What if you could start making money from your blog a month after you launch?
I was searching for ways to earn money from home when I was pregnant with our second daughter and came across a course on affiliate marketing. I knew very little about affiliate marketing and didn’t even have a blog.
But, the more I learned about affiliate marketing and how bloggers were using it as a way to earn money with their blogs, I became inspired to give it a try.
I enrolled in the course in July, launched my blog in August, and earned affiliate income in September. I was hooked!
Blogging is an awesome way to earn money from home (or anywhere you want to work). I credit all the blogging success I have had thus far to courses, ebooks, webinars, YouTube videos, and blog posts made available by fellow bloggers.
If you’re thinking about starting a blog, now is a great time to begin your blogging journey. Why? Because of the wealth of information that is available to help you along the way.
Considering how little I knew about blogging before I started, I was looking for anything and everything to help me.
The internet can be a wonderful place to find help but also overwhelming.
That’s why I have listed out my favorite resources that I have used along the various stages of my blogging journey. They come in all price ranges starting with FREE!
Take a look… I know they can help you start your blog or take it to the next level.
Favorite Blogging Resources: Books, Courses, Services, & More!
Blog Traffic Bonus Guide – This awesome free guide from Lena with What Mommy Does contains helpful strategies to increase blog traffic.
Boost Your Blog Traffic – This is a freebie from Abby with Just a Girl and Her Blog about the 5 types of content that will boost your blog traffic.
Pinterest Primer – This is a free video-based course from McKinzie with Moms Make Cents that teaches you how to build a solid Pinterest foundation.
130 Blog Post Headlines to Get Traffic – (Scroll down for the freebie.) – This is a freebie from Suzi with Start a Mom Blog that provides 130 blog post headlines to get traffic.
How to Write a Blog Post – The Ultimate Guide – This post from Smart Blogger is a must-read for every blogger, no matter how long you’ve been blogging!
20 Free Feminine Stock Photo Sources – This list from Moms Make Cents is a great place to start when looking for free stock photos for your site.
Canva – This is a free program I use to create pinnable images and printables.
Less than $15
How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul – This is the first book I read about blogging that inspired me to consider it as a career. It is an excellent resource and a great introduction into the world of blogging.
BoardBooster – I use BoardBooster to schedule my pins. It’s such a time saver and super easy to use. Your first 100 pins are free, and plans start at $5/month.
Less than $20
Blog by Number e-book – This e-book helped me so much at the beginning of my blogging journey. It is full of templates for blog posts and is a step-by-step guide to starting a blog and getting traffic.
Less than $30
Social Warfare – This is the plugin I use for social sharing. It’s awesome! I upgraded from the free version to Social Warfare – Pro because it has some features that are worth the $29/year price. My favorite Pro features include choosing the image to share on Pinterest and customizing the share button colors. Their customer service is great, too.
Less than $50
Pretty Darn Cute Design – I have had two themes from Pretty Darn Cute Design. I have been really happy with the themes and customer support. Themes start at $49.99. I am currently using Pretty Chic on my blog.
Traffic Transformation – This awesome guide from Lena with What Mommy Does contains 21 super-actionable steps you can follow to grow your blog traffic. There is also a 40-minute video tutorial where Lena shows you her simple methods for getting high Google rankings. If you feel like you’ve been stuck at a certain number of page views for a while, check out this guide. It’s full of tips and strategies that can help you increase your blog traffic.
Bluehost – I have my hosting through Bluehost and have been happy with it. Their customer support has been great when I’ve had questions. Plans start at $3.95/month.
Clickin Moms Membership – When you become a member of the Clickin Moms community, you have access to forums where you can share your photos, learn more about photography, and have your questions answered. This is a great resource, especially for food bloggers, interior designers, and lifestyle bloggers.
Less than $100
Building a Framework – The newly released third edition of Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook is now a course that teaches you how to set up a blog, build an email list, drive traffic to your site, grow your social media channels, work with brands, earn money, and more! This is a great resource for a new blogger.
Less than $200
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – This is the first blogging course that I took. It taught me everything about affiliate marketing and gave me the tools and strategies to earn affiliate income in my second month of blogging.
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Less than $300
Blog and Be Legal – I had no clue where to begin when it came to the legal side of blogging. I needed help creating my privacy statement, disclosure statement, and terms and conditions page, and this course explained everything and provided templates.
I would not have been able to start a successful blog without the help of the resources listed above. They continue to help me with the design, legal aspects, strategies for growth, and monetization of my blog. They are reliable resources, and best of all, they have saved me so much time.