Today’s blogging space is more competitive than ever, making it challenging to attract relevant traffic, generate consistent affiliate sales, or grow on social media. You must stand out amidst the noise to build a successful blog.
The key is to deploy effective blogging tools to help manage your blog effectively and scale marketing efforts.
I turned to successful bloggers and marketers to find their favorite blogging tools to help beginners. Let’s start.
1. WP Rocket
WP Rocket is a powerful plugin that can significantly improve a WordPress website’s loading speed and performance by caching pages and posts, minifying and combining files and lazy loading images.
This can result in improved user experience, increased engagement, and better search engine rankings. Its ease of use and advanced features make it an excellent choice for both beginners and experienced users.
2. Social Champ
Users have an all-in-one platform with Social Champ to efficiently manage, facilitate, and direct all social media operations.
Whether scheduling content across all social networks in one shot or bulk or monitoring metrics, Social Champ makes everything easier! It saves time, energy, and effort towards more vital things – Adam Garcia – The Stock Dork.
I use WordPress.org and HostPapa.com to power this blog. It is easy to get started and use, secured, and has thousands of plugins to meet my design, functionality, SEO optimization, and content management needs.
It offers unlimited space to create and manage content, features, and plugins facility required to customize my blog as I want and manage it efficiently anytime.
- It is open source and built on PHP, meaning you can even have a developer create a specialized plugin or tweak the coding to meet your needs.
- It provides regular updates to keep my site bug-free and running smoothly.
- I can easily integrate popular page builders like Elementor to add more design value to my blog.
If I ever need technical assistance, I can visit the WordPress community to get answers from the plugin developers and experts in no time. Also, there are tons of blogs and resources on the Internet to troubleshoot any WordPress issue by myself.
Make WordPress your primary blogging platform immediately; you will never regret it.
Starting a blog on Bluehost will have complete control over your blog and will be easier to monetize.
Bluehost usually gives you your domain name for free for the first year and offers discounted rates the longer you subscribe. For example, the maximum length is 3 years when starting out, so you’ll want to pick that option to get the best deal. Says Eva Keller of DiscoveringHiddenGems.
When it comes to content creation, one must constantly ensure that the quality and language are up to par. Grammarly highlights the significant flaws that we often overlook when creating material.
Grammarly’s tools do more than just correct grammatical and spelling errors; they also improve clarity, conciseness, and tone – Says Mike Dragan of Stream Live.
The most effective tool that I have come across is Grammarly, allowing me to write what I mean to say quickly and effectively. It is pretty on point with its suggestions, and not only, but the weekly report also encourages me to do better, write more and achieve high scores, and so forth – Says Andrew Taylor of Net Lawman.
Grammarly explains the errors you make in your article when anything is miswritten or with faulty grammar. It assists you in improving your writing by recommending revisions as needed.
The Chrome add-on works with almost all of your programs’ data areas. It aids in correctly applying punctuation marks in a sentence – Says Miranda Yan of Vinpit.
The one newly found blogging resource I couldn’t live without is SEMrush.
It’s been a month since I bought a premium subscription and started using it, and the results are beginning to show.
- I target better keywords, and my site ranks faster right off the bat.
- I use their backlink database to mine replicable links from my competitors, and my authority grows.
- I spy on my competitor’s lucrative keywords through SEMrush domain overview.
- Finally, using their patented Keyword Magic tool, I can mine questions about the topic no other tool will show me.
SEMrush rocks and, in my opinion, is a must-have tool if you’re a serious blogger.
The problem is that it’s expensive, but the solution is pretty simple.
When I decide what to write about for my travel blog, I use KWFinder, to plan my content. I love that KWFinder does the hard part of assigning a score to how easy or challenging a keyword’s ranking might be.
For example, if I want to write about a trip to Hawaii, I’ll use KWFinder to see what search engine users are looking for. Are there more searches for itineraries, packing lists, or things to do?
If I find a keyword that is low scoring when it comes to difficulty, has a high number of searches per month and is relevant to my website, I’ll add that topic to my content creation list – Says Tae Reden of TropicalGo.
