Since MrsJanuary.com has grown so much in the last few years, I’m asked “How do I start a blog?” almost daily. So, I thought it would be helpful to create this page of resources for bloggers. If you’re looking to start a blog of your own, these are the tools that I encourage you to use.
Disclaimer: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, and I will earn a commission if you purchase something through them. Please note that I am not posting these links just to earn a quick buck, but because I have used these services and know that they work – therefore, I highly recommend them.
GoDaddy – I’ve been using GoDaddy for over 10 years now. They’re the only site I’ve ever used to purchase my domain names! I’ve purchased dozens of domains, and have never had any issues with the GoDaddy service. Their prices are very reasonable, and on top of that, there is almost always a GoDaddy coupon code available, so do a quick Google search before purchasing your domain name.
—————————————————————————————————————————Bluehost – This is the company that we used for Mrs January in the beginning. It was fabulous, we never had down time, and Bluehost is very inexpensive, which means more profits for you from your blog! Now that Mrs January has more traffic, we have [sadly] moved on from Bluehost, but I still recommend it to new bloggers because they’re awesome!
—————————————————————————————————————————WordPress – If you’re going to start a blog, I strongly recommend setting it up on WordPress – and I mean WordPress.org NOT WordPress.com. People take you more seriously if you have your own website, so don’t get something like sarahlovescupcakes.wordpress.com; instead, get sarahlovescupcakes.com and host it on WordPress. It’s free, and WordPress has more features than you could ever need for your blog.
—————————————————————————————————————————Genesis framework – Genesis is the WordPress framework that some of the web’s most popular bloggers use to run their blogs, such as Darren Rowse from ProBlogger.net and Chris Brogan of ChrisBrogan.com. Whether you’re a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search-engine-optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go.
—————————————————————————————————————————Thesis theme for WordPress – Although there are many great free WordPress themes, we wanted something a bit more customizable for Mrs January, so after doing a bit of research on the best paid WordPress themes, Thesis was the winner. We used this for 2 years on Mrs January, before we started building our own custom themes, and it served us well.
—————————————————————————————————————————Aweber – This is what we use to deliver our email newsletter every day (you can find the sign up box at the very top of this page). Although you have to pay a monthly fee for using this service, I truly do believe that this fee is worth it. As a blogger, it’s important to stay in touch with your readers, and email is a great way to do that. I’ve used a free email service and I’ve used Aweber, and Aweber is much better!
—————————————————————————————————————————LeadPages – I love using LeadPages! It’s a fantastic way to get more email subscribers, and LeadPages makes it so easy to set up “squeeze pages”. I’m not a technical person at all, so I use LeadPages. Email subscribers are everything, so you need to make sure you’re doing whatever you can to get them, and LeadPages will help you tremendously.
These are the companies that I use on Mrs January. All of them have been very helpful in boosting our income, and I recommend them only because I know they work!
These are the eBooks that I’ve read personally, and that I used to help me grow Mrs January to what it is today!