I have been blogging for quite a while, and have used lots of tools and services to save money as well as make money. Here are my recommendations for the tools and services that I have used or have heard only good things about.
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I have been used and/or heard good things about these products and services and only recommend them because I have genuinely found them helpful and trustworthy.
Money Saving Tools and Resources
Ebates. Ebates is an affiliate for big brands like Walmart, Target, Amazon, eBay, Bluehost etc. You get the cash back if you click through the links of stores listed. When you shop at one of these stores through Ebates, these brands pay Ebates a percentage of the purchase and Ebates in turn pays you the customer a percentage of that amount.
Groopdealz. Not only can you find some great deals on Groopdealz but also sell your own boutique. They offer great platform for local fashion and specialty boutiques. You will find deal of the day on some great stuff.
InboxDollars. InboxDollars is a free online rewards club that pays cash when you perform some of the regular tasks via them. New members can earn $5 when they sign up. As soon as you reach $30 threshold, you can request your check. At this point you also become Gold member making you eligible for even for rewards.
Recommended Blogging Tools for Any Blogger
These blogging tools have come in very handy for The Women Talk.
BlueHost: I have used Bluehost with couple of websites I have worked on earlier. I have never seen any downtime with any of my websites whenever I was with them. Their support team is amazing. If you are just starting your blogging journey then Bluehost is the company to go with. It’s very easy to register your domain name and hosting. If you feel confused about setting everything up, checkout How to start a blog. This step by step run down is very easy to follow for starting your own blog using Bluehost.
Picmonkey. I found out about Picmonkey only after I started getting active in the blogger community. This is the graphics software that is widely used by so many bloggers. It is extremely easy to use and great features that it offers make is one of my favorite image editing software. You will be surprised to find out you are capable of making beautiful graphics once you start using Picmonkey.
Tailwind. My top most traffic referral is Pinterest. So obviously I wanted to use an automated tool so that I did not have to keep pinning all day long. Although there are many Pinterest Schedulers, and I tried a few. I liked Tailwind the most because of it’s easy to use platform and simple analysis of stats. This one is easy to use and you can start scheduling pins on Pinterest right away.
Genesis Framework: We got The Women Talk custom coded from scratch on WordPress theme, but Genesis Framework comes recommended by many expert bloggers. I have heard nothing but good things about Genesis. It is very easy to maintain your website from the dashboard, but if you still run into any issues, the helpful community forums there make sure that your tech issues are resolved pretty quickly. When you purchase the Framework, you also have to buy child them to go with the parent theme. There are many designers featured on Studiopress that you can choose to custom design your website. When it comes to food blog, their Foodie Pro and Daily Dish are the most popular themes among food bloggers.
Convertkit. I use Mailchimp as well as Convertkit to send newsletters to my subscribers. I love it because it is very simple to use and offers some powerful features making my job of sending newsletters very easy. They have great customer service, and respond very quickly if we have any questions. Click here to check out Convertkit!
Are there any tools and resources that you use to save money and / or make money? Please share in the comment box below!
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