*Updated May 2019

Blogging is definitely something that I believe everyone should do if they are feeling that urge. You don’t have to make money from it (but you can if you do want to), you just have to want to share your voice with the world. I’m sharing all of the resources I’ve seen so far so you can make the most informed decision about starting your very own blog.

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Blogging Platforms

Blogger – Free blogging platform hosted by Google.

WordPress.com – Free blogging platform

WordPress.org – Self-hosted platform (I currently use)

Squarespace – User-friendly platform

Weebly – Basic blogging platform

Domain Name and Hosting

Siteground – Well-known and affordable domain + hosting (I currently use)

Lyrical Host – An up and coming hosting platform with free monthly resources.

WP Engine – WordPress hosting, for WordPress users only

A Small Orange – Homegrown +cheap hosting options

Google Domains – Domains only (I currently use)

Host Gator – Cheap hosting

Namecheap – Cheap domains + name checker

Writing and Editing

Evernote – A note taking app, use across multiple platforms

Hemmingway App – Editing website

Grammarly – Editing website, Chrome extension. There is a paid version available

Affiliate Networks

Shareasale – Most well-known affiliate network (ASOS, Julep, Wayfair, Shutterfly)

Skimlinks – Easy to setup (Sephora, Zappos, Dell, Canon)

Amazon Associates – Just about everything! It’s Amazon….DUH!

Sell Your Digital Products

Teachable – Create your own digital school for free

Gumroad – Good for E-book delivery

Shopify – The place to sell digital and physical products

Etsy – The number one place to sell crafty digital and physical products

Store Envy – Sell indie, not as mainstream, products

Payment Processors

Paypal – Most well-known and trusted payment processor, integrates with just about everything

Stripe – Optimized payment forms

Email Service Providers

MailChimp – First 2,000 subscribers are free

Mailerlite – First 1,000 subscribers are free + automation + landing pages

ConvertKit – Most intuitive + user-friendly

Infusionsoft – Ultimate email software for professionals

Aweber – In between CK and Infusionsoft

Video Hosting

YouTube – Most well-known video hosting, free, monetize with ads

Vimeo – Upload HD videos with no ads

Survey Tools

Survey Monkey – Easy to build surveys

TypeForm – Free, customizable, minimal forms

Project Management

Asana – Create a workspace for your team and manage projects

Trello – Create lists/cards and easily collaborate with your team

Slack – Communicate easily with your team on different topics

Social Media Scheduling

CoSchedule – Easy set up an editorial calendar for social media

Buffer – Easily schedule social media posts

Hootsuite – Scheduling software for most platforms


Tailwind – Easy to use pin scheduler


Buffer – Very easy and user-friendly to schedule tweets

Tweetdeck – Easily schedule tweets, view multiple accounts at once

Crowdfire – Efficient account management, schedule tweets, manage followers

Image Editing + Stock Images

Canva – a free platform that I used to create my images

Canva for Work – the paid version of Canva, that I currently use, create branded images

Stocksnap.io – Search for free stock images

Haute Chocolate – Styled stock images

PicMonkey – Free photo editor

Creative Market – Inexpensive graphic options

Photobucket – A free photo hosting site


Pinfinite Growth – Learn how to effectively drive traffic to your blog through Pinterest

Your First $1K – Learn tips and tricks to earn your first $1,000!

Webinar for Introverts – Are you an introvert (like me) but you see everyone else doing these awesome webinars? Get tips and tricks to conquer your first webinar.

Pinterest with Ell – This easy-to-digest course gets you started with the basics of setting up Pinterest, as well as Tailwind strategies to help propel your blog traffic!

This page will continue to be updated as new resources come about.