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Paid Services To Level Up Your Blogging Business

If you’re ready to get serious about blogging, here are my top blogging investments worth making.

I’m a huge advocate for free tools and resources but sometimes you need to invest in yourself to level up.

8 paid tools I use and love

Blog Host

Ready to treat your blog as a business? Going self-hosted is the first step. I used HostGator for the first few years of blogging. I highly recommend WPopt for your host.

The support team is very responsive, helpful, and truly kind, which is a huge plus if you’re not a technical person!

WordPress Theme

For my main food blog, I use the Foodie Pro theme. I highly recommend the Feast Plugin, especially if you’re in the food niche. The Feast Plugin is a new paid plugin that gives you access to 5 themes, stress-free updates, and tons of amazing features!

The Feast Plugin is designed to look great with SEO, accessibility, and pagespeed in mind.


I actually wrote an entire blog post about what I love about Flodesk and why I made the switch from Mailchimp. Check it out here! In short, Flodesk is a click and drag email builder with a library of free templates and easy integrations. The emails are built to convert and offer mobile-first design best practices.

Click here to receive my special offer of Flodesk for $19 a month forever! If you’re still unsure, enjoy a 30-day free trial (no credit card needed)!


I truly don’t know what I would do without my QuickBooks subscription. They make it so incredibly easy to track transactions, pay taxes, create professional invoices, and more. Don’t forget to track those deductions! Get 50% off for 6 months.

Adobe Photoshop

I’m so thankful I grew up playing around in Photoshop. It’s certainly useful when I need to make quick edits, compelling graphics, or resize images. I also have Adobe Lightroom installed on my computer and love it for editing photos and tinkering with presets.

If you’re more of a Canva power user, I highly suggest upgrading to Canva Pro! Canva is incredible for creating stunning graphics, documents, and more.


If you’re going to be selling digital products like e-books or courses, Gumroad is for you! Gumroad is an online platform that facilitates the sales of products by creators directly to buyers.

Once you create your account, you can start selling your products in minutes. Simply create your content, upload to Gumroad, publish, and promote!


If you’re already in the blogosphere, I’m sure you’ve heard countless Tailwind reviews. I personally use and love Tailwind for scheduling out my own pins! It helps to plan out pins that are seasonally relevant or new. Click here for a free month on Tailwind!

Educational Resources

Last but not least, don’t forget to invest in valuable products to level up your blogging career. One of the best investments I made was flying out to attend EFC, the must attend food blogger conference. I was lucky to win tickets to the event, but I still had to purchase flights, hotel, etc.

There are several online courses, conferences, and digital downloads out there… From media kit and rate sheet templates, to swipe copy for pitching brands, and more. Do you research and understand which will help you the most!

I hope this was helpful! Did I miss a paid platform or tool that you love? Share with us in the comments!

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