If you are blogging for a while now or just getting started, for sure you have your favorite blogging tool. Read on to check if it’s included in this list and add a note in the comments which ones you use and love.
Tools to brainstorm blogging ideas
Just enter a topic or a URL into the BuzzSumo search box, and you’ll get a ton of information on the content that performs best for social media sharing.
Enter a URL into Quick Sprout, and you get an analysis of the site’s performance and content. The “Social Media” tab shows you which posts from the site is performing best and from there you can analyze what can work for your niche too!
All you need is a subject or a keyword and hop on to Portent tool. You will get a sample of blog post title as well as breakdown of reasons why the title is “catchy” enough to use. Try as many subject as you would like.
If your blog is focused on answering people’s questions – then this tool is perfect for you! It will lead you to what people are asking and answer it in a blog post, you can also search for keyword and follow related topics.
The trending topics section on your Twitter homepage is a perfect spot for grabbing ideas. You can tailor the topics or even have a fully tailored tweets that take into account your location and those you follow. (Click the “Change” link at the top of the Trends section on your Twitter homepage.)
Similar to Twitter’s trending topics, LinkedIn Pulse pulls content from the channels you follow on LinkedIn and the people in your LinkedIn network. You can also check on Facebook and Googles Trending Topics.
Tools to organize your ideas
One of my favorite! If your ideas come from different files – you need this! You may have PDF’s, docs, photos and more.
This will help you to sort your ideas into tasks and sub tasks.
If you cannot trust yourself in remembering things – this will come in handy. Its fast, you can drop any notes, snippets,photos,webpages and more! You can even arrange your ideas by “tag”.
I personally use this as my Editorial Calendar and made my life so much easier! You can save your ideas all day,week or even month. Just add a calendar event, zoom in and out and your done.
Tools to create well-optimized content
Google’s Keyword Planner lets you enter a series of keywords, and Google return results on search volume and popularity as well as related keywords that might help you spark any idea.
With Yoast’s plugin, you can type in the keyword that you’re after, and Yoast tells you how many different spots on the page the post appears and a nice green dot for when you’re ready to go.
Tools to help you write easier and faster
Before jumping on your writing editor, you can consider writing in Google Docs for collaborating with other writers (if you have) and taking advantage of Google Docs’ spelling and grammar tools.
One of the best time tracking tool I’ve used. Toggl lets you add a task, project and just press the start/stop button. Check the dashboard, get reports (summary and detailed). Blogging takes so much time so this tool can really streamline any process and let’s you check what eats up your time the most.
Hemingway analyzes your text for readability, highlighting sentences that are a bit too complex or dense. I’ve been so addicted to this simply because it’s fun!
Just copy and paste your article into Grammarly’s online grammar checker to know how it performs against checks for spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, style, and more. The initial score is free to see. The specifics of what to change come with their pro plans.
Tools to create awesome blog visuals
17. Death to the Stock Photo
If you will subscribe, you will get a new collection of free, high-res lifestyle photos. The site offers a premium subscription as well to be able to access and search its full archive.
PhotoPin lets you search millions of Creative Commons photos from Flickr.
Skitch connects directly to your Evernote account so you can save all the images you take.
My most loved tool ever! Canva makes every blogger happy ans to the fact that the interface is so straightforward (drag-drop) has multiple of options (templates) and ton of free items!
Tools to spread you content
A WordPress plugin makes it super simple to highlight snippets of your blog post for readers to easily share on Twitter.
MailChimp is one of the biggest and best (and free) ways to send email to your list of contacts. You can set up automated campaigns that deliver each new post that you write, or you can create campaigns from scratch. MailChimp offers free accounts for those with fewer than 2,000 contacts in their list. It also has a great interface.
Emotional Marketing Value checks for emotional words in your headline, and the analyzer tool returns a score of EMV words compared to total words in the headline. This has been so helpful for me.