I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now, and I’m often asked what blogging tools I use and recommend for blogging moms. Below you will find a list of helpful tools I use and/or have used as a mom blogger. From everything to starting a mailing list to maximizing Pinterest to starting your very own self-hosted WordPress blog, this list contains my very favorite tools for blogging moms, and I hope you find them helpful!
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One thing that almost every mom blogger and website owner will tell you is to start building an e-mail list as soon as you launch your blog or website. It’s so much easier to start early! ConvertKit is an e-mail marketing platform that is created especially for bloggers! 🙂 It’s super easy to get your list up and running, along with sign-up forms and automated e-mails. I can’t even begin to describe the wealth of tools this platform has, but they have some AWESOME video tutorials that help you leverage the service for your blog or website. Plans start at $29/month for up to 1,000 subscribers, and I think it’s worth every penny!
Styled Stock Society
Beautiful, professional-looking photographs are an asset to any blog or website, but they can be expensive! I stumbled upon this woman-owned business that I’m in love with! It’s a membership site where you pay a fee each month ($29) and you can download as many of her gorgeous stock photos as you want! They are clean and modern and come in a variety of different color palettes and themes. You will also find square, landscape, and portrait layouts, so you can use them for blog post feature images AND social images.
Bluchic WordPress Themes
I’ve used many Bluchic themes over the years, and I have been very impressed with how user-friendly the installation process is, thanks in large part to the very detailed tutorials that Bluchic provides. Bluchic will guide you step by step from uploading the theme to putting on the finishing touches like widgets. They even have accompanying YouTube videos to show you where things are on your WordPress dashboard. Another huge benefit is how SEO-friendly they are. Their themes come with schema.org microdata built-in, so your content can be read and indexed easily by search engines.
Pretty Darn Cute Designs
If you like the clean, minimalist design of this blog, you will love Pretty Darn Cute Design who crafted it! If you have experience tinkering with themes, you can customize the themes easily. You can also pay a fee to have them upload your logo/photo banner, change fonts, colors, etc. all within a 24 hour time frame! They were very easy to work with and super responsive.
I love SiteGround hosting because they are affordable and I can always get someone on support. Their online chat support is AMAZING! Hosting plans start at $4.99, so you don’t have to break the bank when starting your blog! When you sign up you also get a free SSL certificate to use on your blog.
Pinterest is SO IMPORTANT for blogging moms! It’s a great way to share your content and have it indexed for people to be able to search for on Pinterest. It can be easy to log on to Pinterest and start pinning a large number of images, but it’s much more ideal to space them out over time. Pinterest rewards pinners who pin at regular intervals and are active on a daily basis.
The Tailwind app is a SUPER EASY way to schedule your pins out for weeks at a time! You can pin your own content and other pins you want to share. Create a custom pinning schedule, pin to multiple boards at once, upload your own pins, and more with Tailwind. You can get a month FREE (without providing any payment info!).
Design Your Own (Lovely) Blog
Marianne from Design Your Own (Lovely) Blog has an AWESOME book called Blog Beautiful: 50 Tips and Tricks to Make Your Blog Glow that helped me learn a lot about editing my blog’s theme and making changes to my design elements. It’s a great primer on how to give you blog a professional look, without spending a fortune!
Canva for Bloggers
I love Canva so much that I became a Canva Certified Creative! Seriously– it’s the most user-friendly graphic design platform out there. Forget Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, you can make just about any graphic you need (including social media) in Canva’s robust platform. Canva is a free software with a Pro option. I use the Pro version so I can add my team members and store my brand style kit for easy reference. It also allows me to use many stock photos as part of the Pro plan monthly fee.
HoneyBook is a great tool for bloggers and freelancers to managed their clients and sponsored work. You can read more about HoneyBook and how it can help you stay organized with scheduling, proposals, contracts and invoicing. Use this link to get a free trial and then save 20% off your first year of HoneyBook.
Helpful Tips for Blogging Moms
If you have just started blogging or still working on growing your traffic, you may find these posts helpful:
- 15 of the Best Tips to Skyrocket Your Pinterest Traffic
- How to Become a Blogger – Tips from an Expert
- Guest Blog Posting ~ 7 Things You Need to Know
- 9 Powerful Blog Titles that are Guaranteed to Convert
- How to Be a Blogger – 7 Insider Secrets
Are there any other tools for blogging moms that you would recommend I include in this round-up?