I created this recommendations sheet to share with you what I feel are the best resources for bloggers. These are the websites and products I use and love!
Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below (because that’s how marketers roll ya dig), but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.
Monetize Your Site, Your Life, & Social Media!
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Shop Style Collective – Showcase your fashion style and get paid per click for advertising some of your favorite brands.
Social Fabric – Get paid 100s of dollars to showcase your opinion on items found while you shop for everyday items.
Influenster– Get free items found in your local walgreens, walmart, and sephora sent to your house in exchange for your honest review!
Monetize Your Life Course – Need assistance getting a strategy in order for this huge world of monetization? Join my course where we break it down step by step!
Ultimate Bundles – Contributors earn 70% on each bundle sold through their unique link; non-contributing affiliates earn 40%.
Build Your Own Course
Teachable – Teachable is a great tool to create your online course, house your membership information or your ultimate freebie opt in!
Build Your Own Website
Blue Host-If you are serious about turning your blog into a business I highly recommend self-hosting your blog. Hosting is the first step to making a website and for an inexpensive, I recommend Blue Host!
WordPress- This is a great platform for your blog or website. There are many plugins you can use to optimize your user’s experience and track statistics.
Pick Your Theme! – You can purchase a GREAT premium themes will all the bells and whistles. I enjoy Themeforest, Elegant Themes, andCreative Market!
Create Your Own Fancy WordPress Website Masterclass – Are you ready to take your website to the next level? Do you look at your favorite blogger and want to make a website with a similar layout? We will cover premium themes, blog layouts, must have plugins and how to write a profit-generating blog post and overall monetize your blog.
How To Start A Blog – I have already written a blog called “How To Start A Blog” to help take you step by step through the entire process.
Use Custom Font
Creative Market is great for fonts, WordPress themes, and graphics!
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DaFont– Search Thousands of Fonts to find your PERFECT one!
Social Media Management
Tailwind – I love using Tailwind to schedule my pins. I save all of my pins the scheduler at the start of the week and then my Pinterest account is on automation zone. Plus, Tailwind has amazing analytics features so you can see how to best improve your account. Tailwind has recently launched its Instagram scheduling feature. I am confident it will be great as they have Pinterest on LOCK!! Use my link for the first 100 pins for free! Get Tailwind! Tailwind Tribes are a great addition to Tailwind. You can participate in tribes without using the tailwind scheduling tool. Use my link and get a Free Month of Tailwind Plus! Here are some of the tribes I am apart of! Join whichever one you align with. Badass Bloggers Beauty Blogger Tribe Everything Blogging & Business Internet Marketing Super Friends
Gmail For Business– Gmail for business is my tool of choice! I have been using gmail since college and did not want to use something else when it was time to run my business. I suggest having the [email protected] email and not a gmail.com email. Plans start at 5/Month! I have partnered with Gmail to provide you 20% off your first year. G Suite Business Plan U9CL6HQH7RA6KXU G Suite Basic Plan D6XM7FJHPAE79UJ
Mailchimp– If you are just starting out and don’t have a lot to spend Mailchimp has a free plan for your first 2,000 subscribers and have e-mail automation services that will literally save your life.
Mailchimp Email Automation Course– Are You Ready To Take Control Of Your Email Marketing? Email marketing is all the rave and you hear about it just about every day on social media. During this course, we are going to focus on connecting your MailChimp account to your website and Facebook, create lists, create freebies and create a welcome sequence. We will also focus on different strategies for selling to your lists and communicating with them efficiently.
VCita – All in one lead generating tool for your phone app and your website. It is a pop up that can follow you on every page or select pages.
Bloom Email Opt-Ins– This plugin is great for email opt ins. Whether you are looking for it to be on the sidebar, pop up or in the article. This is a great tool!
SumoMe – This tool is great for a social share bar, email opt in, and tracking.
Start Your Business Masterclass– Ready To Start A Profitable Business Venture? Crab this 7 course bundle. Whether you are trying to start a business, make a blog that is profitable or want to increase your income and perfect your current processes this is for you! This course is one of the signature courses for Above Average University and will be continuously updated! This course will hold your hand and take you step by step from idea phase to mission and vision creation to website design and marketing strategies for major platforms such as Facebook, Youtube and more! Whether you are trying to become a full-time entrepreneur or a savvy side hustle professional this is the course for you!
