“One of my mottos is ‘the right tool for the right job.'”~ Martha Stewart
First and foremost, I love blogging. It’s one of the greatest ways that I can express my creativity and help people at the same time. Behind the scenes though, there’s a lot of maintenance and things to do so that my blog can keep running smoothly. Upkeeping a blog site is not easy, but for me, it’s worth it. I’ve been blogging for about some months now, and have been using some tools that have helped my blog gain traffic, shortened my post links, and also provided for me to buy my host and domain under $15!
Now, this is my personal opinion. I know that there are a lot of bloggers out there that do not use the tools I use, but for me, these tools are what I am using now and I’m doing just fine with them, for the time being.
So, let’s get started.
1. Wealthy Affiliate
1. Wealthy Affiliate
So Wealthy Affiliate, owned and founded by Kyle & Carson, is a basically a university online that helps you build your own website niche (for free), and guide you to how to be an affiliate marketer. Now, I didn’t know about Bluehost or Siteground until the last minute, but I think I made a good investment for the time being.
With this program, I only pay $49/month (it’s about approximately $350/year if want to pay yearly), and that contains a host, 5 free website, numerous classes on how to build your website and a community that is also going through the same process of building their own website. I joined them last year and I truly believe that I made the right decision by being part of the family.
The reason why I use Wealthy Affiliate is because I wanted to build my own website that already had a host so I won’t have to buy one, this also includes a domain (which I had to pay but it was only under $15), build my own website (with their free course), and finally learn about affiliate marketing. And I’m still paying under $49/month!
I do have my own agenda on what I want to do with my website (s), but learning about affiliate marketing was a plus for me. Now I do not only use Wealthy Affiliate to help me learn about Affiliate Marketing, but I do recommend this program for those that want to have their online business or want to learn about affiliate marketing in general.
Overall, with Wealthy Affiliate, I have used them to build this website (and others). If you want to know more about them, I’ve written a nonbiased review about them last year.
I never knew anything about scheduling nor how my website was going to get traffic. When I started, I had a few readers coming to my website, and I mean like 20 people max! Now with wealthy Affiliate and other bloggers I follow, recommended using these two applications to get your blog out into the public.
With Wealthy Affiliate, the one thing they overly underlined was that keywords, amongst other things, was important. The more proper keywords you used, the more people will click on the keywords (when readers look in their search results) you’ve used in your post.
BUFFER: To the point, I use Buffer as a scheduling tool for my social media. I have a Twitter and Instagram account in which I use to bring even just an ounce of traffic to my site if I post a certain blog post on my site I recommend my readers to read. If you use the free account, the maximum amount of post you can schedule on there is 10, any time of the day, week, or month. But 10 post is still the maximum.
TAILWIND: Tailwind, on the other hand, I use it to post my blog posts, using pins ( that I create on Canva), to pin on Pinterest! When posting my pins to Tailwind, the website already have prescheduled times in which reveals the best times my pins will be most seen by readers. Plus, I can also join groups (max 5) that can also help me spread the word about my blog! Isn’t that neat? Oh did you also know that Tailwind can NOW schedule your Instagram posts? Unlike Buffer, you can post an unlimited amount of Instagram post, giving you more time to focus on your blog and grow your community.
Here’s a view of website traffic as of this week:
Here’s an actual fact about what Pinterest can do to get traffic to your website than regular organic traffic (though still useful and important):
Since I haven’t had my blog for long, my traffic from Pinterest isn’t as big as I would want. However, I am grateful that it’s past 20 views, right (understand that the 20 views are from organic views)? Plus, to be honest, I don’t want to solely rely on Pinterest to increase my traffic to the website. The best way for my blog to grow by way of organic traffic. I want my blog titles to be seen through Google, Yahoo, & Bing. As they say, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, so that is what I am doing.
If you haven’t joined tailwind yet, especially if you’re a blogger, new and old, I recommend you do it.
If you sign up now, you get a free $15 credit added to your account. I joined Tailwind with a free account but was only allowed to add 100 pins. With the premium which is only $15, I can add as much as 400 pins. You got to do what you got to do.
English is not my first language. I am good at writing either. However, that is not going to stop me from writing and helping people.
Not today, not ever!
Nevertheless, I still want to improve my writing. Since I am going to be in the blogging business for a long time, I might as well get better at it, right? Therefore, one tool I use is Grammarly. Wealthy Affiliate also has a place where you can write your content and check your spelling and grammar. Plus, it’s also the place where you can send your post right to your site!
