If you’re new to blogging you’re probably overwhelmed by the plethora of plug-ins, tools, tips, and other things. Here’s a simple guide to the blogging tools you should be using.
These blogging tools are great for newbies, and professionals alike. Check out these 17 tools to help you achieve success in the world of blogging.
Tailwind: A great tool to really jump start your Pinterest account. It’s great for newbies and the pros. It cost’s $15 a month, and it’s totally worth it. You can sign up here and get a free $15 credit. With Tailwind you can:
-Schedule Pins to multiple boards, including group boards.
-Join up to 5 tribes.
-Track your profile performance.
-Track which pins and boards are successful.
-You can also see which boards are hurting your virality score.
-Track your pin engagement.
BoardBooster: Only $5 a month, this is great for new bloggers or those on a budget. What can you do with Boardbooster?
-Schedule Pins directly from Pinterest
-Contribute to Group Boards
-Join Tribes: With Tribes, you can join those that pertain to your niche. This is a great way to get your pins out there to the great world of Pinterest. You pin other peoples pins, and they do the same.
-Test your pins for broken links and duplicates.
-Clean up your boards by easily removing pins or splitting boards.
-See your best performing boards and the best time for you to pin.
Ubersuggest: This is a great tool for those who don’t have access to Google Keyword Planner. It’s free and easy to use. You can use this to really rev up your SEO strategies. This is one of my favorite blogging tools.
Canva: Free, and amazing. I use Canva to create my blog graphics, as well as graphics for Pinterest and other social media platforms. It’s simple to use and again, it’s free.
Pinterest: So far Pinterest has been my number one source of blog traffic. If you aren’t using Pinterest you should. You can check out my Pinterest boards here. The more time and effort you put into your Pinterest account, the more it will pay off.
Twitter: Twitter is a great way to connect with other bloggers and promote your new articles. Hashtags make it easy for your posts to grab the attention of others searching for a specific hashtag. You can check out our Twitter account here.
Facebook: Join Groups to promote your blog, and gain followers to view your new posts to increase traffic. A lot of bloggers use Facebook, some even say that Facebook is their number one source of traffic. Even if you don’t use it for groups, it’s important to have a presence on all social media platforms.
Instagram: Instagram is also a great way to promote your latest blog post. It’s also a great way for your audience to get to know the people behind the blog. People are interested in the personal lives of others, weird but true. You can find my personal Instagram here.
XYZ HTML: I LOVE this plugin. It’s great to put HTML’s into my posts. You can name your links and then insert them into any post you choose. It’s a great way to start organized and utilize HTML’s.
Jetpack: One of the most popular Plug-ins for WordPress. With Jetpack you can track your stats, connect sites to social media, and also find themes for your blog. Jetpack offers 4 plans to choose from.
-Free: $0 per month. (Includes: 100+ free themes, unlimited image CDN, Lazy Loading Images, Brute force attack protection, downtime monitoring, stats & related content, and automated social media posting.)
-Personal: $3.50 per month or $39 per year. (Includes Free +: Daily automated backups, no storage limits, automated spam filtering, and priority support.)
-Premium: $9 per month or $99 per year. (Includes Free and Personal +: Unlimited video CDN, automated malware scanning, automatic security fixes, SEO preview tools, google analytics integrations, scheduled social media posting, concierge setup service, ad network approval, and accept PayPal payments.
-Professional: $29 per month or $299 per year. (All of the above +: 200+ premium themes, real-time automated backups, premium theme support, Elasicsearch-powered search.
Create and Go offers classes for every stage of your blogging journey. I purchased the Pro Blogger Bundle which included all of the courses they offer. You can also buy these courses individually (see below). The courses include:
Social Warfare: Social warfare makes it easier for your readers to share a post on multiple social media platforms. It’s simple to use. One of my favorite features is the ability to customize a tweet when someone clicks the twitter button.
Other features include:
-Upload Pinterest specific images and descriptions.
-Twitter cards: Display rich, large image summary cards in your tweets with the option to include “via @[username]” automatically.
-Social Proof: Display social share counts predominantly
-Popular Posts: display your most popular blog posts by the number of social shares it has received.
-Minimum Counts: Display the share buttons with share counts hidden until a minimum number of shares
-Developer Friendly: Allows for third-party developers to build upon and extend the functionality.
-Shortcodes: Place share buttons anywhere with a simple shortcode or PHP snippet
-Content Protection: Includes our Frame Buster plugin that prevents people from adding their own calls-to-action on top of yours.
Yoast: Probably my favorite plugin. I use this to help me with my SEO. Every time I create a post it gives me tips and lets me know if I’m forgetting anything. It even tells you if your titles are too short if you forgot alt image tags and more. It’s so easy to use, and their website also teaches you the basics of SEO. Yoast has two plans to choose from, the free version and the premium version.
-The added benefits of the premium version are; Internal linking suggestions, content insights, redirect manager, focus keyword expert, 1-year free access to 24/7 support, and it’s ad-free.
Newsletter: Currently I use MailerLite for my newsletters. Be sure to have a “subscribe” area somewhere on your blog. Why? Because your new posts get sent directly to their email. This has the potential to create a flood of traffic every time you post a new article. You can also send them promotions, and more. If you’d like more tips on blogging or saving money you can subscribe to Life on the Loop here.
Unsplash: A great selection of quality photos to use for your blog. No attribution required.
Pixabay: Another great selection of free photos to use for your blog. Edit your photos any way you please to promote your blog topics or add photos to your posts.
Deposit Photo: One of my favorite sites for paid stock photos. I pay $30 a month for 30 photos. If you don’t use 30 photos in a month they roll over to the next month! How cool is that? You can check out Deposit Photo here. Deposit Photos also has vectors and videos. The videos are not included in the $30 plan.
Ahrefs: I use Ahrefs to research keywords, see where my site ranks, and more. You can check out all of their features here. This is a pricey blogging tool, but worth every penny. You can even scope out your competition, see their backlinks, and more.
What are your blogging tools? Let us know, and we may add it to this list!