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Start Your Own Online Business

Starting an online blogging business is crazy confusing. There are so many pieces and parts that have to all come together, and it seems like every time you decide about one thing, you have to go back and revise something else to make them fit. 

If that’s you, believe me, the frustration you feel is totally normal! It took me months of trial and error to figure it all out, and the same is true for just about every online entrepreneur I know. 

Suzi of Start A Mom Blog has created a free Blog Plan that explains all of the working parts of starting and planning a blog.

Suzi’s Blog Plan and Blog by Number are the best instructional courses on starting a blog. But don’t let the title Start a Mom Blog fool you. The image below will take you to the signup for her free plan for any niche or blog you may want to start. Once you have studied this free course, I highly recommend signing up for the more detailed course “Blog by Number Course.”


Listed below are the tools I use to keep this site and my other sites running. If you want to start your blog or website, I highly recommend these products. Testing all the tools and services, even if they are free, takes tons of time. But time is not the only problem. You are also putting your newly created blog at risk every time you install a new plugin, and fixing the technical issues is not the best way to spend your time as a new blogger. You will find only the tools and services I used in this curated list and can 100% recommend them to you.


Convertkit

They have a free plan for up to 1,000 subscribers.

ConvertKit

What does the free plan include?

No need to invest loads of money or waste valuable time figuring out how to start your business at the beginning. All you need is a platform and the ability to grow your audience.

The Free plan includes:

  • Unlimited landing pages
  • Unlimited, customizable CTAs & signup forms
  • 30+ premium landing page templates
  • Unlimited traffic
  • Customizable domain setup
  • Mobile responsive designs
  • Manage up to 1000 subscribers
  • Unlimited Email broadcasts
  • Subscriber tagging
  • Seamless Unsplash integration
  • Creator community

SiteGround

I use SiteGround for this website. They flawlessly migrated this site and two other sites I manage.

Web Hosting
Click Image to go to SiteGround. 

SiteGround is one of the largest independently owned hosting companies with more than 400 employees and growing. They process 1500+ tickets, 1000+ phone calls, and 3000+ chat requests per day. In addition, they proudly host more than 1,900,000 domains.

See related post on WordPress on SiteGround.



Astra Theme-My Current Theme

Astra is a fast, fully customizable, and beautiful WordPress theme suitable for blogs, personal portfolios, business websites, and WooCommerce storefronts.

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Astra WordPress Theme

Divi Extra Theme

Extra–The Ultimate Magazine WordPress Theme & Visual Page Builder is a theme I have used on this site. I chose it because it is a theme for bloggers—no coding needs. Mostly you drag & drop. They provide excellent customer support. Check it out by clicking on their banner.

Divi WordPress Theme

Canva

I use Canva daily to create my pins and other social media.




The Blog Fixer

If you blog or have a website and use affiliate links or are tired of trying to keep up with all of the various SEO changes and updates and rules and regulations, you need The Blog Fixer.


A keyword search is essential to maximize your blogging success. One of the best keyword search tools is Jaaxy.



Monetize Your Site

There are various ways that you can earn money online and many different ways in which you can build an entire business.

The most lucrative is Affiliate Marketing. Most bloggers receive a substantial portion of their income from Affiliate Marketing. Affiliate Income is a form of passive income.

Amazon is my primary affiliate program. You can learn how to become an Amazon Associate at Amazon Affiliate Program.

Here are a few more affiliate sites.




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