For every profession, there are tools which are meant to make the job of the workman easy or at least a bit easier – blogging is no different. There are a plethora of tools which have been developed to make your blogging career a success if put to good use.
In this post, I highlight some 50 blogging tools which are great for blogging. These tools are either free or very affordable to use, hence the post title.
These blogging tools are subdivided into six distinct categories – they are:
- Research Tools
- Marketing Tools
- SEO Tools
- Writing Tools
- Money Tools
- Web Design Tools
Here we go people; if you are a blogger, here’s one list you’ll certainly find helpful.
Blog Research Tools
Obviously, you have to do some research before you can write a compelling post that isn’t just a make-believe. Well researched articles generate more hits for bloggers than any other. These tools will come in handy for blogging research.
- Google (google.com)
Obviously, when it comes to online research, the best tool yet is Google. A blogger once said “you can hide a dead body on the second result page of Google” almost everyone knows this right? That’s because of how productive Google can be. And of course, it’s free to use Google.
There’s very little I can say about Google that you don’t already know, so I’ll just move on.
- Google keyword planner (https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner)
Many bloggers believe this to be the best Keyword research tool on the internet today – I do too. Google keyword planner will show you what people are searching for and will also give you keywords and synonyms to keywords you can use in creating the best content for your blog.
Google keyword planner is a subsidiary of Google Adwords and it’s totally free.
- Buzzsumo (buzzsumo.com)
Buzzsumo has grown in popularity over the years, as a great free tool for content research. Buzzsumo is a tool that gives you the freedom of finding the best articles from blogs around the world – what an asset that could be.
You can also find top influencers using Buzzsumo. Buzzsumo is not totally free. However, the benefits outweigh the cost.
- Feedly (https://feedly.com)
Feedly is a tool that helps you find amazing and unique content from around the web in many different niches. Feedly offers you the opportunity to save your preferred blogs, it uses your preferences to help you find content from other top blogs too. It’s free to use Feedly.
- Quora (https://www.quora.com)
Quora could be a great research tool for bloggers who are actively looking for answers to questions regarding their niche or an article they are working on. Drop a question on the Quora forum and the erudite community is sure to give prompt answers. It’s free to use Quora.
- Warrior (warriorforum.com/feed)
Warrior is a forum where you can research trending topics, ask questions and even submit your own article. Warrior forum is on this list because it could be a great research tool for you. Check it out.
- BoardReader (http://boardreader.com/)
Boardreader is a research tool that brings you the opinion of people on a particular topic. Boardreader searches forums, message boards, Reddit etc. To show you people’s perspective on a topic.
- Ubersuggest (http://ubersuggest.org/)
This is another great tool for keyword research. This tool will provide you with hundreds of keyword variation to any keyword you type. Ubersuggest is a free tool you should check out.
Blog Marketing Tools
If you ever intend on making some money from your blog, then you should market it extensively – It’s your business, sell it! Properly marketing your blog will also help you get loyal readership and of course improve your conversion rate.
The tools below are highly effective for Blog marketing.
- Aweber (aweber.com)
Aweber is a great tool for creating and managing an Email list for your blog. Obviously, we all know how handy an email list can be in marketing your blog. Aweber has become highly popular due to how user-friendly it is to use. Click the above link and see for yourself. Aweber is also quite affordable.
- Campaign Monitor (campaignmonitor.com)
This is another marketing tool that makes it easy to optimize any email marketing campaign you have running on your blog. Campaign Monitor gives you detailed information about every subscriber on your email list. This tool makes your email list a lot easier to manage. Campaign monitor is also very economical.
- Get Response (getresponse.com)
Get Response works similarly to Aweber. This is a great marketing tool with loads of well-designed Email marketing templates that just makes it easy to manage your Email subscriber list. You can also use this tool to create impressive newsletters for your Email marketing campaigns. Get Response offers a premium service which is very affordable.
- BuzzStream (http://www.buzzstream.com/)
This tool helps you track your interaction with other bloggers and writers within your niche on social media. This is a great option for monitoring how well you are doing in promoting your blog.
- Buffer (buffer.com)
You can use Buffer to upload your content and schedule it to be automatically published on any social media network you choose. Buffer also have a website where you can get great tips that can help you in marketing your blog. There’s an app that helps you use this tool seamlessly.
- TweetDeck (tweetdeck.twitter.com)
We all know you can manage multiple twitter accounts right? But can you monitor all those twitter accounts simultaneously? The simple answer is No! That is exactly what TweetDeck does for you. This easy to use marketing tool makes it easy for you to manage all your twitter accounts from a single dashboard. TweetDeck is mostly free.
