Blogging Resources

BLOGGING RESOURCES

Posted February 24, 2017 by info@mysillymonkey.com in Blogging resources / 12 Comments

Hi friends! Below is a list of my blogging resources that I find beneficial and highly recommend using to build or grow your site.

This post contains affiliate links.  All opinions are 100% my own. Please read disclosure here. 

Hosting: Siteground!  Originally I was with Blue Host and was happy for about 3 months. Then slowly my site started having down time. That then became the norm for about once a week, until one weekend it happened over 28 different times in 24 hour period. Seriously!! No thank you! Blue Host has a 24/7  support service. This service had also become a nightmare of long wait times or “they were working on the problem”.  I had to make a change! I moved to Siteground and have no complaints! Their support staff is very helpful and fast. The longest I have ever waited is a minute.

CMS:Wordpress.org Over 45, 000 plugins, user-friendly and very customizable. You will need .org if you want to monetize.

Theme: Nose Graze- Tweek Me. Real-time editing and has feminine theme options. Also, quick supportive response time to any questions or problems.

Tools of the Trade:

Canva- Online graphic design tool. Very easy to use! Use Canva to create content for your blog posts, Pinterest pins, Facebook and other social media platforms. Free to make an account, and if you choose to purchase images they are typically only $1.00.
Mailchimp– Reliable and extremely user-friendly tool for creating subscribing sign up forms on your site (get the plugin) and for email marketing campaigns newsletters). Free up to 2, 000 subscribers.

Tailwind a must have for successful bloggers! Use Tailwind to schedule and manage your social media pin posts. You can schedule in advance your Pinterest posts and link it to post to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Huge timesaver!! Pin while you sleep!

Plugins:

Yoast SEO– you can get the free or premium one. I have the premium one, mainly because it does my redirects for me and is the best SEO aid for a blogger.

Shareaholic– this is a great plugin in you can customize the skin/color to match your site and choose your share buttons and where you want to place it.

Essential Grid– this plugin is great for making your “library” professional looking and to link your printables and posts together.

UpPrev– When scrolling down a post upPrev will display a flyout box with a link to the previous post from the same category. This is a great way to reduce bounce rate and have readers stay on your page.

WP Smush– Speed of your site affects your google ranking. This plugin reduces image file sizes, improve performance and boost your SEO for free!

Profile Widget Ninja – For your side-bar, you can add a full-featured profile with this plugin for WordPress. It is user-friendly and easily customizable.

W3 Total Cache The highest rated and most complete WordPress performance plugin. Dramatically improve the speed and user experience of your site. Add browser, page, object and database caching as well as minify and content delivery network (CDN) to WordPress.

Hope you find these resources helpful! What are your favorite tools or resources?

author of my silly monkey, carrie

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12 responses to “Blogging Resources

  1. This is such a great post! I’ll definitely have to check out some of these resources. I’m thinking about switching my hosting, and I keep hearing great things about Siteground! Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

  2. Nice set of resources. I personally prefer Goddaddy hosting though. Never had a problem with them. No downtime or service problems. I have also figured out how to use Microsoft Outlook to create autoresponders, manage newsletters, and gather subscriptions. For graphics, I prefer Paint.Net. It is a great free graphics suite that offers just about every Photoshop feature.

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