As a blogger, you’ll know just how much goes into the every day processes of running a blog. There’s the ideas, writing, photography, graphic design, editing, web development, social media, marketing, networking and sometimes even store-operations! So much to do! And so many non-bloggers think it’s easy…
I can only imagine how great it would have been to find a big resource list like this back when I started blogging. There are tonnes of incredible websites out there just sitting around waiting for you to utilise, to make the whole process of blogging, designing and creating so much more efficient. So here I have for you a wonderful big list of resources for bloggers!
I’ve been searching around for a while now, adding to this list as well as finding the best things inside some of these websites, so you can really make the most of them. Hope it helps you out!
I’ll start with the most popular posts on Blog Pixie! So many people have found these fun to read or very useful, so I hope you do as well!
How To Start A Blog
How To Make Money Blogging
How To Change The Font In Your Instagram Bio
How To Make Your Pinterest Pins Go Viral
How To Add A Signature To Your Blog Posts
How To Create Rose Gold Text
GOOD FOR: Starting a WordPress blog
Bluehost is the best hosting to go with if you’ve decided to start a self-hosted WordPress blog. They’re affordable and it’s incredibly easy to start a blog on your very own domain and have it up and running in no time. When you buy hosting with Bluehost, you get to create your domain (yourblogname.com) for free at the same time so everything is sorted, and if you pay for 3 years up front you’ll get the best value for your money.
GOOD FOR: Landing/Selling page
If you want to sell a product such as an eBook and you want a go-to page for it where you can win customers over from the top to the bottom, Instapage is a great site to use. I used Instapage as my selling page when I first launched my eBook and I LOVED how easy it was to put together. When you create an account with Instapage, it has an easy to use drag-and-drop builder for your one-page website design. You can easily add text, photos, link buttons and videos. It also creates a mobile-responsive version of your website design at the same time. I simply added all my photos and text, a few buttons that said “buy now” and linked them to the checkout link you get from Sendowl if you host your products there. You could literally put a page together in 15 minutes, link it up to a domain name you’ve purchased elsewhere and your new site is live!
GOOD FOR: Buying domains (eg. www.yoursite.com)
I’ve been using this website for so long now. If anyone asks me where they should buy their domain name from, I recommend GoDaddy, every single time. I find them to be so affordable and easy to use. Their customer service is top quality as well. There have been a couple of occasions during the past few years where I’ve needed their help and when calling them up, I barely have to be put on hold before being able to speak with someone. They have 24/7 support, they’re friendly, ready to help and know exactly what they’re doing.
GOOD FOR: Fonts, templates, design tools
I feel like I spend most of my money on this website! There’s just so many good things to buy for the creation of your blog and the graphics to go with it. Creative Market is where I found all sorts of different fonts, graphics and brushes that I use on a daily basis! You can find blog themes, stock photography, media kit templates and so much more. I have my own shop on Creative Market if you want to visit!
GOOD FOR: Design Bundles, Products and Freebies
If you love buying bundles of graphics and fonts, or finding freebies to download, head on over to Design Bundles! They have everything from textures to templates, photography and even products for craft/scrapbooking fanatics! Their partner site is Font Bundles for all things fonts, so check that one out too.
GOOD FOR: Logo design or blog post images
If you find Photoshop too complicated to understand and you’re looking for a design program that’s quick and easy to use, PicMonkey is for you. The free plan on this website will get you the very basic features – editing, touch ups and fonts. The Royal plan gives you access to more advanced tools with templates, better fonts and the ability to go back and edit your projects after you’ve saved them.
GOOD FOR: Graphic design and editing photos
If you have the time and patience, Photoshop is so worth learning how to use! I always have it open on my computer and I use it for everything including my blog post graphics, logos, side bar graphics, photo editing and the creation of my yearly blog Media Kit. It is quite costly to subscribe to, however if you’re using it on a daily basis and you are creating graphics that contribute to the success of your blog, then it’s worth every dollar.
GOOD FOR: Fonts
If you’re just starting to play around with new fonts, this is a great site to download them for free. You can find lots of fonts that are free for personal use, meaning you can use them in projects that aren’t to be sold. There are also Demo fonts which enable you to download them for free, test them out and then if you want to use them in a personal or commercial project, you can purchase the font. Just check beside each font what it says in regards to how you can use it, or read through the little document that comes in each download folder.
GOOD FOR: Creating blog graphics
Just like PicMonkey, Canva takes the stress out of trying to learn Photoshop. If you want a program where you can create pinnable blog post graphics, social media graphics and anything else where images and text are combined, Canva is super easy to use. They even have great templates to use if you’re stuck on where to begin.
GOOD FOR: Editing and creating graphics
I was so happy when I found this website, as it’s so similar to Photoshop! I know a lot of people can’t afford to purchase Photoshop or pay the subscription fee, so this is such a good alternative and it’s free to use. You can create a new document at any size you like, add text, add layers and lots more.
