The Best Blogging Tools to Start and Grow a Successful Blog

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Starting out

Despite what many say, blogging is not something you can start with little to no money. I mean, yes, you can get inexpensive, quality hosting (I use Siteground and LOVE it!). And yes, you  can get a domain for fairly cheap. And basically all you need apart from those 2 things, is a computer, an internet connection and the will to work HARD.
The Best Blogging Tools to Start and Grow a Successful BlogBut…

There is always a but, right?

Well, here it goes.

You. Need. To. Properly. Educate. Yourself.

Research

Is the internet filled with tons of free resources for everyone and anyone to grab? Absolutely! In fact, you wouldn’t believe the amount of research I did when I first became interested in blogging a few years ago. It was a lot. Of course, there is always a lot of shiny objects out there, and it becomes a huge pain to sift thru it all and find the real gems.

Finding Free and Helpful Resources

To say that I spent way too much time researching, reading, and signing up for “freebies” on my own is an understatement. I can honestly say that there are actually very few really helpful articles, or courses out there, free of cost. And it’s not surprising. After all, you do get what you pay for, right?

There was a bit of a problem though. As much as I’d like to say that I had hundreds or even thousands of dollars to spend, the truth is, I didn’t. Ours is a one income family (hopefully not for long), with 2 kiddos just starting college. And I am on a mission to live debt free, so piling a mountain of credit card debt was out of the question.

We don’t even have credit cards anymore. Only student loan debt. Tons of it.

A Time Saver

Eventually, I figured I had to invest on a proper education. I mean, I spent a ton of money getting my college education for a reason. I obviously value education and training; and I wanted to stop wasting my very valuable time.

So, I decided to find a good, highly recommended course, that would not break the bank. That, in itself, was almost impossible. But I am glad I didn’t give up, because I eventually found Suzi Whitford, of Start a Mom Blog.

Suzi offers a variety of very helpful courses that are not only incredibly helpful, but also free of fluff. She is also down to earth and very approachable. I would know. I email her quite a bit haha. And the best part is, she answers and always on a timely manner. I couldn’t be happier!

Blog by Number opened my eyes so much. Not only to the rest of Suzi’s courses (I’ve signed up for almost of all of her courses), but also to other incredible resources out there. Her signature course certainly opened up my eyes big time.

Hint: She is one rare breed; one of the very few bloggers who creates free courses that are highly valuable. She shows a ton of respect for her followers.

Fair warning: I do not blog about blogging

Now, why do I say this? There is nothing wrong with blogging about blogging, or being a blogging teacher. But I am not one. In fact, I rarely post anything about it, as I do not consider myself an expert. I am still on the diapers/crawling phase and it wouldn’t be very honest of me to pretend otherwise and mislead my readers.

However, when I think I can shed some light or share something that I believe to be truly helpful, I do. It’s the least I can do, considering I have benefited from what others have shared in the past. And that’s what I’m trying to do here. 🙂

Honest Recommendations

As I stated above, I’d recommend Suzi Whitford’s courses to anyone. Hands down, her Blog by Number course is not only the most helpful, but also very affordable. It fits any budget, which she has admitted is incredibly important for her when pricing her courses.

I mean, come on. There are lots of us who have all the will in the world to succeed but who are limited in the budget department. And Suzi caters to all of us, without sacrificing quality.

If you think I am exaggerating, then consider taking her List by Number Course. I took it, and still go back to it whenever I need a refresher on how to use Convertkit’s many features. Taking one of her courses feels like she is literally holding your hand the whole time, and guiding you thru the whole blogging craze.

But this post is not really about Suzi’s amazing courses.

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit

The Best Blogging Tools to Start and Grow a Successful BlogIf you haven’t yet heard about this out-of-this-world product, then you are missing out! The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is everything and anything you can think it is. And it’s not really a product; more like a TON of products put together nicely in a bundle.

Does it sound too good to be true? Oh I know it does. At least that’s what I thought when I first heard of it. The good news is, it is even better than it sounds. When I first took a look at it, I was not only amazed by the insane value of it, but also thrilled because I found that the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit included not one, not two, but a lot of the resources that I’ve been eyeing for quite some time but couldn’t afford.

There is so much value in this. With over 85 contributors, this is surely a class A bundle.

 Benefits of Bundle

  • The value offered for a fraction of the cost is obviously first and foremost. It’s literally like paying for a burger and getting prime steak instead.
  • There is really no rush to go thru it all. You will have to claim your spot in the courses, download pdf files, etc., but you have access to it all forever (with maybe one of two exceptions).
  • The bonuses alone are worth much more than the price (FREE gorgeous theme anyone?)
  • This bundle has lots to offer, no matter which stage of the blogging adventure you are in.
  • If you have been considering investing on some much needed training, and are trying to get the best bang for your buck, The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is literally it.

Who is in the bundle?

Oh, nothing fancy. Only some of the best resources out there! Don’t believe me? Check this out!

Did you see that? The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit is A-mazing! It’s like One-Stop-Shopping meets Exclusive Products meets Best Sale of the Year Event.

*Hint hint: Suzi Whitford’s Blog by Number Course is one of many resources included in the bundle! Isn’t that neat?

Along with Blog by Number, you will find:

  • ACTIVATE: EBA Life Conference 2017 (I was dying to attend this, but couldn’t make it work with my budget 🙁 Now, I get to learn from it from the comfort of my own home!)
  • Blog and Be Legal
  • Blogging Binder
  • Convertkit Masterclass
  • Core Affiliate Strategy Guide
  • How to Master Tailwind
  • Media Kit Smash
  • The Effective Writer, Part one, two, and three
  • Turn Your Podcast Into a Business
  • Twitter Strategy for Bloggers

And sooooo much more! Those above are only a small chunk of some of the products that I’ve been dying to purchase for a while, but just couldn’t afford to. Thanks to the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit I get to enjoy and learn from them all sooner rather than later.

Get it now!

Why? Well, because this incredible offer is not available forever, of course. You have until October 9 to purchase it, and a lifetime to enjoy it and benefit from it.

We all want our blogs to be better, look better, and serve better. We are all passionate about what we do, and are constantly looking for ways to improve, and excel. There is no doubt in my mind that all those things are true.

But you know what else? Most of us are also on a tight budget, always trying our best to work our magic with whatever resources we have. And this? This, my friends, is a wonderful opportunity that you do not want to pass up. I am not just saying that. I truly believe in it, purchased it myself, have already started to go thru it, and love it!

What are you waiting for?

Time is running out!

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