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These days you can start a blog or online business without spending a fortune. There are free versions of so many different platforms and so much free information available to us.
Having said that, I do believe in making wise purchases to help you succeed a little quicker. You can do things the free route, but making a few smart investments can really give you a boost in knowledge and technology. They say you have to spend money to make money, right?
Here is my list of blogging investments that are totally worth the small investment to help take your blog to the next level. I’ve included items that I feel can drastically improve your:
– Pinterest Account
– Affiliate Sales
– Email List
I’m really hoping you are already using Tailwind to increase your blog traffic. It’s an absolute must have and they offer a really awesome free trial version. But I’m here to tell you, once that free trial is up, you WANT the Plus account. Plus allows you to schedule up to 400 pins/month and has a multi-account capability. You can also use a referral link provided by Tailwind to generate leads and have that Plus Account pay for itself in referral fees. I personally love the Plus version because it allows me to share 100 pins a month to Tailwind Tribes. That’s 100 chances a month to get my pins in front of thousands of other bloggers, eagerly looking to fill their Tailwind pin schedules with quality pins.
Tailwind Plus: $15/Month
Bonus Tip: Tailwind’s customer service is incredible. If you just aren’t happy with their plan options, you can contact them about creating a custom plan specifically for your blog/business’s needs.
Have you joined the Amazon Affiliate program yet? Everyone trusts Amazon. It only makes sense to place Amazon affiliate links on your blog. Chances are, once people are on Amazon, they’ll make a purchase. Here’s the best part. ANY purchase they make after clicking on your affiliate link will be credited to you. Sounds pretty good, right? This course can take you from making a few dollars a month as an Amazon associate to a full-time, passive income. Even with a small blog. The author, Carolina King, made over $1,000/month from Amazon while her blog was under 10K page views!
The Amazon Affiliates Course – $49
If you use Pinterest to promote your blog, this one is a real game changer. When you upload a new image to your WordPress site you can (and should) fill out the metadata for that image, right? This helps Google find your images and content. And we really want to help Google find us!
What you fill out in the alt text area is what will appear on Pinterest as your pin description if that image is shared to Pinterest. But the alt text area is actually meant to be a description of what your image actually looks like. I go into further detail about all this in THIS post.
So, Tasty Pins. This is a plugin that allows you to fill out your alt text properly for optimal SEO but then also gives you a whole new section to fill out your pin description! What? Game changer! This means anytime you or anyone else shares that image to Pinterest, you have full control over the description.
The Tasty Pins Plugin – $29/Year
Bonus Tip: If you choose not to renew after a year, you can still use the plugin. You just won’t get access to any updates. Therefore, if you don’t care about the updates, this is basically a one time purchase of $29 dollars!
It’s the World’s leading checker of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and plagiarism. And it’s not just for your blog. Wherever you write on the web, Grammarly will make helpful suggestions. Even if you don’t struggle with spelling and grammar (like me), you will see an improvement in your writing (like I did). The better your writing, the more credible you will seem to you readers.
Give their free version a try to see how it works. I promise you’ll love it.
The premium version offers an additional 10 features to really take your writing to the next level.
The Premium Grammarly App – $11.66/Month
This course (created by House of Brazen) provides you with a super SIMPLE, and super fast strategy, making the likeliness of a sale 10x higher than using more typical methods. You’ll learn how to cut out any unnecessary steps that may work…but will take longer to implement and see results from. The main thing to take away from this course is that you will make more sales, FASTER. There are lots of bonuses too, including tips on how to design viral pins, a resource list of over 1,000 Pinterest Group Boards to join, AND you get an additional E-book – $10k in 12 months (a $25 value)!
How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours – $39
If $39 is a little out of your price range, I also love this affiliate marketing guide: Affiliate Action Plan. It’s a very affordable $12 and is loaded with helpful info to get you started out earning through affiliate marketing.
Meera Kothand is a bonified Email Marketing Expert. She’s cracked the code to growing and maintaining a successful email list. This lady is so impressive she made my list of:
Boss Babes With Killer Content You Can Learn From
Take your emails to the next level with the proven templates, subject lines and more. Are you struggling to write great emails that keep your subscribers engaged? Does your email list need help? Boost More Sales and Engagement in Less Time with Word-for-Word Scripts, Tested and Proven Email Templates & Optimized Email Subject Lines. The Ultimate Email Marketing Template Stash is SO worth the small investment to help you grow your email list and keep your readers coming back for more.
The Email Marketing Template Stash -$25
If you just aren’t getting the traffic you crave from Pinterest, don’t give up on it just yet!
Adrian (Helpfornewbloggers.com) is here to help! She’s a Pinterest and Tailwind expert and she’s managed to grow her lifestyle blog (AdriansCrazyLife.com) to nearly 30,000 Followers. Currently, it is getting more than 2 million views per month thanks to her unique Pinterest strategies. Not only do you get Adrian’s massive knowledge for Pinterest, but you also get her expert insights into Tailwind and Tailwind Tribes. She is actually one of Tailwind’s beta testers. This means she works with them to evaluate and refine their new features. She even offers Personal Pinterest Account Audits. This is one experienced lady! I learned so much from this guide and truly believe you can too.
How to Make Pinterest Tailwind Work for You -$49
That’s a wrap! These are my top 7 Investments for your blog that are worth the money. I hope you check some out and get as much out of them as I have.
Have you made any investments for your blog you think should be on the list?
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Blogging Resources I love and recommend:
SiteGround – I use SiteGround as my web hosting platform and I love it. They are trusted by the owners of over 1,900,000 domains! It’s secure, fast, reliable, and the customer service is AMAZING! I’ve had to contact them for help for a few reasons and the support I received was outstanding. Learn more about SiteGround HERE.
Tailwind – Is the Pin Scheduler of choice amongst most bloggers. I don’t know where I’d be in this business without it. In my mind, it is a NECESSITY! It’s like your blog/Pinterest assistant. And it’s a real game changer. If you haven’t already, sign up for a FREE month of Tailwind HERE.
Sendowl – Is my favourite source of affiliate income. Earn money through Sendowl 3 different ways. Refer people to their services, promote products for other bloggers, or use it to sell/run your own affiliate program and products (such as e-books). Learn more about Sendowl HERE.
ShareASale – If you are interested in monetizing your blog through affiliate marketing, ShareASale has got to be one of the easiest ways to do it! They’ve got merchants for every niche looking for affiliates to promote their products. Learn more about ShareASale HERE.
Grammarly – I saw a huge improvement in my writing after installing Grammarly. It’s the World’s leading checker of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and plagiarism. The better your writing, the more credible you will seem to you readers. Did I mention they have a FREE version? Check it out HERE.