Do you want to start a blog? Use these blogging resources if you want to start blogging as a creative outlet or to make some extra money!

I started blogging on this travel blog in January 2020. Why? Because I wanted something different to do as a hobby and I wanted something fun! My goals were only some free or discounted travel (still working on that one!)

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Several years ago prior to travel blogging, I considered starting a blog on what I learned as a virtual occupational therapist. All of a sudden in March 2020 so many therapists were thrown into teletherapy, and my 2nd blog, TheVirtualPediatricOT.com was born!

I am a big researcher, googler, and I do not like to spend money unnecessarily! 🙂 There are many free resources! I have currently spent about $500 to get this blog started (which includes one $300 course!). If you do not have the time to research and google, then I recommend buying courses to get started. I did not buy anything except blog hosting until I was about 6 months into my blogging journey and was just looking to make a little of the money back that I invested.

Want to Start a Blog? Here are my Favorite Blogging Sites and Products.

Blue Host

Everyone needs a hosting site to start a blog. I recommend Blue Host and I recommend getting started with it from the beginning. Free is not better in this case. If you are not super tech-savvy this is where I would buy a course. Learning WordPress was probably the most difficult part of my journey.

FIVERR

This is a great place to get a logo! I have used FIVERR twice and I really want to get TVPOT redone there as well. Some tips: Look for someone who does logos like the one you have in mind. Or even just look to see which ones you like! Second, read the reviews. I did get burned one time with a logo I hated! But even with that my logo for my travel blog (thegoofy5.com) cost under $25.

Create and Go Courses

If you are just starting out and want to take a course. I have taken one of their courses and it has been instrumental in my blogging thinking. And it is the only course I have paid for so far!

Mailchimp

This is for collecting email addresses and starting a list. Start with an email provider right from the start even if you have no plan to sell products! My email list took off organically because I was filling a need, you just never know. As your audience grows you will need to move

Stupid Simple Seo

Once your blog is up and running you may want to learn more about SEO and what to write on your blog to get the most traffic. That is where seo comes in. Mike’s course is AMAZING. I learned so much from this free hour course. Check it out.