Pinterest will be a precious platform to share your content on for many types of blogs. Tailwind is a great tool that can help you schedule Pinterest posts in the future, so you don’t have to worry about creating posts multiple times per day, which clears your mind for other important tasks!
Without Tailwind, I wouldn’t have been able to grow our Pinterest viewership (and blog views) – Says Lauren of Relaxing Decor.
Jasper is an A.I writing assistant who can help write your blogs, social media posts, emails, and more. It is user-friendly, and the generated copies will be of incredibly high quality.
As a blogger, it would take 2-3 days to develop comprehensive and in-depth long-form content, but with Jasper.ai, it can be done in 4 to 5 hours and another couple of hours to edit and proofread.
Pumping great content to your business blog is no longer a chore but fun with Jasper – Says Chandra Prakash of Digimiles.
Recently I tested outranking.io, and now it’s part and parcel of my marketing toolkit. Once you type in a keyword, you see categories such as SEO score, the average and maximum word count of articles on SERP, readability score, the standard, and the maximum number of links you need to build to rank for the desired keyword, etc.
Then, the tool recommends what keywords, sections, and questions to include in the article based on analyzing SERP results. Besides, you have a document section on the left, so you add your preferred section or question to the doc with 1 click and write your article within the tool – Says Aida of Incredo.
It is a plugin for WordPress websites to create fixed, fluid, or adaptive websites without writing code. I haven’t learned web design so far; Elementor helped me easily design a beautiful webpage.
Elementor has a lot of beautiful and easy-to-edit templates for different industries. It works well for our business, and I can easily edit it even if I don’t have much knowledge and experience in website design. The powerful drag-and-drop feature makes the editing process for beginners super simple!
So for me, it was a revolution in how I created a website, and it changed my workflow for the better – Says Eric Sander of iActivation.
12. Short Pixel
Shortpixel is a WordPress plugin that helps reduce the sizes of your images. You simply install it from the plugins section of your WordPress admin dashboard, and it starts compressing your pictures without having to do anything else. I recommend leaving most of the default settings and adjusting them as needed.
This has helped me optimize the images on my site without losing much of the visual impact. I have saved over fifty percent on storage for my pictures. The smaller image size has made my pages load faster, resulting in a better user experience. It is effortless, so even a beginner will not have trouble using it.
Best of all, there is a free version that is enough for my needs – Says Fred Blair – Awesome Hoops.
13. Blogging eBook
If you’re looking to monetize your blog, become an influencer, or leverage the power of blogging for your business, Anthony Gaenzle’s latest book is a must-have on your bookshelf.
The eBook is titled “Blogging for Business: Skyrocket Your Traffic, Grow Your Readership, and Boost Revenue which offers an 8-step formula to help you take your blogging to the next level.
The author, Anthony Gaenzle, is a leader in the marketing field with over 15 years of helping businesses grow and find creative solutions to the most pressing challenges in their industry.
With Insert Headers and Footers plugin, you can add the Google Analytics tracking code without affecting the performance of your blog and see the reports of traffic, page views, bounce rate, referral sources, goals, etc.
The plugin also allows you to insert scripts and custom CSS without editing your theme or installing a new plugin that may slow down your blog loading speed – Says Hugo Guerreiro of The Men Hero.
15. Google Docs
Taking notes is an essential aspect of the blogging process. Ideas can strike at any time of day, which is why I keep a standard notepad and pen with me. Once I’ve written down enough points, I transfer the notes to Google Docs online.
I adore the simplicity of Google Docs, Google’s primary tool; all I need is a blank document. And as is self-evident, having notes synced in the cloud is vital because I sometimes work on multiple machines. I can view my notes from any computer or device using Google Docs and upload offline files from Word – Says Tanya Zhang of Nimble Made.
16. Google Search Console
My favorite blogging tool is Google Search Console. This is because the most crucial goal of every blogger is to rank their blogs on Google for desired keywords. And in that case, it is essential to know what Google thinks about your content and website.
Google search console helps you track your keyword positions in Google search results, informs you about your website’s errors, and gives suggestions to boost your Google rankings. You can upload sitemaps, view your website’s link structure, and make sure your new pages are indexed by Google bots. This helps improve your website’s overall SEO and rank higher on Google.
