Are you ready to start a blog but unsure where to actually… start?

Yep, that was me a few 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.

If you have any questions about any of the resources I recommend, contact me here & I’ll get back to you!

Blogging Tools & Resources | Elley Mae | Social Media Manager

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Now let’s get onto the blogging tools!

 

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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+.

ConvertKit: There’s a reason why ConvertKit is my (& a million other bloggers) go-to email marketing provider. In fact, check out here why my girl Krista Dickson thinks it’s the bomb.com! I recently moved over to ConvertKit and girrrlllll it’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! 🙌🏼


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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?!


 

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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 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!).

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!


 

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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.

Later: There’s no tool I recommend more than Later. Later is a social media scheduling tool, best utilised with Instagram! With 30 free posts per month, auto-publishing available & loads more, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be using Later!

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25 Essential Blogging Tools In Every Pro Bloggers Toolkit | So you want to start a blog but you're unsure what blogging tools you're actually going to need hey? Well, get instant access to the ultimate list I've put together so you don't have to waste time Googling aimelessly (like I did). Use Tailwind to put your Pinterest on autopilot, grow your following with BoardBooster, write amazing blog posts with Grammarly & so much more. This is THE ULTIMATE list for pro bloggers reading to skyrocket their growth on their blogs & social platforms. Download free blog resources instantly | ElleyMae.com