BLOGGING RESOURCES

Learn what professional bloggers use

Hey guys! Stephen here and this is a list of tools I recommend every blogger to use. I’m currently using most of these products on this blog and they’ve helped me grow my blog significantly.

Web Hosting

Siteground – The Best Web Hosting Service for New Bloggers

I’ve tried 5 other web hosts and I’ve had problems with each one of them until I tried Siteground and settled down with them. From my experience, Siteground has the fastest server speeds and the best customer support team that is willing to help you any problem that you may have.

Siteground also makes creating your blog super easy! They have a one-click WordPress install feature that will create you a WordPress site within minutes. You can learn how to do that in my guide on how to start a blog.

In terms of pricing, Siteground is super competitive and gives new customers a 60% discount for their first 1 – 3 years of blogging (depending on how many years you sign up for). It comes to $3.95 per month with the discount. Claim your discount down below.

Siteground Web Hosting – $3.95/month

 

WP Engine – The Best Web Hosting Service for Professional Bloggers and Businesses

If Siteground is the best web hosting service for new bloggers, then WP Engine would be the best web hosting service for professional bloggers and businesses that are using WordPress.

WP Engine’s servers are designed specifically for WordPress which means they are optimized for speed and you won’t find another web host that’s faster. The only catch is that they’re a bit more expensive than other hosts at a price of $29.95 but you really do get what you pay for. Sign up for WP Engine in the link below.

WP Engine Web Hosting – $29.95/month


Mailing List Tools

Optin Cat – Optin Plugin for WordPress

Optin Cat is an amazing and affordable way to build your subscribers list. I love this product because it doesn’t require you to pay monthly like OptinMonster or Sumo does. With Optin Cat, you pay one flat price and can use the plugin for a lifetime access to awesome features.

Optin Cat provides a bunch of beautiful and functional forms you can use on your site including optin bars, popup forms, widget forms, two-step forms, and inline forms. It even comes with an option to add a checkbox underneath your comments form so that people that comment on your site can subscribe. Purchase it below.

Optin Cat Premium Optin Plugin – $39.99 Lifetime Access


Social Media Tools

Tailwind – The Best Pinterest Automation Tool

I just started using this tool and I already feel very strongly about it. As a new Pinterest user, it’s helped me gain a significant boost of repins and helps me schedule my pins so I don’t have to sit there and spend time pinning every few hours.

Tailwind has something called “Tribes” that you can join which is essentially groups of people in the same niche that share each others posts. Tribes are totally worth it and will give you a great amount of exposure and repins.

I would recommend this tool to anyone that’s looking to use Pinterest as a big source of blog traffic. Sign up below:

Tailwind – $15/month

 

MiloTree – Reader to Subscriber Converter

MiloTree is another plugin I use to increase my Pinterest and Facebook followers. Once activated, when your readers scroll through your post, a slider will come out asking them to follow your social media accounts. You can enable this feature for Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or your optin box using MiloTree.

MiloTree – $6/month


Writing Tools

Grammarly – Best Grammar Check Tool

Grammarly is a grammar-checking tool that helps you fix more than 250 different grammar errors. Unlike other spellchecks that just… spell check, Grammarly tells you when you’ve made contextual spelling, punctual, sentence structure, or style errors by underlining it in red.

I don’t know what I’d do without Grammarly! My writing isn’t the best to begin with so I tend to rely on it to check for mistakes on the fly. It’s definitely a great tool for bloggers who need an extra hand.

You can choose to get the free version which does a lot on its own or the premium version which corrects even more grammatical errors. A monthly subscription is $11.66/month if you pay annually or $29.95 if paid on a per month basis.

Grammarly Premium | 1 Year Subscription – $11.66/month


Plugins

Monster Insights Analytics – This plugin integrates Google Analytics into your blog. It also prevents your site from tracking your own page views so the results are more accurate.

Backup WordPress – This plugin lets you create complete backups of your site so that you can restore it when your site crashes or gets hacked.