Since I started blogging in 2009, I’ve always wanted to have some tools and resources at hand to ease my writing and blogging, to get my message across and to build my platform. I’ve learnt from other writers (some of whom I’ll indicate later), but I’ve also learnt many other skills and technicality the difficult way.
Based on that experience, I’m recommending to you the following resources for blogging and writing, which I have found helpful.
Please note, that most of the tools I’m recommending here are the ones I’ve personally used or those I’m still using on my websites. I, however, include some, which have come highly recommended to me by trusted bloggers.
I will add to these lists as I come across new blogging resources that I recommend.
However, if you want to build your brand from the beginning and grow from there, then I recommend WordPress.org.
The difference? The difference is that WordPress.com is a free hosting service, which will carry the WordPress domain in your website address, i.e. yourname.wordpress.com.
With WordPress.org, you need to have your own domain registered, your hosting service provider and do the technical stuff on your own, or get a web developer to help you.
Hosting Service Providers
Bluehost: WordPress has been recommending Bluehost for web hosting since 2005. With 1-click WordPress installation, 24/7 support, and a super affordable rate, Bluehost is a great option for building your first website or blog. It’s what I’ve been using since 2009!
StudioPress – secure, beautifully designed, responsive themes.
ThemeForest – this is a marketplace with thousands of WordPress themes from many different designers.
Thesis – a professionally designed WordPress blog theme and template manager – with many options.
Tribe Theme: A theme for writers and authors. It’s authored by Jeff Goins, one of the writers you should read for.
Email Marketing Services
Feedburner: a free solution from Google. For many, this does the job. It keeps your readers updated whenever you post an update to yout blog.
Mailchimp: The plus point for Mailchimp is that, it’s easy to use and free for the first 2000 subscribers. Ideal for writers and artists who just want to share their art.
AWeber: Has some technical advantages over Mailchimp but starts out at $19/mo. You may need some time to get used to it. It’s what I use.
Bloggers and Blogging Sites You Should Follow
Micheal Hyatt: a Virtual Mentor.
ProBlogger: a Blog that helps bloggers to add income streams to their blogs.
Jeff Goins: an Author and Writer who inspires writing in writers.
WPBeginner: [the] largest free WordPress resource site.