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.
*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:
- Grow my blog traffic
- Develop landing pages and an email list
- Connect with and find my blogging niche
- Promote myself online
- Free resource: Grow My Blog Traffic
- Paid course: Find Your Tribe Online
- Facebook group: Women Winning Online
- Saira at Mom Resource has taught me how to:
- Understand online marketing and advertising
- Grow my Twitter followers
- Use affiliate marketing on Twitter and my blog
- Use Crowdfire and Roundteam for Twitter growth
- Free resource: Mini Twitter Course
- Paid course: Twitter Legend
- Facebook group: Moms of Mom Resource
- 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
- Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog has taught me how to:
- Create pretty and effective printables
- Organize my time and decorate the home
- Monetize a blog and build an online business
- Free resources: 100 blog resource list
- Paid resource: Ultimate Blogging Handbook
- Krystal at The Daily Femme has taught me how to:
- Utilize and grow Instagram
- Use blog and email resources effectively
- Use Evernote tool and Later app for Instagram
- Free resources: Blogging Tutorials and Courses
- Facebook group: Passion plus Profit
- Amy at Amy Porterfield has taught me how to:
- Build my email list
- Combine tools to maximize social media performance
- Create lead magnets
- Extend your content reach
- Use IFTTT and Hootsuite for social media automation
- Free webinars such as Free Live Master Class
- Paid resources: Resource Library
Other Facebook groups that I love and blogs that I look to the most for inspiration:
- Abigail with Blog Nebraska and Acreage of Grace
- Angela with We are Marvelous Moms and The Triplet Farm
- Darci with Life Unplanned and Life Unplanned Blog
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:
- Jessica with Sweet Little Ones Blog who first introduced me to link up parties though Tuesday Talk Link up
- Mckenzie with Hello Neverland who I’ve looked up to as a blogger friend for a long time and who introduced me to Facebook promotional groups including Blogging Boost and Inspired Bloggers Network
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!
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:
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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“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely[…]think about such things.” Philippians 4:8