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Free Resources to Grow Your Blog

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Welcome to my free blogging resources page.  You will find a list of things I use to make my
blogging life easier.

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Hosting

SiteGround: I cannot recommend SiteGround enough.  You can get it for as little as $3.95/month and it is one of the fastest, if not the fastest loading time among web hosts.  Not to mention their amazing customer/technical support team.

Bluehost:  I started out using Bluehost and it is still one of the most recommended, but it is not for me.  I did not have a good experience with Bluehost customer service.  But if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, then BlueHost might be for you since they offer a free domain first year (which is around $15).

Grammar Tool

Grammarly: I have been using Grammarly for over a year now.  Grammarly is the most comprehensive grammar and spell-checker I’ve ever used.  I installed the Chrome extension and have my articles checked without losing any text formatting.

While the premium version will set you back $139 per year (they often run discounts up to 60% off).  I currently use the free version and will sign up for the FREE one month upgrade to the premium version.  I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t at least sign up for the free version.

After you sign up, you can earn $25 by writing a short review.  It took me less than 5 minutes to write this.  Click here to find out how if you’re interested.

Ad Network

Media.net:  If you cannot get Google Adsense to approve, then give Media.net a try.  I think they’re run by bots and once it’s rejected, it will just keep on rejecting.

Stock Images

Ivory Mix:  Over 300+ FREE stock photos and they are feminine and beautiful!!!  Wish I knew about it a year ago when I first started blogging because my pins were so ugly.

Pixabay: This is completely free and you can alter and do whatever you want with the images.  No attribution is required.

Pikwizard: This is a great new stock photography website with over 100,000 high-quality images, with 20,000 exclusive to the site.

Canva: I use Canva to make most of my images/pins.  Canva also has a lot of free images you can use on top of the paid ones.

Graphic Design Tools

Canva: I use Canva to make most of my images on my blog.  There is a paid version, but the free version is more than enough.

PicMonkey:  PickMonkey has been around for a very long time.  I remember using it when I was in high school.

Social Media

Social Warfare: I have used so many different social media plugins from SUMO to Shareholic to a few others in between and I have found Social Warfare to be the best.  The plugin is light and it is so simple to use.

Tailwind:  Use this link for a free month.  It is so amazing.  It makes my life so much easier not having to manually pin pins.  My time is better used to work on content and to monetize.  Tailwind is the only scheduler approved by Pinterest.

BoardBooster: Similiar to Tailwind, BoardBooster is a pin scheduling tool for bloggers.  It helps you manage your Pinterest account by automatically pinning them.  BoardBooster doesn’t get as much love as Tailwind, but if you want something free to get started, you can click on this link to get your first 500 pins scheduled for free.

Update:  just received an email from Pinterest stating that Boardbooster is not a supported Pinterest Marketing Partner or a Pinterest-approved tool.  I just deleted my account because I don’t want my Pinterest account to get flagged and terminated.

BLOGGING COURSES

Traffic

Pinterest Traffic Avalanche:  This is a very popular Pinterest traffic course.  Bloggers Alex and Lauren only started blogging at the end of 2015 and is now making over a million dollars a year.  I always knew traffic was important but I never paid any attention to it.  After I purchased the course, my Pinterest followers went from 0 to 182 in a week and it was 0 for a whole year before that.

EXTRA INCOME SIDE HUSTLES

eBates: Get cash back just for shopping online at the stores you love.  Get $10 back when you spend your first $25.

Swagbucks: While you’re waiting to make money from your blog, you can take surveys and make money from Swagbucks.

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