The resources pages here are where I list favorite tools for making various parts of my life work better. This section has 3 pages: recommended blogging tools (current page), favorite homeschooling resources and other (for homemaking, organization, and a little of everything!).
Favorite Blogging Resources
Investing in good tools can make the process of building a profitable blog or internet business so much faster and easier. Here are the resources I use everyday in my business and would never be without.
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Aweber is my autoresponder and mailing list manager of choice. Aweber offers unlimited autoresponders and mailing lists for a lower price than many others and is simple to use. The service is excellent and they are one of the most popular and reputable of mailing list management systems, period. Newer companies may offer more flash but I hear blogger after blogger complain about deliverability problems. I stick with the tried and true service that’s been around decades.
If you’re brand new and want to get started sending email newsletters without upfront costs, try MailChimp – they have a free option that’s good.
I have used several website builders and blog platforms over the years and prefer WordPress, no contest! It’s a free software download. Contact your website host for help.
I love ReliableWebs hosting. The customer service is out of this world and the price is extremely reasonable. I have tried other hosts and had issues with poor customer service and downtime.. I host all my sites with ReliableWebs now and have been extremely pleased with them. I have never had downtime, my sites are backed up every 24 hours, and I get customer service answers in minutes.
I’ve read a ton of books on productivity and time management. TONS. One of my all-time favorites is 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, by Laura Vanderkam. A life-changing book that will change your thinking and vocabulary around your time.
I’ve also enjoyed Crystal Paine’s Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Year courses. Crystal is a wonderful teacher and I always feel like I’ve had a drink of water from a fire hydrant when I participate in her courses. (In other words, she over-delivers value!)
Earning Money Blogging
How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) is top-notch for teaching you how to make the most of social media marketing. Ruth is such a sweetheart and the real deal!
I’m a huge fan of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. The course is reasonably priced and simple for the beginner to start implementing her advice immediately, but meaty enough for veterans to learn how to earn more with her strategies. When you buy the course you get access to Michelle’s private Facebook group. This has huge value, as you gain even more education from fellow bloggers, networking and more.
You might also enjoy this post where I interview three moms to talk about how to make money at home blogging.
Technical Help and Virtual Assistance + More
I’ve used Fiverr.com many times to hire out (inexpensively) tasks that I didn’t know how to do, or didn’t want to spend time learning. Highly recommended.
Canva.com is my go-to to create beautiful printables, worksheets, graphics and much, much more.
I’m no photographer, so if I need a beautiful image for a blog post or other piece of content, I head to Unsplash and grab it free (giving credit to the photographer, of course).
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to.
Marisa Miller says
Hi Carrie, I’ve followed you since the early days. Do you think there is still a demand for PLR packs? I’ve considered putting some together.
Hi Marisa, yes I do!
Cora Beth says
I sure am enjoying reading your blog, Carrie! (I love Trim Healthy Mama too…) I’ve just begun blogging and am trying to figure things out and appreciated your articles on the subject. Just thought I’d let you know that the Boardbooster site is no longer up and running. Are there any others that you’ve come across that would be a good replacement for that site?
Hi Cora! Thanks for your comment. I haven’t been blogging much in the last 3 years since I started a new business, so I’m not as much “in the loop” about the blogging world! I didn’t know Boardbooster had closed down. A lot of people are using Tailwind to pin and re-pin as a primary traffic strategy though. (I use it.)