Who knew it was still a “thing”? I didn’t.
Two years ago when I started a private label brand I had dreams of selling tons of products and growing an ecommerce empire. That didn’t turn out the way I thought. Having inventory was a lot of work and it took a ton of marketing.
All that marketing led me on the journey of blogging which I started to fall in love with. But I wasn’t sure how people were making money.
I decided to start taking freelancing clients – setting up sales funnels and Facebook ads.
However, this was pretty stressful for me when clients were under tight schedules and my goal was not to build a job I hated as much as my 9-5.
I soon learned how people were making money with blogging and came back around to focus on my 5 blogs. I run blogs that cover DIY/home, pets, health & wellness and blogging. I now make passive income sales every day from my blog and I’m just loving it.
Note: If you decide to purchase anything (using the links below) you’ll be financially supporting my writing. Thanks for your support.
People often ask me what tools and products I use and I’m happy to finally have 1 big list to share.
- 1 Before You Get Started
- 2 Webhosting
- 3 Domain Name
- 4 WordPress Theme
- 5 Finding Images
- 6 WordPress Plugins
- 7 Logo Creation
- 8 AutoResponders
- 9 Landing Page Builders
- 10 Shopping Cart / Affiliate Program
- 11 Social Media Scheduling Tools
- 12 Where to Host Videos
- 13 Traffic
- 14 Getting Organized
- 15 Fonts
- 16 Creating Images
- 17 Recording Videos
- 18 Learning Stuff
- 19 Chrome Extensions
- 20 Content
- 21 Mindset
Before You Get Started
Before signing up for anything I recommend signing up with Ebates you might find cashback deals for software you wouldn’t expect.
If you want to use your blog for Affiliate Marketing over time you’ll want to set up WordPress.org and not the free WordPress.com. To do this you’ll need a webhost. These webhosts have 1 click WordPress installs which make it easy to get started.
NameCheap – This is where you can get the URL for your blog. You can either get it right through your webhost, but I use namecheap because of their pricing and they are easy to use. You will just need to update the name servers to ones provided by the hosting.
Emojipedia – Find any emoji and just cut and paste ☝️
PrettyLink – The best tool for creating alternate links for affiliate programs or shortened links for your long blog post urls.
Yoast SEO – Use this plug-in to select the image and copy that will appear when you share your blog post on Facebook.
Use the Facebook Debugger Tool to recrawl your page if the share image and description is not updating.
Akismet – to block spam comments
Duplicate Posts – to copy posts and pages
ithemes security – added security and to change the sign in – helps with hack attempts.
Ultimate Nofollow – to mark affiliate links as no follow
WP Smush – to compress size of images
Table of Contents Plus – To add a Linked Table of Contents to your posts.
Fiverr – I’ve had logos, book covers and more designed using fiverr. Just make sure you pick someone with good reviews and examples.
Active Campaign – This is the autoresponder I currently use. I’m working on learning more advanced strategies but I think it’s hard to compete with the awesomeness of this tool.
Convertkit – More expensive than ActiveCampaign but an easier front end to build campaigns.
Mailerlite – Free for the first 1000 email subscribers which makes it a great one to start with if you don’t want to pay right away.
Aweber – if you are doing a lot of affiliate marketing emails use this or GetResponse.
Landing Page Builders
Leadpages – I use this for Leadbox and my Email Opt in landing pages. I find this the fastest method for me.
Shopping Cart / Affiliate Program
Thrivecart The best tool for selling your own digital products and setting up your own affiliate program for your products.
Social Media Scheduling Tools
Tailwind – I use this tool to schedule my pinterest pins out to all my group boards. I also love Tribes. Tailwind is easier to understand that Boardbooster.
BoardBooster – I use this for their tribes – I recommend the Billionaire Blog Club for how to use Boardbooster – I learned so much more about what I was missing in my strategy. Adding in Boardbooster with Tailwind greatly increased my blog pageviews.
Where to Host Videos
YouTube – For videos you don’t want found by search make sure you list them as unlisted.
Facebook Fan Page – Years ago you could grow a fan page organically. Now it takes a plan.
Facebook Ads – I include getting started with Facebook ads in my membership site. But here is some of the best training on ads.
SEO – I use the Yoast plug in for SEO but you can also read my 10 SEO tips here.
Trello – My favorite tool for keeping track of ideas, affiliate programs, notes.
Google docs – I use docs, spreadsheets and presentations. Another great tool that frees up hardware space on your computer.
Creative Market Love the bundle deals on fonts and social media templates
Hungryjpeg – Lots of great $1 deals on fonts
Canva Free place to create images for all social media sizes, upgrade to the work paid version for more features. I started with Canva but don’t really use it much anymore as I’ve moved on to using Stencil and Adobe products. But it takes time to learn Adobe.
Stencil – What I use to create images. I find it more user-friendly then Canva and it has a chrome extension that allows you to grab images faster than downloading to your computer and uploading. You can also post right from Stencil to your social media.
Cloudapp – this software is a lifesaver for taking the screen shots like on this post as well as recording video. It also allows you to record and share videos. It uploads it to the cloud so you don’t use up all your hard drive space. You can also share your dashboard with others. It gives you a share link for images that you can drop right into your email. Game charger.
Screencast-o-matic – Start recording your screen for free
Camtasia – More advanced but what I use to record videos, only because I didn’t really know about screencast-o-matic to start.
Loom – Great for recording a quick video and pasting quickly into gmail to share.
Udemy – – During sales, you can get amazing courses for $10.99. I’ve learned everything from drawing, to social media to Facebook ads.
Skillshare – I found creative type videos to be better on Skillshare than Udemy. If you want to learn Adobe products this is a great place. Use this link and get 3 months for only .99.
Video Speed Controller – Use this to speed up videos even when they don’t have controls.
Eye Dropper Tool – Find the hex color of colors you find online.
To get a head start on creating some blog content I have found plr articles to be very helpful. What is plr? It’s known as private label rights and it’s articles that are created by writers that you can use to rewrite and publish on your blog. This can be a huge help when you are just staring at a blank page. I created this viral pin with PLR.
Here are my favorite places to get PLR.
Tools for Motivation – Justin creates a lot of PLR around Motivation, Self Help, Productivity and Gratitude. Great stuff.
healthandwellnessplr – Health and Wellness Articles
Content Sparks – Sharon focuses on Blogging, Writing, and Course Creation topics. Great Quality.
PLRMinimart – Tiffany is one of the best plr writers out there and her topics are pretty much everything!
You find the blogging and entrepreneur road is a journey of growing your focus, mindset, money blocks and brain power. I felt my blog took off after a took these Mindvalley classes. If you join the membership (which I recommend) you get 20% off all courses and a ton of additional training.
Unlimited Abundance – I can’t express how much I just love this class. I think my favorite class from Mindvalley. Christie walks you through breaking through money blocks. I think I’ve listened to this videos about 5 times each and each time learn something else. My passive income increased after finishing this course.
Uncomprised Life – This course identifies the 5 keys of successful people. It stops and makes you think of the day to day activities you are doing in your business.
Instead of repeating the list of books I’m keeping on another one of my blogs I just decided to link to it here.
That’s all I have for now. Finding blogging has changed my life. I’m so thankful for this journey and looking forward to growing, learning, teaching and sharing.