Mainly, I write my post on Grammarly, move it to Wealthy Affiliate content writer, recheck my spelling and grammar, and then sent my post to the blog, which means that your blog post is now public!
Side note: Yes your blog post is now public but it also has to be indexed, meaning that Google or some other web search has recognized it and can be simply be put display for the world to see. Wealthy Affiliate has a special system that also tells you whether your post has been indexed or not. You usually receive this by mail. If not, then I use Pinterest to maximize my post views.
Now I use the free version of Grammarly and it does well as you can see below. I am usually careful with how I write my post and ignore bits of what they recommend me fixing. But yeah, Grammarly is a great help me and my post.
Some reasons why I created a blog was because I wanted to express my creativity, learn the upkeeps of maintaining a blog, but also build a business where I can create things that would help people and connect to my community. One thing that would help me do that was creating an email list. There are so many email list programs, but I chose MailChimp.
Why? Because it was cheap, I can have a maximum of 2000 subscribers, and more. With Mailchimp I can create Campaigns, Pop up forms for my websites, and automation emails that I can send out to my subscribers and tell them of things they might like to know, in a form of a newsletter. I am still learning about the email list, so don’t think I am a guru at this. I feel like I am still a baby at this. (Update: Mailchimp no long offer automated emails on the free plan. It’s either on the standard or premium plan).
If you’re a blogger that wants to offer things or sell particular items to your readers, then using an email list and converting your readers to subscribers would be something you should do. This way, you can connect with them on a more personal level and building a community that you and your readers believe in.
This particular WordPress plugin is the one tool I use to automatically decrease the size of my images for my blog post. This helps me to automatically increase my site performance and decrease site loading. When I first started my blog, I did not know any of these things, until Wealthy Affiliate pointed out. In their program, they use a tool to check out the website performance such as the loading time of the website. So if I am not reducing my images properly, my website performance will slow down. These are just one of the things that cause a website to slow down.
Since I do not have a great camera just yet and don’t really want to use my iPhone to take images for my blog post images, Unsplash has been my go-to for quality images. As you can see, almost all of my images are flowers, my favorite plants. There are other websites that are similar to Unsplash (such as Kaboompics, Pixabay, Pexels, or Magdaleine), but for me, I chose Unsplash because they have quality images I really like.
This is one of my favorite websites because it gets my creative juices flowing. it helps me create pins for Pinterest, Instagram post, even Insta story post. Plus, as you can see, the blog logo or banner was made straight from Canva! With Canva, they also have presets which you can use if you’re in need of a quick creative fix. If you don’t like heir pictures and want to upload your own, they have a place for that too!
They have all types of categories you can choose from.
- Book covers
- Menu for a restaurant
- Desktop Wallpapers
There are just a few of what you can do with Canva, there’s so much more. They have a premium, but the free version is great. Maybe later on in the future, I may upgrade to premium but as I said, the free version is enough for you to create a decent pin, post, or book cover.
In one of the sections in this post, I mentioned that keywords are one of the important things you need to pay attention when writing your blog post. One thing you need to know, and that I have been told, is that your keywords need to placed in the title, the first paragraph, and in the body as you write on (or type if you want to get technical). This will get you indexed faster in Google and other web searches. Knowing what keywords to use in your blog post is what you need to do first.
That’s when Jaaxy comes in.
Google also has a keyword search, but for me, it’s complicated. Now it is a useful tool but for me, I would like to solve my problem within one basket rather than looking in several baskets (sorry for using the basket as my metaphor, or is it a simile? I couldn’t think of anything else). This blogging tool, also incorporated with Wealthy Affiliate, helps me find the best keyword that will not only get my post indexed faster but also be found it the first page of Google web search result.
To be honest, I sometimes use the keyword and then I don’t. It’s just my preference for what I want my title to be. As much as I want my blog to get organic traffic from Google, creating a title that resonates with me and sharing it to my Pinterest readers and social media is important too.
Now if you do not want to use Wealthy Affiliate but do want to use Jaaxy, there are two options: the Lite Version and the Premium version. The Lite version is the one I use and I can only use 30 keyword searches per month, which to be honest is what I need.
I didn’t think this was going to be long, but hey, I wanted to provide my extensive review on the blog tools I am currently using right now. I hope this helped you in any sort of way. Like I said there are numerous bloggers that use different blogging tools that suit them and their website. These tools that I’ve mentioned, though, suits me for the time being. I may change them in the future, but for now, they’re good to me.
For any questions, comment below!
Are you using one of these tools I’ve mentioned lately? If not, do you have alternatives? Let’s chat! Comment below.
Until Next Time,