Blogging Resources

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Blogging and social media resources

In the course of my work at Little Love Media (where I guide bloggers on how to take their blogs to the next level), I have shared many links to various resources. I have also mentored a couple of new bloggers, again, pointing them to some useful sites so they can help themselves, so to speak.

I thought I would share some of those favorite blogging and social media resources here for easy reference.

Disclosure: A few of these links are affiliate links. Any purchases made using these links helps to support this blog. 

Blog Designers

Designers I Have Worked With

Studio Five 49
Courtney Kirkland is a talented designer, photographer and writer. She designed my blog in its current incarnation!

The Strategic Mama
Vanita Cyril is one of my go-to gurus for all things WordPress and SEO. And what do you know? She designs websites and blogs too! She focuses on those who want to create an online business presence.

Nap Warden
Cynthia designed my first WordPress blog, and when I changed blog names/ domain. She does illustrations as well, which lends a great customized touch for any design.

Designers Who Have Rocked Other Bloggers’ Socks Off

I haven’t worked with these designers before, but I’ve heard great testimonials from other bloggers!

Krizzy Designs

Creative Kristi Designs

Jess Wright Design

Elaine Griffin Designs

Improve Your Blog

A couple of people (me included!) and tools to help you improve your blog.

Little Love Media – Blog Evaluations + Strategies

MomCommContent Brew Course

CommentLuv Premium – 8 Plugins In One (including commenter’s last post, anti-spam G.A.S.P, and many more)

Writing Tips and Prompts

These are my favorite places to go for writing tips, and to get ideas for blog posts.

Writing Strategies by Sluiter Nation

600+ Blog Post Ideas Bank by Kludgy Mom

Daily Prompts by Plinky

Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop by Mama Kat’s Losin’ It

Social Media Resources

These are a few basics you need to know if you want to rock social media. I’m still looking for some useful Facebook tips, but they keep changing things around, so it’s hard to find something current. 


How to Verify Your Pinterest Account

8 Types of Images That Get Your Images Pinned and RePinned


Twitter Tips: Essential Basics

Twitter Tips: How to Make a List

Twitter Tips: Professionalism and Best Practices


How To Add Google Authorship To Your Blog

A Recipe for the Perfect Google+ Post

Organizing Resources

Blog Planners and Printables

I love these awesome blogging organizing tools!

Weekly Blog Planner by That’s Vandy {free download}

Daily Blog Checklist {free download}

Blog Sidebar Checklist {free download}

9 Things Your Blog Should Contain

Free Printables For Building a Blog Notebook

Technical Resources


I love Vanita! She helped me SEO my business site, and made what is technically challenging, very easy to understand.

The Strategic Mama

Make Money – Advertising & Sponsored Posts Networks

These sites connect bloggers to brands, offering sponsored post and product review opportunities, and some offer you the opportunity to sell ads on your blog.


Clever Girls Collective

Collective Bias

Massive Sway

BlogHer Publishing Network

Social Spark

Passionfruit Ads

Information Resources 

I read these blogs/ websites regularly for the latest in blogging and social media. 

The SITS Girls


Eli Rose Social Media

Blogging With Amy

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • November 22, 2013 Tracie

    Great collection of resources! I see a lot of blog-related reading in my future this weekend. Thanks, Alison.
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, Tracie!

  • November 22, 2013 Allie

    This is amazingly helpful and so generous of you! I’m adding this to my reading list and I’ll be referring to it often I’m sure. THANK YOU!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      You’re very welcome!

  • November 22, 2013 Ma Teresa Grech Racal

    thank you for sharing these links especially for a newbie blogger like me…
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome.

  • November 22, 2013 Adrienne

    Awesome resources! This is a must pin, bookmark, clip post!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Adrienne!

  • November 22, 2013 Kim

    Such an awesome list of resources, Alison!
    And it has jogged my memory on a couple of things I have been wanting to look into. Must do that this weekend!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Glad I could be of help, Kim. πŸ™‚

  • November 22, 2013 Katie

    Thank you for including me on this list, Alison! I feel so honored among such BIG NAMES! I love all the resources here–some I knew before, but some are new to me. I’ve pinned this because obviously. Love to have all my sources in one place, so thank you for that!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, I love your writing posts! And thank you for Pinning!

  • November 22, 2013 vanita

    Thanks for the shout out mama! looking forward to checking out the other fabulous resources.
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      You’re absolutely welcome, V!

