I cannot even begin to tell you how crazy it is that I’m a full time – six figure – blogger.
A few years ago I knew nothing about blogging.
Now, I’m living my *blog* dream.
But the good news is that I’m not a unicorn – you can learn this stuff, too.
The list below are the very best tools I use and recommend because they’re what helped me get to six figure blogger status.
I break up the page into three main blogging categories
You should also bookmark or pin my Ultimate Guide To Blogging, which is where I like to every single post I write about blogging.
It can be hard to learn about blogging because there is so much bad information and advertising out there that makes it impossible to know what to believe.
That’s why I created this list – I seriously want to help you crush it with your blog. Some of the links below are affiliate links, fyi. Of course, I only recommend tools I use and love myself.
Okay, let’s get started…
Create + Launch Your Blog
Here are the best tools and resources to create and launch your blog.
1. 5 Day Blogging Bootcamp
5 Day Blogging Bootcamp is my free blogging course that walks you through how to start a successful blog. Every day, there are actionable tasks for you to take to get your blog off the ground. The result is that at the end of your course, you are ready to start monetizing your blog. If you are thinking about starting a blog, sign up for the course to get started now. It’s free because I’m super duper committed to giving back what I’ve learned over the last three years. So, sign up now to get started on what has been the best journey of my life — starting a blog.
2. Blogging Quick Start Guide
Blogging Quick Start Guide is my eBook that walks you through exactly how to start a blog, and how I created a profitable blog and how you can, too. This is perfect for you if you are just getting started blogging because I show you what to do and when to do it (and what not to do). If you want to make money blogging, this eBook can help you get started!
3. 2018 Blogging Trends eBook
The 2018 Blogging Trends eBook is a freebie that is am.az.ing! Download it now to learn about the future of blogging and what you can do to launch, grow, and monetize your blog to be ahead of the trends. I devoured this one!
3. Launch Your Blog
Launch Your Blog is an online course that teaches you how to launch a blog, with specific video instruction on how to do it. While other options are available for free, you will have to do a lot of leg work yourself. And take it from me, it’s a lot hard than it looks! So, if you can swing it, I would take this course.
4. Divi Theme
Divi Theme is an amazing blog theme because of the super sweet page builder. I created a blog theme identical to mine right now using Divi. It’s that good. I highly recommend it. Not only is it easy to use, but I don’t know another design that’s as customizable. It’s super sophisticated with the builder, making it ideal of you to create any design you want.
5. iMark Interactive
iMark Interactive is the company I trust to help me with the tech side of my blog (whether it’s fixing WordPress problems on my site, transferring sites, or setting up a new blog). This is the best company I know of to work on websites.
And if you are a blogger, you will need someone like Grayson Bell, the man behind iMark. He’s amazing!
Grow Your Blog
Here are the best tools and resources to grow your blog.
1. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche is an online course that will teach you how to use Pinterest to exponentially grow your blog traffic. This is a solution for beginner bloggers who want to drive 10k-100k in organic traffic to their blogs every month. The creators are super cool and easy to learn from, so after the course, you’ll have an action plan to implement right away.
2. Planoly (Instagram Scheduler)
Planoly is an Instagram app that changed my life. It helped me completely rebrand to a cohesive feed, with my followers now growing exponentially. Planoly allows you to pre-schedule your posts and move them around so you can see what your feed will look like in advance. I don’t know of another tool to help you grow your Instagram following more effectively than Planoly.
3. Lead Pages
Lead Pages is the tool I use for landing pages. The image below is one of the landing pages I created with Lead pages for a free training I offer. It’s really important to have separate landing pages with nothing distracting to your readers when you are trying to get them to sign up for something. This is what Lead Pages does. It’s super easy to use, and has increased my conversions for email signups tenfold. I’m super happy with Lead Pages and it works very well with ConvertKit for email marketing, which is really important to me.
4. ConvertKit (Email Marketing)
ConvertKit is the best email marketing platform out there. I use it, and highly recommend it. It took me from barely any subscribers to over 20k in under two years. It was designed by a blogger for bloggers, so everything is super intuitive and works well on a blog. You need this to grow and monetize your blog. Period. If you’re just learning about email marketing, check out this post on how I grew my list to 10k and the comparison of 4 email marketing providers. ConvertKit is my lifeline – I seriously can’t say enough about it.
5. Opt-In Monster
Opt-In Monster is what I use for the pop-ups on my site. In a world where pop-ups work but Google penalizes the use of them, Opt-In Monster is the perfect solution. I am OBSESSED with Opt-In Monster because I can use an exit-intent popup on my site and only for specific categories. Not only that but using images in your popups increase engagement. It’s amazing!
