Aroma Mama’s Blog Resources is a page for bloggers that was built due to popular demand. My blogging related articles have quickly become the most sought after posts in Aroma Mama. I study a lot and pick up a lot of exciting resources for bloggers that I put into practice and include in my blogging related posts and blog income reports. This is a place for me to add all of the products and services I recommend and use to grow my blog, Aroma Mama, in one spot. Come back often to see the updates as I continue to add to this page. There are affiliate links in this page which helps to fund Aroma Mama at no additional cost to you. Read my full disclosure here.
Building a Website
Siteground is a web hosting company. When I was researching web hosting companies there were so many bloggers recommending BlueHost. I decided to do more research and found that Siteground was among the best in the business and was rated higher than BlueHost for site speed, customer service, and security. More bloggers are coming to realize that now and are switching over to Siteground.
GoDaddy is the service I used to purchase my blog domain name.
StudioPress sells the Genesis Framework which is the framework to a nice looking blog.
Restored 316 Designs has child themes that work with the Genesis Framework. A child theme is like the paint choices for a house, it makes the blog look prettier. I chose the Tasteful theme, but there are so many to choose from.
ConvertKit is made for the professional blogger which is what lead me to check it out. I have been happy with how easy it is to make my weekly newsletter, my high open rate, ease of making email sequences, and how there is one list of subscribers no matter how many opt-ins there are. Click here to read my post about why I love ConvertKit.
WiseStamp is an email signature service. I am using the free version for my Gmail address which still looks great and only took minutes to set up!
Social Warfare Pro is the best plugin on the market for social media sharing.
OptinMonster is in the lead when it comes to high converting opt-in forms and landing pages. It makes it easy to create forms that match my brand and turn visitors into subscribers with forms like exit intent, floating bars, inline forms, after post forms, sidebar forms, lightening boxes, and full page opt-ins.
Gravity Forms by Rocketgenius is what I used for my contact page. They have a great reputation for their advanced forms that I plan to implement later this year.
All-In-One Editorial Calendar and Social Media Scheduler
CoSchedule has been the backbone to this blog. I have used their resources and product since before I launched Aroma Mama. In addition to their paid product, CoSchedule has two FREE resources that I use regularly:
–CoSchedule Headline Analyzer for coming up with the best post headlines.
–CoSchedule Social Media Optimizer for coming up with the best social media message for the platform being used, and whether hashtags or emojis should be used and how many.
Blog Courses from Beginner To More Advanced
5 Days to a Successful Blog Launch is a first in a series of blog courses developed by Crystal Paine. This course is best for the beginning blogger in their earliest steps of blogging.
Building a Framework is an absolute must for someone that wants to start a blog! The price is much lower than other courses for what you get. I used this course as a playbook to get my blog launched in 30 days and still reference it to this day. It covers the technical side of getting a blog ready and looking its best and so much more! The course includes a Facebook group that is active and provides ongoing support and networking opportunities with fellow bloggers.
Grow Your Blog is an excellent course to take for a beginning blogger in their first 3 months of blogging. The course is unique in that it has tips that I have not seen in other courses I have taken. There is a Facebook group that comes with the course for ongoing support.
Elite Blog Academy is the course I am currently taking to learn the strategies to become a professional blogger. The course is wildly popular and only opens up for enrollment once a year. There is a Facebook group that comes with the course for ongoing support and networking. The majority of my blogging friends have come out of this group. It is currently closed, but I will update this page when it opens up for enrollment.
Pinterest Courses and Tools
Group Board Master covers the ins and outs of growing a Pinterest following and increasing website traffic through the use of group boards. To get $20 off this course, use discount code 20OFF after clicking on the purple link above.
Pinterest Unpuzzled (On sale 9/1-9/5/17 for only $23.50! You can’t beat that price for a Pinterest course. Use discount code LABORDAY50)
Pinterest Unpuzzled came as a result of Eden Fried growing a large Pinterest following in a matter of months. She shows you the exact recipe of how she did it and made her course very affordable too. This course goes over how to use Boardbooster.
Pinning Perfect is awesome, providing an in depth course with detailed tutorials for someone that really wants the full scoop on how to use Pinterest to help them grow their blog! This course includes a Facebook group that provides continued support, Pinterest updates, and collaboration. My favorite part of Pinning Perfect is their Pinterest strategy that is saving me a lot of time and the course goes in depth on how to use Tailwind efficiently and effectively.
