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This is the page where I share (and update) my favourite products/services/plug-ins/apps – anything which has helped me in life, whether it’s beauty related, or helpful for blogging.
I hope you’ll find some of these products useful too.
There are some affiliate links on this page, but these are all things I highly recommend.
How to Make Money Blogging
Do you want to learn how to make money with your blog?
My blogging friend Michelle from Making Sense of Cents has created a free 36-page ebook that you can sign up for.
She has earned over $1,000,000 through affiliate marketing on her blog, and really knows what she’s doing!
Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular ways to monetize your blog because it’s somewhat passive, and it’s something that can help your readers if it’s done well.
This ebook will teach you all about how affiliate marketing works, as well as give you 26 affiliate marketing tips so that you can get started.
You can sign up for free by clicking on my referal link here: Learn how to make money with Affiliate Marketing
The Business of Blogging
I use the Genesis framework from Studio Press on WP Engine.
The theme I currently use is the Mai Lifestyle Pro Theme.
Genesis is the foundation of any smart wordpress design and it helps me sleep easy at night! Trust me, I’m not technical at all. I love their smart, contemporary designs because they are SEO optimised and easy to implement.
My sites are hosted by Siteground.
In my opinion they are absolutely the best, and not expensive.
- You can choose different hosting options to suit your needs.
- Web hosting from $4.95 per month.
- They give brilliant, fast support.
- They are really helpful. The technical support team have helped me out of various sticky situations that I haven’t had the know how to solve and they’ve held my hand all the way through.
I totally recommend and love Siteground Hosting.
SEO and Keywords
For SEO and finding keywords I use Keysearch. Keysearch is easy to understand and use. It’s less expensive than most key word and analysis tools and most importantly it gets me results!
Get 20% discount – Use the code KSDISC at checkout using either of the links below:-
Check out the Keysearch Starter package.
or the Keysearch Pro Package.
Tailwind for Faster Pinning
I schedule my Pins with Tailwind.
If you want to schedule your Pins for Pinterest, this tool is indispensible. I use it everyday, and have seen my Pinterest referrals skyrocket. It’s a fabulous tool to save time and get more pins out there.
Click on the image below to find out more.
Photo Editing and Text Overlays
Canva – You can choose pre-designed templates or design your own.
Wordswag : Great for adding quotes in designer text to photos … especially for Instagram or Pinterest – on iOS and Android.
Want some simple photo editing tips? This post has an easy to follow tutorial about photo editing for beginners.
Skin Products I use and love
These are the skin products which keep my face looking peachy.
A trio of products called Elements consisting of a mousse Cleanser/Toner, Day Cream and Night Cream.
Check out prices with 20% discount here: Every Day Products : Elements
and the amazing Galvanic Spa. Your skin will thank you.
Helpful, not essential
How Many Shares: plug in your specific URL and find out how many social shares your post has received.
Wisestamp: create super slick email signatures – first one is free 🙂
Trello: a great tool to organise your to do lists and projects – easy to use and free.
Unroll Me: enter your email address to find out what you are subscribed to and easily unsubscribe.
Looking for Accommodation?
I have saved heaps of money when booking hotel and self catering accommodation with both Hotels Combined and Booking.com
Whenever we travel we take out travel insurance with Covermore.
Blogs that offer help
Journey Jottings – my blogging friend Linda Fairbairn creates the most delightful travel products on which you can visually record your journeys, holidays and road trips.
Digital Nomad Wannabe – Sharon has tons of information about how to become a digital nomad and how to make money from blogging – “How to create your dream life online.”
Styling You – Nikki is the oracle when it comes to everyday style.
yTravel Blog – Probably the biggest travel blog in Australia, great hands-on advice for Australia and worldwide.
Amanda Kendle – Amanda’s travel writing is softly philosophical, and her social media consultancy business offers great tips plus an online Travel Journal School. She also has a successful Podcast: The Thoughtful Travel Podcast.
ProBlogger – There’s always something to read about the business of blogging on this site.
Chris Richardson – For anything WordPress or Website Related and problems with Google Analytics – he is super helpful and has helped me out of sticky “Oh Crikey Help Me!” situations. Here’s what he can do: “My main service is managed WordPress setup. Where I essentially become the tech support for the blog/business. I do backups, updates and deal with your host etc on your behalf should things go bad. I also do small tech fixes and so on for a monthly fee but can also do bigger coding work if needed. That service is setup as a monthly fee and gets me there on call should things go wrong saving people from googling for hours and hours trying to fix things themselves.”
Tips and Advice on where to go in Western Australia
The ZigaZag Mag – I couldn’t leave out my own travel blog about Western Australia, could I 😉 Pop over for a slice of West Australian life and tips and advice on where to go and what to see and do.
Life Images by Jill – This is a great guide to everything West Australian.
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Disclaimer: There are some links to affiliate sites on this page, and if you purchase from them I stand to earn a small commission but at no cost to you.