There is so much to learn when you start blogging. Don’t panic, you just need to chip away and learn as you go. Luckily, if you have the right tools, you can know your hard work won’t go to waste. That’s why I pick products and services that are reliable and well-respected.
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Web Design – StudioPress
I wanted a website with reliability and a good reputation for stability and function. That’s why I chose to do a Genesis Framework with a the Refined Pro Theme. WordPress does a great job of offering combinations.
If you plan on making multiple websites, the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package is your best bet as you get all their themes for one single purchase.
Web Hosting – Siteground
If you want to make money from your blog, it is absolutely essential to have a self-hosted website and that means using a service like Siteground. I used them to purchase my domain, set up my WordPress account and start blogging! From the start, Siteground has been easy to navigate and with my GrowBig plan, the customer service has been fantastic when I couldn’t quickly find the answer. Check it out at Siteground.
I recently signed on with ShareASale and it couldn’t be easier to find merchants, affiliate links, and banner ads for a variety of merchants. Don’t waste your time searching millions of websites for the ‘right’ person to ask about the affiliate program. This puts you directly in touch with merchantmen. I have found that some programs, like Etsy, do not sign affiliates with new bloggers but there are plenty to take their place. I take the affiliate programs seriously and only join ones that I know I can support. Take a look around ShareASale to see if it fits your blog.
I also signed on with Rakuten Marketing. Their interface is a little difficult to navigate but they have some great merchants. I don’t want to recommend products that aren’t reliable and/or helpful. So when I saw they had some of my favorites shops, it was a no-brainer.