Toolbox for bloggers and those looking to create a website as well as traffic. These are all tried, tested and highly recommended.

Will be consistently updated with quality only.



Top Hosts;

Having a good hosting company is probably the most important step you can take. It allows you control, independence and security.

 

 

 

Inmotion Hosting- Link

Incredible customer service.

I can’t tell you how many times they fixed things for me. Never had to wait longer than 5 minutes myself to have someone on the line ready to help.

Load time: 701ms
Uptime: 99.97%
Cost: $2.95/mo (3 year plan)
SupportLive Chat (avg. response ~7min)

 

 

SiteGround-Link

 

Load time: 585ms
Uptime: 99.98%
Cost: $3.95/mo 
SupportLive Chat (avg. response ~2min)

 

 

BlueHost-Link

Load time: 521ms
Uptime: 99.98%
Cost: $2.95/mo (3 year plan)
SupportLive Chat (avg. response ~9min)

 

 

 

Note: Check all three out as price and package details can change quickly. But rest assured, all three are quality hosts.

Always add privacy as a part of any package to keep from constant spam and private info being public.

(Host Stats Courtesy of Hostingfacts.com)

Traffic Building

 

Pinterest

Utilizing Pinterest is nearly vital in building traffic to any new blog. Create an account, make various boards generally revolving around your niche.

Consistently pin and ignore posting “80/20” or whatever else percentage you may have been told to pin when it comes to your own content over others.

Starting out I would think it’s pretty much impossible to post more of your own content than what you would be pinning from others. Unless that is you are not pinning others pins at all or you are creating content at ungodly speeds. Both are probably not good ideas.

(Use Pinterest in conjunction with Tailwind as well as Boardbooster for a speedier incline in traffic.)

Tailwind will allow you to pin automatically throughout the day (only the first 1000 is free). Do the initial setup, go through the initial tutorial and don’t ignore Pinterest Tribes.

Tailwind TipEven though it is only free to post automatically the first 1000, you can in fact continue to add to the queue. While adding to the queue you can pin in bulk once awhile manually. It still helps traffic.

Boardbooster is fairly similar to Tailwind though it allows you to re-pin your old pins. Personally I do this for approx 1 pin a day. It is also pretty handy for joining more tribes than you would be able to on Tailwind.

 Note:  It is also NOT free after the first 1000. But utilizing what you can even on the free version still helps traffic increase. See pics below.

(avg. monthly viewers is actually 65k not 49k on the 25’th as the graph shows)

http://www.pinterest.com/arcticflavor

 

 

Reddit

Traffic building can be hit or miss  here. Oftentimes most sub-reddits will have rules in place particularly for those who link to their own material.

You can however find pretty much anything you are looking for here from feedback to showcasing your own website.  I have had varied success both being praised and being banned (didn’t read the rules to the group beforehand)

If you can find that perfect place within Reddit for your post it can be a constant source of traffic. Even now some of my old post continue to get visitors.

Just keep in mind, rules, rules, rules.

SNES Classic Guide

 

 

 

Facebook

An obvious choice to get your blog noticed albeit not an easy one. Advertising will only go so far unless you are willing to pay big bucks in the long run.

Best choices are to join and create groups in relation to your niche. Like for likes are not advisable as this is just building a fake audience that really doesn’t care what you are doing and probably won’t give you the impact you may think it might.

 Note: Hard to master, slow in returns. Unless of course you are a wizard, genius, or otherwise.

 

Worth mentioning:

Twitter

Depending on your niche this may or may not be easier than Facebook.

Instagram

A very popular choice among fashion and travel bloggers.

LinkedIn

While I have seen large success with LinkedIn I personally have struggled with it.

Google+

Not quite as popular as the others but has the ability to still spike traffic.

Quora

Excellent choice for feedback. If you can answer others questions as well with content you create than it is possible to drive high amounts of traffic.

StumbleUpon

Posting here can be beneficial.  There have been quite a few success stories I have seen and or heard about. Personally however I have not had much luck with it. Worth the try nonetheless.


Useful WordPress Plugins for starters:

You can find any of these within the WordPress dashboard under Plugins/add

 

 Mailchimp (Good for collecting emails until you become more popular. Than ConvertKit)

Yoast SEO (On-page content analysis, XML sitemaps and much more.)

W3 Total Cache (Very fast caching plugin for WordPress.)

Page Builder By SiteOrigin (A drag and drop, responsive page builder that simplifies building your website.)

Akismet Anti-Spam (Probably the most popular spam blocker)

WP Smush (Image Optimizer)

Simple Custom CSS and JS (Easily add Custom CSS or JS to your website)

WP-Optimize (Database optimizations and more)

ThirstyAffiliates (affiliate link management. Collect, collate and store your affiliate links for use in your posts and pages.)

Elementor (advanced frontend drag & drop page builder)


Useful Website Debug Tools

 

Google PageSpeed Analyzer

Excellent to see where your page optimization is and general feedback on things that can make it faster.

Google Mobile-Friendly Test

Something you should always use once in awhile. Being mobile-friendly is a must. Fix any errors asap if found.

Facebook Debugger

Good to check if you are having issues with your websites pictures showing up while sharing a post or site address. In conjunction with the plugin Yoast SEO this issue can be easily fixed.

Pinterest Rich Pin Validator

Make sure your pins are Rich Pins. They get shared the most.


Analytic Tools

 

Google Analytic

Note: Plugins such as WP- Statistics can be useful as well.

(updating analytic tools)


Top Copyright Free Image Sources

 

Pixabay (Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0)

Pexels– (You can use all images on Pexels for free, even for commercial use.)

Unsplash– (Beautiful high quality free images and photos you can download and use for any project. No attribution required.)

StockSnap— (Every image falls under the Creative Commons CC0 license)


General Tips

 

How to Remove the Powered by WordPress Footer Links

 

To remove the WordPress logo footer and your theme is not allowing you to easily do so. You may have to edit the footer.php code.

From the Appearance/ Editor option choose from the right hand side “footer.php” under theme files. Once navigated to the footer code search for such terms as “powered by” and delete the line of code.                                                                Example:

www.arcticflavor.org Footer delete

Note: NEVER add the below line in CSS unless you wish to ruin your SEO.

#site-info {display:none}

Menu Sub-Categories

To easily create sub categories go to Appearance/Menus. From here instead of creating a category create a “custom link” and use # as the url and the navigation link will be the menu name in which the sub-menus will stem from.

www.arcticflavor.org Menu creation

 

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