My Favorite Blog & Social Media Resources-Blogging on a Budget

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My blogiversary series is in full swing! I posted the first part of my 4 part series on my actual blogiversary on September 28th, where I discussed how my blog design and approach has transformed over the past year.

Today I’m sharing the resources that have most helped me to grow my blog and how I have done it practically for free. The only cost I have spent so far is purchasing my domain name for $18/year because it looks much more professional and gives your blog credibility if your URL doesn’t have wordpress.com attached to the end of it.

I will admit that if you can put some money into your blog, like buying helpful courses to learn all the latest blogging tricks and purchasing monthly subscriptions to automate social media interactions and blog promotions, it will help your blog grow faster and smoother. I have seen this in other bloggers’ testimonials.

But for me, as a mom  of a young family, paying off student loans and our first home, raising children, and saving up for a mini van, there are just too many other expenses for me to justify spending extra money on the blog at this moment. So I have found ways around spending money such as:

Taking advantage of the free courses available.

Finding free apps, Facebook groups and Instagram communities.

Observing and imitating what other bloggers have done.

Taking good old fashioned time to manually promote myself and connect online.

With that said, here is a list of the top resources that have influenced and helped me grow in the past year and they are the ones I continually go back to when I need more advice.

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*This post contains affiliate links*

I highly recommend the courses, (I have taken many of the free ones and the paid ones look awesome!) as well as the Facebook groups and online tools listed below. I use only the free versions of the apps I mention.

1: Jen at Women Winning Online has taught me how to:

  1. Saira at Mom Resource has taught me how to:
  1. Mckinzie at Moms Make Cents has taught me how to:
  • Understand Pinterest and Pinterest strategies
  • Use Pinterest to promote my blog and affiliates
  • Make money through  Pinterest
  • Free course: Pinterest Course
  • Paid course: Pinterest to Profits
  1. Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog has taught me how to:
  1. Krystal at The Daily Femme has taught me how to:
  1. Amy at Amy Porterfield has taught me how to:

Other Facebook groups that I love and blogs that I look to the most for inspiration:

And last but not least, two blogs that I have observed and two women that helped me launch my blog off the ground from the very beginning:

I would just like to say a big thank you to all these ladies that have inspired and helped me along my blog journey!  You are the ones I seek to imitate and aspire to be like the most and I appreciate you more than you know!

With love,

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To see how I compile all of this into my weekly blog schedule and to get your free copy of my scheduling spreadsheet: visit this post:blog-scheduling

PS. I compiled a Family Life Blog Playlist to enter on the Groove to Write Link Up Party.groovetowrite-1-e1473738104653

This list includes songs about motherhood, family life, marriage, romance, beauty, faith, pump up music, writing motivators, and my daughters’ favorites, because let’s be honest, that is what we are usually listening to around here! Click below to see the link up and hear some awesome writing playlists! 

Also linking up with Friday Favorites at Momfessionals!

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*I’m linking up with some of these parties. This post contains affiliate links. If you click on or buy through one of the product links, I’ll receive a small compensation. All opinions are my own.  See the full disclosure here. Thanks for supporting my blog!

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely[…]think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

 

 

 

  • Wow! I am so honored that you included me on your list 🙂 and I am so happy that you are implementing some of my Pinterest strategies. I can’t wait to see how much it will help you grow. Xo, McKinzie

    • Thanks McKinzie, I tried out the trial version for Tailwind and can definitely see how beneficial that app can be as I already saw significant growth while using it. Hopefully I can use it regularly soon and I started adding my affiliate links to Pinterest,thanks to you 🙂 It’s definitely helpful to have your Pinterest course!