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!

Online Baking

After you form your LLC and secure an EIN, I highly suggest Bank Novo for your business bank account. It’s free, they have several integrations and perks, plus support is incredible. You even get a card!

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 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!