You can spend a double ton of money when you’re blogging. There are so many things to learn and new skills to acquire. It can feel like you’re in a maze with no escape. And honestly, it seems like everyone wants to sell you something.
But there are good resources that you can invest in as time and money permit. You’re the only one who can determine what your current needs are and I’d advice anyone not to do everything at once (take it from an information junkie – you can get overwhelmed). Here are my favorites.
I am an affiliate for the following products. That means that I make a small commission – at no extra charge to you – should you decide to make a purchase. It also means that these are products I’ve purchased, taken, love, and recommend whole-heartedly. There are other courses I’ve taken and products I’ve used but these are the best of the best.
A2 Hosting – We have just switched to A2 from another hosting service so I’ve got some grounds for comparison here. Don’t be influenced strictly by prices – there is definitely something to the old saying, “You get what you pay for” and “Pay now or pay later.”
The Inspired Blogger’s University – I came across one of Tabitha Philen’s courses in a bundle I purchased. I loved it. When I got the chance to purchase lifetime membership that included access to ALL of her courses I jumped at the chance. She’s got a wide variety of courses depending on where you are in your blogging journey. Lifetime membership is not currently available but membership is available on a monthly or yearly basis. She also offers lots of benefits in her Facebook group that is only open to members. It’s one of the few places I hang out online.
The Society of Women Winning Online -If you’re wondering why I recommend two different membership sites it’s because they offer different things. Jen Snyder’s group has monthly challenges and weekly live Q&A sessions. It’s the other place I like to hang out on Facebook.
- Find Your Tribe Online
- Fantastic Freebies
- Build Your Blogging Income (free course)
- Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
Mailerlite provides many options that the bigger providers do but they have a plan that’s free up to 1,000 subscribers. Even once you hit your 1,0001 subscriber, the rates are very reasonable.
- CoSchedule – OMGosh! I cannot tell you strongly enough how much I LOVE CoSchedule! It saves me time by allowing me to schedule shares to many platforms at the same time. And the customer service is absolutely top notch. I have never had an issue that wasn’t resolved promptly, courteously, and to my complete satisfaction – and they don’t make this non-techy girl feel like an idiot which is greatly appreciate. I’d give up a lot of things before I gave up CoSchedule.
- Hootsuite as a free plan and paid versions. They’re making some changes to their free plan which limit the functionality that used to be so great. But for a bare-bones scheduler the free version is still adequate.