This page is where I am going to link to useful tools that bloggers can use. I only recommend programs/courses/tools that I find to be high quality and useful. I have reviews for the some of the programs and I will leave a link to those reviews.
EmailMailerLite – an awesome FREE email service provider for up to 1000 subscribers. I use MailerLite daily! It is so easy to set up and you can get on-page help with anything and everything, like merging automations with campaigns. I love it! Comes with landing pages, popups, embedded forms for opt-ins, automations for courses that you might create. My blog post on how to set it up is here. 7 Day Auto-Responder Audit – Looking for a free course to improve open and retention rates? This little free course will help you with that. And guess what? I set it all up with MailerLite! 5 Days of Email Marketing Tips – Uplevel your email marketing with tips on deliverability, when you should mail, subject lines and more!
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My top 5 resources that I could not run my blog withoutThese are the 5 tools that I recommend most highly. There are two Pinterest courses because I use Pinterest to bring traffic to my website (about 85% of my traffic comes from Pinterest). Anything by Lena Gott is going to help your traffic as well, but from an SEO perspective. Traffic Transformation – Lena Gott truly has her finger on the pulse of how to improve blog traffic. 21 Strategies to improve your traffic. Once you finish reading this ebook you will look at what you are doing in a whole new way. I highly, highly recommend this book, mostly because you have 21 different strategies to increase traffic, so just pick one and you are sure to have more traffic if you follow the steps. I only wish I had read this at the beginning of my blogging journey. It is recommended that you read through the whole book before implementing, so that you can find what resonates with you and use it right away. Later, come back and implement the rest of the ideas. An awesome resource! $79 Pinterest Ninja – A week does not go by without me having to go back through the manual that is Pinterest Ninja. Megan has so much content in the book, and it is updated regularly, and it takes time to go through it all. It has been updated 3 times since I bought it at the end of 2017. I learned about website branding, facebook groups, Pinterest groups and I still have not watched all the videos. When I learn something new, I go right to work on adapting the information to my website. This book is a goldmine for those new to Pinterest, and especially new bloggers. You will learn so much about making your site attractive to visitors; as well, you will discover new ways to keep your visitors on site longer (!!). My full review is here. $49 You will see how my traffic increased super fast in the first couple of weeks, with an update from end of June. Manual Pinning Simplified eBook – Kyla Sims (Dish It Out Social) manual pinning strategy that you can do on your phone! Grab that Pinterest traffic while you wait in line, cook dinner, or sit in traffic. When I first started looking into manual pinning, I did not see the value. But I do now! I use this system daily. Yes, daily. It helps me quickly do my pinning work. I can use my mobile phone to pin while watching tv (because Pinterest likes it when you pin in the evenings). Super helpful. Read my full review of Manual Pinning Simplified. Updated August 24th with new bonuses.$39 MailerLite – an awesome FREE email service provider for up to 1000 subscribers. I use MailerLite daily! It is so easy to set up and you can get on-page help with anything and everything, like merging automations with campaigns. I love it! Comes with landing pages, popups, embedded forms for opt-ins, automations for courses that you might create. My blog post on how to set it up is here. Social Warfare – This plugin for WordPress makes sharing your blog posts on Pinterest and social media platforms much easier. This is a time saver, as you can set up the graphics that go out to your social apps, as well as the descriptions and tweets. I have it all set up the day before I publish. Then when I go to share my post on social media, as soon as I add the link it populates with everything from Social Warfare. If you purchase the Pro version you can choose the graphics that will go out with your posts, create your tweets and everything right inside it. So worth $29 a year. Watch for sales.
All-in-one Blogging EducationWealthy Affiliate – Affiliate marketing education monthly membership site – $49/month (discounted yearly price available). Membership comes with free hosting, free email for your website (i.e support @ yoursite), SSL site security, content creation app with free stock images, 24/7 live chat, ambassadorship program, and more. Grab the Black Friday deal in November and membership is only $25 a month (based on yearly pay of $299) for everything, plus a rockin’ community of members. You can host 25 domains on site, plus you will get 25 free sub-domains with hosting included. Review 1 about why I chose this program to learn about affiliate marketing. Review 2 on all the many benefits of membership including hosting and free SSL. Billionaire Blog Club/Dare To Conquer (DTC) – One time payment of $497 USD, with free updates and upgrades. This is amazing blogging education with a major focus on SEO and using Pinterest for traffic. If you want to blow up your blog stats, then Paul Scrivens (“Scrivs”) has a program for you! Read my full review here. Program opens several times a year for enrollment and I will let you know in my newsletter when it is open. With an awesome community that is easy to navigate (Slack), as well as incentives for participating with other bloggers (Exchange), challenges that will help you boost your blog traffic, and the very best education you can get on how to use Tailwind and Tailwind Tribes to boost your traffic, there is no reason not to join! Education is considered to be comparable to Elite Blog Academy, by people who have taken both. Ready to join? Click here. *Update October 1* BBC is still alive…until the end of October (or maybe a bit longer depending on how long it takes to migrate updated BBC content over to the DTC site). Enroll before the changeover is complete to get access to both the BBC and DTC content!
Adventures in Blogging CoursesTraffic Transformation – Lena Gott truly has her finger on the pulse of how to improve blog traffic. 21 Strategies to improve your traffic. Once you finish reading this ebook you will look at what you are doing in a whole new way. I highly, highly recommend this book, mostly because you have 21 different strategies to increase traffic, so just pick one and you are sure to have more traffic if you follow the steps. It is recommended that you read through the whole book before implementing, so that you can find what resonates with you and use it right away. Later, come back and implement the rest of the ideas. An awesome resource! $79 Blog Traffic Bootcamp – This little guide is 5 steps to fixing up old posts with some SEO tips to help improve them for traffic. It improved my traffic right away and has some awesome tips that will help keep people on your site longer. Win-win. As well, I now have a new strategy going forward with new blog posts. If you have lots of posts that are just sitting there collecting dust, grab this book and fix them up! Highly recommended! $37 Free Blog Traffic Bonus Guide – It’s free! What can I say…grab it!
Pinterest ToolsEach of these programs has its own merits, and I recommend them all for this reason. Pinterest values regular, daily pinning above all else, and now they are telling us to upload a new pin daily, so you will need more than one strategy.
Beginner levelPinterest Ninja – *Recommended for anyone new to Pinterest*. Megan Johnson (Love.Family.Health) has a winning Pinterest course here. Not only will you learn everything that you need to get set up with Pinterest, you also learn as how to use Facebook groups, Pinterest groups, branding for your website and a ton of other useful information to get you up and running with the best free source of blog traffic! This is a valuable resource and you will find the same information in courses that cost 4 times as much ( I know that for a fact). I was amazed at how quickly my blog traffic increased after implementing this course. The section on creating pins is invaluable and will help you to get started on the right foot! You cannot just pin any old image to Pinterest and hope to get traffic. The people who are going to re-pin your stuff have specific criteria for the pins that they will pin. Learn to do it right, from the beginning. My full review is here. $49 You will see how my traffic increased super fast in the first couple of weeks, with an update from end of June. Ignore my crazed enthusiasm about this program. I am a big fan as it helped me immensely to organize my blog and really increase my traffic. I love it and I think all you need to go with this is a good SEO program (I am looking!) and you will be set. Tailwind – The Pinterest approved scheduler. Once you get some pins on your boards and start joining group boards, you will find having a scheduler is invaluable. $15/month which is limited to 400 posts a month or $120/year with unlimited posts per month (the best deal). Sign up with my link and get 100 pins for a free trial as well as a free month when you sign up for the yearly plan. Either of these comes with 5 Tribes memberships that give you 30 submissions a month. You can also post to Instagram! The absolute best part of Tailwind is the metrics. This helps you see which pins are doing well and which are not so that you can create new ones (A/B split testing). Also gives you information on how your group boards are performing. Invaluable! How To Drive Tons of Traffic from Pinterest to Your Site – This is a FREE 30 minute workshop from Anastasia Blogger. If you are on the fence about what Pinterest can do for your website traffic, then spend half and hour and let Anastasia show you what you are missing!
Intermediate Level Pinterest UsersManual Pinning Simplified eBook – Kyla Sims (Dish It Out Social) manual pinning strategy that you can do on your phone! Grab that Pinterest traffic while you wait in line, cook dinner, or sit in traffic. You should be familiar with all of your group boards and your own pins to make pinning on your phone easier, but once you start pinning on your phone, you will see what a huge time saver this is. Review post is here, but I will say that I like using this system. It is so quick and uncomplicated and you do not need a spreadsheet to keep track of what you are doing. Updated August 24th with new bonuses.$39 Pinteresting Strategies – Oct. 15/18: The book is not currently for sale, as it is being turned into a course on the Thinkific platform. ETA is November. There will also be an increase in price due to new videos and a component on using Tailwind. Launch price will still be $32, but will go to $47 after that. I will be able to offer you a $5 off coupon for the new price 🙂 Carly Campbell’s (Mommy on Purpose) manual pinning system. Save money by not using a scheduler and get the same, if not better results. You should have the basics down (i.e you are using Pinterest for business, have rich pins, website is validated etc). and you should have at least 25 blog posts before trying to implement this (Carly’s words). Requires a system to track what you are doing i.e a spreadsheet. Pin Signals – Keeping up with Pinterest algorithm changes is a challenge sometimes. Let Jennifer Ledbetter (PotPieGirl in the blogoverse) teach you how to use the algorithms to your advantage. $37 and you get to watch PotPieGirl do her Wednesday work to see how schedules her Pinterest and Tailwind.