RESOURCES TO HELP YOUR CHRISTIAN BE BLOG SUCCESSFUL
After taking EllDuclos, “BE YOUR OWN D**N BOSS- ECOURSE,” I discovered the importance of having a resource page where all of my lovely brothers and sisters in Christ can come to find tools + awesome programs I’m using + recommend!! I’ll be sharing my blog design plus platform, plugins & support groups that have made my site successful.
NOTE: all information found in this post will help all bloggers and some links are affiliates to companies I use and trust. 🙂
BLOG DESIGN + PLATFORM
When I first launched BEAUTY CHRIST RELATIONSHIPS on November 14, 2017. I started off using BLOGGER. I am an extreme fan of that platform. At the time I did not have the finances to Self-host, so this was a great option. You see, I started my blog as a therapeutic outlet for my depression, and anxiety. But, after getting so much support. The love for you’ll ignite my passion to write and use my words to help, inspire, and motivate others.
Proverbs 1:5 states: “Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
Let those with understanding receive guidance.”
I received so much need guidance from the BE YOUR OWN D**N BOSS ECOURSE, and after gaining wisdom. I am so excited to recommend self-hosting a WordPress account! If you can afford the $11.99 a month it’s the way to go. I literally only paid $31.67 to have this wonderful site. I truly believe that Self-hosting will give you a very innovative way to heighten the professionalism of your website. Also, you will gain access to a ton of plugins. That means no more HTML coding, or doing everything from scratch. You also will get total freedom of your design and have your VERY own domain which is super duper exciting.
Self Host I Use & recommend: LyricalHosting
I recommend Lyrical Host for multiple reasons; Their fast speed servers (never crashes or causes errors), High Security (+ SSL Certificates), Fast responding knowledgeable support team, + the fact that they offer free site transfers! (if you need to transfer from WordPress. com, blogger, or a different host – they make it that much easier at NO additional cost!) + the pricing is affordable and will never cause you to go broke, + you’ll have free access to free resources such as stock photos, printables, and tips, + free templates that are super duper easy to set up. Believe, me I was intimidated transitioning from Blogger to WordPress. But, with the support, I received from this company, that intimidation soon went away. Also, when it comes time for you to Self-host, make sure to use the code BEAUTY, to snag a 10% discount to lower the cost.
WordPress Plug-in Recommendations Once you Self Host:
Sumo – For share buttons!
Akismet – For comment spam protection
Jet Pack – For quick site stat estimate
Instagram Feed – To add your Instagram feed to your blog
Easy Facebook Liker – To add a quick and fast way to like your business Facebook page via your blog!
Yoast SEO – To guide you through achieving perfect SEO (to help have your posts rank higher on google.
W3 Total Cache – Caches your wordpress pages to improve SEO
Contextual Posts – Decreases the bounce rate because it will show related posts of yours at the end of each post.
MiloTree – This is a plugin that will have a popup that alternates from either showing your (instagram, twitter, Facebook or other sites) for your readers to follow.
google XML Sitemaps – So that search engines can better index your blog
Google Analytics for WordPress – Best site stat tracker!
Page Builder – Let’s you customize your page with the drag + drop feature.
WP Maintenance Mode – Plug in to use when you are tweaking or working on your blog and you don’t want your readers to see the mess.
Pretty Link – create custom URLs to make URLs more appealing (especially affiliate URLs)
WP E-Commerce – Shopping cart plugin – if you sell products, this is how your audience would purchase them! (services and digital downloads too)
WPTouch – Perfect to transform your website to a mobile device, to make for a better mobile viewing.
CoSchedule – Helps with scheduling (editorial calendar)
WP to Twitter – Will automatically post a tweet from your blog to twitter.
Click to Tweet – Add a tweet to your post and all they have to do is hit “click to tweet”
Dropbox Backup + Restore – To backup your wordpress blog so you don’t have to worry about it being wiped from your hard drive!
Ultimate Nofollow – If you do sponsor posts it’s essential to have no follow links. This will give you the option to check if you want the link to be nofollow and it will fix the link for you!
Support Groups for Bloggers
Boss Girl Bloggers – A group that EllDuclos actually started with over 23,000 female bloggers + entrepreneurs that help each other learn, and grow successfully!
Instagram Growing Pod (Ladies Only)- A group of over 4,000 women that will help the engagement on your Instagram account grow. All you have to do participate in the threads and reciprocate.
Christian Women Blogger Unite- This group filled with over 1,000 Christian women who love Christ, give tons of advice, support, and is a different and exciting way to collaborate with others in the Christian niche. I have made a lot of blogging friends in Christ and definitely, thank God for allowing me to fellowship with these phenomenal women.
Christian Blogger Topic Talk- This is a new upcoming group created by my sister in Christ Tammy Dunlap, who has an excellent blog called Grandma Mary Martha- if you want to grow spiritually, and need help with constructing your topics for your blog, or have questions other groups which a huge following overlook. Then this group is definitely for you. You will get immediate answers and help.