Are you looking for blogging tools and resources for your new blog or business which can save time, money and energy?
If yes, then in this article, I will recommend 16 of them that I have personally used.
These tools have really helped me a lot with my blogging work and I couldn‘t resist myself recommending these tools to you.
Now, I know how it feels when we don‘t have any idea which tools & resources to use to grow our new blog.
In such cases, it’s better to do your research before using any of them.
So, that is why I wrote this article which will definitely make your work easy.
Most of the tools I suggested are free to use. So that’s good news for you.
BEST BLOGGING TOOLS & RESOURCES
1. SITEGROUND / A2 HOSTING (PAID)
A good web host is the backbone of your blog which makes sure that your site loads faster.
Most of the users like those websites that load within 3 seconds.
What if they want to read something from your blog only to see your web page loading for 10 seconds?
Ain‘t nobody has time for that.
Instead, they will hit the back button and check out another blog.
So, what will happen?
Your bounce rate will be high and session time will be low which is not good for your site.
According to Backlinko, one of the ranking factors on Google is the page loading speed.
If you have a great loading speed then Google will consider your blog over others who have a bad loading speed.
That is why it is always preferable to invest in a good web host that provides better speed.
Now, I have used Bluehost, Hostgator, A2hosting (currently using for this blog) & Siteground (currently using for my second blog).
Siteground gives better speed but it is a little costly than A2 Hosting.
Whereas A2 also provides better performance but they give prorated refund which means they will refund your money at any point of your plan.
Even if you have used their service for 6 months out of 12 months, they will refund your money for the rest of the 6 months. That itself shows how much they love their customers.
2. WORDPRESS THEME (FREE & PAID)
WordPress themes play a huge role in the user experience of your site.
It can make or break your site architecture which can cause a lot of problems. Usually, a lot of free themes face such problems.
Second, themes should be mobile responsive as many users nowadays use smartphones to access the internet.
So, you must choose a theme which is
- Mobile Responsive
- Have customization options
- Clean codes for SEO
Now, you have two options:
- Free Theme
- Paid Theme
Free themes are good if you are just starting out and you can choose them from WordPress free themes gallery.
But, at some point in time, you should definitely invest in a good theme for more flexibility.
You can go for Elegant themes in that case.
3. GOOGLE KEYWORD PLANNER (FREE)
Google Keyword Planner is a free keyword research tool that helps to find out keywords along with its search volume & competition.
This is especially great for those bloggers who love doing Keyword research and wants to rank their content on the first page of Google.
With this tool, you can find several keywords related to your niche that you can target on your post.
But as a beginner, Google Keyword planner will be enough for you.
4. YOAST SEO PLUGIN (FREE)
Yoast plugin is one of the best WordPress plugins for SEO. It has over million downloads which itself says it is used by most of the bloggers.
Using this tool, you can optimize your content for On-Page SEO as it gives proper guidelines for the same.
While writing contents, you can see a list of SEO guidelines down below. These are all the things you must do properly to optimize your content.
5. GRAMMARLY (FREE)
There are many bloggers who make a lot of grammatical & spelling errors while writing contents.
Even if they feel that the content is good, still there is a chance of having errors which go undetected.
In such cases, a grammar checker does a great job in finding those errors in real-time.
I always use Grammarly because I am not that perfect in English.
Grammarly is basically a browser add-on that detects errors and suggests the right words in real-time.
Sadly, with the free version, you can only check spelling & grammatical errors. While the paid version has
- Advanced checks for punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure
- Vocabulary enhancement suggestions
- Genre-specific writing style checks
- Plagiarism detector that checks over 16 billion web pages
6. READABLE (FREE)
While writing a post, have you ever considered is your post easy to read and understand?
Let’s get this straight, many people will read your posts. Some of them can understand English well and others may have difficulty.
In such cases, you should make sure that your content is well written in easily understandable language.
That is why you should always run a readability test before publishing your content.
To do that, you can use this tool known as Readable which gives a grade level.
You simply have to paste your post URL and hit “Calculate Readability”. It will analyze your post and shows you the grade level result.
Usually, the grade level must be between 5-8.
7. CANVA (FREE)
Canva is a powerful free online photo editing tool where you can create blog covers, infographics, Pinterest pins, etc.
The layout is user-friendly, and it is completely free to use.
I personally use Canva to create all my blog cover & Pinterest pin images because it’s easy to use and your work gets automatically saved.
