If you want to start blogging now is the time to do it. 2018 is a time of increased economy, doing what you love, turning your passion into an income, and being the best you possible.
Have you ever wanted to start a blog? Starting a blog is relatively easy. Have you ever wanted to just start a business? Let’s face it starting a brick and mortar business from the ground up it’s kind of hard. So instead we look for easier ways to increase our income. Side hustles are the perfect match. And I have tried to open many businesses. Being an introvert, it was hard. Blogging provided me an outlet and I’m truly in love! Blogging has been my way to connect to the world.
If you are beginning blogger or an experience blogger, having the necessary tools to succeed is a must.
Top free blogging tools
Images and editing tools for blogging
- Canva. By far, this is my absolute favorite! I use this consistently to make eye catching graphics. This easy to use tool helps you to create engaging graphics that can get shared easily. Canva has a database that is constantly updated and the drag and drop feature is super easy.
- PicMonkey. Another photo editor that I currently use. I love PicMonkey. It makes your pictures come alive. nd its extremely easy to use.
- Creative Commons
- Pixabay, Here you can download stunning free images. What I love about Pixabay is that you can choose the size of your downloaded image. Thus negating the step to have to resize it to fit what social media platform or other platform that you are utilizing.
- Unsplash. With Unsplash you get beautiful and high quality images you can download for any project. No attribution is required
- Flickr. Flickr is one of the best photo sharing apps. It is highly effective when searching for eye catching graphics and images for your blog post. What makes Flickr stand out is that you can search for images with commercial use. Be sure to always check the rights.
Monetization tools for blogging
- Amazon associates
Social media blogging tools
Blogging Automation tools
- IFTTT. IFTTT is a service that lets you connect what they call channels together so that if something specific happens. As a blogger, you would create what they term a recipe such as WP to Facebook Page. Its like an if then statement. for instance if you publish a blog post on your WordPress site and you want it to also post on your Facebook page, then you would create a recipe. I currently use IFTTT and have many recipes setup and they save me hours of time in sharing my content.
- Preview. Preview is an online collaborative tool perfect for bloggers and use of the Instagram platform. Plan and design your feed without any limits. Schedule unlimited Instagram photos, videos and albums, for free. Drag and drop to rearrange the order of your posts. Repost your favorite Instagram content.
- Buffer. Buffer is a social media management platform designed to help drive social media results.
- Hootsuite. Enhance your social media management with Hootsuite, the leading social media dashboard. Manage multiple networks and profiles and measure your campaign results.
Productivity tools for blogging
- Evernote. Evernote is perfect to store media, information or ideas. For super fast idea collecting, you can drop everything into Evernote—notes, snippets, photos, webpages, and more.
- Google docs. Mny bloggers both new and experienced write their blog posts directly in for instance WordPress. But Google docs is another word processing platform where you can write your blog posts and later transfer to your platform for publishing.
- Google calendar. Calendar tools like Google Calendar can be repurposed as editorial calendars. You can save your ideas as all-day events and move them around the calendar as needed. This calendar is a time saver when it comes to editorial calendars. It keeps you on top of your things to do and assists with time management.
- Dragon zoom dictation
Blogging platform, writing, and reading tools
- WordPress. WordPress is the best content foundation for your blog. Yes I am a bit biased because I use that for many of my blogs and service websites. The platform is free and offers services such as hosting, the ability to have a custom domain, integrating your blog with social media and popular features such as comments and polls are available without installing plugins. I highly recommend the free version of WordPress. There is also a premium paid version on WordPress.org but if you’re just starting out then why the expense?
- BlueHost. Bluehost is one of the nations largest web hosting services. Plans are well priced and reliability is superb!
- Readability, Readability is a must have. You can use this online readability tool to check your article’s readability score. You can insert your piece of writing through an URL, text or you can add a link to the source material. However, there is also another form to introduce your articles which are a browser bookmarklet form. The readability indicators are Automated Readability Index, Coleman Liau Index, Gunning Fog Score, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, and Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease.
- Grammarly Grammarly is a free blogging tool that makes sure you come out sounding smart. Any pro blogger knows that the key to online success is to write like a professional. When it comes to double checking your grammar, this free tool is the best for bloggers.
- BuzzSumo. This free tool is great to help quickly identify content that is performing well. Buzzsumo is free to use and you can search in seconds. This is one free tool that must be on your list to analyze what content is performing well in your niche.
- Feedly. Feedly is a free replacement for Google Reader that you can use for tracking posts from the blogs you’re following in your niche. Set it up with folders by topic or whatever method you want to store your articles in. Why do I like Feedly? because I also integrate it with IFTTT and even from the app I can click to tweet an article which again is a time saver.
SEO optimization tools for blogging
- Yoast. Yoast SEO helps fine tune your idea and blogpost into a specific keyword or phrase that will help with search results and help keep your blogpost focused.
- Google keywords. Google keyword planner is a part of the Google AdWords program. The tool is completely free and is used to figure out and discuss keywords and develop a pay per click strategy. Type a keyword in the search bar, check the competition for your keywords and other related keyword phrases. Moreover, you can find out things like:-
Analyze ideas about keywords which are related to your product category, landing page or specific phrases. Entering a seed keyword, selecting a product category or entering URL of a landing page will populate a list of keywords. It will also give you a look at trend data and search volume. You can also use it for predicting future searches for keywords.
Email and list building
- Gmail. Gmail is the best free online email tool. I currently use them and have them synced on my iPhone so I am never without my emails. You must have a professional email especially if you want to start conversing regarding sponsored posts and the like.
- Mailchimp Email marketing can be a tricky game, and unless you have a pocket full of gold coins to spend on a professional campaign, making your emails stand out can be a challenge. With Aweber, you get a 30 days free, and creative tool that allows you to design the perfect email to shoot to your followers. So whether you are an amateur or semi-professional blogger looking to go pro, Aweber is worth a try so that your emails don’t get overlooked.
Blog traffic and statistics
- Google analytics I love Google and check my analytics account daily. Google Analytics is one of two free must-haves for any blogger. Google Analytics allows you to monitor and understand your traffic. Any good blogger knows that the key to success is knowing his or her audience. With Google Analytics, you can spy on what your users are up to while they are perusing through your website. Find out where your traffic is coming from, how long your readers stay on your blog, and what posts your readers love most. You can also see if any links lead to dead pages or the infamous 404 error page.
- Jet pack
Now there you have it. 48 tools which are free to use and will have you becoming and insanely bold blogger. What are your favorite tools? Leave a comment below on what tools work for you and what doesn’t. We’d love to hear from you!
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