In the course of my work at my (no longer existent) company Little Love Media (where I guided bloggers on how to take their blogs to the next level and organized book tours for new or self-published authors), I have shared many links to various resources. I have also mentored a couple of new bloggers, again, pointing them to some useful sites so they can help themselves, so to speak.

I thought I would share some of those favorite blogging and social media resources here for easy reference.

Blogging and social media resources
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Improve Your Blog

A couple of people (me included!) and tools to help you improve your blog, or if you’re not sure how to go about it, a few sites to give you some tips.

Blogging Basics 101 – A comprehensive website on all things blogging and social media. Whether you’re a newbie or veteran blogger, you’ll find useful information here.

Blog Clarity – Content Brew CourseMedia Kit Smash and Pinning Perfect

Bear & Beagle Creative –  Helps small businesses and bloggers to harness the power of content marketing, including SEO.

First Site Guide – Want to blog but have no idea where to start? This is your first stop!

Start Blogging Online – Another resource if you want to start a blog, with a step-by-step tutorial.

Make a – A step-by-step tutorial if you want to start a blog with links to recommended platforms and hosts.

How to Start a Blog Online – A step-by-step guide including photos on starting a blog.

Design Bomb – Want to start a WordPress blog but don’t know where to start? Check out this site for a definitive guide.

The Blog Starter – A step-by-step guide designed to help beginners start their first blog.

PicMonkey – Easy and free online photo editing website. Pay an annual fee to access their premium features.

Fotor – Another great free online photo editing website.

Canva – Design your own posters, blog headers, and graphics!

Free Stock Photographs

Need photos for your blog posts but don’t have time to take one yourself? Here are some great sites to go to (note: please use free stock photography with care, and always attribute them properly).

Free Digital Photos



Photo Pin

Snapwire Snaps


Boss Fight

Death To The Stock Photo

Life of Pix

Crow the Stone

Barn Images


Writing Tips and Prompts

These are my favorite places to go for writing tips, and to get ideas for blog posts.

Writing Strategies by Sluiter Nation

600+ Blog Post Ideas Bank by Kludgy Mom

Daily Prompts by Plinky

Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop by Mama Kat’s Losin’ It

The Write Life

The Step by Step Guide to Creating Hundreds of Blog Post Ideas by Digital Rhinos

Blog Designers

Designers I Have Worked With

Jumping Jax Designs
Becca Paro has been a joy to work with. She’s professional, responds quickly and best of all, makes gorgeous websites without you breaking the bank.

Nap Warden
Cynthia designed my first WordPress blog, and when I changed blog names/ domain. She does illustrations as well, which lends a great customized touch for any design.

Social Media Resources

These are a few basics you need to know if you want to rock social media.


How to Get More Likes On Facebook


How to Verify Your Pinterest Account

8 Types of Images That Get Your Images Pinned and RePinned

Check Your Pin Count On Any Blog Post or Page


Twitter Tips: Essential Basics

Twitter Tips: How to Make a List

Twitter Tips: Professionalism and Best Practices


A Recipe for the Perfect Google+ Post


Social Media Management Tools

Organizing Resources

Blog Planners and Printables

I love these awesome blogging organizing tools!

Weekly Blog Planner by That’s Vandy {free download}

Daily Blog Checklist {free download}

Blog Sidebar Checklist {free download}

Free Printables For Building a Blog Notebook

Technical Resources

First Site Guide: A really helpful website to get you off the ground when you want to start a site for your business, or blog for fun. I really liked this post about the ins and outs of website hosting.

Moz Blog


Freelance/ Writing Opportunities

These sites has great information on where and how to submit to websites outside of your blog, including paid and unpaid opportunities.

Beyond Your Blog

Be A Freelance Blogger


Erika Dreifus

Make Money – Advertising & Sponsored Posts Networks

These sites connect bloggers to brands, offering sponsored post and product review opportunities, and some offer you the opportunity to sell ads on your blog.

Massive Sway


Collective Bias

BlogHer Publishing Network

Social Spark

The Motherhood

Parent Tested, Parent Approved


Blog Meets Brand

PR Duck

Blog Friendly PR

Bloggers Required (UK-based, but with opportunities for USA, Canada, worldwide)

Brand Meets Blog (Australia-based)

Information Resources

I read these blogs/ websites regularly for the latest in blogging, writing, and social media.

The Sway

Blog Clarity

Twelve Skip

Blogging With Amy

Social Media Examiner


Jeff Goins Writer

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If you have any resources you’d like to share, or would like your website/ company listed here, send me an email at alison {at} alisonswlee {dot} com.

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