30 Tools You Need to Create a Successful Blog

By: | October 11, 2015 | Tags: , , |

These tools will help bloggers blog quicker.What is your biggest concern as a blogger?

According to a study CoSchedule conducted, lack of time is the biggest concern bloggers have.

Wouldn’t it be life-changing if tools existed to help you blog faster?

Fortunately, they do, and the best part–most of them are free.

These tools have been grouped by blogging activities.  If you need a tool for a specific blogging task, check out the bold subheads. To save you time finding a needed tool, the tasks have been organized in alphabetical order.

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Indispensable Tools to Expedite Your Blogging

Blog Analysis

  1. Quicksprout.com:  Neil Patel’s site will analyze the overall strength of your blog for you.  Simply put in your URL, and the analysis is free.  I am giving you fair warning, though. You may not like the result.  Patel and the QuickSprout staff will help you fix the weaknesses they find, but then there is a charge involved.

2. Grammarly.com: Grammarly is a free site that will check your grammar for you.  Supposedly, the site is able to catch 250 more grammar errors than your word processor.

3. Google Analytics: Whether or not you self-host, you have access to the information available on Google Analytics to varying degrees. Let the data it reveals to you guide your future planning.

4. Alexa.com: Many experts revealed they won’t subscribe to someone’s blog if that person doesn’t have a low Alexa score.

5. Check Page Rank: is Google’s way of checking your blog’s importance.  However, Google’s score is based on quality backlinks.  The more quality backlinks, the higher the score, and the better the blog. (Note: Subscribers to MostlyBlogging have access to a Link Exchange where we strive to build quality backlinks.)


6. CommentLuv: While there is a small charge for CommentLuv, many users feel the nominal price is more than worth it to encourage others to leave comments on your blog.


7. Picassa: I Email the photo from my phone to my Email and open it on the computer.  I then use Picassa to modify my image.  Once in Picassa, you can crop the image, change its colors, blur it, add a border, and do many other special effects.

8. Canva: Once the graphic is the way you want it, put it into Canva.  There are free backgrounds, and templates with text are already designed for your use.  If you’d prefer, you can just write the text and not use a predesigned template.  You can crop once you’re in Canva as well.

9. Paint: I use the Paint app for cropping my graphics.  My screenshot have all been modified in Paint.  I circle the important elements in red and then save them to my desktop  You can write on your graphics in Paint as well.

10. Piktochart: At Piktochart, you can create infographics, presentations, or banners. The site is versatile, free, fast,  and easy. The graphics can easily be downloaded onto your computer and uploaded onto a blog post.

11. Easel.ly: Easel.ly and Piktochart can all be used to create infographics, but I find myself repeatedly returning to Easel.ly more than the others when I need an infographic.


12. Contentideator: Stuck for a headline idea? Plug your topic into this website.

13. Contentrow.com: Not feeling terribly creative? Let this site do the thinking for you.

14. Portent: Like with Contentrow, the folks over at Portent tend to offer silly, albeit entertaining, headline ideas.

15. Tweakyourbiz.com offers more serious headline ideas.

16. Hubspot will offer you three headline ideas, and then charge you after that.

17. Capitalizemytitle.com This free site is great for those of you that have trouble remembering your capitalization rules! It capitalizes your headline for you while you type, and then lets you copy the headline to your post.

18. Advanced Marketing Institute: The Advanced Marketing Institute will analyze the merit of your headline for you. Advanced Marketing Institute actually takes the guess-work out of headline writing, so the effectiveness of your headline is no longer subjective.

19. CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer: No matter where I begin my journey to find a headline for an article, I always end at CoSchedule.  I won’t use a headline unless CoSchedule gives it a satisfactory score.


20. A spreadsheet: Excel, or any spreadsheet, is fine for this purpose. If you are spending money on your blog, your accountant will want your outgoing (and incoming) expenses if there are any.


21. WordPress Reader: I will often scroll through the reader and comment on blogs that I find there. I have made wonderful connections that way.


