Blogging Resources

Starting out in the wide world of blogging can be stressful, confusing and overwhelming. There are unending things to learn, constant updating, and so much more that goes into creating a quality blog post. If you want to grow your casual blogging into a business, there are steps to take, people to listen to, and research to perform.

Hi, I’m Jeremy, the writer and creator of the totally awesome Go Ask Your Daddy: A site where you can pick up some super cool blogging tips, learn about new products, and maybe a little about the fun and follies of being a dad of 4 kids in today’s world.

If you are starting to get serious about turning your blog into a profitable business (yes, it can be done!), you need all of the right tools, resource, tips, and tricks. Below, I’ve provided a comprehensive list of all of my favorite blog posts, affiliate programs, tools, and tricks just for you. Feel free to share with your followers and help me grow the list.

Please bookmark this page and return often as I will be regularly updating it as I come across great blogging tools!

This resource page contains affiliate links of products I truly love and recommend. I will get a small commission to help me keep this blog up and running if you click on one of those links and make a purchase. 

Blogging Resources

Affiliate Marketing & Earning Income

Affiliate Programs

  • 1st in Coffee – 1stinCoffee sells trusted coffee machines of nearly every brand and type. Customers can shop for coffee (ground and whole bean), espresso machines, coffee makers, grinders and accessories. A refurbished machine category offers huge savings.
  • American Debt Enders – ADE is a Consumer Credit Counseling Referral Company, a member in good standing of NETCHECK, with no complaints, operating in 46 states providing free credit counseling.
  • Animoto – Animoto makes it easy to create professional videos on the web and on the go. Animoto believes that video is the most powerful way to communicate what you care most deeply about — whether that’s your catering business, your dog Fluffy, or penguin conservation in Antarctica. That’s why Animoto spends an inordinate amount of brainpower to build products that make it easy, fun, and cost-effective for anyone to create professional videos on a computer or mobile device.
  • Book Outlet – Book Outlet has been in business for over 10 years selling books all over the world.  Books are offered at 50-90% off the list price. Book Outlet offers 10% commission, a 45-day cookie, seasonal and monthly promotions, performance incentives, full data feed, and dedicated program management
  • Blurb – Make your own professional-quality books, magazines, or eBooks. They offer 15% commission per sale and a 120 Day Tracking Cookie.
  • Calendars.com – Calendars.com is the world’s biggest and best calendar store. They carry 8000+ Wall Calendars, Desk Calendars and Engagement Calendars in formats for every interest and occasion.
  • Candy Club – Candy Club is one of my newer merchants, but offers a monthly subscription service to deliver the freshest candies right to your door. They offer $20.50 commission on all 1, 6 and 12 month subscription sales, $30.00 commission on all 6 and 12 month prepaid subscription sales, one free Candy Club package to review on your blog/site upon request, and a bonus commission structure based on your performance. See my Candy Club review. 
  • Cricut – Cricut.com offers Cricut® machines, 50,000+ images to cut, and project supplies ranging from cardstock to iron-on film—plus inspiration, ideas, and a creative community!  The Cricut Explore™ machine lets anyone create amazing DIY projects. With world-leading technology, we make it easy for novices and professionals alike to make something they can feel proud of. Cricut offers a 12% base commission and 15% commission on orders $100+, a 45 day cookie, $10 affiliate referrals, award-winning affiliate management team from Acceleration Partners, and weekly newsletters with promotions, incentives, and the latest offers designed to help affiliates earn higher commissions.
  • FreshBooks – FreshBooks is the #1 cloud accounting solution designed exclusively for small business owners who bill for their time. Let your visitors know about FreshBooks so they can join the other 10 million businesses worldwide who use FreshBooks to make paperwork a breeze.
  • Gazelle – Gazelle is the nation’s leading consumer electronics reCommerce site, providing an easy, fast and safe way for consumers to get cash for their used electronics or buy certified pre-owned devices at an affordable price and without any strings attached.
  • Gymboree, Crazy 8, Janie and Jack – Gymboree’s clothing and accessories are created to celebrate kids being kids in unique, head-to-toe looks. Gymboree clothing is designed with colorful, high-quality fabrics and detailed touches throughout. Crazy 8 offers fashionable outfits at a great value for girls and boys, sizes 3M to 14. Janie and Jack offers classic children’s clothing rich in fabric, design and detail for girls and boys up to size 12 online. Heirloom-quality looks feature finely-crafted details such as hand-embroidery, hand-smocking and special prints.
  • Just Candy & WH Candy – Just Candy makes every occasion sweeter with our great selection of personalized candy favors and bulk candy line every color and candy type. Custom orders ship in one day and our prices are unmatched! 3% commission on all goods.
  • Little Passports – Little Passports delivers a travel adventure right to your door! Choose from the Early Explorers (ages 3-5), the World Edition (ages 6-10), or the USA Edition (ages 7-12). Each subscription will have your child rushing to the mailbox, waiting for packages highlighting a new global destination or US state. They’ll receive letters, souvenirs, pop-out models, activities, stickers and more. Inspire a life-long interest in travel, language and world cultures with Little Passports!
  • NFL Shop  –NFLShop.com is the official online store of the National Football League and offers the biggest selection of officially licensed NFL apparel and merchandise online. They offer up commissions of up to 6% of sales, a 7 day cookie, 50,000+ product datafeed, top name brand products including Nike, New Era, Mitchell & Ness Cutter and Buck and more + authentic collectibles from Fanatics Authentic, great tools for bloggers and social media affiliates, great selection of text links and banner ads as well as “build your own” capability using Product Showcases, Make A Page and Custom Link builder, and dedicated management by Wade Tonkin.
  • ShareASale – popular affiliate marketing platform used by thousands of merchants and bloggers.
  • Tailwind – Tailwind is the leading visual marketing suite for brands and bloggers.
  • Tidy Living – Tidy Living is the leading manufacturer and supplier of home storage, organization, garment care and laundry accessory products. Their high-quality products enable users to simplify and enhance their quality of life. 6% commission on all goods.

