Essentials For The Successful Blogger

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I’ve been blogging since 2009. I originally started as a way to share recipes with friends and family. I had no idea there was a whole world of blogging that I wouldn’t learn of until around 2013. It wasn’t until 2014 when my website was given a complete overhaul that I really became 100% serious about turning my blog into a business. There are so many things I wish I would have known way back when, but what’s the point in playing the ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’ game? So to help you, I’ll give you my favorite most helpful tools that have aided in my success.  

1. PicMonkey. If you don’t have the budget to purchase Photoshop Elements or Adobe Lightroom (as mentioned in my Essentials for Pro Quality Photos) then PicMonkey is a great alternative. With features such as photo editing, touch up, design, collage, photo effects, photo text, image resizing, and photo framing you have just about everything you need all in one place. Not only that, you can access a good chunk of what you need for FREE! If you want extra perks and access you can sign up for $4.99 (billed monthly) or $33 (billed annually – that works out to $2.75 a month). If you aren’t sure you are ready for the investment, you can try a 30 day trial absolutely free!

2. CoSchedule. Hands down this is my most favorite editorial calendar I’ve used. In fact, I love it so much I dedicated an entire page to Why I Use & Love CoSchedule. If you’d rather not jump over there to read all about it… I’ll give you the skinny here. It’s amazing. End of story. Alright, alright, I’ll give you the inside scoop. I use CoSchedule to revive all of my old content. I am able to circulate old posts on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Regularly. I’ve got a system, I throw it in my calendar and voila! Just like that fresh eyes are on archived content lickety split! In all seriousness you should really check out my page. So much more information (and I bet you’ll fall in love too!). 

3. Viral Tag. What a great resource for pinning! I’ve had an account since fall of 2014 and I’m not turning back. What Viral Tag is, it’s a Pinterest scheduling tool. It allows you to easily promote your own content as well as other content you find as well. Keep your Pinterest account active by keeping a regular schedule of pins being added to your boards. With regularly pinned content you ensure that your posts are being seen and as a bonus you will increase your Pinterest following. I’ve been able to do both. Pinterest remains in my top 3 traffic referrals. 

4. Blogger Organizing Bundle – **COMING SOON** Check back for this fantastic resource. If you have been looking for a way to get organized, save time, and work smarter – this is the product for you! A Tried and Tasty original!

5. Hobby To Hot. The turning point in my blogging career was when I started working with Bonnie. Her philosophy? Blog Smart. Make Money. Be Happy. I learned more in only a handful of months working with Bonnie and her Hobby To Hot program (using The Ultimate Blogger Bundle) than I did in the previous five years of blogging. If you’re ready to turn your hobby into a full time career I highly recommend this course. Even just starting with the free mini-courses you’ll get your feet wet enough to want to dive head first. I did. 

6. Expensify. If you don’t have the budget to afford your own accountant, Expensify is a great alternative. You are able to automatically sync up your business account directly to manage your income and expenses. Import receipts, manage debits and credits, and keep your finances in order all in one place.  

BONUS ESSENTIALS!

Since the creation of my original list I have actually realized there are a few other important resources I wanted to fill you in as well. 

7. Mommy Admin.  Having help with the things you aren’t able (or lets be honest, don’t want) to do is priceless. Currently I have two full time jobs: my day job and Tried and Tasty. Because I’m at my day job 40 hours a week, I can only do so much in the evenings and on weekends. If you’re a blogger you know as well as I do that the blogging tasks don’t sleep – and I won’t either if I let myself. So. If you’re a workaholic like myself and need a loosen the reigns a little bit, a viral assistant is for you. The day I started working with Mommy Admin was one of the happiest days of my blogging life. I have been over the moon impressed. So much so that you’ll find a testimonial from me right on their home page! I have been able to utilize my Blogger Organizing Bundle (which I hope to have available for purchase SOON) and the time and stress that’s been relieved has been invaluable. If you sign up with them tell them I sent you! I don’t get any perks but I do love when they tell me a new client signs up that I referred!

8. Canva. If you use and love PicMonkey, you will fall head over heels for Canva. I know I have! “Canva gives you everything you need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.” – canva.com (I couldn’t have said it better myself). Best of all it’s free to use! There are elements you can purchase for $1, but there are also ways to make a completely free design. I’ve done both and love both! 

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