I’m always having people ask me about different apps and programs I use so I decided to publish all my favorite blogging resources here. I’ll continue to add to this page and update it as I learn about new programs and after I’ve used them for a while.
Please ask me if you have any questions about any of them or if you have other recommendations for me. (UPDATED 1/2017)
Some of these are affiliate links. You won’t pay any extra for using them but I’ll earn a small commission which will help support my blog and I greatly appreciate it!!!
Scheduling Social Media
I schedule directly on Facebook. I’ve tried other programs without much luck. My traffic seems to be even LOWER when I use a third party to schedule!
Right now I’m scheduling 7 posts a day on FB, a mix of my blog posts, other blogs, photos, quotes, videos, and affiliates. I also share viral posts at least once a day.
My engagement has really gone up since I started doing this. It’s about 5% of my followers now. And yes, that is UP. It was about 1% when I started keeping track! Sad!!!
Board Booster – I started using this in January 2016 and so LOVE it! It will repin all the pins in a board and will even loop. The first two days after I started my traffic from Pinterest was almost double!
I create secret boards and set BB to repin from those to group boards. I use the looping feature to recycle pins in my “Best of Duct Tape and Denim” board.
Tailwind – I use Tailwind to find and schedule pins from other bloggers. I probably pin 75% my posts and 25% others. The Tribe feature is my favorite! I joined about 10 tribes and can find and schedule a months worth of pins in an hour!
Ahalogy – You can schedule your own posts or choose from the Ahalogy network. They suggest keywords to help you optimize your listings and provide a editorial calendar to know when to pin what content. FYI, I haven’t used Ahalogy in months!
Post Planner – I use Post Planner to schedule Twitter. My favorite part of this app is that it will recycle my posts!!! So I can write a post, set it to “recycle”, and I’ll never have to post that again! After it goes to Twitter it will appear again at the end of the queue.
Once a week I add all my new posts and seasonal content. I scan through the next week and delete any posts from last ‘season’.
Post Planner will also schedule to Facebook. I only use it for my 12 Days of Christmas group. As I mentioned before… even FEWER people see FB posts scheduled through a third party.
Hootsuite – I use Hootsuite to schedule Instagram (when I remember). Hootsuite will also schedule to Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.
I just use the free account and am very happy with it. But you can use my Hootsuite affiliate link and get a free 30-day trial of Hootsuite Pro. That will allow you to connect more accounts.
Tailwind – Tailwind JUST announced that you can now schedule to IG with their app. I haven’t used it yet and don’t know much about it. I’ll update this article if I do.
Free Royalty-Free Images
Death to Stock Photography – My personal favorite!
Miniography – A very minimal look.
Unsplash – A more artistic look.
Books About Blogging
How to Blog for Profit Without Losing Your Soul, Ruth Soukup
Books About Selling on Etsy
How to Start a Home Based Etsy Business, Gina Luker
Inspired Bloggers University – Yes, this is a big investment but cheaper than a blog conference. And I’ve learned MORE about blogging from these courses than when I went to a conference!
The Blog Post Tool Kit by Gina Luker
I met Gina at my first Snap Conference in 2015. She’s been blogging almost a decade and gets about 2 MILLION pages views a month! She put together this tool kit to teach you:
- How to plan posts that get results
- How to create photography and graphics to grab readers
- How to properly write SEO rich content you can promote long term
- Why ongoing social media promotion is important – and how to do it.
- Why refreshing old content is important
- What to do to bring old posts back to life
In the tool kit you’ll get worksheets for:
- Social Media Image Cheat Sheet
- Tutorial Storyline Worksheet
- Recipe Storyline Worksheet
- List Style Storyline Worksheet
- Post Revision Schedule Planner
As well as checklists to keep you on track:
- Post Planning Checklist
- Photography Editing Checklist
- Post Writing Checklist
- Post Promotion Checklist
- Post Submission Sites Checklist
- Post Maintenance Checklist
I’ve bought this and use it myself. A great resource!
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