*Note, since my page views have surpassed 50,000 per month, I’ve upgraded my hosting service to Cloudways, but until you need the upgrade Bluehost is the best place to get started.
Other tools to grow and scale
Outsourcing to real people
NerdPress: Incredible tech support if you're looking to outsource this element
Purr Design: The website design team I used to rebrand and redesign Root and Revel
Molly Cahill: Instagram coaching and growth strategies to help you find your ideal audience and engage with them
238 Accounting: Bookkeeping and money mindset coaching
Casey Markee from Mediawyse: SEO Auditing
Simple Pin Media: Pinterest management and membership for strategy + tips!
Millenial Money: Financial Advisor
Jessie Hayden: The most amazing course designer
Adobe Creative Cloud: The software I use to edit photos, particularly Lightroom
Canva: The free graphic design tool I use to create graphics for my blog posts, Pinterest, social media and more.
Tasty Book Photography e-book: An amazing resource for those wanting to learn food photography from a true pro
Pexels: free stock photography
ColorPick Eyedroper: A free Chrome extension for identifying any colors on any website
Organizational + Productivity Tools
WP Recipe Maker: Create cute recipes cards and essential for any recipe posts for SEO + organizing data. Use the code 6FBA on the checkout page for 10% off!
Wordfence: The best way in the world to protect your blog! This plugin blocks malicious traffic and includes an endpoint firewall and malware scanner. Fortunately, you can get started at no cost!
Broken Link Checker (free): Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found
Easy Azon: Quickly and easily insert Amazon affiliate links into your site's content
Hello Bar (I use the free version) : A sticky bar to help you easily collect email addresses from subscribers
Inline Related Posts (free): Easily add related content to your blog posts to keep readers on your site longer
Pretty Links (free): Shorten, customize and track any URL
Ultimate No Follow: Properly set up links on your blog by letting Google know which ones are promotional and which ones are educational. This is a MUST to be compliant with Google’s policies.
ShortPixel Image Optimizer: Optimizes images automatically, while guarding the quality of your images and making your website load faster
Grow by Mediavine: Maximizes social shares and drives more traffic using beautiful social sharing buttons
UpdraftPlus: Backup and restore on automatic schedules so you'll never lose your work again
WP Rocket: Improves performance and site speed. Use code sixfigureblog20 to get 20% off of your first year!
Yoast SEO (free): An all-in-one SEO solution, including on-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and more
KingSumo Giveaways: Helps you grow your email list using viral social giveaways with from your blog
Milotree: A smart pop-up to grow your email list, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest
Nutrifox: Allows you to create custom nutrition labels effortlessly
WP to Twitter: automatically post tweets from Wordpress to Twitter
Header and Footer Scripts: If you are running a WordPress site, sooner or later you need to insert some kind of code to your website. This plugin will do all the magic for you, without having to know code!
Vaultpress: a plug-in that regularly backs up your site automatically and protects again spam
Pitching + PR Resources
WordTracker: A free SEO keyword research tool
Ubersuggest: A free SEO tool that specializes in generating new keyword ideas.
Google Trends: Helps me plan content that people want to read
Food Blogger Pro Trending Now Reports: Monthly reports of what people are searching for that month
Moz Toolbar: A free Chrome extension that provides the Domain Authority of websites
Answer the Public: When writing content, go here, type in your topic and see what people are asking about it so you can answer their questions in your post
Ubersuggest Chrome Extension: A powerful tool to do keyword research
Additional Blogging Tools
VWO: A tool I use to notify blog subscribers of new content
Hotjar: A software I use to collect customer feedback and see how visitors use my site
Coschedule Headline Analyzer: Free tool to help you write click-worthy headlines
Hemingway App: for crafting short and compelling language
Grammarly: A free tool for checking spelling & grammar
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