The Pin Junkie: Free Stuff for Bloggers

Free Stuff for Bloggers

Free Stuff for Bloggers Free Stuff for Bloggers

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

Mad Mimi Email Marketing

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. 

PicMonkey Photo editing made of win

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)
 
https://www.rafflecopter.com/

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.

GoDaddy.com


44 comments:

  1. I love how you used InLinkz as a project gallery for your posts. I'm struggling with how to organize at the moment and I think you just helped me with a solution. Great post!
    Sara @ Bitz & Giggles

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    1. Glad this helped Sara! Another nice thing about InLinkz is that when you make a change, it automatically changes the code on your blog page! So when I add a new project to my project gallery in InLinkz, I don't have to make the change on the blog because it updates itself.

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  2. Thanks for this list! Nice to know there are some things still free (or close to it!)

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    1. I know! So many things have fees and all those fees can really add up!

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  3. Hi Bonnie! I love this post and appreciate how helpful it is! I've featured it as one of my Favorite Finds this week on my newsletter! Subscribe here to see!

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  4. This is a great post for all bloggers!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  5. I got lucky with my GoDaddy domain, too. Best feeling ever when you can cut blogging costs! I am not familiar with Mad Mini and have been thinking about a newsletter. Might have to look at that because it looks like it offers more than a free Mail Chimp account. Does it have a plugin as yumeating.com is self hosted on Word Press?

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    1. I'm not sure since I'm using Blogger, but I don't think Mad Mimi has a plug in. I don't think you need one since Mad Mimi works independently from your blog and doesn't matter what platform your use.

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  6. Thanks for sharing these great tips at the Plucky's Second Thought link up!

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  7. These are some great tips. I love me some PicMonkey.

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  8. Stopping by from the linkup- this is so helpful thanks for sharing! JUST discovered picmonkey and can't believe I've been missing out all this time!

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    1. I love PicMonkey too! You can do so much more than editing pictures like making your own printables and tags!

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  9. Great info. I didn't know you could use inlinkz for project gallery. I love that idea.

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  10. Some great suggestions! Will be looking into these. Visiting from Do Tell Tuesday.

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  11. This is great when you're getting started, especially! Thanks for sharing with Countdown in Style!

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  12. Great information! I'm curuious how did you use your Go Dady .com on blogger? Pinning. Stopping by from Wake Up Wednesday

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    1. I used Go Daddy to change my blogger domain name to a .com. There are tutorials online that will tell you how to do it. I remember it was a bit complicated and I was surprised when I got it to work!

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  13. It's true! These are definitely all free! I've never heard of the templates and such place. Not looking to currently make some changes, but I guess you just never know when you will need that! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style!

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  14. Thanks for the tips! Always great to hear ideas from other bloggers. I see a couple I need to try ;-) Thanks for sharing on Wake up Wednesday!

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  15. Stopping by from the linkup! Thanks for the info! I'm a newer blogger and am looking to crack down and get serious. These tips definitely help! xoxo

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  16. I use PicMonkey incessantly, but most of your other suggestions are new to me. Thanks so much for posting these tips!
    Jen

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  17. These are awesome tips. Thank you. I use picmonkey but I'm thinking of upgrading and paying for the royal option :) Great having you share with us at Countdown in Style

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  18. Great list, I know I use all of these!

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  19. Funny, my first thought when I saw your post at Katherine's Corner was "who doesn't like free stuff?" and I laughed when I got over here and read your first line! I love, love rafflecopter and picmonkey! Thanks for the tips.

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    1. I love PicMonkey too! I just noticed today that they've added some new fonts!

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  20. thank you sweetie we all love FREE and Thank you for linking and sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥

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  21. Great information...I also got a deal with Go Daddy!! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday blog hop!!

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  22. Wow this is super helpful! I am a new blogger and still trying to figure this whole blogging thing out. It seems so confusing but you make it seem so simple! Also, I am in grad school so I loove the word 'free' :))) Thank so much for sharing!
    x Dani

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  23. Great share and great resources!!! :) Thanks for sharing on the Wake Up Wednesday Linky!!

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  24. Thank you for all of this info.............helpful. :) Gentle Joy

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  25. Wow what an awesome list, I didn't know about some of these so thank you for sharing!

    Here from the weekend retreat :)

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  26. Thanks for the great list! I have used PicMonkey & Rafflecopter, but will have to check out the others.

    Dropping by from the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

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  27. Thanks for sharing at link it or lump it!! Love this post...

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  28. These are great tips. So far I have been using pic monkey. Thank you for sharing !!!

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  29. Great tips, thanks so much! Visiting from Mommmy Monday!

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  30. Thanks for the list. I was looking for a new template for my blog and The Cutest Blog on the Block has a few I want to try out.

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    1. They have some really cute ones to choose from for Blogger and for Wordpress!

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  31. Thanks for sharing link to The Cutest Blog on the Block. That's a new one for me. Visiting from the Mommy Monday Blog Hop.

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  32. I knew about most of these, but there are a few I was unaware of or at least needed a reminder. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Bonnie, thank you so much for sharing these ideas! The inlinkz photo gallery was a mind blowing option for me. I have begun to implement it on my own site. If you hadn't shared, I would never had know this was availed for me!
    I am so glad I found you on the blog hop. I just love it when bloggers like you share really valuable information!
    Many blessings.

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    1. You are so welcome Bekki! When I started making my project gallery, I was trying to make tables for the images and it was was such a pain and it took forever. Using In Linkz is so much easier and faster! I'm really glad I was able to help and that you are already using it on your blog. :)

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  34. Great tips! It's always nice when you find something for free!

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