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Starting a blog can be overwhelming so I’ve compiled a list of my favorite blogging resources. I am suggesting these resources because I either use them and believe in them or know someone who does and trust their judgement. Some of these recommendations are affiliate links meaning if you click them and end up buying something or subscribing to something I will earn a commission at no added cost to you.
I spent so much time researching different web hosts, a year really. I knew the choice would be between the top two and I ended up going with SiteGround which is usually ranked 1 or 2 on most hosting lists. In order to have a successful blog and especially if you plan to monetize it self hosting is a must. I have been very happy with my site’s speed, load times and up time. They have different types of hosting, I use WordPress hosting, and different plans to choose from starting at $3.95 a month.
You will need to install a theme for your blog. While there are many free themes you can use you may decide to upgrade to a paid theme. Themes can run anywhere from $0 – $1000 but most are usually between $15 – $80. Even though I love a bargain sometimes it pays to spend a little more to get a better product and many times paid themes come with added benefits. I use the Lucy & Lane theme from Angie Makes. There are lots of helpful tips in the Knowledge Base if you find yourself lost or you can contact support for more detailed help.