What {I Suggest} You Need to Start Your Own Blog

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What {I Suggest} You Need to Start Your Own Blog

This is an ever changing list. The reason being when I find something I love and think you will, too, I want to tell you about it. Or, if I switch from one company to another, I want you to know why. Another reason might be because I found a more budget friendly option!

*This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on a link and make a purchase, I make a commission. It does not cost you anything extra, and I only recommend what I think you’ll love!*

What {I Suggest} You Need to Start Your Own Blog

Here’s the thing: I’m one of those people who likes to get allllll the information they can on a subject before they ever act on it. Blogging was no different. But I learned that everyone has advice, and it’s not all good.

Now, please understand I’m not telling you I have this wildly successful blog with millions of page views. I’m NOT saying I make a lot of money (I actually go red every month). However, I will share with you what I’ve learned that was actually helpful. And things I think you can use.

You find a million posts about starting a blog free, or cheap. And, that’s great. But. If you want a profitable blog, you’d better put a little cash flow into it. And into learning. Trust me. Having the right foundation saves you a lot of money in the long run.

All that in mind, these are the products or classes I recommend. Some are free, some will cost a little and some cost a lot. I personally use EVERYTHING on this list (as of the time I write this) and I’m only going to recommend what I’ve tried and what worked for me, not something to make a quick buck. So, if I recommend it, I think it’s worth it.

This is not an all-inclusive list. Plenty of other choices are out there! These are all just what I think you should use 😉


Hosting is the first thing you need to look into. With Bluehost, you can select your domain name (the name of your website) and get the ball rolling. Some people have had issues with them, but I’ve not had a problem and their customer service has always been super helpful.

After hosting, you’ll want to get yourself a theme. I recommend the Genesis parent theme and then you choose a child theme, that’s what gives your site the look (menus, headers, etc). I recommend going through StudioPress for this (NOT MOJO Marketplace with Bluehost). StudioPress has a lot of themes and they are super easy to set up.

Blog by Number

You know the color by number pages? The ones where the empty spaces have a number, and the number corresponds with a color? This is the blogging equivalent. Suzi at Start a Mom Blog has so many resources, free and paid, and I HIGHLY recommend her stuff. She’s amazing.

Building A Framework

If you have yet to start your blog, or you’re just beginning, this is an AWESOME resource to help with all the technical stuff. She walks you through setting up your Bluehost account, installing WordPress (you want wordpress.org, not wordpress.com, so that you’re self-hosted and have freedom with your site).

Elite Blog Academy

Here’s how much I love EBA: I’m not even an affiliate and I still recommend it! It’s only open a couple times a year. And YES, this is a huge investment. BUT, it is well worth it. Ruth walks you through the steps to making your blog successful and profitable. Tip: it does not go over the basics of beginning a blog, so you’ll want to have one set up (or an idea) before you begin this to make it easier.

And, I started a blog (with a completely different name and everything) and this course made me rethink all that. My ideas weren’t focused enough and I feel like that’s why I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted.


A Blog Planner

Sarah Titus just made a new blog planner, and it’s perfect for newbies! She has pages that tell you exactly what stats you should be tracking. There’s expenses, income, tax info, all sorts of useful pages. Print what you need, and the monthly calendars are not year specific, so buy once and you’re good to go!


They have free software to edit images, like adding text or overlays. You can also create images and save them as PDF for printables and whatnot. There’s a paid version that offers a few more things, but just starting out I like FREE and it works well.

Ivory Mix

I stumbled across this site looking for {affordable} stock photos. I’m paranoid about being sued over a “free” image, so I went looking for some that were legit. Some are rather pricey. And I’m no photographer, nor do I have a decent camera. But don’t worry, Kayla’s got you. She has packages you can buy or the membership (hint, hint) where you have access to her full library. Or, just sign up for the email and get free photos each month! She also has a fantastic branding course that I took and LOVED.


You need email. Trust me. I started with MailChimp (because it was free) but decided to switch to ConvertKit for the features they had. There’s no free plan, but it’s affordable and will pay out in the end.


You need BoardBooster. One of the best traffic sources is Pinterest. Pinterest likes for you to pin consistently. So, instead of manually pinning 100 pins per day, you can use Boardbooster. You set up secret boards, pin to those, then let BB do the work! Plans start at just $5 a month!

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