Whether you’re a new blogger or have been blogging for a while, using blogging tools can really help you to skyrocket both your blog traffic and income. Grow your email list, schedule social media, optimise your content for SEO and create beautiful photos to showcase your blog posts. Here are 10 blogging tools I highly recommend to use for boosting your website.
Blog platform: WordPress
If you’re serious about blogging and want to create a professional looking website that offers functionality and flexibility, I highly recommend WordPress. I’ve used Blogger and Squarespace in the past and let me tell you, WordPress is by far the best blogging platform. It can take a bit of time to get used to at first but once you’ve figured out the basics, it’s super easy to use. You can purchase affordable templates from places like Creative Market and Etsy so you don’t need to spend thousands on a website design (unless you want a completely customised theme). You also have the ability to use plugins on your site – there are plenty of free plugins to help tailor your site to your requirements.
If you intend to make money from your blog, you need hosting for your WordPress website. I suggest using Bluehost as its affordable, their fast server speed means your site will load quickly, and they have great customer support. It’s also super easy to set up a WordPress blog on Bluehost with just a couple of clicks – check out my step by step tutorial here.
Email list: ConvertKit
If you’re planning on making money with your blog, you need an email list – the great thing about an email list is that you own that list. The email subscribers you receive are yours. You don’t have to deal with algorithms or the worry of a platform closing. Imagine you have 50,000 Instagram followers, and for some reason, Instagram was to close tomorrow. You would lose those 50,000 subscribers! With an email list, you don’t have to worry as you can download a list of your subscribers from your email provider and transfer those to any email platform you choose. I use ConvertKit as my email provider/email management system and I love it. It’s super easy to use, your emails get delivered on time, you can tag and segregate sections of your list and there are different email capture forms to choose from – you can even choose to have an individual landing page for your email opt-in. You can find more about ConvertKit here.
Social media scheduling: Recurpost
For Twitter, I’m currently using Recurpost. This tool allows you to create a content library for your tweets and you can then create a schedule for posting. On the free plan, you are allowed to post 10 tweets per day. If you want to tweet more than this, you’ll need to sign up for a paid plan. So far, I’m finding it works well as your tweets are essentially sent on loop so you don’t need to spend time scheduling every week – trust me, this saves so much time. The only other tools I’ve found that have this feature are more expensive so Recurpost is great value for money.
Pinterest automation: BoardBooster
Pinterest seems to be one of those platforms that you love, or you have no idea what it’s about. Pinterest is now my top blog traffic referrer so it really can make an impact on growing your blog. Rather than sitting and pinning every day, I use BoardBooster to loop my pins which helps to increase my overall Pinterest views and boost traffic to my site. With BoardBooster, you can also manage your group boards, delete underperforming pins and clean up your boards. You can try BoardBooster for free to see if it works for you by signing up here.
Brainstorming ideas: Asana and my planner
Brainstorming content ideas is a major part of blogging. I like to use Asana to write lists and keep a digital note of ideas. Asana is free to use and is far more than just a digital notebook – you can use it for task management, to collaborate with others and to help boost your productivity. I also use my free blog planner – find it here, to keep track of my blogging admin.
SEO: Google Keyword Planner + Yoast
To help grow your blog traffic, using SEO practices is highly beneficial. I use Google Keyword Planner to find suitable keywords for my blog posts. It’s free to use and you can discover the search volumes of varying keywords as well as how competitive they are in terms of using them. I also use Yoast ( a free WordPress plugin) to ensure my blog posts and pages are optimised for search engines. Yoast is an amazing plugin that makes it super easy to determine if your content has good SEO. You just type in the keyword you wish to use and Yoast will test you if your content is well optimised or not. It’ll also tell you what you need to include to get good SEO!
Camera: Canon EOS M10
Photography is not one of my strong points but I recently purchased the Canon M10 for both blogging and general purposes. The Canon M10 is a compact system camera with a changeable lens. It’s less bulky than a DSLR but still has amazing functionality and performance. The quality of photos and video is great and its easy to use, even if you’re a beginner like me. I’d highly recommend it if you’re new to photography and you’re looking for a camera that you can easily carry around with you.
Graphic design software: Canva
For making Pinterest images and free downloads, I mainly use Canva. This tool has both a free and paid option – the free option has plenty of features and I’d only really recommend the paid version if you want to use your own fonts. Canva is perfect if you’re new to graphic design as there are loads of templates to use to help you create graphics and images for your blog.
Stock photos: Pexels
There are many places online to find free stock photos. Pexels has hundreds of free images to use on your blog and you’ll find photos in varying sections, from business and nature to travel. A few other sites I recommend for free stock photos include Kaboom Pics, Designer Pics and Unsplash.
Have you used any of these blogging tools? What are your favourite blogging tools to use?