Resources for bloggers new and old.

Welcome to our little sharing space. Over the past five years I’ve spent a lot of time learning how to do this blogging thing. Going from a low level hobby blogger to a full time professional. I’ve tried a lot of different programs, mentors, and well general shit so that you don’t have to. 

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. This will be at no additional cos to you.  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.

To help you expand, grow and develop into the best blogger you can be I’ve collated some of my favourite blogging tools.

Finding affordable travel – Flights, Hotels & Stuff

We all know that travelling costs money. Somewhere along the line your wallet gets a fairly good slamming.

Hotel bookings.

With so many sites out there it can be difficult to figure out the most reliable. In 2019 we have seen quite a few OTAs (online travel agents) go bust and leave people in the lurch with unpaid bookings. HotlesCombined also has a nifty affiliate program if you are looking to increase your affiliate marketing portfolio.

The best way to book a hotel is using HotelsCombined

Staying connected while you are on the road.

Traveling and accessing wifi can be a real drama. We do try and buy local simcards where ever we can but recently I’ve switched over to using Skyroam Solis. It doubles up as a wifi router and a battery pack.

Get 10% off your Skyroam Solis when you use the code: HONEYBIRDTRAVEL


 

Air BnB

Air BnB offers an alternative to your regular hotels. Rent a room, a whole house or even a yurt. The options are endless.

Just a hintuse this link for your first stay and you’ll get a $55AUD (converted to your local currency) credit to your account when you make your first booking. Ah hello free room upgrade!

Travel Insurance

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 have seen us require different insurance along the way.

 1 Cover

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.

World Nomads

World Nomads are great for those already on the road. They also cover a variety of different countries. They’ll also cover you if you are already on the road.

Travel Insurance Australia

Business Needs

If you’re running your blog as a business or even a hobby you’ll need business cards, a way to invoice and manage your accounts.

Moo.

I love Moo. The quality and customer service is second to none. I’ve been a big fan of Moo for what seems to be a life time. Business cards, post cards and Hey Thanks for Being Awesome cards. If you use the Moo links you’ll get 20% off your first order.

Manage your money with Waveapps

Waveapps is a free – with a paid version – accounting software program. It’s easy to connect to your bank account, create quotes and invoices. As well as set up automatic payment reminders. It’s a heaven send of a program to use. 

On top of all that usefulness you can open and connect a Stripe account. Allowing you to accept credit card payments for the awesome work you are doing.

There’s no affiliate program – you can check it out here – Waveapps

 

Blogging Opportunities

If you’re blog and social media accounts are up and running you’ll be wanting to make the most of your opportunity.

Cooperatize

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.

Hosting 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 website migration and WordPress set up.

Web Hosting

Social Media

Hootsuite

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.

MailChimp

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

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.

Photography

Not a graphic designer? Me either. These are my go to places for photos, graphic design and stuff that makes me look amazing.

Canva

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.

Unsplash

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.

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