By regularly monitoring your position in Google search rankings, you can also determine if your efforts are paying off. And if they are not, you become aware that you need to change your strategy. This saves you from futile hard work – Says Madhav Goenka of Frazile.
17. The Hemingway App
The Hemingway app ensures that your work is readable by your intended audience. It’s normal for writers to get lost in their writing ideas and fail to notice when their sentences become challenging to read.
Hemingway handles this problem by assigning a readability score to your work and making recommendations for enhancing it. The editor software includes passive words, adverbs, compound words, and other features to make sentences more readable for readers – Says Darshan Somashekar of Spider-Solitaire-Challenge.
Unlike regular writing, blog writing requires more simple sentences and short sentences. Because when your audience visits your blog, they won’t read the whole article word by word. They will usually skim through the headlines and find the content that interests them quickly. They typically bounce when the sentence is too complex.
Hemingway App can help you adjust the readability of your text, identify overly complex sentences or passive voice, etc. I usually change the article readability to target grades 5-6, and it works fine – Says Grace Young of House Fragrance.
It works by giving readability grades to the content you want to analyze. The lower the quality Hemingway gives to your content, the better the readability.
A higher grade involves complicated sentence structures, unnecessarily complicated words, or too many adverbs or uses of passive voice. Hemingway picks those out of your content and shows them to you so that you can now modify them to lower your grade and improve the overall readability of your content.
- Aim for around Grade 6 or lower.
- Use your common sense when using Hemingway. It’s a great but imperfect tool that makes suggestions so long as it thinks your content can be improved. But you won’t be able to deal with all of them. So, don’t worry if your content still has a few hard-to-read sentences as long as your grade is low enough and you’re satisfied with it.
Says Hugo Germon of The Tool Scope.
When I started blogging, I had ideas pop into my head, like Flash in DC Universe, but they got lost in the daily grind. This problem was remedied when I discovered Evernote, an app for your phone or iPad that allows you to capture anything, including websites, images, text, and voice notes.
It is also available as a web-based application to make it more convenient. The note you create can be accessed later on a computer or mobile device from almost anywhere. You may also use Evernote to search through your notes to quickly discover what you’re looking for – Says Shad Elai of New England Home Buyers.
First, I love Notion because it has this clean, uncluttered, minimalist approach. I love how you can collect ideas, take notes, upload links, schedule tasks, and put everything in one place without being overwhelmed.
But two of my favorite Notion features are the Kanban Board and the dashboard, where you can separate your work tasks from personal ones in a very efficient way.
The Notion is available across all platforms, so wherever you are, whatever device you have, you can be assured that all your files are accessible – Says Lucile of LucileHR.
20. Headline Analyzer from CoSchedule
The headlines of your articles must be eye-catchy and designed to capture the reader’s attention. So it’s critical to pay attention to your headlines.
This online tool can assist you in creating engaging and compelling headlines and provides you with a comprehensive study of what makes your headline more effective.
You can use this headline tool for your CTA text to set up a compelling call to action section beside your blog titles – Says Amit Raj of Amit Digital Marketing.
The most effective way to use the AnswerThePublic tool is to search for the broad topic I want to write about, identify a handful of questions that resonate with me, and then execute a Google search for those questions. Frequently you will find long-tail queries that have not explicitly been answered!
For example, last month, I searched “heel pain” in AnswerThePublic. It returned the question “ICD-10 code for heel pain”. Executed a search and realized the only results were databases without any informational articles. I wrote a very brief 300-word essay on the topic and immediately captured the featured snippet for the term. In less than a month, I have 55,000 search impressions for that page – Says Annie Singer of Reciple.
I strongly recommend Ahrefs free Webmaster Tool for conducting thorough website audits to identify technical SEO issues.
The tool scans up to 1000 pages on your website in the free version and lists all the adversely affecting your website. It also displays an SEO score from 1 to 100, depending on the technical SEO issues detected in the scan.
You can also check your domain rating, the backlinks to your domain, internal links, and keywords you rank for in the free version of this tool. If you’re a blogger, this high-quality SEO tool should be a part of your arsenal – Says Trishan Mehta of PassionWP.
