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There are tons of tools out there in the blogging world and I’ll be the first to admit it can be overwhelming. I’ve tried several different platforms and to be frank not all of them were a good fit.
So I’d like to share with you all the tools that work best for me. We’re talking everything, tools, apps, platforms, plugins. I use WordPress so some of the below plugins may not be available for you if you use a different platform.
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me about them here.
Blogging & Business
For Hosting: Siteground
I love the team at Siteground! For almost 5 years they have provided amazing support for hosting my website and buying domains.
For Social Media: Buffer
Schedule all your social media posts with ease.
For Website Themes: Bluchic
Bluchic has beautiful themes for your website. If you're looking to build check these out.
For Organization: Todoist
Take your to-do list to the next level with this program/app.
I drank the kool-aid I thought Airtable was just an unnecessary complication but as a business owner and service provider, it has completely changed the way I manage tasks. It leveled up even my best spreadsheet.
For Email: Mailerlite
Mail your list using Mailerlite's amazing features.
Content Editing: Grammarly, Google Docs
Don't miss a beat with these two platforms.
Photo Editing: Canva
Canva is great, it provides design templates for anything you need. Facebook pages, Pinterest Pins, Instagram, Resumes, whatever you need.
Free Stock Photos: Pixabay, Rawpixel & Pexels
You can always find a good picture to go with your post on one of these 2 sites. They are very popular websites so makes tweaks to them to make them your own.
For Client Management: Dubsado
Sent invoices, track time, create agreements, schedule appointments all in one place.
Video Editing: WeVideo
I looked for a while for the right video editor, I tried a few and this one was the best overall. It's user friendly and fast. I also love that you can host and process the videos all on their platform so it doesn't slow down your computer.
Accounting and Bookkeeping: Collective
This has saved my life with getting my accounting in order. They seriously take care of everything and walk you through it. Well worth the price when you see how much they save you in money and headaches. Use my referral code: DD8205 for a discount.
I love Gusto. It's so easy to add an employee. Even if you are the only employee this system is wonderful. If you join Collective you'll have access to this at no additional cost. But it's not required to used Gusto.
If you want to use both remember to use code DD8205 for a huge discount on Collective.
Become a masterful practitioner who confidently facilitates miracle-style results that make you stand out and sell out.
My client, Andrea Jones hosts a an amazing membership program for people looking to get their social media skills up and grow their audience and engagement.
To make sure your blog's SEO is making the Google bots happy.
Because sharing is caring. This plug-in is perfect for letting readers share your content on multiple social platforms.
I use this for my FREE resource library formatting.
Stop wasting time trying to rig together pages. Beautiful templates and so easy to use.
This allows me to create custom ads for affiliates, partners. and my services.
This is a commenting aid. Akismet helps put more spam comments in the spam folder and saves you the time of filtering them out of the legit ones.
I love this plugin! It allows me to create custom tweets right in the copy of my text to encourage engagement and sharing.
Great for getting on-site statistics, speeding up your website and keeping your site secure.
This app helps shrink the size of my images and save storage.
Printer: HP Desk Jet 3755
I love this printer. It prints in color and takes up no space at all. The ink cost is low and it's perfect for a one person operation.
Computer: Macbook Pro
This computer has lasted longer than any computer I've ever had. It also comes with audio and video editing.
Camera: Coolpix L340
Great pics, video and sound!
Webcam: Anivia 1080p HD Webcam W8
A lot of influencers will tell you to go with LogiTech but this camera is amazing and less than half the cost.
Books For Mindset and Business
Women Rocking Business by Sage Lavine
Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
She Means Business by Carrie Green
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen