Are you interested in starting a blog of your very own? Blogging is such a fun way to share your life experiences, ideas and talents with the whole world, and can even turn into a full time business if you market your blog in the right way!
These are the essential resources that I use to keep my blog going and the tools that I would highly recommend to anybody who is interested in starting a blog, or even established bloggers who might want to level up their own site!
Resources That Every Blogger Needs For Success
My blog is built using the content management system WordPress. Before I started TheAngelinaArchives I had never ever built a website before and had no technical knowledge of how websites were built. If you aren’t particularly computer literate like me, then WordPress is a brilliant choice if you’re considering starting your own blog.
WordPress has hundreds of templates to choose from to create a beautiful website that represents your message perfectly. It’s super easy to add text, images, video and other multimedia content to your site. Customize the colours, font and layout of standard templates to create a blog that is 100% unique.
WordPress offers a range of packages including Free, Platinum and Business. The free package is great in the first few weeks of getting your ideas online and will give you access to a limited number of templates to get up and running while you decide whether or not blogging is for you.
WordPress Business will give you maximum customization options, thousands of templates, your own domain for one year, access to instant web-chat support and passage to thousands of plugins to add additional features that will bring your blog to life.
Tailwind is absolutely essential for bloggers looking to grow their traffic through Pinterest.
Tailwind is a content planning tool that allows you to schedule all of your pins in advance so that you don’t have to spend precious time pinning your blog posts every day hoping to get visitors to your website.
Tailwind has been an absolute lifesaver for me and is single-handedly the reason that I have managed to get thousands of monthly visitors to my blog as a newbie!
Tailwind Tribes allow you to submit your pins to tribes, which are communities of other bloggers in your niche, where you can repin each others content to get more eyes on your stuff.
Tailwind Tribes are an excellent way to build relationships with other bloggers, similar to yourself and to grow your following quickly while helping out other content creators.
Tailwind are currently offering a free 100 pin trial where you can test out the software and see for yourself how much traffic you could bring to even a brand new blog.
Grammarly has been instrumental in making sure that my blog posts are mistake-free, clear and grammatically correct.
After manually proofreading every post that I write, I run my work through Grammarly to check for any mistakes that I have missed and to improve clarity and effectiveness in my writing.
Grammarly will check for spelling and grammatical errors, suggest words to add or remove from sentences to improve conviction in your material and auto-suggest suitable synonyms to give your posts that extra sparkle.
Grammarly Premium also includes a very useful plagiarism-detection function, which will ensure that you don’t land yourself in any hot water if you are taking information from other sources to use in your articles.
Canva is my favourite tool for creating beautiful graphics for my website and designing all my Pinterest and Facebook images that I use to bring traffic to my website.
There are thousands of templates to choose from to create the perfect Pinterest graphic, Instagram story, Facebook post or blog banner.
Canva includes thousands of free royalty-free images that you can use in your designs, in addition to a huge selection of fonts and other customization options.
If I am looking for some more unusual imagery for my website then I like to head over to Unsplash which is my favourite place to find royalty-free images for my website.
I find that the images available on Unsplash aren’t used by other bloggers as frequently as those found from other sources, and I can relax and have peace of mind knowing that the pictures I’m using have kindly been made available for use for free by the original photographer.
MailChimp is the email marketing programme that I use to collect email addresses from my subscribers who have chosen to opt-in. I use MailChimp to keep these subscribers up to date with new content that I post onto the site, so they never miss a post.
MailChimp allows you to create standard templates that will send to new subscribers automatically when they join your email list, such as welcome emails, subscription confirmations, new post updates and new product releases.
MailChimp is a great tool if you want to create a sequence of daily emails to a subscriber when they opt-in, such as ’14 Days of Blogging Tips,’ where a reader will enter their email address, and subsequently receive a new email every day for the following 14 days with tips to help them grow their blog.
MailChimp offers a free package for those who have less than 2000 subscribers, and once you exceed this, there are several paid packages that you can choose from to continue to maintain and communicate with your followers via email.