You don‘t need to be a Photo editor to use Canva. They already have a lot of templates which makes your job quite easy and fast.
8. TINY PNG (FREE)
Images are one factor why your pages load slowly.
If your post has a lot of images, chances are it will take forever to load if you haven‘t reduced its size.
Because of loading problems, there are two consequences.
- Your visitor will skip your website
- Slow loading pages hamper your website SEO
These two are major problems and must be avoided as soon as possible.
I use Tiny Png for this purpose.
It is an online tool where you need to upload images to reduce its size.
I have seen my 2 MB images getting reduced to 300 kb. Isn‘t that amazing?
This clearly means that if I had uploaded those images on my post, I must have increased its size by 2 MB which means more loading time.
9. STOCK PHOTOGRAPHS (FREE & PAID)
Content without photos is quite boring to read.
As a reader, I usually avoid such contents that are just text. Though there are readers who won‘t mind reading such contents but a majority of them may ignore it
So, to keep your contents interesting and engaging, it’s really important to add photos whenever possible.
But there is a problem.
You can‘t use anybody’s images without their permission. Even if you do, get ready to get a copyright claim.
Now, you have two ways to tackle it.
- Use your own photos
- Use free non-copyrighted photos
If you can click your own photos, then it’s the best thing you can do.
However, if you can‘t click your own photos, you can use free images available online.
You can read this article where I have mentioned 20 websites that offer non-copyrighted images.
10. MAILERLITE (FREE UP TO 1000 SUBSCRIBERS)
Mailerlite is a marketing platform for small businesses giving them a robust and powerful platform that is easy to use and easily complements existing content marketing platforms and strategies.
It is free up to 1000 subscribers & is great for email marketing.
Some of the benefits of using Mailerlite are:
- It has a clean & simple interface but has a powerful editor.
- Access to Landing pages
- Automation feature
- Built-in templates and editor to customize campaigns.
- Best for beginner bloggers.
11. ELEMENTOR (FREE)
Elementor is a visual page builder plugin used for creating beautiful pages on WordPress.
It uses the drag-and-drop feature where you need to click and drag elements to design stunning pages.
You can either use it to design your landing pages or homepage.
Believe me, it is so easy and fun to design pages with this tool. I have designed my website homepage using this plugin.
12. TAILWIND (FREE TRIAL & THEN PAID)
If you are not using Pinterest, you are seriously missing a lot of traffic.
Pinterest is one of the best platforms to drive tons of traffic to your new blog. Most of my traffic comes from it and the key to driving such continuous traffic is pinning.
Now, it’s very difficult to do pinning every day if you have no time.
I mean, if you have a busy schedule then you may have difficulty following this routine.
That is why it is necessary to use a scheduler tool that can automatically do the pinning process for you.
Now, I am a manual pinner because I have a lot of free time. However, if you are not like me, I recommend using Tailwind.
So, if you can invest a little, I highly recommend this tool for Pinterest.
13. BUFFER (FREE)
Buffer is also a scheduling tool for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where you can schedule your post.
As a blogger, you need to promote your content every day on these social media platforms and doing such tasks can be hectic and boring.
But with Buffer, you can schedule all of them for either a week or a month which means no repetitive work is needed.
14. SOCIAL WARFARE (FREE)
What if someone likes your content and they want to share the same on social media but couldn’t find any option for sharing.
This means you just missed a chance where you had the opportunity to attract more audience.
If you run a blog, it’s very important to have social sharing buttons on your contents.
15. PAYPERPOST (FREE)
It will connect you with different brands & publishers depending on the type of content you produce.
As a beginner blogger, you can join this network because they don’t have any specific requirements so you won’t have any problem if you have less following.
16. SKILLSHARE (2 MONTHS FREE TRIAL)
Skillshare is a platform where you can find video courses on any category.
I have taken numerous courses regarding Online marketing and SEO from Skillshare and they all were super helpful.
No, I haven’t spend any dime for it.
I took advantage of their 2-months free trial plan and watched many courses.
But, to be honest, I fell in love with Skillshare and now I am a paid member.
OVER TO YOU – BEST BLOGGING TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS
These are the tools I used as a beginner. Even now, I am still using some of them.
So, if you are planning to use them too, then you definitely go for it as most are free to use.
If you liked this article, then don’t forget to share it on social media. Also, if you share my pin on Pinterest, it would be awesome. Cheers.
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