ClickFunnels is the service I use for selling my digital products. It’s the best solution to selling products through your blog with a built-in sales page builder. The sales page builder is incredibly easy to use. Since having a high converting sales page is arguably the most important component to selling your product, this is reallllly important. ClickFunnels is also super easy to connect to your blog, create a dynamic and professional sales page, take payments, and deliver your product to your readers. Check out my store page as an example – I used ClickFunnels to create that page. I love it!
7. Flourish With FB Ads
Flourish With FB Ads is an online course that teaches you exactly how to use Facebook ads to grow your blog. Whether it’s making more money or promoting your blog, you can use Facebook to grow your blog. The most effective way to do this is through Facebook ads. It’s not intuitive though, so you really need to be careful not to waste your money. That’s why you should take a course, such as Flourish With FB Ads to learn how to do it correctly. The creator of the course is who I hired to coach me with Facebook ads. She’s the best, and I highly recommend her and this course. Use code Natalie50 to take $50 off. 🙂
8. Strategies Worth Sharing
Strategies Worth Sharing by Brittany Ann is an eBook about how to increase your Facebook following. I devoured this 75+ page book in one night and immediately put the strategies into action. I highly recommend this if you’re getting started on Facebook or want to see your following grow. It’s so good!
9. Facebook Groups
Through my own personal experience, Facebook groups have been the bomb. I’m a part of several groups and have my own that you can join here – Natalie Bacon FB Community. I highly recommend joining Facebook groups that align with your vision (mine should do that if you’re interested in growing your social media followers).
10. Email lists
Join email lists and subscribe to bloggers who you want to learn how to blog from. It’s the best way to have direct access to people who inspire you and who you want to be like.
You can sign up for my email below…
Email lists are the best way to learn from your favorite bloggers and see what they’re doing so you can do it, too.
Monetize Your Blog
Here are the best tools and resources to monetize your blog.
1. How I Made $45k In 1 Year Blogging While Working Full Time
How I Made $45k In 1 Year Blogging While Working Full Time is my eBook where I share 12 months of income reports, my time management tactics for blogging and working full time, and how you can launch, grow, and monetize a blog. It’s everything you need to know to get started making money blogging. If you want to learn how to make money from home or start blogging, check it out. You can also download this free PDF to get started.
2. Make Money Blogging For Beginners
Make Money Blogging For Beginners is an online course that shows you how to monetize your blog if you just launched it. Unlike Six Figure Blogger (listed below), it is not for intermediate bloggers. If you just started blogging but aren’t making money from blogging yet, this is the course that will show you how to do it.
3. Six Figure Blogger
In Six Figure Blogger, you’ll learn how to make a six figure income from blogging — specifically through affiliate marketing and selling digital products (eBooks and courses). It’s the best blogging course I’ve ever taken, and I highly recommend it if you already have your blog launched (if you haven’t started, don’t take this course). I took the course and this is the exact monetization strategy I’m using right now.
4. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is an online course that teaches you how to make money blogging with affiliate marketing. The creator makes $50k/month from affiliate marketing on her blog — it’s amazing. The course rocks, and I keep going back to it to improve my own affiliate marketing strategies. You also get access to a private Facebook group by signing up and it’s very active with bloggers helping each other make money blogging with affiliate marketing.
Teachable is a platform for creating your own courses and coaching programs to monetize your blog. I use it (see the pic below of my “school” in Teachable). I am so happy I found Teachable because it’s super easy to use and. You can create products and sell them through the Teachable platform. This is where I host and sell Design Your Dream Life Academy, if you want to check out an example. I love Teachable, and I highly recommend using it!
Make Money Online (But Not By Blogging!)
Here are the best tools and resources to make money online without having to build a blog.
6. Your Way To VA (Virtual Assistant Course)
You can make money with blogging by doing tasks for other bloggers as a virtual assistant (VA). You can learn how to become a VA in the course Your Way To VA, by Laura Pennington (use the code NATALIEB to get 20% off). She teaches you exactly how to go from knowing nothing about being a VA to running a successful business as a VA. I highly recommend it!
7. Earn More Writing
If you want to make money writing, then I highly recommend taking Earn More Writing. This is the course by my friend, Holly Johnson, who makes six-figures writing. I know many people who have taken the course and learned how to make money writing. If you want to learn more about it, read this post on three people who make $10k+ from Holly’s course.
A Final Note!
This list is full of amazing ways for your to launch, grow, and monetize your blog. I’ve used these tools and that’s why they’re on this list – they’re the best.
I also highly suggest reading these two books by Russell Brunson for monetizing your blog…
- Dot Com Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online
- Expert Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Creating a Mass Movement of People Who Will Pay for Your Advice
For all of my blogging posts, visit The Ultimate Guide To Blogging.
Cheers to blogging! 🙂