As I’ve often been asked about what resources I use, I’ve decided to put together this list of different tools, helpful resources and training courses. Some of these are free, while others require some investment.
I bought some of these resources and used them myself personally. They’ve helped to make life more manageable.
Some of these resources are affiliate links which means that if you sign up for these services, a small commission is given to MoreMoneyTips. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.
This won’t cost you any extra, but it’ll help this blog to continue to provide you with helpful information. So thank you so much for your kind support. MoreMoneyTips will always put your needs first. Most of the resources here are those that I’ve signed up, paid for and have been a happy user.
I’ll continue to add to this list, so check it out when you can.
If you’re a new blogger with zero tech skills, take heart. Before I started to blog, I only knew how to search using Goggle and accessing my email. So with practice, you’ll master it in no time.
You can sign up for WordPress.com which is free. If you want to monetize your blog, it’s better to sign up with WordPress.org as you have control over your blog.
I’ve written a post comparing my personal experience with using Bluehost and SiteGround. My post has a video that guides you step-by-step on how to sign up.
I use Iconic One which is a free theme in WordPress.org
Mailchimp has a free plan which allows you to have a list of up to 2000 subscribers. In addition, you can send up to 12,000 emails per month.
Darren Rowse from Problogger has been blogging since 2002. His 31 Day Free blogging podcast has helped many newbies start blogging right. My only regret was not discovering his free course earlier, not till many months later. Still I’m very grateful for his gentle, and forthright sincerity in advising bloggers on the blogging journey.
This course is ideal for beginners. Michelle, an affiliate marketer expert, offers in her course an easy step-by-step guide in affiliate marketing. As an influencer who regularly earns more than $100,000 a month, she is the person to learn from.
I found her course helpful because with so much noise out there, I didn’t know who to listen to at first. My first affiliate sale was not even from a subscriber.
I interviewed Michelle about her strategies and what qualities affiliate marketers should have. If you’re thinking whether you should buy this course, read this post where she also details the modules that she covers.
You’ll also get to join her exclusive Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Facebook group when you enrol. This FB group is gold. There’re Share Your Posts days and other times when you can ask her questions in her Facebook group. The members are very helpful and the vibe is highly positive. Michelle herself is lovely and she answers every email too.
Tailwind is an approved partner for Pinterest. Pinterest is great for driving traffic to your blog if you’re a new blogger.
I used to spend 2 hours and 20 minutes a day pinning. However, Tailwind has reduced it to a couple of minutes a day. I spend about 20 minutes scheduling my pins.
They’ve lots of features like optimizing the times your pins go out. It has been saving me tons of time and effort on the whole. The most important part is it pins automatically.
You can also schedule and publish up to 100 pins in Tailwind for free. This free trial includes 5 tribes to join and 30 pins to submit to these tribes. Tribe members can help you extend your reach by pinning your pins.
Graphic Design Resource
Canva is a FREE design tool which you can use to create beautiful designs for Pinterest, Facebook posts and covers, posters, Instagram posts, Twitter posts and other social media graphics. It’s easy to use and you can upload your own photos too. They also offer free templates and photos.
You can sign up for Google Adsense to monetize your blog. It can be a good source of income, especially when you’re starting out. Darren from Problogger monetizes his blog with Google Adsense.
You can also monetize your blog by signing up with Amazon Associates. International bloggers can earn affiliate income through them too. Make sure you have a Payoneer account as they make payments through Payoneer.
My family has been making great value purchases from AliExpress. Some of our purchases include smartphones in the $300-$400 range. We’re happy with our purchases and they often offer FREE shipping worldwide. You do need some patience for different products. We don’t mind though because they’re so cheap.
I like Flexoffers as it’s so easy to use, especially for a non-techie like me. They’ve more than 12,000+ of affiliate programs you can apply for once they accept you. Application to individual affiliate programs are easy too. You just have to click ‘apply’. There’s no need to come up with a separate application letter.
Shareasale is also a great ad network to sign up for. You can apply to Shareasale to earn affiliate income as well.
I’ve included this meal planning service in case you need help with planning meals. For $5 a month, you get meal plans delivered to your inbox. You just have to get the ingredients and do the cooking.
Each healthy meal costs less than $2 per person. There is a no-risk free trial where they’ll refund your money with no questions asked. Darren has interviewed Erin in his Problogger podcast.
Investing in Yourself
I only recommend these books because I have personally used them and found them very valuable in improving my attitude and outlook on life.
I Declare : 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life
Every Day A Friday by Joel Osteen
Breakthrough by Joel Osteen
You Can, You Will by Joel Osteen
Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
Positive Mental Attitude By W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill