Would you like to grow a successful blog that consistently receives potential buyer traffic and generates profitable income?
The key is to deploy the right blogging tools and resources that help you manage your blog effectively and make your efforts skyrocketing.
I turned to the successful bloggers and marketers to find out their favorite-best tools and resources they recommend.
- 30+ experts share their best blogging tools and resources for beginners in 2021
- 1. WordPress.org
- 2. Bluehost
- 3. Anthony Gaenzle’s eBook on Blogging
- 4. Elementor
- 5. Insert Headers and Footers
- 6. Google Docs
- 7. Google Search Console
- 8. Redirection
- 9. Grammarly
- 10. The Hemingway App
- 11. Evernote
- 12. Notion
- 13. Headline Analyzer from CoSchedule
- 14. Short Pixel
- 15. SEMrush
- 16. AnswerThePublic
- 17. KWFinder
- 18. Ahrefs
- 19. Conversion.ai
- 20. Outranking.io
- 21. Frase.io
- 22. Agorapulse
- 23. Social Champ
- 24. Canva
- 25. Stencil
- 26. Tailwind
I use WordPress.org to power this blog (BloggingExplained.com). It is easy to get started and use, secured, and has thousands of plugins to meet each of my needs related to design, functionality, SEO optimization, and content management.
It offers unlimited space to create and manage content, features, and plugins facility required to customize my blog as I want and manage it easily anytime.
- It is open source and built on PHP, meaning you can even have a developer create a specialized plugin or tweak the coding to meet your needs.
- It provides regular updates free of cost to keep my site bug-free and running smoothly.
- I can easily integrate popular page builders like Elementor to add more design value to my blog.
If I ever need technical assistance, I can visit the WordPress community to get answers from the plugin developers and experts in no time. Also, there are tons of blogs and resources on the Internet to troubleshoot any WordPress issue by myself.
Make WordPress your primary blogging platform right away; you will never regret it.
If you want to create your own blog, Bluehost hosting can be a great resource. You can create your own domain and email address free of cost. For beginning bloggers, this is important because having a unique domain and email address adds an element of trust and credibility. If you’re just getting started, consider using Bluehost to begin. You can plan to switch to more advanced and complex tools as you’re further along in your blogging career – Says Kimberly Smith of Clarify Capital.
Setting up your blog on Bluehost will have complete control over your blog and will be easier to monetize.
Bluehost usually gives you your domain name for free for the first year and offers discounted rates the longer you subscribe. For example, when starting out, the maximum length is 3 years, so you’ll want to pick that option to get the best deal. Once your 3 years are up, you can just automatically renew everything seamlessly! They also allow you to include domain privacy, which is definitely an option you want to opt-in to – Says Eva Keller of DiscoveringHiddenGems.
If you’re looking to monetize your blog, become an influencer, or leverage the power of blogging for your business, Anthony Gaenzle’s latest book is a must-have on your bookshelf.
The eBook is titled “Blogging for Business: Skyrocket Your Traffic, Grow Your Readership, and Boost Revenue which offers an 8-step formula to help you take your blogging to the next level.
The author, Anthony Gaenzle, is a leader in the marketing field with over 15 years of helping businesses grow and find creative solutions to the most pressing challenges in their industry.
It is a plugin for WordPress websites to create fixed, fluid, or adaptive websites without writing code. I haven’t learned web design so far; the Elementor helped me design a beautiful webpage with ease.
Elementor has a lot of beautiful and easy-to-edit templates for different industries. It works well for our business, and I can easily edit it even if I don’t have much knowledge and experience in website design. The powerful drag and drop feature makes the editing process for beginners super simple!
So for me, it was a revolution in the way I created a website, and it changed my workflow for the better – Says Eric Sander of iActivation.
With Insert Headers and Footers plugin, you can add the Google Analytics tracking code without affecting the performance of your blog and see the reports of traffic, page views, bounce rate, referral sources, goals, etc.
The plugin also allows you to insert scripts and custom CSS without editing your theme or installing a new plugin that may slow down your blog loading speed – Says Hugo Guerreiro of The Men Hero.
Taking notes is an important aspect of the blogging process. Ideas can strike at any time of day, which is one reason I keep a standard notepad and pen with me at all times. I get online and transfer the notes to Google Docs once I’ve written down enough points.
