I haven’t found a lot of resources about craft blogging or products for craft bloggers. I created this list for other craft bloggers so you can see what works well for craft blogs in particular. All of these could also be used for other niches but I thought it might be useful to see what has worked for craft blogging. This list may change over time as I find new resources.
Disclaimer: Please note that the links below may be affiliate links and I will earn a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through those links. I only work with affiliate programs that I trust and genuinely recommend. The companies with asterisk are affiliates, the rest are just links I thought you might find helpful.
SiteGround*- Website hosting. I did a great deal of research before I decided to use SiteGround. There are a lot of options out there to choose from. The reviews consistently said that SiteGround has great customer support and they don’t have the downtime issues that other hosting companies have. I do not want to have to deal with my site going down randomly so I went with SiteGound. I am happy to say that I have had absolutely no problems.
SiteGround worked well with WordPress and everything was super easy to set up. I was also able to get an email set up through SiteGround. This was actually much easier than I thought it would be and it was free. I set the email up after the site had been going for a month or so. An email with your site name on it is much more professional and required for Mailerlite.
WordPress.com– I choose WordPress because it came highly recommended by pretty much every blogging website. They have plugins for just about everything you can imagine for blogging. The entire program is easy to use, though it does have a learning curve if you haven’t built a website before. I had not, and I was able to figure it out on my own. WordPress is also free, which I am always a fan of.
WordPress.org is different. You can host a site here but it will limit what you can do with your blog. To monetize your blog you will need to have your own domain name. This removes Blogger or WordPress.org as options.
Clean Grid PRO– WordPress theme. I found this theme pretty early in my search and I loved it. I continued my search and never found anything even close to what I was looking for. This is the only theme I have used so I can’t say if it is easier to use then others but I have no website experience and I was able to create my site without much problem. They also have great customer service, they emailed me within minutes when I asked a question on a weekend. I actually paid for this though not much, you can easily find a free theme.
Jetpack– This is a plugin made by Automatic, the same company who created WordPress. This plugin does the work of a bunch of other plugins so you won’t end up with too many plugins. Jetpack has a cookie pop-up, helps with image optimization, and anti-spam software. I highly recommend looking at what they offer before looking at other plugins. Jetpack has a free option as well as paid subscriptions. The free option is definitely worth looking into.
Mailerlite*- I use Mailerlite for my email list. They are free for up to 1,000 subscribers and I have found them to be easy to use. They have email automation, an easy to use drag and drop email builder, landing pages, and pop ups. I liked the idea of ConvertKit but I couldn’t justify the price especially with a free option out there that has everything I need.
Canva– This is a graphic design tool. I created my logo and website banner with this site. I also create all of my social media content with Canva. This is a super easy to use tool that makes life much easier. If you would like to see examples check out the featured image at the top of this page or the Pinterest graphic at the bottom.
Canva has a free option as well as a paid subscription. I am currently using the paid version though the free option is still worth using. The paid version allows you to create a graphic and then change the size. This didn’t seem important to me at first but when you are creating 3-4 graphics on the same post for different social media platforms it does come in handy.
They also have a color palette generator that is incredibly useful. You can upload a picture and it will give you the color code for 5 colors in the picture. It doesn’t always pick the colors you want, but it is still a useful tool. You do not need an account to use the color generator.
Tailwind*- I love Tailwind. I wish they had an app for android but other than that I love them. Tailwind is easy to use and it really helps up your Pinterest game. I use Tailwind to schedule pins to my Pinterest account. It sets up a schedule based on the most popular times for my account, then pin my selections during the optimized time. Every Friday I fill up my Tailwind schedule for the coming week so I don’t have to worry about Pinterest for the rest of the week. Tailwind also has an Instagram scheduler but I have not tried it so I cannot recommend it.
You can also put your pins in what they call a smartloop. This schedules all of the pins you have in the loop to be pinned again so you don’t forget to repin your old content. This will be more helpful as I grow and have more pins.
ShareASale– This is the program I use for affiliates. After applying for ShareASale itself you can look through all of their affiliates. You will also need to apply to each affiliate that you would like to work with. Once you’ve been approved by the individual companies you can go through their banner ads and links to find what works for your site.
Advanced Ads– This is the WordPress plugin that I use to display ads. Advanced Ads is easy to use and fast to set up. You can set it to cycle through your ads and set the dates you want the ads to be active. The ability to set times to remove ads is really handy for ads with sales that are only good for specific days. They have a few add on options as well including tracking, geo targeting, and sticky ads. You can get this by searching for pluggins in WordPress but I added the link in case you would like to see their site.
These are just some of the programs that I found helpful so far in my blogging journey. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions. I would love to network with other craft bloggers and check out your blog.