Shop My Fave Blogging & Social Media Tools

Over the years I've used and discovered several great products and services that are helpful for running a blog. From those experiences, I've been able to compile a list of the best ones.

If you're a blogger or small business owner, check out the list of below. Please note some of the links may be affiliate links from which I can make a commission at no extra cost to you should you make a purchase (thank you!). You can read about my use of affiliate links here.

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Blog Hosting/Domains

1. Godaddy
I've used Godaddy off and on for years for domains for portfolio sites and even A Relaxed Gal. Godaddy is probably one of the most well-known domain registrars out there and they make domain registration very easy. 

Their customer service is also very good. I had an issue with my blog where my domain wasn't redirecting anymore. I called Godaddy and they got right on it, figured out the issue and had me back up and running in a short amount of time.

2. SiteGround
If you decide to go the self-hosted route for your blog SiteGround is a hosting service to consider. They offer multiple hosting package options based on your needs, which means if you're just starting your blog it can grow with you.

Plus I've heard from other bloggers that SiteGround has great responsive customer service, quick setup, and they'll help you migrate your blog from another hosting service at no extra charge.

Blog Themes

3. StudioPress Sites
If you want to self-host but aren't exactly sure where to start or don't want to have to deal with all of the maintenance that comes with self-hosting, check out StudioPress. StudioPress is managed WordPress hosting that leverages the Genesis Framework. Plus there are several great themes to choose from for your WordPress blog.

4. Pretty Darn Cute Designs
WordPress Themes
If you're self-hosting on WordPress and are looking for a new Genesis Child Theme, Pretty Darn Cute Designs is a great option. All of the themes are beautiful and functional. They're also reasonably priced at about $50.

5. Restored 316
Feminine WordPress Themes
Another option for WordPress themes that work on the Genesis Framework is Restored 316. These themes were designed with the female online business owner and blogger in mind. The Restored 316 themes range from simple & chic to colorful & trend and are all about $75.

Design

6. PicMonkey
Graphics design and photo editing
If you're design challenged or just can't afford PhotoShop, PicMonkey is a great option. With PicMonkey's photo editing and design tools, you can create blog graphics, edit Instagram images, and create eye-catching Pinterest pins. Pricing starts at $5.99 a month, but you can do a 7-day free trial to give PicMonkey a whirl before committing.

7. Canva
Graphic design
Canva is an online graphic design software that makes graphic design easy for those of us who aren't designers. You can sign up for a free account and create designs for social media covers, blog graphics, posters and more. I love how simple it is and that I can use my own images or free ones available through Canva.

I currently use the free option, but there is a paid option that is great if you want more people on the account and more design features. I share how I use the free version of Canva to create my blog graphics in my post How to Create Blog Graphics with Canva.

Email

8. MailerLite
Email list building
To manage my email subscribers and send emails I opted to use MailerLite. Several bloggers use other newsletter services, but MailerLite is the one that fits best in my budget and also provided the types of features I wanted.

In MailerLite I can set up multiple subscriber lists and send different emails to each one. I can also set up automation workflows for each subscriber list without having a paid subscription. I haven't found another email tool that lets me do that.

I love how easy the interface is to use and the reporting that I get. MailerLite's free plan allows you to have up to 1,000 subscribers and paid plans start at $10/mo. So it's extremely affordable for the features you have access to.

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Images

9. Snapseed
Photo editor
I've tried various apps and online tools to edit the images I take. Well, one of my favorites and the one that gives me the best editing results with images that have dark lighting is the Snapseed app. The editing options are pretty robust for a free app and I've found that Snapseed does a much better job than other free image editors.

10. Image Compression
Image optimizer
Have a slow loading blog is the worse. It can turn away potential and current readers and also negatively impact your income if you've monetized your blog. One of the biggest culprits can be large images.

I've started compressing my images using the free site Image Compression. This tool typically compresses my images by 90% without making them blurry. Because the images are so compressed they don't slow down the load time for my site.

11. Stock Snap
Free stock images
The photos on Stock Snap are free from copyright restrictions and don't require any attribution. The photos I've used from this site are lifestyle photos or interior shots.

Social Media

12. BoardBooster
Pinterest scheduler
BoardBooster is an online tool that I used to use to manage my Pinterest profile. While I've moved away from BoardBooster, I do think it's a good tool for those just starting out with Pinterest.

In addition to pinning and looping BoardBooster can help you with board cleanup, improving pin quality, and group board management. In my post How to Easily Manage and Boost Your Pinterest Performance, I share how BoardBooster helped me grow my Pinterest following with very little effort.

13. Tailwind
Pinterest and Instagram scheduler
After using BoardBooster I switched to Tailwind. I first used Tailwind during a free trial and liked the features, but felt that BoardBooster better fit my budget at the time.

Two of my favorite things about Tailwind is 1) the amount of data and analytics they provide and 2) they optimized my pinning schedule based on when my followers were most active. If you're a first time user you can get a FREE trial to try Tailwind.

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

14. SocialPilot
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest scheduler
This is a new scheduler that I've started using for Facebook and Twitter. What I like most about SocialPilot are the repeat post features, the bulk upload, and that you can see all your scheduled posts in a calendar format. This is helpful for me because I've very visual.

While the free plan of SocialPilot limits you to 30 scheduled posts and only 10 posts per day I still think it's worth a try and could be a good free supplement if you're paying for a limited plan with another scheduler.

15. RecurPost
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn scheduler
RecurPost is a social media management platform for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn that doesn't just post your content once but saves it to post it again. I'm using the free plan for Recurpost which allows me to save 100 pieces of content for posting.

I love RecurPost because I now spend less time creating tweets and Facebook posts every week I've seen steady engagement on my Twitter account.

16. Blog and Social Media Stat Tracker
Free printable
This free printable allows you to track your stats for multiple social media accounts each month. Tracking stats is important as it helps you to see your growth over time and what's working or not working.

17. Social Media Tips
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest
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