These blogging tools will help you Focus on the right technologies, not just blog contents. Using these tools will help you reach larger audience and make more money blogging
This will be the last phase for this journey. And I want you to take the case very serious.
The art of blogging requires awesome tools to shine to the world. Here, you’ll see the blogging tools that will help you be on time, help your blog get visible etc.
These tools will enhance your blogging experience.
From Shout Me Loud, I got a complete categorization of these tools, and I want you to make the best use of them.
You may not need to make use of all the tools listed here, but you’ll sure enjoy any of them.
1. Desktop Blog Editors
Hemingway Editor: A great desktop writing tool which will enhance your writing. Get instant reading level and word count. Available for Windows and Mac.
Desk: This will pull you away from all the distractions and help you focus on writing. Available for Mac OS, and the cost is affordable.
Open Live Writer: Best desktop editor for Windows OS, and you can publish directly from your desktop.
Blogo: Desktop publishing tool for Mac that supports WordPress.
Evernote: I use this to take quick notes on my iPhone, and it’s available via cloud syncing.
2. Blog Post Titles
EMV tool: Checks the emotional marketing value of a title. The higher the EMV score is, the better it will perform on social media channels.
Headline Analyzer: This is the best tool in this lot. Regardless of what you know or don’t know about blogging, you will be churning out the best titles for your blog posts.
TweakBiz title generator: A comprehensive title generator by TweakBiz.
Potent C idea generator: Call it a content idea generator or a title generator–it functions as both.
UpWorthy title generator: The only viral topic generator you need.
3. Proofreading Tools
I personally recommend this tool for you. When I started blogging, I was faced with lost of challenged that arose from severe typographical errors.
With this tool for your blog, you’ll not to worry about certain grammatical incorrectness.
The Tools include:
Grammarly: Saviour for a non-native English speaker like me. Helps with proof-reading, suggests words,is a greatcompanion.
Hemingway App: Free web-based tool to improve your writing. I’m sure you will end up bookmarking this one.
4. Stock Image for Blogs
Flickr Advanced search: Use Flickr Advance search to find images with a creative common license.
Google image search: Use images with an appropriate license which you can use on your blog.
Pixabay: Another great site where you can download high quality images. You don’t have to give credit links.
Blog Content Tools
Feedly: Subscribe to any blog feeds or search for your interested topic to discover new blogs to subscribe to.
Pocket: This is a “read it later” app which is also a productive app. It is Integrated into all the reading apps mentioned previously and lets you save articles for later reading.
6. Image recording and Editing Tool
Camtasia: Available for both Windows and Mac OS, and let you record screencasts. Offers a one-month free trial.
Loom: A brand new tool which also offers desktop recording. You can use it to record screencast with your face in a bubble.
Snag it: Image capturing and editing tool for Mac and Windows OS. One of the best, and highly recommended for bloggers.
Image Optim: Mac Image compressor tool which optimizes your images for the web.
MPEG Streamclip: A powerful desktop video converter software for Windows and Mac. You can use it to convert, cut, trim and join videos. I usually use it to convert my video format to reduce the size of the video.
Audacity: A sound recorder tool for every major desktop OS. Useful for podcasters, as you can record and then edit your recordings.
TubeBuddy: If you are a Youtube publisher or video blogger, you should get Tubebuddy. This one tool can double your Youtube channel traffic & make it easier to manage your Youtube channel. Highly recommended for Youtube publishers.
Traaffic & Analytic Tools
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Google Analytics: The best solution for viewing advanced details about your blog traffic. Also shows live traffic status of your blog.
Jetpack plugin: Offers a module called “WordPress.com stats”, which allows you to see traffic details from your WordPress dashboard.
9. Outsourcing websites
Fiverr: Outsource things like YouTube video intros or buy social media likes & much more for only $5.
Freelancer: Great place to hire virtual assistants or freelancers to get a job done.
99designs: Crowd-sourcing websites for your web-design needs. Cheap, but high quality.
Productivity tools: Take control of your time
Headspace: Tired of blogging constantly? Use Headspace and meditate for 5 minutes. You will thank me later!
Wunderlist : Manage your to-do list with Wanderlust. Available on all platforms, and stores data in the cloud.
Trello: A card-based task management tool. I have used it in the past, but have now shifted to Wunderlist. Still, Trello serves a different purpose and is very popular.
Rescuetime: Sends you weekly stats (configurable) of which site you spent the most time on during the previous week. A good idea to start taking note of your counter-productive activity, and save your precious time. Install, configure and it runs in the background.
Selfcontrol: App for Mac which lets you block access to certain sites. Try blocking Facebook, and notice how your productivity increases!
10. Keyword research tools
Google Keyword Planner: Free and easy-to-use keyword research tool.
SEMRUSH: Atypical keyword tool that allows you to find keywords that a given website is ranking for. Use it to find long-tail keywords which are easy to rank for.
LongTailPro: Desktop-based (Windows & Mac) keyword research tool. Perfect for those who have little experience with keyword research.
11. SEO tools
Google Webmaster Tool: Free tool from Google which shows various data such as links to your website, duplicate content and keyword ranking.
Bing Webmaster Tool: Similar to Google Webmaster Tool, but for Bing search engine.
Integrity: Desktop tool for Mac which checks your blog for broken links (internal and external).
ScreamingFrog: Desktop SEO tool which lets you check your blog from the web-spider’s point of view. Available for Windows, Ubuntu and Mac OS.
