Welcome to VintageGlamStudio’s Resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your online business. Here’s the behind the scenes nuts & bolts of tools and resources I have used to build this blog.
I have tested and used all the resources mentioned here, but before mentioning these resources, here’s an important disclosure.
Some of the links listed below are affiliate links meaning I will be earning a small commission. The commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all these companies, and I recommend them because of their usefulness and not because of the commissions I earn if you should decide to buy.
These are the resources I depended on as essential especially when I began self-hosting my blog. I used WordPress.com when I initially began this blog since I was such a newbie, what drove me to switch to self-hosting was the huge difference WordPress plug ins can provide in providing web security, SEO, mail list building, social media growth and overall website speed. So, if you are serious about monetizing your blog in any way or maybe your blog functions as your online business card, these are what I consider foundational tools .
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These sites are like large management firms (the middle men) that represent hundreds of brands that might be the right fit for your type of blog. Sign up is free, payout thresholds are low and are usually the right fit especially if you are just getting started with your blog. Many brands do not have affiliate programs in house and very often turn to these companies to manage them. The goal is to find a sponsor for your blog or website and get paid for your great content.
When you need high resolution and quality graphic resources these sites have great products at reasonable prices with often reasonably generous commercial use policies or products for small businesses. Many graphic designers are now making design products available to “crafters” or small businesses, products that would normally be available solely to other designers or large businesses with in house graphic designers.