best practices + transparent advice for content creators

I wanted to create an evolving list of resources that will help both beginner and growing bloggers. These are products and services that I use with my blog. I only recommend brands that I use, love, and trust!

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. These are companies that I have found helpful and I am happy to answer any questions you have about them.

Blog Host

I highly recommend WPopt for your host engine. The support team is very responsive, helpful, and kind!

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 all in mind.

Email Marketing

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.

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Accounting Software

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.

Creative Design

Adobe Photoshop is my go-to when I need to make quick edits, 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.

Online Seller Platform

If you’re going to be selling digital products like e-books or downloads, Gumroad is for you! They facilitate the sales of products by creators directly to buyers.

Simply create your content, upload to Gumroad, publish, and promote!

Social Scheduler

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!

Tips for Monetizing

Grab my Ultimate Guide for Pitching Brands to copy and paste the exact pitch templates I use to land paid partnerships.

Don’t waste time creating a media kit from scratch! Grab my fully-customizable templates! Check out more of my favorite blogging gear! I hope this was helpful. xo