  • November 22, 2013 Kerstin

    This is awesome, Alison! So much goodness here.
    I once read in a book about copywriting (Peter Bowerman’s The Well-Fed Writer) that there are so many resources out there and people get all gung-ho about, but 90% of the people never do anything about it….
    You came up with the essential list to make it sooo easy for anyone who wants to take their blog to the new level, so THANK YOU for that.
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Kerstin! I think there are many lists out there, I’m just putting my two cents in. πŸ™‚

  • November 22, 2013 Charlotte

    Thanks so much for this, Alison! I just reached out to the Strategic Mama and am hoping she can help tinker a few things that I think I screwed up on my blog some time ago (I suck with coding, and well, really anything technical). Hopefully she can help!

    Hope you have a great weekend! XOXO
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Vanita is awesome with all things WP and code, if anyone can help, Vanita can! Good luck, hon.

  • November 22, 2013 Natalie

    Thanks for sharing these great resources!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, Natalie!

  • November 22, 2013 Amber Day Hicks

    This is fantastic! Thank you & happy Friday!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Absolutely, Amber!

  • November 23, 2013 Elaine A.

    I definitely need to take a look at some of these places/ peeps. Glad you featured Krystyn since she just rocked my new blog design. πŸ™‚ GREAT resources here for sure, Alison!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      It’s because of your new blog digs that I decided to include Krystyn!

  • November 23, 2013 Tamara

    Really great roundup here. Holy cow. I pinned it to read later, but I totally read it now too.
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Hee! Thanks Tamara!

  • November 23, 2013 My Inner Chick

    talk about fab resourses.
    I would also add ALISON Lee to this list for: “”” How do be a “KICK ASS” blogger.””””
    Love Vanita, too.
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Aw, shucks. You’re a sweetheart. xo

  • November 23, 2013 Melissa

    You’re so awesome… for putting me on the list (weeeee!) and for putting this together. Love that you touched on so many different pieces of blogging. Thanks, Alison!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome Melissa – you’re awesome! And Happy Birthday!

  • November 23, 2013 Nicole

    Wow, what an awesome and comprehensive resource! Thank you for sharing!!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      My pleasure, Nicole!

  • November 23, 2013 Mo at Mocadeaux

    Excellent information.Recent;y I’ve been particularly flummoxed by the etiquette of Twitter and found the links to Nina’s posts quite helpful. I will be sharing and bookmarking this post for sure! Thanks, Alison!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad you found Nina’s posts helpful – they are very good!

  • November 23, 2013 Allie


    What a wealth of helpful information. I’m going to be contacting you after the holidays. I think I could benefit from you expertise.

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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      I look forward to hearing from you, Allie!

  • November 23, 2013 FitBritt

    I love this! So many resources on here are so wonderful and I’m excited to check out the ones I have not heard of! Love Nap Warden!
    FitBritt recently wrote…Friday’s Food & Fitness: Dance Dance Dance!My Profile

    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      She is awesome!

  • November 23, 2013 Kam Kay

    Found some real gems out there, thanks to you Alison! Thanks for putting the collection of resources together! You just made my weekend super busy …. lol
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Always happy to be of help!

  • November 23, 2013 Greta

    Great list! I’ll definitely be referring back to this.

    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Thanks, Greta!

  • November 23, 2013 Tonya

    Terrific list, Alison!! So glad you put this together and will be building upon it.

    I love Creative Kristi and Eli Rose and Mama Kat.

    Off to share everywhere!
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Thanks, Tonya!

  • November 23, 2013 Shefali

    Terrific list Alison. So generous of you to share. Bookmarking this for future reference. Thanks for sharing.
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    • November 25, 2013 Alison

      Thanks, Shefali! Caring is sharing. πŸ™‚

  • November 23, 2013 Leah

    Amazing resources! Thank you!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Absolutely, Leah!

  • November 23, 2013 Stacey

    Amazing list! I’m definitely bookmarking it so I can come back to it. Thanks for sharing this!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, Stacey!

  • November 23, 2013 Janice

    Great resources! Thank you for sharing these with us amateurs! πŸ˜€
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Eh, you’re no amateur πŸ™‚

  • November 23, 2013 Kristen

    What a fantastic collection of resources! Thanks so much for taking the time to put this all together. There are definitely some sites I know I need to check out.
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Kristen!

  • November 23, 2013 Kristi

    Awesome resource and thanks so much for including me!! What an honor to be included with all these great people!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, Kristi, I’ve heard great things about you!

  • November 23, 2013 Stacey

    This is a really great list! I know I’ve made my way through only maybe half of it. Thank you for sharing.
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, Stacey!

