I have some many excellent products and places that I go for my crafting supplies or other things, so it is my pleasure to lay them all out here for you in my recommendations page. Right now, I have just the tools I use for my website, but I will be updating this from time to time with some great sites that I think will add value to you as my reader.
Note: This page will contain affiliate links, that means I earn money if you buy from these resources. This fact does not affect my suggestions as I would only ever recommend products that I know, use, and trust. Please see my Disclaimer for further details.
Tools For My Website/Marketing
SiteGround *- I fully recommend SiteGround. It is where my blog lives and I have yet to encounter an issue that can’t be quickly resolved!
MailerLite – I use MailerLite for my email services, I switched from Mailchimp (it’s another good program). I prefer MailerLite as I find their templates and set up is much more user-friendly. I also find it’s easier to segment my lists in MailerLite. They are free up to 1,000 subscribers, and their paid plans are very affordable.
Tailwind *- Pinterest is a large part of my social media marketing and to help me stay active, I used Tailwind to schedule pins. They have also rolled out two other great features. Tribes allow you to share your content with other tribemates and smartloop allows you to repin your evergreen content to your boards and your group boards. It is a great help to boost your reach on Pinterest.
Restored316 – The theme you see on this site is through this beautiful website. It is worth it if you can afford to pay for a premium theme and Restored has one of the best prices with beautiful feminine designs.
Some of the best learning you can get is online these days. These are some of the best courses I have taken and have offered me the best bang for my buck!
Fruitful Blogging *– Kayla Aimee offers an excellent course on boosting your affiliate sales. The bundle of her ebook and the course is a fantastic value. I highly recommend anything provided by her.
Simple Pin Courses – Kate Ahl teaches numerous strategies that you need to know as a blogger. I have taken both her Simple Pin Master Course and How to Master Tailwind. If you want to blog, you need to know how to use Pinterest.
Work From Home School – When I left my last office job, I knew I wanted something more than finding another office job, but I had no idea what the heck I wanted to do. The value I got from the cost of enrollment was terrific. Caitlin Pyle brought together a variety of people who offered segments or full courses of theirs. It was a great way to be exposed to different types of remote working without committing to an expensive course.
Jeff Goins – I’ve taken two courses from him (one offered by the Work From Home School & the other from the Genius Bloggers Toolkit). Intentional Blog is essential if you are looking for some direction for your blog. Effective Writer helps you to narrow your focus in your writing to make sure you are creating content that people are going to click on.
Freelance Writers Den * – Put together by the talented Carol Tice, the Den is a great place for freelance writers to get the support they need. There is a monthly fee, but with that $25, you get access to all the great boot camps and forums as well as the job boards. If you are serious about being a writer, this is a great way to get started.
Ultimate Bundles * – Ultimate Bundles has amazing offers throughout the year on courses. The link here will take you to their 2019 Productivity Bundle, but be sure to check out their other bundles as they are all awesome. I purchased their Genious Bloggers Toolkit a few years back and loved it. Full disclosure, I have not purchased their Productivity Bundle, but with products from amazing people like Claire Diaz Ortiz and Angela Davis, I know it’s going to be worth your while if you are looking for something to help you squeeze more out of your day.
– Scrivener is my go-to tool for writing my fiction stories. I love it because I often create works with loads of characters, so I can keep everything organized. It’s also useful for tracking your progress as you write your stories.
Google Docs – I use Google Docs for my blog posts. I love how I can set up my headings and links in the google document and then copy and paste into WordPress when I’m ready. Very little extra formatting work! I also use docs for any other web-based writing work (such as Medium or LinkedIn Pulse articles).
* – This is an excellent affiliate program to get into if you can get involved. They handle the affiliate programs for a wide variety of merchants such as Tailwind, Jysk, and many others! They’ll hit a wide variety of niches.