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WP Kind

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.

 Meghan lives and breathes WordPress every day, and believes that anyone, however technically challenged, with a bit of time, a bit of patience and a bit of kind help should be able to create a successful blog with it. 

Come and join Meghan’s email list where she will send you lots of goodies to make your life easier with WordPress.

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Tracie Forbes

Tracie has been blogging for more than 11 years! After selling her first site for more than six figures, she started teaching others how they too, can set up and run a profitable blog. She approaches teaching differently than most as she believes in not only the “why” but also ensures everyone learns the “how-to” aspects as well. Upon completion of any of her courses, you’ll have a clear understanding and know exactly what to do to implement what you’ve learned.

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Carly Cbell

Want to get the Most Pinterest traffic for the Least effort?

No doubt about it, this is a lifesaver, so get over there and save yourself a lot of stress, hours, or fiddling and worry to get your pins correct.  Carly has done all the work for you. 

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Debbie Gartner

SEO for bloggers!  Debbie has incredible and very successful SEO Ebooks

Your one and only SEO contact to use for anything SEO related.  The best of best to my mind for SEO courses and resources.

Debbie Gartner runs a successful home decor blog as TheFlooringGirl.com.  She’s been blogging since 2010 and gets over 500,000 page views per month and earns over $20,000 a month.  She’s an esteemed blogger and has coached 100’s of bloggers on SEO, so you can not go wrong by following and getting her courses.

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Rank Math

You will be amazed at what can be achieved by using Rank Math. It’s built for

  • Bloggers
  • eCommerce Stores
  • Niche Sites
  • Businesses
  • Local Businesses
  • News Websites
  • Startups
  • The Real Estate
  • Artists & Photographers
  • Any WordPress Website

They have a FREE plan as well as a PRO and BUSINESS Plan.

You can check out their pricing structure and decide which will work best for you!

Take a look at Compare Free vs PRO vs Business.

To satisfy yourself to make sure you get the best deal look at the following comparison between Rank Math vs. Yoast and SEO

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Sasha Lassey

Everyday She’s Sparkling

Sasha from the Facebook Group Everyday She’s Sparkling shared with us her Blogger’s Best Bundle which has everything you need to get your blog up and running the right way from the start. It has step-by-step video lessons plus bonuses on branding your blog, finding the best deals as a new blogger, and how to manage a busy blogging schedule (with Trello templates).

Sasha Blogger’s Best Bundle

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CleanTalk 

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. 

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 its a thing and send a notification to the CleanTalk cloud to check out your visitor and analyze all relevant parameters to make sure that it’s 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 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.

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Being Creative

Done for you printables. Discover the most perfect printables.  Hope you will enjoy these.

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Lucrezia & Marina

Lucrezia & Marina help new bloggers start and run a successful blog to make money blogging. Join today and learn how to blog profitably and legally. 

Blogging for New Bloggers

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WP TASTY

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. 

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Aweber

AWeber - Email service logo

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.

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Lastpass

Lastpass

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.


Canva

Canva

  • 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.

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Artsy Challenge

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Maria Silvo is a self-taught artist, product creator, and creative entrepreneur who runs Artsy Challenge.

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CartFlows

Get More Leads, Increase Conversions & Maximize Profits.
Simple & Affordable Pricing

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CloudWays

Need help with webhosting and give you time and freedom to focus on your business and avoid all the web hosting hassles?

Focus on your business and avoid all the web hosting hassles. Our managed hosting guarantees unmatched performance, reliability, and choice with 24/7 support that acts as your extended team, making Cloudways an ultimate choice for growing agencies and ecommerce businesses.

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Kayla Marie Butler

Ivory Mix Stock Photos

Kayla started Ivory Mix as a hobby, and turned it into a multi-six-figure business, and quit her 15-year career as an Interior Designer to help other Creative Experts start and grow their businesses so they can live an abundant creative life with revenue on repeat.

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Kara Fidd

Simplifying DIY Design

Certified graphic designer + full time blogger that specializes in marketing through jump-off-the-screen designs! Templates are my JAM and my passion is to create design tools and systems that you can use to implement your way to success in your digital business!

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MockupShots

This is an incredible awesome deal that I stumbled on and YES I am using this and you will see some of my work with these Mockups. You can access this and also get lifetime access for one small investment to work your magic with a 60% lower than normal.

You can use the mockups on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, in your newsletter, and in lots of other places, in fact wherever you wish to have an awesome and outstanding image to promote your work.

This is so much fun and you can even create videos and .gif mockups. You also have the ability to create your cover, then search by a specific topic (235 at present) for a design you like. This is so much fun to use and so professionally done. Do not miss out on this awesome opportunity.

Yes, it’s only $80.00 USD for unlimited lifetime access

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Kris Kimball

The Blog Fixer

Professional software developer turned wife’s WordPress technical support guru turned plugin developer. I created The Blog Fixer ™ plugin and have used it to apply many types of beneficial services to hundreds of WordPress blogs.

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Troy Ericson

The Email Paramedic

If you need help then read the following and see how Troy Ericson can help you with your Gmail Algorithm! I do not use Gmail as my email provider, but if you do give this a try and connect with Troy and see if he can help you.

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In Troy’s own words:
I write sales copy & emails that convert even the coldest of traffic… I’ll also help you get your emails out of the spam folder & promo tab.

Troy will write a custom code for you that will move emails from the Gmail Promo Tab to the Primary Tab, which results in substantially higher open rates & sales.

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Sven Nilsen 

The Free Website Guys

Websites we build. Super fast, mobile optimized, and SEO ready

Apply now and the Website Guys will review your application and see if you’re a good fit. If so, they will assign you a Senior Developer and build your website, for free!

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