Having the ability to be a work at home mum has been such a huge but rewarding transition in my life, and it would not have been possible without creating some form of income stream from home. While I may not be earning the same potential as my previous career in psychology (yet), I have been able to build a steady steam of income from home over the past 6 months. Below I share many of the blogging resources and related methods that have helped me on my way to the freedom of working from home.
WORDPRESS.ORG – Get yourself a self-hosted wordpress site. Unlike wordpress.com which will limit what you can do, or blogspot sites, which you do not actually own the content yourself, wordpress.org will allow you to create a fully customisable blog or website, and add advertising steams, which is not allowed on the free version.
GO DADDY – This is my go to place for buying cheap domain names. They do lots of special deals so keep an eye on your inbox. They also offer website hosting. This was the easy option for me first starting out self-hosted, with a website builder package that includes hosting that is actually extremely cheap, with bonus support.
BLUEHOST – This is one of the most popular options for hosting, used by many bloggers, both professional and hobby based. They offer very affordable hosting options.
MAILCHIMP – This is by far the easiest email management system I have tried, with the service free up to 2000 subscribers and really easy newsletter editing tools.
COSCHEDULE – Seriously amazing plug in that allows you to view your blog post schedule in wordpress in calendar format, as well as drop and dragging post dates instead of having to edit each post individually. Also lets you schedule your social media shares of new and old posts any time in the future. A must have for bloggers to stay organised.
VIRALTAG – If you are looking for a social media scheduling tool that also allows you to schedule Pinterest, ViralTag is a good option. There is plenty of information to show that frequent, spaced out pinning on Pinterest helps grow your following so a worthy investment. And if you use this link, you get $15 credit off your subscription fees. Bonus!
BOARDBOOSTER – Another great option for Pinterest scheduling. This one is really easy to use if you are already a Pinterest user, as it creates secret boards for each of the boards you want utilised for scheduling so you just pin to the secret boards and it will pin them to the actual boards for you during your scheduled time frames. Pin while you sleep. $5 a month for up to 500 pins or for every paid account referred from your referral link, you get $5 credit so it could end up free.
INLINKZ – If you are wanting to build up your traffic or host a special link up event, InLinkz is my preferred link up tool. It allows others to add their links and post image to link up to your website, such as with a special theme or event you are hosting.
BLOG TRACKER & PLANNER – If you are looking for a tool to keep you organised for blogging, be sure to grab my Blog tracker and planner from my Etsy store. Super cheap and it keeps me on top of everything blog related, from traffic & stats, to editorial calendar and tracking income and debits, sponsored posts and advertising.
GENERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES
MOO BUSINESS CARDS – If you plan to start blogging or doing any other form of online or freelance based work for yourself, you should be ready and armed with business cards to give out at any networking events, conferences or even just as a way of making connections with brands and businesses. Moo make great business cards and are very popular with bloggers. And if you use this link, you will get 10% off your first order.
AMAZON ASSOCIATES – One of the most popular affiliate programs in the world, if someone clicks a link to your associates account and purchases from Amazon, you get a commission on the sale.
eBAY – Promote products or services you recommend on eBay to your readers.
SHAREASALE – Affiliate network you can join and link up to relevant advertisers to generate sales from your own blog or website.
COMMISSION FACTORY – Another affiliate network with many brands and services you can sign up with for affiliate links to add to your sites.
CREATIVE LIVE – Creative Live is amazing. A constant stream of educational online courses with a huge range talented and informative presenters. You can watch free live streaming and replays, or purchase for anytime access which includes extra resources. So good!
SECRET BLOGGERS BUSINESS – I am currently doing the SBB MBA course which is an intermediate bloggers course, completely online to turn your blog into a business. Loving it. So many great resources, support and Kate McKibben is fabulous. There is also a beginners course and lots of great resources.
4 WEEK BLOGGER BOOTCAMP – The blogger bootcamp from Talk About Creative is aimed at really understanding Google Analytics and making it work for you and your blog. Dana helps you to understand the right monetisation strategy for your blog, how to build campaigns, to see where you traffic is coming from and how to build your online authority so you can be found in search engines and boost your readership. The groups are small so there is a chance for more one on one support compared to most blogging courses, which is great if you are struggling to get your head around things. I know this was useful for me, as Dana was able to highlight some of the concerns with my blogs (like the fact that my travel blog was only ranking in the US rather than Australia too).
CRAFTSY – More focused on DIY, such as sewing, cake decorating and scrapbooking but their courses on photography may be the perfect tool for fine tuning your skills for your blog and website.