Essential Resources For The Ultimate Blog
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Keywords are so important! Once I learned about choosing optimum keywords for my posts and pages, I gained more organic traffic from Google (impressions and click through rate doubled in a month and after only optimizing about 5 posts). KWFinder is my favorite tool for this. With this tool, you get 3 free lookups per day. I personally like the middle annual membership, 100 lookups a day.
If you decide to accept work via paid sponsorships with brands, you will need a media kit. Whatever format you choose to create your media kit, be sure to send to the brands in pdf format. I also like to include a proposal with my media kit.
Host For Your Blog:
WPOPT is the current hosting company for my blog. In my experience, they are very informed and customer service focused. And they made switching over a breeze!
Bluehost: My previous hosting company, which I used for several years and I had a great experience.
WEBSITE BLOG THEMES:
Genesis Framework: I started using this framework in early 2014 and love it! It is the best! Their responsive design means that your site works well with different devices, browsers and monitor sizes so readers get the best experience possible.
Foodie Pro: This is my current theme and it is great for food bloggers. Very user friendly – I have been able to make many changes/updates easily.
Studiopress Themes: There are many great themes to choose from to create the website of your dreams!
Free Themes for WordPress: Interested in starting a blog but don’t want to purchase a theme right away? That’s what I did for the first year of my blog. There are so many free themes to choose from. My suggestion is to do some research and choose a highly rated one with good reviews.
BLOG BACKUP – Vaultpress
EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE:
MailChimp – This is the email subscription service I currently use. It is free up to 1000 subscribers. I have also heard very good information about Mailerlite and Convertkit.
Recurpost has been an easy to use, reliable scheduler for my Facebook page. All you have to do is set up a library of posts and once it goes through them all, it starts over again. Plus, you can also schedule one post at a time.
Food Photography –
Tasty Food Photography e-book – This book has been a valuable resource in improving my food photography skills. I decided one day to treat myself to this book and am glad I did. I find myself re-reading many parts of this book often.
Learn The Craft of Blogging:
Sticky Blogging Writing Class – If you want to learn to write in a way that creates connection between you and your readers, this is the class for you.
My Essential Favorite Plug-ins Include:
Askimet – Akismet guards my blog from spam comments. As your site grows, this plug-in is crucial or else you will be monitoring thousands of spam comments on your own. Not fun!
WP Recipe Maker – I use this to create a printable recipe card at the end of my posts.
Yoast SEO – helps improve your site’s SEO and you write better content.
Shareaholic – This is an awesome way for readers to share your content!
Pin It For Images – This puts a convenient “pin it” button on every image so people can easily pin to your site- P.S. Pinterest is a huge traffic driver!! My personal Pinterest tips: create “long” pins, join group boards in your niche, recirculate old content, find the best time to pin and spread out your pinning (this way you won’t be pinning the same recipe to 12 boards at the same time)!
Related Posts Thumbnails – the bottom of each of my posts always have several tiny thumbnails with links to similar posts or recipes. Based on the recipe category, similar posts are chosen at random to display at the bottom. It’s another easy & effortless tool to advertise your other posts.
Google Analytics – Set up analytics so you can track traffic coming to and from your site. Google analytics is a great way to see the times of day people come your way, along with your popular content, unique visitors, page views, etc.
Social Media/Traffic Driving Sites:
Driving traffic to your website is ultimately your goal, right? Here is a list of the sites that I primarily focus on right now. There are a ton to explore, but the ones listed here are the sites I focus on most.
- Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links listed are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the products listed below and recommend them because they are companies that I have found helpful and trustworthy. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed!
What blogging tips would you like to learn more about? What questions do you have? Let me know!