When it comes to blogging there are multiple different things that go into it. This includes writing, design, editing, marketing, social media, networking, web development, etc. So much to do! It’s not easy. Here are the top 7 blogging tools I use.
Before I started blogging I had no idea there was so much involved. These will definitely help save you time and hassle while you are on your blogging journey. As I find new tools I will be adding to this post.
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SiteGround(Site Hosting + Domain)
SiteGround is the best hosting platform in my opinion. WordPress integrates perfectly with them and their 24/7 support is amazing. I had a few issues with my site within the first 24 hours of signing up and they were awesome. I used the Live Chat and the agents were very polite and resolved my issues quickly.
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SiteGround is perfect for beginners and very easy to navigate. You can also set up a new domain with them as well. This is great because everything is in one place as opposed to having to migrate a domain from another provider.
If you are wanting to start your own blog and are having trouble check out this post.
I absolutely love Canva! It’s super easy to use and they have great templates that are easily customizable. The learning curve with Canva is small compared to other design platforms like Photoshop. There is a free version with multiple features but I recommend the paid version of Canva which is Canva Pro.
Canva Pro allows access to thousands more templates and stock photos than the free version. With Pro, you are also able to create a Brand Kit(colors+fonts) for your site and save designs as templates which have been a lifesaver for me.
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I use this for all of my pinnable graphics. I also used Canva to create my logo and my FREE checklist for starting a blog that you can grab below. It’s one of the best blogging tools in my opinion.
ConvertKit(Growing Email List)
Growing your email list should be a top priority. You can do this by offering a freebie, newsletter, email course, etc. on your site where you get someone’s email address. I definitely recommend ConvertKit over other programs.
With ConvertKit you can use forms or landing pages to collect this info. Then those email addresses are saved to your email list so you can send out emails with updates and new products or services. This helps you to build a relationship with your subscribers. Once you know your audience and their needs you can turn that trust into sales.
>>Start your FREE trial with ConvertKit here.
Unsplash has over 2 million high-resolution images you can access for free. They accept only the finest quality images. I use their photos myself on my blog. You don’t even have to sign up. You just search for what you’re looking for and download it. It’s very simple to use.
There are other websites that have free stock images you can use. These include Shutterstock, Pexels, Pixabay, etc.
Pinterest(Social Media Platform)
In my opinion, Pinterest is the best social media platform for growing your blog audience. It’s essentially a search engine with over 300 million active users. Of those users the majority of them are female and over half live outside of the U.S.
Unlike Instagram and Facebook Pinterest encourages users to leave the platform. When you click on a pin image you’re usually taken to another site. This could be a blog post, an online store, etc.
I definitely recommend using Pinterest in your social media marketing.
Grammarly(Spelling + Grammar Checks)
Grammarly is essential for bloggers since we do tons of writing. You can install an extension in Chrome that gives you access to it. I use Google Docs to write my posts and with the extension, Grammarly offers corrections and suggestions while I’m writing. I love it! It makes writing posts that much easier.
When I started my blog I was stuck in the design phase. I was using WordPress and had no idea what I was doing. After doing some research I found out about Elementor.
Elementor is the leading website builder platform on WordPress. If you use WordPress you can actually install the free Elementor plugin. With the plugin, it’s very easy to design your site. You can drag and drop elements right on your pages or you can use templates that Elementor has.
There is also a paid version called Elementor Pro. It offers more templates and widgets. You can also create forms and popups with Pro. I recommend signing up for Elementor Pro. It is an essential blogging tool for me.
>>Start your free trial here.
Well, there you have it! Those are the Top 7 Blogging Tools I Use. I hope you found them helpful. Like the post? Save the pin!
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. Let me know in the comments below what other blogging tools you use. I’ll get back to you ASAP.
Make sure to grab your FREE Checklist below on how to start a blog if you haven’t already done so. I also have multiple resources on my Resources page so definitely check those out as well.