Los Gringos Locos

Life in Mexico with Four Kids, Missionary Work, Homeschool, Travel, ADHD, and a Brain Injury. Every Day is a Little Loco!

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Ad Networks / Affiliate Programs 
Amazon Associates
BrandCycle – Really big brands… like Wal-Mart for example. Insert links easily with their Bookmarklet tool!
Buzzoole – I like this one! I earned $15 Amazon credit without much effort, in the first month!
Google Adsense
Shareasale – One of the best affiliate programs for bloggers with tons of merchants for every niche.

Blogging Tools
Blog Title Generator
BoardBooster – Pinterest scheduler. Great for setting up campaigns and looping. Looping keeps your old pins fresh ;-)
Buffer – Schedule your posts – I use for Twitter and my Facebook page.
Buzzsumo – I use the free version to find Twitter Influencers in my niche. It works like a charm!
CoPromote – Be picky about the posts you promote. I have found good ones to share in my niche and I increased my Twitter reach by over 1000%!
Grammarly – Love this new app a friend recommended. Make your blog posts shine!

Instant Grammar Checker - Correct all grammar errors and enhance your writing.

Hashtagify – Find out what hashtags are performing best!
Headline Analyzer – Make sure your headlines have a great score!
Inlinkz – Easy blog hop or linky party set-up. Free registration.
LibreStock – Search multiple free stock photo websites in one place – very simple, non-intrusive ads.
MailChimp – Great for setting up newsletters, like Los Gringos Locos Weekly Updates. These are sent on Monday and include teasers to posts I published that week.
Onlypult – A scheduler for Instagram that actually posts your images! Works with multiple accounts too.
Pixabay – Free images – Love this site!!
StatusBrew – Manage your Twitter and Instagram followers
Tailwind – Excellent app for managing and scheduling Pinterest. Includes Tribes and Instagram.

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite
Title Capitalization Tool
ViralContentBee – I have been using this site for over a year. VCB helps you get noticed! I use the free plan and it’s still awesome!
Viral Content Buzz
UnSplash
Visual.ly – Infographics
Word Count Tool
WordPress Themes

Best Facebook Groups
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Freelance Writing or Paid Posts
About.com
A Fine Parent
A Plus
Blogdash
BlogHer
Budget Travel
BuzzFeed Ideas
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Contena – Freelance Writing Jobs across multiple sites INSTANTLY
Content Divas
Content Writers
Cracked
Dame Magazine
Examiner.com
Freelance Writing Jobs
GOOD
Heart
Go World Travel
Her View From Home
HubPages – Read about how it works at the Learning Center before you sign-up.
International Living
LifeTips
LoveToKnow
Matador Network
Medium – Syndicate your own content. I use this to post teasers to my blog. If they like the intro the reader can click on my post link to read more.
Mommyish
Motherwell
Parent.co
Parents
ProBlogger Job Board
Scripted
Skirt
Skyword
The New York Times – Opinion articles
The Travel Writer’s Life
Today’s Parent
Transitions Abroad
Travel & Leisure
Washington Post – Talent Network
wiseGEEK

Guest Posting
#LJOJLO – Travel Blog
Blogger Linkup
Blunt Moms
BonBon Break – Accepts previously published writing.
Family Corner
Forbes
Great Moments In Parenting
HelloBee
Hip Homeschool Moms
Homeschool Survival
In The Powder Room
Lose The Cape – Accepts previously published writing.
Mamalode
Mamapedia – Accepts previously published writing.
Mommikin – Accepts previously published writing.
Mom Babble
Mom Fuse
Mom Smack – Accepts previously published writing.
Mommy Tries
Money Saving Mom
NickMom – motherfunny – Share your funny stories.
Power of Moms – Accepts previously published writing.
Red Tricycle
Scary Mommy – Accepts previously published writing.
Scratch Mommy
She Knows
Some Talk of You and Me – Accepts previously published writing.
The Good Men Project
The Good Mother Project – Accepts previously published writing.
The Huffington Post – Accepts previously published writing.
The Mogul Mom
The Sun Magazine – A place to submit photography for use in their printed magazine.
Today Parenting Team
Top Tourist
Travel Share
WordPress Discover – Accepts previously published posts from your WordPress blog.
xoJane

Learn to Blog
International Bloggers’ Association – The best community ever for all bloggers, new and experienced, worldwide!

WordPress Plug-ins – My favs
404 To Start – Use when switching from Blogger to WordPress.
Akismet – Spam protection – works wonders!!
Blogger To WordPress – Move your blog from Blogger to WordPress.
Broken Link Checker
CoSchedule – I use this as my primary social media scheduler. I am lovin’ this plug-in/app! Read my post on the benefits here.

