Keeping my blog up and running takes a lot of work. More work than I’d like to admit. Since I blog about several different topics, I need tools systems and processes in place to help keep my blog running so I don’t drown in all the work to maintain it. I’ve been taking the time to really analyze my systems and processes to really figure out how I can increase my consistency. The tools below have helped me so far and I’ll be exploring them, even more, to take my blog to the next level.
I was on Twitter and saw a thread about email providers, and MailerLite kept coming up several times, so I decided to check it out. I’ve used different email platforms before, but nothing quite did the job I was looking for, and most importantly I was looking for something cost-effective. MailerLite is like my holy grail. Think MailChimp and ConvertKit together. I can maximize my emails and platforms with all the features such as automation templates, drag and drop campaigns, and more. if you’re looking for an email provider, MailerLite might just be what you’re looking for.
Of all the websites I’ve had, and there have been plenty, WordPress has never failed me. The site you are currently on is a self-hosted WordPress site. Self-hosted WordPress vs a wordpress.com website allows for more functionality and customization options. Plus there are tons of themes and page builders available for WordPress.
In order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve come from. Google analytics has allowed me to the metrics of my website. From page views, new users, demographics, locations, and my most visited pages, these metrics have allowed me to improve the content I provide on my website. If you have a website without Google Analytics installed, stop playing around get it on your website.
MemberVault was something that I stumbled upon and it’s a tool that I’m looking to dive deeper with. MemberVault allows me to host all of my deliverables and lead magnets and also has the option to add courses, which I’m planning for the future. So if you’re looking for a platform that allows you to host freebies and sell courses, MemberVault definitely is a tool that you can use to do that. Not to mention, they have a forever free plan. I’m still working on my account and will be adding many more things to it soon, but you can take a peek at it here. If you want to try out MemberVault in your own business, you can get a forever free account using my affiliate link.
I really cannot remember how I came across Jennifer’s website, but I’m glad I did. Her theme design skills are amazing and can transform any blog. These are the best themes I’ve comes across in a very long time and she’s constantly updating and adding new themes. The current theme on my website is Hello Chic from her website. If you’re looking for a theme to start off your website, I would definitely recommend HelloYouDesigns.
ClickUp is a project management tool I use to track all my blog tasks and different projects that I want to further pursue. I’ve tried Asana, Trello, and Basecamp in the past, but ClickUp has definitely served me well and continues to do so. they also just re-released it and made some updates and added more features so it’s even more intuitive and even easier to work with.
Systems and processes will be my primary focus because I don’t want to drown in so much work that I lose sight of the reality that I want to create for myself. Check out some of these tools and let me know which works for you.