I have created this recommendations page to help you easily access services, products, or businesses that I have personally used and/or come highly recommended. I have organized these links based on interest to allow for easy navigation of this page.
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. I have personally used these services, products, or businesses. I will not recommend things I haven’t been verified by others or personally used by me. Here is my disclosure information.
Money Making/Saving Sites:
Mintvine: My all-time favorite survey site! I have cashed out numerous times since starting in February. The minimum cash out is $10 which is a fairly low minimum. The best part is that even if you do not qualify for a survey you will still get 2-30 points! Most surveys are about 20-150 points depending on the length. The downside is that surveys take 2 weeks to clear and then another week once you hit “cash out”. Other than that, Mintvine is my favorite and most successful survey site.
Paid Viewpoint: I have had some of my best success with this survey site. Each survey is a minimum of $0.10 so it can take a while to add up to their $15 minimum cash out. However, you will always qualify for the survey so you don’t need to worry about wasting your time. Check back on the site frequently because they don’t always email you when there is a new survey available and some of them are only available for a brief period.
Pinecone Research: This has been a decent survey site. The payout per survey is high ($3 and minimum cash out is $3) but they come infrequently. You also have to apply to this program. If you can get in it’s worth it, but don’t expect lots of surveys.
SwagBucks: I have some mixed feelings about this site. I have been able to cash out with gift cards which have a minimum of $5 but cash requires $25 minimum. There are more ways to earn than just surveys. There are cash back programs and other deals. I don’t have the time to use the other parts of the programs but I have heard a lot of people have had great success. It’s free to sign up with SwagBucks so check it out for yourself.
YouNeedaBudget: This is a great debt payoff or general budgeting site. They have a free 34-day trial to test it out so you have just over a month to enter your income and expenses. It has helped me so much in my debt journey. I have used YNAB to pay off $15k in debt in 2016! You can read about that here. If only that was all the debt I had…
Student Loan Hero: If you have student debt, this free site is for you! It has so much great information on paying off loans, refinancing, making extra money, and so much more. Even if you don’t have student debt you may want to check out their blog which has tons of great information.
Undebit: This is a great debt payoff tool. It lets you add all the debts you have (or whichever ones you want to enter) and then you can estimate your payoff/interest based on a debt snowball, avalanche, or custom payoff method. It is a great way to keep track and its free!! There is an upgraded version which you can trial for 30 days to test it out.
BlueHost: There are a few places to start your blog but I recommend WordPress with BlueHost. It came highly recommended to me from a lot of successful bloggers. It is pretty easy to navigate and they offer different plan levels. As a new blogger, I started out with the basic plan for less than $5/month. There is also a 30-day money back guarantee.
Genesis/StudioPress: This is a highly recommended framework and theme for your WordPress site. I started with a premium WordPress theme at first but really struggled with it. The Genesis Framework makes things so much more easy to navigate. I choose the PrettyChic theme with StudioPress for my blog.
Building a Framework: This program is a step-by-step video guide to setting up your very own blog. It was the first blogging resource I used and immensely helped me with setting up my blog. I highly recommend Building a Framework if you are a new blogger or even if you have been blogging for a while because it gives you great insight into creating a great blog.
ConvertKit: This is a paid email marketing program to help your blog or business. I am in a trial period but already find this program amazing. I will be writing a review and will update this page when I do.
PicMonkey: A free or paid site for photo editing. I have currently only used the free version but the paid site has come highly recommended from other bloggers.
Grammarly: This program has already been a life saver as I write my blog posts (but also my emails and other documents!). The free version is very helpful but there is also a premium version which would be very beneficial to students or professionals. The best deal is a 1-year commitment but they do have a 7-day money back guarantee. I have tried both the free and premium editions of Grammarly and you can find my review here.
UltimateBundles: I was lucky to get the 2016 Genius Bloggers Toolkit in a flash sale in April 2017. You can find my review here. Whether you are new to blogging or not, this deal is too great to pass up! It comes at a steep discount and includes so many great resources. However, it only comes out once or twice a year. The good news is that I will let you know when it comes out again! In the meantime, I will also announce other great bundles you can get from Ultimate Bundles. If you want to be an affiliate to UltimateBundles, click here.
Strategies Worth Sharing: A great 109 page PDF (includes a workbook) ebook on how to create a successful Facebook page for your blog. It gives you step-by-step ways to create and grow your Facebook page plus plenty of other tips and tricks for your page.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: This text-based e-course taught me great information about affiliate marketing and how I could start before I even launched my blog! Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a great course for those new to affiliate marketing. It tells you how to find programs, how to apply for them, how to promote them, and more!
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: This is another great video e-course for affiliate marketing. There are two courses available: a brief but valuable fundamentals course and an exclusive master course. The master course often has a waiting list. You can take a look at the courses here.
ShareASale: This is a merchant and affiliate network. You can sign up for either but as a blogger, I have become an affiliate. Once you get accepted, you can apply for individual programs available through this network. If you are looking to become an affiliate, I recommend this site.
BoardBooster: I was a bit skeptical of trying an automated Pinterest scheduler but within my first day of trying BoardBooster I fell in love! The best part is that it is only $1.00 per 100 pins and they have different levels you can purchase: the minimum is $5 for 500 pins per month and the maximum is $50 for 5000 pins per month.