Blogging tools and resources we recommend | Be The Budget

Blogging Tools

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Our #1 recommended hosting provider for new bloggers. Blogging without the technical headaches!

If you want to start a blog or online business of any kind, you are going to need to host your website somewhere. And in our experience, Bluehost is the best option for beginners. First and foremost, their customer service is about the best you will ever experience (in any industry). Seriously, if you ever run into an issue, or just need a little technical advice for your website, the Bluehost customer service reps will be there to help you through it all. Secondly, their website and setup process is incredibly simple. So, if you’ve never set up a blog or website before, you don’t have to worry about learning and working through any complex or intimidating processes. Their interface makes everything simple and intuitive. Finally, with wordpress hosting plans starting as low as $3.95 per month (billed annually), their pricing is hard to beat.


Best Wordpress hosting for experienced bloggers! Say hello to speed and reliability.

We use SiteGround to host Be The Budget, and we have never been disappointed. Their fast speed, reliability, and great customer service make SiteGround a great place to host your Wordpress blog. Plus, with their shared hosting plans coming in as low as a few bucks a month, their hosting is pretty hard to beat. Honestly, if you're looking for a great place to host your Wordpress blog, you can't go wrong with SiteGround.


Our #1 recommended email list provider! After all, it was designed, specifically, for bloggers.

As a blogger, your greatest asset is your email list. Why? Because it’s the only traffic source you own and control. And since it is so important, you need to make sure you are working with a provider that can help you make the most of it. And, after working with a number of other providers, our hands-down favorite is ConvertKit. Unlike other email services, their user interface is incredibly simple to use. Seriously, if you want to set up a 7-day email series for all your new subscribers, it’ll only take you a couple minutes. If you want to tag and segment your list so that certain emails only go out to subscribers with specific interests, no problem. Beyond that, ConvertKit has an awesome library of high-converting forms and landing page templates that you can easily set up and integrate with email sequences and automations that create an awesome experience for your users! Plain and simple, ConvertKit takes all the headache out of building and managing your email list!

SEM Rush

Our secret weapon for developing a winning blog content strategy!

If I could go back to when I was just starting out as an online business owner and do one thing differently, I would sign up for SEMRush from the get-go! This tool has become an absolute essential for us (and our secret weapon) when it comes to developing a winning content strategy. If you want to revolutionize your content strategy, and finally start winning in the search engines, you need SEMRush. Like I said, I wish I could go back in time and start using it earlier.