22. Evernote: The value of Evernote is not overrated.  I use it for blogging use as well as for personal to-do lists. You can add a photo you are planning to feature with your article to your Evernote, so you won’t forget what photo you had in mind.

23. An Editorial Calendar: Self-hosted bloggers have access to the WordPress calendar. However, any calendar will do. You need a place to plan when you are scheduling your blog posts.

24. Dropbox: Never lose your documents or photos again. You will always have them handy since Dropbox is both an app and a website.


25. WordPress: I read a recommendation that Tumblr is good for people who write shorter pieces.  I am not familiar with Weebly.  I have used Google’s Blogger and WordPress. I recommend WordPress.


26. Content Curation sites:  Pinterest, Flipboard, StumbleUpon, and Reddit are great places to do research for an article.  Many have a bonus of bringing traffic to your blog if you use them correctly.


27. Ahalogy: I use Ahalogy to schedule all my Pinterest pins to my boards and community boards. I believe this is one of the perks of self-hosting.  I am such a fan, I wanted to review the site favorably, but the post wouldn’t be relevant to WordPress.com users who aren’t able to use the site.

28. Hootsuite: Bloggers need to use social media to promote their blogs.  Save time, and let Hootsuite do your scheduling on social media for you.

Social Media

29. Click to Tweet: This site enables others to promote your posts for you.

30. Hashtagify: You want like-minded bloggers to be able to find you on Twitter. This site will tell you what hashtags to use with your Tweets, so they can.


Bonus Tool:

31. Google AdWords: KeyWord Planner: Bloggers dream of being on the front page of Google. This site will enable you to tag your posts, so Google can find you.

In conclusion, many bloggers work outside of the home in addition to dealing with all these blogging tasks.  Use these tools to expedite your blogging, and the time you put into blogging will be that much less. Perhaps you could use the time you gain to network and grow your readership, now that you will have time to do it.

Bloggers, please share this post, so others know about these blogging tools.

What do you think? Are there any you’d recommend not on the list? Are there any tools on the list you are currently using that you would recommend to others? I look forward to your views.

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  1. Charles Rogers

    WOW, Janice. I start every morning with Mostly Blogging. I almost always learn something, but this morning’s issue is a GOLDMINE! I can hardly finish this note to go down the list of pearls found here today. Thank you.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Charles,
      Such high praise–thank you! I loved your pearls metaphor, by the way.

  2. John Doe

    This was the most informative,comprehensive,and helpful post you have written. The amount of research it must’ve taken for you to write this post was unbelievable. This one post could be a book of yours on how to write a successful blog. You have really really really really outdone yourself. As I always describe you you were are and always will be in my mind the blogging guru

    • Janice Wald

      Did you read Charles’s comment? He calls me “the blogging guru” too. I am so glad you liked the post. I sort of collected the tools as I went along and compiled them in my Evernote app. Thank you for the high praise.

  3. John Doe

    PS. You’re blocking community should put pressure on you to write either an e-book or a hardcover book and with all the bloggers in this world it would have to be a huge, massive, success. Have you ever thought about writing a book? With all the thousands upon thousands of followers that you have with social media etc. this book could be successful just with the people who follow you

    • Janice Wald

      You are too kind. Yes. Debby Kaye was pressuring me to write a book. When I have time, I will pursue it.

  4. Anonymous

    I think this post will get more shares and read blogs than anything you’ve ever written. This was a masterpiece

  5. Jeanette

    Tried all of the sites you mentioned at some time or another in my writings. The ones you get through WordPress are the ones I use the most!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jeanette,
      Thank you for recommending those tools. Which specifically do you get through WordPress? Thanks for writing.

  6. Debbie

    This is such a great resource! Pinning and bookmarking so I can keep it handy. Thanks for helping me improve my rankings with the link back :-).

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Debbie,
      Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen further, it was by standing on the shoulders of giants.” You were one of those giants. I couldn’t have done it without your initial post about the 15 tools. It helped me; you deserved the link. Thank you for pinning my article. I’m glad you enjoyed the list.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Sasha,
      Thank YOU for the kind words, for reading my list, and writing me.

