Having the right blogging tools is crucial for your blog’s success.
Because writing blog posts, organizing, planning, promoting on social media. Learning, finding the best blog post topics, researching keywords. Should I go on? All of these are time-consuming and overwhelming if you try to do them without any help.
Luckily, there are lots of amazing blogging tools out there to make the blogging process way easier.
In this post, I put together an ultimate blogging tools list for beginners and beyond and sectioned them into categories. Although most of them are free blogging tools you can start using right away, I also added a couple of paid tools as they have some amazing features you can use to your advantage.
Make sure to check out as many blogging tools as possible because each of them has its strengths and there’s no one tool fits them all. You must find the tools that are right for your own blog purposes. You don’t have to test them all out in one sitting. Bookmark this list and reference back to it in time.
Let’s find your blogging equipment.
Content Discovery Tools
I’ll start off with some resources that, even if they’re not exactly blogging tools, they sure should be in a bloggers kit. As a blogger, you need to stay updated on what’s going on online, find inspiration, and also gather blog posts ideas. Moreover, you need to find insightful blog posts to share with your readers so you boost the social media engagement. Content feeds are an efficient and time-saving way to discover new content.
- Feedly – In Feedly, you can easily input your favorite blogging resources and stay up to date with everything that’s new in your blogging niche. It makes for an amazing tool for blog growth. Keep the resources you learn from at hand, keep an eye on your competitors’ content, and find the best content to curate for your audience on social media.
- Pocket – With Pocket you can save any blog post you come across the web in the same place and have it at hand for future reads. When you find a blog post you’d like to read but don’t have time to read it, save and find it in your account. You can install the extension on Google Chrome or use it on your phone. On whatever device you use it, your saves are stored in your account.
- Readatory – Another great feed where people share their blog posts with the world. You can also share your own blog posts. And I tell you, Readatory can make for a great source of traffic to your blog posts.
Content Idea Generators
To keep your blog growing, you have to come up with killer content. But as a blogger, you can sometimes find yourself in a block with no idea what to write about for your next post. When you’re out of inspiration, check out these awesome blogging tools for bloggers. You’ll find yourself gathering a whole list of blog post ideas not knowing which to write on first.
- Quora – Whenever you are looking for blog post ideas, don’t forget to stop by Quora first. Search for your subject and you’ll get tons of ideas to choose from. It’s also a great place for researching when you’re writing blog posts or if you’re trying to learn more about your targeted audience.
- Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator – An easy to use and extremely efficient free blog tool. You can add up to three nouns at once and the tool will generate five blog posts headlines for you.
- Idea Flip – What better makes your brain pop ideas if not a brainstorm session? In Idea Flip, you can add post-it notes, move them, group them, and use lines to connect them. Freely map all your ideas and get yourself ready to write the next amazing blog post.
- Bubble.us – Another online brainstorming tool that’s easy and fun to use. Create a visual board of your ideas and improve your blog posts each time.
- Google Trends – This is the place where you can see what’s hot at the moment online. To build a successful blog, you need evergreen content. But sometimes it’s not a bad idea to throw an eye on what your audience might find exciting right now.
Blog Title Suggestions
Your blog post titles are crucial for blog traffic. They make people click on your post or ignore it altogether. Using a blogging tool when you come up with your posts headlines can be of great help to both beginner and experienced bloggers.
- Buzzsumo – If you add a topic into the search bar, this tools will spit out the best-performing blog posts on social media on the given topic. Analyze them, see what they have in common, and come up with a better one.
- CoSchedule Headline Analyzer – When you have a list of blog posts titles ready, add them in the headline analyzer tool to get a score along with suggestions on how to improve the title.
- Portent’s Content Idea Generator – This makes for both a content idea generator as well as a title generator. Add your subject and get a headline generated for you. You can hit the refresh button until something triggers an idea. You’ll love the comments that come up with the result.
