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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.
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:
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!
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!
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.