For every blogger, there are a few things I always recommend. Depending on how long you’ve been blogging, how much money you’ve made and how much you’ve set aside for investing in your blog, here are some blogging and social media tools and courses that will help you in your line of business.

One of the first things I tell people about the tools I recommend is this: I have personally used them. Also, I don’t ever recommend a tool or a course unless I have invested in it myself, liked or loved it after using it. Honestly. I don’t want you to spend money on things that aren’t worth your while.

*Please note that most of these are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you choose to click on these links and purchase anything. You won’t be charged anything extra, believe me 🙂 Read my full disclosure policy here.

*If you’d like to ask me me about any of the tools I recommend here, go ahead and send me an e-mail to get more details on any of the products below. Yes. Absolutely, I will get back 🙂

Mail me here: shailaja @ shailajav dot com

Click on the text in bold for each tool to go directly to the web page for that resource.


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This Image Compression plugin is exactly what you need to compress all your images (past and present). Watch your site speed soar! (Free & paid plans available)


Need to make easy designs for your blog and social media channels? Stencil is simply outstanding!


Want to design your own logo for your brand and for free? Now you can. Check out what the paid version gets you. (It’s good!)


Want a super-cheap screen recording software that will let you make fabulous videos? Screencastomatic is the best bet! Use this link and get 20% off on their annual plan!


Want to start making money from your blog with affiliate marketing? Carly Campbell is your BEST bet.


Don’t want to spend money on a scheduler? Try the Manual Pinning strategy that will skyrocket your blog traffic. Guaranteed!


Buffer is the BEST scheduling tool for Twitter, Facebook pages/groups, Linkedin and even Instagram. (*Not an affiliate link) 🙂


Ben and Jeff teach you how to make the PERFECT PIN to drive consistent clicks to your website. It’s worth WAY more than the $9 it’s priced at. Snap it up now!