Resources for your blog

written by Marie

Last updated on: May 7, 2019

Resources for your blog! Find free to use pictures, the best hostings, and more! #blogging #bloggingtips #resources

Hello ! I thought to make you a list of websites that I use the most to manage my blog. It’s a lot of work, so we quickly get involved in several tools that allow us to simplify our lives!

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Configuration of my blog

For my blog, I use As we must have our hosting and domain name, I use these companies:


Monetizing my blog

I started to monetize my blog recently. I only recommend the websites and products that I used before even knowing the existence of affiliate links. My favorite sites for affiliate links are:

  • ShareASale: A lot of well-known sites and products, like Grammarly, Tailwind, and Namecheap.
  • LinkShare: Udemy is there!
  • Amazon Associate: Probably one of the most used monetization programs nowadays! It allows you to earn money when someone clicks on your link and buys something on Amazon within 24 hours.



  • Grammarly: To correct any mistakes I do when I write in English.



  • SEO Analyzer: Super tool created by Neil Patel to analyze the SEO of our blog
  • Soovle: To get keyword suggestions according to the search engines.
  • Keyword Planner (Google Adwords): To search for the best keywords to use. This tool is free, it is just a little complicated to create an account on Google Adwords. You do not have to enter your credit card.
  • Google Search Console: Useful to know what keywords people use on Google to find your blog, identify your dead links, and so on.


Free to use pictures

I often see people asking where to find royalty free photos. So I thought I was going to make you a list of my favorite websites where to find them!

My favorites
Less known, different images

See this page for a massive list of other websites offering photos that you can use for free!


Edit pictures online

  • Canva: I do not know if Canva still needs an introduction, but it’s super easy to create beautiful graphics for his blog with the already pre-made themes!
  • Vectr: It looks much more like a real photoshop online! A little more complicated than Canva, but more complete.
  • Crello: Really similar to Canva, but I like that we can browse through categories to view more design templates!





Essential plugins

On, we can install plugins to add some features to our blog. There are a few that I consider crucial:

  • WPML: Translation plugin which allows me to have a blog in English and French. I do not recommend free plugins; it is better to invest in a good product like WPML.
  • Google Analytics by Monster Insights: To exclude my IP address from my Google Analytics report, I also use it to connect my Analytics and my blog directly.
  • WordFence: To increase the security of your blog.
  • WP Super Cache: To make your blog load faster.
  • Yoast SEO: To optimize the SEO of your blog! The better your SEO, the higher your blog will be ranked in search results on Google.
  • Akismet Anti-Spam: To avoid getting hundreds of spam comments


Plugins I use, not so essential

Social media

It takes a lot of time to manage our social media accounts! Fortunately, some solutions are available for free on the internet to help us be more efficient. Here are my favorites:


Planning & Organization

  • Trello: I had my editorial calendar on Trello for a year, even though I have now switched to Asana.
  • Asana: This is what I use now for my editorial calendar!


My workspace

When we spend so much time in front of the computer, we need to equip ourselves of a good laptop stand or a travel bag. I share mine with you!

Read my blog post about my workspace to know everything I use on a daily basis!



Did you discover new tools in this blog post? Which ones? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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Marya November 3, 2017 - 11:46 am

Thank you for such a helpful post. I’ve bookmarked your link on my browser to take a look further when needed. I am currently blogging through wordpress(dot)com but I’m considering to migrate to self-hosted one as I may want to take a further step in blogging at one point. 🙂

I have used the same platforms as you recommend in this post. For some others, I’ll save it for a try later. Take care! 😀

Marie November 3, 2017 - 6:27 pm

Hi Marya!

So happy I was able to help you! Thank you for your comment,


Tilak Raj November 4, 2017 - 1:22 am

Hello Marie,
Very helpful post for bloggers. Being a software engineer myself, I blog when I have free time. Keep going and keep up the great work.

Marie November 5, 2017 - 12:53 am

Hi Tilak!
I’m glad you found this post helpful! 🙂
Awesome, I will take a look at your blog!

Tess May 16, 2018 - 3:33 pm

This is so awesome that you have compiled all of this information for other bloggers. I’m a biochemist and in my free time, I blog so this information will help me tremendously. Keep up the great work, I love seeing other women in STEM!

Marie June 17, 2018 - 8:21 pm

Hello Tess!
I’m glad this blog post with resources helped you! 😀
I will!


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