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Best Blogging Tools And Resources For A Better Lifestyle Blog

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Every amazing blog you see and admire utilizes different tools and resources to ensure it keeps on growing great. So what blogging tools and resources do we use here?

This is a lifestyle blog and in this article, I’ll share the significant blogging tools and resources every lifestyle blogger should use in his or her own blog.

This is based on the blogging tools I’ve used over the years.

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1. WordPress 

Top on our list of the best blogging tools and resources is a blogging platform. We use WordPress- thus we can highly recommend it!

WordPress is the easiest and the most user-friendly blogging platform I’ve come across. It is so easy to use that you have no need to learn coding for you to start a blog on WordPress.

I started this blog on a free WordPress plan until I was ready to go self-hosted.

2. Siteground For Hosting

Siteground is a hosting platform that is highly recommended for blog hosting by a lot of great bloggers.

You can read this post on EntineMuki.com where a lot of bloggers agreed that Siteground wins.

Get started with Siteground at $3.95 monthly.

Note:

Apart from SiteGround, I also appreciate WP Engine because apart from their good hosting service, you get the Free Themes and the Genesis Framework offered.

You can have a look at WP Engines HERE

3. A Visual Theme

A lifestyle blog is a very visual blog full of images and videos if available. It is also very chic, clean, and user-friendly.

That means that any lifestyle blogger needs a beautiful WordPress theme.

I use the Hello Blush Theme by Hello You Designs. They have tons of feminine themes that are very function-heavy ensuring that you can literally add anything to your site. For example: a shop, sliders, inbuilt affiliate widgets, excerpts.

Hello You Themes require the Genesis framework in order to function. If you’re not convinced about using Genesis, here is an ultimate guide to understanding the Genesis framework. Genesis themes are faster hence ensures your site takes the shortest time possible to load.

Get the Genesis Framework HERE

Apart from Hello You themes, there are other feminine themes you can use for your lifestyle blog. For example:

4. Plugins Every Lifestyle Blog Requires

Blogging Tools And Resources For Every Amazing Lifestyle Blog

a. The Yoast Plugin

After setting up your site with a good theme, it is important to install the Yoast plugin.

Why is it so important?

The Yoast plugin helps you to easily optimize your posts to ensure you deliver quality posts worth ranking on search engines.

When publishing the post, try and ensure that the Yoast buttons turn green.

If you’re completely new to writing good posts, upload the piece you’ve prepared and followed all the suggestions provided by Yoast as you edit the whole content.

With time, you’ll be more conversant in writing great content.

b. The WPForms Plugin

WPForms is a great form builder for WordPress.

With WPForms, you can create contact forms, survey forms, signature forms, guest post submission forms, and many other types of forms.

The best part is that you can turn all the forms conversational to make them interactive. That way, users don’t get bored as they fill in your forms. Now that’s so clever!

c. Google Analytics and Google Search Console

No blogger should neglect their statistics if they have to do better.

That is why you should consider having Google Analytics installed on your site and learn to interpret the search console statistics about your blog.

Good enough, you can online lessons on SkillShare to understand more about Google Analytics. Using my link, you can get your free two months on SkillShare.

5. Researching & Writing Tools

d. Grammarly

Grammarly is a writing app that allows you to proof-read your content to ensure it’s mistake-free, clear, and effective. This is every writer’s must-have!

Grammarly Writing Support

e. Keyword Research Tools

While there are so many keyword research tools in the market – some paid, some free –  there are keyword research tools that I personally love using.

These include:

  • Ubersuggest
  • Answer The Public – This amazing keyword tool allows you to find out what questions and queries your consumers have by getting a free report of what they’re searching for in Google. This makes it so easy for you to prepare content that is being searched for- in the easiest way possible.

    Best Blogging Tools And Resources For A Better Lifestyle Blog

    Pinterest Trending Search Area

  • Pinterest Trending Search Area – Don’t sit on this if Pinterest is one source of traffic to your blog (it should be). Always write about these topics if they are related to your niche and start promoting them ASAP on Pinterest.

6. Courses & eBooks 

After starting your lifestyle blog, one has to keep on learning as much as possible to ensure your blog grows to the point that you can eventually earn income from it.

Here are some of the courses I’ve taken that have proven fruitful:

a. Elaine Rau’s How To Make Money Blogging Course

In the course, Elaine Rau shares her background into successful blogging, tips and resources she used to grow her blog.

She gives actionable steps that her students can follow in order to build a successful blog.

b. Elaine Rau’s How To Make Money As An Influencer Course

Bloggers are influencers too. Thus, if you’d want to learn about nailing social media {Instagram included} plus your blog to the point of influence and making good money, you can start here.

c. Ell Duclos Pinterest Course

Are you a beginner who completely understands nothing about Pinterest? Then here is the course for you.

