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Recommended Blogging Resources

I am regularly asked for recommendations on different tools, training, resources and services available to blogging. People particularly want to know what tools I use to run my blogs.

As a result I’ve put together a list of recommended blogging resources that I’ve either personally used (in most cases) or which have come highly recommended to me by people I trust.

I will add to these lists as I come across new blogging resources that I recommend.

Blog Platforms

  • WordPress.org – this is my blog platform of choice and the platform that ProBlogger and many other blogs run on.
  • WordPress.com – a free hosted blogging platform
  • MovableType – used by many top blogs
  • TypePad – another hosted option
  • Blogger – another free hosted option – owned by Google

Recommended ReadingChoosing a Blog Platform

Hosting

BlueHost – A solid host with some competitive hosting packages. I’ve also used GoDaddy – particularly in the early days of new blogs but also as a place to buy and manage domain names..

Blog Design/Themes

  • Thesis – a professionally designed WordPress blog theme with many configuration options.
  • Citrus – another fresh WordPress theme with some great features.
  • Woo Themes – a talented team of designers with some excellent themes of different styles.

Blog Training

Recommended ReadingBlogging for Beginners

Blog Monetization

  • AdSense – Googles Ad network – one of the most used monetization strategies for bloggers.
  • Chitika – one of my highest earners, a widget type ad that converts well on product related sites.
  • WidgetBucks – another popular widget type ad.
  • Shopzilla – yet another great widget based ad network
  • ShoppingAds – draws ads in from eBay.
  • Amazon Associates – make money recommending products from the biggest online store.
  • Pepperjam – an affiliate network with a growing list of products to recommend.
  • BidVertiser – another ad network popular with many bloggers.

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Other Blog Tools

  • Feedburner – a great tool for managing your RSS feeds
  • AWeber – a newsletter management tool that I used on all my blogs
  • Get Response – another newsletter/autoresponder service that many bloggers use and recommend – very reliable with some great features.
  • Google Analytics – a great free metrics/statistics program
  • Google Reader – how I read RSS feeds
  • Akismet – comment spam filtering tool

For a long list of other recommended blogging resources check out my A-Z of Professional Blogging Tools.