RESOURCES & RECOMMENDATIONS
I created this recommendations page so that I can easily share and list my recommended courses, services, products, and companies with you.
Disclosure: Some of these contain affiliate links, which come at no extra cost to you. You can be secure in knowing that I only recommend products which I truly believe have helped me and my family – and you can expect that I will be totally honest with you!
Below you will find my recommendations for the following:
FOR THE FAMILY
- Clothing | Accessories | Home Decor
- Foundation Courses for Blogging
- Affiliate Programs and Networks
- Blogging Resources
Resources for the Family
1. BOOKING.COM – My family and I use BOOKING.COM when planning our travels, because it has everything you need in one place. The best part is that you get access to discounts that are only available through them. When we go on our little holidays, we like to look for the best deals possible and this is where we find it. The more you book, the more points you get as well!
2. GROOPDEALZ – I love these guys because they offer daily boutique deals and sometimes up to 70% off. You can buy literally anything for the family from clothing, home decor, accessories and heaps more.
3. GYMBOREE – They have so many gorgeous choices for baby, toddlers, and tweens. If you sign up for their emails, you get 15% off your next purchase. They ship worldwide, which is awesome for me!
Resources for Blogging
Foundation Courses for Blogging
These courses are my favorite and I continuously to refer to them. I loved them so much that I have applied to be an affiliate, because I truly believe that these three have helped me to get to where I am today – doing what I love!
2. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner. I really saved up for this and it was totally worth it. In this course, Michelle shows you the exact strategies she used (and continues to use!) to go from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month.
Michelle’s course is $197 (or you can pay in two parts as a payment option, still getting full access upfront) – AND, if after the course, you feel like it’s not doing it for you, she will refund you the money spent. It’s a win-win. I certainly don’t think I’m going to be asking for a refund. I’m very happy with what’s in the course.
3. How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul is fantastic. It’s written by Ruth Soukup of the Elite Blog Academy (EBA). She also blogs over at Living Well Spending Less. I love her personal story! I’m NOT an alumni of EBA, but I did buy the eBook and I’m very happy with it. I read this from cover to cover, and I had so many A-HA moments. I especially love how she quotes one of her mentors by saying, “Do not compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” So true. So true.
Affiliate Programs & Networks
1. Amazon Affiliates – You’ll find that this is the most common and probably the first affiliate program that will be recommended to new bloggers. Amazon sells almost anything under the sun and pretty much everything that you or your readers use. Anyone can sign up to become an Amazon affiliate.
2. ShareASale – I really enjoy using ShareASale because they have so many networks to choose from. Whether you’re a lifestyle blogger, financial blogger, or have a very specific niche; you are bound to find a product that you can confidently promote.
3. Commission Junction – Similar to the first two, CJ has so many partner advertisers that you can choose from.
1. WordPress – I really enjoy using WordPress as a host because of the simplicity. Now, I know that everyone says to use either Bluehost or Siteground, but let me tell you why I prefer WordPress as a new blogger.
When you purchase a plan with WordPress you literally don’t need to purchase anything else (like plugins, themes, anti-spam etc) because it’s all included. When I first started blogging, I would read recommendations from other bloggers saying get this or get that, it’s only $2.95 per month, $5 per month, $40 per month…. it all adds up. And when I looked up the recommendations to purchase myself, I realized that they were already included in my WordPress plan!
2. HostPapa – When I first started my freelancing business, I signed up with HostPapa and I couldn’t be happier. It was so easy to use. The best part for me as a new blogger was their customer support. Their helpdesk is available 24/7 and I can tell you now – I definitely needed it! You can can get hosting for as little as $3.95 per month.
3. BlueHost – Now that I know how to navigate the web and the blogosphere better, BlueHost is definitely my preferred host. It’s simple to work with, keeps up with the traffic needs in terms of speed, and the help desk offers great support. You can get hosting for also as little as $3.95 per month if you use my link.
4. GoDaddy – I use GoDaddy for my domain name, which if you want to be a blogger, you should get. It’s important to have your own domain name. You can get your own domain name for $0.99 with using my link.
5. 99Designs – 99 Designs specializes in graphic design. They’ve got so many options to choose from, and if you can’t pick; they help you out. The good thing is that they offer a 100% money back guarantee, so you can’t really lose. When you get to a stage when you are creating products, they also do packages for anything like logos, book covers, and even t-shirts.
6. Tailwind – If you are on Pinterest, (which you should be!), Tailwind is a great app to use; and it saves you time by automating all your pins. What I love most about this app the smart schedule feature. Seriously! I don’t know how it does it, but all you need to do is select a pin to schedule; add it to however many boards you want to add it to – and then the Smart Scheduler takes care of when to pin it all without making it seem like you’re spamming boards or anything like that. Initially, I was a bit overwhelmed with how to use it; but to be honest, it didn’t take very long to learn it. There are Tailwind Tutorials to help you through as well. Try it out – they offer a FREE Trial which allows you to schedule and publish up to 100 Pinterest Pins.