Tools for bloggers new and old.
Welcome to our little sharing space. Over the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time learning how to do this blogging thing. I’ve tried a lot of different programs, mentors, and well general shit. To help you expand, grow and develop into the best blogger you can be I’ve collated some of my favourite blogging tools.
There are affiliate links here. If you do choose to purchase or sign up to any of these programs there’s a chance that I’ll get a slim % of your booking/service. Any of the programs that are recommended here are trialled and tested by me. So you can be assured that the very small % that these companies may eventually pay out to me is not a reward for pimping out their services.
Site Ground is a great place to start off your new blog. Or to transfer your current space. There are several packages from the small – 10,000 users per month to larger. I run several sites on SiteGround and have found them to be utterly delightful for when I’ve stuffed things up and need assistance.
If you do choose to go with Site Ground they offer free domain registration and WordPress set up.
Managing social media can be a pleasure or a pain in the rear. I love the ease of uploading my social media content in advance. The free plan here is very generous.
Sending out a weekly or monthly newsletter? MailChimp is one of the easier more basic programs available. Have less then 2,000 subscribers? Then it’s free! Just remember that many countries now have anti-spam laws. So make sure you have permission to add an email to your list.
PLANN is you secret Instagram tool. It’s not free and is around $14 AU to purchase. This app allows you to drop and drag and plan your Instgram schedule. As well as store commonly used hash tags. It’s a game changer in the Insta world.
Not a graphic designer? Me either. These are my go to places for photos, graphic design and stuff that makes me look amazing.
Canva is a life saver. They now have a wonderful iOS app so I can do great things on the road. As well as a large database of royalty free images for you to use. You can upload your own images too.
Every 10 days they add 10 great new pics to use however you wish, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or website. The photos are of great quality and variety.
If you’re blog and social media accounts are up and running you’ll be wanting to make the most of your opportunity.
Cooperatize links bloggers to companies/brands/tourism boards that are after content creators. There are two channels that you can go through. You will need to have a Google Analytics account set up on your website to be able to join this service.
CopyPress links bloggers to companies/brands/tourism boards that are after content creators. Application is a little more complicated then other platforms. You need to read guides, take tests and be certified before applying for jobs. You won’t see the jobs prior to being accepted.
Finding affordable travel – Flights, Hotels & Stuff
Jetradar – searches travel and airline sites to help you find cheap flights at best prices.
Hotel Look – find hotel deals and discounts on 70 booking websites. Search includes 267000 hotels, 31000 hostels, guest houses 365000 and 634000 rooms
If you can’t afford travel insurance then you can’t afford to travel! It’s as simple as that. Here are a few different companies that we’ve used over the years and can recommend. Why so many? Well different travel styles has seen us require different insurance.
Over one million customers have trusted 1Cover to protect them on their travels overseas and around Australia. Next time you’re planning a trip, be sure to pack travel insurance you can count on.
Travel insurance: simple & flexible
You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from over 150 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.