20 Tools All Bloggers Should Know About

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As a long-term blogger, I utilize a ton of different tools and resources each year to make sure that I can continue to stay up and running. These tools help tasks to be completed much quicker, which gives me more time to create new content and interact with my audience (you guys). There are many tools listed here, but all are useful and help me each year.

I decided to share my favorites today, to make it easier for new bloggers to get started and to also give those who are debating about starting a blog an inside look as to how they can hit the ground running.

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Website/Blog Themes

If you have been reading my blog since conception, you know that over the years I have had a ton of different looks. At first, I was hiring website designers, which was a huge drain of money, and then I advanced to learning basic website skills myself to save some cash.

Therefore, with the skills I have learned, I am now able to use themes and customize them to my liking on my own.

NOTE: When first starting out you may want to go with a free theme until you are sure blogging is a good career choice for you and you have the funds to pay for a premium theme, which usually runs anywhere from $50-$200.

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Studio Press

Studio Press has a ton of Premium WordPress Themes available. Therefore, regardless of your niche, you will be able to find the perfect theme that suits you. Additionally, they also have plugins available that you may find help the appearance and functionality of your blog.

I didn’t use them until I purchased a Genesis based theme from another website and needed the framework for the theme to work. At first, I was mad, but since I needed my website to look professional I went ahead and kicked out the dough, I made the investment back the same week.

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NOTE: Most Premium WordPress Themes will require the Genesis Framework. Therefore, be prepared to spend about $60 on that, but it is worth it if you are serious about blogging.

Pretty Darn Cute

Pretty Darn Cute is another website where I like to get my themes from. As the name hints, these designs are mostly aimed at female bloggers. However, they are very clean, so you can have your site looking fresh and neat in no time at all.

Themes here run from about $50-$75. What I like about this provider is she has a member area, so once you download your theme you can get assistance setting it up and there is also a forum where you can ask questions and find answers to questions that you have.

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I purchased my first premium theme through Pretty Darn Cute and it was a breeze getting things set up.

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Proofreading Tools

Errors happen when you’re writing, and sometimes I write so fast when trying to finish a blog post to share with all of you that I make silly mistakes. That is why I always take the time to use a proofreading tool – to fix what I don’t catch myself.

Grammarly

Grammarly is a savior sometimes. It checks more than 250 different points of grammar to make sure you’re using the right words in the right ways. If you use some words a lot in a piece, it notices that too. The best part is – it’s free!

What I like about Grammarly is it not only helps me when writing my blog posts but whenever I am typing out emails or commenting on social media or forums it catching my errors then as well.

If you don’t try any of my other recommendations from this list, make sure Grammarly is one that you don’t skip. They also have a paid version of this tool for those who find they need more help beyond the free version.

NOTE: If you do sign up for the paid version of Grammarly, make sure you sign up for their affiliate program so you can recuperate some of your expense, if not all.

Hemingway App

The Hemingway App helps make content more exciting. If you write a long, complex sentence, it will tell you. You’ll get some suggestions to fix the sentence so that it is more readable. It also shows you how to use the right verbs and adverbs to make your content more direct and powerful.

I don’t have to use this a lot for my blog writing, however, I use it faithfully for my writing business in conjunction with CopyScape.

Image Websites

Creating a feature or main image for content is vital for bloggers. Finding royalty-free or copyright-free images is easier with these tools in your arsenal.

PicMonkey

PicMonkey is a free photo-editing tool that I love. It is easy to use; you can customize any image and add text. There are fun borders, overlays, and formats to choose from. If you need to make a collage of photos, PicMonkey is the easiest way to do it.

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They also have a paid version, which I currently utilize myself. It is $5 a month and it allows you to unlock the premium features to help you take your photos to the next level.

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Pixabay

Pixabay is a free image resource. Search using keywords, so the most relevant images will be shown. If the image owner has not disabled downloads, you are free to use these photos as you wish, and you don’t even have to give an image credit. Therefore, you can manipulate the photos to suit your needs.

Free Digital Photos

Free Digital Photos is a resource, that allows you to download the images. There are instructions for giving credit to the site for use of the images. When you select an image, you are sent an email to download your photo for editing.

I always use them after checking Pixabay because I find it kind of a hassle to have to enter captchas and wait for the email to arrive before being able to download the photo and receive the photo credit.

Blog Visitor Analytics Tools

Do you know what time of day your readers are looking at your content the most? Do you know what they’re reading or sharing the most? Analytics tools provide you the data you need to build your audience, increase engagement, and produce content your audience wants to read.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is the most commonly used tool for bloggers, major brands, and websites everywhere. You are told how many people see your content and where they viewed it, how long they stayed on your website, what pages they visit, and more.

If you want to be serious about blogging, Google Analytics is one of the first things to set up on your website.

Outsourcing Tools

Sometimes bloggers might get a request from a sponsor or client and you just don’t have time in your schedule. Using outsourcing websites helps you find someone that is qualified to complete your task in the time you need it done.

