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Blogging is all about writing and sharing ideas with your readers. And this is the most beautiful part of being a blogger: the opportunity to reach other people and share your thoughts and experiences with them! But building a blog and growing it is not just about writing. It is also about finding the best blogging tools to help you create good content and reach your audience.
When I first started to write on my first blog, I didn’t know anything about blogging tools! And I didn’t even care about them! But during my blogging journey, I realized that I needed tools to be able to build a better blog. So I started to search for the best tools that could help me with growing my blog.
What was most helpful for me in finding these tools was the advice of other bloggers. It’s very hard to choose between so many blogging resources! And I was afraid to make investments without knowing if they will be worthwhile!
So anytime I am looking for a specific tool the first thing I do is a good research. I try to find out what tools my favorite bloggers use, what success stories they had with different resources, and what they recommend.
Sometimes, this information is available on their blogs. Other times, I asked them and they were always willing to share their experiences. And this was a huge help for me!
This is why I’ve decided to create a list that could help other bloggers too! I’ve gathered here all the blogging tools that are really helpful for me.
Also, I’ve included on the list all the tools that were recommended to me by bloggers that I trust and appreciate. Even if I don’t use all of them now because I am on a different stage on my blogging journey, they can be helpful for you!
Canva – I have started to use Canva a long time ago and I still use it now for some of the graphics on my blog. It is more helpful to have the premium version (Canva for work) because it simplifies the process of creating graphics. In the premium account, you can set your blog’s colors and fonts and you can resize the graphics to different formats (like Facebook images, Pinterest images, or featured images for your blog posts).
PicMonkey – I’ve discovered PicMonkey just some months ago and I love it! The graphics are really easy to create and you can choose from a wide variety of fonts and designs. I also like their tutorials that give great tips for creating better images and graphics.
If you want to optimize your posts to rank higher in the search engines, the Yoast SEO Plug-in is a must-have! The free version is great and it offers a lot of useful hints.
Here are 3 email providers that offer great features and can help you build your email list and stay in touch with your readers.photo credit: Rawpixel.com / shutterstock.com
MailChimp – When I first started to build my email list, I chose MailChimp because it was the best free email provider that I found. With MailChimp, you can use their free version until up to 2.000 subscribers, with some limitations regarding the number of emails that you can send.
Initially, I planned to move to another email provider after the first 2.000 subscribers but after they improved their automation feature I decided to wait a little longer. If you are just starting to build your list, MailChimp is certainly a good choice.
Convertkit – If you want more features and flexibility to create different tags and automation series for your email list, Convertkit is a great service to use!
I’ve only heard positive feedback about their system and they work to improve the feature on a regular basis. So I will switch to Convertkit as soon as I will have some time to set all my email sequences.
Drip – This email provider is more expensive than Convertkit but many bloggers say that it is totally worthwhile. I haven’t tried it yet but it is very tempting for me to switch to Drip because it is a very simple system. And they also have a better system to prevents emails to get in the spam folder compared to other email providers (and this leads to higher open rates).
For building an email list, here is a tool that helped me a lot:
Thrive Landing Pages – This tool allows you to create personalized landing pages for your freebies. The Thrive team has recently replaced it with Thrive Architect, a program that includes many other features.
Grammarly – This tool detects plagiarism and also eliminates the spelling and grammar errors from your texts. It is very useful and it has a free version that you can try. The premium version has more features and it can help you improve your writing.
Thrive Architect – This is the tool that I’ve mentioned before when I wrote about building an email list. It can be very helpful also for creating landing pages for the products that you want to sell on your blog.
SendOwl – This is a great ecommerce platform that allows you to sell products and get paid using a secure system. I have used it for some affiliate programs and it is a very good and easy-to-use program.
BoardBooster – I use this tool to schedule all my Pinterest posts and it saves me a lot of time! They have several types of campaigns that you can choose from and they have recently introduced tribes too.
Tailwind – Another great scheduler for Pinterest is Tailwind. They have many features that will help you schedule your pins and select the best times to publish them. Tailwind tribes are also a very good way to increase your audience.
Hootsuite – This tool allows you to schedule posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I don’t use it now because my focus is Pinterest but I heard many positive feedbacks from bloggers who have used it to increase their social media following.
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Productivity and time management
– The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months – an amazing book that will change the way you feel about setting goals (for life in general, not only for blogging)
– Evernote is an application that will allow you to have all the information you need in just one place. Also, the information will be available for you on any device.
This tool is great because it helps you stay organized. I’ve just started to use it and I like it a lot! The free version of the application is very good but you can also try a free month of premium features if you use this link.
– If you want to get more organized and intentional when it comes to blogging, Kim Anderson has created a great resource that is very helpful: The Complete Blog Management Planner. The planner is very easy to use and it’s perfect for keeping track of the blogging tasks.photo credit: Rawpixel.com / shutterstock.com
I have written a detailed post about blogging courses (you can read it here: 5 amazing courses that will help you grow your blog) but I will also include the titles of the courses here.
1. Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook by Abby Lawson
3. Inbox Invitation by Sarah Mueller
4. The Core Affiliate Strategy by Rosemarie Groner
5. Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers by Tasha Agruso
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