Resources

Photography

Camera Equipment (Before)
This setup is what we used when I first started my blog and it produced great photos without a huge dollar investment. Also a great starting kit to learn the basics of photography.

Camera Equipment (Now)
This is our most recent camera equipment. It’s a bit of an investment but now that my blog has become my business, we wanted to improve our overall picture quality. This is my hubby’s ideal setup and he just loves it.

Photo Editing Programs
My hubby uses these programs to edit my pictures after I apply my VSCO filter.

 


 

Apps I use for Instagram

Editing
VSCO
Snapseed

 


 

Website

Domain & Hosting

Bluehost: I’ve always received great service and reliability from them. They offer a very reasonable hosting plan starting at $3.95/mo and it’s a great package if you’re just starting your blog. Once you gain more traction then it’s time for an upgrade as you’ll notice website speeds start to decrease (see Synthesis below). If you need help with installation, here’s my post about how to setup your blog on Bluehost.

 

Logo Design

48hourslogo: Basically you post a contest (your logo job) and designers will submit their design concepts based on the criteria you provide. You can start a logo contest for $29 and the minimum contest prize for the logo designer is $99. So for $128 you can have a professional looking logo within 48 hours.

99 Designs: Another site I’ve heard great things about. Same concept as 48hourslogo, but more on a premium end. They also offer a variety of design services such as web & app design, packaging, print, etc. Higher caliber designers will be found here.

 

WordPress Themes

Themeforest.net: Where I purchased my theme for my blog. They’ve such a wide range of WordPress templates that fit any industry. Depending on the template, average costs can be between $20-$80. They also offer a wide range of plugins and additional website goodies.

ElegantThemes.com: A bit more beautifully designed. Get access to over 87 themes for the price of $69*.

StudioPress: Professional clean designs with a reputable support staff. Built on the Genesis framework.

 

WordPress Plugins

Yoast SEO: One of the best SEO plugins out there. Very easy to use and the learning curve is minimal. My hubs has also created tutorials on how to setup Yoast and use it to create SEO friendly blog posts.

Pretty Link Pro: A fun little tool that tracks link clicks. It can also create, shrink and re-direct links. Easy to manage affiliate links or customized URLs. We have the Blogger Edition for $37. Small investment and worth every penny.

Instagram Feed: I’ve been through multiple IG plugins and finally found one that provides a “follow” button below my grid. Also love the profile description feature.

Pin It Button: Provides an easy way for your visitors to “pin” your blog post images to their Pinterest by adding a “Pin it” button over the image.

W3 Total Cache: Improves speed and user experience within your blog.

Akismet: Keep out spammy comments and trackbacks. Highly recommend installing this plugin when you start your blog or you will get bombarded with 100’s of spammy comments.

 


 

Email

ConvertKit: I just recently switched from Mailchimp to ConvertKit. It’s the best user friendly email marketing service provider out there. It was created by a blogger for bloggers. I find it very easy to use and provides great features such as list segmentation, automation, tagging and reports.

LeadPages: A great tool to convert viewers into subscribers through high-quality landing pages. With an array of themes to choose from, this is my go-to when creating pop-ups and value added campaigns.

 


 

Productivity Tools

DropBox: A cloud-based file storage system. This is a lifesaver! I am able to access my files anywhere I install dropbox. I have it on my computers, iPhone and iPad. I use it mainly to transfer large photo files between my computer and iPhone so that I can edit in VSCO.

Carbonite: The ultimate worst thing that could happen is that your computer crashes and you lose all your files. I would be devastated! Carbonite will back up every file on your hard-drive automatically with no hassle.

Freshbooks: Our accounting software of choice. Allows us to track expenses, send invoices, record payments and generate reports.

Feedly: I love following other blogs from various industries and keeping up on what’s going on in the world. I was a big Google Reader user until they discontinued the service. Feedly has stepped in and filled the gap. I enjoy their service and have a paid subscription.

 


 

Daily Motivation and Learning

Podcasts
Smart Passive Income: Pat’s podcast continues to educate and motivate me in earning a passive income online. I highly recommended listening to him as I have implemented many of his techniques within my blog and online business.

Entrepreneur on Fire: An award winning Podcast where John Lee Dumas chats with today’s most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week. Always fun to hear how other entrepreneurs get started and the struggles/successes they’ve had.

Websites
Digital Photography School: I would find my hubby on this site consistently when he was trying to learn photography. It’s a great resource to reference and stocked with tons of valuable content.

16 Responses to Resources

  1. rachel moore says:

    how did you learn all this? it’s amazing. i’m so impressed and overwhelmed at the same time. i’m curious what you did before this because you seem to have taken this title by the balls as soon as you signed up. very very impressive what you guys have accomplished!! and on top of it you have the hardest job in the world – MOM!

    • Awww omg this is the sweetest comment ever!! I’d be ecstatic if my mom left me this message since I’ve been working my butt off on top of my day job to get my blog started. Sniffle, happy tears! Love it! :)

  2. Esther says:

    Goshh!!! bless you, really appreciate all these.
    xoxo
    http://www.lovekept.co.uk

  3. Farrah says:

    love this! thank you!

  4. Farrah says:

    I especially love the daily motivation & learning. I cant wait to listen to them all!

    http://www.londonhadalittlamb.com

  5. Thank you for the resources!

  6. Tessa Machen says:

    You are so helpful! I keep clicking on your blog posts and one after another are FANTASTIC. I cannot wait to start digging and researching more on the resources you have recommended. I am doing a complete revamp and change of direction of my blog that was designed about 2 years ago. Wow, have I learned so much since then on what direction I want to go in and I think we all should fall in love with the process..

    Thanks for empowering us with all that you have learned & will continue to follow and support! <3

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  8. Kelly Meyer says:

    What is your favorite VSCO filter?

  9. José says:

    Thanks for the very useful and easy tips!

  10. I love and enjoy each and every of your blog post. I been following you from the very beginning and it is so joyful to see how much you have accomplish. You are such an inspiration Brittany, thank you for sharing all your tips.

  11. Julie says:

    Hi Brittany,
    Wow…this list is incredibly helpful and your blogging series is an unbelievable resource. So comprehensive and straight forward. I wondered if you could give any advice on making your blog mobile friendly? Before I invest in a theme and plug ins etc, I want to make sure it will look good on a mobile device. Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated!
    Many thanks for all the amazing content you post,
    Julie

    • Brittany says:

      Hi Julie! Most WordPress themes now are already optimized for mobile, just make sure to read the features it comes with. Also while you preview the theme, there is an option to view it as mobile.

  12. Jena Guisti says:

    Hi Brittany,

    I was wondering what plugin you use for a shop page feature on the blog? I am struggling to figure this out! Thank you so much! I love all of your tips and advice in this series, so helpful!

    Jena

  13. Mallory says:

    Love this post so much! I bookmarked it so I have easy access to it! As a new blogger, I SO appreciate posts like this! Love your blog girl!

    <3
    DrWinesBlog

  14. Adrina says:

    I just LOVE your site/blog and all the tips you offer! I hope you are planning on offering classes or webinars soon!

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