I adore the simplicity of Google Docs, Google’s main tool; all I need is a blank document. And, as is self-evident, having notes synced in the cloud is vital because I work on multiple machines at times. I can view my notes from any computer or device using Google Docs, and I can also upload offline files from Word – Says Tanya Zhang of Nimble Made.
My favorite blogging tool is Google Search Console. This is because the most important goal of every blogger is to rank their blogs on Google for desired keywords. And in that case, it is important to know what Google thinks about your content and website.
Google search console helps you track your keyword positions in Google search results, informs you about your website’s errors, and gives suggestions to boost your Google rankings. You can upload sitemaps, view your website’s link structure and also make sure your new pages are indexed by Google bots on priority. All this helps in improving your website’s overall SEO and ultimately ranking higher on Google.
By regularly monitoring your position in Google search rankings, you are also able to find out if your efforts are paying off or not. And if they are not, you become aware that you need to make changes to your strategy. This saves you from futile hard work – Says Madhav Goenka of FrazileMedia.
Redirection is one of the first free plugins you should consider installing. As you have probably guessed, it is a plugin for redirecting URLs.
Compared with other redirect plugins, the great thing about this one is that it automatically creates redirects when you change a URL. With the other free options, you have to manually create redirects. The Redirection plugin is a super simple tool that keeps you from forgetting to enter redirects and saves you time – Says Daniel of Fire and Saw.
When it comes to content creation, one must constantly ensure that the quality and language are up to par. Grammarly highlights the significant flaws that we often overlook when creating material.
Grammarly’s tools do more than just correct grammatical and spelling errors; they also improve clarity, conciseness, and tone – Says Mike Dragan of Stream Live.
The most effective tool that I have come across is Grammarly, allowing me to write what I mean to say quickly and effectively. It is quite an on point with its suggestions, and not only, but the weekly report also encourages me to do better, write more and achieve high scores, and so forth – Says Andrew Taylor of Net Lawman.
Grammarly provides a short explanation of the errors you made in your article when anything is miswritten or with faulty grammar. It assists you in improving your writing by recommending revisions as needed.
The Chrome add-on works with almost all of your programs’ data areas. It aids in the correct application of punctuation marks in a sentence – Says Miranda Yan of Vinpit.
The Hemingway app assists you in ensuring that your work is readable by your intended audience. It’s normal for writers to get lost in their ideas when writing and fail to notice when their sentences become difficult to read.
Hemingway handles this problem by assigning a readability score to your work and making recommendations for enhancing it. The editor software includes adjustments such as passive words, adverbs, compound words, and other features targeted at making sentences more readable for readers – Says Darshan Somashekar of Spider-Solitaire-Challenge.
Unlike regular writing, blog writing requires more use of simple sentences and short sentences. Because when your audience visits your blog, they won’t read the whole article word by word. They will usually skim through the headlines and find the content that interests them as quickly as possible. They usually bounce when the sentence is too complex.
Hemingway App can help you adjust the readability of your text, identify overly complex sentences or passive voice, etc. I usually adjust the article readability to target grades 5-6, and it works fine – Says Grace Young of House Fragrance.
It works by giving readability grades to the piece of content you want to analyze. The lower the grade Hemingway gives to your content, the better the readability.
A higher grade involves complicated sentence structures, unnecessarily complicated words, or too many adverbs or uses of passive voice. Hemingway picks those out of your content and shows them to you so that you can now modify them to lower your grade and improve the overall readability of your content.
- Aim for around Grade 6 or lower.
- Use your common sense when using Hemingway. It’s a great but imperfect tool that makes suggestions so long as it thinks your content can be improved. But, you won’t be able to deal with all of them. So, don’t worry if your content still has a few hard-to-read sentences as long as your grade is low enough and you’re satisfied with it.
Says Hugo Germon of The Tool Scope.
When I first started blogging, I had ideas pop into my head all the time, like Flash in DC Universe, but they got lost in the daily grind. This problem was remedied when I discovered Evernote, an app for your phone or iPad that allows you to capture anything, including websites, images, text, and voice notes.
It is also available as a web-based application to make it more convenient. The note you make can then be accessed later on a computer or mobile device from almost anywhere. You may also use Evernote to search through all of your notes to quickly discover what you’re looking for – Says Shad Elai of New England Home Buyers.
First off, I love Notion because it has this clean, uncluttered, minimalist approach. I love how you can collect ideas, take notes, upload links, schedule tasks, and put everything in one place without being overwhelmed.
But two of my favorite Notion features are the Kanban Board and the dashboard, where you can separate your work tasks from personal ones in a very efficient way.
The Notion is available across all platforms, so wherever you are, whatever device you have, you can be assured that all your files are accessible – Says Lucile of LucileHR.
The headlines of your articles must be eye-catchy and designed to capture the attention of the reader. So it’s critical to pay attention to your headlines.
This online tool can assist you in creating engaging and compelling headlines and provides you with a comprehensive study of what makes your headline more effective.
You can use this headline tool for your CTA text if you want to set up an effective call to action section beside your blog titles – Says Amit Raj of Amit Digital Marketing.
Shortpixel is a WordPress plugin that helps reduce the sizes of your images. You simply install it from the plugins section of your WordPress admin dashboard, and it starts compressing your images without having to do anything else. I recommend leaving most of the default settings as is and adjust as needed.
This has helped me optimize the images on my site without losing much of the visual impact. I have saved over fifty percent on storage for my images. The smaller image size has made my pages load faster, resulting in a better user experience. It is effortless to use, so even a beginner will not have trouble using it.
Best of all, there is a free version that is enough for my needs – Says Fred Blair – Awesome Hoops.
For me, the one newly found blogging resource I couldn’t live without is SEMrush.
It’s been a month since I bought a premium subscription and started using it, and the results are beginning to show.
- I target better keywords, and my site ranks faster right off the bat.
- I use their backlink database to mine replicable links from my competitors, and my authority grows.
- I spy on my competitor’s lucrative keywords through SEMrush domain overview.
- Finally, using their patented Keyword Magic tool, I can mine questions about the topic no other tool will show me.
SEMrush rocks and in my opinion is a must-have tool if you’re a serious blogger.
The problem is that it’s expensive, but the solution is pretty simple.
The most effective way I’ve found to use the AnswerThePublic tool is to search for the broad topic I want to write about, identify a handful of questions that resonate with me, and then execute a Google search for those questions. Oftentimes you will find long-tail queries that have not specifically been answered!
For example, last month, I searched the term “heel pain” in AnswerThePublic. It returned the question “ICD-10 code for heel pain”. Executed a search and realized the only results were databases, without any informational articles. I wrote a very brief 300-word article on the topic and immediately captured the featured snippet for the term. In less than a month, I have 55,000 search impressions for that page – Says Annie Singer of Reciple.
When I decide what to write about for my travel blog, I use KWFinder, to plan my content. I love that KWFinder does the hard part of assigning a score to how easy or challenging ranking for a certain keyword might be.
For example, if I want to write about a trip to Hawaii, I’ll use KWFinder to see what search engine users are looking for. Are there more searches for itineraries, packing lists, or things to do?
If I find a keyword that is low scoring when it comes to difficulty, has a high number of searches per month, and relevant to my website, I’ll add that topic to my content creation list – Says Tae Reden of TropicalGo.
I use and strongly recommend Ahrefs free Webmaster Tool for conducting thorough website audits to identify technical SEO issues.
The tool scans up to 1000 pages on your website in the free version and lists all the adversely affecting your website. It also displays an SEO score from 1 to 100 depending on the technical SEO issues detected in the scan.
Apart from that, you can also check your domain rating, the backlinks to your domain, internal links, keywords that you rank for in the free version of this tool. If you’re a blogger, then this high-quality SEO tool should be a part of your arsenal – Says Trishan Mehta of PassionWP.
It’s an AI tool that helps you write anything from blog posts to product descriptions, meta descriptions, titles, and more.
This tool has helped me so much over the past few months. I pay $99 for it each month for unlimited words generated. It won’t write all your content for you, but it will help you get through that writers’ block many of us freelancers get hit with daily.
It’s like having your own writing assistant available 24/7. I love it – Says Niamh Jordan of Which Watch Next.
I particularly enjoy the AI writing assistant “Jarvis” in Conversion.ai. Here you can start writing a sentence, and Jarvis will continue writing it for you. It allows writers to generate more ideas when writing, perhaps ones that they hadn’t thought about.
For me personally, I used to get writer’s block after trying to produce 20+ blogs. This AI tool enabled me to create 3-4 paragraphs based on 2 words. This would then allow me to either use those paragraphs or give me ideas to continue writing – Says Chad Wyatt of Dealorium.
