Resources I Use

I have been blogging for 6 years now, and each year I have invested more into my blog. 2020 has been a great blogging year – I have managed to double my stats on the previous year, as well as grow my social media following by 2,000. Here are some of the resources I use, hopefully they can help you too.

Photos

While editing photos for Instagram, I use VSCO. I have been using this for years, and it has helped to add some consistency to my feed.

Preset: +8

Exposure: +0.5

Contrast: -1.0

Sharpen: +3

Clarity: +1

Saturation: +1

Temperature: -0.5

Tint: +1

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When editing for Pinterest, I use Canva. Using the free account, I have created 5 pre-made designs, which I can edit, using stock photos to create “Pinterest worthy” content.

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I use an app called Preview to rearrange my Instagram grid posts before I post them. This way I can produce the best feed possible!

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Scheduling

To schedule my Pins, I use Tailwind. This platform finds out when my Pinterest users are most active, and from there, allows me to Pin my blog posts according to those time slots. It makes the whole process so much easier and means that I can schedule up to 4 weeks in advance!

For scheduling Tweets, I like to use Buffer. This app means that I do not have to constantly worry about engagement, as there is always content being shared.

E-books

E-books are a tool I have ventured into using during 2020, and something that I have found incredibly useful.

I have purchased two e-books from the lovely kayleighzaraa and I have to say they are such good reads. “A Beginner’s Guide To Affiliate Sales” really helped me to decode the whole process and truly understand what I need to do. Her new e-book, “The Ultimate Guide To Blog Monetisation” is becoming a godsend in terms of climbing the next step on the blogging ladder. What I love is that it has been written in such a friendly way that it all seems manageable.

The first ever e-book I bought was from Nele at The Navagatio, who wrote SEO For Bloggers. This has been my blogging Bible over the past few months, as I am just starting out with SEO and had no idea where to start. 3 months on and I have a much better idea as to what I am doing, and have 5 more ranking keywords. May not seem like a lot, but for me it proves that something is working!

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