Help with Branding
Branding is the look and feel of the blog; the consistent usage of fonts, colors, and designs that helps YOU, the blogger, stand out in your reader’s mind. Whether it be pearls (like me), dogs, or whatever, branding is an important part of helping you be YOU. I have a few resources to share – these may or may not be the correct fit for you – you know your budgets and your personal resources.
All of my branding was done by Nicole over at Saunders Says. I have the privilege of having been one of Nicole’s first design clients ever, and watching her grow and develop her own business has been exciting. I used her full branding services, which included my logo (and quite a few variations), blog signature graphic, business cards, thank you cards, and more. Poke around my site and see her work – she is brilliant and a DREAM to work with.
If hiring someone to create your branding is not in the budget, that’s ok. You can take this course, Brand Yo’Self with Suite Graphics video course to help you learn how to create your own graphics in PicMonkey.
Toolkit Resources to Help in Content Creation
You’re going to want to be intentional in creating content, so I will be bringing you a list of all kinds of resources soon!
Social Media Training Resources Toolkit
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