Blog Writing Tools
These are the blogging essential tools. You can write your blog posts directly in WordPress but if you don’t want to do so, there are a lot of useful blogging tools for writing to choose from. And here are the best blog writing software you can use for free.
- Google Docs – This is one of the most popular writing tools out there and it earns its place on the list because it’s easy to use, gets all the features you need for writing a blog post and you can keep everything organized on your Google Drive account.
- Airstory – Its simplicity makes this blog writing tool amazing. You can create projects, take notes, set up deadlines and add word count goals. You can also use templates so you don’t have to start from scratch with every blog post. Moreover, it has the outline feature that you can hardly find somewhere else.
- Evernote – One of the best blog writing tools used by bloggers, marketers, business owners, you name it. It’s a great tool to write your blog posts as well as an efficient way to keep all your notes, resources and finds in the same place. The files are stored in the cloud so you can access them from any device.
Read our 25 Best Writing Tools to Make You a Better Writer and Blogger post for more writing tools.
Proofreading & Post Improvement Tools
It’s important your blog posts are well edited and grammar free. Here are the best free tools for bloggers to proofread your posts.
- Grammarly – No blogger, beginner or experienced, should oversee the power of Grammarly. It spots all kinds of errors, misspellings, and more. It also has a Chrome extension so you have grammar free text wherever you write.
- Typely – This is another efficient free online proofreading tool to make your blog posts flawless. It spots errors in typography, redundancy, spelling, and more. You can use it in conjunction to Grammarly as it will find things that the free option of Grammarly might oversee. It also makes for an easy to use Markdown editor.
- Hemingway – The Hemingway app highlights your sentences based on their level of difficulty so you know what needs changing to improve readability. It also shows you the use of passive voice (which you should not abuse).
- Power Thesaurus – When you can’t find the word that’s on your tongue, or you want to find a synonym for a word so you improve the sentence, give this free tool a try. It gives you synonyms, antonyms, definitions, and examples of a word. It’s a must-have tool for any blogger.
- Readability Test Tool – This is a free and quick tool to measure the readability of a blog post. Just insert the URL and get the result.
- Quetext – The last thing you want is to copy someone else’s content. Keep a plagiarism tool at hand and make sure your blog posts are authentic.
Tools for Blog Planning & Organizing
Without organizing your content and your daily tasks it’s hard to be a productive blogger. You may find yourself being busy all day but without achieving any important task. To keep yourself organized and improve productivity, you should use the blogging tools I listed below.
- Trello – Tello can be used as a tool for different blogging purposes from keeping track of your blog post ideas, to planning the blog content, creating a content calendar, to planning your day. It makes for a great online blog planner.
- Google Calendar – Google’s calendar is a great tool to create a blog content calendar. You can find a template and adapt it to your needs if you don’t know where to start from.
- Google Drive – It’s important to keep all your blogging files organized in one place or else you’ll lose a lot of time trying to find something in the mess. Moreover, it’s a good idea to store your files on a cloud-based system as it’s safer and you get access to the files from any device.
- Dropbox – If you’re not a fan of Google Drive, an alternative is Dropbox.
- Evernote – I’m mentioning Evernote again because it makes for a great blogging tool to store all your ideas, notes, and resources.
- Todoist – As a blogger, you have lots of tasks to tackle down as you go with your day. This is an easy to use blogging basics tool to keep track of your daily to-dos. Don’t get overwhelmed again by the chaos of too many unorganized tasks.
- Wunderlist – One of the most popular blog tools for to do lists that’s available on any device. You can set due dates, add notes to your to-dos, set reminders, and even collaborate with other people on your lists.
- Simplenote – This is a simple (as the name suggests) yet a highly effective way to keep your notes together. You can use it even for writing your blog posts directly into the tool. It’s also a live Markdown editor, so if you’re using a blogging platform like Ghost, you’re in luck.
Blog SEO Tools
Finding the right keywords and properly optimizing your blog posts is crucial if you want to see any blog traffic coming from Google. Here are the best tools for bloggers to find the best keywords for your blog posts along with some useful blogging tools to optimize every aspect of your blog.