  7. Alana

    Thank you, Janice! I’ve shared this and pinned for my own use – marvelous list. Not enough words to praise. And, after all, who among us is not in a time crunch?

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Alana,
      What nice compliments! Thank you! Thank you as well for coming to my site and reading my blogging tool list and writing me.

    • Janice Wald

      So happy to have you back in my blogging world. I missed you. Wayne missed you too.

    • Janice Wald

      “Better too often than not enough, I always say.” Okay, I’ve never said it, but…

  8. melinda

    Janice, Can your techie person please fix the glitch? or should I unfollow now? I can’t handle 4x the emails!!
    Your BBFF,

    • Janice Wald

      My tech person played with some of my settings today and things seem to be going a little smoother. I don’t publish again until Thursday. If it reoccurs, I will ask her about it. Let me know on Thursday.

    • Janice Wald

      You can’t unfollow me–you are my BBFF. Let me know on Thursday if you get 4 again. If you do, I’ll ask her about it.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Smiling Notes,
      Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed my list and found it helpful.

  9. Debby Gies

    Excellent post Janice. Thanks for sharing these helpful links. Shared and bookmarked! 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Debby,
      Thank you so much for sharing. I am glad you found the list helpful. I am also very encouraged that Merri’s tinkering with my setting may have helped with the comment problem.

  10. sue

    Hi Janice what a fantastic and comprehensive post! I love your suggestions for places to look for headlines but there is just so much great information here I’m pinning it for sure. Thanks for linking up at #AnythingGoes and I hope you link up again – we need more posts like yours – pure quality!

  11. Kristi Hines

    Great list of tools! I’d also add Sendible – if you have a lot of social accounts and not enough time to post to all of them, Sendible will help streamline the process. It allows you to post one update to 30+ networks including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kristi,
      I can not believe you are here! I feel honored and excited. Thank you so much for coming to my blog. Thank you as well for your compliments on my blogging tools list. It means a lot coming from you.
      I had not heard of Sendible. I use Hootsuite, but Hootsuite won’t preschedule Pinterest. Is there a charge to use Sendible?
      Thanks again for your visit and kind words.

  12. Janice Wald

    Hi Gigi,
    I am glad you liked my blogging tools list. Thank you for coming to my site today.

  13. Mera

    Wow! I’ve been blogging for a long time but many of these I didn’t even know about. I’m so excited to test some of these out and all the things I do swear by you totally mentioned. I’m definitely sharing this! Found you on SITS by the way!

  14. Rebecca Flansburg

    Great list! Many of these I have never heard of either. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest.

  15. Nicole

    Super helpful tips for a newbie like me who’s just getting started! thank you!

  16. Michelle

    Thanks you for a wonderful tools list. As a neophyte blogger I am always on the look out for ways to improve my blog and my skills. This will come in very handy.

    • Janice Wald

      I tried to visit your blog, but I could not figure out where to comment. I help new bloggers at my site, if you were interested in more blogging tips.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Betty!
      Thanks for commenting on my Tools post. I also love Canva and use it to the exclusion of all else. I have a question for you about CommentLuv. My commenters have to keep putting in their name and site repeatedly; it doesn’t stay in the memory. I’m worried it will deter commenters. People say it’s typical of self-hosted blogs. Do your readers say they have that problem? Thanks for the help.

  17. Kellie Simmons

    wow, these ideas are great! thanks. I’m saving this on my computer for reference.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Kellie!
      Thank you so much for the kind words about my article. I needed help with headlines last night, and used the “headline” section. I’m glad you are enjoying the list. I am always happy to help.

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  20. sravya

    Really a wonderful post. It gives brief information about tools you need to create a successful blog.thanks for sharing and keep going on


    Hey Janic,

    Your blog posts are more interesting and impressive. I think there are many people like and visit it regularly, including me.I actually appreciate your own position.

  22. Shahzad

    Thank you for your kind words. I’m grateful for your support and I’m thrilled that you found the post to be informative and helpful. Your encouragement means a lot to me.

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