Check out this massive list of blogging tools to help you become a better blogger. These 60 tools are useful whether you are a blogging newbie or pro.
One year into blogging and I’ve picked up tons of tools to make my blogging life easier. Tools for writing, editing, productivity, SEO…you name it. These are blogging tools I can’t just sit on, friend. I’ve compiled this list of massively useful blogging tools so you aren’t muddling around like I did. Some of these tools I use on the daily and others are tools other bloggers I follow swear by.
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Blog set-up tools
Content discovery tools
Productivity and planning tools
Tools to create images
Taking images with your phone
Promotion and affiliate tools
Pinterest scheduling tools
Email list growth tools
Site performance and security tools
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My first few months blogging
When I started this blog, I thought it would be easy. Write a witty post, create a pretty image, and watch the social media shares start rolling in.
Surprise, surprise. Blogging takes a whole helluva lot more effort.
I consider myself lucky for starting my blog at the same time Elite Blog Academy was opening its doors to new students in 2016. I signed up immediately and joined a private Facebook group for EBA students to interact, share, and ask questions.
This group was my saving grace when it came to all my questions in the beginning. What email provider should I use? Where do you get your stock photos? When do I find time to sleep when I’m always pinning to Pinterest?
Seriously, manual pinning is almost as time-consuming as nursing a newborn.
I still use the group to this day to get valuable insight from my fellow bloggers. The problem with this technique is it takes time.
Save your time and sanity by using some or all the tools on this list.
Blogging tools for beginners – blog set-up
- Bluehost – I am with Bluehost and have had a great experience. I may need to switch as my blog gets bigger, but I would recommend it to anyone getting started.
- WordPress.org – this is the industry standard for content management systems if you want to make money from blogging. See my post on Cheap WordPress Hosting to read more about hosting.
Content discovery tools
- Feedly – compile the latest from all the sites you love to follow into one easy-to-skim feed. This will help you stay up to date while sparking ideas for your site.
- BuzzSumo – a handy way to find out what content is popular by topic or by site.
- Quora – a question and answer site edited and organized by its users. Use it to search a keyword and get ideas for your post.
- Google Trends – find out how often keywords are searched so you can write content you know your audience is looking for.
Blogging tools for writing
- Microsoft Word – this is my word processing program of choice. I draft all of my posts and edit them in Word before transferring them over to my site.
- Google docs – I don’t personally use Google docs much for word processing, but know many bloggers who love it because it is easy to learn and easy to share your documents with others online.
- Grammarly – use the Grammarly proofreader to check for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors in your posts.
- Hemmingway App – this app makes your writing more powerful and clear by identifying weak writing and editing out dead weight.
- The Complete Sticky Blogging Formula – I loved the Sticky Blogging SEO course listed in the SEO section of this post so much, I took the Sticky Blogging Formula course. The course is all about improving your writing skills so you can find your true fans.
- CoSchedule headline analyzer – your headline is the first impression and the free headline analyzer helps you make it a good one by rating the headline and giving you tips on how to improve it.
- Dropbox – save your files to Dropbox and access them from anywhere. Everything syncs to all your devices.
- A timer – a simple but effective tool to keep you on task. Read my post on using your time efficiently for more tips.
Blogging tools for SEO
- Keyword Finder – a great app for keyword research. It gives you keyword search volume and difficulty rating to rank for each keyword. There is a free and paid version.
- Sticky blogging SEO – If SEO confuses you as much as it confused me, this is the PERFECT course. Kelly Holmes breaks down SEO into easy to understand concepts and gives you doable steps to take to improve your SEO. I would highly recommend any of her courses.
- Yoast SEO – this plug-in gives you recommendations on each post for search engine optimization
Blogging tools for planning and productivity
- Evernote –stay organized with the ability to take notes, save images and web pages, and share your thoughts with others.
- Living Well Planner – this planner is great for any aspect of your life, but the goal planning, budget planning, and project planning make it an ideal blog planner.
- EBA Blog Structure Blueprint – this eBook is a simple template for organizing your blog.
- Asana – another service to keep you organized with tasks, projects, and conversations. Many bloggers who work with a team love using Asana to keep everyone on the same page.
- Trello – use this planning app to organize and prioritize your projects in a flexible way.
- Toggl – a time tracking app that allows you to track time from your computer or smartphone
- Kill News Feed – do you get sucked into Facebook as easily as I do? This chrome extension will replace your newsfeed with a reminder not to get distracted.
