89 of the Best Free Blogging Tools That Will Save You Time Blogging

By: | April 16, 2016 | Tags: , , , , | 67 comments


Bloggers can use free blogging tools #blogging #productivity #technologyWhat is your greatest need as a blogger?

When surveyed, many answered, “sleep”.

Many answered, “time”.

Many others answered “technology”.

According to Neil Patel, blogging is adapting. You need to be up-to-date with new blogging tools. 

The best part is you won’t have to worry about cost along with learning how to use these new blogging tools.

They are all free. Some of these tools may sound too good to be true, but not one of them costs anything. Since they are user-friendly and expedite your blogging tasks, they won’t even cost you time to use.

This is a follow-up to my popular post 30 Tools You Need to Create a Successful Blog.

89 Free Blogging Tools

  1. AB Testing takes the guesswork out of blogging by helping you learn your readers’ preferences.
  2. AhalogyI use Ahalogy to schedule all my Pinterest pins to my boards and community boards. This free plugin is one of the perks of self-hosting.  I am such a fan.
  3. Alexa.com has your blog’s Alexa score. Many experts revealed they won’t subscribe to someone’s blog if that person doesn’t have a low Alexa score.
  4. AnswerthePublic.com: This fascinating site gives you blog topic ideas. I was shocked to see how many ideas showed up when I typed in my niche, blogging.
  5. aSleep: You don’t have to use the app to go to sleep. However, it produces white noise that will allow you to block out distracting background noise when you are trying to blog. If you find listening to the sound of the rain or the wind more relaxing than noisy neighbors when you are trying to blog, try the app.
  6. BeFunky Photo Editor: The graphic accompanying this post was made with BeFunky. I find it quick to use and user-friendly.
  7. Bounce Rate can be found at Alexa.com. Its analytics are important. It will tell you how long people are staying on your blog and how many pages on your blog they are viewing.
  8. Buffer is my choice for social media scheduler but only allows up to 10 links to be scheduled at one time for free.
  9. Buzzsumo.com shows you trending topics. If you write about popular topics, you will be more likely to get page views.
  10. 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.
  11. Capitalize My Title: I used to pride myself on my capitalization, but the site is good to know it’s there if I need it. 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.
  12. 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.)
  13. Click to Tweet: This site enables others to promote your posts for you.
  14. CommentLuv encourages others to leave comments on your blog.
  15. Commun.It is a Twitter tool. It shows you the bloggers in your niche, along with the influencers in your niche. If you want to follow  them, you can. It tells you who has retweeted you, so if you want to return the blog love and retweet their links, you can do that as well.
  16. 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.
  17. Contentideator: Stuck for a headline idea? Plug your topic into this website.
  18. Contentrow.com: Not feeling terribly creative? Let this site do the thinking for you.
  19. Copyright Infringement Notice: With all the talk about hacking on my blog recently, I want to make sure everyone has access to a Copyright Infringement Notice that you can put in your sidebar.
  20. CoSchedule Headline Analyzer Is my go-to headline analyzer. The best part is that it tells you what you are missing in your headline, so you can get a higher score.
  21. Dropbox helps you store all kinds of documents and data. Open your data wherever you are. No hard drive is needed.
  22. 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.
  23. Editorial Calendar. You need an editorial calendar to plan your content. Variety, they say, is the spice of life. You can’t give readers variety if you’re not planning. You can write it on paper. I use WordPress’s editorial calendar.
  24. Email is a great tool whether you use Aweber, MailChimp, or another choice. Email each other off the blog, link to blogging collaborators, Email your new subscribers with a Click to Tweet included; the reasons to use Email for blogging are endless.
  25. Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer will analyze the merit of your headline for you. This tool actually takes the guess-work out of headline writing, so the effectiveness of your headline is no longer subjective.
  26. 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.
  27. Dropbox: Never lose your documents or photos again. You will always have them handy since Dropbox is both an app and a website.
  28. Facebook is a great tool for bloggers.  You can join Facebook groups with threads that relate to your blogging niche, expand your community by meeting like-minded bloggers, and join Facebook groups with people that share your blogging goals. The site has an app, so you can visit on your phone.
  29. Fiverr.com You can outsource any job you need to Fiverr for just $5.00. You can get jobs there too.
  30. Free Range Stock Photos: Since I take all my own blog photos, I have never used Free Range Stock Photos, but when my guest author blogged about the site, my readers got so excited, I wanted to be sure to mention it here.
  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.
  32.  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.
  33. GoogleAlerts will Email you if a new story in your blogging niche is published.
  34. GoogleCalendar: I just sent another blogger an invitation to collaborate using Google Calendar. It may sound silly to say my husband and I love this tool. We live in the same house, why don’t we just talk to each other? If I have a blogging conference or if my blogging schedule supersedes any social plans I want Wayne to schedule, I put it on my Google Calendar (I have a separate color for blogging,) and Wayne is kept apprised of my schedule. Also, you could use it to keep your blog’s editorial calendar. I logged in and saw my subscribers’ birthdays. How cool is that!
  35. GoogleDocs I find more valuable as the days progress. Recently, I had questions about a guest post for the author. I pasted it into GoogleDocs where we both looked at and discussed the article in real time. You can access it anywhere you have Internet in case your notes are on it.
  36. Google Search Console is part of Google Webmaster Tools (See next tool.) Go to Webmaster Tools. Under the “Search Traffic” category, you will see the “Search Analytics” tab. Scroll down to see which keywords people are using to find your site. Use these keywords in future posts; they are working for you!
  37. Google Trends: Type in your blogging niche at the top. Scroll down to see which keywords people are using to find your topic. Continue to use them!
  38. Google Webmaster Tools has interesting analytics about your site. Click “Search Analytics, Links to Your Site” and you will see what sites are linking to you and what your top five most linked content is.
  39. Grammarly  Grammarly.com 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.
  40. HashtagsHashtags are used to categorize information on many social media sites. When used correctly, hashtags can increase your visibility. By increasing reader awareness of your online presence, you have the potential to significantly increase traffic to your site.
  41. Hashtagify.me shows you relevant hashtags. 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.
  42. Hashtags.org has a free membership.
  43. Hootsuite is a free, unlimited social media scheduler. Bloggers need to use social media to promote their blogs.  Save time, and let Hootsuite do your scheduling on social media for you.
  44. Hubspot will offer you three headline ideas, and then charge you after that.
  45. Hubspot’s Website Grader will assess your blog’s headline strength, SEO, and mobile readiness, among others.
  46. IF (a.k.a. If This, Then That) is an amazing app. You create recipes of causes and the effects you want to happen. For example, if it is going to rain the next day, IF lets me know, so I can dress appropriately and bring an umbrella. My students and my readers need me. I wouldn’t be much good to them if I were sick. Many bloggers use IF to connect their social media accounts.
  47. Inbound.org: Inbound is a great site to learn more about blogging as well as make new blogging connections.
  48. Instagram: The filters are amazing. Use them to spruce up your blog photos.
  49. The Jetpack Annual Report WordPress sends out at the end of the year should guide the content of your blog posts.
  50. Links should go without a mention, but many bloggers don’t think of them. Linking to your other articles helps your SEO. Linking to other people’s articles gives you credibility as well as helping your SEO.
  51. MailChimp a free Email tool, is easy to use, offers A/B testing, and has analytics.
  52. Medium is a site but I am considering it a tool. I use it as such. I use it for the sheer joy of writing. I still write about blogging, but without the pressures of making a pinnable graphic, clickable headlines, or optimizing for search engines. I suppose you could say it’s a tool I use to decompress, burn off steam.
  53. Open Site Explorer will analyze your links for you. Those interested in No Follow and Do Follow Links may find this an interesting site.
  54. Pablo: I had fun making my first graphic with Pablo, and it only took what felt like a matter of seconds. I wanted to send my graphic accompanying my article to my MailChimp subscribers, but my graphic was on another computer. I used Pablo and had a new graphic almost immediately.
  55. Paint: I use Paint for cropping my graphics.  My screenshots have 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.
  56. Picassa: I send 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.
  57. 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.
  58. PinGroupie  is a Pinterest Community Board Finder. PinGroupie has analytics, so you will know how many members are pinning to the board and how recently they have been active.
  59. Pinterest allows me to store my blog photos on virtual bulletin boards. After they have been seen by my readers, the graphics continue to work for me on the bulletin boards by providing advertising for my blog articles. Pinterest has a great shelf life. Years later, you might find people clicking on your graphics and bringing traffic to your site. Pinterest has an app, so you can always access it.
