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I’ve recently dove head first into the beautiful and crazy world of blogging. I did loads of research prior to my launch, yet no one seemed to mention these resources that have been an amazing help to my blog! I’m just a few weeks in, but here are my top 5 must have resources for your mom blog! (Or any blog)
1. Host Gator
I have had butt loads of people attempt to drive me to host with Siteground. I have not personally tried them, but I started with Host Gator and I LOVE them! The minute issues I have ran into were fixed in a timely manner. They are also pretty cheap in my opinion!
I stumbled upon Ivory Mix on Pinterest. Let me tell you she has some amazing stock photos! You can sign up and gain access to a huge library of free stock photos. If you want some of her other goodies, there is a price to pay (super affordable). What I love most about Ivory Mix is SHE RESPONDS TO YOUR E-MAILS! She makes me feel top of the line important every time I check my inbox and find a reply from her.
This is yet another pinterest find (don’t we find everything there now-a-days?) that I am extremely pleased with. I recently attended a webinar she hosted with Convert Kit. You can say this was my first near face to face experience I had with her. Let me tell you this woman is jam packed full of information for moms looking to start a blog! A quick visit to her site at Start A Mom Blog and you will see exactly what I am talking about.
4. Convert Kit
I think we have all tried the mail chimp train. For some, it may be for them. I am not as tech savvy as I used to be and Convert Kit understands that. Everything is easy to use and there is a plug in for wordpress! You can create different sign up forms and many different chains of e-mails for each individual pop-up form. Let’s say you are selling a product, when someone purchases said product, you can set it up so that the purchase triggers them into a different chain (sequence) of e-mails. To top it off, their customer service is the bomb.com. When I send in a question I receive several responses from their support team. They have a ton of video tutorials to help you along the way. Convert Kit basically holds your hand through e-mail marketing!
5. Yoast SEO
I was hesitant to add this in to my top 5. I am not entirely sure if it is considered a “resource”, but if you have a blog, you need this plug-in! SEO stand for search engine optimization. <– Did you just ask what the heck is that? I did too at first. Quite a bit of research later and I can tell you that the better your SEO the you are more likely to wind up on the front page of Google. To give you an example, if you were to type in 9 Things You Don’t Want To Hear About Breastfeeding into a google search, you would find my post on the front page via pinterest (go pinterest, go pinterest). How awesome sauce is that?!
With a handy plugin for wordpress, there is absolutely no reason you should not have it installed and activated. I feel this is a MUST have for any blog!
Alright, I feel as though I need to leave you with one more impeccable resource.
If you don’t master any other social media, master pinterest! It is literally a search engine for blogs! If you were to redecorate your home, bet you head to pinterest! Looking for that banging kid friendly dinner recipe, you head to pinterest! It only makes sense to utilize this to promote your blog and gain followers and subscribers!
That’s all for now! There are loads of resources that could be in my top 5 resources, but these (6) made the list!