If you’re just starting blogging or you’ve been blogging for a while and are looking to change up the providers you currently use, here’s a list of what I use here that I recommend.
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I chose to purchase my service from GreenGeeks and I have no complaints at all!
The price is comparable to that of the other services, free SSL, free domain name, free transfers if you’re moving from elsewhere.
I had an easy time getting my site set up when starting, but on the odd occasion that I have needed to contact their customer service it has been quick and easy.
While my host does provide a free domain name I chose to purchase one separately. I made this choice because I wanted to have full ownership of that name and being new to this whole thing I wasn’t 100% sure I would be making the right hosting choice.
Having a domain name separate from your hosting service gives you a greater flexibility if there came a point when you would need to change hosts.
Domain names are cheap and I feel holding it’s registration yourself is worth it.
For this I use NameCheap.
A big seller for me here besides the low prices was that they include WhoisGuard for free. That means your name and address are hidden when someone searches who owns your domain name.
Starting out I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money, but the free themes available were not giving me the layout or customization options that I wanted to achieve.
I bought a bundle of 12 themes for $18 from them (at this point I’ve seen the price even lower for the same bundle). This bundle allowed me to play with a couple different themes on my site before picking one that really worked well for me. As a bonus, if I ever want to try out something a little different, I already have multiple options already in my possession.
Pinerest has been my greatest source of traffic. For the first 5 months, I did what I’ll call the rise and fall of my willpower to manually pin. I had some great success doing it until I got burnt out.
Since then I’ve been using Tailwind.
It has been great at allowing me to spend less time each day keeping track of my pinning. I’ve bounced back and my views are shooting back up.
If you don’t have time to pop into Pinterest all day and pin- I definitely recommend spending the extra money to schedule your pins.
To create my pins I use Adobe Spark.
If you’re looking for Pinterest templates, fonts, WordPress themes, and more Creative Market is a great resource for all of your blogging digital needs.
Courses + E-Books
As you research starting a blog other bloggers try to convince you left and right to spend money on their courses and their e-books. When I first started I didn’t really buy into all of that. This year I decided to go ahead and purchase the blogging bundle from Ultimate Bundles.
This is the best bang for your buck. I haven’t gone through all that is included in it yet, but some of it is less than stellar for the price that would have been charged by the blogger had I bought it separately.
The bundle I bought isn’t available year round, but I do recommend checking out what they have to offer to see if anything is a fit.
If you’re interested in reading about my experiences in blogging you can do so here.