Resources for Bloggers

We get asked a LOT of questions from fellow bloggers, and followers about wanting to start a blog. So we thought it would be helpful and beneficial to start a page dedicated to resources for bloggers. These are sources and services that we use here at Uncommon Designs. Check back periodically as this list will change as we find other blog resources we want to share with y’all.

Resources for bloggers and those wanting to start a blog. #blogresources #startablog

{ Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. We use all of the products and services listed below. We recommend them because we have found them helpful and beneficial to running and growing our blog. Click images to visit sites. }

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Bluehost


 

So you want to Start Your Own Blog? Bluehost is a great place to start. They offer domain name registration, are affordable, and have an easy setup. We use Bluehost here at Uncommon Designs and it where we started by buying our domain name.

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Genesis Framework

Genesis Framework for WordPress

The Genesis Framework is what we currently run here at Uncommon Designs.

Fun Theme: Playful and Powerful Genesis theme for WordPress

You will also need a theme, StudioPress Themes for WordPress has a lot of options to fit your sites needs.

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Carbonite


Have you experienced losing everything on your computer including photos? Yep…I have…not fun! I personally chose to use Carbonite to back up my computer including pictures. I had a second computer crash and I was so happy to be able to simply and quickly be able to restore all my info and pictures to my computer.

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Mad Mimi

Mad Mimi Email Marketing

When we started our blog, our email signups were through feedburner. We now use Mad Mimi and love it. It has a user friendly dashboard and setup. The online support is great too! We have grown our email list and it is incredibly easy to manage and customize.

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Favorite Plugins for WordPress

There are literally tons of plugins out there.  Some are free and some you have to purchase. We have tried quite a few and absolutely love some and feel like they are “must haves” for our blog.

  • Antispam Bee: Don’t like spam? Yes neither do we! This plugin greatly helps us keep spammers off our comments.
  • Yoast WordPress SEO: This plugin walks you through optimizing your posts for the best SEO practices.It is easy to set up and helps to streamline writing posts.
  • Login LockDown : Limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period.
  • Scroll Triggered Boxes: Provides a popup on your site for announcements, signs ups, etc. Lots of options.

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Blogging Conferences

We have had the opportunity to attend a few blogging conferences over the last couple of years. They are a great way to meet other bloggers, network with brands, and learn new blogging skills. If you have to opportunity to attend one, go for it! Some of the conferences we have attend are…

Blogging Concentrated

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Blogging Concentrated is a one day intensive blogging conference. The course is offered in different locations throughout the United States. This one is not for the brand new blogger, it is designed for more seasoned bloggers. If you are looking to gain some more technical bogging skills and really focus on blogging, this is a great one. They even offer a 21 Day SEO Challenge if you can not attend the conference…

21 Day SEO Challenge

 

Haven

Haven Conference 2013

Haven is a 3 day blogging conference in Atlanta, Ga. It is designed for the DIY Blogger but you will find bloggers from all genres at it. It is a smaller conference which means more interaction with both speakers and fellow bloggers. This was our first conferences we ever attended and it was incredible! We have been back as well. We met other bloggers at similar places in blogging and developed friendships that have lasted years. This is a great conference for those starting out as well as seasoned bloggers.

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Photography

Taking photos of projects, recipes, whatever for a blog has quite a learning curve. We both started with simple point and shoot cameras, believe it or not. We now both have DSLRs and are still learning about them and photography daily. One of the best resources you can invest in is both the camera and the photo editing resources.

Picmonkey…

The best photo editing features for free.

Picmonkey is an online photo editing program. It is what we use almost everyday! There is a free version as well as a premium one. It gives you great fonts, overlays, and editing tools.

Craftsy…

Craftsy

Want to take better pictures and learn at your own pace and at home? Try out an online Photography Classes from Craftsy. Craftsy also offers a variety of online classes to help you learn a new skill or sharpen your current ones.
Shoot Fly Shoot…
Shoot Fly Shoot is another option for visual, online photography classes.
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Book Resources

  1. How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul 
  2. WordPress Websites Step By Step
  3. Professional Blogging for Dummies
  4. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
  5. Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography and Styling