Are you thinking about starting your own blog or website?
Have you ever wondered what site resources I use to run My Life, I Guess…?
Well, you are in luck!
This page includes the resources and services that I currently use or have used in the past to make this website possible. Some are free (or offer free trials), and some are paid services.
Check back from time to time, as I’ll add to this page as I discover things that I’m proud to recommend.
Most of the links on this page are affiliate links. If you decide to use my links to sign-up to a service or make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. It’s a simple, easy way for you to help support me – that comes at no extra cost to you. #winwin
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Hosting & Domain Registration:
I use SiteGround to host my WordPress website. I started off using HostGator, but SiteGround came highly recommended, and I could immediately see why! Their support is above and beyond!
I registered my domain name using Name Cheap. They offer WhoisGuard privacy protection for FREE, which keeps your personal data (like your name, email, home address, and phone number!) safe whenever you register a domain. They also offer hosting plans and WordPress management.
My current theme is designed by Sculpture Qode. They offer affordable, fully responsive themes that come with a lot of customization options so you can style your website the way you want.
ANGIE MAKES: Pretty and Cute WordPress Themes (Free & Paid)
The first blog theme I bought for this site was made by Angie Makes. The theme was so customizable, I used it for my first 3 years of blogging and was able to keep my website looking fresh and up-to-date. They also have fonts, graphics, pre-made logos, printable artwork and a bunch of freebies!
With StudioPress, you can browse through numerous premium WordPress themes to find the one that’s right for you. Or you could develop your own using the Genesis Framework. Not sure what that is? If you think of your website as a car, WordPress is your engine, the Genesis framework is the body, and your theme is the paint.
Social Media Marketing:
SOCIAL WARFARE: Your Ultimate Social Sharing Arsenal (Free & Paid)
The only premium (paid) WordPress plugin I use is by Social Warfare. It’s an advanced social sharing plugin that will also enhance how you use Pinterest and Twitter to share your content. It’s highly
customizable, and can make your site much more visually appealing. They also offer a FREE version of the plug-in.
TAILWIND: The Smartest Way to Schedule on Pinterest & Instagram (Free Trial & Paid)
Tailwind is a great, automated way to share your content and drive more traffic to your website. It’s really easy to create the optimal posting schedule that’s right for you and your audience, and provides insights and analytics to see how well your Pinterest pins and Instagram shares are performing.
MAILERLITE: Email Marketing Your Way (Free & Paid)
If you have a website, you need an email list. MailerLite is a great way to get you started for FREE (with options to upgrade, as needed). I’ve tried other email marketing tools, but found MailerLite to be the easiest to use and understand.
Images & Design Tools:
PICMONKEY: Photo Editor and Graphic Design Maker (Free Trial & Paid)
All of my post images are made by me using the PicMonkey photo editor. I started using them back when they were free. When they switched to paid versions, I looked around for another option but couldn’t find anything that worked as well, so I was happy to pay for a service I knew worked for me.
CANVA: Design Anything. Publish Anywhere. (Free & Paid)
Canva is an excellent alternative to PicMonkey – and not just because it’s free. It comes with built-in stock photos, and has templates for everything from logos, business cards, social media banners and resumes. There’s also free design school courses and incredibly useful resources.
CREATIVE MARKET: Fonts, Graphics, Themes and More (Free & Paid)
If you’re not into making your own designs or are looking for something a little more professional,Creative Market is a great place to find affordable fonts, graphics, themes and more. Plus you can get 6 free goods every week, by signing up to their newsletter. (That’s how I got my current theme for free!)
Fiverr is another great place to hire all sorts of freelance services that can help you build and grow your website. (Even though very few gigs cost $5 anymore.) You can also use this site to make some money by selling your own services, too. Or use this link to become an affiliate and earn those commission sales!
If you want an honest recommendation of a real person to help with your designing needs, Bethany is 100% the way to go. She is extremely responsive, patient, affordable – and of course, amazing at coming up with designs!
GRAMMARLY: Free Writing Assistant
(Free & Paid)
All posts on My Life, I Guess have been proofread with Grammarly before I hit that publish button. Because let’s be honest, it’s hard to spot your own typos! I use the free version of this app to scan my text for grammatical and spelling mistakes. The paid premium version also includes vocabulary enhancement suggestions and plagiarism checks.
Courses, Training & Tutorials:
Becoming a Virtual Assistant is all the rage right now. I am currently taking the $10K VA course by Kayla Sloan to learn how to become a successful one. Can you imagine how great it’d be making $10K a month working from home?
If you’ve struggled with affiliate marketing in the past, or just don’t know where to start, I cannot recommend the Perfect Gift Guides Course more. It’s focused and provides a clear strategy that is already bringing in the passive income. Check out my review and get 15% off.
Whether you are brand new to blogging, or want to learn more, Pete and his Do You Even Blog team are a great go-to source. The information provided for free has honestly transformed the way I blog. When they promise “content guaranteed to help you grow your blog” – they mean it.