Blogging Tips and Resources

Bilna Sandeep

Bilna Sandeep is the founder of this blog. She is a Civil Engineer by profession who is currently on a career break to enjoy the joys of motherhood with her almost 2 year old naughty little boy. During her free time, she loves to write, blog and speak up for the causes she care for in the society. Read More About Bilna Here

The best Resources to Rock your Blog

When I wrote my post on How to Start a Blog and start making money from home, I started getting a lot of questions on various aspects of blogging. Well, I do not claim myself to be an expert. I started my first blog in 2009 and this one in 2014. I got serious about blogging only after I started this blog and ever since it has been a journey of learning new things every day. In this page, I try to put in the resources that I come across and shall keep updating it every now and then.

Blogging Tips and Resources for All Bloggers

The Best Blogging Platform

For those who want to take blogging to the professional level, I would always recommend WordPress.org

Other Blogging Platforms

  • WordPress.com
  • Blogger
 Recommended Reading:

The Best Blog Hosting

  • Bluehost (This blog is hosted on BlueHost. For starters, this would be a Best Plan)
  • In motion ( I know a lot of my blogging friends who are hosted on Inmotion Hosting. Though a little bit more pricey that BlueHost, they have excellent Customer care Service).

Blog themes

Blog Logo and Design 

  • Canva ( Almost all designs on my blog have been done using Canva and the best highlight is most of them are FREE)
  • BeFunky ( For all my Quick Photo Editing needs)
  • 48 Hours Logo ( Get your Logo Designed Professionally from Designers around the world)

 

Analysis

  • Google Analytics
  • Alexa Ranking
  • BuzzSumo – To analyse your best-shared contents on the web across all social media channels.

Chrome Extensions

  • Alexa Widget ( To check the Alexa Ranking of any Website I come across or my own)
  • In-Page Analytics ( This is one of the Best FREE Chrome extension I have found so far. If you have Google Analytics set up on your blog, you get to see the in-depth analytics of each page on your blog, including where the users are clicking on the page.)
  • Grammarly  After installing the Grammarly Extension for Chrome, proofreading my blog posts have become so much easier. Not only it works in the editor of your blog, but it also works on any site you start typing)
 

Gmail

  • Mix Max – Installing their Free version can help you track your emails. This is particularly useful when you are pitching to a Brand, and you know exactly when or whether your email was read.
  • Wise Stamp – For professional signatures with links to all your social media channels on all your emails.
 

Email Marketing

  • Mail Chimp- I use MailChimp for all my Email Marketing and Newsletters

Productivity and Organising

  • Evernote – Whenever I have a blog post idea, I write them down on my mobile in Evernote and the best part is it Syncs with your Desktop account. So I can directly take it to my blog editor.

Affiliate Networks

Recommended Reading:

How to start making money from your blog using Affiliate Marketing?

The Best ShareASale Affiliate Programs for Bloggers

Social Media Management

  • Buffer (My Favorite Social Media Management Tool)
  • Hootsuite ( Currently experimenting with it)
  • Revive Social ( Automatically tweets your old blog posts)
  • IFTT ( A few of their features include Automatically share your Instagram posts as images on your Twitter Profile, Share your Pins on your Twitter etc.)

Best WordPress Plugins

  • SumoMe – (For their light weight pop-ups for collecting Emails, Facebook Likes, etc.)
  • JetPack
  • Revive Old Posts by Revive Social
  • W3 Total Cache – Helps a lot in speeding up my site
  • Yoast SEO – For all my SEO needs
  • Yummly Recipe PlugIn – Using Yummily Recipe Plugin drives a lot of traffic to my recipe posts.

Recommended Reading:

How to use Yummly to Drive Traffic to your Food Blog

My Photography Tools

  • Nikon D3200 ( For my Food Photographs, For any sponsored blogging campaign shoots)
  • Sony Cybershot (Point and Shoot Camera which I always carry around due to its small size, yet excellent image quality)
  • Samsung Galaxy E7 (For my daily random clicks, most of my Instagram photos are clicked using it)

Best Photo Editing Software

  • For Mobile I use – Snapseed for editing my shots for Instagram, occasionally use VSCO also for my Instagram shots.
  • Online Editing – I love PicMonkey and Befunky (both are FREE to use).

Best Places to Get FREE Stock Images for your Blog

  • Pixabay.com
  • Pexels.com
  • Flickr (There are many images with Creative Commons License available, which means you need to credit the owner)

Resources for Food Bloggers

Resources from Food Blogger PRO

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