KWfinder: I discovered this tool while doing research for this post. Guess what? I have fallen in love with it. I will share a detailed review soon, but for now you should bookmark and try it. The free plan lets you make 5 searches in 24 hours, which is pretty neat.
12. Social Media Tools
BufferApp: This will never let your social media profile run out of content. Also offers a mobile app called “Daily”, which lets you add high-quality content to your social media profiles.
Hootsuite: Best social media dashboard tool for managing all social media channels from a single dashboard. Supports Google Plus, and you can auto-post content from your blog’s RSS feed. (Free 30-day trial)
AgoraPulse: One of the best social media management tool of 2018. Do try their mobile app and you will thank me later.
Postplanner: Post scheduling tool for Facebook which is constantly updated with new features, and helps you to take care of Facebook’s edge rank algorithm. (Free trial.)
ClickToTweet: Create a single link to tweet. You can use it within your blog post to increase your number of tweets.
SocialPilot: New kid on the block of social media tools, but I love it as they offer an iOS app (and an Android app too). Doesn’t support Google Plus, but offers support for Facebook groups.
13. Images for social media tool
Stencil: Create beautiful images and download or share them directly to your social media channels. Easy to use and requires zero experience.
Canva: The most talked about social media image tool. Offers images of various sizes based on specific social-media platforms.
PicMonkey: Online photo editing and photo design tool. Also lets you create photo collages.
Pictochart: Infographics are the most shared content type on social-media, and Pictochart is the best free Infographic tool available right now.
QuotesCover: Create visually appealing quote images.
ButtonFactory: Create call-to-action buttons, and download them to use on your blog. Useful for increasing CTR.
Pablo: This free webapp is by Buffer. Lets you add text over images, and share it on social media sites with a single click.
Vid to gif: .gif images increase CTR, and sites like Google Plus & Twitter support .gif images. Use this tool to create a .gif from any online video.
14. Blog Monetization
Google AdSense: The best contextual advertising network. It’s easy to manage and pays on time.
Properllerads: A good alternative to Google AdSense with a lower minimum payout.
VigLink: Perfect for bloggers who uses commerce-related words in their articles. Search engine friendly, and lets you earn money from an outbound link.
14b.. Affiliate marketplace for affiliate bloggers
ClickBank : A popular affiliate marketplace for bloggers in any niche. Many different affiliate products to promote.
ShareASale: Another popular affiliate marketplace with tons of affiliate programs from which to choose.
Impact Radius: Gaining traction lately as many popular companies like MaxCDN and Media Temple use IR to run their affiliate programs.
Commission Junction: One of the oldest & reliable affiliate marketplace to find great affiliate offers. You can also get paid via Payoneer.
15. Email marketing tools for bloggers
Feed burner:: Free service by Google which let you optimize your blog feed, and you can use it’s newsletter feature to send daily updates to your subscribers.
ConvertKit: Best email marketing software for bloggers offering email automation, personalization and pre-built templates for sending beautiful email newsletters.
Getresponse: Another popular tool among bloggers & internet marketers. Offers Webinars support & 30 days free trial without the credit card.
16. Landing page tool for WordPress
LeadPages: One of the most trusted landing page tools for WordPress or any other blogging platform.
OptimizePress: Offers WordPress plugins and themes. You can use either to create a landing page on your blog. Also a great solution for creating membership for your WordPress site.
17. Webhosting resource for bloggers
Bluehost : Recommended as the #1 hosting service by the official WordPress.org hosting resource page. Cheap and affordable shared hosting with one free domain name.
InmotionHosting: Looking for non-EIG shared hosting? Give InMotion Hosting a try. Not the cheapest, but certainly one of the best in this lot. Based out of Los Angeles & a have a thriving community.
Cloudways: Want to host your WordPress site in the Cloud (Amazon or Digital Ocean)? Look no further than Cloudways. Makes it easier for non-technical users to host their website in the cloud.
FileZilla: Desktop FTP tool which is available for every desktop OS.
MySQL WorkBench: An advanced tool for desktop management of your WordPress database. (Recommended only for technical users.)
18. Blog promotion tools
Flipboard: Create your own magazines, and curate articles from the web or from your own site. Your creation combined with Flipboard can drive targeted traffic. You can use their bookmarklet to add content to your magazine, or use their mobile app.
MakeWebvideo: Use whiteboard style videos for your blog intro or for any topic. See an example here.
Whats new: Show your blog’s new updates since the reader’s last visit. Great idea for a blog and gets tons of return visits.
Wisestamp: Add visually appealing signatures after your email. Use Wisestamp RSS addon and show your latest blog post in every email. A clever technique to market your latest post. I use it to gain subscribers to my social-channels. This is an addon for browsers.
19. Content marketing tools
Many Content Marketing tools were covered But the following are a few which did not fit into any of the above categories:
Sumo: Offers various tools to enhance your blog. Do check out heatmap and content analytics to start.
BuzzStream: For bloggers’ outreach. Not a free tool, but this is an absolutely amazing tool for serious bloggers & marketers.
Other miscellaneous blogging tools
One Signal: Enables web-push notifications for your blog. A new and innovative way to let users subscribe to your blog updates.
Google apps: Create domain specific email. Powered by Google & you will get access to all Google products. Also helps in getting AdSense approval fast with domain specific email address.
Speechpad: Offers transcription services for audio or video.
GtMetrix: Check your desktop & mobile site’s loading speed. It also suggests how to improve loading time.