Blog Post Idea Generators

Blogging Platform

Computer Tools/Utilities

  • Hootsuite – I use Hootsuite to automate my blog posts to my Facebook fan page and my Twitter account. I also bulk-schedule my Facebook group thread posts ahead of time with this app. There are some limitations with the free version, but if you want to schedule your posts at the most optimal time possible, Hootsuite does a great job.

Domain Name Registration

  • Namecheap –  Namecheap is the industry’s favorite domain registrar, web host and SSL provider.

Facebook Groups for Bloggers

Graphic Design

  • Canva – Canva is a free graphic design and image editing app that many, many bloggers use. They don’t offer as many features and tools as PhotoShop, but they are perfect for bloggers who are looking for a quick design or image. I use Canva whenever I update my Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ cover photos.
  • Gimp – Gimp is a free image-editing software very similar to Adobe Photoshop. If you aren’t looking to spring for a paid service, Gimp gives you all the essential editing tools you need.
  • PicMonkey – PicMonkey is a free image and graphic design application similar to Canva. Again, it doesn’t offer nearly as many tools as paid applications, but does a very good job and suits the needs for most bloggers.

Web Hosting

Mailing List Management

Managing Blog Income and Expenses

Capital One Spark Business Checking – A free small business bank account I use for my blog income. Enjoy no monthly transaction limits, service fees, or minimum balances. It’s been a lifesaver for me!

PayPal – The most popular (and best) money transfer software available. Most of the income I receive from sponsored posts and other paid opportunities come to me through PayPal. PayPal makes it easy to transfer between accounts, and usually arrives in my bank account within 1 business day.

Wave Apps – Free online accounting software I use to track income and expenses.

Marketing Your Blog

Pinterest Group Boards

Productivity Tools

  • Evernote  – Organize your work and declutter your life. With Evernote on your desktop and mobile devices, your notes are always with you and always in sync.

Proofreading Tools

  • Grammarly – Grammarly is the world’s leading software suite for perfecting written English. It checks for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and suggests citations.

Starting a Blog

Stock Image Sites

Social Media

WordPress Plugins

  • Askimet – helps defend against spam comments
  • Header and Footer – post and page hook plugin
  • Jetpack – adds a mountain of functionality to your WordPress site. A MUST install.
  • Yoast SEO – SEO management plugin.

WordPress Themes

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