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TOOLS & RESOURCES

THE ONES WE USE AND RECOMMEND TO ALL BLOGGERS

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Start a blog

SiteGround

We recommend SiteGround for website hosting. Easy to use, great security, and fast speeds. We switched to SiteGround 2 years ago and we haven’t looked back!

5 Day Website Challenge​

If you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed with trying to build your own website, definitely check out Shannon Mattern’s 5 Day Website Challenge. It comes with step-by-step videos and a Facebook group for support. Plus, you can get access for FREE.

Bluchic WordPress Theme

Bluchic offers beautiful themes designed for women in business and the creative sphere. Always gorgeous and easy to set up.

Thrive's Tutorial on Starting a Blog

Our one-stop-shop for easily starting your own blog. We break down everything you need to know to start a successful blog without all the confusion!

WordPress plugins

Yoast

Ready to rank higher in search engines? SEO can be overwhelming, so we use Yoast to help us use the right keywords and improve our ranking so people like you can find us easier.

Insert Headers & Footers

Easily enter header and footer code without having to… well, code! It’s a simple plugin that lets you insert code like Google Analytics, custom CSS, Facebook Pixel, and more to your WordPress site header and footer all for free.

Tasty Pins

Quickly optimize your images for SEO and Pinterest. Some of our favorite features are being able to set Pinterest descriptions, hide certain images from being pinnable (like those horizontal ones!), and a force pinning of hidden images (like the ones you made using Canva). 

Pretty Links

This plugin helps you manage your social media links, redirects, affiliate links and about any other kind of link you want. It also helps you unlock more affiliate revenue from your existing content!

Social Warfare

This plugin makes sharing your content fast and easy. It adds beautiful social share buttons to your blog, and you can also customize the colors so it matches your branding! Unlike other sharing plugins, this one doesn’t affect your website speed.

Short Pixel

Short Pixel improves website performance by reducing the image size. This will increase your website’s speed significantly. Page loading faster means more page views! It also doesn’t change the quality of your images. Win-Win!

SOCIAL & Email

Tailwind

Pinterest is key for your blog, but it can be overwhelming if you don’t have the right strategy and schedule. We use Tailwind to take away a lot of stress and get real results from Pinterest.

Hootsuite

We use Hootsuite to schedule Twitter and LinkedIn posts. Save time by batch scheduling with Hootsuite and get your blog posts out there for people to see!

MailerLite

MailerLite is another email option that we’ve used and really like! Your first 1,000 subscribers are free, and it has all the nuts and bolts you need for success. 

Plann

Plann is our one-stop-shop for everything Instagram. We use Plann daily for content scheduling, hashtag sets, analytics, and so much more. Check out why we love Plann in this blog post!

Flodesk

FloDesk is a new email service we are loving for simple GORGEOUS newsletters. The templates are stunning, and they gave us a link that gives you 50% off!

Productivity

Trello

We love using Trello to organize our content strategy at Thrive. Super easy to use and will have your business organized and strategized in no time.

We use Asana throughout our entire team to distribute tasks so we’re all on the same page. It’s a must within our business for organization and productivity.

Dropbox

We have a lot of images, files, and audio we work with at Thrive. Dropbox is an easy platform to organize data, keep it all in one place, and have as a backup just incase your computer crashes.

Double-booking yourself can be a nightmare when you’re busy. Calendly is perfect for organizing your schedule for meetings with other creatives or brands! You’ll look super professional using this tool.

design & editing

Canva

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to make awesome graphics for your social media and website. Canva has simple and easy-to-use templates, making graphic design easy for any skill level!

Haute Stock

Stock images are awesome for easy, everyday usage in your blog or social media when you don’t have a photographer at hand. We use Haute Stock for beautiful, simple images that can be used everywhere and we love it!

Adobe Creative Cloud

Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. The ones we use regularly are: Lightroom and Photoshop for photo editing and graphic design!

Creative Market

Creative Market is an online marketplace for community-generated design assets. We love creative market for finding social media templates, fonts, graphics, website themes, stock photography and so much more! 

ecommerce

Teachable

We use Teachable for all of our online courses. It’s easy to use and the perfect platform to bring your content to life for those wanting to learn.

Shopify

If you’re planning to sell any physical products, we recommend Shopify! You can create a shop page very easily and it integrates with Printed Mint!

WooCommerce

Selling products on your site? WooCommerce is the simplest tool we’ve found that integrates with WordPress. We use it for all of our products.

Printed Mint

Have an idea for a product but don’t know how to bring it to life? Check out Printed Mint. Customize all kinds of products, from mugs, to t-shirts, to products for kids, pets, home, and technology!

physical products & tools

Blue Yeti Mic

If you’re looking to start a podcast or work with any audio, the Blue Yeti Mic is what we use for all of the Thrive Podcast episodes and it’s perfect!

Tripod

Your readers and viewers love seeing YOU! We know taking pictures of yourself, your family, home, etc. can be difficult without a photographer present. That’s why a tripod is essential for taking pictures easily without needing another person there!

Logitech Webcam

In the digital age, webcams are a must for online meetings, video creation, and more. This is the one Bree uses, but any Logitech webcam works amazing!

Phone Tripod with Remote

Don’t have a fancy camera? No problem! A tripod for your iPhone works just as good and still gets the job done. Your followers will love your professional-grade photos!

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