Any blogger knows how hard it is to start a website from scratch, knowing virtually nothing, and try to make it work.
Luckily, there are a few tricks (tricks being sites, apps, and programs!) that can do WONDERS to help you along in the process. Most of the following I’ve found through my own searches to get answers to problems/questions that were puzzling me as I tried to pioneer my way through my first year blogging.
Polyvore: The ultimate in collage-making. You can even “pin” different images from sites to populate a collage. I use this when I’m doing a round-up of affordable shoes/bags or just a simple “staples you need in your closet” post. It has an option to link the items below the image that allows your readers to shop as well (although that part isn’t monetized).
RewardStyle: Enter, RewardStyle. This is a monetization program that you must be accepted into. This is the one that has the LiketoKnow.it feature where you can link items you are wearing from your Instagram and this allows readers to “shop” your post while you make commission. Also on RewardStyle you can make shop-able collages and link products you love in your blog as well as in social media outlets to help your readers shop your style!
ShopSense: For platorms like WordPress.org, Shopsense works better than RewardStyle. Shopsense is what I use to link up the items I’m wearing in my posts. There are SO many options for clothing/shoe/accessory items! You are able to get commission whenever someone clicks the link to view. Although it’s not a lot, it adds up over time.
The Hunt: Sometimes, I will want or find an item that is hard to come by. This site allows you to post a photo of an item you want (usually from Pinterest or Instagram) and the community of followers find the item for you (or a similar one) at the price point you desire. I use this for shoes a lot or I link to TheHunt.com when I show a pair of shoes that I found (actual photo from my blog) and people can tell you where they’ve recently seem them posted (i.e. eBay, Steve Madden, Poshmark, etc.)
Shopular: This is a recent find for me. This is a phone app that determines your location and immediately sends you coupons for whatever store you are near. Whenever I’m doing a post for deals around the holidays, etc. I always consult Shopular because it’s like a one stop shop for every sale I’m looking for. It also helps when I need a new item/am waiting for it to go on sale!
PicStitch: This is also a phone app, but it allows you to “stitch” together photos to create a high-quality collage on Instagram, etc. I love using this for tutorials when I do social media sharing.
beFunky: This is my all-time favorite phone photo editor. This is an app that allows you to add beautiful effects to photos like bokeh as well as edit portraits prior to posting them on Instagram or Pinterest. You can add texture, re-size an image, bump up the color saturation, brightness, and contrast –AND make collages.
PicMonkey: I have a confession–I HATE Adobe Photoshop. I owned the newest one, took a class on it, tried numerous tutorials–and I still hate it. Many of you would argue with me–and I hate that I feel this way–but I just don’t like it for whatever reason. With that being said, I found a viable alternative that works perfectly for me. PicMonkey. This website is amazing for editing photos and creating advertisements. It’s very user-friendly and at $4.99 a month–it’s a steal for all you’re getting.
InstaSize: Say “goodbye” to trying to fit awkward photos into Instagram! This little baby was a gem to find. Took me forever to find it, but it’s well worth the wait. This app automatically sizes photos taken from your blog or phone camera to fit within the confines of the Instagram photo allowance. You can even change the border color, which is a nice bonus.
Poshmark: I hope this isn’t the first time you’re hearing about this, but I am pretty much this app’s biggest cheerleader. People ask me constantly how I’m able to find so many shoes in different colors, designer items on my budget–and well, the answer is usually Poshmark. This is an app/website that allows you to post your clothing/shoes/accessories online while people offer/buy them at your proposed price. The best part about this (okay, there are a million ‘best parts’) is that the site sends you a pre-paid mailing label to print out so you don’t have to spend a dime to ship your item to the buyer. Other cool parts include “parties” where top-rated hosts gather “host picks” which are basically items that are popular/gorgeous items for you to purchase all in one place, a automatic size filter that only shows you items in your size, a price filter, and they also offer shipping deals usually around the holidays. Definitely check this one out.
Canva: This site is UH-MAZING at creating graphics. With modern and popular fonts to pre-made infographic templates, this site is all you need to create beautiful, original, and FREE graphics for your site.
Any others that I missed or don’t know about? Sound off in the comments, I’d love to hear about them 🙂
Have a great weekend, everybody!