Resources

The Best Trusted and Reliable Resources for Online Business Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Business Owners

This is an extensive list of resources that I 100% trust to give you the best information or services available on the web for the value. 

There is nothing that bothers me more than people selling courses on topics they have not proven themselves in, that are way too expensive and full of fluff. 

All of the following resources are affordable and packed with maximum value for the price you are paying. 

I have either paid for these products or services or if the time comes that I need to use them, I will not hesitate to spend money on them. 

Anything that I have not paid for, but I’m still recommending, is because the developer or service provider is a trusted resource that has proven they are reliable for producing valuable content at a fair price.  

If you purchase from any of these resources, I will receive a commission at no extra cost to you. I am an affiliate for these companies because I trust them to deliver on their promises. 

Resources for Bloggers

Stock Photos, Royalty Free Images, Vectors, Footage
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Stock Photos, Royalty Free Images, Vectors, Footage

Deposit photos is where I get all of my photos from. They have high quality images and when you purchase from them, you are purchasing the rights to use the images.

Make sure you read the disclosures to be sure you are using the images in a way that does not violate their terms. For instance, if you intend to sell their images on merch, be very careful you do not violate their terms.

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ConvertKit | Email Marketing for Online Creators
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ConvertKit | Email Marketing for Online Creators

ConvertKit is an incredible program that is very user-friendly. When I was learning, I went from not knowing the program at all to setting up an email sequence, sending out an email blast (they call them broadcasts), and setting up forms all in the first session.

It does have a monthly fee, but it is worth every penny. As a newbie blogger, you don't want to pay for a lot of extras and I know it can be tempting, but this is by far one of the best investments you will make.

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SiteGround: Quality-Crafted Hosting Services
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SiteGround: Quality-Crafted Hosting Services

Siteground is not just a service for me. They have been a sort of partner and IT helper. when I was a newbie blogger, I didn't know how to do anything. They have a chat function as a help resource that I used almost daily to figure out how to install certain things, or figure out the backend of WordPress.

They have saved me hundreds of dollars on services. You can set up your site, buy your domain, get privacy for your information connected to your domain, and get all kinds of help if you need it.

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The Simple Blogging Calendar
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The Simple Blogging Calendar

Tracy Lynn is so knowledgeable. She has created this awesome calendar for bloggers. When you are first starting out, it can feel like something I call "information soup."

You are bombarded with information and you have no idea where to start or what you should be focusing on. Tracy Lynn breaks it down into manageable steps.

What should you be doing and when. It is an incredibly valuable resource and it's a great price.

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100+ Lead Magnet Ideas
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100+ Lead Magnet Ideas

Tracy Lynn came up with this lead magnet ideas resource that can really help if you are trying to figure out how to get traffic for your blog.

This is a fantastic resource to have in your library to refer back to when you need to figure out what your next steps are.

If traffic is low, pull it out and see if you can find something that is a good fit. With that many (100+) in there, you are sure to find something.

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Quick Fix | iMark Interactive
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Quick Fix | iMark Interactive

Grayson Bell is the man you want to talk to when you have an issue with your tech. He knows his stuff and is incredibly quick. Every time I have sent an email, I get a response within minutes. I LOVE that kind of service. I know a few other bloggers that swear by him. He is professional, quick, and knows what he's doing.

This quick fix one service is exactly what it sounds like. Click through to read more about it.

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Ready Set Blog for Traffic - Twins Mommy
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Ready Set Blog for Traffic - Twins Mommy

Elna is the BEST!!! When I first started writing, I followed her blog because she has all kinds of free resources that are incredibly helpful. I took one of her courses and signed up for all of her groups. She never stops pumping out valuable content and her paid resources are packed FULL of valuable information!!

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WordPress Site Speed Service
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WordPress Site Speed Service

Grayson will do an evaluation of your blog for speed. Speed is a huge factor when getting people to stay on your site longer. Having a quicker site can lower your bounce rate and increase your dwell time. I've seen people get a traffic boost as soon as their site speed increases.