Keywords Research Tools
- Google Keyword Planner – Google’s free keyword tool can be a great asset in your blog’s SEO game. You’ll find new keywords along with their level of competitively.
- Ahrefs – Ahrefs is one of the best SEO tools online. You get a lot of great features with the paid plan but the free account also gives you valuable information on keywords and competitors.
- Ubbersuggest – Input your main keywords and get even thousands of related keywords to use in your blog post so you rank high in Google search.
- Yoast SEO plugin – A must get plugin for WordPress bloggers. It shows what you need to optimize in your blog posts so they perform well on Google.
- Answer the public – You add your main keyword and this free tool for blog keywords will generate questions people use on Google when searching for your topic. It not only gives you long tail keywords to target but also gives you great insights on what people are looking for in your niche.
- LSIGraph – Find latent semantic indexing keywords to use in your blog posts.
- SEM Rush – Another keyword tool for your blog that gives you the number of searches and the difficulty of a keyword. It also suggests other related keywords.
- KWFinder – Find even more keywords by also taking a look at this free tool that gives you insights into a keyword.
- SEO Quake – One of the best tools for bloggers is this Chrome extension. The best part of this tool is it shows you the number of searches of a certain keyword directly under the Google search bar. It also works on other platforms like YouTube or Amazon. It’ll make it easier for you to find the best keyword for your blog posts.
- PageSpeed Insights – The speed of your blog is important both for Google and for your users. If your blog takes too much to load, the visitor will leave. See if your blog loads fast enough and what you can do to improve it.
- ScreamingFrog – You can make use of their free tool to crawl your website and get an analysis on your blog’s SEO status. It shows you details like broken links, analyses post titles and metadata, and shows if you have any duplicate content on your blog.
- Optimizilla – Heavy images take longer to load and slower the loading speed of your blog a lot. One of the best blogging apps you can use is a tool like this to optimize your images before adding them to your post.
Taking Screenshots Tools
When writing a blog post, you might find yourself in need to take screenshots on different websites so you can exemplify to your readers what you’re talking about. Here are the best free blogging tools for taking screenshots.
- Nimbus Screenshot – Download the Chrome extension and take screenshots wherever you go. You get a variety of options like taking clips of the selected area, of a certain web element or capturing the whole page. You can even record your screen with this free tool.
- Skitch – Take screenshots and annotate them. It’s designed by Evernote so you can save the screenshots directly in your notes.
Free Images to Use in Blog Posts
Images enhance the quality of a blog post. They make it easier for readers to follow through the content and makes the blog post look better. Also, you need visuals to go with your blog post sharing on social media. Here are the best places to look for free stock images to use in your blog post.
- Pexels – One of the best places to look for free stock images which you don’t need to credit in your post. All the photos on this site are free to use in blog posts.
- Pixabay – A great place to look for photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and even videos. They are all free to use.
- PhotoPin – A website with lots of photos under the Creative Commons license. You must check if any attribution is required for the photo you want to use.
- Death to the Stock – With a cheap subscription fee you get access to a huge library full of high-quality images. They have a free 14 days trial you can start with.
- Iconfinder – On Iconfinder you can find a mix of paid and free icons you can add to your blog visuals.
Blog Design Tools
After you found the best images to go with your blog post, it’s time to make tweaks, add text, and make the images more engaging. You don’t need to be a Photoshop guru to come up with amazing images. You can use one of these easy to use and free image editing tools.
- Canva – Canva is one of the most popular image editing tools. That’s because you get lots of ready to use templates. Choose your desired image format (Twitter post, Facebook post, ebook cover), add your image, edit the text, and you have an amazing image ready to go with your blog post. They also have a library of free images and icons you can use in your projects.
- PicMonkey – PicMonkey has more options to edit your visuals than Canva does. You can use it with a $5.99 monthly subscription fee, but they also have a free trial so you can check it out and see if it’s the right image editing tool for you.
