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Book Blogging Resources
Here are a few of my go-to book blogging resources that I use to maintain Never Enough Novels. I’ve slowly upgraded and found the right fit over the years and many of these are direct contributors to the success of this blog!
SiteGround – SiteGround offers a variety of plans at excellent prices. There’s a basic plan that’s dirt cheap for new or small bloggers. I started with the medium plan so I could add WooCommerce to my site to sell my used books and reading tracker. Plus, my site hasn’t gone down or had any issues in the year I’ve been with them.
Captivating Theme by Restored 316 – When I finally splurged on a theme, I searched high and low for one I loved. I finally landed on the Captivating theme from Restored 316 designs. This one is designed for bloggers and offers a beautiful theme that is layered over the Genesis framework, listed below!
Genesis Framework – This is undeniably the best way to run the background of your website! It’s a one time purchase that will pay dividends in site speed and customization forever afterward!!
MailerLite – I wish I had known to start collecting emails from the first day I created my blog! Although I was late to the game, MailerLite has made it so easy for me to create a sign up form and send emails to my subscribers!
Keysearch – This tool helps me decide what keywords to include in my blog posts so that I can rank higher on Google. It provides tons of data about what users are searching for and how exactly their searches are phrased!
Tailwind – This is a must-buy for anyone hoping to have a successful blog. Currently, at least 75% of my blog views come from Pinterest and there’s no way that would happen without Tailwind. You can sign up for free and schedule up to 100 pins, but you’ll need to the regular version to maintain any sort of momentum. It’s only $10 / month when you get the annual plan and worth every.single.penny!
Canva – My favorite free blogging resource! Canva is a lifesaver. When you see all those gorgeous blog images or pins, they’re most likely created with Canva. The free version is super easy to use and offers endless customization options.
2021 Reading Tracker – Here’s one I created myself! I was tired of dealing with Goodreads’ website issues and decided to make my own reading tracker. It’s pretty fancy and features a progress marker toward your reading goal, an ARC tracker for new releases, and tons of charts and graphs to analyze your reading. You can get it for only $5!
New Book Releases
Book Of The Month – This is one of the most well known book subscription boxes for excellent reason. Contributors pick five featured books each month that cover a variety of genres. You have the option of picking one (or multiple) or skipping the month if none interest you. Often, new releases are featured so you can read them before anyone else!
Adobe Lightroom – One of my favorite parts of book blogging and reading is the bookstagram community! However, photography is definitely not my strong suit. Lightroom is a helpful app for editing photos to make them (at least in my case) look somewhat decent.