Recently I tested outranking.io, and now it’s part and parcel of my marketing toolkit. With it, once you type in a keyword, you see categories such as SEO score, the average and maximum word count of articles on SERP, readability score, the average, and a maximum number of links you need to build to rank for the desired keyword, etc.
Then, the tool recommends what keywords, sections, questions to include in the article based on analyzing SERP results. Besides, you have a document section on the left, so you add your preferred section or question to the doc with 1 click and write your article within the tool – Says Aida of Incredo.
It takes a lot of manual labor to flicker back and forth through many different tools and tabs to create SEO-rich blog posts. But with Frase.io, it is easy and efficient.
Let’s say you’re writing a blog post on, say, the “Best Blogging Tools For Beginners.” You plug that into Frase, and it will go ahead and analyze the top-ranking pages for that query on google and then set up a document for you with a sidebar listing all the keywords you need to use, questions you need to answer, and types of content you need to focus on. Then, it analyses what you write as you go along to see if it matches what is currently ranking in Google – Says Peter Head of Japanoscope.
My favorite blogging tool is Agorapulse, and that is because it helps me reach more blog viewers via social media than any other tool. I can easily schedule in and respond to comments on each of the social media networks quickly. Agorapulse just launched the ability to respond to Instagram comments and messages.
This tool saves me precious time to write more blog posts and comment on other blogs instead of being on social media 24/7.
It also helps me see who is engaging with my content on the different social networks right on the same dashboard. The mobile app works well on the go too.
It helps me to “listen” as well to certain keywords so I can see what questions may arise on topics of interest that I can answer via blog posts and help others with their “pain” points. Now, Aograpulse offers a FREE trial to a single user.
I’ve been using it for 3 years now and can’t imagine doing all I do without this fabulous tool. It really is a huge time-saver – Says Lisa Sicard of Inspiretothrive.
Users have an all-in-one platform with Social Champ to efficiently manage, facilitate, and direct all social media operations.
Whether it’s scheduling content across all social networks in one shot or bulk, or monitoring metrics, Social Champ makes everything easier! It allows you to save time, energy, and effort towards more vital things – Adam Garcia – The Stock Dork.
You may not be able to make professional-looking blog images on your own if you are new to blogging. You may have a clear mental image of how you want your blog banner to look, but you won’t be able to translate that mental image into an actual picture unless you are a Photoshop expert. Canva should be your go-to tool for any kind of blog graphics work – Says Dusan Stanar of VSS Monitoring.
Designing graphics for your blog is a must, especially if you want to stay on brand, and Canva can help you with that.
It is based on a drag-and-drop system to design things like logos, blog banners, Infographics, Pinterest pins, and social media posters. And all these come with already done-for-you templates.
Also, you can get a free version, and you’ll still have almost an unlimited number of things to use, such as images, graphic elements, shapes, stickers, videos, templates, etc. – Says Ivana Leko of ArtfulHaven.
With the Canva pro version, I can easily resize one design into different shapes. It is beneficial when I’m creating graphics for social media channels that accept different sizes – Says Ekta Swarnkar of Tiasays.
It’s a very user-friendly design tool that’s similar to Canva.
When I was a beginner blogger, I tried Canva and Adobe Photoshop. I found Stencil easier to use to put together my blog images, pins, and other social media images. All the preset sizes are sorted by category (e.g., social, ad, header, etc.), so you don’t feel overwhelmed looking through one long list to find what you need. You can also enter in your own custom sizes.
With so many bloggers using Canva, you often see the same images being used. While Stencil might have many of the same images, it might not be in the same order, so you might even have an advantage with using seemingly different images. Stencil has over 2 million royalty-free photos – Says Jacqueline Gilchrist of Mom Money Map.
For many types of blogs, Pinterest will be a precious platform to share your content on. Tailwind is a great tool that can help you schedule Pinterest posts in the future, so you don’t have to worry about creating posts multiple times per day, which clears your mind for other important tasks!
Without Tailwind, I wouldn’t have been able to grow our Pinterest viewership (and blog views) – Says Lauren of Relaxing Decor.
With so many great free and inexpensive blogging tool options, it is easy to keep your blogging costs minimal while you boost the blog’s growth eventually.
These blogging tools are worth trying, so you can have similar blog success as these experts.
Have you used any of these before? Which is your favorite? Do you have any names to add to this list?
Let me know in the comments.