Top 10 Best Tools for Bloggers

Thinking of starting a blog but not sure what tools to use? Have a blog and wonder how all those other bloggers are killing it in the blogging world? Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best, mostly free, tools for bloggers!

Being a successful blogger is harder than it looks. Work smarter, not harder with these tools!

With so many tools out there, it can sometimes feel like information overload. This is why we have put together a list of the best free and/or cost-effective options available today.

1) Google Analytics & Google Console

These are a must have tools for every blogger whether you are just starting out or have been at it for years. These free tools from Google give you all kinds of amazing insights into the performance of your blog, including how much traffic you are getting, and where your traffic is coming from.

Essentially, if you are spending any effort on marketing, Google Analytics will tell you how well you are doing in converting potential leads while the Google Console tool helps you measure your traffic and site performance.

The purpose of Google Search Console is to help you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google search results. Needless to say, it is a pretty important tool to use.

Related: Set Up a Blog in 3 Easy Steps

2) ConvertKit 

This is the best email marketing platform out there right now, and we’ve tested a lot of them. ConvertKit helps you connect with your audience and make a living doing work you love. The tools is incredibly dynamic and allows you to easily understand your audience by using tags and segments.

Say you have a blog about cars and you want to segment your audience as they funnel in through your subscriber form (which you created with ConvertKit). Once a reader subscribes, they automatically get sent a welcome email or a newsletter with different links. You can then tag each user depending on the link they clicked.

For example, if a subscriber clicks on an article about vintage cars, you can tag them “vintage cars” and send them more content related to that topic vs. if a subscriber clicks a link about concept cars who you may then tag as “concept cars”. If you are a car enthusiast, you know that these two types of car lovers are usually very different.

ConvertKit has so many unique features, making marketing to your readers easy and efficient. Start with a free 14-day trial.

3) Fiverr

Need help with website design or development? Need someone to create a logo for your new blog? What about help with your SEO or improving site performance? Fiverr allows you to hire contractors on the fly for a specific project or for an extended period of time.

Wages start at as little as $5 per hour for a contractor to create animations, write blog posts for you, help with your search rankings or site speed. You can find contractors for pretty much anything. Try Fiverr by posting a job opening today, at no cost.

4) Canva

Need to create really beautiful images for your blog or posts for social media? Canva allows you to create Instagram posts, Pinterest posts, backgrounds, featured images, ads, and so much more.

They have tons of templates for you to use and can even post directly to your social media site. The best part is that this tool is absolutely free to use and it is super easy!

Bonus: need some great images for free? Here are some great sites to download free images to use on your blog…

  • Unsplash
  • Pixabay
  • My Stock Photos

5) Yoast SEO

Having your new Blog rank on Google is incredibly important. As a new blogger, this is how you are going to get your first readers. Yoast SEO is a free WordPress plugin that helps increase viewership, attract more visitors on Bing and Google, and increase reader engagement.

The plugin is pretty easy to use as it will automatically review your job postings and make suggestions for improvement. Make change, click update, and you will automatically see the post score increase.

6) Popup Maker

I’ve tried a ton of free popup makers on WordPress and they were all really frustrating and complicated to use and didn’t have the wow affect I was looking for. They also didn’t appear when I wanted them to (on exit). It’s important to capture readers before they leave your page and this is why Popup Maker is the best!

They have amazing and beautiful templates and integrate with all of your subscriber forms. You can literally add a gorgeous pop up to your site in about 5 minutes. Get a 21-day free trial and then it is as little as $4.95 per month and totally worth every penny!

7) Grammarly 

Grammarly makes sure everything you type is clear, effective, and mistake-free. It’s a great tool if you need someone to proofread your articles before you post them. Additionally, Grammarly offers accurate, context-specific suggestions to make your work shine.

You can use the tool for everything from your blog to your email and social media accounts. The tool scans your text for common and complex grammatical mistakes, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.

8) Hootsuite

This is a great social media marketing platform to help you manage all of your social media accounts in one place.  From finding prospects to serving customers, Hootsuite helps you do more with your social media.

You can save time by logging into all of your accounts in one place, scheduling posts, and keeping up with mentions and content. The platform also allows you to track your ROI and measure the impact of your social media campaigns through comprehensive reporting. Pricing starts at $29.00 per month but also allows you a 30-day Free Trial.

9) Google Trends 

Google trends is a pretty cool tool. It gives users insight into what people are searching for on the web. This is amazing for bloggers because you can actually see what the highest-ranking searches are on Google. It also gives you additional keywords that you might not have thought of before.

Additionally, you can target your audience even further by seeing where in the country the most searches are coming from. For example, if you run a local blog in Nashville, TN, you can actually see more specifically what keywords to use in order to better target readers in this general region.

10) Answer the Public

Having trouble coming up with topics to blog about? Not anymore. Simply type in a general topic or question in the search bar and you’ll see some pretty neat looking diagrams with all the different questions people are asking on the internet. By the time you leave the site, you’ll have too many ideas for new blog articles.

Side note: don’t be intimidated when you first get to the site. There is a strange old guy who mumbles to himself and licks his teeth…. It’s a little creepy.