- Sysmos (sysmos.com)
Sysmos is a marketing tool that helps you analyze how your blog is performing on social media and compares your stats against that of other bloggers in your niche. The result can help you tighten your belt. Sysmos is not free, but it is not expensive either.
- Qualaroo (qualaroo.com)
If you want to actively interact with your audience and feel their pulse Qualaroo is the tool for you. You can use this tool to identify the right content to dish out to your audience.
- Google Analytics (analytics.google.com)
Google analytics can also be seen as a marketing tool from Google. With this free tool, you can get insights from other blogs on the web. You can try out Google analytics, it’s absolutely free!
- Facebook Ads Manager
This is a free tool which with you can create and manage Ads on Facebook. There’s an App for it too. It’s just cool. It’s free too.
- Hootsuite Ads (https://hootsuite.com/ads)
With Hootsuite Ads, you can also create and manage Ad campaigns as you would with Facebook Ad manager. Hootsuite Ads makes the job of an advertiser quite bearable. Employ this tool to further market your blog, it’s free.
- Marketing Grader (website.grader.com)
Hubspot replaced Website Grader with Marketing Grader in 2011. What Marketing Grader does is, it takes 30 seconds to carefully analyze all your online marketing activities. It takes 30 factors into consideration and provides an overall marketing grade on a 1-100 scale. So if you want to know how well your marketing is going, try out Marketing Grader.
- AD Gooroo (Adgooroo.com)
If would like to know about the best performing Ads on the internet, you should totally try out AdGooroo. This tool gives you insights from numerous Ad campaigns and also a breakdown of how you can create one yourself.
- Social Ad Ninja (socialadninja.com)
This is one great marketing tool that would do your blog advertising the world of good. SocialAdNinja is a sort of Advertisement repository that tells you how each of the over 400,000 Ads in its database is performing. Using SocialAdNinja you can create a thriving Ad campaign for your blog.
- Ispionage (ispionage.com)
What this tool gives you is a marketing edge above your competitor – that’s if they don’t already use it. Ispionage was created to help bloggers market their blogs better, by helping them track keywords and high-performing Ad campaigns from other bloggers in their niche. You can then identify what works or doesn’t work for your audience.
- Ahrefs (ahrefs.com)
Here’s another marketing tool that helps you monitor every link you put out on the internet. It gives you a comprehensive report of how every link on your blog is performing. You can also use this tool in analyzing your backlinks. Ahrefs offer both free and affordable premium service.
- IDevAffiliates (https://www.idevdirect.com/)
IDevAffiliates is an affiliate marketing tool that helps you track and compare different affiliate services. This tool comes at a premium.
Getting your blog ranked by search engines is very important for the growth of your blog. You can write the nicest content in the world, but if it doesn’t get ranked by search engines, your reach will still be a little limited. The tools below have been proven to help you in Search Engine Optimization and ranking.
- Yoast SEO plugin (https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo/)
If you use WordPress, Yoast SEO plugin is a great tool you should try out if you intend on improving your blog’s search engine ranking. Yoast SEO plugin helps you optimize your post title into specific keywords that will perform better with search engines.
Yoast SEO plugin is free to install and use on WordPress. Yoast is responsive and wouldn’t slow your blog.
- Google Webmaster tools (google.com/webmasters/tools/)
This is one tool you can use to carry out on-site Search engine optimization. Using this tool is as easy as clicking the above link. Google webmaster tools helps you analyze your keywords, this gives you an idea of what you need to do to improve your ranking.
- SEO Site Tools (google.com/webmasters/tools/)
This is a Google Chrome extension that helps you see what other websites/blogs are doing to rank high on search engines. The tool shows you other websites did their Meta description, title tag, images alt tag, SEO tags, meta keywords etc. Check it out, it’s free.
- Authority Labs (https://authoritylabs.com/)
If you would like to track keywords from multiple domains and know how they are performing, Authority Labs is a tool you should totally check out.
- CognitiveSEO (http://cognitiveseo.com/)
This is one powerful SEO tool that helps you monitor how top bloggers are getting ranked high on search engines using the links they put out. CognitiveSEO has everything laid out for you. Head over there to see more. This tool is not free, but it’s not overpriced.
- Google AdWords Keyword Tool (http://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal)
Google AdWord keyword tool is also great for SEO. This tool is a great help for keyword research. It provides you with hundreds of phrases for every keyword you enter and the search volume for that keyword. This can be great for choosing blog topics which will rank high on search engines.
