SIDE HUSTLES – Starting a blog
Starting a blog is just ONE side Hustle you can consider.
This is what this blog is a Side Hustle in the making!
If this is something you think you might be interested in starting then here are some excellent Resources that you can use to get yourself on the right path to staring your own dream Side Hustle.
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How to Start a Blog & Tools you will need
Tools you will need to buy yes you do need to spend money but it doesn’t need to be much when you first start out
Check out the latest plans from my prefered Host Provider:
Need help with how to set up Siteground then this post can help
Start Blogging with Siteground
Once you have hosting sorted you will need to consider what you are going to Blog about check out these posts to help you get started:
How to make Money blogging – Top Bloggers Answer this question
How to avoid looking like a newbie blogger
Next is Plugins which ones should you have or not?
Not too many for one – they help increase the functionality of your WordPress site but can slow you down so these are my top pick Plugins:
Prettylinks to make your links look pretty
This is to secure your site it’s FREE so don’t be without this
Smush WP – this reduces the size of any images you upload to your media library and then onto your website so it avoids again slowing things down Yoast SEO – another clever plugin that will help track your SEO for your blog posts Plugin for google analytics who has time to figure out how to install analytics life is too short – I tried on my own and then gave up
If you are looking for a PAID option then ShortPixel is a great option wait till its part of the APPSUMO sale.
More plugin options check out this post
Email Provider You Should Choose
At the moment I am going with Mailerlite they are Free up to 1000 subscribers
Want more information on Emails then check out this post Email list building not as hard as you think
Social Media tools
Tailwind is a repinning tool which I use and the yearly subscription Works out MUCH cheaper than monthly plans if you want more information then check it out here.
It’s great for scheduling your pins and now has a new feature called Smartloop I couldn’t live without it!
Find out How to use Pinterest to Drive traffic to your Blog (10 + Resources)
Momsmakecents Pinterest Primer and Affiliate marketing for Pinterest – both these courses have helped me to get a really good understanding of Pinterest and I will go into a more in-depth article in a new post soon on these courses and why I recommend them over other ones I have tried.
I have joined Dare to conquer again I will have another post coming out which will go in depth as to why I decided on this course. I have to say it’s not cheap but not as expensive as Elite Blog Academy it comes in around £180 or $280 if you go through his tripwire sequence which he tells you about. I love the fact he is totally honest about blogging and how to make money. If you want to use Pinterest as your primary social media his course is also extremely informative. Scrivs 12 day boot camp will give you a taste of his writing style and information sign up here.
For a full review of lots of great courses I recommend this post
11 Best Beginners blogging courses
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