Fiverr

Fiverr allows you to search by keyword for qualified contractors. You can also hire contractors to complete things like banner advertisements, website designs, and special projects you can’t fit in. You can also pick up extra work on Fiverr if you need to earn extra cash.

Tasks I have successfully outsourced on Fiverr include graphic design work, WordPress error correction, and newsletter advertising. My trick is to always aim for Top Rated Sellers and to read both the good and bad reviews to make sure that I have a higher chance of having my expectations met.

Upwork

Upwork is a platform where reliable freelancers are available. You can search through profiles and invite specific contractors to bid on your available job. You can also hire directly if you wish. This is another resource for earning extra cash as well.

Productivity tools

Staying productive is a task sometimes, so I must make sure that I have the right tools to make sure my daily to-do list doesn’t get away from me.

Evernote

Anytime I have an idea for a blog post or need to set a reminder to complete an article, I use Evernote. It keeps me on time and I can view my tasks from my computer or iPhone.

Dropbox

When I need to share a file or have one shared with me from a client, I like to use Dropbox. It is a secure system that only allows those with permission to access the files to be shared.

RescueTime

Maintaining a proper work/life balance is what saves us bloggers from feeling overwhelmed. RescueTime looks at my daily online habits – especially when I get distracted, and helps me stay productive and focused.

I love that it sends me weekly reports so I can see where I am spending most my time, how long I am spending on the computer each week, and whether or not I am meeting my weekly goals that I have set for myself.

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Trello

Trello is great when you run an assignment-based group. It auto-adjusts to all time zones so there is never a question about when something is due. It is beyond easy to use and is completely customizable to meet your needs.

I use Trello the most for my writing business. However, when I am working with a group of bloggers on a campaign, Trello is my go to tool.

Slack

Slack is great for keeping a team together. You can create private and group public channels to keep all your discussions in order. You can upload and download files, pin items, and send direct messages. They also have some sweet integrations to add on, which makes it fun and keeps you on task.

Like, Trello, I use Slack primarily with my writing business, but when collaborating with other bloggers I find that it is better for communication than emailing back and forth.

Social Media Management Tools

Who has time to schedule individual posts on social media? These tools help me publish my posts on multiple social media outlets from just one screen. Not all tools work with all social media platforms, so you are likely to need at least these two.

Sprout Social

Sprout Social lets you make “accounts” for all your clients. You can have up to 10 accounts on a Premium account. You are shown analytics and performance data from your posts.

It works for me well since I have multiple social media accounts to manage for myself in addition to clients. In the platform, I can access all account feeds from one dashboard, which makes it easier to reply to important things.

OnlyPult

OnlyPult is great for Instagram post scheduling. You can schedule several weeks of posts in advance by using the calendar and choose what time of day you post. Analytics are provided here too, so you can see what time of day is the best for you to post.

I love this tool because unlike other tools you post directly to your Instagram account from your computer!

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Affiliate Programs

Affiliate programs are a great way to network, earn residual income, and alert your audience to new or helpful products.

Shareasale

With Shareasale, you can sign up for affiliate programs. Once accepted, you can use links to products and promotions per the individual company’s rules. It is important to read the link using policy of every affiliate.

The best part is some companies offer small bonuses in exchange for putting banners on your website or mentioning them in a blog post.

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Escalate Media

Escalate Media is the leader in pay-for-performance campaigns for lead generation. I love this company because they only believe in promoting ethical offers. Therefore, you can trust that you are only sharing legit opportunities with your audience.

Amazon

Are you an Amazon affiliate? You can earn a small residual income when you become an affiliate and your audience makes purchases from links you use in your content.

Bonus Tools & Resources I Use as a Blogger

I know your eyes are probably tired if you have made it to the end of this post, so before I go I am going to leave you with a few more of my favorite tools and resources that I love as a blogger below.

Final Thoughts on Tools for Bloggers

Now that I have shared some of my tips and tricks with you, which do you think are the most helpful? Sure, blogging really is a full-time job, but it doesn’t have to feel like one. These tools keep me on time, productive, and organized so that my blog runs as smoothly as possible.

What tools do you use for your blog?

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  4. I am in love with posts like this recently since I am a true novice and running a beauty, food and general lifestyle based blog I can learn something new with every step I take. I like to use PicMonkey and used Pixabay in the past for posts that I did not have my own pictures to share.

  5. I use quite a few of these tools on this list. And oh, hey…I spy my eBook on your list!!! Thanks girl for including me!!

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    1. admin says:

      Lou,

      You know I had to include it. I still refer back to my copy now.

  6. Great and informative post! They’ve always come up with help tips like these over the years. For those who are overwhelmed, just remember content will always be king.

  7. adriana says:

    I love your list! There are SO many great tools out there at our advantage and it’s truly amazing. Google Analytics is one of the most helpful tools out there! Dropbox is a favorite too – it’s so easy to transfer images to and from posts that way to edit. I also really love Tailwind – it’s been a life saver for me!

