Figuring out what the best blogging tools for bloggers (say that three times fast!) on the interwebs are can be like finding a needle in a haystack. There are dozens of different options, so how do you know what the best ones are for your own Bloggers Toolbox when you’re starting a blog that someone will actually want to read? I’ve gone through them all, y’all. If it’s new and shiny, I’m likely to try it. The good news is, I’ve weeded out the bad ones, kept the good ones, and am now sharing my be-all, end-all of tool lists with you.
If you know anything about blogging, you know that social media promotion is your meal ticket. You HAVE to be promoting on as many social media channels as you possibly can, which will be a lot more manageable if you aren’t doing each one individually, but scheduling them out instead. It also means that you can take weeks off for vacation, a rough family time, or just because you want a break and not lose readership. When I look for a great option for my bloggers toolbox, it has to have certain things in order for me to use it enough to merit paying for it (or even just coming back to the site). After all, you have a bajillion options, so they HAVE to set themselves apart. Before I share my Bloggers Toolbox, I felt like you should know how I chose the final list.
My Criteria for Blogging Tools:
- It has to be multi-purpose– If it’s only going to do one thing for me, I’m not likely to log in and use it. Having it send social media posts out to multiple channels, create multiple graphics quickly, or giving me the ability to download a bunch of stock images on the fly makes a tool much more likely to get used regularly.
- It has to allow me to work from my laptop OR my phone– Y’all, I love a smart phone, but sometimes you just need to be able to type using a full keyboard. On the flip side, sometimes you need to handle your business on-the-go. Having a smooth app for that is important, too!
- It has to give me the value I’m looking for if I’m going to pay for it– I’m cheap. I don’t want to spend a ton of money on tools that are supposed to be saving me time and money, but I WILL spend money on tools that will save me enough time that I can make more money on my blog or business. Every single one of these is worth every penny and then some (and not all of them cost you something, either)!
Now that you’ve seen just what I look for in blogging tools, you’ll know just why these are the ones you NEED in your back pocket.
Bloggers Toolbox: The Best Blogging Tools for Bloggers
Pixabay— The tools for bloggers are only as good as your content. Having pretty graphics is important for a blog post. People choose posts based on catchy titles and eye-catching pictures. You can’t always take your own images, so having free stock images to use is important, especially since no one wants to break copyright law!
Creative Market— If you can’t find what you need on Pixabay, check out Creative Market for a ton of gorgeous blogging tools. They have to-die-for vectors, images, fonts, literally anything you can dream up for graphic tools for bloggers at SUPER reasonable prices. In fact, the flat lay for this post is from Creative Market! Plus, go get on their email list in order to get 6 FREE products every single week and keep a folder on your laptop to use in your Bloggers Toolbox for graphics!
PicMonkey— Once you have a pretty picture to use, you need to edit it to the right size, add text or your watermark, and make it your own. PicMonkey lets you do all of that, and PicMonkey Royale lets you do all of it more easily, more quickly, and with SO many more options. It also lets you use your own fonts, which means you can stick with your branding! As far as blogging tools go, this one seems basic, but it’s actually a pretty important one since people eat with their eyes first.
MissingLettr— When it comes to tools for bloggers for promoting your blog posts, most aren’t great at remembering to continue to promote old posts. We set them up for a couple of weeks and then get busy with newer posts, social media, life, whatever, and forget that those posts are evergreen content that ought to be shared over and over. MissingLettr will create an entire campaign for you, including pull-out quotes and pictures, for you to approve that will then promote on Twitter, Google Plus, Linked in, and soon, Facebook (you might get in on the beta testing of that one!) for the next year on Day 0, 3, 7, 14, 30, 90, 180, 270, and 365. It literally doesn’t get any easier to promote on most people’s least favorite (but still important not to ignore) channels!
Tailwind— Pinterest is the #1 social media for bloggers. You HAVE to have your blog on Pinterest and as many followers as you can, which means pinning, pinning, pinning CONSISTENTLY. (Noticing a theme here?) Tailwind lets you schedule pins so that you’re pinning various content regularly, as well as at the optimal times. On top of that, it ALSO links to Instagram, so if you’re wanting one of those pretty grids or just to not have to think about it routinely, this is a must-have in my tools for bloggers list so you can schedule those suckers, too!
Cinchshare— This is a super powerful scheduling tool for a Bloggers Toolbox for Facebook groups, pages, your personal page, and events. If you don’t want to reinvent the wheel when it comes to your group and page, you can look back and share the posts you create multiple times on different dates across all of your Facebook and Twitter feeds. This is an especially awesome feature if you host Direct Sales parties (but I use it for my blog more than doTERRA). Cinchshare also just introduced Collections, a post sharing feature where you can choose to share a single post or an entire Facebook party script with your team.
ConvertKit— I cannot begin to emphasize how important an email list is. The more times someone sees your stuff, the more likely they are to open it. Having your posts show up in their email is a usually huge conversion rate, which means more eyes on your blog. Even if you don’t know how you want to use that email list yet, START IT NOW. Every day that you have a blog up without collecting email addresses is a day you’re missing out on those potential touches. ConvertKit is hands-down the most intuitive, prettiest, and most powerful tool for this on the market. GET. IT.