Site speed is not to be taken lightly, it is a huge factor for SEO. Grayson can help you get your site speed up in no time.

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Beginner Blogger Tune-Up
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Beginner Blogger Tune-Up

This inexpensive and quick tune-up is perfect for the beginner blogger.

You've spend hours and hours working on your blog and getting all the plugins, widgets, themes, builders, and more set up on your site. But now you've read that plugins can interfere with each other and you may have issues with security.

Send Grayson Bell a quick email and he will get you fixed up in no time. He responds quickly, is an expert, and will get your new blog up to snuff in for you so you can stop worrying.

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Pinterest Perfection Masterclass - Twins Mommy
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Pinterest Perfection Masterclass - Twins Mommy

Elna knows her stuff. I have not taken this class, but I highly recommend anything from Elna. She knows her stuff and grew her business while raising small children. She is an invaluable resource of information and very relateable.

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5 Pinterest Pin Templates in 3 Sizes
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5 Pinterest Pin Templates in 3 Sizes

Image on Pinterest are so important. These templates can help you crank out attractive and clickable Pins quickly. I have not purchased this service, but I know others who have and they are very happy with it.

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Design Like a Pro with Canva
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Design Like a Pro with Canva

Learning how to design in Canva is a crucial skill if you are going to make quality images for your blog. Unless you know photoshop, or another design program, you need something like Canva to make images.

This is a crash course on how to learn Canva and will help you make better quailty images for your blog.

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Resources for Writers

Here are some great resources for freelance writers that are affordable and packed with value.  Many of the blogger resources can also apply here, but in the interest of not being redundant, I’ve only included the resources that are writer specific here. 

Recommended Resources for Writers

Writer Website in a Weekend
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Writer Website in a Weekend

Elna Cain is an amazing resource for writers. I have not taken this course because I already had a site, but every single resources I have purchased, read, or watched from Elna has been JAM PACKED with valuable information.

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Write Your Way to Your First $1k – Freelance Writing Course
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Write Your Way to Your First $1k – Freelance Writing Course

I took this course when I was ready to become a freelance writer. This course is exploding with valuable content.

Elna breaks every part of the business down into it's parts and explains everything you need to know to be a successful freelance writer.

She has created a course that could easily be sold for twice what she is selling it for.

My favorite part of this course is that she breaks down the process of not only writing great content, but how to consistently get clients, and how to price out your work.

At the end of the course, she provides you with all the steps you need to take to get the ball rolling quickly.

I can't say enough good things about this course. Elna updates it once in a while and I often refer back to it for a refresher.

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Ready Set Blog for Traffic - Twins Mommy
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Ready Set Blog for Traffic - Twins Mommy

Another great course from Elna. I have not taken this one, but it's next on my list of courses to take and I 100% believe it's worth every penny. It's on my to-do list.

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Elna Cain - Freelance Writer and Coach
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Elna Cain - Freelance Writer and Coach

This is Elna's Blog. She has a TON of free resources you can take advantage of before you jump into a paid resource, but I highly recommend skipping past reading tons and tons of articles and jump right to her paid resources. You will save yourself a ton of time.

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The Simple Blogging Calendar
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The Simple Blogging Calendar

If you are a writer with a blog, this blogging calendar by Tracy Lynn will help you get going. It helps you sift through what you should be doing and when.

One of the hardest parts of blogging is trying to figure out what you should be doing and when you should be doing it. This calendar takes the guesswork out of all of that.

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100+ Lead Magnet Ideas
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100+ Lead Magnet Ideas

Tracy Lynn came up with this lead magnet ideas resource that can really help if you are trying to figure out how to get traffic for your blog.

This is a fantastic resource to have in your library to refer back to when you need to figure out what your next steps are.

If traffic is low, pull it out and see if you can find something that is a good fit. With that many (100+) in there, you are sure to find something.

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