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I know that we as bloggers don't talk about the money-making side of blogging often, but most bloggers I know, deep down inside, would be thrilled with making more money from their blogs. You can count me in on that too! I never feel like I'm done and capped at my income potential. I doubt I ever will either. That is one of the best parts of blogging, there are so many ways to make money!
Since our blog is our family business, a business that brings in a substantial income for our family and also allows us to have some incredible experiences, I am very proud of how successful our blogging business has become and the steps we have taken to get to this point.
Blogs like ours make money in a variety of different ways, and there are some great tools out there that have really helped us increase our efficiency and make more money. We decided to compile a list of our favorite tools for making more money with our blog. We use every single one of these products, and we really don't know what we would do without them.
Here is my list of 10 Tools Every Blogger Should Be Using If They Want To Make More Money:
Have you ever heard of Fiverr? If you haven't, you need to check it out. Register for a free account to see everything they offer, but here are the basics. It is a service marketplace where people from all over the world list small jobs that they will complete for $5. Some examples of the types of “gigs” you can buy on Fiverr include: logo design, video editing, voiceovers, proofreading, translation, t-shirt design, business card design, WordPress help, and much much more. As a blogger, I find myself needing all sorts of random things done, and many times it is much easier (and cheaper) to hire someone for a small job, then taking the time to learn how to do it myself. Do yourself a favor, and open an account today. Then try a couple out, just don't get wrapped up in reading about all the “gigs” being offered. It is kind of addicting!
**If you are looking for a logo, we have a thread in our Facebook Group that with some examples and feedback on specific designers. HERE IS THE LINK (if you are not a member yet, just request to join)
Bluehost is our recommended hosting provider. They are the biggest in the WordPress hosting business and they have over 2 millions sites on their servers. Bluehost specialize in WordPress and their customer service is beyond amazing. They have plans that go as low as $2.75 per month and that includes a free domain (special price for our readers). They also have more extensive plans that are a great deal too. If you use our link to sign up, they will automatically install WordPress for you. Check out the plans from Bluehost HERE.
This is a good one. I've been using Revive Old Post now for over a year. It is a plugin that automatically tweets out my old posts on my site on a regular schedule. This actually brings me a ton of traffic that is completely on autopilot. I don't have the time to do this manually, and really you shouldn't be wasting time with this with all the other ways to spend your time making money. This plugin will also auto post to Facebook and LinkedIn as well, but I only use it for Twitter right now. It gives you full control of which posts you want to tweet out as well as how often. You can even hook it up to multiple Twitter accounts. I use the paid version because it uses the featured image from your post and includes that in your tweet. You will get a lot more traffic with the featured image, and it is well worth the minimal investment. Get Revive Old Post HERE.
Here is another secret that I am going to let you in on…. you don't have to be a perfect writer if you have Grammarly. Grammarly alerts me when I make a spelling or grammar mistake, whether it is on a blog post, social media post, or email, it will instantly suggest a change. Grammarly saves me from embarrassment on a daily basis, and now I couldn't function without it. It also helps take my blog posts up a level and allows me to charge more for a post. They have a free version and a paid version which is very reasonable. I went with the paid version because it catches a lot more errors after I tried both. You can get Grammarly HERE.
This is one of my favorite plugins that I use on It's A Lovely Life. You'll see it at the top and bottom of each post on my site (including this one). It includes social share buttons that make it easier to share your post and also keep count of how many times your post has been shared. Social traffic is so important to our site, and much of it is a direct result of this plugin. After I installed this plugin I saw an immediate increase in shares. I have it setup to include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and StumbleUpon, but you can customize it to whichever social networks you prefer. Like most services, the paid version is the one you want if you are a professional blogger… the features are very limited without it. The good thing is the paid version is only $29/yr. Get Social Warfare HERE.
The email service that we now recommend for bloggers is Constant Contact. They are one of the largest email services in existence and they serve of 800,000 clients! Since they are so large, they are able to provide an amazing platform that has all the features you could need.
One of the major things we love about Constant Contact is the simplicity. I don't know how they did it, but their platform is so easy to understand (even for beginners). This is definitely not the case with most of the other email services.
Constant Contact is offering all our student that click through THIS LINK a 60-day free trial.
The FREE TRIAL has all the functionality of the paid account, it just gives you a 2-month head start before you have to pay a dime. You don't even need to enter a credit card to sign up.
Want to read more detail about email lists and Constant Contact? Here is an extensive blog post I wrote about it: Why Email Services Are So Important For Bloggers
I don't know about you, but I've always been confused by advanced graphic design software. One day, I found PicMonkey and my world change. PicMonkey is a website that allows you to edit photos, or make detailed designs easily. It is really amazing how professional these images come out, and believe me, I am not an artist. I use it for lots of things including photo editing for It's A Lovely Life, graphics for Pinterest, YouTube thumbnails, and more. Get PicMonkey HERE.
Do you have a website, but aren't happy with the way it looks? If so, you need to check out Themeforest which is a marketplace for online theme designers. There are thousands of amazing WordPress themes that you can purchase for very reasonable prices. Every year or so I change the theme of It's A Lovely Life. This keeps the site looking current, and also includes the latest WordPress advances. The best part is that changing the theme isn't really that difficult. This saves me thousands from hiring a designer to do this for me. The theme I just changed to in February is the Look theme. I've used Themeforest for my last 3 themes, and plan on using it every year. To see a list of all the WordPress themes, click HERE.
This plugin is awesome for helping with search traffic. It helps add SEO to your posts and submitting your sitemap to the search engines so that they know you have awesome content and to share it with the world. This makes you great at SEO without having to have studied it for years. Search traffic is free and works to build your readership. Learn more about All in one SEO here.
This is my favorite affiliate tool. It is a plugin for your site that masks affiliate links. So instead of someone clicking on a link and it showing the messy affiliate link, using pretty links changes that link to your site name and whatever you want to call the rest of it. I would change it to https://itsalovelylife.com/niceaffiliatecompany Doesn’t that look better?! It also keeps all your affiliate links organized and makes it easy to insert affiliate links into a post instead of having to look up a link each time. Get Pretty Link Pro HERE.
I've tried so many options for managing and growing my Pinterest account and Tailwind is the best one ever! It is so easy to use and makes scheduling posts so easy. It is also an approved app from Pinterest so I don't have to worry that my account will get shut down or any other adverse action. I've worked way too hard to build up my Pinterest account so I would never use anything that could hurt it. With Tailwind you can schedule the same pin to post over and over again in different boards at whatever schedule you want. It also creates a custom posting schedule based on the best times to post for your audience. You can then go into the schedule and remove or add more slots. This is like having a very expensive Pinterest assistant for practically nothing. There is so much traffic potential available from Pinterest and this has helped me grow my boards quickly! I can't imagine not having Tailwind!
Well, hopefully, you will enjoy these products as much as I do. Better yet, I hope they make your blog more profitable too!!
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