- Self Control – an app for Mac OS X that blocks your access to any distracting sites. Add the sites you want to block, set a time frame and watch your productivity skyrocket.
- RescueTime – a time management app that monitors your computer usage and notifies you when you are productive and distracted.
- WordPress Distraction Free Writing – did you know this is built into your WordPress editor? Click the 4 arrows in the top right corner as your editing your post to hide your sidebar and all other distractions from your screen.
Blogging tools for creating great images
- Picmonkey – this is my photo editor of choice. Adjust the image exposure, add overlays, text, and lots of other fun things to your images with the free or paid service.
- Canva – another service similar to Picmonkey where you can create and edit beautiful images.
- Tinypng – images take up so much space on your site! Compress them for free using this site.
- IvoryMix – looking for beautiful stock photos? IvoryMix gives free images in the monthly newsletter and sells custom photos to coordinate with your brand.
- Pixabay – another great site to get free stock photos.
- Unsplash – yet another site for free stock photos.
- Microsoft Excel – an easy way to make printables. I use Excel to make planner printables, checklists, and schedules to share on my blog.
- PDF to JPG online converter – once you create those pretty printables, use this free site to turn them into JPG files to save on your site.
- Canon Rebel T6 – when you are ready to create your own images, it is so much easier when you have a DSLR camera. The Canon Rebel is an entry-level DSLR for beginners.
Taking images with your phone
If you can’t swing a DSLR camera, you can still make your photos look great with these free photography apps.
- Snapseed – a photo editor to help you create stunning photos.
- VSCO – another photo editor to easily shoot and edit your photos.
- Golden Hour – this app alerts you of the ideal time of day to take photos based on sunrise and sunset.
Blogging tools for promotion and affiliates
- Hometalk – a site for readers to discover DIY projects, crafts, and ideas for the home and garden. Share your relevant posts to Hometalk to qualify for their blogger referral program. Once you meet the requirements of the program, they will feature you in their newsletter, which sends traffic directly to your site.
- Core Affiliate Strategy Guide – a guide to learn how to limit your affiliates to earn money, set up an affiliate launch, and avoid the overwhelm that can come with affiliate marketing.
- What Would Seth Godin Do – use this plug-in to add a small box above each post to contain the wording of your choice – think advertising your social media accounts, promoting a flash sale, etc. I turn this plug-in on and off when I want to add a temporary blurb to the top of my posts.
- Jetpack – offers a suite of tools in one plug-in, including social share buttons, site statistics, easy posting to your social media accounts, and showing related posts in your footer.
- Social Warfare – put social share buttons to all the most popular social networks on your posts and pages.
- Easy Recipes – if you post recipes, use Easy Recipes to add a printable recipe card at the bottom of your post.
Blogging tools for Pinterest scheduling
We all know Pinterest is a great way to drive traffic to your site, but pinning takes SO. MUCH. TIME. Save yourself some time with a scheduling tool.
- Tailwind – use Tailwind to schedule your pins. They are an official Pinterest marketing partner and have great analytics to show you what’s working for you on Pinterest. Get your first month of Tailwind free with my link!
- BoardBooster – similar to Tailwind, BoardBooster is a Pinterest scheduler. Some of the unique features BoardBooster has are campaigns and looping.
- Pinterest Strategy Guide – when I started using BoardBooster, I used this pinning guide to get all of my boards set up. This is still the guide I use today with BoardBooster.
Blogging tools to grow your list
- Hello Bar –another way to grow your email list with an unobtrusive bar that sits across the top of your site.
- LeadPages – use this tool to grow your email list by creating awesome landing pages, lead magnets, and webinars.
- Google Analytics – dig into where your traffic is coming from and what they do when they arrive with analytics.
- SumoMe – this plug-in helps grow your email list with pop-ups, slide-ins, welcome mats and more.
There are tons of great options for both free and paid email services
Blogging tools – WordPress site performance and security
Plug-ins add features to customize your site. Some of the free plug-ins I use on my site are:
- WPSuperCache– this plug-in maximizes how fast your page loads for a visitor.
- UpdraftPlus – this plugin can back-up and restore your site.
- Wordfence – this is a security plugin to help protect your site against hacking.
I told you this list was massive.
Don’t worry if you’re not ready for some of these tools right now. You can only do so much at a time. Take some notes, implement what you’re ready for, and save the rest for another day when you’re feeling ambitious.
What blogging tools do you use most?
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