Looking for resources to help you grow your online income? This post is for you! I’ve compiled the top resources that have helped me increase my income and have taught me new strategies to grow my blog and freelance business.
My goal in creating this list is to help you find new tools + products that are effective and will help you get closer to your blogging and business dreams.
That said, let’s get into the resources!
This post contains affiliate links, but rest assured I only recommend products I’ve personally tried and absolutely love. I sincerely believe these products can help you increase your income or help you grow your blog. If you make a purchase from a link below, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting this blog! 🙂
How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale In 24 Hours Using Pinterest – I remember being nervous about investing in this ebook because I didn’t know if it’d have enough info in it, but it had everything I needed to get started. It provides you with tools and tips to succeed. And a step by step tutorial to help you get your first affiliate pin onto Pinterest and making money.
I made my first sale 3 weeks in, and 3 months later I’ve made over $500 using the affiliate marketing strategy outlined in the ebook.
Traffic Transformation: 21 Strategies I Used To Increase My Monthly Page Views From 17K To 400K In 10 Months – Lena from WhatMommyDoes is the author of this ebook and is such a huge inspiration to me. She makes a full-time income blogging online from multiple sources including ads, affiliate income, and product sales.
In this ebook, she shares 21 strategies she used to boost her traffic so that you can replicate her success. Plus, she places action steps after each section so you can apply what you’re learning right away. When you join the course you also get access to a video tutorial walking you though keyword research & optimization – so helpful!
Pinteresting Strategies – Carly from CarlyOnPurpose was able to go from 0 to 200K pageviews per month within her first few months of blogging. Now she makes a full-time income from her blog through ads, affiliate sales, and product sales. What makes this eBook unique from others is that Carly is sharing how she achieved this success through manual pinning. So essentially she was able to bring in massive amounts of traffic without a pin scheduler. Perfect for bloggers on a budget! 🙂
30 Days To Virtual Assistant Success – One of my first online courses and one of my favorites as well. It goes over picking the services you’d like to offer, creating a website/portfolio, finding clients, pitching, skill deep dives and basically everything you could ever need to know to become a VA. Highly recommend this course if you want to make money online. I was able to make my investment back within a couple hours of client work and make a return of over 2,000%. Check out my full review on the course here. 🙂
Become A Pinterest VA Today – Pinterest is HUGE right now. It has over 150+ million active monthly users and is an amazing playground for bloggers and business owners to grow their online presence on. I took this course in December and was able to get my Pinterest VA business set up within 24 hours, and made my initial investment back within an hour of client work. If you’re
(obsessed) in love with Pinterest like me and want to help bloggers + business owners grow their reach with Pinterest, definitely check this course out!
Canva – One of the most user-friendly design tools I’ve come across. Awesome for beginners and perfect for creating social media images, covers and blog graphics. Plus, there are hundreds of built-in templates you can use to help you get started on a design – super helpful if you’re not a designer by trade.
Tailwind – Pinterest is a hotspot for bloggers to promote their content these days, but nobody wants to spend hours upon hours on Pinterest when they could be working on other facets of their blog/business. Using Tailwind has saved me so much time and helped me grow my blog’s reach since it’s evolution. I’ve been able to go from 0 to 400 followers and over 120,000 monthly pin impressions per month with the help of Tailwind.
PS: Tailwind also has analytics, board lists, tribes and so many other additional features to help you keep track of your growth and experiment with what works and what doesn’t.
Grammarly – Right now I use the free browser extension of Grammarly and think it’s MEGA helpful. I’ve never been the best with grammar or spelling (Lord help me), so this extension has been a life saver for my blog. I write all my posts from my Grammarly account and then move them over to WordPress to edit and publish them.
Freshbooks – When I would do VA work for clients, I would use PayPal for billing, but after you start bringing in more consistent income, I recommend using a software like Freshbooks to manage your finances. With Freshbooks you can create beautiful invoices, track your time, analyze reports, and keep track of your bookkeeping so you’re ready for tax time. Click here for a free 30-day trial.
Toggl – When I first started out as a freelancer I would use this tool to track my time every day so I could see where I was spending all my time. It’s super simple to use and makes it easy to share your time records with your clients. Additionally, you can add client and project details to better see where you’re spending the most time on client work.
Quickbooks – As a blogger or freelancer making money online, it’s important to stay on top of bookkeeping and taxes. Quickbooks is super easy to use and gives you an overview of your finances. In addition, it shows you what your estimated quarterly taxes are after adding in transactions and filling out your tax profile. Want to sign up for a free trial to test it out for yourself? Click here. 🙂
BLOGS I LOVE
Horkeyhandbook.com – Gina is the creator of the HorkeyHandbook and has some of the best freelance advice around town. I’m a huge fan of everything she comes out with and have been following her for over a year now. Want to find or become an awesome virtual assistant? Check out Gina’s site here!
Believeinabudget.com – Kristin is the queen of side hustles and making money online. She has tons of helpful posts and courses that will help you go from in debt to making bank. Plus, she’s a Pinterest expert, so you can find tons of really helpful tips & tricks for growing your following on Pinterest on her blog as well.
Melyssagriffin.com – Melyssa is known for her amazing courses as well as her income reports. She earns 6 figures from her blog every month and is a great person to learn from for monetizing your blog.
Twinsmommy.com – Elna is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom making a living online. And her blog is FILLED with amazing content for growing your blog or starting a freelance business. Whenever I’m on her blog, I end up binge reading her posts and even re-read a few because they’re so good! Lots of value packed into each post.
Authorityhacker.com – If you want to create a money making blog then you should definitely check out Authority Hacker. It’s packed with helpful tips on building your website’s traffic and offers tactics for monetizing your blog too. They have a free training, podcast and super helpful case studies.
STARTING A BLOG
If one of your goals is to grow your income online, consider starting a blog. You can share your passion with the world and create a community of like-minded individuals by sharing your knowledge. And one awesome perk is that you can potentially make a full-time income from your blog. There are lots of bloggers making more blogging than they did at their 9-5’s. So with education, hard work, and perseverance, you can model their success and write your own story.
And that’s a wrap! I loved putting this list together for you and plan to update it with new amazing resources as I come across them! 🙂
Do you have a favorite tool or resource from the list? Or do you have any resources you use for your blog that you love? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.