We get asked a lot of questions regularly from bloggers such as “which camera should I buy?”, “who can transfer my blog to WordPress?”, and “if I had to pick one conference to go to, which should it be?” As a result, we decided to survey our bloggers and see what they had to say – our assumption being the best information for bloggers should come from other bloggers! Nearly 150 bloggers responded with their favorites. The resources are divided into several sections below. Keep reading to see what your fellow bloggers recommended!
31% have read a book about blogging. The top two recommended books are:
Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community
How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) – available on Kindle
Other recommended books:
Blogging for Dummies
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
Most bloggers use Feedburner to serve their feed to their readers. However, there is some concern from multiple sources that it won’t be around for the long haul. Here are some other options for you:
-MailChimp – takes your base RSS feed and delivers it via email
Amy Andrews also has a great article here with her experiences and recommendations.
Here are some great smartphone apps for managing blogging (besides the basic apps that are available for social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc):
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO
Most popular camera models (in order of preference):
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18.0 MP DSLR
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP DSLR
Nikon D3000 series – D3000 10.2 MP, D3100 14.2 MP, D3200 24.2 MP
Nikon D5100 16.2 MP DSLR
This program also gets an honorable mention:
-A Beautiful Mess
51% have filmed a video for their YouTube (or other video) channel. Most people use their iPhone to film their videos, or their camera (that is video capable).
The top recommended video camera besides the above is the Flip.
Also highly recommended:
WORDPRESS DESIGN, TRANSFERS, HOSTING & PLUGINS
Most people transferred themselves or had their new host do it! But the #1 recommended resource for transfer to WordPress was:
37% have purchased a WordPress template and customized it themselves. The #1 place to purchase and customize is Studiopress.com.
Honorable mention goes to:
-Pretty Darn Cute Design - you can purchase themes and she also does design
This host gets an honorable mention:
What plugins should you make sure to have on your site? Here are the top five . . . but remember that plugins can slow down your site! We recommend using the Plugin Performance Profiler to see which plugins are bogging down your site (this is a temporary plugin that, once used and analyzed can be removed). You should also analyze your page speed using Google’s PageSpeed Tools and read this article.
W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache (site speed)
Broken Link Checker - don’t keep this on your blog; use it and then remove it
Genesis Simple Hooks - only use if you have the Genesis platform installed!
*Note that too many plugins can significantly slow your site, not all plugins work well together, and not all plugins work with all templates.
That’s it! Leave us a comment if you’d like your resource reviewed on our blog. Note the only way to get on our yearly list is to be selected by our members in our survey, to keep things honest!