Below are the Blogging Tools to Help You Grow, that I use to both run, and monetize She Loves Nice things, and I’ve included some other tools that I’ve used in the past, and still recommend.
Domain Name & Hosting
Alrighty; The first thing you’re going to need for your brand new baby (blog) is a name and a place to put it on the www, also known as ‘hosting’.
There are lots of hosting companies out there, but I can only recommend the one that I happen to use. You’re free (of course) to use one of the others, as I’m sure that they do a great job as well, but I recommend this company, simply because they’re the company that I started out with 7 years ago.
Their customer service is awesome, they’re always quick and helpful whenever I’ve had to access them. And when they say that their plans are $2.88 a month, they mean $2.88 a month. Not “$2.88 a month but only if you pay for 36 months up front” like some other companies do (I find that nonsense irritating).
That said, you could also go with one of the web hosting options below;
Host Gator – Get your hosting for $2.75 a month AND get a free domain
Blue Host – Great pricing and service to match. $3.95 a month hosting if you want to pay for 36 months up front (that’s 3 years yo…). You get a free domain, but well…you’re paying for THREE YEARS of hosting up front…
Ultra Web Hosting – Hosting as low as $2.95 a month, and you get a free trial.
Host Metro – $2.95 a month hosting for life 🙂
Glow Host – Get 3 months of hosting for just $1!
Web Hosting Pad – Great hosting service starting at just $1.99
Jaguar PC – Reliable hosting for $3.27 a month
Graphic Design Tools
Below are some Blogging Tools & Resources in the form of graphic design tools that I know you’ll find useful.
Picmonkey – I love this cool piece of software. It’s great for ‘pin sized’ graphics for platforms like Pinterest, as well as other types of graphics tasks. Not a bad price at $7.99/month. Well worth the dough.
Adobe Spark – Ok…I love this app because I actually can use it anywhere…and anytime…and I do. I create all of my Pinterest pins with this app now, because it’s so easy to use, even on the tiny iPhone screen!
Fiverr – I use Fiverr for things like logos and graphics on the fly (when I’m too lazy to do it myself). Super cheap, and I’ve been using them for years, and I’ve never had a complaint 🙂 You can find lots of vendors here who’ll do your project for five bucks. Can’t beat that 🙂
Email Marketing Tools
AWeber – a email/newsletter management tool that I use on a couple of my blogs
SumoMe – a tool to help you collect email addresses through a number of cool popups, hello bars, welcome mats and other tools.
Mailchimp – I started my email marketing journey with Mailchimp, and I still use it for my blogs that have less than 2000 subscribers 🙂
Mailmunch – This email marketing tool actually syncs with Mailchimp, which is awesome. Using the basic version is free (Yay!), but if you want the fancy templates etc., it’s gonna cost you (not much though). The signup bar at the top of this blog, and the drop down signup for the “Real Talk” series are both from Mailmunch.
Monetizing that Bad Boy!
Adsense – Probably the easiest way to monetize your blog, new or otherwise.
Media.Net – Another super easy way to monetize blog traffic.
More to come. Stay tuned… 😉