- Meme Generator – Memes are highly popular. Crete your own memes to add some humor to your blog posts.
- GIF Maker – People love gifs. They are more engaging than a simple image. With this free tool, you can create a GIF from multiple photos or transform a video into a GIF.
- Gimp – For those wanting to take their blog images to the next level but don’t wanna invest in Photoshop, Gimp is a great alternative. It’s open source and free.
- Easel.ly – Infographics perform really well because they are an engaging way to share data based content. Pinterest loves them the most. Use easel.ly to come up with infographics without being graphic design savvy.
Social Media Tools
Promoting your blog on social media is a time-consuming task when you do everything manually. You need to post the right social content at the right time. Luckily, there are a lot of social media automation tools out there you can add to your blogging tools kit. They are blogging essential tools. Each of the following tools has its own strengths and I suggest you check them all out and see which one you like best. I also added some tools for specific social platforms as you’ll find them highly useful.
- Buffer – One of the best social media sharing tools. With the free account, you can schedule up to 10 posts for each social profile.
- Hootsuite – Hootsuite is another amazing social media automation tool you can use for your blog promotion.
- Sprout Social – Another option for a social media management software you can check out.
- Postplanner – This social media managing tool integrates with Facebook and Twitter. So if these are your to go social choices, this tool deserves your attention.
- Agorapulse – One of the top-rated social media management tools. It’s highly useful, but you may find it a bit pricey to start with.
- Tailwind – Tailwind is the must-have tool if you want to grow your blog on Pinterest. It’ll save you lots of time and you’ll make sure to post when your audience is active on Pinterest. Get the free trial and check it out.
- Later – If you use Instagram to promote your blog post, then you may find this free tool extremely helpful. You can see how your feed will look like before you hit publish your new post, then schedule the posts when you’re happy with the outcome.
- Twitonomy – See whom you follow and doesn’t follow you back on Twitter and unfollow them directly from the tool. It also shows how your tweets perform and who engages most with your posts.
- Commun.it – This tool is similar to the above. A great feature is you can thank people who engaged with your content directly from the tool.
- CoSchedule Social Messages Optimizer – Before you share your posts on social media, take some time to add them to this free tool first. It’ll score your message so you know how to improve them to maximize engagement.
Email Marketing Tools
The key to making money with your blog is to start collecting emails and growing your list. Your subscribers are the most valuable asset to your blog. So, an email marketing tool is essential for your blogging business. You’ll be able to automate the newsletters and send them based on the receiver’s location. You can also split your subscribers into specific categories so you send customized emails for each category. Here are the best blog tools for email marketing.
- ConvertKit – This is the email marketing tool with the easiest and cleaner interface of all.
- MailChimp – One of the most popular tools for blogs email managing where you can sign up for a free account when you have less than 1000 subscribers.
- AWeber – An easy to use email marketing tool designed for creators and entrepreneurs.
- GetResponse – An all in one marketing tool, including email marketing, landing pages editor, and marketing automation tools.
Blog Analytics Tools
You created your blogging strategy, published your first blog posts, now what? To grow a successful blog you must know what works and what doesn’t so you know what needs to be changed. Blogging is about learning. That’s why you should never skip analyzing how your blog content performs over time. These are the best free blog tools for analyzing your results.
- Google Analytics – Developed by Google itself, this is the most detailed analytics tool out there. It shows where the traffic comes from, how people use your blog, what keywords people use to find your blog posts, and a whole lot more. Best part? It’s a completely free tool. You only need to connect it to your blog.
- Jetpack – With this WordPress plugin you get stats and analytics about your blog directly into WordPress.
Keeping up with a blogging schedule and making sure you get all the tasks done is not always easy. You can get distracted by notifications and lose your focus. There’s where free blogging tools for productivity come in handy. You’ll become a more productive blogger.
- Selfcontrol – If you easily get distracted by checking Facebook or other websites, then this free tool is your savior. You can block any website on the internet for a specific period of time. It only works on macOS.
