12 GREAT & FREE Resources To Make Your Blog Pop
You do not need to know any information on web designing in order to start a blog. WordPress can help you set up a page in minutes. It has great FREE themes that you can use to set up your site. Go to http://www.wordpress.com
Have you ever heard of Adobe Photoshop? Adobe has a great set of programs available through the website, however, the cost can be anywhere between $10 – $40 a month depending on what you buy for a package. A great alternative to photo editing software is the open source program GIMP. It is easy to use (with practice) and will help you effectively design photos for your blog. It is available here.
Looking for photos for your website? Look no further! Pexels offers royalty free images that can be used on your blog. Do not forget to check the copyright information and how the author is agreeing to share them. Go to https://www.pexels.com/.
Have a blog, and would like to make a little money by showing ads? Adsense is a product from Google where you can set up advertisements that can be shown when viewers come to your website. As people view the pages, you get paid for them! Start by going here to learn more! https://www.google.com/adsense/start/
Another great product from Google. By using GMAIL you can set up an @gmail.com account, or take a domain that you have registered to import the emails right into your Google e-mail box. GMAIL also connects to other great resources like Google Calendar. http://www.gmail.com
6. Google Analytics.
I use Google Analytics to view the information on the visitors I have to my website. I can see what country they are from, what link or source they came from to my site, and additional important information. It is great to view all the traffic coming to your website. https://analytics.google.com/
Loading speed of a website is one of the most important things for a blogger. It gives you a full loading speed of all the major countries that have the internet. It is a great resource, check it out here; http://www.bitcatcha.com/
Using Paypal is one of the best ways to send and receive money internationally. http://www.paypal.com
9. Google Calendar
Another great resource from google and it is free! You can set up a Calendar in Google, and link it to all of your electronic devices. I suggest making a separate tab just for your blog planning and make sure to select a different color. http://www.google.com/calendar/
I was introduced to Grammarly when I first started my Doctoral Program. It is a great resource! You can use it to check grammar and punctuation. You can download a free version as an extension in Word and your browser. There is also software that can be downloaded on to your computer you can use to check your grammar. http://www.grammarly.com
11. Headline Analyzer.
It is important to have a good and eye-catching headline. Coschedule has a great tool you can use… all you have to do is plug in your Headline in the search bar, and it will give you a rating on how well your headline will work. https://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer
Uploading photos can take up both a lot of space and take a lot of time to load. TinyPNG helps to reduce the size of the photo, up to 90%. This will help with load speed and space. https://tinypng.com/
Disclaimer: I really appreciate you reading this article. However, this article is intended to be a general resource only and is not intended to be nor does it constitute legal advice. I am not a lawyer nor do I claim any expertise in this area at all, so if you have specific questions on this subject, your best bet is to either talk to a lawyer who specializes in FTC laws or study FTC laws for your own judgment. Any recommendations are based on personal, not professional, opinion only.