This course breaks down every single detail you need in order to understand Pinterest to ensure you start getting traffic to your blog as soon as possible.

d. The Ultimate Pinterest Guide by Emily

Thinking of 5, 000 clicks per day and 150,000+ page views per month?

Then this course by Emily will teach you the art of reaching millions of people using Pinterest- eventually, you’ll learn how to improve your website clicks and seriously nail Pinterest.

e. Amazon Affiliate Affluence

This eBook shows you how you can make money online through affiliate marketing on Amazon.

The eBook shows you how to get approved on Amazon, how to write optimized blog content that generates sales, and strategies to make money on Amazon.

f. Get Paid To Pin

Here is another amazing Pinterest eBook that also shows you how you can make money off affiliate marketing on Pinterest- essentially, you can make money on Pinterest, with or without a blog.

The eBook also gives you a list of 35+ affiliate programs to join and 430+ popular group boards to join on Pinterest for maximum reach.

g. Skillshare

Skillshare is an amazing online course platform offering thousands of courses online!

If you desire to be knowledgeable about just any topic, Skillshare is the place to be- from fashion, beauty, photography, wellness, home decor, design, SEO, writing, proofreading, blogging to general lifestyle.

Good enough, once your sign up, you get 2 free months! So, what are you waiting for? Get Skillshare NOW!

7. Tailwind For Pinterest

Tailwind is a Pinterest-approved scheduling tool that helps you to schedule pins for publishing at the best times for maximum exposure.

Also, Tailwind has a feature- Tailwind Tribes and these are groups where different pinners share each other’s’ pins. This is really helpful for viral traffic!

The Tailwind Create feature also allows you to create and edit pin graphics right within the platform. It automatically designs pin graphics for you! With the Free plan, you can design up to 15pins per month.

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8. Ezoic Ad Network

Ever since the Google Adsense hitch that saw tons of bloggers losing hundreds of dollars in ad income, I sought another Ad network to join and I found Ezoic Ads.

Ezoic is so good if you haven’t hit the mark for Media Vine. And I want to believe that with tons of traffic, you earn even better with Ezoic Ads.

What do I love about Ezoic? Their ads are so relevant to your type of search content, and also, they have really clean ad locations. This ensures visitors to your site don’t get pissed off and bounce off your site.

9. Affiliate Programs To Join 

Apart from Ads, bloggers also make money online through affiliate marketing.

Some of the affiliate programs to join include:

This affiliate network allows you to promote a bundle of digital products like eBooks, printables, and online courses in a pack.

This is a lifestyle affiliate marketing network that includes brands that promote fashion, beauty, and home décor.

With ShopStyle Collective, you can easily create affiliate links and widgets to share with your followers.

You can easily monetize your Pinterest profile apart from your blog by directly sharing shoppable posts on Pinterest.

It is an online marketplace where you can access graphics, WordPress themes, stock photography among other digital goods for use by web creatives. 

  • Amazon
  • Ezoic Ads if you monetize your blog with their clean ads.

Blogging Tools And Resources For Every Amazing Lifestyle Blog

10. Sponsored Post Platforms 

a. Octoly

If you desire to work with amazing cosmetic brands, then Octoly is here for you! You simply need to pitch to brands and if accepted to a campaign, you’ll receive the products and you’re expected to review the products within 28days. I cherish this platform!

You can also activate your profile to receive paid campaigns.

b. Intellifluence

Perhaps the best influencer networks I’ve joined so far. While the platform offers a ton of opportunities ranging from product endorsements, reviews, and brand content creation, I’ve been a fan of having sponsored content for brands on my blogs.

The rates differ according to the particular brand. But personally, I’ve been able to make between $20-$190 per article.

c. Influenster

This review platform allows you to receive cosmetic products from brands, and once you receive the products in an Influenster Vovbox, you’re required to test them and review them on Influenster, Sephora, your social media channels, and wherever else you’ll be required according to the campaign.

The more you review more products, the more you unlock opportunities to review more products and also, build a portfolio.

d. Influence.Co

This platform is great for product exchange and paid opportunities. You can browse collaborations that they list, and brands can message you directly!

Blogging Tools And Resources For Every Amazing Lifestyle Blog

11. Photography & Editing 

a. A Good Laptop or Desktop

Having a laptop is just so essential for any blogger(yes, you may also have a desktop).

