All your Favorite Resources, Courses and Services for Boggers
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When you first start your blog with WordPress, there is so much to learn. It can be overwhelming. Meghan Nicholas is the founder of WPkind.com, a place to discover practical WordPress tips and tutorials for beginner bloggers.
Come and join Meghan’s email list where she will send you lots of goodies to make your life easier with WordPress.
Courses via ThriveCart – Penny Pinchin Mom Media LLC
Kayla from Ivory has lots to offer. You can sign up and learn her courses and you can also be a VIP Vault member and receive 70+ new content creations monthly, including photos, Canva templates, captions that convert and workshops.
I quote below what Ivory Mix does and stand for:
Ivory Mix™ is a Creative Visual and Content Creation Studio dedicated to empowering and inspiring digital makers, brave bloggers, flourishing brands, and social media marketers with resources, stock photos, and tips for growing, increasing their audience engagement and perfecting their content strategies.
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The Irish Twins Momma
Ashley is a mom of Irish twin boys who runs two blogs. One sharing recipes, SavingMealtime.com and the other parenting tips and tricks for twins and Irish twins, IrishTwinsMomma.com
She worked in the healthcare world for over a decade due to her goal to help others. Things are changing all around and she wanted to continue to help others succeed in their goals without becoming overwhelmed and giving up.
This is when her business the Virtual Momma was established. Ashley is an online business manager or some would say Tech VA that helps established educators, coaches, and course creators reduce the overwhelm and stress from day to day operations so more time can be spent on money-making tasks and less on the operations (and administrative) aspects.
Day to day operations can include project and team management, as well as if the ball gets dropped by a team member she will hop right on in to make sure you meet deadlines while over-delivering on quality and expectations.
CleanTalk — Cloud services for websites
Have you ever wondered what on earth is CleanTalk and asked yourself: How does it work?
Well, let me try and explain what I found. The sequence of events that will follow:
You get a visitor coming to your site/blog and they want to leave a comment or sign up to your blog (yeah lucky you!). Once this happens then this fantastic and awesome plugin, called CleanTalk will kick into action and do it’s thing and send a notification to the CleanTalk cloud to check out your visitor and analyze all relevant parameters to make sure that its a human visitor, not a spam bot. If you received a visit from a nice human, his or her comment will be published and all good. Should you have the bad luck and get a spam bot checking in (they do so very often, see the images below from my site) this clever and amazing system will stop and block the comment and stop all spam dead in their tracks.
I did get a lot, and I mean a lot of spam, and they stop all types of spam. It is only $8USD per year with a 7-day free trial period. Another plus factor about CleanTalk, you do not need a Recaptcha (let me tell you, I am not keen on it, so maybe your visitors feel the same), so yeah, no Cpatcha, no questions, puzzles or quiz, CleanTalk just get to work and that’s it.
Blocking by Country is just one of many features available in the CleanTalk plugin. If you block any country, other options will continue to work properly. I checked and most of the spam for last week came from the Russian Federation, at 23% of the overall traffic, so I can should I choose to do it, block all traffic from the Russian Federation.
Another neat perk to my mind, when you sign up you can have CleanTalk check your system and comments retro and it will give you a list of past spam comments.
Another plus for me, CleanTalk also protects your site from rude and abusive words and foul language with cursing and hate speech and will send those comments to spam.
To conclude: This is an amazing Plugin at stopping all types of spam and I am a happy CleanTalk user!
Features as quoted by CleanTalk
I am unable to put the features in a more descriptive manner, so I quote and credit the below section directly as per CleanTalk.
- Private BlackLists – to block messages by IP/Email/Countries
- Blocking comments by “Stop Words” – to block messages with obscene words
- SpamFireWall – to block all inbound HTTP/HTTPS spam traffic
- SSL Certificate – to protect your visitors’ confidential data
- WordPress Security – to protect against Brute-Force and includes Audit Log, Malware scanner, FireWall to filter access to your website by IP, IP Networks or Countries
Below find some images of the fist report I received via email showing me exactly what happened and how CleanTalk protected my site.
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ContentPilot / Studiorific
I recently purchased this Social Media Automation system, and can only say, WOW, this is absolutely a lifesaver for me. I have been searching for months and months and when I saw this, I knew this is the program I need.
I can schedule up to 12 different Social accounts, with unlimited scheduling, with a calendar view and image and video storage. You can use this for Facebook Page, Facebook Groups, Instagram, Twitter and Tumlr.
