All your Favorite Resources, Courses, and Services for Bloggers
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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.
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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Mariam is the the founder of Freelance & Marketing website. This website was born as a hobby and a way to spend her time. However, she soon realized that she could turn this into a legitimate business.
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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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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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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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You will be amazed at what can be achieved by using Rank Math. It’s built for
- eCommerce Stores
- Niche Sites
- Local Businesses
- News Websites
- 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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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).
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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, this fantastic plugin, called CleanTalk will kick into action and do its 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 Captcha, 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 more descriptively, 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
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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.
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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?
I would guess 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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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 need an email provider, do not hesitate to try them and use my Referral Code.
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.
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Maria Silvo is a self-taught artist, product creator, and creative entrepreneur who runs Artsy Challenge.
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Do you 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.
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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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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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 get lifetime access to 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 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 for unlimited lifetime access
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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Get unlimited lifetime access to the largest instant book mockup archive all for only $198! MockupShots features a variety of styles of images to promote and sell your book on any platform or medium.
Canva Pro is the design software that makes design simple, convenient, and reliable. Create what you need in no time! Jam-packed with time-saving tools that make anyone look like a professional designer.
AppSumo is the store for entrepreneurs. We curate essential software deals that every entrepreneur needs to run their business.
Pinch of Yum
Over 13,000 people have taken the Pinch of Yum food photography and stepped up to the next level by using the Tasty Food Photography system. It’s jam-packed with tips, tricks, and video tutorials to learn how to take better food photos for your blog or business.
Blogging Made Easier
Blogging is Hard and Overwhelming!
I try to make it easier by sharing what I have learnt. So irrespective of whether you are a new blogger or an intermediate one – you will definitely find something that interests you. Here I share tips and provide services to take your blog to the next level.
I can help you Transform Your Vision and goals into Actual Results! So if you need anything or have any questions contact me
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Do you need help with your Internal Links when you write your blog posts? Do you know that they can help boost your ranking as Google sees all sorts of content that is intertwined and related? These link/s tell them what your site is about and can boost the content’s value, improving ranking.
You need to link to related posts within your article. They have to connect to what you’ve written.
- If you like, you can use manual linking. You will add links as they make sense in your posts, but manual linking is labor intensive.
- To do manual linking, you need to keep a spreadsheet in word or .xls or whatever format you prefer of each and every post you’ve written on your site (which can be numerous once you have been blogging for years. As you write new content, you will have to revert to this ever growing sheet to find the relevant article/s you wish and need to link to. I have been told the best would be to try and link to at least 3 other posts if at all possible.
- OR, you can opt to use a plugin like Link Whisper.
You will start by writing your post, and this nifty plugin, called Link Whisperer will check for posts and options for adding internal links. You are not obligated to use the suggestions, you can link or not as Link Whisperer gives you total control. To my mind, this is the easiest and simplest way to remember to use internal links.
Link Whisperer also has an auto-populate feature. All you need to do would be to enter a specified keyword phrase you wish to link to a specific article, and then Link Whisperer will search for them and update your posts with said links!