This page is filled with my recommendations for discounts, blogging tools, and books that I use daily to run my blog. I personally am using or have used everything on this list.
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Shopping & Discounts
Everyone loves a discount, right? If you’re doing any online shopping I recommend signing up for these programs. You can earn cashback, free gift cards, and more on your next online purchases.
Swagbucks lets you earn points called SB for the things already do online like watching videos, taking surveys, or searching the web. You can redeem those points for cash and gift cards. Get $5 for signing up with Swagbucks today!
Rakuten, formerly Ebates, lets you earn cashback and discounts for your regular online purchases. Just click on your favorite online shop through Rakuten and then shop as usual. Rakuten earns a commission for referring to that store then shares some of that money with you. Grab $10 cashback when you sign-up for Rakuten today.
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NameCheap is hands down the best place to buy domain names. They are cheap (hence the name), include privacy protection, and are super simple to use.
SiteGround: I’ve tried numerous hosting companies including Bluehost and A2 hosting. Siteground is my favorite by far. Yes, they are a bit more expensive than the other two but their customer service and ease of use are well worth the price.
Restored 316: As a Gemini, I always have a creative project going. Whether it’s making soap or designing my next blog. All of the themes by Lauren at Restored 316 fit my needs. They are run on the Genesis Framework and are feminine, chic, and beautiful. Even if tech is not your friend, Lauren has numerous tutorials to help you make your theme just how you want it.
ConvertKit: I’ve been dabbling in digital marketing for the past 3 years and have used numerous email tools. ConvertKit is an absolute must as a blogger. The company was created by a blogger for blogger so they know exactly what we need.
Adobe Photoshop: There are a ton of design tools on the market. I used PicMonkey and Canva at the beginning of my blogging journey. But have since upgraded to Photoshop. Yes, it was a steep learning curve but Skillshare classes made everything make sense. It is honestly the best tool for all my blogging needs and I’m looking forward to learning Illustrator to level up the skills.
Creative Market: I love fonts! I probably have over 50 fonts by now. My favorite place to buy font bundles, digital patterns, and social media templates is Creative Market. They literally have everything you can think of, as far as graphics, for your blog.