Make Your LinkedIn Irresistible– Want To Make Your LinkedIn Irresistible? You hear from everyone around that you should create a LinkedIn account. Once you do, it can be overwhelming on how to find your voice and grow your network. Chances are, your ideal target, company sponsors and business partners are on LinkedIn. Let me show you how to find your voice, make connections with your target and use LinkedIn as a lead generator for your business or professional brand! Whether you are an entrepreneur or a corporate professional you can utilize LinkedIn for your needs. These strategies will show you my exact system for increasing traffic to my site, gaining new clients, and speaking engagements.
Upgrade Your Resume– Ready To Create The Ultimate Professional Career Package? Are you ready to take your career to the next level and want to create the ultimate packet so that you are prepared for the next phase in your life? Do you plan on applying for that big promotion this year and want to be completely prepared way ahead of time? Are you ready to change job completely and start making the money you deserve and you know your resume, cover letter, and interview skills are holding you back?
Start Your YouTube Masterclass– Are You Ready To Start Your YouTube Channel? Youtube is a great source for content creation. You can use it to house your previous speaking engagements, become an expert teacher in a certain topic, vlog and become an influencer by promoting different businesses. I currently use YouTube to do all of the above and you can too! YouTube can be a lead generator to your business and help to attract your ideal customers.
Increase Your Facebook Likes + Engagement Masterclass– Are You Ready To Create A Strategy For Working Your Social Media? Digital Marketing is HERE TO STAY! It is not going anywhere and it is best you get a strategy in place so you know what to do every day and do not feel like you are wasting your time. Come with me and let’s create a strategy for your business on social media that will allow you to track your success, run marketing test and build your brand!
Branding 101– Ready To Build Your Branding Personality? Are you ready to take your branding to the next level? Do you look at your favorite blogger and want to make graphics, posts, and a brand identity similar?
Monetize Your Life!– Monetize Your Life, Brand & Platform By Landing Branded Partnerships and Utilizing Affiliate Links.
Power Your Launch Course – Learn how to market and monetize your product or service-based business. Get over 8+ modules, with over 100+ hours of course work, replay training. Including step-by-step lessons, workbooks, worksheets, exercises, and homework. Power Your Launch Webinar
PicMonkey– PicMonkey helps everyday creatives design compelling images that make a point, express a view, and leave an impression.
Canva– Easily create beautiful designs + documents. Use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics.
Creative Market– It is a digital market of any creative design elements you can think of (fonts, stock photos, mock ups, blog templates, ect.) Purchasing a few items from Creative Market will really help your blog or business stand out. They also give away free items every week when you sign up for their email list!
Plus, once a month they sell a huge bundle for over 90% off. Click here to sign up for their list so you will be notified of the next bundle.
Free Stock Photos– Using stock photos can really enhance your brand and give you a more profession aesthetic. I did a round-up of my favorite sources at Feminine Stock Images and Melanin Stock Images
PlaceIt– Create mockups, logos, videos & designs in seconds! Really sell your stuff with the perfect mockup or model.
Wave Apps– Free financial software for small businesses. Track your expenses, send invoices, get paid and balance your books with Wave.
QuickBooks– QuickBooks helps keep everything organized in one place. And, if you have an accountant, share your books for seamless collaboration. Make sure you get the QuickBooks app and track your mileage too!
Rocket Lawyer– Make legal documents for hundreds of purposes.
Asana– Asana helps you coordinate all the work your team does together. So everyone knows what needs to get done, who’s responsible for doing it, and when it’s due.
Dubsado– Dubsado is a business management solution designed to cut out the busywork. Build relationships, schedule appointments, and create workflows to streamline your projects from start to finish.
EBates– Start your shopping at Ebates and find thousands of stores, promo codes, and deals. Discover how Ebates works and get up to 40% Cash Back!
Mint-Mint is versatile enough to help anyone’s money make sense without much effort. There’s no wrong way to use it, and nothing to lose getting started. You’ll be surprised how life-changing something so simple can be.
MacBook Air – I started my business on a MacBook Air. You do not NEED a super expensive computer to get started.
Nikon D5500– This is a great camer and all my videos from 2015 to 2018 were recorded using this video.
Yeti Mic– Are you interested in a podcast, webinar, or creating courses? Get this mic!
Kesu External Hard Drive– This is a fantastic external hard drive. I love this brand!
iMovie– This is where I edit most of my videos.
Final Cut Pro– This is the creme de la creme of video editing.
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Noirefy– Noirefy is a diversity recruiting platform that connects minority professionals to high growth startups and Fortune 500 companies.