Resources for Current or Future Bloggers
This page is to help refer readers who are currently a blogger or are thinking about starting a blog, to the products and services that I have found to be helpful in setting up my blog and creating a good experience for anyone who visits. Also, since blogging is a never-ending learning process, I will continue to add to this list as I find more and more helpful resources. If you are thinking about starting a blog or are brand spanking new to the blogging world, you can start by checking out this post on the “17 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog.”
Disclaimer: This page contains affiliate links through which I will make a small commission from if you were to make a purchase and it will be at no extra cost to you. The use of these links are what makes it possible for me to continue to keep this site running and to provide the best experience I can. All products and services listed on this page are ones that I currently use, have used or personally believe in.
SiteGround – SiteGround is the website hosting service that I personally use and highly recommend. As a tech-challenged individual, I found that setup of my blog was incredibly easy and fast with them taking only about 15 minutes! Their up time is almost unbelievable with 99.99% monthly and 99.96% yearly which I can personally say that I have never experienced ANY downtime! Their speed has always been top-notch with there equipment of SuperCacher which helps your site handle sudden high traffic (think, viral pin!). I could sing their praises all day but the last thing I want to mention is there amazing customer service. They are available 24/7 with there phone and chat response time being instantly! Don’t worry if you are a tech-challenged individual like me because they will even set your WordPress site up for you if you ask them to! I do encourage you to try to set it up for yourself first though because this is your baby and you will want to be as familiar with it as possible but it is nice to know that the help is there if you need it!
Viglink – For affiliate linking, on top of using Amazon Affiliates, I started using Viglink which I am a big fan of because it automatically creates affiliate linking for you on all of you outbound links throughout your site. This means that if you linked to a product page that you wouldn’t normally make a commission for because maybe you’re not an affiliate but just really like a product, Viglink will ensure monetization. Another thing, incase you were worried, if you already have designated affiliate links in place like Amazon, it will not change them! The best part is, it was incredibly easy to setup. By creating your account and copying and pasting your special link into your site’s template (they even have a video to show you EXACTLY how to do it) you will be set to go in very little time.
How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in Less than 24 Hours ebook – This ebook helped me understand more about affiliate marketing and exactly how to make it work. Before reading it, I had NO idea what I was doing when it came to affiliate marketing and seeing the authors process helped me see where I was going wrong. Did I make my first sale in less than 24 hours? No, but I did make one within 48 hours which I don’t think I would have been able to do without this book’s help. It is short and to the point which is exactly what I needed since in the blogging world or any business for that matter, time is money!
Pageviews from Pinterest – This 7-Step course created by blogger and Pinterest expert, Krista Dickson has helped soooo many bloggers who have just plain struggled to figure out the Science of Pinterest and how to use it to get blog traffic. I have taken a few of Krista’s workshops, courses and read so much of her content and I will say that everything that she puts out is top-notch in the way of useful and informative. I have personally improved my own traffic from Pinterest using a lot of the tips that she provides and I couldn’t imagine trying to crack the Pinterest Code without her help and guidance.