Tools & Resources
I use a variety of different tools to help me in my writing career. In the digital age, it takes a combination of writing skill and marketing to achieve your goals. The products shown below help me to do both. Some of them are free and some of them contain affiliate links, which means I receive a commission at no extra cost to you if you decide to purchase. I believe in all of the products listed below and these are all personal recommendations of things I actually use.
Bluehost: If you’re looking to start a writing career, using a self-hosted blog is the way to go. Bluehost is affordable, starting at $3.95/month, and it’s easy to set up. I even created a tutorial here that walks you through the process of signing up for hosting and installing WordPress on your website. New customers also receive a free domain name with their hosting package.
Blogging & Email Marketing
WordPress: WordPress makes it simple to start a website in a short period of time. It’s the most user-friendly solution for those of us who aren’t technically savvy. Bluehost helps you set up and install WordPress on your website.
Leadpages: Leadpages helps you create landing pages for collecting email addresses, webinar announcements, sales pages, and much more. Out of all the tools I use, it’s had the most impact on the growth of my blog and has personally lead to 1000+ email sign ups. I’ve used Leadpages to get 200+ email subscribers with one blog post, you can find out how I did that here.
Mailchimp: Part of having a writer platform involves using email marketing software. Mailchimp is what I recommend if you’re just starting out, it’s also free up to 2,000 subscribers.
Sumome: Sumome is an all inclusive tool to help increase traffic to your website. There’s a free and paid version, but the free version has more than enough solid features to get you started.
Google Analytics: You don’t want to obsess over your traffic, but it’s important to know how many people are visiting your website in order to create strategies to increase it.
Tribe Theme: I used Tribe Theme for my website. I love the simple and clean design it provides.
Self-Publishing School: I used SPS to learn how to write and publish my first book. I made every penny on my investment back and then some. Without SPS, I wouldn’t have written my first book.
Audible: I like reading physical books, but I take advantage of audio books when I’m driving and exercising. If you’ve never signed up with audible before, you can get two free books when you join.
Books: To be a great writer you must be a great reader. The link goes to a page of my reading recommendations. Feel free to check any of them out and add them to your library.
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