Blogging Tools You Need Worth the Investment!

by | Apr 10, 2020

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Are you a new blogger who’s feeling overwhelmed? I know the feeling because when I first started my head was spinning with all the “how to blog” information out there. I found that a lot of the info out there is UNHELPFUL and COMPLICATED. Most of it will having you running around in circles and who has time for that?!

When I started blogging, I knew absolutely NOTHING about it and wasn’t sure where to start. At times I felt so discouraged and wanted to give up. Can you relate?

Because I didn’t know anything about blogging or anyone who could help me I had to search out resources 100% on my own. I spent a great deal of time sifting through a ton of information to find the best stuff possible. If I was going to do this blog thing I wanted it done right! Otherwise, what’s the point?!

Well, it was worth the effort because I did in fact, find the best tools to create a blog I love and that I’m proud of. I finally feel like I have a handle on what I’m doing and am totally obsessed with all things blogging!

I want to SAVE YOU TIME and give you the information I wish I had when I first started.

The following tools and resources will make you’re life easier. I promise.

Alright, let’s start making your life easier right now. Here are the top resources you need to start a successful blog the right way NOW!


Create and Go courses are hands down the BEST if you’re a new or advanced blogger. I would never have got my blog off the ground THE RIGHT WAY without the LAUNCH YOUR BLOG BIZ COURSE.

Starting a blog can be super overwhelming but this course teaches you STEP BY STEP how to get your blog started quickly and the right way!

Lauren and Alex (course creators) guarantee that within a month you can have your blog up and running! Quick, right?!

The course will also teach you how to start making MONEY from your blog – every new blogger’s dream 🙂

Lauren makes herself extremely accessible in the private Create and Go Facebook group you’ll get access to if you purchase the course. The support you’ll receive from peers and admin in the Facebook group is also phenomenal! SIGN UP HERE!


One of the most important things you can do as a blogger is choose a good web hosting company. I use SITEGROUND and wouldn’t use anyone else! In fact, I left my first hosting company for SiteGround and I’m definitely NOT sorry I did.

I am consistently BLOWN AWAY by SiteGround’s customer support team. Trust me, you absolutely want a hosting company with excellent customer service. Technology can be pretty overwhelming at times and they are SO helpful!

SITEGROUND is FAST and SECURE. You 100% need a fast site if you don’t want people to bounce from it. It’s also pretty awesome that they back up your site DAILY! This gives me peace of mind my hard work won’t be lost forever if something goes wrong.

(I have the Grow Big plan).


The absolute BEST way to drive traffic to your blog is by using Pinterest. No other social media platform will get you the same results. If driving traffic to your site is a goal of yours (and I know it is!), Pinterest needs to be your best friend!

A lot of people give up on Pinterest because they don’t see fast results and it can be a bit of an overwhelming platform until you’re used to it. That’s why you need the help of Ell Duclos. She’s a PINTEREST WHIZ!!! Seriously, a straight up PINTEREST NINJA!

If you want BIG RESULTS you need to sign up for PINTEREST WITH ELL. A lot of Pinterest courses out there charge a ton but Ell’s is super reasonable and worth every penny.

If you take the course you also get access to her private Pinterest with Ell Facebook group. The best part is that she makes herself ridiculously accessible. There are times I will post a question in the group and she’ll respond within 5 minutes – no joke! SIGN UP HERE!


If you’re going to be a serious blogger you need solid images on your site and social media. Grainy, overly used photos just won’t cut it.

Sure, you can use free stock photography. I did for short while before I purchased a MEMBERSHIP WITH IVORY MIX. I just wasn’t getting the results I wanted from free stock photos.

If you’re going to be driving traffic to your blog with social media you want to stand out and you can’t do that with overly used, low quality photos. I noticed a BIG difference in my Pinterest pins getting clicks when I started using IVORY MIX STOCK PHOTOS.

Ivory Mix is reasonably priced compared to other paid stock photography sites. The photos are ultra BEAUTIFUAL, CRISP, and FEMININE.

I bought the VIP MEMBERSHIP and it’s been worth it’s weight in gold! The VIP Membership gives you access to a ton a photos, Pinterest templates, and lots of various courses.


IS YOUR BLOG EVEN LEGAL???? If you’re planning on being a serious blogger that makes money you NEED  LEGAL PAGES!

I get it, it’s the dry, boring part of blogging but there is NOWAY AROUND IT!

You can get yourself is some SERIOUS trouble if you’re not using legal pages or garbage free ones.

If you haven’t heard of Amira yet, you will. She’s extremely popular with bloggers because she makes it ridiculously EASY to have your site legally legit. Even if you’re low on cash, legal pages are NOT something you want to pinch pennies on!

I bought her LEGAL BUNDLE, which includes a privacy policy, terms and conditions, and disclaimer pages. That covers EVERYTHING YOU NEED!



If you’re going to be a serious blogger you NEED TAILWIND. They are an OFFICAL Pinterest parnter, which means they can be trusted! Pinterest and Tailwind have such a strong relationship that when Pinterest announced their BIG algorithm changes they did it through a webinar with Tailwind! Using TAILWIND takes all the guess work about when you should pin because they do it for you. They customize your schedule to optimize your exposure. This means that they pin everything at the perfect time for you! Additionally, since they pin for you it’s ok to not be one Pinterest for several days at a time. After all, life happens and you might not be able to be on Pinterest pinning your little heart out manually. Basically, you can pin in your sleep with Tailwind! I know you’ve heard that 1000 times but it’s true! Do yourself a favor and get Tailwind HERE NOW!

I hope this post was helpful and saves you time! If you have any questions drop them in the comments and I’ll be sure to get back to you.


  1. I love Amira. A definite must when you blog. She is so helpful. I like the Pinterest course idea. I recently started using Tailwind and it has helped traffic. I am still learning of the bits of it. It is a rather techy site but helpful nonetheless. For me when I started blogging I would say that i wish I had known more about the setup. I just went with WP and set stuff up. Not knowing anything about SEO or pretty much anything. There are sites that aren’t helpful and some I have noticed are outdated. I still need to get into some paid for stock images. I use Pexels but they don’t always have what I need. Love the post and it’s simplicity in barely starting out as a blogger.

    • Hey Ashley!

      Amira is the best! It’s comforting to know that our sites are 100% legal! Without her templates I’d constantly be worried. It’s really an ingenious idea she came up with. I’m happy to hear you found the post simple for a new blogger 🙂 Thanks for the feedback!

  2. I’m not familiar with a couple of your suggestions — I’ll have to check into those. But I definitely agree with Amira and Create & Go!! I had no idea how much work was involved creating a blog when I first started, and Create & Go saved me HOURS of research. And Amira saved me hours (and stress!) wondering if my website was safe and legal. I’m all about those two resources. 😉

    • Create and Go was worth every penny!!! If it wasn’t for Lauren and Alex my blog would not be where it is today. I’d still be trying to figure out a lot. I love meeting fellow Create and Go members 🙂 Did you take any other courses by Create and Go? And you’re right, Amira’s templates saved me SO much stress. Initially I looked into free ones but ultimately decided to go with Amira – totally worth the peace of mind!!!!!


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