  60. Pinterest Community Boards provide a great resource. You can meet like-minded bloggers who are pinning to the same board. The best part is many boards have hundreds or even thousands of people pinning to them. Think of all that increased exposure when you pin your post graphics to the boards. (Note: Subscribers of MostlyBlogging have access to a Pinterest group board. Leave a comment in the comment section that you’d like to be added to the board if you are a subscriber.)
  61. Phone: I couldn’t blog without my mobile phone. I use the camera on my phone to take blog photos, and I have countless apps that help me with my blogging.
  62. Portent: Like with Contentrow, the folks over at Portent tend to offer silly, albeit entertaining, headline ideas.
  63. Publicize will post your articles to social media for you. It’s part of the WordPress platform under “Publish”.
  64. QuillEngage will analyze your site. Blogger Julie Kaulpali called it “fun” to use. I actually enjoyed seeing the extremely specific analytics. Make blogging decisions based on your reader preferences, which it will share with you. I will give you fair warning: When you get there, you will see a man waiting for you. His name is “The Seeker”. At one point, he started picking his teeth while he was waiting for me. As Julie expressed, a “fun” site to use.
  65. Read More Tag: In the WordPress dashboard, if you hover over the Insert Read More Tag icon, you will be able to insert a page break. This has two advantages. First, you will get double page views since readers will have to click twice to read your entire article. Next, your home page will fit more articles, so as readers scroll down, they might find more to interest them.
  66. Snapseed has amazing filters for your iPhone photos you want to turn into blog graphics.
  67. Skype is used by bloggers to talk to people out of the country. Avoid paying for expensive data plans.
  68. SocialMention: See who is talking about you in a positive, negative, or neutral way. See who is giving you links to your site. I discovered several people linked to me this way. This was important so I could thank them.
  69. 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.
  70. StayFocusd: A browser extension that helps you limit the time you spend online.
  71. Strides: Goals and Habits Tracker: I have never used the app, but for bloggers it sounds interesting. The app will remind bloggers who might be preoccupied with blogging to stop blogging long enough to drink enough water each day, exercise, sleep, or get up early. The app also counts how close you are toward meeting your goals.
  72. Tweakyourbiz.com offers headline ideas.
  73. TwitterReach is a great Twitter analytics tool. It shows you who the top bloggers are in your niche, so you can retweet them. They may return the favor and retweet your links to their many followers. The site also tells you the best time of the day to tweet for your niche.
  74. Topsy helps you find blogging influencers in your niche.
  75. Trello: Like Skype, Trello can be used by groups. Blogging mastermind groups use Trello to show resources and other visual aides on Trello boards. MadLemmings uses Trello to keep his blogging notes organized.
  76. Tribes: There are sites that offer the help of other bloggers who will help you with blog promotion. JustRetweet and Triberr are two of them.
  77.  Tweakyourbiz.com offers serious headline ideas.
  78. Tweepi helps you get Twitter followers.
  79. Twello makes it easy to see who is you are following on Twitter, and who isn’t following you back.
  80. Twitter: Twitter has a wide variety of blogging opportunities. Twitter Lists, Twitter Chats, and chances to engage with like-minded bloggers are just a few of the opportunities Twitter provides. Get the Twitter app so you can tweet on the go!
  81. Twitter Cards  enable your graphics to look so eye-catching, your odds of reader engagement will increase.
  82. Twitonomy has Twitter analytics like tracking retweets.
  83. Ubersuggest: Type in your keyword, and tags not available at Google’s Keyword Planner are suggested, at least that’s what the site advertises.
  84. Unroll.me helps you organize your Email inbox.
  85. Upwork.com: If you are looking to make money as an Ebook writer, ghost writer, or editor, contact Upwork. I’m sure there are many other jobs for bloggers there as well.
  86. ViralContentBuzz saves you time with your blog promotion since it allows you to promote to four sites at once!
  87. 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. There is a WordPress app I couldn’t blog without. I’m sure many WordPress users would agree. In addition to providing a blogging platform, WordPress has great ways to find like-minded bloggers.
  88. Wunderlist is a wonder list. Bloggers need to-do-lists since they have so many blogging tasks to attend to. This list can also be shared with others.
  89. YouTube: Videos are ever-increasing in popularity. Some people prefer to get information from a video than from a blog post. Once they watch your video, you can end with a Call to Action to visit your blog.

