Resources

Below I present a list of things that I use to run my blog. If you’re interested in blogging and you don’t know what tools you might need in your online business, maybe this resource will be helpful to you.


Blogging platform, domains and hosting

Get Started with WORDPRESS

First of all you need a blog. I recommend WordPress as a blogging platform. Most of the blogs on the Internet are run on WordPress. Why? Because WordPress is easy to use, it ranks well in Google and there are many plugins available which you can install to make it work better. Always choose a self-hosted blog on WordPress.org. I don’t recommend free blogging platforms such as WordPress.com or Blogger because you don’t have a full control over them.

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Once you choose your blogging platform you need to buy a domain name. What is a domain name? For example bbc.com is a domain name. You need one as well if you want to have a blog. Where can you buy a domain name? You can use NameSilo. It’s cheap. But of course there are many other places online where you can purchase a domain name.

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You also need a hosting company. Personally I recommend SiteGround. Maybe it’s not the cheapest, but it’s reliable. Don’t look for a cheap hosting company because you will regret it later.

Once you have a domain name and a hosting platform you can start a WordPress blog. And what hosting provider do I use? I host my blog on Wealthy Affiliate servers.

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What is Wealthy Affiliate? It’s an educational platform where you can learn about different aspects of blogging. But it’s not it. They also offer a great hosting for your WordPress blog and it’s possible to buy a domain name through Wealthy Affiliate as well. What’s more – if you have never built a blog before, don’t worry. Thanks to the WA website builder you will create your first fully functional blog in 1-2 minutes. Click here to join

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Plugins for your WordPress blog

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Thrive Architect is one of the best plugins for creating content and that's why I think every blogger should use it. It has got many different features thanks to which creating your blog posts is a pleasure. If you're a blogger or you're going to be one then this plugin is a must-have.    

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Thrive Leads is a great plugin for building an email list. It enables you to create landing pages, and opt-in forms. Indispensable for anyone who wants to build a list of subscribers.

 

Here are a few other plugins that you might want to install on your blog.

WP Super Cache ​- this plugin will speed up your site. 

Akismet – this plugin helps to keep spam out of your comments.

Kraken.io – great plugin for compressing images on your blog. If you have a lot of images they may slow the site down, and  that is why compressing them is very important. Fast websites rank higher in Google.

All In One SEO Pack – I use it to optimize my WordPress site for SEO. Very useful and popular!

Pretty Links – great plugin for shortening URLs and making them look “pretty”. There’s a paid version and a free version. I use only the free one.


​Site Themes

Once you have your blog set up you will need a theme. There are many free themes available on WordPress.org so you can definitely find something for yourself. However I always used only paid themes – they just look better compared to the free ones and they are regularly updated, plus many of them have extra features which you won’t find in the free themes. Thrive Themes 2.0 is the next generation visual theme builder for WordPress. 


​Email marketing

If you want to build an email list then you need an autoresponder. It’s a tool that will be automatically sending your emails out to your subscribers. I highly recommend GetResponse – it’s cheaper compared to other similar services and it works really great. 


​Keyword research tools

​If you’re going to create articles for your blog you need to know what people are looking for online. These tools will help you to find it out. For example, you may discover that, say, “how to build a blog” is a great keyword. Then all you have to do is create a blog post around this keyword. I use two keyword tools.

​Images for your blog

​Why do you need images in your blog posts? Because blog posts with them are more visually appealing, they make your blog to look more professional, they’re good for SEO, they encourage people to share your blog posts on social media, they make your posts to look longer and more. There are some great websites with free stock images such as for example Pixabay, Unsplash or Pexels. However if you don’t find what you’re looking for on the sites with free images, then just check out the sites with paid images.




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