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Whatever stage of your blogging journey you’re at, we can all benefits from the blogging resources there are available to help us. For newbies, these can be a crucial part of getting your blog off the ground and building a solid foundation. For more experienced folk, these blogging tools and resources are an amazing way to grow our blogs even more, take them to the next level and even help turn your blog into a business.

Blogging resources

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I personally take all the help I can get. Any apps I can download, websites I can sign up for and resources I can get my hands on, I will if I have the means to. I think that’s one of the great things about the blogging world too, is that there’s always someone with the knowledge than you want and need!

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And the other great thing about blogging is that there’s ALWAYS something to learn. Although the title of this post states that these blogging resources are for NEW bloggers, that’s absolutely not the case. Because even me, as a blogger of 7+ years, still learns new things all the time from other amazing people within this industry.

So from apps and websites to eBooks and courses, if you’re looking to grow your blog, enhance your content, boost your blog views and more, you’re going to want to keep reading!

Blogging resources you need as a new blogger:

Blogging Resources

Apps & websites

Canva: Canva is THE PLACE to go for creating blog graphics such as Pinterest pins, Twitter and Facebook graphics and more. Even with the free version, there is so much choice and creative freedom for you to create something that really fits in with your brand. I don’t know what I’d do without Canva – the website or the app!

MailChimp: I know there’s a few different websites bloggers use for creating mailing lists and newsletters but my site of choice is MailChimp. It’s easy to use – which is perfect for someone who isn’t very tech savvy like me! I love the effortless creation of a newsletter and if you’re looking to grow your blog – a newsletter is the perfect next step!

WordPress: I wouldn’t know what to do without the WordPress app. Although I write all of my posts up on the actual website, the app is where I keep tabs on my stats, which posts are doing well and read through all my comments. The app rarely has any problems so if you’re on WordPress, I’d highly recommend downloading!

Pinterest: Pinterest is THE PLACE to be for bloggers. And can give you such incredible results for your blog in terms of views, sales and engagement. Some more incredible Pinterest resources a little later in this post!

VSCO & Lightroom: Again, there’s plenty of photo editing apps, websites and software to use as a blogger but I personally love VSCO and Lightroom. Partially because of it’s ease of use (hello again, technophobe!) and also because I’ve used it so much that I know what my “go-to” settings and presets are for my images now.

Buffer: I didn’t discover Buffer or any scheduling apps until like 5 years after everyone else (literally, am I 90?) but I couldn’t be without it now. I’d HIGHLY recommend scheduling tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts to all bloggers as there’s so many benefits of doing so (which I might get into in another post) but Buffer is definitely one of the best!

Stock image sites: Unsplash and Ivory Mix are the best websites I’ve found for sourcing free, copyright free stock images for my blog. I don’t personally think there’s anything wrong with using stock imagery on your blog for certain topics and niches – particularly blogging tips!

Blogging Resources

eBooks, courses and templates

Pinterest With Ell

Pinterest is HUGE right now and can generate a LOT of traffic to your blog and sales to your products. But… it has to be used the right way. And if, like me, you’re seriously stuck with how Pinterest actually WORKS, then the Pinterest With Ell course is 100% for you. This course explains simply exactly why Pinterest works the way it does and the things you need to do in order to generate traffic to your blog from the site.

Viral Pinterest Templates

I hate creating pins. I do it because it’s important but I hate it and I know I’m not the only one. For time, ease and efficiency, these viral Pinterest templates are a great blogging resource to invest it to help your Pinterest game grow!

Pitching Toolkit by Jenna Farmer

Jenna Farmer’s Pitching Toolkit is another amazing resource that will help you learn how to pitch to brands. Grab the eBook here and use code JENNY10 for 10% off, woohoo! Even after years of pitching to brands, I learned so much from this eBook and Jenna seriously knows her stuff when it comes to pitching so would highly recommend this one!

A Beginners Guide to Blogging eBook by Jenny in Neverland

Am I allowed to give myself a lil self promo here? Regardless, I’m going to anyway because YOLO. I created my first eBook, A Beginners Guide to Blogging which covers all the basics from SEO, promoting your blog, goal setting, disclaimers and contact pages and much more. Ideal for beginners and new bloggers.

A Beginners Guide To Growing Your Blog Following by Jenny in Neverland

My second eBook, A Beginners Guide to Growing Your Blog Following focuses on how to grow your blog following because I gain hundreds of new blog followers every single day. I touched on the information in this eBook briefly in my first book but in this one, I really delve into how to grow your audience, what makes your audience tick and how to be as follow friendly as possible.

A Beginners Guide To Affiliate Marketing

Ready to make money with affiliate marketing but not got a clue where to start? This one is for you! Kayleigh Zara has made a ton of money with affiliate sales over the course of this year and she’s put all her expert advice into one handy eBook for beginners just looking to get in on the action. If you’re going to take advice from anyone about affiliate marketing, Kayleigh is a good one to go with!

You can also get 15% off with the code jenny!

Keyword Research For Bloggers 

This is hands down one of the best and most helpful blogging resources I’ve ever invested in and for anyone looking to try and understand more about SEO and how keywords actually work with your blog, I would HIGHLY recommend this eBook. You will no regret it, I promise! Nele’s Keyword Research For Bloggers eBook is perfect for beginners too.

Will you be checking out any of these blogging resources? Do you use any of these already?

130 Comments

  1. Very helpful post! I’m about 9 months into my blogging journey and already use a few of the things mentioned but will definitely be looking into the others!

    It’s just Pinterest that still really confuses me! I’ve heard amazing things about the Pinterest With Ell course though is I’ll have to check it out!

  2. There are some fantastic resources here! I only discovered Canva last year and it kind of blew my mind. I’ve got the free version of Buffer so restricted to only scheduling ten tweets and can’t seem to quite get the balance right, so have been using Tweetdeck as well for when I want to schedule more in advance. It’s not as user friendly though and don’t even know if there is an app. Love the great resources here as well, will definitely be checking out more of these.

  3. You know what, I really need to set up a newsletter as I still haven’t! I think it will be my next step. I have heard of mailchimp so I’ll check it out. So many good tips here. Thanks for sharing! X

  4. Wow, so many good resources here! Thanks! I had missed only Ivory Mix, glad to have discovered it thanks to you 🙂

  5. So many excellent resources in here – Canva is honesetly invaluable and I’m so grateful for Buffer haha! Also yesss to VSCO! I need to try out some of the eBooks I think! Your first one is still useful to me but I need to get my hands on your second. Kirsty’s is great but I also need to try Jade’s and Dana’s! Every day’s a school day 🙂

  6. so many great tips – even though I’ve been blogging for almost four years, I’m yet to work out how to use Pinterest as a better traffic source so that’s my day planned!
    Rosie

  7. This was a great post! As someone who is trying to make something of their new blog I know I’ll be referring back to this. I definitely learned about a few new resources (like MailChimp and VSCO); I’ll be sure to check them out. So thank you!

  8. Great suggestions! I use some of these but I’ve yet to try Buffer! With my new 9-5 creeping up, I will need something to schedule all my posts with and Buffer sounds like exactly what I need.

    Mariam
    bossbabechroniclesblog.com

  9. This was such an awesome post! I’m definitely going to be bookmarking this page and referring back to it. I just started using Canva and I love it, but even though I’ve been blogging for a while, all of this information still helps, so thank you!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

  10. I recently discovered Canva and it is great. Have used it for my Pinterest site. Great tips! Will definitely look at the free photo stock sites you have mentioned 😊

  11. So excited to look into some of these resources as I went self-hosted as of last week, and I’m learning so much in that regard–especially about SEO! And a big fat yes to Buffer & VSCO, I couldn’t agree more on those two; they’re amazing x

    brineandbooks.com

  12. Fab post Jenny, all the resources sound great, definitely saving this one to my blogging tips board on Pinterest… speaking of, I’ve really been slacking with Pinterest recently but reading this has inspired me to get back on it. x

  13. I love Canva for creating many an image and I just peeked at Ivory Mix. Am loving what I am seeing and am also seeing many of your blog colors mixed in there!

    I cannot say how much I love Unsplash. That the images are free and beautiful and so willingly shared is just beautiful.