I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your blogging needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
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Every good blogger knows that the money is in the list. What does that mean. The majority of probloggers make their real money by sending out e-mails to subscribers on their list promoting products and services. The number one choice of newsletter services for probloggers is AWeber mailing system.
AWeber – Industry leading deliverability, expert customer support and easy to use.
MailChimp – More than 4 million people use MailChimp to design and send email marketing campaigns. It’s also free to use for a limited amount of subscribers.
Auto Responder Madness - It’s an advanced email marketing course that teaches a framework of methodologies that’ll have your subscribers begging you to email them. It’s a 17-lesson online training program on how to use “soap opera email marketing” to get more customers and clients to your business, convert up to 46% of your prospects to buyers, and boost your email opens, clicks, and sales.
Recommended Blog Themes
Genesis Theme – The Current theme I use for Mazzastick and definitely the last one.
WP-Clear by Solostreams – The previous theme that I used for Mazzastick.com.
Thesis Theme – The Thesis Theme framework is a premium template system for WordPress that is designed to serve as the rock-solid foundation beneath any kind of website.
Being a Blogger Means that you are also a Business Owner
If you intend on earning income with your blog than I recommend that you get set up as an official business. I got my LLC for Mazzastick.com using Legal Zoom. I’m sure that you have heard of Legal Zoom and I recommend that you use Legal Zoom to do the work for you. You can read my review of Legal Zoom by clicking here.
Manage Advertising on your blog
Direct advertising is an easy way for bloggers to earn some passive residual income.
OIO Publishers - Control Your Ad space. I have used this service before and it is great for letting advertisers on your blog manage and view their ads without having to bother you for all the details.
Max CDN - Supercharge your website in 5 minutes using Max CDN. CDN stands for content delivery network and what it does is provides lightning like loading time of your website for your visitors regardless of their geographical location. Google counts the “load time” of your site in their search algorithm.
Clicky – Real time web analytics. A better alternative to Google analytics, in addition 685,151 web sites depend on Clicky to monitor, analyze, and react to their traffic in real time. Clicky offers both a free and a paid version of this service.
Google Developer Tools – Analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster.
Dr Link Check – Check your website for broken links and blacklisted links too. It’s free!
The Easy Way to Blogging Success
Mazzastick.com’s Guide 4 New Bloggers – If you really want to save yourself time and money then you must have this eBook.
Write Like Freddy – Writing is a cornerstone of marketing for most businesses today. Danny Iny, The “Freddy Krueger” of blogging will teach you how to write and get your guest post accepted by top blogs and websites. Guest posting is a great way to get free traffic to your site and add new subscribers.
Become an Affiliate and earn some $$$
I have earned money with all four of these affiliate programs and I do recommend them. (Yes, they all pay me on time too). They also do a great job of supplying all the tools you will need to promote their products such as Links, Banners, email swipes and more.
Clickbank – Find tens of thousands of digital products to promote online.
Mind Valley – Visionaries, rebels, crazed inventors, best-selling authors, ambitious entrepreneurs and people who believe they can change the world. Join Mind Valley today and start promoting personal growth products that you can believe in.
Amazon – Make money advertising Amazon products.
Social Media Management
HootSuite – A great site that allows you to manage Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, your RSS feed and more in one convenient location.
Tweepi – Make sense of your Twitter account. I use Tweepi to unfollow those scoundrels who don’t follow me back. It’s free to use even though they do offer a paid version.
MyPermissions.org – Manage who has access to your social media sites.
Pictures and picture editing for your blog
Flickr – Free photos shared by regular folks. Follow Mazzastick while you are on there.
Web Resizer – The free online photo resizing tool.
My eCover Maker – Free tool for making your own 2D and 3D eBook covers. There are some paid options too. After you click the link to My eCover Maker go to the top of the page where it says “create eCover.” You’re on your own from there.