(Affiliate links provided.)

For improving your site’s design + branding:

PicMonkey photo editor to help you make “Pinnable,” high-quality images.
PicMonkey Photo editing made of win


A beautiful and highly-functional theme, like the ones from StudioPress. (I purchased my Genesis framework from them.)

StudioPress Premium WordPress Themes


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.