Any blogger or marketing person can tell you the blog resources you need; however, I will tell you what I have.

Can you believe Canadian Budget Binder is now ten years old?

Starting a blog with WordPress added thousands of extra dollars to my net income.

Imagine creating a blog that becomes successful where you can quit your day job.

Many bloggers have done that, and although I still work full-time, CBB pays the bills monthly.

If you want to start Blogging to earn Extra Money or work from home, below are blog resources to get you started.

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I will continue to add resources that I feel are necessary and have helped CBB always check back.

When I started Canadian Budget Binder, I made many mistakes and will likely continue to do so.

My friends, this is how we learn to improve at what we do.

I blog part-time along with working a full-time job in our community.

The great thing about blogging is that you choose your hours, and you’re the boss.

I was on top of the world when I earned my first $100 blogging years ago.

I knew blogging would be challenging but a great way to earn extra income.

5-Figure Income On Canadian Budget Binder Blog

It has taken me nine years, and now I earn a 5 figure income from the Canadian Budget Binder. 

I wasted years of earning a blogging income because I didn’t know what I was doing.

Now, I do and am working my way through the monetization process of CBB.

Any income earned will supplement our income and help build our net worth.

Related: How I made my first $1000 Blogging on Canadian Budget Binder

It also pays the bills at CBB since I have to hire help behind the scenes.

Some links on this page are affiliate links, meaning that CBB will make a small commission if you use the product.

There are no extra charges to you because of this. If anything, you’ll get savings just for joining.

Blogging For Dummies

If you haven’t read the book Blogging For Dummies, I suggest you grab a copy and do so.

I think it’s a fantastic book for beginners who want to learn the basics of blogging because I used it.

I’ve made many blogging mistakes; however, I would have made more if I had not done my research.

Canva Pro Photos

You will want the BEST cover photos for your blog posts, and I have used CANVA for years on the Canadian Budget Binder.

They also offer a Canva Pro series which is way above the rest and if you want to drive traffic to your blog investing in Canva is a must.

I created my Facebook and blog covers for all social media outlets in Canva. 

Canva is saving me time and worth every dollar for your blog. 


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Fiverr is a great place to find inexpensive services for your blog, including creating a cool new blog logo.

I used Fiverr years ago, and it is where I had my first Canadian Budget Binder logo designed for five bucks.

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Get a beautiful customized logo today with!

Fiverr® is the world’s largest, most affordable and easy-to-use digital marketplace where busy professionals can choose from thousands of talented freelancers from 116 different service categories.

Some of the services available at include:

  • Graphics & Design
  • Video & Animation
  • Music & Audio
  • Programming & Tech
  • Business Consulting
  • Writing & Translation
  • Digital Marketing


Using Tailwind has been a winner for Canadian Budget Binder since it allows me to focus on other things rather than posting daily on Pinterest and Instagram.

You no longer need a professional designer to create jaw-dropping Pins.

Transform your photos into dozens of personalized Pin design ideas in one magical click.

The only tricky part is deciding which one to use as they are amazing.

Sign up for Tailwind and watch your business grow on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram

Tailwind Create

Tailwind Create is new, and I love using this service by Tailwind.

I used to do it all manually when designing pins and graphics for blog posts.

That takes quite a bit of time to do, but Tailwind Create takes all of that time and stresses away from you.

Tailwind Create will populate many pin and post creations for you in seconds by adding your favourite photos.

You also have the opportunity to change colour fonts and swap around photos.

If I’ve ever honestly loved a product for my blog, it’s Tailwind Create.

I’m still working my way around all of the excellent features it has, but without a doubt, I highly recommend using Tailwind Create.

Create hundreds of unique Pins for Pinterest and your blog without hassle, and they look freaking amazing!!!

Start a free trial of Tailwind Create (no credit card required!

You won’t be sorry if you run a blog and use Pinterest. Tailwind Create is fantastic, and I can’t say anything better.

P.S The price after the free trial for this fantastic program is reasonable and, as far as I’m concerned, a blogger necessity.

Just try it and see for yourself how incredible this blogging tool is. 

AdBloom Affiliate Network

As an Affiliate of the Adbloom network, you’ll be able to amp up your passive blog earnings by working with other Canadian businesses.

Make added income with your blog by joining advertising networks such as Adbloom.

They do the hard work, and you share it on your blog for money.

WordPress Plugins For Your Blog

This section is new, and I will add all the appropriate plugins.

  1. Elementor
  2. Askimet Anti-Spam
  3. Cookie Notice and Compliance
  4. Insert Headers and Footers
  5. Kadence Blocks
  6. Mediavine Create – This is an excellent, fantastic program through Mediavine. You must be accepted into the Mediavine family first before you can add any related plugins.
  7. Genesis Enews Extended
  8. Kadence Blocks
  9. Lazy Loads
  10. Redirection
  11. Resize Image After Upload
  12. Vaultpress
  13. Social Warfare Pro
  14. Yoast SEO
  15. WP Rocket

There are a few more, but these are the leading 15 I wanted to share with you. If you are new and unsure what you are doing, perhaps hire someone to get you set up.

