February 18th 2019
So you’ve started a blog and want to find a way to take it to the next level, but you don’t know where to start. Lucky for you there are free and simple resources that can help you step up your blogging game and have you seen by more people.
When I first started my blog back in 2016, I was completely new to the idea of creating digital written content. I didn’t know how to put my blog out there and I definitely didn’t know how to create graphics that made it look like I knew what I was doing. However, now that I have years of blogging (and social media coordinator) experience, I feel I have stumbled upon quite a few resources that could really help bring a new dimension to your blogging!
- Canva– If Canva ever asked me to do a sponsored post, I would jump at the opportunity because I love them both on a professional level and on a blogging level. Canva is a site that allows you to create professional grade graphics with a super easy to use interface. You can make everything from Instagram story templates to promote new posts, featured images, Pinterest post templates, and more! Plus, you can upgrade your plan at any time to include things like smart resizing so you can have the same graphic in multiple different layouts and sizes with just the click of a button and no additional work on your part!
- Adobe Spark– Adobe Spark is super similar to Canva because it also lets your create graphics. I personally like Canva more from personal experience and the fact that Canva doesn’t have watermarks. However, I feel like Adobe Spark has some great potential and offers a lot of smart features that make making quick and easy layouts a breeze. Adobe Spark also allows you to design web pages and slideshow presentations which could have practical uses on the blogging front.
- Bloglovin– My friend showed me this site a couple of years ago and I think it has really helped bring people to my blog. Bloglovin is a platform that allows bloggers to find, read, and follow bloggers with content they enjoy. I don’t use the site much, but I have had quite a few post views attributed to Bloglovin.
- Blogerize– I have been contacted by Bloggerize a few times in the past and have loved every interaction I have had with them. They are a site that not only offers site makeover opportunities, but also classes for bloggers who are just starting out or looking to brush up on their skills.
- Social Media- This last one is super general, but I feel like a little reminder is necessary sometimes when it comes to the value of social media platforms on growing a blog. Sharing your posts to social media can attract new audiences and help you make cross-platform connections. I made a blog Instagram last August called @jessofearth. I use it to promote blog posts and also to just build a larger audience of both other bloggers and just general people who could benefit from my content. Using social media can help you find bloggers who do not work through WordPress or bloggers who solely use Instagram for their content.
These 5 resources have really come in handy over the past few years as I continue to work towards growing my blog, and I hope they help you too. I can’t wait to share more resources and tips as I begin to learn and grow more!