Blogging Tools & Resources

Are you looking to start, build, or grow your blog?

These are my favorite tools, resources, ebooks, and online courses that help me make money online each month!


Siteground:  I have loved every minute of my experience with Siteground for web hosting.

If you want to monetize your blog or website, you need to have a self hosted blog.

Siteground has the best customer service, super safe, and fast.

I love their 24/7 online chat availability for support.  I ask them so many questions and they have helped me out of every sticky situation possible.

You can head to this post to learn how to set up your blog with Siteground and start blogging by the end of the day.

Related Post: How to Start a Blog for Beginners

Web Hosting

Start a Mom Blog:  Once you have been blogging for a while, you will have heard this name!

Suzi is pretty much a mom blogging guru.

If you want to get serious about blogging and making a real income, you should take a course from someone that’s already doing it!

Her course is so simple to follow and implement.

This is the first blogging course I ever purchased. I was blogging in a few hours, and never looked back.

You can get a FREE 12 Month Blog Plan here, or go straight to the course here.

First Month Blogging Checklist:  Start your blogging career off on the right track with this extremely valuable first month blogging checklist.

Successful blogger Caroline Venicil will make sure you don’t forget a thing!

Ready, Set, Blog for Traffic:  I literally devoured Elna’s course in a few days.  Her teaching style and advice is sooo stinkin’ valuable!

My eyes were opened to what I really needed to do to finally start getting traffic, GOOD traffic to my blog.

I highly recommend this course, if you are struggling to see the traffic that you want.

How to Work with Brands (+ Make Money!):  This is an awesome course all about working with brands.

Learn how to pitch, what they are looking for, creating a media kit, what to charge, literally everything you ever wanted to know about how to land sponsors and partnerships for your blog.

Worth the investment if this is one of your main monetization plans.

Related Post:How to Make Money Blogging

Social Media Marketing & Management

Pinterest Marketing

You may have heard about the powers of Pinterest as a traffic driving machine!

It’s really a simple platform to use, but there are some tricks to making it work for you.


If you don’t want to spend hours at your computer “pinning”, then you need to get Tailwind.

Tailwind is a Pinterest approved scheduling tool, that can completely automate your traffic and affiliate marketing sales!

You can try it absolutely free here.

Related Post:How to Use Tailwind to Get Traffic Fast

Pinterest Ninja

This course is practically the only thing you will ever need to understand Pinterest!

Megan has an easy to understand teaching style, and her course helped me to become a Pinterest expert fast.

I highly recommend this course, and it’s a great value at an affordable price!

Pin Practical Promotions

Once you have figured out Pinterest, you can really leverage the platform for growing your email list or making sales by using promoted pins!

Monica is the promoted pins expert, and her course is the most comprehensive to show you how to run a super low cost promoted pin campaign.

You can get often get more bang for your buck than with Facebook ads, and Pinterest is only growing! Take advantage now and learn all you can.

I haven’t used Twitter as much as Pinterest but I absolutely love Social Oomph for this platform!

Social Oomph: Twitter moves crazy fast, which means you need to be posting A LOT to get noticed.

Socialoomph allows you to schedule tweets and recycle them to be used again so that you never run out of great content.

Twitter can be a great free marketing and lead generation tool if you know how to leverage it.

Email Marketing


Graphic Design



Stock Photos

Pixi Stock

Depositphotos– This is the main source of photos I use to create my pins for Pinterest.

I like to use paid stock photos because the pins tend to perform better than free stock photos.

Affiliate Marketing

How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours:  This course jump started me on my affiliate marketing journey.

Once I took this course, and REALLY did make my first affiliate sale in just 2 days, I wondered what other affiliate programs I could join and start selling with!

This is a must, if you want to make passive income with affiliate marketing.

Goal Setting and Planning

Free SMART Goals Worksheet– Learn the best way to set goals so you can reach your biggest business dreams faster!

Best Planners for Moms

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I’m a wife, mom of three, doctor, and blogger! In 2018, I decided to turn my mom blog, into a personal finance blog so others could follow along on our journey to pay off over HALF a MILLION dollars in student loan and practice start up debt. I hope you enjoy following along, and maybe even find some inspiration along the way.