- Wunderlist – I mentioned this tool earlier but it’s worth mentioning again here because making a to-do list with all the tasks you have to tackle down through the day will help you keep focus on what your steps are.
- Trello – Add your tasks, set up the deadlines, and keep yourself accountable for the things you have to achieve through the day.
- Toggl – A free tool for blog tasks time management. Tracking the time spent on blog post writing or on other tasks can help you better manage your time.
- Pomodoro Tracker – If you easily lose focus when you’re writing your blog posts, then try working in batches. You can follow the Pomodoro technique of 25 minutes of work with 5 minutes breaks or you can set up your own timing.
- Forest – This free tool allows you to block all the notifications from your phone for a certain amount of time. Bonus, if you use this app, you’ll contribute to planting real trees. It’s available both on Android and iOS devices.
- Headspace – When you feel overwhelmed and burnt out with all the things you have to do for your blog, take as little as 3 minutes for a mindfulness break to recharge your batteries.
Sometimes, you may find yourself in need of a helpful hand. Maybe you need someone to design your blog logo or to create a customized blog theme. You can also outsource tasks like email replies or community management. There are platforms you can use to find freelancers at affordable rates to help with blogging tasks so you have more time to focus on your blog’s growth.
- Freelancer – The most popular platform for freelancers. You can find people to help you with any task you may need for your blog from blog design and content writing to social media and email marketing management.
- Fiverr – Another website with freelance services in various fields.
- 99designs – This is a platform dedicated to graphic designers. If you need a logo design, a brand guide, or other visuals for your blog, this is the to go place.
Blogging Tools for WordPress
If you use WordPress for your blog, then you want to take advantage of the free tools for blogging at your hand to customize and improve the experience on your blog. Here are the best blogging tools for WordPress you must check out.
- Smush.it – This free WordPress plugin compresses and optimizes all the images you upload on your blog so your blog loads fast.
- Yoast SEO – One of the best blog plugins for WordPress analyzes your blog posts and gives you suggestions on what to improve for a properly optimized blog post.
- Click to Tweet – Add Click to Tweet boxes in your blog posts so you incite more engagement form your readers.
- Social Warfare – Add social sharing buttons to your blog so you gain more exposure and drive more traffic to your blog.
- WP Super Cache – Cache pages so your site loads smoothly.
Turn Your Blog Posts into an Ebook
Ebooks make for great lead magnets to increase your subscribers count. Creating an ebook is not as hard as it may seem at first glance. You can take a couple of related blog posts and turn them into an ebook with just a few click and tweaks. The following easy blog tools make things even easier.
- Designer.io – All you have to do is grab a blog post URL and customize its look as you wish. You get templates to work with, so you don’t have to worry about not being a design professional.
- Beacon – Here you can find templates for a variety of lead magnets formats like ebooks, resource guides, and checklists.
- PDF Converter Ultimate – A PDF converter might come in handy to turn text files into ready to go online files. Especially an app you can use directly on your phone.
Blog Learning Resources
To become a successful blogger, you need to keep learning on a consistent basis. Here are the best blogging resources for learning about content writing, SEO, and other content marketing tricks.
- Hubspot – A variety of topics related to digital marketing.
- Copyblogger – Learn the ins and outs of writing successful content.
- Neil Patel – Neil Patel is one of the best content marketers out there and this is one of the places where he shares his knowledge with the world.
- Backlinko – If you want to learn more about SEO so you get more Google traffic, than Brian Dean is the person you should follow.
Mobile Blogging Tools
- Parallel Space – Connect more accounts of the same app on your mobile so you don’t have to switch between your blogging profiles and personal profiles each time.
Over to you
Now you have a whole list of blogging tools for beginners and beyond that will help you make the best use of your time.
For the blogging tools you need to pay for, get the trial. Check their features and see how they align with your blogging purposes. If they improve your blogging process, then they might be worthy of your investment.
The right tools will help you do things way faster, meaning that your blog will also grow faster.
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