For Bloggers Only
I created this “for bloggers only” resource page so that my fellow bloggers could easily find the insider services, products, and companies to help you blog at your very best. It took me a lot of time and research to find all of these services and here they are for you in one quick list! I listed resources that I use for my blog, since many of you have asked me about this. Here are my recommendations for tea lovers and bloggers alike.
Bookmark this page and check back often! This list will continue to evolve as I find different resources that are worthwhile.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. But these are all products I highly recommend. I have either personally used and/or verified them.
My Blogging Recommendations
The Food Photography Book: by Nagi Maehashi – creator of Recipe Tin Eats. 80 pages of practical how-to and game changing tips. I’ve read many ebooks on food photography and this is one of the best! Even if you don’t have a fancy camera, the instruction and tips on composition and lighting are well worth it. Comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: I recommend checking out this online course for bloggers. Michelle earns over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing. Michelle shares her exact strategy and tips in this very informative online course. If you’re a blogger (even if you’re a new blogger!), then you NEED this course.
Genesis/StudioPress: The Genesis framework is what Life Is Better With Tea is running on. Once you have that you select one of their many themes. StudioPress is part of the same company and they offer some really beautiful web designs. They are the industry standard, it seems, and I highly recommend them. They have excellent tech support. It’s affordable too!
PicMonkey: Many of the photos for my blog posts are edited. I use PicMonkey a lot. You can create some very interesting and eye-catching photos, PLUS PicMonkey is very affordable. I even created my logo for this site with PicMonkey.
FoodBloggerPro: Bjork Ostrom runs FoodBloggerPro and his wife Lindsay runs PinchOfYum. If you have no idea how to set up a blog or a WordPress site, you might want to check this out. Even if you’re not a food blogger. The step-by-step videos literally walk you through every step of the way. They make it VERY easy for a beginner. The community forum is a great place where you can go to get questions answered by other food bloggers. It’s how I started this blog. You can read more about FoodBloggerPro in my post How to Start a Blog the Easy Way.
Shopify: Shopify makes it easy to open an online store by providing all the tools and help you need. If you are looking to add e-commerce to your WordPress site, Shopify is the way to go. I use Shopify e-commerce software for MaryAnna’s Tea. Click here to try Shopify for free!
How I Made 40K My First Year of Blogging: by Chelsea from the popular food blog ChelseasMessyApron. She goes from making $44 in her first month to over $7,000 a month, and she breaks it all down into solid actionable steps so you can easily follow along at home. Everything in this book is very easy to understand and implement, even for a beginner. This is not just for bloggers only in the food space.
Bluehost – Bluehost is my current hosting company. They offer an inexpensive and easy way to get you up and running with your blog on WordPress. Bluehost has free domain name registration, is amazingly affordable, and is the perfect place to start. I get that the whole thing can be confusing at first, but they have great support and tutorials.
WordPress Engine – As an alternative to BlueHost, if you have a WordPress site, WordPress Engine hosting is a premium value. They start plans at $29 per month, offer free migration, free SSL certificate and a free 60 trial. It is a more sophisticated WordPress host.
BoardBooster for Pinterest. Allows you to schedule pins for all your boards on Pinterest. BoardBooster takes a little bit of time to set up, but once you have it set up you will free yourself from many hours of pinning just to get your posts out at the right time. I definitely recommend looking into BoardBooster for bloggers only if Pinterest is one of your blog’s marketing strategies! Plans start at only $5.