Who wouldn’t love a list of resources for keeping their online presence–whether it be a blog, business, or both–successful? For you, I’ve done just that! Listed below are companies I use to keep my magazine and business successful.
*Some links below are affiliate links. This means if you purchase a product I recommend, I am compensated a small amount, and at no extra cost to you. I only promote products I have personally used (unless stated otherwise) and have found to be beneficial.
Google Analytics — Are you lacking an official way to track your pageviews, visitors, top posts, pages and more? This incredible service is free through Google (not quite sure why, but hey, whose complaining?) and is a must for any serious blogger. You can access it with your gmail and set it up according to the instructions they give.
Download Monitor & Buttons X — These plugins are a perfect pair. Download Monitor is a great way to create links for downloadable files on your site and has a panel on the admin dash to show you which of your downloads are the most popular. Buttons X will enable you to create pretty buttons for the links to place anywhere on your site.
Yoast SEO — One of the best ways to make sure your site is search engine friendly and displays professionally among thousands of other results. You even get a really helpful checklist on each post and page for making the content more SEO friendly!
10 Mistakes that Bloggers Make and How to Fix Them — This eBook, free for distribution and use, was written by some really smart and successful bloggers over at Food Blogger Pro. Despite their niche speciality, the tips in this ebook can be used by any blogger. Click the link to download!
WP Sweep — This plugin will clean out a lot of stored data on your blog that isn’t necessary, like hundreds of post and page revisions and deleted and spam comments. ONLY sweep the areas of your site you feel confident about, because all sweeps are non-reversible.
Bluehost — For $3.95/month, you can have an affordable and reliable web host! This company powers Blessed Transgressions, and I find their pricing, customer service and load time to be more than satisfactory. You can read even more about them in my Start a Professional Website or Blog guide.
Genesis Framework — Protect your website from WordPress updates using Genesis. Keep in mind you’ll need to use a Genesis child theme in conjunction with it, but with thousands available, you’ll be able to find your dream theme 🙂 I really trust this product and I’ve built my whole web design business around it!
Moo — a cute little company I use to order my business cards. I like that I can upload my own designs or use any one of their pre-made templates. Also, the paper they use to make their products is harvested from sustainable forests. I always buy the 50 business card pack for $23.
BoardBooster — Honestly, where would my Pinterest be without them?! This company can manage your account in ways you never thought possible without an actual person doing the job. If you are too busy and can’t take on one more thing, let BoardBooster take Pinterest off your shoulders, as it does for me!
Photoshop — I’ve always used this program to create my graphics and edit photos. I know there are free programs out there, but my needs tend to go above and beyond what they can provide. Since Photoshop is only $11 a month, it may be worth the leap. You could have a very powerful program at hand to transform your visual needs!
InLinkz — A great and popular service for hosting blog linkup parties. Pay only $2.99 a month! 🙂
The Hungry JPEG — This is a wonderful site that sells beautiful font and graphic design bundles for very affordable prices. They also offer weekly freebies and $1 deals. For bloggers who have money to burn or are on a budget, this company is a no brainer. I bought their October Fall bundle which included 75 fonts and 1600 graphics for $25. Win.