Here is a list of the tools and resources I currently use to maintain and grow my blogs. Enjoy!
There are affiliate links below to products I actually use on a daily basis. At no additional cost to you, I will receive a small commission if you purchase items through those links. You don’t need most of these services to start your business, but may find them worthwhile as you grow. Thanks for your support!
ConvertKit: My easy to use, and feature-packed Email Service Provider (ESP). If you’re starting out, you may want to look at free options like MailChimp or MadMimi. Once you start paying for features (add-ons, too many subscribers, segmenting audiences), make the move to ConvertKit. Cost- $29/mo.
Hootsuite: Social media scheduling tool. I just recently downgraded back to their free version since I’m only using it to schedule Twitter and Instagram. Cost- free
Tailwind: An awesome scheduling tool to drive traffic to your site from Pinterest. You can pin from anywhere and Tailwind puts it in your queue to pin at the most optimal times. Also, their customer service is fantastic. Cost- $10/mo
Evernote: My digital brain and filing cabinet in one app. I love that Evernote is web-based, which makes access from certain computers and syncing across all devices instant and easy. Cost- free (unless you upload and swipe a lot of files like me- $25/year for Plus)
Feedly: Where the internet comes to you. Feedly is a blog reader that brings your favorite sites and blogs to your phone or desktop. For optimal reading and following your target influencers in the shortest time, organize your feeds into subjects. Cost- free
SumoMe: Grow your email list and following with their social sharing buttons, list builder, and about 20 other features when you add this plugin. Cost- free (to start with the basics)
G-Suite: Googles new name for their suite of products and online productivity. Biggest perk? Get your branded email address, email@example.com and stay off of spam lists. Cost- $5/mo
Adobe Photoshop Elements: The feature-rich and cheaper little sister of Photoshop. Every feature you need to edit and create blog images at a fraction of the price. I upgrade every few years and still love it. If you’re editing video too, opt for the Photoshop/Premier package. Cost- $80, or $119 for both.
PicMonkey: If you need to edit or format images quickly or are away from your beloved Photoshop computer, PicMonkey will get the job done. This is my #2 go-to. Cost- free
Canva: If you need help creating blog graphics, social headers, or presentations, check out the oh-so-popular Canva. It’s easy to use and is cheap for design upgrades. Cost- free
Adobe Stock Photos: I only have this subscription because I was grandfathered in at the same price when Dollar Photo shut down. When time runs out, I’ll go with a free stock photo site. Cost- $1/image for now, regular price is $29/mo for 10 images.
Logitech HD Pro C920 Webcam: A highly recommended 1080px webcam. Just got it and really like the quality. I understand why it has thousands of 4 and 5 star reviews. Cost- $65
Joby GorillaPod: Instead of setting my webcam on my laptop screen, I put it behind and higher on this tripod for a more pleasing view. No one needs to look up my nose when I laugh. 😉 Cost- $25 (cheaper ones are available)
Audio Technica ATR-2100: A newly purchased USB microphone that I’m loving! The sound quality is excellent. Was debating on a Blue Yeti, but glad I decided on this one for almost 1/3 of the Yeti price. The only drawback is your mouth has to be close to the microphone for best sound, which makes it perfect for podcasting. Cost- $55
OnStage Foam Windscreen: Just slides on over the mic to prevent s-pops and give a more muted, pleasing sound. Cost- $2.95
Neewer NB35: An affordable mic stand and shock mount to increase sound quality and decrease distractions like typing and desk vibrations. So far, so good! Cost- $22
Not rated yet: I try new software and gadgets frequently. I will only update this page when I can give a confident and helpful opinion on a new product or service.