9 Amazing Blogging Tools, Resources & Links

9 Amazing Blogging Tools, Resources & Links

This week I’ve decided to give you the links to some of the best blogging tips and resources I’ve discovered recently – these are definitely worth sharing!

I often find great things to read (either interesting articles or blog posts about the blogosphere or social media) that include tips and tricks for how to do things you never even knew you could do, or some updates or ways to keep on top of all things blogging.

I usually email these links to my fellow Over40Collective members as I find them, but I thought it only fair you see some of the ones I’ve shared recently – I generally always pin them to my Blogging Tips and Social Media Pinterest boards, but in case you’ve missed them here are 9 of the best that have really helped (or interested) me lately!


1. Streamlined image resizing for social media

OMG I wish I’d had this years ago – this is the best tool ever. A quick and easy way to create correctly formatted images for all the different social media platforms (AND it’s free and saving me so much time, Pinterest especially).


2. Social media guidelines – being transparent with your followers*

Guidelines for UK bloggers on exactly how and exactly what you need to disclose with regards to sponsored content, ads and affiliate links. Good to have a guide straight from the horse’s mouth.

*Updated for 2019


3. How to remove referral spam in your Google Analytics

Spam traffic is a nightmare on Google Analytics and clogs up your report. Use this to clear it as soon as you can.


4. How to set the image on Bloglovin

Like to have a landscape image as a lead image on your blog? Worried that it has less impact on your followers’ Bloglovin feed than a portrait image would? This tutorial shows you how to set whatever image you like as the Bloglovin image without affecting your blog post.


5. Consistency is key: 59% of digitally savvy women say sponsored posts feel fake/inauthentic when the content is inconsistent with an influencer’s feed

(And the award for the longest post title goes to…) If you’ve been offered dog food to blog about and you’re a fashion blogger who doesn’t own a dog (that was me until recently!), this post offers a download that explains exactly how you should be approaching sponsored posts to avoid alienating your audience. Very helpful, insightful and interesting research.


6. How to pitch brands and convince them to partner with you

Is there a brand you desperately want to work with? Don’t approach them by email without reading this first. I used it recently and I felt like I’d produced something really powerful.


7. 6 Myths about social media brands shouldn’t believe

If you think your social media isn’t “good enough”, this should make you feel better – there is some very interesting information and facts here about how brands see bloggers with relation to social media.


8. 30 Fresh Ideas For Instagram Stories

I’m often stuck for things to put on Stories, so this was an abundance of ideas that really helped.


9. Five ingenious marketing tricks to drive more people to your website

Although not aimed directly at bloggers, this article had a lot of relevant tips for increasing traffic – the section under the heading ‘Write the main content’ is especially good.

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  1. 11 April 2017 / 5:43 pm

    oooo these are some good links! thanks for sharing, will go check out the last one! #brilliantblogposts

  2. 6 April 2017 / 7:34 pm

    You always seem to find the best stuff to share Catherine! Thank you for being so generous xxx

  3. 3 April 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Thank you for hosting dear! I'm linking back to you HERE Hope you'll check out my latest Fashion post

  4. 1 April 2017 / 7:37 pm

    So very interesting, Catherine. I will have a binge read over the weekend.
    Thank you soooooooooooooo much.
    Happy weekend
    See you on Monday

  5. 1 April 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Thanks for hosting and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  6. 1 April 2017 / 12:22 pm

    Wow thanks! I pinned it for later.

  7. 1 April 2017 / 8:17 am

    Catherine your tips are always absolute gold my friend. Without them I wouldn't have learned 90% of what I now do daily. You should be teaching this stuff woman! Thank you for always sharing so generously xx

  8. 31 March 2017 / 8:25 pm

    This is so relevant, Catherine. And it must take you so much time to come up with all of this info!! It takes me days just to go through this and figure out if I need it or not–ha ha!

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