Are you ready to start a blog but unsure where to actually… start?
Yep, that was me 2 years ago.
But luckily for you, I’m not going to let you spend 100+ hours on Google searching for the best blogging tools & resources to get you started (like I did). In fact, I’ve done all the hard work for you.
So, if you’re ready to start a blog, or just touch up your social platforms, then scroll on down girl.
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Now let’s get onto the blogging tools!
WordPress: I started off with Wix & then worked out how much more WordPress.org (not .com) could do for me! I can customise everything from themes to SEO, plugins & more.
NameCheap: One of the first blogging tools I ever bought was my web hosting through NameCheap. In fact, I actually scored my first ever domain through NameCheap for just $1USD. Talk about a bargain! Plus, their customer service team is A+.
BlueHost: Another big player in the online world is BlueHost. They’re one of the most popular hosting providers getting around actually! With hosting packages starting from just $4 per month, you can see why millions worldwide choose to host their blogs through BlueHost.
MailChimp: My current choice of email marketing platform is MailChimp. It’s simple, easy-to-use & does a fabulous job at sending out email bursts to my beautiful subscribers. Plus, they now offer free automation for all users!
ConvertKit: If MailChimp just isn’t for you, not to worry, there’s a reason why ConvertKit is one of the most popular. In fact, check out here why my girl Krista Dickson thinks it’s the bomb.com! I’m convinced to move over to ConvertKit, I just need to find the time to do it! 😅
Adobe Photoshop: Hi my name is Elley & I am a photoshop-a-holic. I have used Adobe Photoshop for years now & can’t get enough of it. Every Pinterest graphic, every worksheet, free resource or photo I edit is done in Photoshop. You might as well say, I live & breathe it.
Adobe Illustrator: Wanna design cool graphics, logos, vectors and/or blow them up? Not like a bomb, like print size, ya know? Yep, well Adobe Illustrator is for you!
Canva: If you’re looking for an alternative to design your blog & social media graphics with, Canva is your go-to. There are loads of free, pre-made templates you can simply customise with your blog’s branding & downloading your designs just as easy.
Creative Market: An online marketplace full of creative goods (who would have guessed), Creative Market has everything you need to get… creative! There’s templates, themes, stock photography & more available for instant download.
Oh Tilly Styled Stock Photography: If you struggle with creating beautiful, airy & crisp stock photographs for your blog or social media, look no further than Oh Tilly Styled Stock Photography. And the best part, this Aussie babe offers 3 free photos every month to, well, EVERYONE!
BluChic Themes: If it’s professional, responsive & feminine WordPress themes you’re after, BluChic Themes has you covered. These themes are seriously next level and are so worth the price tag. I’m using the Victoria theme on my blog – isn’t it fab?!
Elegant Themes: With almost half a million happy customers, there’s no denying that Elegant Themes are one of the leading WordPress theme designers. With fully responsive layouts & a cool drag and drop feature, Elegant Themes cater to everyone from the budding blogger to the pros.
Beautiful Dawn Designs: Do you want to know why I love Beautiful Dawn Designs? Because, not only are their WordPress themes incredibly beautiful, super feminine & amazing, but they’re sooooo affordable!
Grammarly: I swear by Grammarly. Seriously, this online proof-reading tool is a game changer for bloggers. Never worry about having to manually spell-check your blog posts again!
Google Docs: Similar to Microsoft Word (but online), Google Docs is the perfect way to draft blog posts, write eBooks, draft email responses & more! It is, hands down, one of my all-time favouite blogging tools!
Google Drive: All of my Instagram photos, free blog resources & loads more are all stored in Google Drive. Get up to 15gb of free storage on Google Drive, and higher storage plans starting at $2.49AUD for 100gb per month (that’s my plan!).
Dropbox: Before Google Drive, I primarily used Dropbox to store all my documents online. Plans start at $21AUD per month for 2TB so if you’ve got a lot to store, Dropbox is the way to go. Another one of the blogging tools I’d recommend checking out, especially if you’ve got a lot of files to store!
Wave Apps: Since I first started blogging & social media influencing, I’ve used Wave Apps for all of my invoicing & accounting. It’s free, easy-to-use & perfect for all bloggers, newbies & pros alike. I honestly couldn’t live without Wave Apps – it’s just so simple!
Google Sheets: In case you didn’t know, I’m all about spreadsheets. I use Google Sheets to track everything – affiliate links, blog post ideas, my blogging income & expenses and more. Think of Google Sheets like an online version of Microsoft Excel – spreadsheets galore!
Fiverr: If you’re anything like me & lack time to get #allthethings done, Fiverr will be an absolute blessing for you. Here’s how it works: people put up “ads” for tasks they’re willing to do for YOU starting at $5USD. Then, you select them for the job (let’s say you want a logo designed for your blog) and within a matter of [sometimes] hours, your Fiverr pal has done the job for you! How amazing is that?!
LastPass: One word. GAMECHANGER. Considering how often I update my passwords, it’s no wonder I forget them all the time. Luckily for me, LastPass stores all of my passwords for me & is super-dooper secure, so I know my passwords are safe!
Iconosquare: It’s no secret that I love Iconosquare. It’s the perfect Instagram management tool to track all your analytics from top posts to top followers, comment tracking, engagement rates & more. Iconosquare is the ultimate analytics tool for keeping on top of your Instagram & making sure you keep on track with your growth.
UNUM: Planning out your Instagram feed has never been easier thanks to UNUM. This app is, and has been since I started Instagram, one of my most-used and most-loved tools on my phone. Before you post on Instagram, arrange your drafts perfectly to fit the 3 x 3 Insta grid & make your feed drool-worthy.
Tailwind: I honestly do not know where I would be without Tailwind. I can literally schedule months worth of pins in under an hour with Tailwind. And when I have new blog posts to schedule, I just add them in where I need. It’s like running Pinterest on autopilot – perfect for busy #bossbabes! I wrote an entire post on Tailwind here.
BoardBooster: My favourite thing about BoardBooster is their looping feature. I mean, the fact that you can repin old pins on your boards to those same boards & in a few days BoardBooster will remove the one with the least amount of repins, is just phenomenal! It’s a great way to keep your boards active and keep the best of the best circulating the interwebs!
Don’t forget to pin for later! 👇
Am I missing one of your favourite blogging tools on this almighty list?
Let me know down below!