Blogging Tools and Resources

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I use lots of different tools and websites to help me with my blog and to help promote it. I thought I would bring my favourite recommended tools together in one place, and tell you why I love them too.

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Blog Promotion

Buffer

I love Buffer. It allows me to share my blog posts quickly and easily at times and dates of my choosing. It is also very easy to then reshare those posts after they have gone out if you don’t have much time to rewrite a social media post, which is useful.

I pay $10 a month for Buffer on the ‘Awesome’ plan, and with that I can schedule up to 100 posts at a time, across 10 different social profiles. On the free Buffer you can schedule up to 10 posts on each account.

You can try Buffer free for 7 days here.

Tailwind

Tailwind if for Pinterest scheduling and I think it’s brilliant. I’ve gone from a few repins each month to hundreds, all because of this little tool. Check it out here.

Boardbooster 

I have actually stopped using BoardBooster at the moment as I don’t have the time to dedicate to setting it up right now. But the things it can do for your Pinterest are brilliant and complex – so it’s worth checking it out if you want to up your Pinterest game – Boardbooster.

Socialoomph

Another one that I am not currently using but that I think is great and plan to use again when I have the time and money to spend on it.

Photo Editing and Creating

Picmonkey

I use the premium version of Picmonkey as I use it so often and I think it is worth the £4.50 per month to remove the ads and be able to use my own fonts. I use it for pretty much every post that I write to edit my photographs and add fonts over some of them. It’s easy to use and there’s so much you can do with it.

Canva

I have only started using Canva recently and I definitely am not using it to its full potential – when I eventually get more time I will look into what it can do a lot more. Currently I use it partly to create a Pinnable image for my blog posts – it’s easy to create a background image using one of the social media templates and there are hundreds of free and paid for backgrounds that you can use, which look great. I then tend to move the background image over to Picmonkey and use fonts there, just because I have my own fonts that I have purchased on there that fit with my style and branding.

I believe that you can add your own fonts to Canva but you have to have the paid for version, which I do not currently have.

 

Trello

Trello is an organisational tool and it’s brilliant. I’m normally a pen and paper kind of girl for lists, but I’ve recently started using Trello and I love it. It stops me from having to re-write my lists every day when I haven’t managed to cross things off! Plus I can add dates, and labels and notes to my boards. A Trello board is a list of lists, filled with cards. Trello has everything you need to organise projects of any size. Get Trello here.

Domain purchasing

If you are looking to buy a new domain for your website then I would suggest looking at either 123reg or GoDaddy – both of which I have used in the past. I would prefer to only use 123reg due to the questionable ethics and promotion of GoDaddy, however there are always discount codes available for GoDaddy and so it is usually pretty cheap. Unfortunately that sometimes has to take priority.

I would not recommend GoDaddy for hosting though – I have only heard negative things. But do your own research if you’d like.

Web Hosting

I currently use Bluehost to host my website and have done for years, but honestly I would probably not recommend it anymore. My site was down for days and days in 2016 and it took a really long time and a lot of faffing to get it resolved. I have heard a lot of negative things about them too. That could all change of course but right now I wouldn’t want to recommend them.

If you are looking for somewhere to host your WordPress blog I would suggest looking at Vidahost or tsohost – I have heard a lot of good things about both of them, particularly great customer service if something goes wrong (which it will sometimes).