Blogging Resources

blogging, social media and writing resources

In the course of my work at Little Love Media (where I guided bloggers on how to take their blogs to the next level and organized book tours for new or self-published authors), 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 help to support this blog. 

Improve Your Blog

A couple of people (me included!) and tools to help you improve your blog, or if you’re not sure how to go about it, a few sites to give you some tips.

Blogging Basics 101 – A comprehensive website on all things blogging and social media. Whether you’re a newbie or veteran blogger, you’ll find useful information here.

Blog Clarity – Content Brew CourseMedia Kit Smash and Pinning Perfect

Bear & Beagle Creative –  Helps small businesses and bloggers to harness the power of content marketing, including SEO.

First Site Guide – Want to blog but have no idea where to start? This is your first stop!

Start Blogging Online – Another resource if you want to start a blog, with a step-by-step tutorial.

Make a Websitehub.com – A step-by-step tutorial if you want to start a blog with links to recommended platforms and hosts.

How to Start a Blog Online – A step-by-step guide including photos on starting a blog.

Design Bomb – Want to start a WordPress blog but don’t know where to start? Check out this site for a definitive guide.

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

PicMonkey – Easy and free online photo editing website. Pay an annual fee to access their premium features.

Fotor – Another great free online photo editing website. 

Canva – Design your own posters, blog headers and graphics!

Free Stock Photographs

Need photos for your blog posts but don’t have time to take one yourself? Here are some great sites to go to (note: please use free stock photography with care, and always attribute them properly).

Free Digital Photos 

Unsplash

morgueFile

Photo Pin

Snapwire Snaps

Pexels

Boss Fight

Death To The Stock Photo

Life of Pix

Crow the Stone

Barn Images

MMT

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

The Write Life

The Step by Step Guide to Creating Hundreds of Blog Post Ideas by Digital Rhinos

Blog Designers

Designers I Have Worked With

Jumping Jax Designs

Becca Paro has been a joy to work with. She’s professional, responds quickly and best of all, makes gorgeous websites without you breaking the bank. 

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

Social Media Resources

These are a few basics you need to know if you want to rock social media. 

Facebook

How to Get More Likes On Facebook

Pinterest

How to Verify Your Pinterest Account

8 Types of Images That Get Your Images Pinned and RePinned

Check Your Pin Count On Any Blog Post or Page

Twitter

Twitter Tips: Essential Basics

Twitter Tips: How to Make a List

Twitter Tips: Professionalism and Best Practices

Google+

A Recipe for the Perfect Google+ Post

Others

Social Media Management Tools

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}

Free Printables For Building a Blog Notebook

Technical Resources

First Site Guide: A really helpful website to get you off the ground when you want to start a site for your business, or blog for fun. I really liked this post about the ins and outs of website hosting

Moz Blog

HubSpot

Freelance/ Writing Opportunities

These sites has great information on where and how to submit to websites outside of your blog, including paid and unpaid opportunities.

Beyond Your Blog

Be A Freelance Blogger

Wroted

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.

Sverve

Clever Girls Collective

Collective Bias

Massive Sway

BlogHer Publishing Network

Social Spark

The Motherhood

Parent Tested, Parent Approved

Business 2 Blogger

Linqia

Canopi

Blog Meets Brand

PR Duck

Blog Friendly PR

360Bliss

Bloggers Required (UK-based, but with opportunities for USA, Canada, worldwide)

Brand Meets Blog (Australia-based)

Passionfruit Ads

Information Resources 

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

The SITS Girls

Blog Clarity

Blogging Betties

Eli Rose Social Media

Twelve Skip

Business 2 Blogger

Blogging With Amy

Social Media Examiner

CopyBlogger

Jeff Goins Writer

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If you have any resources you’d like to share, or would like your website/ company listed here, send me an email at alison {at} writingwishing {dot} com.

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