I’m still a newbie in the blogging world, but I figured I’d share some of my favorite blogging tools that help improve the appearance and performance of my blog. I remember doing research to start a blog and thought people were crazy for having so many plugins and additional websites they would use. Now I get it and see how they really do help out.
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My favorite blogging tools.
- MailChimp – I’m currently using MailChimp so visitors can become subscribers to my blog. Right now I have the subscribe form located within the sidebar, but it can also be put on a page and in the footer.
- Grammarly – Everything you need to make sure your posts are free of grammar errors.
- Answer the Public – Just recently came across this cool tool that gives you suggestions based on a keyword you provide. It then uses that keyword and provides three different maps with ideas.
- Question: who, what, when, why?
- Preposition: like, for, with
- Portent Title Maker – Simply add your keyword and hit the “enter” button. The result is one title and content suggestions. You can refresh for different titles as many times as you’d like.
- Pretty Links – I use this plugin for my affiliate links. It allows me to create clean and simple URLs and it’s very easy to use.
- Yoast SEO-Search engine optimization. Helps improve content for google and search engines to help index blog. Makes sure all your posts and pages are properly optimized. Tells you exactly what you need to do to improve a post for a good readability and SEO score.
- Sumo –Great way to encourage readers to share your content. Displays share buttons for many social media sites, number of shares, and you design how it looks.
- Google Analytics –Popular tool that tracks and reports website traffic.
- Canva– Great tool for creating custom images. Great for social media usage or for use in blog posts.
- Pixaby – Offers millions of high quality free images. No need to register for this site and since there are no copyright restrictions, you can use the images for whatever you want.
- Pexels – Similar service as Pixaby.
- Death to Stock Photo – No need to visit stock photo websites here. All you do is provide an email address and they send you an email with images every month.
- Amazon SiteStripe – For my Amazon Associates account I use the SiteStripe. This allows you to create links straight from the Amazon website without needing to go to the Associates Central page.