I started blogging in December 2013 and it has been an on-off relationship since then. But in these past 4 years, I have self-taught my self-everything that I do or know related to blogging. Here is a list of tools that every blogger should have (doesn’t matter if you are new or a seasoned one).
It is one of the best tools I am glad I choose to explore. Grammarly helps you to write mistake free in your browser. You can download it for your desktop, MacBook, iPad, iPhone or Android phone.
Do you know you can create your own blog icon on your laptop or your phone? You just need to have a logo for your blog. Add it as your blog’s favicon and then add your blog to your homescreen. Here’s a quick video on how to do it on your phone.
I fell in love with Hootsuite while working for my last job. It saved hours and hours of my time and my company’s social media content was ready and scheduled within just 4-5 days. HootSuite has a free version where you can add any three social media handles and schedule 30 posts at a time. It’s perfect for bloggers who want to focus more on their blog instead of wasting time on social media.
I started using Evernote while I was in college for taking notes. Then I started using it for my blog posts and its one of the easiest app to use. I write blog posts on Evernote on my phone and then I open my Macbook and copy paste it from Evernote. It is also great for doodling and planning content.
I came across this one while working in my last job. Because I have a MacBook, it doesn’t support the Microsoft office and sending word documents was a bit messy thing as Apple pages were not visible in Windows PC. So Google Docs allows me to create Documents and download them as a word file. Also, it helps me to add collaborators so that we can keep a track of each other’s work. And the best part is I don’t need to download it. It saves all my documents, sheets & slides in my Gmail account and Google Drive saving a lot of space on my Macbook.
All my stock photos are from Pixabay. They are free and unlimited. You can download easily just by registering on the site. They also have an app for iPhone and Android.
I got my hands on Canva almost a year ago after I was bored of Piktochart. It has changed my blogging game and I got to create a brand identity that I only dreamed of. You can create social media graphics, ebooks, documents and much more for free. There are only limited templates, photos and illustrations that you can use yet it is the easy and productive tool for bloggers.
Now moving on to blog – Here are a few Plugins that every blogger should have –
Start using Mailchimp from day one to collect emails and send out newsletters. Its free, easy to use and customizable.
If you are using a free theme on WordPress then Google Analytics is your savior. It helps you analyze your readers helping you to understand what your readers want and in which format. It gives a detailed report on everything about your reader.
Another life savior for bloggers. Now you don’t have to be worried about your posts readability or SEO. This Plugin makes it super simple for you just like writing your blog’s title or your email id. Go for the green signal and you will be sorted for life.
If you use a free WordPress theme Jetpack brings along a lot of good features for your blog like analytics, author bio, social buttons, email list form, contact form etc.
The day you create your WordPress blog make sure this is the first plugin that you install and set up. I cannot tell you such a boon it has been. In just 30 days it blocks all the spam comments (almost 800-900) of them. Imagine sitting, reading and manually deleting spam comments.
That’s all folks, do let me know if these tools were useful to you or if you already use any of them in the comments below.