- Pinterest for Business – The official site for learning about Pinterest for business, best practices, and changes in the platform.
- Simple Pin Media – This is probably my favorite website for learning about Pinterest’s best practices. The podcast is especially helpful. This covers all topics on Pinterest from set up to running your own business to trends.
- Meagan Williamson – Meagan has some awesome free challenges and her posts have a tremendous amount of practical information for beginners.
Social Media Resources
- Tailwind – Schedule posts to Pinterest and see your numbers grow! Using a Pinterest strategy will improve your blog traffic.
- Smarter Queue – Schedule your social media posts with ease. This app is a helpful tool to help you create an editorial calendar that puts out your content on a schedule. Using this frees up your time. I recommend still checking in to your social channels to respond to comments, add real-time content, and connect.
- Send Owl – An easy-to-use tool that works for selling digital products and links to your email service and WordPress website.
- Adobe Creative Cloud – I highly recommend using Photoshop for pin creation because it looks more professional.
- Creative Market – Various resources from print materials, illustrations, vectors, fonts, and other design assets that will help you design lead magnets or social media images.
- Canva for Work – I use this app when I want to create graphics quickly without having to pull out the Adobe products. The templates in Canva are easy to use, modern, and come with free stock images and illustrations. Use the free version if you have limited spending. The premium comes with many other features that I enjoy using.
- LightStock – These are non-cheesy images geared towards people of faith. Not all the images are church-related and you can use them on other non-church websites. They send free photos and vectors once a week and also provide a monthly video.
- Shutterstock – Stock photo subscription service. Tons of photos to choose from, however, there is a monthly or yearly fee involved depending on the plan you choose.
- Unsplash – Free photos. I’ve found a lot of good quality photos here, but a lot of people use Unsplash so you’ll be using photos others are using on your posts and social media. Access my free photos here.
- Pexels – Another free photo website with other options that Unsplash doesn’t provide.
- Pixabay – Another good source for photos. Here’s my profile with several free photos.
- Ivory Mix – Free photo resource library with hundreds of stock photos. These photos are mostly feminine. I had a hard time finding any to match my brand, at least in the free library. She does send out new photos every month.
- Morguefile – Not as good as the others listed, but some other photos if you are struggling to find one.
- Flywheel Hosting – Freelancers who need fast hosting use Flywheel. It comes with excellent customer service, tutorials on how to use, and a clean control panel. Plus, it’s super fast! No one wants to wait for your pages to load, so Flywheel makes your site load fast. Now includes Genesis Framework and free themes!
- Tasty Plugins – Get others to post your Pinterest pins! This plugin allows you to change the description, titles, and anything else. Hide images in your posts and they’ll only be seen if someone wants to pin your post to Pinterest.
- Convert Kit – Service for automated email sequences, which makes creating emails and sending them a breeze. Convert Kit offers a trial and even sends you a free t-shirt!
- Mailerlite – I’ve used both Convertkit and Mailerlite for email. Mailerlite is what I use for this site. (I use convertkit for my other website). Mailerlite is a less expensive option and is easier to learn especially when you are just starting out.
- Clean Talk Spam Plugin – Keep your website free from spam and hackers with this plugin. This is an inexpensive way to get rid of unwanted visitors.
Classes & Training
- Complete Convertkit Tutorials – If you use convertkit, these tutorials are helpful for getting started and working with the tools offered.
- Digital Commerce Academy – This course will teach you how to market your business that revolves around digital products.
- Pinterest Academy – Learn the ins and outs of using Pinterest for your business.
- Facebook Blueprint – Learn to create your Facebook page, run ads, and promote your business.
- Meera Kothand – She teaches blogging, email marketing, and more! Her Addicted Business Academy is well worth the monthly fee! Definitely check out her free stuff as you will learn quite a bit with her valuable information and classes. You can also find her books on Amazon and sometimes get them inexpensively.
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