Tailwind is a scheduling app approved by Pinterest. I use Tailwind to schedule my pins, check out my pin analytics, and participate in Tailwind tribes. I just bought a year subscription because I find it so valuable to growing my Pinterest without using a lot of my time. The link includes a free trial of Tailwind Plus. Tailwind also works for posting on Instagram as a new feature.
Boardbooster is a scheduling app that some bloggers really enjoy using to grow their blog. The course, Pinterest Unpuzzled, goes over how to use Boardbooster. The link includes 100 pins for a free trial.
This is a course for Instagram growth. I just bought this course and plan to complete it in July so I will update this when I complete the course. The course creator vacations from sponsors that find her on Instagram! Check out the course by clicking on the link above.
Images, Photography and Video
I use my iPhone 6s Plus for my photos and videos. I was recommended this product by a millionaire that uses one of these for her photos and videos using her phone. It does an amazing job, it’s very affordable, it’s portable with a carrying case, and it comes with a Bluetooth remote to take the photos, and to start and stop videos!
I use Canva to design my images. I upgraded to Canva for Work which includes a lot of photos and it keeps my branding kit template ready. Canva has free tutorials to learn how to design images using Canva and this helped me a lot.
I compress every image I make before adding the image to WordPress. TinyPNG is a free tool that shrinks the file size while maintaining the full image. It’s so easy to do with drag and drop of your image, then download the compressed image. This really helps site speed and every blogger must be compressing their images.
Product Creation Courses
Book Boss is the course to take to teach someone the technical side to get their book idea to launch. This is a product from Abby and Donnie Lawson and their products are among the best I’ve used and worth every penny! There is a Facebook group included with this course for ongoing support.
Affiliate Marketing Courses
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is the course I took to learn the ins and outs of affiliate marketing in my first month of blogging. In my second month of blogging, I had made over $400 from what I learned from the course. There is a Facebook group that comes with the course for ongoing support and networking. This course has more than paid for itself and I recommend it to every blogger that wants to make an income from their blog!
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers, the eBook, is available year round which is a great value for all the information about affiliate marketing in the book. If you would like a free mini eBook about affiliate marketing, then click the link above as well.
I took this course in my third month of blogging and found the two affiliate courses in this section to have covered different topics so I am glad I bought both. I learned many tips especially about Amazon that are helpful for my affiliate marketing efforts. This course is a must for bloggers in the DIY, home decor, or lifestyle niches. It goes into great length about RewardStyle and Skimlinks which I don’t plan to use for my health/wellness and blogging niches. As a heads up, it’s harder to get approved for those networks and they aren’t meant for the beginning blogger. There is a Facebook group that comes with the course for ongoing support and networking. This course includes Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers, the eBook and online videos on Teachable which goes into more detail and has visual examples. This course bundle only opens up a few times a year. I will update this section when it becomes available again. If you want to buy the eBook now, then the online video portion will be available when enrollment opens up a few times a year at an add-on price.
Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing
These networks connect you to multiple companies and products in one place and new bloggers can apply.
Amazon is the perfect place to start with affiliate marketing. There are so many products to choose from that can be applied to any niche.
Ultimate Bundles is a great way to get started with affiliate sales for a beginning blogger and they sell bundles in various niches. The company provides a lot of free sales training for their promotions that is worth it alone. There is also a Facebook group that you can join once you’re an affiliate and the members are super supportive. A huge perk (and my favorite) is that affiliates get 40% off their own purchase of any Ultimate Bundle and can get it before the sale goes live to be able to review the bundle!
Blogging Concentrated offers a bundle full of blogging tools and resources every July. It’s called BC Stack and they are allowing people to pre-order already. If you want to become an affiliate click the link to sign up.
ShareASale is my favorite network. I have had the most success with conversions through this program and find it easier to use than the others. Popular companies in this network include Grammarly, Tailwind, and OptinMonster, to name a few.
Awin is great for anyone that wants to be an affiliate for Etsy.
Blog Finance Spreadsheets were created by Stephanie from Six Figures Under. This is an inexpensive product that I wouldn’t have been able to make them myself so it’s invaluable to me. My blog finances are so organized from the use of this product. I am able to quickly make my blog income reports based off of these spreadsheets and anticipate it will make tax preparations much easier too. Check them out for yourself by clicking the purple link above.
Trademark a Name and Logo
TrademarkPlus is the company I chose to get my trademark paperwork started. In my research, I found they were second best to LegalZoom, but they were a lot cheaper. The application process was smooth and quick.
Last updated: 9/1/2017