Episode 217 | Must-Have Resources for 2024

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With so many new developments in technology, there are a variety of tools and resources that you should consider for your blog! In today's episode, I'm sharing the must-have resources for bloggers in 2024.

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Considerations for Your Blog in 2024

In episode 216, I shared blogging trends for 2024. Along with those trends, I also think it's important to share an important consideration as we begin a new year. I don't think you should invest all of your eggs into one social media basket. This is the year that you need to consider diversifying your platforms, income, and more.

You may be questioning this, considering you may be making money on just one platform, but that's reason enough! At the end of 2023, one of my clients got her Instagram hacked and lost it all. If nothing else, I believe there are two main platforms that should be considered must-haves in 2024:

  • A website
  • An email newsletter

Must-Have Resources for Your Blog

As you begin to work to expand on the tools and resources you're building in your business to diversify both your reach and revenue, I want to share some of my favorite resources for your blog!

Let's begin with the tech resources.

Self Hosted Website

If you're not hosting your website with a hosting company like Siteground, GoDaddy, Bluehost, or another self-hosted platform, you need to be. Don't go directly through WordPress, because you will be paying a lot more in the long run. My second tip is to pay for the longest length of time up front, because that is the cheapest it will be.

SEO

The next consideration for your website is focusing on your search engine optimization (SEO). There are so many options, so I want to share a few of the tools I've used and loved for any budget.

  • Keysearch is a budget friendly tool for less than $14 a month when you use the code THRIVE
  • RankIQ is a bit more of an investment of $50 per month, but includes more capabilities, more functions, and it's a really neat tool to use.
  • Yoast is a free plugin that you should use on your website, but it does rate your content based on what you input into it.
  • Google Analytics & Google Search Console can be used to track website traffic, user behavior, and SEO performance.
Now let's jump into writing and editing tools for your blog.

Bard or ChatGPT

Two of my favorite AI tools for help with brainstorming and ideating are Bard and ChatGPT.

Grammarly

I love a good editing too, so I prefer Grammarly for grammar checks. I currently use the free version, but I'm considering switching to the paid version to kick it up a notch.

Evernote or Google Docs

To stay organized, I like to use Google Docs for outlining and note taking. You could also use Evernote.

Whimsical

I love creating flow charts and mind maps when I'm brainstorming, so you could try Whimsical.com if you like doing that as well.

Now let's jump into design and graphic tools for your blog.

Canva

If you're not using Canva yet, you need to! It's so simple to use, especially with the amount of templates available out there. We love the Pinterest graphics from Nadalie Bardo specifically. There are so many AI features as well that take it to the next level!

Tailwind

When it come to using your Pinterest designs, you can save so much time with Tailwind by scheduling your Pins. If you're looking to learn more about Pinterest, make sure you take Nadalie Bardo's Pinterest class.

Now let's jump into email tools for your blog.

Flodesk

You need to have an email newsletter and to do so, you need to pick a platform you love. We obviously recommend Flodesk, because it's beautiful and easy to use. You can use it to create emails, landing pages, and forms. Get it for $19/month for your first year with our affiliate link.

Hoppy Copy

If you're looking to improve your email newsletter, Hoppy Copy is an AI tool that will help you create better subject lines and more.

Liz Wilcox's Email Subscription

If you want to consistently work on your emails in 2024, I highly recommend Liz Wilcox's monthly subscription, because it's one of my go-to resources for inspiration with my email. It's only $9 per month too.

Now let's jump into social media tools for your blog.

Later, Loomly, or Planoly for Scheduling

You need a scheduling tool, because it will save you so much time. I do think that you should be scheduling within Facebook and Youtube, but every other social media platform is fine to schedule within a scheduling tool. Tools to consider are Later, Loomly, or Planoly.

Your Social Team Templates

We've already covered how important Canva is for your blog, but we LOVE the template club from Your Social Team.

InShot or CapCut for Video Editing

While you can use the in-app video editors on some of your social platforms, you may want to consider InShot or CapCut so that you can use the same videos across multiple platforms or even create different versions of them per platform without double the work of editing.

Lightroom Mobile or Imagen AI for Image Editing

Lightroom Mobile is a free mobile app and you can buy presets for it to make editing photos easy. Imagen AI is an AI tool that will actually edit your photos for you.

ManyChat

If you are already posting on social media, you need to be using ManyChat to increase your affiliate sales, automate your engagement, and really just save you a ton of time out of your DMs. Note: If you are sharing Amazon Affiliates, the direct links aren't the links you should be using as they're being flagged and shutting down storefronts—you have to send them to your storefront.

Stan.store

If you are selling any type of digital products, consider using a Stan Store online, because you can sell directly on that page without leaving the app.

Now let's jump into productivity tools for your blog.

Asana, Airtable, or Notion

You need a project management system like Asana, Airtable, or Notion to manage everything you're working on for your blog.

Calendars

Whether you like physical or digital calendars, I recommend getting one that you will use consistently. This could be Google Calendar, Apple Calendar, or a physical one like Golden Coil.

Groove, Clockify, or Pomodoro App

I'm a big fan of tracking your time and staying productive with what you're doin in that time. A couple of digital tools I'm loving include Groove, Clockify, and Pomodoro.

Reclaim AI

If you want to get really techy with your time, Reclaim AI is an AI scheduling automation app that finds the best time for your meetings, tasks, habits, & breaks.

Additional AI Tools to Check Out

  1. Jasper
  2. Copy.ai
  3. Hoppy Copy
  4. Social Curator
  5. ChatGPT/Bard
  6. Bardeen.ai

Resources Mentioned

Find It Quickly

  • 57 - Embracing the New Year and Setting Boundaries
  • 7:49 - Must-Have Tech and Tools for Bloggers
  • 12:33 - Writing and Editing Tools for Bloggers
  • 15:12 - Tools for Outlining and Notetaking
  • 16:26 - Design and Graphics
  • 18:11 - Email Marketing
  • 23:24 - Social Media Scheduling and Tools
  • 30:54 - Project Management
  • 31:38 - Productivity with Planners
  • 32:37 - Time Management Tools
  • 34:14 - AI Tools for Writing and Social Media

More about Bree Pair:

Bree Pair is a blogging coach and founder of Thrive - A blogging community built to empower and educate bloggers to make a full-time income by spending time on the right things. Her passion is helping bloggers create a strategy for growth and working with them on every side of their business to give them the confidence they need to be successful. Bree is propelled by the results of seeing bloggers go from overwhelmed to steady and sustained growth and creating the lifestyle they want.

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