June 30, 2017 BY COSMO MORABBI, THE GF PEACH GUY
30 Tools for an Organized, Optimized, and Stylish Blog
Here it is! The ultimate list of 30 tools for your blog. These are all tools that we currently use or have used in the past. When we started out we were very strapped for finances so many of these are free tools or tools with free trials which went a long way when as we got started
Side Note: With free trial period tools, we learned that if we waited until we were 100% ready to dive in a new tool we could get the most out of the free trial period.
It’s important that your blog make a good impression to visitors. It should both look good and provide great information that is well-written. To do all this, you need to have the right tools at your disposal. This list of 30 tools will provide any blogger with exactly what they need to get started with a great blog or improve their existing blog.
Let’s get started introducing these 30 great tools for bloggers…
Bluehost is just one of four companies owned by Endurance International Group. Between the four companies, there is over 2 million domains hosted. It is one of the largest web hosting companies available to bloggers.
Known for its fun advertising and great customer service and support, GoDaddy has served over 17 million customers with services ranging from web hosting to online marketing, web design to domain registration. GoDaddy has over 71 million domains registered through them.
If you are looking for easy and affordable web hosting plans that simplify the process of getting your domain and site online, HostGator is probably the web host you want to look into. You can chat with a customer service rep online 24/7/365 through their site.
You can find over 30,000 completely free stock photos on Pexels that are licensed through the CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) license. This means that creators can search the site easily to find what they need for their projects. Each month, over 3,000 new images are added to the database.
The images featured at Pixabay are licensed through CC0 and can be copied, modified, distributed, or used in any way by the creators. All images are free of copyrights and no credit needs to be given to an artist when you use the images.
StockSnap editors go through thousands of submissions and feature only the best on their site for free download with no copyrights attached. All images have CC0 licenses. StockSnap takes their work of helping photographers get their work seen, and used, very seriously.
There are over 50 million high-quality photos for sale at DepositPhotos. If you are looking for something specific, you know you can find it here. The best photographers come here to sell their work at great prices to the people who need their work for their projects.
Flickr is a platform that enables you to share your own photos with anyone else. You can use it as cloud storage for your visual media or you can use it as a way for your website to access your visual media and display it if you don’t want your site to take up all that storage as you save media to it. Outside storage like Flickr may be just what your blog needs.
If you need graphic design software but don’t want to spend a lot of money, how does free sound? Use Canva, right from your web browser, to design stunning images for your blog whether they are for headers, side panels, or even your posts themselves. Make social media images to advertise your blog and posts.
Snappa is another online graphic design program that makes it easy to create just what you need. Pre-made sizes and templates make churning out custom images for your blog a snap.
There are over 600,000 images that you can choose from pre-loaded into the online graphic design app, Pablo, or you can upload your own images. Choose the right size, adjust with a filter, and add text to create the perfect image.
Using Keywordtool.io, you only have to type in one keyword or a topic and the tool will give you over 750 Google keyword suggestions for free. If you want to upgrade, you can see the search volume, the CPC (cost per click), as well as the AdWords Competition rates.
With Google Analytics, you get a much bigger picture of who is visiting your blog, how long they are staying, what pages they go to, where they are from, and so many other statistics. You can use this information in many ways, but mostly to figure out what you can do differently to improve the rates you see in the statistics.
Google Keyword Planner
The Google Keyword Planner tool works much like Keywordtool.io. It will show you a lot of statistics for many keyword suggestions based on one keyword that you enter. It can show both short and long-trail keywords so you can target exactly what you need.
This webpage is a simple tool. You enter the URL of a page, such as your own blog, and it will show it to you in the way that a search engine sees it – simply. It will then highlight the parts that are relevant for SEO purposes, such as the headers and such and what keywords have popped up as being important. Use this information to make your blog more SEO friendly.
SEO Site Checkup
This free tool allows you to “audit” your site or blog to find out how it ranks as far as SEO goes. You need SEO so that your blog gets seen in the search engines and you get traffic so use the information you find here to help you adjust how you blog so that it ranks higher.
It’s important that all of the content that you post be completely unique, or else the search engines will ding you for plagiarized content. Use this tool to make sure that what you are posting is unique. You can also use it to make sure that no one else is stealing what you post.
Trello allows you to post cards that contain attachments, links, images, and other content onto lists, that are placed on boards. Think of each board as your own personal bulletin board that you can design any way you want and you can make them as big as you want, with plenty of added features. Upgrades are available.
Clip things off the web to save for later, take notes on your projects, and stay organized in all of your blogging projects with Evernote. You can even sync your desktop, your phone, and your tablet so you are always ready to blog no matter where you are.
If you are working on a large blog or blogging project with a team, then Basecamp is a great way for the whole team to stay on the same page and work together. There are various pricing plans, but to keep various projects and teams organized, this may help you.
If you are looking for the next viral topic to write about, then you need to check out BuzzSumo. This site can help you find what is spreading like wildfire on the web and what you need to be writing about right now.
Google Trends will help to show you what people are searching for on the web right now. If you want your newest blog post to be seen, then you might want to think about writing in one of the topics being searched most often currently. It’s one way of getting more visitors to your blog.
This site is a great place to search for trending topics. People post questions and others who have knowledge on the subject answer those questions. If you search a subject relevant to your blog and a question pops up that you can answer, instead of answering on Quora, why don’t you write a blog post about it?
Headlines should grab the reader’s attention and contain a popularly searched keyword. This headline analyzer will tell you just how good (or bad) your headline is. Make sure you alter your headline until it is just right.
CoSchedule Headline Analyzer
This headline analyzer works a little differently. Tweak your headline until you can get the best score possible. Shoot for a score above 70 and you’re doing good. Anything above 80 and you are golden.
This tool is handy for writing your blog title’s page title, meta description, and actual URL. You can enter them all into the appropriate fields and see the character length so you know when they are just right. Then you can see how they will look in an actual Google search result.
Grammarly is the #1 proofreading app in the world and it got that way for a reason. It helps check over 250 grammar rules in your writing. They have a free version as well as a paid version, plus there is a browser extension available.
The Hemingway App works similar to Grammarly in several ways but also points out weak writing such as passive voice, the use of adverbs and other such writing. In some ways the two overlap but they each have their other strengths.
With Aweber, you are able to set up a comprehensive email marketing program on your blog. Visitors can easily sign up for your emails, you can set up autoresponders, they have email templates, and there are many more features. There are several pricing plans to choose from.
Mail Chimp allows you to grow within your email marketing setup by first starting out with a free account that allows for a certain number of emails to be sent. You can upgrade at any time to a bigger plan. There are many features within Mail Chimp that make this an ideal first email marketing platform.
Google Apps (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Calendar)
Whether you are setting up your first blog or you have been blogging for a little while and you are looking to get more visitors so that you can eventually monetize or sell your site, you have come to the right place to look for great tools that you can use to improve both the look and feel of your blog. By implementing these tools when blogging, you will see great results.