I have a wonderful woman named Sara from Moonsteam Design who works behind the scenes on CBB.

Blog Resources For WordPress Success

The services below have helped me earn a 5 figure income each year with Canadian Budget Binder.

I can’t forget all my Canadian Budget Binder friends who visit the blog daily to read and comment.

You, too, have helped grow CBB into a more extensive blog today. Thank you.

Start a blog if working from home and earning a 5-figure or even 6-figure income is your goal or supplementing your income.

Find A Web Host – CBB Uses BIG SCOOTS!

BigScoots Hosting

I’ve been blogging for over nine years, and Big Scoots is the BEST hosting company.

I rarely ever have any downtime, and they are fast to answer questions.

The countless hours I spent on the phone arguing with those cheaper guys were a significant drain on my time and energy.

If you are serious about blogging, be serious about your hosting company; go with Big Scoots.

Sometimes cheaper is not always the better way to go.

Besides, Big Scoots is affordable.

When you start a blog with, you’ll need to set up a hosting company after picking your domain name.

I highly suggest BigScoots because when I’ve been with this company, they have surpassed all expectations of a hosting company.

Seriously, sign up for Big Scoots; you won’t regret it.

Blue Host For Beginners

I’m an affiliate marketer with links to an online retailer on my website.

When people read what I’ve written about a particular product, click on those links, and buy something from the retailer, I earn a commission.

In 2012 I started Canadian Budget Binder on a self-hosted blog. I went straight to Blue Host.

They are one of the most efficient and affordable hosting companies for new bloggers.

Once you start blogging, you’ll learn how impressive Blue Host is.

Most importantly, a new blogger who is not yet earning money from their blog will appreciate the low pricing.

You can’t beat $2.95 a month for web hosting your blog, and the introductory price through my link is incredibly reasonable.

StormWeb Canadian Hosting

StormWeb – Canadian hosting at a fair price.

If you’re looking specifically for a Canadian Hosting company, STORMWEB is one of the best, along with Big Scoots

The great thing about self-hosting a blog is that you can easily swap over to another web host if you’re not happy. 

Grammarly Catches Spelling and Grammar Errors

Using Grammarly has saved my blog since I make spelling and grammatical mistakes like everyone does. 

Grammarly catches my typing errors before I publish my blog post and alerts me to make a change.

Grammarly is a must if you’re blogging, and I highly recommend it

Installing or (Host Needed (See BigScoots Hosting above)

Canadian Budget Binder is now with after a total re-design and migration from (a Free WordPress site, no host needed).

If you don’t think you want to monetize your blog and want a platform to share your thoughts, sign up with

Start your blog or website with and get $25 off your first purchase.

However, if you want to monetize your blog and earn money, jump right into

Save yourself the hassle that I had to move it from

You can download and install a software script called WordPress on this website, but they have Happiness Engineers to help you if you need it.

Don’t worry if you are not a blogging expert or are scared you’ll do something wrong.

You’ll make mistakes, and that’s ok.

To self-host your blog, you need a web host who meets the minimum requirements and a little time.

WordPress is completely customizable, which means you can add your design ideas.

WordPress started as a blogging system but has evolved into an entire content management system.

There is much more today through thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes.

WordPress is limited only to your imagination.

MailerLite Email Subscription

I couldn’t be happier with Mailerlite as I’ve moved from Feedburner, which didn’t allow me the amount of control over my subscriptions as Mailerlite does.

Any blogger who earns an income knows the value of building an email list for your blog.

Not only that, but you can also embed surveys into your emails and create newsletters!!


Search Engine Optimization, also known as SEO, is not pleasant. It’s a MUST HAVE when you are a blogger.

If your goal is to monetize your blog to earn an income, incorporate keywords into your blog posts.

SEMrush is an excellent SEO research tool that will take your blog from the back of Google to the front window.

Optimization means money, so don’t leave money on the table.

Keeper Password Security

Keeper Security
Keeper Cybersecurity Passwords

I use Keeper Security to protect my passwords and stay safe online.

Most importantly I save passwords and information in the event that I pass away.

Using Keeper it allows my spouse or power of attorney the information they need.

Keeper keeps all passwords safe, and I don’t have to memorize them again.

Jetpack with WordPress

I’ve been using Jetpack with WordPress for years to keep my blog free of spam, safe from hackers, and backed up with other premium services.

EVERY blog owner should have a Jetpack to protect their blogging investment when starting a blog.

You’ll see from the Jetpack Price List below the costs are reasonably comparable.

Jetpack Pricing List

WordPress Pricing List 2021

Related Post for Bloggers In Canada: What You Can Write Off At Income Tax Time With A Home Business. 

How To Start Your Blog As I Did

I have a series on Canadian Budget Binder, which I will link below to the blog.

How I Started Canadian Budget Binder Blog and how you can make a 5-figure income.


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