CoSchedule: The Editorial Calendar For WordPress
Instagram Feed
MailChimp Forms By MailMunch
Scripts to Footer – Speed up the load time of your pages.
Shortcodes Ultimate
Social Icons Widget – Love this one for my sidebar
Social Warfare – One of the best plugins for social sharing. Includes a Pin It button and Click to Tweet boxes!


Ultimate Nofollow – As per Google guidelines
UpDraftPlus – Backup/Restore
Wordfence Security – Includes an awesome caching system!
WP Smush – Smush your images to the appropriate size for the web.
WP Sweep – Sweep your site clean and speed up your load time.
Yoast SEO –  Make sure your post has the best SEO for Google.

My WordPress Theme
Josephine – My current favorite theme! If you want to copy me, I don’t blame you. Everybody wants to be awesome ;-) Enjoy!

    • Jeanette
    • August 30, 2014
    Reply

    Oh…thank you so much for this huge list:)
    Many great tips.

  1. Reply

    Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party, please ensure you have a pinnable image in your post.

      • Tina
      • September 2, 2014
      Reply

      Thanks for the reminder Monique! DONE!!

  2. Reply

    Hi Tina,

    Thanks for the list of resources. I am fairly new to blogging and there is so much to learn! BTW I found you on the SITS website! #SitsSharefest

  3. Reply

    Thank you for adding your link the they Hey Love Designs Friday Favorites Link Up! I absolutely love this list of blogging resources and will definitely put your recommendations to good use.

    • Katie Wassink
    • September 26, 2014
    Reply

    What a helpful page! I’m a fan of your scrolling banner. Care to share what plug-in that is?? Loving your link party too – that’s how I found your site and also #internationalbloggersassociation

      • Tina
      • September 27, 2014
      Reply

      Thanks Katie! Scrolling banner? I tried the Hello Bar but I thought I removed it for now? Are you sure there is a banner? If so what does it say? I am crazy I know. On the top all I see is my WP dashboard bar…

  4. Reply

    This is phenomenal! Now all I need to do is visit your site to get all the resources I need :) Thanks for sharing this on Come Along Ponds!

  5. Reply

    With all this social media. I do feel over whelmed…So I do limited my self how much I do.
    I can’t say I never try to promote or sell something. But my main reason for blogging is for my own entertainment.

    If you fine stop on in for cup of coffee.

      • Tina
      • December 3, 2014
      Reply

      Just take it slow Dora :-) You will get there. Plus you don’t want to lose your joy by stressing about social media :-) Have fun writing!

  6. whoa! I’m going to have to bookmark this and come back!

      • Tina
      • December 3, 2014
      Reply

      Please do and share, share, share!

  7. Thank you for sharing all of these resources. I was particularly looking for more places to perhaps post previously published material. Sometimes you want to guest post on other websites, but may not have the time to get something completely new. Thank you. Visiting from #TurnitupTuesday

      • Tina
      • December 4, 2014
      Reply

      I am so glad I could help! Check back occasionally for updates and please share :-)

  8. Reply

    What a great list! I am so new to blogging (publicly, anyway ) and can’t wait to explore these resources – and your site – further. Thank you so much for putting this together! Sharing!

      • Tina
      • April 10, 2015
      Reply

      I am glad I could help :-)

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    Hi Tina,

    I really appreciate the efforts you put into reviewing these useful resources. I was wondering if you’re planning to update the list anytime soon? In that case, you might be interested in trying out our tools TheSEOTools.net

    I suppose your readers would enjoy finding out about it and using it. Let me know your thoughts on this. Or if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.

    Cheers!

    • Reply

      That is quite a list of tools you have there! Thank you for your suggestion. I am not going to add it at this time but I may in the future. I definitely need to go through my list above and give it a good cleaning and updating!! Things change so fast on the Internet!!

  10. Reply

    Hi Tina, does fiverr offers affiliate programs?

  11. Reply

    Hi Tina. I’m Jonah from Hashtagify.me. I’ve just read your article and want to thank you very much for mentioning our tool. :)

    • Reply

      De nada! I find Hashtagify to be very effective. I like to share my favorite tools to help out other bloggers ☺

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Tina Marie Ernspiker

Photographer / Writer

Our family of six, (plus two cats and one dog), live abroad in Mexico. We homeschool, travel, and perform missionary work all while managing ADHD, (Mommy has it too), and a brain injury.

We live a life of adventures, big and small, and hopefully, our lives will relate and appeal to families around the world with similar obstacles and goals.

Our primary objective is to raise happy and responsible children who love our Creator while teaching them the whole world is their home.

Welcome to our life in Mexico, a lifestyle and photography blog, Tina :-)

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