Who doesn't love free stuff? And when you're just starting a blog, you don't really have a lot extra cash to pay for online tools. These online services are free to use and can make your life a whole lot easier!
1. The Cutest Blog On The Block - The Cutest Blog On The Block has many free blog templates, backgrounds, and banners for both Blogger and WordPress platforms.
2. Mad Mimi - Mad Mimi allows you to send free emails and newsletters to your readers to keep them up to date on everything that's happening on your blog. You can store 2,500 contacts and send 12,500 emails a month. Find out how easy it is to set up an account in this Mad Mimi tutorial.
3. shareasale.com - Share a Sale is free to sign up and join. You can get affiliate links to place on your blog and get a commission when someone clicks through to buy something. You get to choose which products and companies to work with that will best fit your website.
4. InLinkz - InLinkz is a must have for hosting link parties, but it's also a great way to create a project gallery to let readers easily navigate your site. (See an example of how I used it to create my project gallery here.) With a free account you can get free text links. To host parties with picture links, you can upgrade and pay only $1.99 a month. That's a still a great deal. (See full pricing and plans here)
5. PicMonkey - Good pictures are really important for any blog and PicMonkey is a great place to edit pictures for free. You can even use PicMonkey to make printables like subway art and printable tags and labels. Royal membership gets you ads-free editing and many more effects, fonts, overlays, and textures to choose from for only $4.99 a month.
6. Rafflecopter - Rafflecopter is a widget that allows you to run giveaways on your site. It's easy to set up and easy to use, and you can have it up and running in just minutes! The free plan offers basic options. For more options you'll have to pay $7.99 a month but you can pay month to month or only the months you need to use it to conduct a giveaway. (See pricing and plans here)
7. GoDaddy isn't free, but close to it. When I bought my domain name and changed by Blogger URL to a dot com it only cost $3.00. GoDaddy frequently offers discounts so it's easy to get a good deal.