They have 3 different plans with different features:
Basic Plan, which I bought: One-time payment of $29 for lifetime access
Standard Plan: One-time payment of $99 for lifetime access
Premium Plan: One-time payment of $199 for lifetime access
Do yourself a favor, and look into this as soon as possible as the Basic Plan, which I bought is perfect.
Create, Share, Educate
This Facebook Community is for the 9-to-5 entrepreneur who wants to create systems for their business to reach a global potential of customers while working full-time. Join every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m PST for free Facebook live training. led by co-founder Faye Ducut Calangian.
Create, Share, Educate is created as a vehicle for entrepreneurs who have limited time, energy, and other resources available to spend on personal self-development. This group helps in the area of business, personal self-development, work-life-balance, and also has great resources and tools to find your niches to prosper and succeed in your business.
If you wish to check them out at Tinylovebug Teachable, School – Blogging for New Bloggers herewith my Affiliate Code to use when purchasing any of the Tinylovebug courses: 223291_ucjt_ppl Thank you in advance for your support and help.
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This is a fantastic feature to have on your blog when you share recipes. Your recipe has a set structure and Google loves it. Would you like it and have Google include it and show it as a search result when someone searches for a recipe? Yes OR No?
My guess would be that you will answer YES to the above. For that reason alone, it’s highly beneficial to use the WP Tasty plugin!
You can type it out in the body of your post, but having a recipe card that’s aesthetically pleasing and when laid out for sure has a benefit in that it will keep your readers on your page longer to read the full recipe and hopefully leave a comment and try your recipe.
I use Aweber as my email provider, and it is working great and it is easy to implement and design your own emails and templates as well as lead pages.
Should you require and in need of an email provider, do not hesitate to try them and you can use also make use of my Referral Code below.
LastPass remembers all your passwords across every device for free! Save a password once, and it’s instantly available on all your devices.
This is the best thing I have done, and I have tried others, but LastPass goes where I go and this will be my last, and did I mention, the best of all, it’s FREE! Yes, can do get paid versions as well.
- You won’t find an easier way to design an infographic
- Create standout posters
- Easy charts
- Customize and print new folded card templates
- Create a social media campaign
- And so much more to be done with Canva
Design anything in minutes with thousands of beautiful templates and images. Try Canva Pro FREE for 30 days or get Canva Basic for free. Cancel anytime.
Canva Pro – $12.99 CAD /month or $155.88 CAD billed yearly – save 23%
You need to use this, as it’s the best Grammar Checker and Punctuation Checker and will be a huge help when writing your blog posts and it wіll help you tremendously оn іmрrоvіng уоur wrіtіng skills.
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Add Grammarly for Chrome – It’s a free download
They have three plans you can choose from
- Free: Basic writing corrections
- Premium: Style and clarity improvements for writing at work and school. Starting at $11.66 per month
- Business Professional and clear communication for teams of 3 to 149. Starting at $12.50 per member/month
Scheduling Pins – Pinterest and Tailwind
Tailwind to the rescue: This has saved me many hours and I can promise you since I started to use Tailwind, my Pinterest game improved dramatically.
This will save you time scheduling to Pinterest, and yes you can schedule to Instagram as well. This will allow you to post at the best times for engagement, grow together with Tribes, get more actionable analytics. Start free!
Talking about Tribes: Tailwind is the answer when you join Talat and Esmé Tailwind Tribe
Hope to see you there soon.
I’ve been using the Shortpixel image optimization plugin for WordPress and it made my website load faster. It compresses your blog images by up to 90%, with no quality loss. Use the WP plugin. ShortPixel improves website performance by reducing image size. Save Time With Automation.
Do yourself a favor and sign up via Shortpixel and get access to 100 free credits each month + another 100 one-time credits, because of this invite.
Shortpixel will most definitely help and speed up your websites.
Stock Photos, and places to find great FREE stock photos
Death to the Stock Photo http://join.deathtothestockphoto.com/
New Old Stock http://nos.twnsnd.co/
Superfamous (requires attribution) http://superfamous.com/
The Pattern Library http://thepatternlibrary.com/
IM Free (requires attribution) http://imcreator.com/free
Jay Mantri http://jaymantri.com/
Women of color in tech https://www.flickr.com/photos/wocintechchat/
Public Domain Archive http://publicdomainarchive.com/
ISO Republic http://isorepublic.com/
Barred Owl – Picture Credit, My husband, Alwyn
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