  • November 23, 2013 MomWithaDot

    Some wonderful tips there Alison, Thank you !
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  • November 23, 2013 Joanne Viola

    A great resource for someone like myself still trying to figure it all out πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!
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  • November 23, 2013 Siegmom

    I checked them all and loved your collection… πŸ™‚ I am hoping and wishing to get approved by some of the Monetizing sites you shared. hihi
    btw, dropping by from SITSShareFest πŸ™‚
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    • November 27, 2013 Alison

      Good luck!

  • November 23, 2013 Jeanette

    Love this! Thank you so much for sharing this:)
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, Jeanette!

  • November 23, 2013 Estelle

    Visting from SITS Girls Sat Sharefest. Love these tips and you have offered some great resources which I will be tapping into. Thank you!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for visiting, Estelle, I hope you find some of these tips useful.

  • November 23, 2013 Michelle

    I don’t think I commented when I saw this earlier this week because I was rushed for time, but this is an awesome list! Thanks Alison!

    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thanks, Michelle, and you’re welcome!

  • November 23, 2013 Talitha Haynes

    Great resources. I was clicking as I was reading. Coming to you from SITS Girl.
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for visiting, Talitha, I hope you find the links useful!

  • November 23, 2013 Vicki M. Taylor

    Great tips. Thanks for posting. I’ve added it to my reading list to keep and reference. Alison, you amaze me with all the great information you produce. Have a blessed day.
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for your kind words, Vicki.

  • November 24, 2013 Debbie

    Great resources! Thanks for taking the time to put this list together. (linking from the Sits Girls!)
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for stopping by, Debbie!

  • November 24, 2013 Jodee Weiland

    This a great post…so full of resources on blogging. Many of these, I was already aware of, but having them all in one place makes it so much easier to access them. Also, some are new to me, and that’s great, too! Thanks so much!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Glad to be of help, Jodee!

  • November 24, 2013 Leslie

    Hey there! Thanks for sharing! Yay! Now i have something to do when i have time to read! I’m stopping by from SITS. I hope your having a great Saturday!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for stopping by, Leslie! Hope you had a productive reading weekend. πŸ™‚

  • November 24, 2013 Julia

    This is seriously the best blogging related post I’ve seen. I’m going to come back and read this again and again cause you have so many great resources in one place. Also Jess Wright did my blog makeover and I couldn’t be happier. She made it so easy and the price was reasonable.
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks so much for your kind words, Julia! Jess did do a great job on your blog!

  • November 24, 2013 Nancy

    Thanks for this! (Found you via Pinterest.) Those two SITS Girls checklist downloads are going to be especially helpful.
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for stopping by, Nancy. Glad to be of help!

  • November 24, 2013 AwesomelyOZ

    These are great links and recommendations! As a newbie blogger its good to have some great resources that are reliable and highly regraded from others. Thanks much and have a great weekend Alison! -Iva
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Iva, thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!

  • November 25, 2013 Nina

    This is SO great! I’m bookmarking this for sure. And I so appreciate being included. Thank you!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      I love your Twitter tips, I point everyone who needs Twitter help to it!

  • November 25, 2013 Robin

    Awesome list, Alison! Pinned!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for Pinning, Robin!

  • November 26, 2013 Christine

    And this is amazing. Thank you Alison!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thank YOU, Christine. πŸ™‚

  • November 26, 2013 Jen

    This is such an awesome list of resources. I always think of you when I think of Vanita because that is how I found her, through you. She is SUPER awesome and has helped so much with my website platform change, design, and taught me SEO…which has really skyrocketed my blog from the barrel it was in.
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      I’m so glad Vanita has been such a great help to you. She seriously rocks!

  • November 26, 2013 Carolyn Y

    Great resource list. I am going to have to pin this to go through it.
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • November 26, 2013 Keely

    Seriously awesome resources. Lookie you- giving away all the secrets to your greatness!
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    • November 26, 2013 Alison

      Well, not ALL my secrets πŸ˜‰

  • November 27, 2013 Maureen

    As I’m again getting behind in blogging, this is an awesome list, Alison! Thanks so much for making this πŸ˜€ Off to pin it now.
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    • November 27, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for Pinning, Maureen!

  • November 27, 2013 R.F. Dietz

    LOVE this resourceful post! Thanks for sharing you badass blogger you!
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  • December 6, 2013 Rochelle

    SO HELPFUL! coming from a new blogger like myself, I appreciate posts like this! Thanks a million!

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