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 WordPress.org. As we must have our hosting and domain name, I use these companies:
- Namecheap: Domain name
- SiteGround: I use this company for my hosting. I previously used DigitalOcean but decided to switch, and I am SO HAPPY! I also recommend this company which has competitive prices and offers the confidentiality option for free.
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!
- Unsplash: beautiful landscape pictures
- Free for commercial use
Less known, different images
- Free Range Stock: also offers gorgeous illustrations!
- Vintage Stock Photos
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!
- CreativeMarket: A lot of resources are available on this website, not just WordPress themes. There are also 6 free resources to download every week.
- ThemeForest: I bought my WP theme there, Soledad!
On WordPress.org, 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
- Instagram Slider Widget : To show my Instagram pictures in the footer of the blog
- Optin Cat Business : To offer my opt-ins in cute little boxes in my blog posts
- Pretty Links : To manage all my affiliate links
- Contact Form 7 : To create contacts forms, like on my Contact Me page.
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:
- HootSuite: To plan my publications on my Facebook Group, my Facebook page, and my Twitter account. (I don’t use it anymore, but still, I enjoy it)
- Tailwind: For the automatic publication of “pins” on my Pinterest account
- IFTTT: To schedule my tweets directly from Google calendar.
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!
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!
- MacBook Pro
- Laptop stand: To have a more ergonomic position when I work.
- Cover for my laptop: to be able to put stickers on my computer!
- Laptop shoulder briefcase: Because I often carry my computer!
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!
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! 😀
So happy I was able to help you! Thank you for your comment,
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.
I’m glad you found this post helpful! 🙂
Awesome, I will take a look at your blog!
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!
I’m glad this blog post with resources helped you! 😀