As I’ve ventured into the realm of blogging more regularly this year, I have realized just how much there is to learn about writing, SEO, WordPress, and so many other things. Though I’m still fairly wet behind the ears compared to many writers, I have discovered a number of helpful, free resources on my blogging journey and want to share the ones that have been the most useful for me!
If you’re looking to work with brands, this is a good platform to get started. You will be assigned an influencer score based on your social reach and blog stats and can apply to work with brands based on your niche. Some offer free products only and some pay for blog posts or social media posts in addition to free products. This is my personal favorite for making connections and building your reputation as a reliable blogger and reviewer.
This has been the most profitable resource for me in my blogging journey thus far. You can qualify for paid post opportunities and also search for opportunities to review free products. To me, this is a much faster way to generate income than affiliate marketing. I recently made $100 on just one post!
Find others in your niche who want to host your guest post, write a guest post for your blog or collaborate together on a post. This is a great way to learn from other writers, expand your influence, and make new friends. Perlu is a great resource for this. If you’d like to collaborate on a post with me, feel free to reach out here or comment below! If you’re in the travel niche, be sure to check out GoTravelBlogs to connect and collaborate with other amazing travel bloggers and check out their travel guides! You can also submit your blog to be featured on this site, which is a huge opportunity!
Sometimes I write quickly or late at night when I’m not at the top of my punctuation game, so I’m thankful that Grammarly has my back. This is a great tool to ensure you publish professional content free of typos and grammatical errors. It’s basically your proofreading knight in shining armor.
If you sign up as an affiliate to promote a company, they will pay you a commission percentage on each sale or a per lead payment. This is a good way to earn money to pay for your blog. I would not recommend paying to join any affiliate organization but definitely sign up for 1 or more of the free companies such as Ultimate Bundles, shareasale.com, CJ Affiliate, Pepperjam, and Rakuten.
Get your blog indexed on Blogarama! That has been a huge source of traffic for me. Another site I use is Quora. It’s basically a site where you can ask and answer questions, so providing your content to answer questions is a great way to add value and possibly reach more people with your blog as long as you do it in the right way – ie don’t just drop a link to your blog post as the answer – actually take the time to summarize and explain how it can help the person who is asking the question. Some others I’ve tried more recently so the verdict is still out: Bloglovin and blogpostvoteup.
You might not know this, but you can’t just Google image search something and place that photo on your blog without permission. It’s great if you can get by using only photos you have taken, but if not, you can find great quality free photo content for your posts on Pixabay, Pexels and Unsplash. For creating graphics and Pinterest images, Canva is another wonderful (and free depending on the images you choose) resource.
Do you realize that your content on your social channels could be taken down at any point since it is not owned by you? The recent crashes of Facebook and Instagram should serve as a cautionary tale to be sure that your audience can stay up to date on your content through other means than just your social networks of choice. It’s crucial to develop an email list to stay in touch with your readers and continue to deliver relevant content to them. You can sign up for a FREE trial of my favorite email marketing provider, ConvertKit by clicking here.
Take advantage of resources like ProBlogger Community and Neil Patel’s videos for advice on SEO and growth. So much valuable free information and a great forum to ask questions of other more experienced bloggers.
There are plenty of Facebook and Twitter re-tweet groups for this purpose. My favorite by far is Bloggers Supporting Bloggers. I’ve made a lot of great connections there! For those in North Carolina, I’m also part of several local blogger groups including the NC Blogger Network and the Triad Women Bloggers Network.
Though Tailwind is a paid service, you can get a free trial month of their service by using my referral link. If you’re not familiar with Tailwind, it’s a scheduling tool for Pinterest and Instagram that will help you keep your content flowing and will help you gain traction. I was able to grow my Pinterest views from 5k per month to 25k per month during my free trial. Definitely worth checking out!
Have you used any of these resources for your blog? What did I miss that you have found helpful? Let me know below.
Thanks for reading!
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