Curious about what resources I use to manage my online business and life? I compiled this list so you can find everything easily in one place!
I only include what I use, so if it’s here you can trust that it’s worth investing in.
I recommend two website hosting services for WordPress websites. Investing in self-hosting will give you more options in terms of what you can do with your website and is an avenue most serious bloggers take at some point in their online growth.
The first hosting provider I used for Caffeine and Conquer is Bluehost. From May 2018 – May 2019, I hosted my website on their servers and had no issues. They offer a free domain with every website and have great sign-up discounts.
From June 2019 to the present, my website has been hosted with SiteGround to take advantage of their new customer prices. My experience with them has been nothing but positive. If you sign-up with SiteGround you can look forward to fast customer service, perks, and resources to help you transition to them and optimize.
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This website is currently using the Genesis Framework on WordPress, with a child theme by Hello You Design. The framework allows for beautiful website designs and search-engine-optimization that is ideal for ranking on Google. If you’re interested in creating a dynamic website that can do almost anything, I highly recommend Genesis with a child theme.
Don’t put your pin descriptions in your ALT text field! I can’t repeat this enough. Tasty Pins makes it easy to follow best practices for Google AND Pinterest SEO. The plugin creates image fields for pin description, ID and ALT text so you can focus on both. Add multiple and hidden pins to your blog posts for added optimization.
I’m currently using MailChimp to management all my email list needs. It’s free to use for your first 2000 subscribers. I create my weekly email campaigns and automated welcome messages using this service.
Pinterest Management Resources
This is the only scheduling tool I use! An official partner of Pinterest, you can use Tailwind without fear of trying to game their system. Easy to use, smart and convenient, it saves me hours each week managing my own and client schedules.
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This online video maker makes creating video pins incredibly easy with a drag-and-drop editor. Make your own from scratch or use one of their templates.
My go-to graphic design editor for everything online, including pins, is Canva. Use their drag and drop templates to create your social media posts, pins, ebooks and almost everything else you need to design. With the paid version you can download your own fonts, save your brand colors and create a team.
There are many e-wallet and payment management services online. I use PayPal because it’s easy to create a client invoice, keep track of my sales growth and work with different currencies.
For working with Pinterest clients outside of your country, you will probably need a VPN subscription. I use Proton VPN, which allows me to change my IP address. I can access client Pinterest accounts from countries such as USA, Australia for a small monthly fee. Without changing my IP address, Pinterest kicks me out of any accounts I try and access outside of Canada and puts a block on my client’s account (their system sees my activity as suspicious since I’m outside of their country). Proton VPN allows me to work with clients all over the world!
Listed below are courses that I’ve completed and recommend. There are almost too many courses online, it can be hard to figure out which are worth the investment. I’ve definitely taken some I felt weren’t worth what I paid, however, those listed below I completely endorse.
Vlog Like a Boss
This course is perfect for aspiring YouTubers and vloggers. Created by YouTuber Amy Landino, the course covers her formula for planning your video, recommended equipment, filming tips, and a video editing tutorial. I’ve taken away so much from this tutorial and am happy to recommend it.
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Social Media Management – The Complete 2019 Manager Bootcamp
Udemy is an online learning platform where you can find practical courses at discounted prices (most of the time). I’m currently working my way through The Complete 2019 Management Bootcamp and have been taking away so much already. I conquer Pinterest already, but I want to be able to offer services to my clients such as Instagram and Facebook management. This course was created by social media managers and covers everything from best practices for each platform to designing your business, launching and becoming self-sufficient online.