Conclusion

Readers, please share with other bloggers. Many don’t have budgets and would appreciate a free blogging tools list.

What are your favorite tools? Have you had favorable experiences with these tools and sites that you can share? Do you have any others you can recommend? I look forward to your views in the comments section.

Click here to get your own downloadable PDF of the free blogging tools list.

Note: This post was updated: 123 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that Will Save You Time Blogging (2017 Update)

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  1. Janice Wald at 2:20 am

    Hi Barbara,
    Thanks for asking. Yes. She is in New Zealand and then off to Australia this fall.
    I am glad you enjoyed my article. It’s a long list. Bookmarking so you can go through the tools when you have time is a great idea. Thanks for writing me.
    Janice
    Janice Wald recently posted…Blogger’s Pit Stop #19My Profile

  2. Mona AlvaradoFrazier at 12:14 pm

    I’m bookmarking this list! I found a few I’d like to try out soon (Twello). For every blog post I write, I use CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer, Grammarly, and Flickr.com for photos. Flickr is so easy to search and has a filter for all creative commons photos.

    I use Twitter a lot and use Canva for any photos I want to put a quote on. Every three days or so I use analytics.twitter.com so I can ascertain what tweets work better than others. Commun.it saves me time by automatically posting thank you’s and other acknowledgements for those who retweet.
    Mona AlvaradoFrazier recently posted…41 Fearless Ways for #Writers To Stay MotivatedMy Profile

    • Janice Wald at 10:06 pm

      Hi Mona,
      Thanks for writing. I’ve been meaning to pick your brain about Sverve.com.
      Do you still use it? Do they give affiliates if you get people to sign up? They use to do that. Now that they are Activate, they don’t seem to know what I mean.
      I have just started using Commun.It. I love it but am disappointed the free version doesn’t let you get very far. Have you used the free credits they send? I will try when I have time.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Easily Make Your Search Engine Traffic IncreaseMy Profile

  3. Melinda Mitchell at 5:38 pm

    BBFFJ, you are a wonder girl!
    I love that you alphabetized this useful list.
    I’ve been wanting to get commentluv for a while! Just too lazy to look it up!
    Then here you are- to my rescue!
    Thanks yet again!
    BBFFM
    Melinda Mitchell recently posted…Bathing BuddiesMy Profile

  4. Carolann at 7:35 am

    Wow, what a comprehensive and awesome list. I’ll be checking into the ones that I don’t use. What is Ahalogy about? It says request a demo when I went on their site. What do you use it for? Thanks much Janice for the awesomeness!

    • Janice Wald at 6:43 am

      Hi Carolann,
      Ahalogy is my Pinterest scheduler. In contrast to others, where I hear you pay a penny a pin, Ahalogy is free. I did not have to request a demo, but I did have to wait for weeks on a waiting list. They are that popular.
      I wanted to make sure you knew I linked to you in today’s post. I was rushing yesterday and can’t remember if I let you know.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…How to Easily Make Your Search Engine Traffic IncreaseMy Profile

  5. Selena at 8:35 am

    Janice,

    Your list is shamelessly huge! I found many of my favorite tools and a large amount of services I need to start using today. I’d be glad to share a few online tools from my personal list – you should definitely check out Hemingway (online editor that makes writer’s life easier), Unplag (plagiarism detector with a high scanning speed) and OmmWriter (a smart service for calm writers). Enjoy your blogging 🙂
    Cheers

  6. Gloria at 8:03 am

    Love this list!
    I would also add Brand24 for social listening and real time internet monitoring. Helps being always up-to-date, react fast, gaining new audience and engage. Great tool.

      • Gloria at 3:32 am

        Hi Janice!
        Thank you for your reply 🙂

        Brand24 is free in the trial version, but it’s one of the most affordable tool in paid plan (prices start from $49) and I’m sure that it’s worth to pay.

        It is software as a service kind of application you can use as a person, blogger or company. It gives you an instant access to every mention on the Internet and allows to join conversations and engage. Is up to you what your keywords will be, what are you going to monitor. Your domain, name, brand, product or maybe competitor or just news from the niche.