I personally use the HP Elitebook Pro. Apart from a laptop, consider having laptop covers plus a laptop bag to ensure your laptop’s safety.

b. Photography Gear

As a blogger, you can always hire a photographer but this turns out to be costly in the long run.

That’s why as soon as you can you should start saving up for your own photography gear.

I personally use the Nikon D5300 with a 55mm lens for my pictures that I got from KEH- The Photographer’s Marketplace.

Apart from this DSLR, your complete photography gear should include a power bank, camera lensexternal flashmemory card holdercamera strapstripod with legs and the headcamera remote (especially if you’ll be shooting by yourself), lens cleanerextra memory cardsmemory card readerexternal hard drive and a camera bag.

I bought mine from KEH- The Photographer’s Marketplace who can also guide you in regards to getting a perfect lens for all your photography needs.

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It is also important to note that there are some smartphones like the iPhone XS, Oppo F11 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 which will give such awesome shots. At times, I use my smartphone, the Huawei P30 Pro.

c. Lightroom

Lightroom is an editing software that allows you to edit your photos and give them beautiful shades using filters/presets that you can create and save for use at any other later time.

If you want to create a particular aesthetic for all your photos, then Lightroom is the way to go.

They have a mobile app that is so easy to use plus a laptop/desktop software too.

d. Stock Photos

As a blogger, stock photos really come in handy at times when we don’t have the right images for a post.

While there are so many sites for stock photos, we have Unsplash and Pixabay where you can access stock photos for free, Getty Images can be used for free if you choose to embed the photo on your site-otherwise, they have a premium plan.

We also have Shutterstock, Creative market, and Abode Photos where you have to subscribe at a membership fee.

12. Graphic & Video Creation

a. Canva

Canva is a design software plus app that allows you to create beautiful graphics for all your design needs. You can also create smaller ebooks on Canva. 

And now that Pinterest has embraced video pins, Canva is a great tool to make proper video pins. This feature, however, is available for premium users of the platform.

This is every blogger’s must-have!

b. Lumen 5

Lumen 5 is a video creation platform that’s helpful in producing shareable video content. If you’re using Pinterest to drive traffic, you’ll need this goldmine of a platform.

In this case, you can manually create videos on Lumen 5, or Lumen 5 will automatically convert your blog posts into videos using your RSS feed.

If you’re a blogger, it’s even better because you can easily create videos using your blog posts on Lumen 5.

Lumen5’s basic features are free, and if you need advanced features like no Lumen5 branding, 720P video, or even 1080P video output, you can upgrade to one of their premium plans which starts at $19 per month.

c. Veed

Veed is a video editing tool that allows you to create and edit awesome videos for use on all platforms. They have a wide range of fonts to help you add amazing subtitles to your videos.

And the best part is that you can create striking Instagram Reels videos for posting on Instagram, Tiktok, or even on Pinterest!

The free plan allows you to create up to 10minutes of video content with watermarks but once you upgrade to the Premium plans, starting at $12 per month, you can enjoy all Pro features.

Blogging Tools And Resources For Every Amazing Lifestyle Blog

Well, what are some of the blogging tools and resources you’ve used from the list? Which ones can you also add to the list?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below…

Hugs!

Dalene.

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Comments

  1. Maureen says

    Wow! These are pretty detailed guides. I’ll be saving it for my girlfriend who is getting ready to start her blog.

  2. Joanna says

    I think that each blog uses its own resources. I am done with unreliable hosting so I switched on a private server to speed up my website and have support every day and night. After you reach a certain number of users, shared hosting will cause your website to be down a lot.

  3. Emily Fata says

    Thank you for sharing such an incredible round up of tips and tricks for lifestyle bloggers! All of these are extremely helpful both to someone just starting, as well as more veteran bloggers, as well.

  4. David Elliott says

    Definitely bookmarking this page to come back to it at a later date. I am checking out some of the sponsored platforms I never heard of. I’m a part of Heartbeat but I didn’t know about the other ones. And the WPForm sounds interesting trying to create forms. Now If I just had somewhere I felt comfortable making press kits it would be all better. 🙂

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      You should check Plug Xomad out- super stuff! And yeah, WPForms have amazing stuff to create forms,and they are always rolling out more and more stuff.
      Thanks for stopping by David!

  5. Todd Smidt says

    This is AMAZING!!! Thanks for putting it together and sharing it! What do you think is the best resource for a person just starting out is?

    • Dalene Ekirapa says

      Thank you Todd: I would say a good blogging and hosting platform, yoast plugin, WPForms, a good theme, WP Smush ànd as you go by, start learning more through courses and ebooks or from authority sites.

  6. Khushboo says

    That’s a very informative and helpful post. I appreciate your efforts. This post will help many of us

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