I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that bloggers can use to see the products and services that I use with my blog. The list will be continually evolving as I find different resources that are worth mentioning.
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I use all of the products listed below and recommend them because they are companies that I have found helpful and trustworthy. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything listed below!
STARTING YOUR OWN BLOG
Bluehost is the hosting company for Karla’s Making It. They offer a streamlined and easy way to get up and running with your blog on WordPress. Bluehost has free domain name registration, is amazingly affordable, and is the perfect place to start. And the best part! Because of our long standing relationship with Bluehost, Karla’s Making It users get a discount on their monthly membership cost if they purchase through one of our links. Since I can relate with the not having a clue on how to set up a website stuff, If you need help setting up your website, be sure to check out the START YOUR BLOG OR SITE IN 5 MINUTES WITH BLUEHOST AND WORDPRESS page if you want a step-by-step run down of how to start your own blog using Bluehost.
Free WordPress Themes– WordPress has thousands of free themes available if you’re not interested in purchasing a “premium” theme right away. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking to start your blog without spending a lot of money right off the bat. Be sure to do some research and check the theme’s rating before you download it and install it onto your blog. I would recommend looking for themes with a four or five star rating.
MailChimp – MailChimp is the email marketing software we use to send the Karla’s Making It blog posts and other material via email. MailChimp makes it easy to design fabulous email campaigns, share them on social networks, integrate with web services you already use, manage subscribers and track your results. Bottom line: it’s simple, it’s powerful, and they have awesome customer support. Still not convinced? How about this: they have an account option that’s completely free!