Get website help and more
Fiverr.com – a bunch of really talented people willing to work for you for just $5. Need a logo or header for your blog, an intro for your Youtube videos, come changes made to your sidebars, a custom graphic or design, marketing and promotion help, and lots more. There are people on Fiverr who can do this for you quickly and for just $5. A fabulous resource for small bloggers with small budgets. Highly recommended.
PicMonkey – easily edit photos and make great graphics and collages for your site. See the series on how to use many of the features.
Moms Affiliate – you don’t have to be a mom to be a member of this great network. Has lots of easy to use options for bloggers including sponsored posts and paid article writing, affiliate commissions on sales of advertised products, banner adverts for your sidebar, coupons and discounts to share to promote sales, giveaways you can promote on your site, and paid advert spots.
Escalate – the easiest Ad Network to run. A good range of advertisers across many interests. Can be paid on Pay per Click, Pay per Conversion and a few Pay per Sale. Very easy to use, the advert banners are available in a number of sizes and are visually appealing, and the customer service from their personal account managers is excellent. If you are new to blog advertising, I highly recommending starting here. Read more about Escalate in Newsletters 9 and 11.
Rivit Media – a good Adsense alternative, they specialise in DIY, Home Decor and Crafting niche blog sites with advertising targeted to your readers for more relevant adverts. Paid on a CPM, no need to get clicks to earn from these adverts. Read more in my recent review – Rivit Media Advertising – Adsense Alternative.
Integrate – more to follow.
ShareASale – the affiliate network where I earn most of my money. Almost 4000 advertisers to chose from – you are sure to find many that will appeal to your readers. Easy reporting, vendors usually have multiple banners to chose from, and easy to set up the custom Deep Linking to promote individual pages and products.
See also this page of recommended ShareASale merchants in response to a Readers Question.
More suggested ShareASale Merchants with reviews:
How to make money with Affiliate Sales – ShareASale and Kidorable case study
Other ways to earn money
Sponsored Posts, Tweets etc – review to follow
Sverve – interesting blogger jobs site. Lots of very well paid opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Visual Pinterest-style dashboard for you to share your best posts and tips and network with other bloggers in your niche. Endorse bloggers and be endorsed on your areas of influence. Opportunity to also guest post for Sverve and get paid.
Hosting and websites
Bluehost – for buying your own Domain Name and hosting your own blog or website on WordPress, I recommend Bluehost. We use this hosting service for several websites. They have a very good forum with questions answered quickly by the support staff, 24hr telephone support and good rates. Plus its easy to set up and I have never had a problem of any sort with them. Highly recommended for self-hosting and domain names.
BlogVault – the ONLY backup for your WordPress site that I recommend. I use this personally after a LOT of research into the back up options available, and am delighted with it. It is not free, but after my research I decided that with the free options being so unreliable, and with no support if things go wrong and you want to restore, I believe my content is worth investing in. 2 minute set up, one click restore with excellent support.
StudioPress Themes – Get the website of your dreams. If you want a premium WordPress theme based on the popular Genesis framework, then StudioPress is for you. Unlimited world-class support forum – essential if you are a beginner to WordPress. There are so many beautiful, or business like themes to chose from.
My favorite resources, plugins and programs for site optimisation, getting followers and making money!
TubeRank Jeet – shows you how to optimise your YouTube videos to get page 1 Google Ranking and more views than you can dream of!
FB Admin – not the most exciting name for a product but FB Admin shows you how to get record numbers of Facebook fans without spending a cent on advertising. And then how to convert those Fans into traffic for your site.
Facebook Infiltrator – if you want your content to really stand out on the page and in the newsfeed and get readers to sign up or even buy right from the newsfeed itself, Facebook Infiltrator is the way to go. Suddenly your page will be head and shoulders above all the other newsfeed content and really get you and your offers noticed!
31 Days to a Better Blog – perhaps the Internet’s best-selling book on blogging and for good reason. Darren Rowse from ProBlogger is an Internet SuperStar. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is a downloadable ebook designed to help you revitalize your blog. One step at a time, it will transform your blog into the page view powerhouse you’ve always dreamed of. Designed to Make you Think, but more Importantly DO.
iBlog Magazine – the only printed blogging magazine for women. Also an excellent website filled with articles, advice, webinars, interviews, a daily blogging news round up show, live hangouts and more. Lots of free content as well as the magazine subscription and access to premium content on the site.
Mail Chimp – free for up to 2000 mailing list subscribers. Lots of newsletter templates, easy to use and can send up to 12,000 newsletters a month for free! Read more about setting up Mail Chimp and configuring your list, adding it to Facebook etc in the Setting up a Newsletter series.
Magic Action Box – the perfect way to increase your website sign ups and increase your subscriber list. Create beautiful custom sign up and share boxes and forms, add them to posts and pages, or your sidebar and even split test them to see which converts best! Integrates with all mailing list suppliers – there’s a free version, but the upgrade to the paid version is worth its weight in gold.
WordPress Plug ins
These are my favorite WordPress plugins that help me run my sites more easily or efficiently. And the good news – they are all free!
Broken Link Checker – tidy up your site by finding, removing or repairing all the broken links
Easy Digital Downloads – the perfect addition to your site if you have downloads, e-books, graphics, photos or even services to sell. Free plugin creates buy it now buttons for your posts and beautiful product listings. Sell via your site and collect money via Paypal.
Reply Me – tell your readers by email when you have published a reply to their comment, so you can keep the conversation going.
WP-Ban – stop all that nuisance comment spam for good!