GOOD FOR: Growing your Pinterest
Boardbooster is a great scheduler for Pinterest. You select which boards you’d like to focus on, you add them to the scheduler page on BoardBooster and they will add Secret Boards (which only you can see) to your Pinterest profile. When you add images to those Secret Boards on Pinterest, BoardBooster will work across the time frame you’ve selected to push those pins into your real Pinterest boards. Who needs to sit on Pinterest all day when you’ve got a virtual assistant to do it for you!
GOOD FOR: Scheduling social media posts
This social media scheduler is great if you want to be super organised with social media and if you’re trying to get your posts on both FB and Twitter seen at different time zones (you want as many people to see your posts as possible!). It’s a great platform to keep on top of it all in the one place. It also includes Instagram and Google plus so you can really take control of all your social media accounts here!
GOOD FOR: Copy and paste Emojis
Whenever I’m posting to Twitter or Facebook I love to use Emojis. They add a touch of personality and interest to whatever you have to say, and are just fun in general. This site has every possible emoji you can scroll through. If you’re at your computer and want to add something to a social media platform that doesn’t have the option to select an Emoji, you can simply copy and paste one in from this site.
GOOD FOR: Selling eBooks!
This is the platform I used to sell the Blog Pretty eBook and I really have only good things to say about it! It was easy to set up my product to sell, to grab the selling button URL for the button on my sales page, to track sales and to run my Affiliate program.
GOOD FOR: Running a small online store
I created the Blog Pixie Etsy store as an extra selling platform for my templates and blog kits. There is a whole community of customers on there that you can get amongst if you have products to sell, whether tangible products like mugs or prints, or digital products. I love it for the reason that so many people go there to search for the types of items I sell, so it’s a great way to have your products shown to so many customers that you may not have found otherwise.
GOOD FOR: Running a blog shop
WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that you install to your blog to run an online shop, if the theme you’ve installed allows you to do so. You add your products, choose your payment gateway and sell everything through your WordPress blog! It’s a great way to keep track of everything in the one place. If you plan to run a store on your website, always make sure you choose a theme which is ‘Woocommerce ready’, such as the themes at Hello You Designs.
GOOD FOR: Add a designer theme to your Blogger blog
I have a selection of feminine, minimalist templates for Blogger blogs. They all come with an easy-to-follow instruction manual, however if you need help, I will install it for you and create your header image for free 🙂
GOOD FOR: Inspiring WordPress Themes
Blog Pixie’s look was created with the help of a new theme from Hello You Designs. I love how interactive they are and I followed Jennifer’s installation instructions to set it all up myself. I could change the colours, add my own images, sort out all my own pages and everything else. It has been a big process – I definitely wouldn’t say it’s been fast and easy (compared to Blogger). The end result though is amazing and I love it.
GOOD FOR: Feminine WordPress Themes using the Genesis Framework
Another great site to find your perfect WordPress theme. The themes on this site are beautiful, clean and would make anyone’s blog look wonderful. I believe most of the themes on this site require you to purchase the Genesis Framework (see below)
GOOD FOR: Advanced WordPress themes
You may have noticed that most great WordPress themes say they require the Genesis Framework. Genesis is a file you need to install to the Theme section of your blog before you install a Genesis Child Theme (like the one I’ve got from Hello You Designs) so everything functions as it should. What’s great is once you’ve purchased Genesis, it’s yours to use with as many blogs as you like.
GOOD FOR: Sending large files
Don’t you hate it when you go to send a document or photo to someone via email and it tells you the file size is too large? With WeTransfer you can send files up to 2GB in size (20GB with the Plus plan) for free. I used this website like crazy during the creation of my eBook, as with all the graphics included it was a big file to send. My email provider just couldn’t do the job!
GOOD FOR: Making to-do lists
This app has become so helpful lately! I have it on both my computer and phone, and as I have an account it syncs my lists up to both. You can create categorised lists with points to check off, and as you check an item off the list it makes a cute “ding!” sound and disappears. I love to use this for blog post ideas, tasks and instagram post ideas.
GOOD FOR: Sending mailing list emails
This website is great for those who are just starting out with their blog mailing list. It’s super easy to create great looking emails. You can have lists for different groups of people and select who you want to send particular emails to. You can also track who opens the email, who unsubscribes and who clicks on the links inside your email.
GOOD FOR: Gaining mailing list subscribers
If you’ve ever been onto blogs that offer something for free if you sign up to their mailing list, they’re most likely using Convertkit. It’s not easy to collect email addresses, so offering an incentive for signing up and having it sent off immediately to every new subscriber is a great way to draw people in and so many bloggers are building email lists of thousands using this program.