Below, you’ll find a list of blogging, business and project management tools for creatives and bloggers curated by me! I’ve done my best to negotiate deals and discounts for my readers, accessible via my links or codes listed below. Note, some of the products/services are affiliates (see my full disclosure HERE). That said, I only recommend services I love!
- I recommend Bluehost for all beginner bloggers and businesses because their hosting service is affordable and easy to use. Their hosting powers over 2 million websites online.
- Namecheap shared hosting is also a good option for beginners and there’s an option to pay month-to-month as opposed to paying everything up front. This is good for the financially conscious and in my experience, the customer service is helpful.
- My personal favourite, I recommend Siteground to all intermediate bloggers or entrepreneurs. The customer service is wonderful.
- NameCheap is my go-to place to get affordable domains, much better than GoDaddy. NC is easy to use and offers great customer service (24/7 support) and free WHOIS guard.
Email Service Providers
- MailerLite is an email service provider (ESP) great for new bloggers or small start-ups on a budget because of the free plan. You can get it free up to 1000 email subscribers.
- The content creator standard is ConvertKit. I recommend trying a free trial and if you love it, you should get the Creator Pass kit ($199 for 100 subscribers or less, or $299 for 1000 subscribers or less, for a year) which will help with strategy and launches.
Tailwind App is a marketing platform partnered with Pinterest and Instagram, and essentially it works to automate your visual presence online. Sometimes, you simply don’t have time to sit down and manually pin or post; you do the scheduling and Tailwind does it for you. Presently, because of the visual nature of Pinterest and Instagram, Tailwind helps drive a lot of traffic to my blog. I wholeheartedly suggest that anyone who wants to grow their blog to try Tailwind!
If you use my link, you’ll get a $15 credit, and one free month towards a pro plan.
- Teachable is another alternative to Podia for those who want to teach online courses, but it is mainly for online courses only (no memberships, no digital downloads).
- Podia is my favourite all-in-one platform for hosting online courses, memberships and digital downloads needs in terms of pricing, user-friendliness (even for non-techy peeps) and capabilities. You can try Podia out with a 2-week free trial, and if you decide you like it and upgrade to a paid plan within 5 days, you’ll get 15% off for life. #win!
I love Last Pass (a Chrome app) to help me safely recall passwords. It’s as secure as it can get, and you can lock your passwords in a vault that only open by a master password. This is a good option for anyone who doesn’t want to save their passwords on Google.
If you’re a content creator (especially if you are a vlogger/podcaster), chances are that you have a large number of files: Photos, video, audio. By carrying around an external hard drive, you can back up your files. I highly recommend the 4TB External Hard Drive from Seagate!