Blogging Resources

I often get emails from other moms asking me what services I use and implement here on Mom Fuse so I’ve been meaning to write up this helpful resources page for a while.  I truly do hope that it helps you when your creating or maintaining your blog, if you use specific programs or services that I haven’t included feel free to let us know!

Since Mom Fuse is built on WordPress, these are going to be WordPress resources. If you use another blogging or website platform be sure to check these programs first to see if they will work with yours. Also, many of these links are affiliate links.

Hosting

Web Synthesis (aff link) – When we outgrew Hostgator I went straight to a managed hosting provider and since I only use Studiopress, their hosting partner Web Synthesis was a logical choice. Cost for the starter plan is around $27 per month but well worth it for the service you and security you receive.

Hostgator – I’ve used Hostgator since I since I started Mom Fuse. I’ve always had good service with them and there 24 hour technical support is excellent. The plans are very comparable (often cheaper) to others. HostGator offers web hosting through three different plans: Hatchling, Baby and Swamp starting as low as $3.96 per month. I’ve found that most bloggers prefer Hostgator and so do I.

WordPress Themes

StudioPress.com (aff link)- Since I found StudioPress.com and starting using their premium Genesis Framework, I haven’t looked back. In my opinion, and the opinion of many other bloggers Studiopress themes are the best. All themes are SEO optimized, include automatic updates, widget ready, compatible with BuddyPress and so much more. Basically you install the Genesis Framework on your blog and use it along with a child theme. These child themes are easy to manage giving you a way to modify the layout on the fly. For beginners it may be a little complicated to get to know your way around customizing but there are tons of helpful tutorials and a forum where you can get some help.

Thesis Theme – I don’t have any experience with the Thesis Theme but I do know a lot of bloggers use it.  The Thesis Theme framework is a premium template system for WordPress that is designed to serve as the rock-solid foundation beneath any kind of website. The Thesis option panels allow you to command your site with ease, while Thesis does all of the heavy lifting behind the scenes. You’ve never had this much control over your site before, and this is precisely what makes Thesis indispensable to critical website owners all over the globe.

Newsletter Service

Mad Mimi (aff link) – Mad Mimi is my new favorite newsletter service. It has some pretty cool features with both the free plan and paid plans. The free plan lets you store 2500 subscribers and send up to 12,500 emails per month.
Mad Mimi Email Marketing

WordPress eBooks

31 Days to Build a Better Blog – 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is a downloadable e-book designed to help you revitalize your blog by giving you 31 tasks that will all help to turn it into the page view powerhouse you’ve always dreamed of. Click here to visit ProBlogger.

Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing – This kit is all about helping you to turn your blog into a business. The Blogger’s Guide to Online Marketing—31 Steps to a Profitable Blog is a comprehensive, 31 chapter blueprint for your blog’s ongoing profitability – right from the ground up. Click here to visit ProBlogger.

Advertising & Affiliate Marketing

Escalate Media – I’m really loving Escalate Media and have for the last few years I’ve used them. Their support is awesome and they have a lot of great programs, including coupons from Coupons.com. They also have one of the best payout programs I’ve come across.

MySavings Media- Quality Offers – Top Payouts MySavings Media is another great affiliate program that features coupons an other offers you can promote on your site. While Escalate Media is still my top favorite, MySavings Media is 2nd.

Get Chitika PremiumChitika Premium – This has been a good steady source of income for me. It’s very easy to to install and similar to AdSense, you can use Chitika Ads with AdSense because Chitika Ads are non-contextual and do not look like AdSense units.

I’m not sure if a lot of bloggers use Chitika Premium but I know of a few that do and make great money with it. I’m averaging about $100 plus per month with it now so it seems to do very well. I haven’t tried the mobile ads yet but I do plan to do that in the future to see how well it does.