These are the BEST tools to help you launch, grow, and monetize your blog.
I’ve been blogging for three years, and I make $4k per month blogging while working full time.
There are the tools I love and recommend (side note — I’m constantly updating this list with the most current and best stuff so keep coming back! Oh, and these are affiliate links – it’s how I keep my blog running! I recommend every single one of them).
I break up all the tools into the three main blogging categories – 1) creating & launching a blog, 2) growing a blog, and 3) monetizing a blog.
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. 1 Year Blog Action Plan
1 Year Blog Action Plan is my blog planner that you can download for free. It’s two templates (annual and monthly) that give you a format for planning out your year and each month for launching, growing, and monetizing your blog. This is a must-have if you are staring a blog.
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 a blog theme that is getting a ton of buzz right now for how it makes building and designing a blog super easy. It does cost money, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring people, so I wanted to make sure I included it here for you to take a look. It’s very pretty and profesh. 🙂
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Lead Pages
Lead Pages is the tool I use for landing pages. It’s super easy to use, and has increased my conversions for email signups. I’m super happy with it and it works very well with ConvertKit for email marketing.
9. 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.
10. 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 Natalie20 to take 20% off. 🙂
11. 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!
12. Facebook Groups
Through my own personal experience, Facebook groups have been critical to my traffic growth. I’m a part of several groups and even created my own called The Blogging Mastermind Community for bloggers to connect and help each other grow their blogs. 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).
13. 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 list using the form below if you’re interested. I would love to have you!
Monetize Your Blog
Here are the best tools and resources to monetize your blog.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. How I Made $40k My First Year of Blogging
How I Made $40k My First Year of Blogging is by Chelsea Lords from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. In her first year of blogging, Chelsea made $40k!!! She spells out exactly how she did it in this ebook. I highly recommend reading this book if you want to learn how to turn your blog into a successful, money-making website from the start.
Make Money Online (But Not By Blogging!)
Here are the best tools and resources to make money online without having to build a blog.
18. 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!
19. 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.
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.
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Cheers to blogging! 🙂