Resources for Adventurers from Kam of Campfire Chic

I thought it would be helpful to have a central place for helpful links to what I use to make Campfire Chic “go”. I’ll be using this resource page to share the not-so-secrets to what I use for blogging, business, adventures, and more.

This list will continue to grow as Campfire Chic grows.

Adventures on the Cheap - Campfire Chic

  • Recreation.gov and Reserve America: I use Recreation.gov and Reserve America to book campgrounds for our trips. You can get spots in National Parks, State Parks, and everything in between on these sites. It is nice to have my reservations in one place and to get photos of most campsites – I like to know if there is shade or if I need to bring my own. 
  • Sierra Trading Post: If you are looking for deals on clothing, gear, and even food, for your next adventure, Sierra Trading Post probably has what you need. They even sell homegoods. Subscribe to their newsletter and/or follow on Twitter for discounts, you never know when you’ll get a great deal! Get $10 your first order when you register here.
  • Fabletics: Fabletics is currently my go-to website for buying activewear online. I’m an ambassador (Fabletics Master) and I really like the products and feel that the prices are what Campfire Chic readers are looking for when trying something for the first time. Be sure to stay signed up for the newsletters to get your monthly reminder to check out your new “looks”.
  • The Clymb: This is a flash sale site with deals up to 70% off of the brands you know and trust. Shipping is pretty quick, and there are deals on adventures, too. You’ll see brands like Columbia, Terramar, Stonewear Designs, Nike, and more on this site.
  • Active Gear Up: Similar to The Clymb, Active Gear Up is a flash sale site with an emphasis on running, triathalons, and cycling. You’ll be able to find some good deals on camping and other outdoor activities, but most of the deals are focused toward endurance sports. Members get an extra discount, so it pays to sign up. You’ll find brands like Giant, Smartwool, Keen Footwear, and Suunto on this site.

 

Blogging and Small Business Resources from Kam of Campfire Chic

  • WordPress: The #1 Blog Publishing Platform. I use WordPress for this blog, and Amy and I use WordPress for 30 Days of Lists. Get the self-hosted WordPress for full customization and functionality.
  • The THESIS Theme: This is the WordPress theme and framework that the Campfire Chic blog runs on. Thesis promises out-of-box search engine optimization, faster page load times, maximum readability to engage and hold reader’s attention, and point-and-click design and font controls.
  • BUILD ecourse: This is a fantastic and ever-growing ecourse about how a blog can help you get what you want. BUILD is worth the investment – the content is always growing, the exclusive interviews are super helpful, the discounts Amy secured are perfect for the audience, and the private Facebook group is fan-freaking-tastic. The Facebook group isn’t about stroking each other’s egos – it’s about accountability, long conversations about the best way to approach a new habit, and really working out what we’re learning from the lessons. Find out more here.
  • Kara Haupt Designs: Kara is my go-to designer for everything these days. She did the redesign and coding for CampfireChic.com and 30DaysofLists.com. When you sign up for the BUILD ecourse, you may recognize her work – she designed that entire site, as well. She’s professional and really works with you to get an idea of what you are looking for before she starts so there are few edits needed. Find out more and see her work here.
  • Braid Ecourses for Creatives: While I have a hard time working on time-sensitive ecourses, I did enjoy working through the Personal Branding ecourse and will be working through the Shape Up Your Content class soon. Kathleen and Tara are very creative and make the courses easy to navigate and are available for questions during the run of each course. I liked being able to access them and their expertise – something that is not always available during self-paced courses. Use code BRAIDCOURSE50 for a $25 discount on your classes.
  • 31 Days to Find Your Blogging MojoThis ebook is one of the first ebooks I read about blogging…and it is one that I continue to consult when I’m feeling like something is missing. It’s straight-forward and encourages good habits, two things I value in an ebook. The 31 days are manageable for those of us who have multiple responsibilities, which is awesome. Get it on your Kindle.
  • Guide to Your First Week of Blogging: I wish I read this ebook when I first started blogging! It’s fantastic for anybody with a year of blogging or less under her belt. It is a little bit more labor-intensive, so I stretched the book out to 10 days. Do what you want, it’s your ebook and it isn’t going anywhere.

Marketing Resources for Creatives and Bloggers from Kam of Campfire Chic

  • MailChimp – I use MailChimp for my mailing list. There are free options and with the new drag-and-drop functionality, it’s super easy to use. You can manage multiple mailing lists on one account and there are lots of options of the types of programs you can run.
  • E-Junkie: This is the shopping cart I use to sell my ebook, Simple SEO for Creatives Scorecard, and the 30 Days of Lists registrations. It’s compatible with Paypal, Google Checkout, and other checkout options. It’s pretty easy to use and has a built in (very, very basic) affiliate program for your products. I run my affiliate program through E-junkie.
  • Paypal.com: Paypal is just ok for selling stuff, but since a lot of people use it and clients and pay with a check through it, it’s kind of like working with the Devil you know rather than some other random entity.
  • Copywriting Scorecard for Bloggers: by ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse. It’s pretty intense, but if you’re serious about your copywriting and can’t hire somebody to do it for you, I’m going to suggest picking up this book. Find out more here.
  • Content editing services: Need an extra set of eyes to look over your upcoming ecourse modules or ebook? Amy is my go-to for editing – she has over 10 years of content editing experience under her belt.
  • ProBlogger’s Guide to Online Marketing: This ebook should be on your digital bookshelf right now. While other ebooks get dated very quickly with their emphasis on short-lived tactics and platforms, ProBlogger’s Guide is about longevity and marketing in an evergreen way rather than exploiting new platforms.
  • Premise: Build simple and effective landing pages using the Premise plugin. You can create opt-in pages, sales pages, or a media kit page using Premise. Having a specific landing page for different things helps reduce the clutter of your sidebar so viewers are focused on clicking where you need them to click.

Advertising Resources for Creatives and Bloggers from Kam of Campfire Chic

  • PassionFruit – Instead of going back and forth with advertisers, I learned that using PassionFruit ads really helps keep things organized. I’m all about organization. I like that I can have my own “shop” and I can set up different options, like in-post ads and promotional tweets. There is a small fee, but it is worth the hassle.
  • Google Drive – I organize everything I need from advertisers…guest blog posts, responses to interview questions, everything. It’s a total lifesaver as I work with sponsors and ambassadors for 30 Days of Lists. I’m able to use the “form” feature to collect information from many people and have it populate in an easy-to-use spreadsheet.

 

 Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links on this page are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

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