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Disclaimer: I’ve been blogging for many years, but only in the last two have I begun earning an income through this website. I get a lot of traffic from Pinterest, which means most of my income is earned through ads. It’s possible to earn a good income from blogging, but you have to be dedicated and willing to learn.
Below is a list of the blogging resources that I use on an almost daily basis to keep my site running smoothly and also to earn a good side income. I’ve also included a list of companies that I’m affiliated with at the end. Keeping all of this information in one place will make it easy for me to reference to throughout my site and be able to share with you. Enjoy!
WordPress – This is the publishing platform that I use and it’s amazing. I used to be with blogger, but once I decided that I wanted to become a business I made the switch. It’s free, easy to use and fully customizable.
Bluehost – This is the BEST host for beginner bloggers. When starting a website you have to pay a monthly hosting fee and they have plans starting at just $2.95 per month. As my site has grown I’ve simply upgraded my plan and have had no issues. You definitely want to set your site up using Bluehost. They are the best.
Studio Press/Genesis Framework – I used a free theme for a while, but once I hired a professional site designer I upgraded to this theme. It’s rated as one of the top WordPress themes. I highly recommend it if you want to have a clean and professional looking site. Also, I used Laura from Pixel Me Designs for my logo and site design and she is great.
MailChimp – This is the current e-mail/newsletter service that I use and to be honest I feel like it’s a little over priced. It’s easy to use and I have no complaints other than the fees. I will probably be switching to a new service in the future, but it’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers if you want to give it a try!
PicMonkey – This is the photo editing service that I use and I LOVE it. You can sign up and use limited features for free, but I would highly recommend upgrading to royale which is only $2.75 per month. I use this almost every day and it’s extremely user-friendly.
Board Booster – Pinterest is my main source of traffic and so I subscribe to a couple of pin scheduling sites to make my life easier. I love Board Booster because you can set up automatic pinning that lets me basically walk away and not to have worry about scheduling my own pins all the time. I pay around $10 per month for this service, but the price may vary depending on your needs.
Tailwind – Tailwind is another pin scheduling service that I use mainly to schedule other people’s content. They make it easy to schedule out pins directly from Pinterest using fully customizable time slots. They have plans starting at just $9.99/mth. Sign up using my link and you will get a $15 credit!
I make money on this site through banner ads, sponsored content and affiliate links. I hope to be able to add my own products to sell in the future. Here are a few of my favorite resources for earning income.
AdThrive – This is the ad network that I use and I LOVE them. They have great customer service and deliver amazing results. You must have at least 100,000 page views per month to apply.
ShareASale – This is a site that connects you with a ton of different affiliate programs. You simply sign up and then pick the programs you want to join. Next, add the affiliate links to your site and make a small commission whenever someone purchases through your unique link. There are several affiliate sites out there, but this one is by far my favorite.
E-Junkie – This is a site where you can either create an affiliate program for your e-book or sign up to be an affiliate for other blogger’s e-books. If and when I create my own e-books I’ll definitely set up my own affiliate program so that other bloggers can sell my products too.
Social Fabric – This is a website where you can apply to write sponsored content for your blog. I like this one because they normally have a ton of offers, especially food related, but the don’t always pay as high as other sites.
Clever Girls – This is another site for sponsored content. It’s nice, but they normally don’t have as many opportunities as the one I mentioned above.
Tap Influence – This is my favorite sponsored content website because you can set your own rates and you get offers for content that you can either accept or decline instead of having to apply for offers.
Affiliates are companies that offer a small percentage of sales to people who share their links and make sales or get people to sign up, download apps, etc. Which affiliates you use will depend on the content of your blog, but here is a list of my favorites.
Swagbucks – This is one of my favorite money-making sites where you earn Swagbucks by performing simple tasks such as searching the internet or watching videos. I also refer people to Swagbucks and in return earn bucks whenever they do! Swagbucks can be redeemed for gift cards.
Checkout51 – This is a grocery rebate app that gives you cash back on your purchases!
IBOTTA – This is another grocery rebate app that offers cash, bonuses and more when you redeem rebates. It’s one of my favorites.
DaySpring – I love this company because they are Christian AND local to me. They offer inspirational gifts, jewelry, home decor, cards and more.
Jane – This is a daily deal site that offers discounts on items such as women’s clothing, children’s clothing, home decor, jewelry and more.
GroopDealz – This is another daily deal site that offers discounts on toys, shoes, home decor, clothing and more.
Schoola – This is a clothing consignment website that offers top brands for a fraction of retail price. Plus, they donate a portion of their sales to schools. New customers can use code FIRST50OFF for 50% their first order!
Cents of Style – This is a clothing and accessory site that runs all kind of weekly deals. They are fun to promote.
Craftsy – This is a craft website that offers supplies and online classes in things like crocheting, baking, photography and more.
I hope this list helps you! Let me know if you have any questions!