I wanted to share these resources with you so you can see all the products and services I use with my blog. The list will be regularly updated as I find different resources that are worth sharing. Enjoy!
Quick Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links. I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. All the items on this list are products I’ve used and loved. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below!
WebHosting & Design
BlueHost– BlueHost is my hosting company, and I LOVE them. Getting everything going with them was pretty easy and super affordable! Monthly rates are low and they allow you to register your domain name for free! There is a little to figure out initially, so if you’re feeling confused, check out my Learn How to Start a Blog post. If you still have questions, I’d be happy to answer them if you send me a message!
Angie Makes WordPress Themes– I am SO glad I found Angie Makes. I currently run the Lucy & Lane theme on my site and I absolutely love it. It is so functional and easy to use, looks beautiful on all types of devices, allows for a ton of customization, and is set up to work with pretty much any plugins. For those of us lacking the knowledge to do ALL our coding, Angie Makes themes are awesome.
Elegant Themes– These themes are more reasonably priced than a lot of others out there. I recommend an Elegant Themes membership to new bloggers still trying to figure out how to use WordPress and wanting to keep their design options open. When you purchase a membership with ET, you get access to 87 different themes to play with!
Blogging Tools & Resources
Click here to visit Pinch of Yum – How to Monetize your Food Blog eBook. Not going to lie, Pinch of Yum was an absolute savior when I first started my blog. I literally read every article Lindsay posted with blogging tips (and many of the yummy recipes too!). In this eBook, she writes about how to make money off your blog. It’s been a go-to resource for me. Thanks, Pinch of Yum!
Sign Up for MailChimp – Mailchimp is an email marketing software that is great for bloggers. It enables you to send marketing emails, automated messages, and targeted campaigns. It also integrates beautifully with WordPress. The best part? There is a free version you can use if you want to check it out first. For all the bells and whistles, you’ll want to get a paid version, but to start off, the free version will help you learn the ropes!
Canon t4i DSLR– More people will be drawn to your blog if your photos look professional. For this reason, it isn’t a bad idea to invest in a nice camera to take your own photos. This DSLR is the camera I use. You don’t need anything SUPER fancy, but this is a good starter option and really easy even for inexperienced photographers.
Driving Traffic to Your Blog- Photo Submissions
One of the best ways to get your name and content out there (and make a little extra cash on the side) is to submit your photos to stock photography collections. If you are already taking photos to include on your blog, you might as well take a few extra minutes to submit them for sale elsewhere! Below are just a few of the places I submit and get the most bang for my buck. Note that some of these companies will require a portfolio submission to essentially APPLY to be a content supplier/author. Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t get accepted on your first try. Keep coming back!
Photodune via Envato Market- We’d all love to have the time to take our own professional looking photos to accompany our blog posts. We know that the picture is one of the most important things that will draw others to our site. But…sometimes we just don’t have the time. At Photodune, you can find the perfect royalty free image, from weddings to fashion, business, food, family, fitness, people, tech, travel and more. I’m an author for photodune; if you like my photos and are interested in purchasing, check out my author page!