Blogging Resources

Hey, I’m Lisa. If you are curious to know how to build a blog from scratch and how to start with Affiliate Marketing then you are in the right place!

This Resources Page will give you everything you need to get started.

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This page may contain Affiliate Links. This means if you click a link and make a purchase then I may receive a small commission.

These are the tools I personally use on my blog now or have used in the past on this blog. They all stood me in good stead and some of them taught me everything I now Know!

I hope they serve you as well as they have served me!

Web Hosting And Domain Registration

Wealthy Affiliate is my number #1 Recommendation for an all-in-one platform that will provide Web-hosting and Domain Registration as well as teaching you everything about blogging, SEO, and Affiliate Marketing.

WPX Hosting

If You have not joined Wealthy Affiliate and you are looking for very fast hosted website hosting then I highly recommend WPX Hosting.

WPX Hosting offers premium managed WordPress hosting that focuses on providing fast website load times and first-class support. They are one of the fastest WordPress hosting providers that is performance-optimized and ready for any traffic increases That will come your Way

Fast web hosting equals value for money.

WordPress Hosting

There are tons of WordPress themes out there, but my #1 recommendation is GeneratePress Premium. It is a well-coded and super lightweight theme. 

With GeneratePress Premium, you can expect your website to be super fast and flexible. It is the most SEO-friendly WordPress theme. It outputs clean, precise structured data, ensuring search engines can index your site from the start. 

In the premium version of GeneratePress, you can get all the premium modules like Backgrounds, Colours, Copyright, Disable Elements, Menu Plus, Secondary Navigation, Sections, Site Library, Spacing, Typography. That gives you the flexibility to make a lot of code-free changes.

Keyword Research Tool

Jaaxy was built by the owners of Wealthy Affiliate. If you are a member of Wealthy Affiliate, you will be able to use Jaaxy Lite for free. If you are not a member you can purchase a monthly or annual subscription.

Jaaxy is a great keyword research tool developed by affiliate marketers for affiliate markers. It offers valuable keyword data like traffic, competition and keyword ideas. You can easily and quickly dig out the unique, low-hanging fruit keywords to boost your business.

Jaxxy Also has lots of features that other keyword research tools don’t have. Keyword, Avg, Traffic, QSR, KQI, and SEO. 

Semrush

If You haven’t signed up to my number 1 recommendation Wealthy Affiliate then my number #2 recommendation is definitely Semrush.

This tool will give you analysis on back-links, competitor analysis, Keyword research and does a full SEO audit of your site. Personally I use both of these tools to get different perspectives and suggestions.

Track where your pages are in the search engines.

WP Rocket

When it comes to caching plugins, I highly recommend WP Rocket. WP Rocket is a plugin that enables caching on WordPress websites with the aim of speeding up the websites with minimal effort.

In addition to caching, WP Rocket has some other features such as compressing HTML, JavaScript, and CSS files, Image lazy load, etc. All of these can speed up websites with no technical knowledge and very little effort required. 

Simply activate WP Rocket on your site, and you should start seeing improved loading times.

However, if your website is hosted on Wealthy Affiliate, you may not need WP Rocket as Wealthy Affiliate has the in-built caching tool, SiteSpeed. If you decide to use WP Rocket for more control or customization, make sure you turn off SiteSpeed to avoid conflicts.

MalCare GDPR Ready


There are a lot of different WordPress security plugins and services available on the market. But MalCare is my #1 recommendation.

MalCare is a WordPress security plugin and service hybrid that provides WordPress firewall protection with statistics on traffic, blocked attacks and also protection for possible WordPress brute force attacks. You can get the complete security maintenance package with MalCare.

MalCare uses 100+ signals to identify the malware and helps you to detect the malware before it attacks your website.

It is a hybrid service because their plugin acts as a connector, so it does not require a lot of resources to run. All the configuration and management is done from their online dashboard and they have server side scanning. 

This means that all resource-intensive operations, such as malware scanning, are not done on your site. So the performance of your WordPress site is not affected by the malware scanning process or security protection.

CheckoutWC

CheckoutWC replaces your checkout page with a beautiful, responsive and conversion optimized design. With this plugin, the checkout process will be split into three steps, aimed at keeping your customers focused on a single task at once. In addition, the plugin dynamically recognizes if a user has an account and allows (but doesn’t force) the customer to login. You can also customize various backgrounds and colours.

The default WooCommerce checkout page is not good in design and may reduce the conversion rate. Therefore, CheckoutWC is a must-have plugin for every WooCommerce store.

Pinterest Courses

My number 1 recommendation for a manual and scheduled Pinning course is by Amy LeBlanc. This strategy works better than any other course I have purchased!

What makes this course very different from others is the SECRET HACK That will have you making one pin into 10 that are all classed as New Pins It’s Genious!

Manual Pinning Course

If you just like to pin manually on Pinterest then I highly recommend Carly Campbell’s course. It works like magic.

I have tried both courses separately to give you an unbiased recommendation and they both work brilliantly. Now I’m using them both together!

WP Tasty

WP Tasty is a must plugin if you are sharing pins directly to Pinterest from your blog posts. This plugin will send the pins out with your key worded description and hash tags each and every time a user shares your pin.

This saves you a ton of time as you only need to fill up the description once and then you can forget about it.

Adds a hover button to remind the user to pin the image as well as being compatible with the Elementor page builder and Lightening fast so it doesn’t slow your site down.

TailWind Schedular

If you are using Pinterest and you need a scheduler this is the only one that can be recommended because it’s the one in the official partnership.

I personally use Tailwind and my traffic has exploded and continues to do so each and every month. Not only that it will also save you loads of time as the scheduler pins for you even when you are sleeping.

Tailwind also has a create feature where you can have your pins made for you!

Can be used for Instagram as well as Pinterest.