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Bluehost: If you’re interested in starting a blog, particularly if you’re looking to save money, I highly recommend WordPress and then choosing Bluehost to host your website. Bluehost powers over 2 million websites worldwide, they offer a free domain, free site builders, 24×7 support, and a money back guarantee. You can start a website for as little as $3.95 per month. Be sure to use WordPress .org and not .com as the .com version is not self-hosted and is much more difficult to customize and almost impossible to monetize. For more information on starting a blog and saving money in the process, check out How To Start A Blog In Five Easy Steps.
Pinterest Unpuzzled: Don’t wait to start using Pinterest. I’ve seen so many bloggers say that they haven’t even touched Pinterest yet. This is a huge mistake! Pinterest is my number one source of referral traffic and I attribute that to Eden Fried’s course, Pinterest Unpuzzled. This is an online, self-paced course that teaches you all of the basics of Pinterest as well as how to automate your pinning so that Pinterest works for you! After taking the course in July 2017, I went from 8,300 monthly viewers in June to over 182,000 in August and my followers are steadily growing.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: I recommend checking out the online course for bloggers, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Michelle Schroeder- Gardner is amazing and earns over $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing. She shares her exact strategies and tips in this very informative online course. If you’re a blogger, experienced or new, then you NEED this course. It’s hands down, the best course I have taken on affiliate marketing and has made a huge impact in my approach to affiliate marketing on my website.
Board Booster: This goes right along with using Pinterest. Are you putting off Pinterest because between blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you just don’t have the time? I totally get it, but Board Booster is your answer! You can automate your pinning with Board Booster so that you can maintain a pinning schedule and blast out all your pins at once to group boards, costing you very little time but maximizing your growth. The best part, Board Booster is free to try out and then they have plans for as little as $5 per month. This is a must-have tool, it will save you LOADS of time.
Tailwind: Much like Board Booster, Tailwind allows you to automate a pinning schedule and spread your pins out so they are being posted at the ideal times. They also offer Tailwind Tribes, somewhat similar to group boards on Pinterest, where you can share your pins with your tribe and potentially see a lot of traffic from re-pins. You also receive a free trial and tribes are currently free.
Ivory Mix: One of the keys to a successful blog is having high-quality photographs that you can then turn into high-quality pins. As much as I like to pretend I am a photographer, let’s be real, I mostly photograph my children. In my search for free stock photos, I came across Ivorymix.com. Shortly after, I became a paying member. Not only is it one of the lowest cost stock photo memberships I’ve seen, but they offer high-resolution photos, unlimited access and downloads that can be used across all platforms, and also photos that are specific to a variety of niches.
Etsy: I don’t see this widely advertised, but did you know you can purchase your WordPress theme on Etsy? That’s where I got mine and it was a steal. Most sellers will also give you detailed instructions for installing or offer upgrade packages to install it for you. Not a graphic designer? You can also purchase logos and other graphics on Etsy.
WAYS TO SAVE OR MAKE MONEY ONLINE
Ebates: You can get paid to shop or for referring others to Ebates. Sign up for a website like Ebates and you can earn CASH BACK for shopping as you normally would online. Go to Ebates and click on a store that you want to shop through and then just shop as normal. Ebates makes a commission for referring you to the store and then they share that commission with you. Easy money! Earn $5 for every friend you refer and if two friends join and make a purchase, you get a $40 bonus! Sweet! You can also download their mobile app or download the Ebates Cash Back button that automatically notifies you of cash back deals while you shop online. Use my link to join for free and get a free $10 cash back bonus!
Flex Offers: Sign up to become an affiliate publisher with a company like Flex Offers. They have hundreds of companies in their list of advertisers and if approved, you can also refer other publishers and earn up to 50% of the profits.
Awin: Sign up to be a publisher with Awin and get paid for referring other revenue generating publishers. Awin offers a $30 reward when your referred publisher receives their first payment. You can also join advertising programs for top consumer brands such as Etsy.