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Resources & Tools Used to Build Tasty Itinerary Blog

Hosting Options

Kinsta

Tasty Itinerary is currently being hosted by Kinsta. They provide high-quality service and hosting speed that helps the site run smoothly and speedy.

Site Ground

Kathy’s On It is being hosted by Siteground. If you want a hosting site that fits a budget with great customer service, Sitegrund is a good option. Siteground’s customer service chat option is a lifesaver.

Bluehost

Blue Host offers a 1-click WordPress installation. It is my #2 choice as it is cost-effective and easy to use. I’d say, great for beginner bloggers. I was with them for 3 years and switched once my contract was up.

Theme

Trellis by Mediavine

Currently, this site is using the Trellis by Mediavine theme. If you’re looking for a theme that’s straightforward but focuses primarily on page speed, Trellis by Mediavine is one of the best out there.

Legally Protect Your Blog

A Self Guru Legal Bundle

Did you know it’s illegal not to have a Privacy Policy and Disclaimer on your blog? Fortunately, Amira from A Self Guru, a lawyer, who is also a blogger and a business coach offers a Legal Bundle that includes a Privacy Policy, Disclaimer, and Terms and Conditions template at an affordable price. 

As a newbie blogger looking to expand your blog, investing in the proper tools is essential, and this legal bundle is a must.

Social Media Tools

Ell’s Pinterest E-Course

To plan my grid, stay up to date with the best times to post and hashtags, I use two apps: Planoly & UNUM. 

To drive traffic to my blog, I post to Pinterest. Without Ell’s Pinterest E-course, I would have never been able to triple my traffic through Pinterest. 

Tasty Pins

The Tasty Pins plugin assists with optimizing images for SEO and Pinterest. I highly recommend using Tasty Pins if you plan to share Pinterest images with your posts.

Another alternative to Tasty Pins is the Mediavine Grow plugin.

Seo Tools

Key Search Tool

Keysearch Tool is an SEO keyword research tool that is an absolute must when researching SEO for blog content.

Photography & Design

Adobe Lightroom

All my photos are edited in Adobe Lightroom. Currently, I pay $9.99 per month for the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which includes Lightroom, Photoshop, and full access to Adobe Creative Cloud Express.  

Canva

All my Pinterest pins are created using Canva. This app is easy and free to use, although the Pro account is worth the extras design elements.

Affiliate Marketing

ShareAsale offers affiliate programs for a variety of merchants, including Tailwind & Viator. 

Skimlinks is easy to sign up for and once applied to your site, it monetizes your links.

Amazon is a great start for all bloggers to recommend products they use to their readers.

Awin.com is another affiliate program that costs $5 to sign up but is returned to you with your next payment.