Fatten The Wallet

Blogging Resources

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I get asked what I use for my blog and here is a list of my favorite resources:

MY FAVORITE BLOGGING RESOURCES

Hosting

SiteGround: My blog is hosted on SiteGround and I cannot recommend it enough.  You can get it for as little as $3.95/month and it is one of the fastest web hosts.  Not to mention their amazing customer/technical support team.  I started out using Bluehost, but experienced slow site load times and poor customer service.

If you haven’t started, you can click here to read on How to Start a Blog with SiteGround.

Stock Images

Ivory Mix:  Over 300+ FREE stock photos and they are feminine and beautiful!!!  Wish I knew about it a year ago when I first started blogging because my pins were so ugly.

Pixabay: This is completely free and you can alter and do whatever you want with the images.  No attribution is required.

Pikwizard: This is a great new stock photography website with over 100,000 high-quality images, with 20,000 exclusive to the site.

Canva: I use Canva to make most of my images/pins.  Canva also has a lot of free images you can use on top of the paid ones.

Graphic Design Tools

Canva: In addition to providing free images, Canva is already a great site to make banners and pins for Pinterest.  Most of my pins are made using Canva.  There is a paid version which I think is worth it, but the free version is more than enough when starting out.

PicMonkey: PicMonkey is another site I use to create images.

Grammar Tool

Grammarly: I have been using Grammarly for over a year now.  Grammarly is the most comprehensive grammar and spell-checker I’ve ever used.  I installed the Chrome extension and have my articles checked without losing any text formatting.

While the premium version will set you back $139 per year (they often run discounts up to 60% off).  I currently use the free version and will sign up for the FREE one month upgrade to the premium version.  I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t at least sign up for the free version.

After you sign up, you can earn $25 by writing a short review.  It took me less than 5 minutes to write this.  Click here to find out how if you’re interested.

Social Media

Social Warfare: I have used so many different social media plugins from SUMO to Shareholic to a few others in between and I have found Social Warfare to be the best.  The plugin is light, clean and it is so simple to use.

Tailwind: Use this link for a free month.  It is so amazing.  It makes my life so much easier not having to manually pin pins.  My time is better used to work on content and to monetize.  Tailwind is the only scheduler approved by Pinterest.

BLOGGING COURSES

Pinterest Traffic Avalanche: This is a very popular Pinterest traffic course.  Bloggers Alex and Lauren only started blogging at the end of 2015 and is now making over a million dollars a year.  I always knew traffic was important but I never paid any attention to it.  After I purchased the course, my Pinterest followers went from 0 to 182 in a week and it was 0 for a whole year before that.  They also have a free Facebook support group and constantly update the course with Pinterest changes.

EXTRA INCOME SIDE HUSTLES

eBates: Get cash back just for shopping online at the stores you love.  Get $10 back when you spend your first $25.

Swagbucks: While you’re waiting to make money from your blog, you can take surveys and make money from Swagbucks.