Are you a blogger too? If you are, then you know how rewarding it can be, but you also probably know we bloggers are always learning!
Are you thinking about starting a blog? Then perhaps you’ll find some helpful info here too 🙂
First, you can follow my Pinterest “Blogging Info” board where I pin helpful and interesting goodies I find about blogging:
My Blogging Pinterest Board: Blogging Info Pinterest Board
Most bloggers, after they have been blogging for awhile, narrow things down a bit to their favorites. Here are a few of mine:
Favorite Blogging Book: How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul
I found Ruth Soukup’s book on blogging to be an excellent resource for bloggers. Even though I had been blogging for several years already when I purchased this book, I still found lots of helpful info, as well as reaffirming good basic knowledge that I needed to be reminded of. I would highly recommend this book to any blogger.
Blog Income: For years I simply ran Google Adsense ads on my blog, but more recently I’ve started using AdThrive for my advertisement optimization and management (I learned about them in the book I just recommended above!) As Adthrive promises, they have indeed increased my blog income by a very nice percentage. I’ve been very pleased with how quickly they respond to any of my questions and emails too. It might not be an option for everyone as you need a certain amount of pageviews to be accepted, but they are definitely worth looking into!
Favorite Blogging Income Report: Pinch of Yum Income Reports
Many bloggers are curious about how to make money with their blogs, and it’s a goal I would say almost every bloggers has. Not because we’re money hungry, but because we would like to earn our income by doing something we love. Some bloggers post monthly income reports which give the rest of us a peek into their earnings and help us get a better idea of how it’s done. I’ve been following the Pinch of Yum income reports for a few years now and they have become super successful. But what makes their income report my favorite is that it’s more than just the statistics. They dig a little deeper, and always have positive insights and bits of wisdom to share too.
WordPress has these wonderful things called plugins (to run extra bits of code) that give bloggers an extra hand. And bloggers are always curious about what other plugins other bloggers are using!
Here are three I’m using you may not know about:
Limit Login Attempts: Yes, there are evil hackers out there! And they are constantly trying to login to other people’s blogs! I’ve been running this plugin that helps protect against hackers by limiting how many times someone can attempt to login. It’s quite shocking to look at the log record this plugin generates to show how many attempts have been blocked.
Frizzly: This plugin helps readers easily share your content on social media by showing social icons when a readers hovers their cursor over images on your blog.
WP-Optimize: The WP-Optimize plugin helps you with some basic clean-up tasks on your blog to optimize your database, which hopefully helps your blog’s loading speed. It lets you clean up spam comments, draft posts, and more, all in one place.
And here are three very popular ones I’m running that you may already know about:
Yoast SEO: Is there any blogger that is NOT running the Yoast SEO plugin? It’s probably the best known plugin there is! I keep finding more ways to use this plugin beyond just SEO, including verifying your blog with sites like Pinterest and submitting site maps to search engines. I’m currently really liking how you can type in the description you want the search results to show for your blog post listing in the search engines, as well as being able to be specific about what image from your blog post you want to show when it’s shared on Facebook.
Akismet: A great plugin for catching spam comments.
JetPack: This WordPress plugin helps you manage your site. I like the site statistics that come with this plugin, and it’s also the method I use for the email subscription to my blog posts.
Favorite Online Tool: What WordPress Theme Is That?
If you see a beautiful blog and you wonder “What WordPress theme is that?”, this free tool might just help you figure it out. But what I actually find more helpful, is it will also tell you some of the plugins it discovers the site is running which might also help you discover how they’re making that blog beautiful. (That’s how I decided to run the Frizzly plugin mentioned above)
Favorite Photo Editing: PicMonkey
PicMonkey is a great free site for editing your blog photos. It’s super easy to use with lots of editing options. You can also pay for the premium features if you really want to use those too. However I have a second photo editing site where I can find some of those premium PicMonkey features for free . . .
2nd Favorite Photo Editing: Ipiccy
The Ipiccy site, in my opinion, isn’t quite as user friendly as PicMonkey – but it’s not that bad either. If I can figure my way around their site, I’m sure you can too! As mentioned above, some of the premium PicMonkey features are features you can find for free at Ipiccy, like the Clone tool and different skin touchup options. You’ll also find some different fonts to use there too.
Favorite Free Photos: Morgue File
The first place I look if I want a free photo to use with a blog post is Morgue File. That’s because I know every photo there is completely free. Some other sites I’ve gone to looking for free photos can be confusing because they also suggest photos you can buy. I don’t always find what I’m looking for at Morgue File, but often times I do!
Blog Design: For my current blog design I used Laura at PixelMe Designs. She was great to work with and I highly recommend her! She has an ala carte menu too if you need help with just a few certain blogging items.