    1. admin says:

      Adriana,

      I have been hearing good things about Tailwind myself. I just haven’t had the time to give it a try yet.

  8. Nice work and super helpful! I also love Canva! They’re so easy and affordable! 🙂 Thanks for linking up on Turn It UP Tuesday! 🙂

  9. You compiled a great list here. A few of these I didn’t know about and I really appreciate the suggestions. I love it when bloggers support one another and do things to help one another. I really need to work on my pictures.

    1. Valerie,

      Photos are another thing that I need to improve on as well. Next month I am going to experiment with a few different options and if anything works out successfully for me, I will definitely do a post about my experience in hopes to help others.

  10. Great list of blogging tools! Use several of these, but there are some I hadn’t heard of. Shared and Pinned, thank you for these! #ProductReviewParty

  11. Great list of blogging tools, I will share with my FB Group. I use Canva and PicJumbo almost daily. I just started a new blog on Wix and my web designer did a great job, I don’t miss WordPress at all. #ProductReviewParty

    1. Antionette,

      PicJumbo is a new one on me. I will have to check them out to see how they could be incorporated into my blogging tool arsenal.

  12. I underestimated how much time blogging takes, so these tools are very helpful. I’m a big fan of Grammarly. It has helped me with a couple errors I make repeatedly. I’ve never heard of Escalate Media – I will check it out!

  13. This has been a really great and helpful post I really mean it when I say thanks for sharing. I am already checking up Pic monkey and pixabay. I like the bonus tools too, and the social media management and affiliate tools. I love love this post. I have printed it out. I am also checking out blog strategy plan.

  14. Years ago when I started blogging, I had no idea what I was getting into or where it would lead me. Fast forward until now and I find myself using many of these websites and tools on a regular basis. Every blogger should definitely know about them, they make life so much easier!

  15. Great list of blogging tools. I try to use all my own images but it’s good to have a free resource. I’ll have to look into Pixabay for images.

    1. Debra,

      I agree personal images are best. However, when covering topics where I may not be able to take an actual photo I find Pixabay is easy to help me out.

  16. Wow This post is so useful for all bloggers! Thanks for sharing with us

  17. My must haves are Yoast and Google Analytics! Some great news ones here that I’ve never heard of so will have to check out. In fact I’ve heard loads about Evernote recently so am heading to check that out right now!

    1. Emma,

      Yoast is a must for me as well. I have to update my must have plugins post, so be on the lookout for that soon.

  18. Elizabeth O. says:

    There are so many tools out there for bloggers to take advantage of! I’ve heard and used most of the tools that you stated above. It definitely makes our lives easier!

  19. This is a great list! I do some of these, but some I haven’t. I will have to look up RescueTime. It sounds like something that would come in handy for me.

  20. Nice post – I love all of your ideas, and a lot of these I didn’t know even though I am a full-time blogger. I am always learning. I have not used the Instagram scheduler you mentioned, I don’t really post that much there, so I don’t have a need in scheduling that way out, but it is nice to know there is a way to simplify if need be. I also don’t use spell-checking software. I sometimes give my posts to my husband to read over – he is my spell-checker. 🙂

  21. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Wow. This is such an informative post with an extensive list of tools all bloggers can take advantage of. I am going to look into a few of them and see how it would help my blogs. I am interested in those scheduling apps. It will surely save me a lot of time.

  22. Big thanks for this tools. I am already using some of this but I will have to try the other apps and websites that may help me more in my blogging activity.

  23. Fantastic tools. I took about a year off blogging and now am back and ready to roll. Fun to learn about new resources since I was last blogging. Thanks!

  24. I love all of these tips and will be using some of them. Since it is a new year I am really focusing on what I need to do for my blog to continue to grow and bring in money. A lot of these tools and tips will help me stay focused and on track.

  25. I use a lot of these and LOVE my PicMonkey (I pay for the upgraded version and like it way more than Canva myself). I also am on ShareASale and make passive income from my affiliate. I’ve just added a few more. Trying to set up my affiliate game. I didn’t know about the Premium theme resources – thank you. I’ve been wanting to change my blog up a bit and will take a look!

  26. Cynthia says:

    Great list of blogger tools. There are a couple here that I have not heard of. I will have to check them out.

  27. Joely Smith says:

    WOW thank you for all of this!! Wish I had your list before I began! Even still you have provided a wealth of great resources for bloggers. I have pinned this and am keeping it for reference. I am going to check out grammerly first.
    I already use a few you listed. and can say they are awesome sites.
    As for themes, I have only changed a couple of times in the 3 years I have been at it. My first was not even really a theme and was a hot mess lol.
    This one I have now, I am sticking with but have tweaked it a little here and there.
    Thanks so much for all the good resources.

    1. admin says:

      Joely,

      No problem. I am glad to help.

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