We thought that it would beneficial to create this resource page to help new bloggers learn about the products and services we use to run this blog on a daily basis. This list will be updated frequently as we try/test different resources that work well for us.
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Getting Started With Your Own WordPress Blog
Blue Host – Blue Host is our #1 recommended hosting provider for individuals who are launching their first website or blog. They offer a 1-click WordPress installation and you can get your website live in under 15 minutes. If you want to learn step-by-step on setting up your blog, make sure to visit our How to Start a Blog on WordPress page. The really cool thing about this company that we love, is that they offer a free domain registration with your hosting. Give them a try today, you will be happy that you did!
Genesis Framework – Genesis Framework is the current theme we are using here at NorthxEast. It offers a wide variety of child themes for you to choose from if you need more design layout options. They also have plugins available specifically for Genesis based themes to provide you with greater customization and flexibility. The great thing about Genesis, there are plenty of Genesis designers available if you wanted to customize your theme.
Aweber – Aweber is an email marketing software that we use to distribute our newsletter emails to you. It is an autoresponder service that allows you to automate the process of sending emails to your newsletter subscribers. If you currently have a blog and not currently collecting emails, we highly recommend that you start because it allows you to follow up and send important updates to your blog readers.
OptinMonster – One huge mistake that we see far too often made by craft bloggers, is not building an email list. Having an email list is what we think is your #1 most important asset when blogging because it allows you to follow up and connect with your readers. Optinmonster is a lead generation solution that allows you to capture emails using an exit popup technology that captures someones attention before exiting your website. This is huge because once someone leaves your site, they might not ever come back. So why not capture their email before they leave, so that you can bring them back.