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In the past couple of years of travel blogging, I’ve relied on a number of resources to help me become a better blogger, to manage my workflow, and to improve the function of my website. These are a few of my favorite tools and online courses:

Travel Blogging Resources

1. Travel Blog Success — TBS was one of my first investments as a travel blogger. This online course helped me with branding, marketing, growing and pitching my blog. What I enjoy the most is the very resourceful community, which is eager to help answer questions from bloggers.

Travel Blog Success

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2. Pinning Perfect from Blog Clarity — since completing this course, I’ve seen my Pinterest traffic more than double, with Pinterest often driving more traffic to my site than Google.

Blog Clarity Courses

3. Media Kit Smash from Blog Clarity — this course was so helpful in creating my media kit, providing tons of templates, icons, and instructor feedback.

Media Kit Smash Online Course

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4. CoSchedule — I recently installed CoSchedule to help draft, schedule and measure my content calendar. Now when I write a new post, I also schedule out posting to Twitter and Facebook so I don’t need to remember to go back and post later. I can schedule multiple posts and drag and drop within the calendar to reschedule posts. So handy!

CoSchedule: The Editorial Calendar For WordPress

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5. Tailwind App — I signed up to the Tailwind app to schedule Pinterest pins to post at the optimal times when my users are online. Tailwind makes it easy to schedule multiple posts (mine and others), across multiple boards, at the best times without spamming my follower’s feeds. The best part of Tailwind is in the robust analytics that help you see what boards and pins are performing the best.
Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

6. Videography for Travel Bloggers — You may have noticed that I’ve been doing more travel videos recently and that they have been getting better in quality. This is due to the Videography for Travel Bloggers course from Travel Blog Success. I learned about the types of videos, how to incorporate transitions, music and sound effects, what equipment to use, and more.

Videography for Travel Bloggers

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7. Sucuri Website Security — Ever since I got a log in alert notice from India and I was worried that I had been hacked, I signed up with Sucuri. This way I know that someone is monitoring my site and that if something happened, I had someone to turn to right away to fix it.
Sucuri Security
8. BackUp Buddy from iThemes — I don’t know what would happen if I lost my website data due to a hacker or other catastrophe. That is why I use the BackUp Buddy plug in from iThemes for scheduled, automatic backups.

9. PicMonkey — PicMonkey is one of my favorite tools for resizing images for my blog and creating cool graphics for Pinterest and other social media profiles. It is super easy to use and allows for photo editing, text, frames, overlays and more.

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win

10. Canva — I love how Canva offers ready-made templates in pre-formatted sizes for creating blog and social media graphics.

11. ThemeForest and AudioJungle — ThemeForest is my go-to marketplace for blog themes and I also like finding music for videos at AudioJungle.

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13. Mailchimp — For my marketing clients, I use many different email marketing providers, including Constant Contact, GetResponse and Mailchimp. For my travel blog newsletter, I prefer Mailchimp because of its easy to use sign up forms and mobile responsive templates.

14. Moo.com — I get so many compliments on the many different business cards I have created using Moo, plus they come in a cute little box!

15. Cooperatize — a resource for finding sponsored posts and campaign opportunities.

16. Blogger Bridge — Blogger Bridge connects brands and destinations with travel bloggers in a value-based exchange. Companies looking to reach travel bloggers should look at joining Blogger Bridge.