Below you can find all the resources and tools I use to run my travel blog Aussieinwanderlust. There are also alternative options so you can compare what is best for your blog and online business.
WEB HOSTING | WEBSITE THEMES | PLUGINS AND ONSITE ASSISTANCE | SEO | EMAIL, COMMUNICATION AND LEAD MAGNET SERVICES | SHOP FRONT SERVICES | SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOG SHARING TOOLS | STOCK PHOTOS AND EDITING TOOLS | AFFILIATE MARKETING PLATFORMS | MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS | BLOGGING COURSES
HostGator is the web hosting service I first started my blog with and I found them reliable, however, I recently changed to Siteground. As an Aussieinwanderlust reader, you can save up to 30% off a plan with HostGator if you opt to host your site with them.
I recently changed my web hosting service to Siteground and have found them amazing. They transfered my complete site over with minimal downtime and have extras features that have improved my website speed and performance.
One of the best WordPress managed themes for a new blogging website. It will have your site looking great right from the start of your online journey.
One of the most popular WordPress theme styles used on the internet. Again this is a classic and reliable choice of website theme to stand out online.
Offers another choice for a premium website theme and has thousands of templates online to choose from. Another popular choice for a WordPress site.
Plugins and Onsite Assistance
This is a plugin that almost every blog owner will have installed. Helps to improve and reach a high SEO level on new and existing blog posts.
If you are running a travel blog like this one then an interactive world map makes a great addition to your site. Check the one on my destinations page.
Content Views Pro
Content Views Pro makes beautiful grids with minimal effort or coding. This is an easy way to display relevant content from your site to visitors.
Grow allows you to place beautiful social media sharing icons on your site in various locations. Make it easy for visitors to share your content.
Having a fast site is important for both SEO and also onsite user experience. Reduce image size and optimize site speed with Smush and notice a better SEO ranking.
The same type of Plugin as Smush but depending on your sites theme one is likely to work better than the other. Test them both and see which one is best.
The reason you are probably starting a blog is to earn an income online from it. Pretty links is a way of making all your affiliate links looking, well "Pretty".
Search Engine Optimization
The one stop place for all your online SEO tools. Get your blogs ranking high on search platforms and watch your traffic grow.
Another option to use to improve your keyword rankings and also gain knowledge of your main competitors keywords as well.
Starting out blogging means not much income flowing in. Ubersuggest is a cheaper yet still powerful keyword tool. It also has a free option.
Moz helps keep track of your growth online as well as your keywords and content marketing. Check your DA ranking for free.
Another keyword ranking tool that makes finding and optimzing your blog posts fast and easy.
Email, Communication and Lead magnet Services
An email automation service that also enables the building of sales funnel landing pages and optin forms. Has a free sign up option to get started. Has a free sign up option to get started.
Another email marketing service you can use to collect subscribers and enhance your e-commerce marketing. Has a free sign up option to get started.
Once you begin gaining traffic to your site the next step is to turn those visitors into subscribers. Optinmonster is a lead generation software purposely built to do this.
Leadpages is one of the best platforms to create high converting landing pages, sales funnels, thank you pages. You can try the platform for 14-days and see the magic for yourself.
Sumo is a platform that enables you to capture emails for free and in turn automates your website growth.
Start running online webinars and large group calls with course students in either audio or video.
Shop Front Services
Create on online ecommerce platform on WordPress in literally minutes with Woo Commerce. Sell anything from physical products through to memberships and e-books.
If you are an expert in a niche online or have created an online course already then Teachable is the perfect place to market and host a course or e-book online.
E-Junkie allows you to sell almost any online digital product fast and easily. They have a 30-day free trail so you can safely test if it is the platform your after.
If you are selling anything online that could be purchased in multiple currencies than it will pay to have PayPal setup on your website. Great for online sale transactions.
If you are completing freelance or work that requires sending invoices to clients this is a great platform to use. Easy to add new clients, invoice automatically or as required.
Social Media And Blog Sharing Tools
Tailwind is the perfect tool to partner both your Pinterest and Instagram accounts. You can share and schedule posts pins to drive traffic to your site. Grab a free trail now.
One of the eaiest and cheapest places to create banners, pins and other images for your website or social media accounts. It has a free or a pro version.
PicMonkey allows you to edit and re-touch your favourite travel pictures for social media or your website. You can also create banner and graphic designs.
If you are trying to grow your Instagram or Facebook pages and groups then regular posting is the key. Later allows you to plan scheduling in advance and is free.
Stock Photos and Editing Tools
Depositphotos is a great option for finding royalty-free Stock Photos and videos that you can use throughout your blog or social media pages.
Pixabay has a collection of free images & royalty free stock photos. A good option to find photos for your website but disclosure is required.
Lightroom is a great way to clean up and tranforms photos for your website or social media accounts. Having quality photos is key to standing out.
Dive deeper into photo editing and adjusting each image in high detail with photoshop. Often brought together with Lightroom.
Affiliate Marketing Platforms
Sharasale is a platform that has many highly sought after affiliate platforms in one place. Keep your earning and access to your favourite brands in one place.
Impact is a platform that has many highly sought after affiliate platforms in one place. Keep your earning and access to your favourite brands in one place.
AWIN is a platform that has many highly sought after affiliate platforms in one place. Keep your earning and access to your favourite brands in one place.
Once you have a website online it is important to have Google Analytics connected correctly to monitor your traffic and trends.
Cloudflare offers many online website security services and also has products to speed up your website such as CDN.
Grammarly is a free product that will assist with writing and editing blog posts. There is a pro version also.
Have a thousand ideas running through your head. Make lists and order your tasks with Trello boards. Has a mobile app also.
Upwork is an online platform where you can both find services for tasks you either can't do or would rather outsource to save time. You can also advertise your own skills on Upwork and use it to freelance your services.
Fiverr is an online platform where you can both find services for tasks you either can't do or would rather outsource to save time. You can also advertise your own skills on Fiverr and use it to freelance your services.
Travel Blog and Affiliate Marketing Crash Course - A free 68 page E-BOOK designed to fast track your blog start-up process and also learn how to begin laying the foundations to earn an income online from the start.
SuperStar Blogging Course – A blogging course run by Nomadic Matt who is arguably the #1 travel blogger in the world. Learning from the best makes sense.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – Another course that has assisted me greatly when it comes to growing my blog and earning capacity online. Perfect for new bloggers just starting out.
Pinterest Avalanche Traffic Course – SEO can be a long game to play before you see major improvements in your traffic. Yet you can easily begin to gain traffic to your blog straight away with a good knowledge of Pinterest.
Pinteresting Strategies Training Course - If you are not ready to fully commit to purchasing TailWind for your Pinterest marketing strategy then this is the perfect option for you. Find out how you can drive huge amounts of traffic to your blog, website or online platform via manual pinning only. No scheduling platform required.
To assist with your online blogging success I would encourage you to also download the Blogging Tips and Resources PDF I have created. If you are looking for further assistance earning online or starting a blog then you can find extra support here.
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