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- Organizational Resources
- Photography and Graphics Resources
- Writing Resources
- Blogging Resources for Beginners
- More Blogging Resources
- WordPress Plugins (for Blogging)
- Productivity Resources
With the right tools and resources at your fingertips, you can conquer the clutter, reduce your stress level and leave the chaos behind. If you’ve tried to tackle your disorganization, you’ve already discovered there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for organizing.
If you’ve tried different ways to attack clutter, you already know that what works for one person may not work for the next. The Super Bundle has many ways that you can divide de-clutter tasks and solve them for once and for all!
Photography and Graphics Resources
Creative Market is one of several resources that I use for graphics and stock photography. There’s even more on this site, though. Whether you need custom fonts or complex illustrations, they’ve got you covered. Sign up for a free account and you will not only get the weekly newsletter of industry trends, but you will also receive six free graphic surprises every Monday!
I love to write and am fairly meticulous about my writing. However, when I am in a rush to finish a blog post or magazine article, I am so relieved to have *Grammarly as my backup. This program includes real-time grammar and spell-checking services with a convenient icon on my Google Chrome browser bar. I use the premium version (and have for several years), but it’s great to know that there is a free version to try it out.
Blogging Resources for Beginners
As a new blogger, the price point makes it easy for you to give blogging a try…if you find that it’s not your thing, then you are not out hundreds of dollars. If blogging is all you ever want in life, *Bluehost has you covered as your blog grows. I’m a happy customer and continue to recommend the team at Bluehost for hosting and domain services.
Hosting – The provider that keeps your blog site engine running
Domain – A monthly or annual expense for your URL. The URL is typed into a web browser (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc) to go to your web page. This is not a real site, but as an example, the domain looks like http://www.myblog.com.
Theme – The layout on display for everyone who visits your blog. There are hundreds of themes. Find some sites that you like and then use WPThemeDetector to learn all about the theme and the site’s plug-ins.
Every successful business relies on metrics and measurements to assess business performance. As your blog grows, you may want to create an income stream with blogging. That’s where Google Analytics comes in. This free online tool will give you critical data about your blog performance, your online audience, and how many people you reach with your site. The word “reach” is a business term for bloggers and social media influencers and represents the blog’s overall influence. Activate Google Analytics early in your blogging activity and you will have valuable data as your blog grows.
I tried affiliate marketing for years, but with little to show for my effort. I was beginning to feel lost and stuck. Then I learned that I simply didn’t have the right tools for making affiliate marketing work for me, my blog, and my readers. I started learning. Isn’t that the same for any new skill? Gotta learn something before the benefits come in!
Michelle earns over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing, and she shares all of her best tips in this course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. The title of the course is perfect; it truly does make sense of everything about Affiliate Marketing.
Jetpack by WordPress.com is a swiss army knife offering site security and tools to help you increase online traffic to your site.
W3 Total Cache is another tool that I use on my sites. This plugin improves your site by increasing website speed and reducing download times. It’s a “clean-up” program. When I ran the PageSpeed Insights program (free), I had significant errors and issues. W3 Total Cache was one of the key tools for improving my page speed and load times.
Another favorite plugin is the Google Analytics for WordPress plugin. This tool puts my Google Analytics statistics right in the backend of my site, visible on the dashboard. I capture key metrics in the Google Analytics tool monthly, but this plugin gives me a closer view on day-by-day changes – and is immediately available whenever I log into my blog.
Akismet is a super-reliable (and valuable) plugin. It checks your comments to flag spam and to prevent your site from publishing malicious content. When it catches comment spam, you can review the text to determine if it is acceptable or truly is spam.
Broken Link Checker – So here’s a little lesson about blogging. My Crochet Getaway site is all about crocheting conferences and events. I wrote dozens of pages about times and places for various crochet and yarn activities. I linked these to the event website. Surprise, surprise…after the event, the sites were often canceled, resulting in a broken link on my site. Then I discovered the Broken Link Checker plugin which checks the entire blog for broken links and gives me a list to update (remove links) or change to the next years’ event site.
I had dabbled with WooCommerce as a plugin, but could not quite get it to work the way I wanted, so I deleted it. Fast forward by a year, and I was searching for a way to give away free patterns on my Crochet Getaway site. Thinking ahead, I may someday want to have some fee-based content on the site, too. Easy Digital Downloads was the perfect solution and truly is easy. It was running flawlessly in about an hour. Whether it is printables, documents, photos, e-books, or any other type of media file, Easy Digital Downloads is the answer for new bloggers. Note: There are many e-commerce programs for larger blogs with a lot of product offers. Getting started, this easy plugin may be all that you need to test market your ideas (for free).
Oh, don’t get me started on this one! It’s a real winner! At the beginning of 2017, I decided to focus on organizing my blog activity. PublishPress is promoted as the essential plugin for any WordPress site with multiple writers, but this editorial calendar is ideal when there is only one writer. PublishPress includes organization and productivity tools. The Editorial Calendar has 5 weeks of visible content in a calendar layout. In addition, there are fields to capture thoughts about the key points of the blog post and status bars for keeping right on track.