25 Powerful tools and resources you should use when blogging

Blog tools

Setting up a blog site doesn’t require you a deep technical skill and knowledge. In fact, there’s a lot of website builder tools, content management system(CMS) and platform that you can use to build your own either personal or a business website. You can also find a lot of cheap hosting providers everywhere on the net. Currently, we used InmotionHosting, so far it is good. Aj and I started this travel and food blog site December last year 2016. Since we are fond of traveling, we decided to create our own website to document the places that we’ve been to and start a business as well. Setting up a website is easy, but building it is not. You cannot get hundreds of readers and followers in just one day, you have to put a lot of effort on it and it will take a long time. In this blog, I want to share with you some apps, tools, and resources that might help you to leverage your website.

BLOG TOOLS BY CATEGORY

Niche/Topic Research

1. Google Trends

This is a fabulous free tool by Google Inc. to check when you’re brainstorming for a topic. Take a look at the search trends over the past several years.

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2. Google Keyword Planner

A free tool to check search demand. Another goody for researching a website niche.

Google Keyword Planner

3. Long Tail Pro

My favorite premium tool for finding long tail (less competitive) keywords to rank for.

4. WordTracker

Another way to check search volume for various keywords.

WordTracker

Content Development

 

5. OneLook

This tool is like a dictionary on steroids. It helps you find related words based on various criteria. Very useful when looking for alternative words in your copy.

OneLook

 

6. Grammarly

This is one of my favorites, Grammarly is a free grammar checker instantly eliminates grammatical errors and enhances your writing. I use Grammarly for months now and it really helped me to enhance my writing skills and eliminate grammatical errors in our blogs.

Grammarly

7. Imagination Prompt

Ever have trouble starting your content? This tool will give you a prompt.

Email Newsletters

8. AWeber

One of the oldest and most reputable email marketing software services. Starts at $19/month. You can sign up for a one month trial for $1.

9. MailChimp

Another popular email newsletter service. It’s free for up to the first 2,000 subscribers, but cannot be used with affiliate marketing.

10. InfusionSoft

Unlike the other options, this service also integrates e-commerce solutions into your email marketing strategy. It’s like an all-in-one sales machine.

InfusionSoft

Online Contests

11. Rafflecopter

A fairly simple tool that allows you to run your contest on social media and your website all at once.

12. Contest Domination

The biggest perk with this tool is there is a viral component that rewards your participants for sharing the contest with their followers.

13. FanAppz

Grow your following and turn them into customers. FanAppz helps you use social data insights to address your fans as individuals to improve the targeting.

Social Media & Promotion

14. Hootsuite

Another helpful tool to schedule and manage all your social media promotions from HootSuite. There is a free and paid version of this tool. HootSuite helps me to engage my audience through scheduling post to our social media pages.

15. Buffer

Buffer is an intuitive social media management platform trusted by brands, businesses, agencies, and individuals to help drive social media results. Post to all your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and track the results.

16. Viral Content Bee

Earn credits for sharing other’s content and get your content shared in return.

17. Commun.it

This Twitter-related service is not just about tweeting, but building actual relationships with those who follow you.

Graphic Creation, Logos and More

18. CrowdSpring

Looking for a custom graphic? Name your price, work with dozens of talented creatives and choose from an average of 100+ custom designs.

19. LogoMyWay

Does your site need a professional logo? Run a contest for your design. Set the prize amount (minimum $200), rank the entries and select the winner.

20. Easel.ly

Create visual themes and infographics to share with your audience. Uses drag and drop to make creation a breeze.

Landing Pages

21. Optimizely

Another landing page solution that lets you track engagement, clicks, conversions, sign ups, etc.

22. OptimizePress

A popular WordPress plugin for creating landing pages that convert. It also includes a membership funnel.

23. Hubspot

Create custom, personalized landing pages to increase conversions.

Statistics and Tracking

24. Google Analytics

This is one of the most comprehensive, free website tracking tools on the web. Learn all about your visitor’s behaviors and set goals.

25. ClickTale

ClickTale doesn’t just track visitors but mouse moves, clicks, and keystrokes so you can fully analyze how people behave on your website.

ClickTail

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Benjoe Vidal is a full-time software engineer, part-time travel blogger, and a Hobbyist Photographer.

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