(Affiliate links provided.)
For improving your site’s design + branding:
PicMonkey photo editor to help you make “Pinnable,” high-quality images.
A beautiful and highly-functional theme, like the ones from StudioPress. (I purchased my Genesis framework from them.)
Beautiful fonts, backgrounds, and other graphics like the ones from Creative Market.
A professional logo from 99designs.
Places to make more money from your blog:
IZEA – Find sponsored work opportunities.
ACTIVATE – Find sponsored work opportunities.
INFOLINKS – An ad network I’m loving.
AMAZON – For affiliate links and ads.
SOCIALIX – Find sponsored work opportunities.
Also see my post, 50 Different Ways to Make Money Blogging.
Books to read:
Bold Beginnings – my eBook focused on saving you hundreds of hours of research as a new blogger.
Ruth Soukup’s How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul
ByRegina’s EPIC BLOG planner
The traffic-building eBook from Lena Gott.