You can also track keywords using WhooshTraffic. You can use this tool to see how much traffic is generated by your keywords. The website sends you an email every day, regarding how your keywords are performing on the web.
The tools below are great for helping you put out some of the best and unique content on the web.
- Duplichecker (duplichecker.com/plag_check.asp)
If you’d like to know how unique your writing is, run your completed article on Duplichecker before you hit publish. This is a free plagiarism detector tool that really helps both writers and online business owners weed the scourge of plagiarism. Duplichecker is a free tool.
- Grammarly (http://www.grammarly.com/)
I use this tool to correct any unseen grammatical errors in my articles. Grammarly checks for wrong spelling, punctuation errors, wrong sentence structure, plagiarism etc. and helps you correct them. Grammarly is mostly free although they offer more in their premium version.
- Hemingway (hemingwayapp.com/)
Hemingway simply helps you analyze your text for the best readability. It highlights where your sentences are too complex and gives you hints on how to correct them. There are other interesting features for this tool; go see for yourself.
- Distraction Free writing tool (http://wordpress.org/)
If you use WordPress, you could check out WordPress Distraction-free editor. You do not need to install this tool, just log on to your blog and when editing your post, click on the four-way arrow on the WP tool tray. Just as the name implies, this tool helps you avoid distractions while writing.
- Google Docs (https://docs.google.com)
I find Google Docs better and more helpful to my writing than any other text editor out there. Aside from the look and feel, Docs ensures you never lose your documents by automatically saving your work on Google Drive. Google Docs is a free tool and one I will always recommend for writing.
- Article-Rewriter (http://articlerewritertool.com)
If would like to change the grammatical structure of your write-up or just paraphrase the whole thing, Article-Rewriter is the tool for you. It’s totally free to use.
- Headline Analyzer (http://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer)
Headline Analyzer is one of the best tools you could use in determining if the headline you’ve written down makes any sense. It scores your headline and rates it based on SEO value, it’s ability to generate social shares hits etc makes it invaluable. Check it out, it’s free.
Below are some of the tools you can use in receiving money for your services via your blog.
- PayPal (paypal.com)
PayPal needs little introduction. You can link your Adsense account to your PayPal account and get your money. You can also receive money for your Ads and promotions via PayPal. If you are blogging from Nigeria you should know that PayPal doesn’t support your country, yet. You are better off requesting a wire transfer.
- Payoneer (payoneer.com)
A Payoneer account is very similar to a US bank account. Top companies and clients who are registered with Payoneer can pay you via this means. Here’s my post on how to create a Payoneer account. After creating your Payoneer account, you are issued a Payoneer MasterCard which you can use anywhere in the world.
- 2CheckOut (2checkout.com)
2CO is another great tool for receiving your money. You can use 2Checkout to integrate a payment system into your blog where you can receive direct payment for your products and services. It costs $10 to register.
Web Design Tools
From time to time, you’ll like to change a few things with regards the design or layout of your blog. These easy to use tools will be of great help.
- OptimizePress (www.optimizepress.com)
Does your blog have an amazing Landing page? If your answer is no, then you need to click the link above to do something about it. OptimizePress is a tool that helps you create cool Landing pages for your blog or website.
- LeadPages (leadpages.net)
Very similar to OptimizePress, LeadPages offers you loads of beautiful Landing page designs you could customize and apply on your blog.
Form is a free tool that helps you create Amazing designs and animations for your blog. This is one great and free alternative to Photoshop.
- Fiverr (www.fiverr.com)
You could hire a freelancer from Fiverr to help you do the designing. There are hundreds of freelancers who could easily redesign your blog for as low as $5, could be more, depending on your bargaining skills.
- 99Designs (http://99designs.com/)
If you are looking to redesign your blog and don’t seem to have a clue how to go about it, I suggest you check out 99Designs. You can thank me later.
- Meme generator (http://memegenerator.net/)
You can use this tool in generating interesting Memes for your blog post. This is one way of avoiding copyright infringement on images.
- Gimp (http://www.gimp.org/)
If you aren’t too grounded with Photoshop and would like to create a few image designs on your blog, I suggest you try out Gimp. This tool is totally free and helps you get the work done easily.
- Canva (http://canva.com/)
You can use Canva as a tool for image creation and design. It doesn’t matter if you have no technical know-how, Canva has a rich graphical interface and is quite user-friendly.
We’ve used quite a number of these tools and found them very helpful, however, there are hundreds of other affordable blogging tools which were not mentioned here.
We implore you to tell us about any blogging tools that should be on this list and about those you use. Our comments section beckons.