Useful Tools for Bloggers
Your blog won’t run itself, which is where these tools and services will come in handy. The majority are free to use and suitable for beginners, and professional bloggers alike.
Planning and Organizing Blog Posts
Plan and organize your work, during and post-production using a blogger friendly content management system.
Asana is a great tool for freelancers and collaborating with clients. This user-friendly CMS helps organize tasks, set reminders and above all, organize your work.
Trello is a fantastic tool for organizing your projects. Laid out like a pinboard, it’s incredibly easy to use. Track everything from one page. In one glance you have full access to everything in production, who’s working on what and what’s in the pipeline.
Blog Images for WordPress
Keep your blog easy on the eye with good quality, well-formatted images. There are plenty of resources for stock images geared toward bloggers and creatives plus tools to adapt them to WordPress.
For stock photo galleries we like Kaboompics and Raw pixel. Download and use their high-quality images for commercial purposes, free of charge.
If you include blog images in your WordPress posts, use Canva. This cloud-based design tool lets you create gorgeous blog images with text without any learning curve. Affinity Photo is a great picture editor offering more advanced features for a small one-off fee of just $49.
Marketing for Bloggers
Bloggers can take advantage of social media to promote their blogs, collect subscribers and use newsletter tools to reach out to existing members.
We recommend using Buffer to manage your social media accounts. Add everything from statutes to links and pictures to the queue. Post at intermittent times throughout the day from Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and Instagram for free!
To cover your email needs, we recommend Mailerlite. This email marketing software offers unlimited emails and 24/7 support with up to 1,000 subscribers for free.
Monetize Your Blog
Use these straightforward tools to make money from your blog.
SkimLinks is a great tool for monetizing your blog and perfect for beginners. Its clever system scans your content for links, swapping any normal links for affiliate links. This is the easiest way to profit from blogging.
ShopStyle Collective is a monetization platform for fashion and lifestyle influences. They accept bloggers no matter how large their following which is ideal if you’ve just launched. Use their funky widgets for your posts and sidebars to attract sales. ShopStyle Collective pay per click and item sold.