30 Tools You Need to Create a Successful Blog

By: | October 11, 2015 | Tags: , , | 48 comments

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 Rankis 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.)

Comments

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.

Graphics

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.

Headlines

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.

Money

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.

Networking

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.

Organization

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.

 Platform

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.

Research

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.

Scheduling

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.

SEO

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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Sources:

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  1. 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.
    L.
    Charles Rogers recently posted…How to Love Being Eight-One Years OldMy Profile

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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 :-).
    Debbie recently posted…How to Enjoy Running on a Treadmill. Plus an Interval Workout!My Profile

    • 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
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Have a Popular Blog [and Should You?]My Profile

  7. Great Resources thank you!

  8. 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?
    Alana recently posted…A Life or Death DecisionMy Profile

  9. Janice, I got this email 4 times. ARGH!!!
    melinda recently posted…Heather’s HandiworkMy Profile

  10. Janice, Can your techie person please fix the glitch? or should I unfollow now? I can’t handle 4x the emails!!
    Your BBFF,
    Melinda
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  11. And thanks for missing me! I missed you and WAyne as well!
    melinda recently posted…Heather’s HandiworkMy Profile

  12. Lovely post..helpful as always..bookmarking it 🙂

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

  14. 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!
    sue recently posted…Why Positive Ageing is Positively WonderfulMy Profile

  15. This was a great idea Charles and thank you Janice for being the host.

  16. 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.
    Kristi Hines recently posted…Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas Again: 25 Resources for Content MarketersMy Profile

    • 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.
      Janice
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  17. Wowser! So much info! Stuff I didn’t know existed! Thank you!
    gigi recently posted…Have a Beautiful Friday! 10-16-15My Profile

  18. Hi Gigi,
    I am glad you liked my blogging tools list. Thank you for coming to my site today.
    Janice
    Janice Wald recently posted…Blog Party: Meet and Greet #8My Profile

  19. 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!

  20. Great list! Many of these I have never heard of either. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest.
    Rebecca Flansburg recently posted…Creative Tactics to Increase Interaction on your BlogMy Profile

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

  22. 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.
    Michelle recently posted…Joy and struggles after 10 years of spa blissMy Profile

    • 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

  23. I like Comment luv and Canva. Thanks for sharing this.

    • 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.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Get Tremendous Blog Traffic with InstagramMy Profile

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

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

  26. 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.

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