Here’s a list of resources that have helped me as a blogger. I hope they can help you, too. Note that all of the below are affiliate links. ALSO note that if you’re a blogger, you can deduct the purchase of these items as a business expense on your schedule C. Consult your tax adviser for more information.
This ebook from ProBlogger helps focus your blogging efforts and make changes that will have a big impact. His second edition has an extra week of material. Search for coupon codes!
I appreciate the Simple Blogging ebook from Rachel at Small Notebook because it’s for bloggers who don’t necessarily endeavor to make lots of money from their blogs. It’s for bloggers who enjoy blogging (and who maybe enjoy making money from it), and it helps to figure out priorites and make the best use of blogging time. You can get a preview of her book by clicking on the icon.
This blog critique is more like a workbook, filled with ideas and resources. She mentions specific plug-ins that could be beneficial. The download package comes with an Excel file for you to track and log your progress. I’ve implemented a number of changes mentioned in this book on my blog and I think I’m already seeing results.
I’ve used BlueHost from the beginning and never have had an issue with their service. Reasonably affordable, too.
The bulk of my income comes from text link and banner ads in the sidebars. I’m back to adding Google Adsense, and so far I’m not earning much…but every little bit helps, right?
I’ve had the most financial success with affiliate programs such as Ebates, Swagbucks, and CashCrate. I had the most affiliate referrals back in 2008 when Ebates was relatively new. It seems that most people who will participate in something like Ebates or Swagbucks already have signed up, and I haven’t had a new referral credit in a long time. Your results may vary.
One of my text link ad providers is LinkWorth, and their ads represent about 10% of my total revenue, so not bad! Definitely my easiest source of advertisement, next to Adsense.
- Blogging with Amy is great for blog encouragement and nitty gritty how-tos as well
- MomComm has plenty of blogging and social media tips and ideas
- The Sits Girls (the secret to success is support) is a large blog network designed to encourage bloggers.