I have compiled a list of the products and services that I have used and can wholeheartedly recommend.
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For the aspiring bloggers
Bluehost is where it’s at. They make it simple, easy and fast. You can get your domain name and be set up in 15 minutes or less. Did I also mention that it’s cheap! If you are just starting out choose the cheapest platform to get started. You can always upgrade later if you need to. I have created a step-by-step tutorial to guide you through the process. It doesn’t get any easier than this!
ConvertKit is by far the easiest way to collect emails. The forms are easy to use and you can sort your email list however you please. Collecting emails early and often is the one thing that all professional bloggers can agree on. As the saying goes “The money is in the list”.
Free or paid theme?
When I started my blog I ran on a free theme for less than a week. I got frustrated with how clunky it was and ended up purchasing a StudioPress theme and don’t regret it for a minute. I purchased the Daily Dish Pro theme on the Genesis framework and it has been sooooo much easier to use and personalize. If you want to get serious about blogging and have others take you seriously a free theme won’t cut it.
Pinterest was such a foreign concept to me when I first got started blogging. I have now learned how powerful of a tool it is. One of the great things about Pinterest is the automation potential that it has. Nobody wants to be sitting at their computer all day long pinning images to Pinterest to promote your blog. It’s not feasible. Enter BoardBooster! BoardBooster is cheap and extremely effective. Only $5/month lets you automate up to 500 pins to send out to your followers and group boards. This one is a no-brainer.