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If you’re just getting your blogging business off the ground, I’m sure you’ve got all kinds of questions going through your mind. One of the main ones is probably “do I have the right tools and resources to help me manage all this stuff?” Well, maybe not those exact words but I know you get me.
At least that was one of the burning questions I had when I started my blogging business. You see, I thought all there was to running a blog biz was get website going, write some content and promote it on social media. Nothin’ to it, right?
But then when I realized my blog was just like any other business.
And that meant finding the right tools that will help me stay organized to keep up with all the responsibilities that comes with running a business.
Thankfully there are tools and resources – a bunch of them actually – to help you with your daily tasks.
Now, there are a lot of free tools out there that will work just fine. And personally – I don’t see anything wrong with using freebies as long as it’s going to do the job. But there will come a time when you will have to upgrade those free tools to support you as your blogging business grows.
The Top 9 Tools And Resources You Need To Run A Successful Blogging Business
Over the years I’ve tried plenty of tools – some free and some paid to run my business. I even put a resources page together to share the products and services I use and support.
But I thought I would narrow it down to my all-time favorites for you in this blog post.
So here is a list of tools and resources I currently use to manage my business. Some of these have a free and paid plan. All you would have to do is decide which version will support your needs.
Let me start with tools I recommend you use for your website.
When it comes to selecting a host for your website, you want a host that can support you as your business grows without worry about your site crashing.
WP Engine* offers managed website hosting and includes CDN and SSL certificates. They have free auto migration to migrate your existing WordPress site to their platform in a snap. And right now, you can save 20% on your first month’s payment!
The Genesis Framework for WordPress
You want your visitors to have the best user experience and you want it to have state-of-the-art security.
The Genesis Framework* was built to follow WordPress security best practices. And not only offers those extra bells and whistles but their themes are fully search optimized to that your site ranks well in the search engines.
And it’s the framework I use for my premium WordPress themes.
Legal Documents For Compliance
You also want to be sure you’re in compliance with the laws and regulations of the world wide web.
In May of this year the Data Protection Act was put in place to protect users within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).
The main goal of the GDRP (General Data Protection Regulation) is to give control to individuals over their personal data.
That means businesses must provide safeguards to protect personal data. We are also required to show transparency and provide the proper disclosures to let users know what kind of personal data we will collect and what we will do with it.
For Email Marketing Campaigns
No doubt you’re going to want to start a mailing list. I recommend Mailchimp. It’s free if you have less than 2,000 subscribers and user friendly. This is the service I currently use for our email campaigns.
By the way, when you join our mailing list, you’ll get a coupon code for 10% off the purchase of a WordPress theme – just thought I’d throw that in there. 🙂
To Manage Social Media
I’m sure you’re going to be sharing your content and promoting your business on social media. So you’re going to need a social media management tool to manage all your pages in one place.
I’ve been using Hootsuite Pro for about 5 years now. I’ve tried other tools like Buffer and Statusbrew in between but they just don’t offer the features that Hootsuite does.
With Hootsuite you can:
- Connect up to 10 profiles – including Instagram, where you can post directly on the platform without using an app on your device
- Integrate other programs like PromoRepublic and Tailwind
- Reply to comments and messages
- Use apps like Right Relevance Pro to search and share relevant content currently trending in the socialverse
- View and share content from your RSS feeds and Google Alerts in the Hootsuite dashboard
I can go on and on about Hootsuite but if you’d like to learn more about their plans and features check out the Hootsuite website.
Resource To Get Your Learn On
Last but not least – you want to continue to grow and soak up as much knowledge about WordPress.
When you have a self-hosted WordPress website you are in charge of troubleshooting technical issues that might come up. Thankfully there are lots of resources out there to get your learn on.
Here is a list of education sites I’ve used to learn about WordPress and coding.
Wrapping It Up
Those are the tools and resources I feel would help you grow and manage a successful blogging business. They have certainly helped me that’s for sure!
What tools are you using to run your blogging business? Tell me about them in the comments below.
And don’t forget to share this blog post on social media, I’d really appreciate it.