It’s an AI tool that helps you write anything from blog posts to product descriptions, meta descriptions, titles, etc.
This tool has helped me so much over the past few months. I pay $99 for it each month for unlimited words generated. It won’t write all your content for you, but it will help you get through the writer’s block many freelancers get hit daily.
It’s like having your own writing assistant available 24/7. I love it – Says Niamh Jordan of Which Watch Next.
I particularly enjoy the AI writing assistant “Jarvis” in Conversion.ai. You can start writing a sentence here, and Jarvis will continue writing it for you. It allows writers to generate more ideas when writing, perhaps ones they hadn’t thought about.
I used to get writer’s block after trying to produce 20+ blogs. This AI tool enabled me to create 3-4 paragraphs based on 2 words. This would allow me to use those paragraphs or give me ideas to continue writing – Says Chad Wyatt of Dealorium.
It takes a lot of manual labor to flicker back and forth through many different tools and tabs to create SEO-rich blog posts. But with Frase.io, it is easy and efficient.
You’re writing a blog post on the “Best Blogging Tools For Beginners.” You plug that into Frase, and it will go ahead and analyze the top-ranking pages for that query on google and then set up a document for you with a sidebar listing all the keywords you need to use, questions you need to answer, and types of content you need to focus on. Then, it analyses what you write as you go along to see if it matches what is currently ranking in Google – Says Peter, Head of Japanoscope.
My favorite blogging tool is Agorapulse, and that is because it helps me reach more blog viewers via social media than any other tool. I can easily schedule in and respond to comments on each social media network quickly. Agorapulse just launched the ability to respond to Instagram comments and messages.
This tool saves me precious time to write more blog posts and comment on other blogs instead of being on social media 24/7.
It also helps me see who engages with my content on the different social networks on the same dashboard. The mobile app works well on the go too.
It helps me “listen” and use specific keywords to see what questions may arise on topics of interest that I can answer via blog posts and help others with their “pain” points. Now, Agorapulse offers a FREE trial to a single user.
I’ve been using it for 3 years and can’t imagine doing everything without this fabulous tool. It really is a huge time-saver – Says Lisa Sicard of Inspiretothrive.
You may be unable to make professional-looking blog images if you are new to blogging. You may have a clear mental idea of how you want your blog banner to look, but you won’t be able to translate that mental image into an actual picture unless you are a Photoshop expert. Canva should be your go-to tool for blog graphics work – Says Dusan Stanar of VSS Monitoring.
Designing graphics for your blog is a must, especially if you want to stay on brand, and Canva can help you with that.
It is based on a drag-and-drop system to design logos, blog banners, Infographics, Pinterest pins, and social media posters. And all these come with already done-for-you templates.
Also, you can get a free version, and you’ll still have almost an unlimited number of things to use, such as images, graphic elements, shapes, stickers, videos, templates, etc. – Says Ivana Leko of ArtfulHaven.
With the Canva pro version, I can easily resize one design into different shapes. Creating graphics for social media channels that accept different sizes is beneficial – Says Ekta Swarnkar of Tiasays.
It’s a very user-friendly design tool that’s similar to Canva.
When I was a beginner blogger, I tried Canva and Adobe Photoshop. I found Stencil easier to put together my blog images, pins, and other social media images. All the preset sizes are sorted by category (e.g., social, ad, header, etc.), so you don’t feel overwhelmed looking through one long list to find what you need. You can also enter your own custom sizes.
With so many bloggers using Canva, you often see the same images being used. While Stencil might have many of the same pictures, they might not be in the same order, so you might even have an advantage with using seemingly different images. Stencil has over 2 million royalty-free photos – Says Jacqueline Gilchrist of Mom Money Map.
28. Capitalize My Title
Capitalize My Title tool helps capitalize the title correctly. It would help in making the title more readable and professional, and also it helps to make the title consistent with the standard capitalization rules.
Final Thoughts – Best Blogging Tools for Beginners in 2023
While there are countless blogging tools in the market, the best tool for a blogger will depend on their individual needs and preferences. It’s essential to take the time to research and experiment with different tools to find the ones that work best for you.
Have you used any of these before? Which is your favorite? Do you have any names to add to this list?
Let me know in the comments.
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