I’ve been blogging for several years both for fun and professionally and in that time I’ve learned a lot about blogging.
Since a lot of people ask me for advice, I’ve put together several resources for newbies including a guide to starting a blog. This page contains blogging resources I’ve used and found helpful over the years.
Blog Hosting & Domains
- Hostmonster – I used HostMonster for years and my sites have had little downtime. It’s comparable to all the major hosts that run 90% of blogs. For newbies? It’s perfect.
- Go Daddy – GoDaddy is one of the best for domain names. I purchase all my domain names through GoDaddy.
- WordPress – I’m a WordPress fan and always will be. It’s the best free content management system for blogs.
- WordPress.com – This is the free WordPress solution where you don’t need your own hosting.
- Blogger – Blogger is another free blogging platform, offered by Google.
Security & Malware Removal
- Sucuri – Security issues are a major hassle. Blogs get hacked – mine has been hacked and yours will be too if you blog long enough. Sucuri scans your blog every couple of hours and if you get hacked they remove the malware and fix your site asap. They saved my blog when it was hacked and I feel secure using their service. It costs a bit but it’s less than you would pay someone to dig through your site and fix it, plus you are covered for a full year.
Other Useful Blogging Tools
- Feedburner – This tool now owner by Google helps manage your RSS feeds
- Google Analytics – This great free tool from Google measures your blogs stats.
- Akismet – Askimet filters comment spam on your blog, it’s great with WordPress.
- Windows Live Writer – A great offline desktop blog editor. I LOVED using it.
- Mars Edit – Another offline desktop blogging editor, this one for Mac (I use it currently).
More Recommended Blogging Tools
Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera – I’ve used this camera for several years. It’s a great intro DSLR camera, cost effective and great for most photography situations. There is an updated version, the Nikon D60, which is a bit more expensive. I love Nikon cameras and highly recommend them.
Nikon 50mm f/1.4 – I love this little lens for food photography. It’s not cheap (it took me over a year to finally commit to buying it). If you plan to blog about food then you definitely need this lens for your camera.
Kiersten Frase, the awesome blogger behind Oh My Veggies, has created the ebook how to monetize a food blog to show you exactly how bloggers make an income from our blogs. It’s just $15 but will pay for itself in no time.
Becky from Blogging on the Side is a successful mom blogger who pays her bills thanks to her blog. She shares how other bloggers can make the passion of blogging become a profitable endeavor. The ebook Blogging On The Side: Where Passion Meets Profit is a great book for bloggers wanting to make some money from their blog. Click here to learn how you can make a profit from your blogging passion!
Helpful & Fun Blogging Conferences
Want something more to take you through successful blogging step by step from the beginning? If you’d like to create your own blog, see this alternative blogging guide.