Below are some of the resources that we use to budget, run this blog, and do various things in life. 🙂 These are all things we are using, or have used, or fully can stand behind. We would never promote something we didn’t believe in or use ourselves. There will be more traveling and minimizing resources added as we head out on our adventure in the RV!
Budgeting Made Easy: Thriving on Any Income ebook. Budgeting is TOUGH. Budgeting on a variable income is VERY TOUGH! Check out Charissa Quade’s ebook all about budgeting on any income. Also check out her guest post on our Flea Market Flipper blog: 4 Powerful Ways to Make The Most of Your Variable Income.
We started this blogging journey at the end of 2015 and we have learned a TON over this time. There is so much to learn about blogging and there is no way to absorb it all at once. Here are a few of the resources that have helped us over the last year and a half:
Green Geeks Web Hosting There are a lot of web hosts to choose from out there! We actually have had two other ones prior to having GreenGeeks. We used to use HostGator and then GoDaddy, and while they can be good with some some things, they both aren’t great for speed. You want the pages to load quickly for your reader because who has the patience to wait a full 10 seconds.
Aweber E-mail Service – Again there are a lot of choices out there! We chose Aweber because after we figured them out, it wasn’t hard to integrate with our site and send out our e-mails. So far we have been happy with it. Check out their FREE guide on What You Should Write in Your E-mails.
LeadPages – This is a great resource for creating squeeze pages, sale pages, opt-in pages, and any other kind of page that has a call to action. They have great webinars, trainings and support which is SUPER important for these us non-techy people.
SendOwl – Have a product, digital product or service you want to sell online? SendOwl has to be one of the EASIEST platform to use for this. Again, a huge bonus for us! This is what we use to sell all of our ebooks.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – If you want to monetize your blog THIS is an absolute must course by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner. (Umm, she makes over $100,000 every month by blogging – She has a few tips to share). I wish we had done it when we first started. It also may be my favorite Facebook group ever to interact with.
Tech Support – In case you haven’t guessed, we aren’t super technical around here. We recently were referred to Grayson Bell from imarkinteractive.com for tech help from a group of bloggers (that awesome Facebook group I was talking about above). We have to refer him and his resources to everyone else that needs tech support because he was so super helpful in what we have needed so far for the blog. We will be using him again very soon I am sure! His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Media Marketing
Social media marketing is always changing. We will be updating this section periodically as algorithms and trends change. This is what is currently working for us at the moment.
Facebook – Check out how Brittany Ann went from 2,000 Facebook followers to 100,000 in 5 months! We just started implementing these strageties and are already starting to see growth! Can’t wait to see where we will be in 6 months!
Pinterest – Pinterest is our NUMBER ONE source of blog traffic right now. Do not just overlook it, it’s a very powerful too. Group Boards are where it’s at to groe your following. Check out Caroline’s Group Board Mastery course to help grow your Pinterest account.
Life and Business
Mindset University – If you have big dreams and goals but for some reason you are not hitting them time and time again, then you need to check out this course! Our friends at The Work Anywhere Life, Ben and Caitlin Pyle have created a brand that has made over $1.7 MILLION in the past 2 years. We probably wouldn’t have believed it if we weren’t friends with them for several years before they broke through barriers and way surpassed their original expectations! They know their stuff and can be super helpful for you to finally break through your road blocks and HIT THOSE GOALS! These two are the reason that the blog Flea Market Flipper even exists. Caitlin even helped with the name. 🙂 Seriously – check them out! We are featured on the blog too! 🙂