Welcome to the Blogging For Passive Income Resources Page, which contains a list of the best tools and websites we recommend for building and optimizing your business.
I have tested and used EVERY resource on this page. Many of them are absolutely VITAL to the success of our blogs and will have HUGE impacts on yours as well.
When running a blog, the hardest part is to find the reliable software you can count on.
That’s why I created this page to help you choose the right resources in creating, growing, and monetizing your own blog!
Please be aware many of these links are affiliate links – meaning they do not cost you anything extra, but I do receive a commission if you use them. Thank you for helping out a fellow momma blogger!
Here are the resources I use almost every single day to make my blog a success.
TOOLS & RESOURCES FOR STARTING YOUR BLOG
A self-hosted WordPress blog is defiantly the way to go if you want to build a professional and successful blog. There are many hosting platforms out there, but I personally use SiteGround and love it! I recently switched from another popular platform, HostGator, because I my blog was down multiple times a day! With SiteGround I have had 0 downtime so far, and am loving my choice to switch.
The set up is SO easy and you can start a blog for as little as $3.95/month when you use my special link
If you are just starting out & need to get your blog set up, Check out my Step-by-step tutorial to get started
Having a theme that’s functional and fully supports what you’re trying to achieve on your website is so important. That’s why I chose the Victoria Theme by Bluchic. They are so pretty, feminine, and functional. They also have AMAZING customer support and help guides for all of their themes.
Here are some of my other favorite Themes:
Elegant Themes: If you’re looking for a highly customizable theme for your blog, Elegant Themes is the way to go! Their Divi theme is incredibly easy to use and customize.
Studio press:- Another great option is Genesis Framework & A child theme by Studiopress.
Tools & Resources for Building and Growing Your Blog
I love Grammarly. This is an essential tool for bloggers or pretty much anyone who owns a computer. Grammarly ensures that everything you write online (blog posts, emails, social media messages) is clear and mistake-free. Honestly, I was surprised to notice how many grammatical errors I was making in my blog posts that WordPress never caught.
Now, I can rest assured knowing that my writing is flawless. You can check your blog posts by pasting them inside the app at grammarly.com, or you can download Grammarly as an extension on your browser, and have it check spelling and grammar for you directly inside of your blog post. I only use the Chrome extension, and I use it in all writing that I do.
ConvertKit is the Email Marketing Service I use for my e-mail marketing and have completely fallen in love with everything it allows me to do. From automation to funnels to email courses to tagging and segmenting to creating automation rules and more! They have an easy-to-use interface, the right amount of features, and reasonable prices.
ConvertKit is great (and I used to use them!). Click here to get a free trial.
THRIVE LANDING PAGES
I love Thrive landing Pages and I use it for creating all my landing pages for free and paid products. It’s a one-time site-wide license of $67. It gives you lots of styling options to get your landing pages to look exactly the way you want it. It also has integrations with most of the email service providers.
Thrive Landing Page has over 150+ templates with an easy drag and drop editor. It gives you lots of styling options to get your landing pages to look exactly the way you want it. It also has integrations with most of the email service providers. I created My Own templates for digital downloads, Tripwire offer, and free email courses.
I use Tailwind for automating my pinning! Tailwind App is the ONLY approved API partner by Pinterest for scheduling pins. You can schedule your pins to be pinned when you want, and they also have other cool features such as Tailwind Tribes. The tribes are similar to Group boards, so it is another great way to get your pins in front of more eyes! They have also recently added Instagram scheduling! It also gives you access to all kinds of analytics on how your profile and pins are performing across Pinterest.
Click here to get your first month for free. Try it out and see if it is the right fit for you and your Pinterest Strategy!
Don’t have a Pinterest Strategy yet? What are you waiting for! Check out this post for some help getting started
I have been using Picmonkey for about 2 years now to resize, crop, and edit images for my blog. It’s easy to add text to images with Picmonkey to make them pinnable. The basic features of Picmonkey were free initially, but now you have to pay for the royal membership (currently $33/year) to access it. You can create up to 50 templates in Picmonkey.
Canva is another website I use to create worksheets, workbooks, printables, checklists, and pinnable images. It is super user friendly and has all the features I personally need. With Canva, you can create really gorgeous and professional-looking blog post image templates, ebook covers, social media graphics and more. I use the free version, but there is also an option to upgrade to a pro version to unlock additional features if you want to.
Ever needed to make your PDF files editable so that users can fill out different areas right in the document? PDF Escape is the free tool that I use to make a fillable checklist or a worksheet. It helps you do all sorts of cool things like create fillable text boxes and add links to your PDF.!
There are a ton of awesome free stock photo resources out there but my favorites are from Ivory Mix, pixabey and unplash.
Tools for Creating and Selling Digital Products and Courses
I use SendOwl to distribute my digital products. I was already using SendOwl to join other affiliate programs and found it really easy to use so I decided to sign up for a paid plan. It’s so easy to use. All you do is go into the ‘Product’ section, upload your product, add a price, click save, grab your button code, put it up on your website and then people can buy. It’s THAT easy!
I use Thinkific because I loved that you could join and host your courses for free. The best thing is you get instant access to your money. Obviously, the fees you pay are pretty reasonable as compared with the features, this makes it so much easier for new and small businesses to get a head start without huge upfront costs. The course builder is awesome and makes it 100% worth it. Your courses will look completely professional and will make your customers more satisfied with their purchases.
Google Drive is my favorite place to create and store any spreadsheets, or documents I need. Plus it syncs with my phone so I’m able to access the docs wherever I am.
I use Google Doc for creating my lead magnets and e-books. It is free and it’s AWESOME and so easy to use!
I use Screencast-o-matic to record my screen, it is only $18 a year and has a ton of built in tools to help you create and edit awesome videos. You also can use this a video editing tool and record via your webcam for tutorials where you would be on screen.
Creative Market is my favorite place for everything from fonts, templates, design elements and themes and stock images.
I am using PayPal account for sending and accepting money. There is an option for invoicing with a PayPal business account which is useful for when you start getting clients. Plus it’s free to setup.