Find out the behind the scenes of my blog here. I created this page to help you find all the tools, resources and products I use and recommend for bloggers.
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Resources for bloggers
The best place to start your blog. Bluehost is the WordPress hosting that I use on a different startup blog and that I recommend for any beginner blogger. It is very cheap, easy to set up and their customer service is great, should you need any help. You can start your blogging business for just $3.95 per month and that includes a free domain!
BigScoots is a top-notch hosting provider, best for bloggers who have outgrown Bluehost or are ready to take their blog to the next level. I switched CappuccinoandFashion.com to BigScoots after my traffic grew a lot. It is more pricey, but it makes your website super fast and is very reliable.
I highly recommend the Astra theme for your blog. It is super fast in terms of pagespeed and easy to customise. They have a free version of the theme that is amazing for beginners. I now use the Astra Pro version on this blog, which offers more customisation options.
Flodesk is the email service provider that I recommend for starting and growing your email list. I use Flodesk on this blog and it has helped me grow my list to over 50,000 subscribers. It’s super easy to create beautiful emails with it and it’s very inexpensive compared to other providers. You can use my code to get 50% off your subscription forever.
I use Canva Pro for a lot of my blog designs and products. I’ve created my blog logo in Canva, my ebooks, pin graphics, templates etc. It’s amazing. I upgraded to the Pro version because it has more powerful features, but it also has a great free version for beginners.
Shortpixel is a WordPress plugin for optimising your images. If you want a super fast website, then you need to optimise your images. Shortpixel has a free plan for 100 images/month. I myself have purchased the 10k images plan that’s only $9.99 a couple of times and it covered all the images on my blog. Makes such a huge difference in pagespeed!
PopupAlly integrates nicely with Flodesk and it helps you create optin forms and popups on your blog for people to subscribe on your email list. It’s what I currently use on this blog and it makes it super easy when I need to change something in an optin. I can easily make my change in the PopupAlly dashboard and it changes all the optins on my site, so I don’t have to manually go into each post.
Teachable is a learning management platform where you can create and sell digital courses. If you’re ready to take your monetising strategy to the next level, then creating and selling courses in Teachable is amazing. It has more than doubled my monthly income from my blog.
Resources for YouTubers
TubeBuddy is amazing for YouTubers because it helps you figure out what keywords to use in your video titles and descriptions to rank higher in YouTube search. I use TubeBuddy a lot for my YouTube channel when I’m planning out my content.
EpidemicSound is the best platform to find music for your YouTube videos. I have been using it for years. They have a huge range of songs for different vibes or moods. They even have them categorised for haul videos, for travel videos, for podcasts etc.