I’m often asked questions from bloggers- those starting out and those that have been at this for awhile- about the blogging services I use. I’ve created this page to answer some of those questions.

Things I Frequently Recommended


wordpress-logo-simplified-rgbI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you’re interested in monetizing your blog, self-host your site on wordpress.org instead of wordpress.com because of the control it gives you over the design and functionality of your site. For a great explanation of the differences between wordpress.org and wordpress.com read here.



bluehost-logoIf you self-host your blog, I recommend using Bluehost. I’ve used them since the beginning and they’re affordable, easy to use, and they have great customer service.





I use the The Thesis Theme for WordPress because it allows a 100% customizable design. Please note that I am  perhaps the least technologically savvy person on the planet so I have a web designer who takes care of those details.


Email Marketing $19/Month!
If you’re just getting started (or even if you aren’t) one important thing you can do right now is build your mailing list. I wish I’d done a better job of this at the beginning. Your mailing list will become a tool you can use to grow your audience and market your products and services. I use MailChimp for my email marketing list because, essentially, it is free for me at the moment (based on the number of emails sent per month). However, I have heard great things about AWeber and one day soon (that ever-growing to do list) I plan to switch over. For a comparison of the two click here.

Great websites and blogs about blogging

Read the 30 things I’ve learned in 3 years of blogging.

ProBlogger.com is a community where bloggers can collaborate, learn and network.

The Smart Passive Income Blog shares what works and what doesn’t in online business.

Boost Blog Traffic helps you do just that.

IttyBiz provides small business marketing tips for very small businesses.

The Write Life helps writers create, connect and earn.

Distributing products and getting paid

E-JunkieI use E-Junkie.com to sell my book Life On Fire , my Camino de Santiago FAQ guide  and my Annapurna Circuit hiking guide directly from my website. It costs only $5 per month and all sales through the site go directly to me. I also sell on Amazon and Kobo but those sites take a larger piece of the pie leaving me with less. E-Junkie is a bit outdated and the interface is clunky but for quick PDF downloads and e-files it works fine.


paypal2I’m paid almost exclusively through PayPal. Again, PayPal takes a little chunk for themselves but it’s easy to use and I can transfer money directly from PayPal to my bank account.