        Take a look at a free trial on Brand24.net 🙂

  7. John at 2:28 pm

    Indeed a great list. 😀
    I am using some of these blogging tools and these tools always make my work easy and time consuming.
    I use these blogging tools:
    1. WordPress as CMS
    2. Grammarly as proof reading tool
    3. Flickr for high quality images
    4. Google Keyword Planner
    5. Google Webmaster Tools
    6. Google Analytics
    7. Long Tail Pro
    8. HostGator Hosting
    These are some blogging tools and resources which I am using on my blog and I am happy with these tools.
    Either way, Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post with us. 😀
    John recently posted…SiteGround Coupon Code 2016 – 60% Discount + $1300 BONUSMy Profile

    • Janice Wald at 3:51 pm

      Hi John,
      I greatly appreciate you adding to the discussion by giving us a list of tools that save you blogging time.
      I use many of these, but I have a question:
      Long Tail Pro– I would love to use the plugin, but there is a charge. Do you know a comparable free plugin? I am glad you enjoyed my article.
      Janice
      Janice Wald recently posted…Blog Party: Meet and Greet #18My Profile

  8. Kimsea Sok at 10:32 pm

    Wow. Janice, you’ve collected a big list of awesome.

    You know? I don’t even think people will do this, but you did. In honestly, I didn’t use many tools for working with blogging, but the most I used is listed over here. Thanks for sharing the other I didn’t know it.

    • Janice Wald at 10:34 pm

      Hi Kimsea,
      Thank you so much for the visit today and the comments on my tools list. You seemed surprised that someone would create a massive tools list. I am awesome happy to help. I have created mega posts like this before and are working on more of them. I am glad you found the list valuable.
      Janice

      • Kimsea Sok at 11:01 pm

        Hey, Janice. I’m not sure people do create this kind of massive list or not. However, what I do sure is you’re a very awesome blogger who responded your reader as a magical woman. You know? I got your reply with just 2 minutes wait, yet I’m not ready leave reading your post. Okay! I subscribe your mailing list and wait for other massive list. Have nice day.

  9. NicheBlogger at 5:25 am

    Thanks for sharing. Great list. I think the tools you provide, these are very useful for both newbies as well as experienced bloggers, as you complete the all important needs of bloggers with these tools – thanks once again for sharing this one with us.

  10. Harry Hoover at 9:55 am

    Janice, great list. May I offer a couple more? I use Canva some for graphics but my go-to is designfeed.io/. It is simple to use, and once you have a layout you like, you just hit “remix” and change out your text and photos. Also, I’m a fan of http://www.hemingwayapp.com/. Hemingway was know for terse prose and this app reviews your copy then provides information about how to make it more readable.
    Harry Hoover recently posted…Weekly Hacks #43My Profile

    • Janice Wald at 3:05 pm

      Hi Chris,
      If you could take just a moment to follow my blog, and then ask again, I would be happy to offer my opinion. I charge for detailed blog critiques, but I would be happy to give you a cursory opinion.
      Janice

  11. Ava Raynott at 3:17 am

    Great list. The only thing missing is a great management tool. I’d like to add proofhub.com to the list. It’s a organizational tool for everything. You can keep a writing folder in proofhub, which has notes for ideas, rough drafts. This method of organization allows me to see what stage of the writing process my drafts are in. It also has a calendar and a time tracker, which can really help you i working efficiently!

  12. Nica Tortosa at 5:19 pm

    Hi Janice! Awesome post, really useful!

    Have you heard about rawpixel? You’ve probably seen our images all over the place. We’re the leading stock photo contributor in the world. We’ve just launched our website where we give away the best free design resources out there. We’d be stoked if you could add us to this list.

    Check us out on http://www.rawpixel.com. Looking forward to you joining our community of creatives.

    BE INSPIRED. BE RAW.

    Nica

  13. Mira at 7:21 am

    ???……I have never seen such post in the ot her blog. This is an ideal post for blogging. I am using canva to make a gorgeous logo for my business blogs and websites.

    The logo is a very important thing for any company to show a summary of the company. When it looks creative, meaningful and easy understanding every person likes to know more about the company.

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