Blogging is a full-time job like any other job, and that is why you have to be very serious about your productivity and quality of work.
When we talk about productivity and quality, we think of some excellent tools that help us do our day to day tasks easily and more effectively. As we all know there are many different tasks we bloggers need to carry out every day, we need some tools that can improve our productivity, speed, and overall work quality.
Thinking of such tools, I have prepared a list of 10 best blogging tools for bloggers which I am listing below:
When we talk about blogging, the first thing comes to our mind is which platform to choose from WordPress, Blogger or any other.
Without any confusion, I would recommend using WordPress as your blogging platform.
The reason I am keeping WordPress in the list of best blogging tools is it is more than awesome, and it offers a range of features absolutely for free. You can make a great blog by using WordPress. When you buy domain and hosting, the first thing, you have to do is to get your website or blog developed which costs too much. But, WordPress makes everything easy by offering a full-fledged Content Management System free of cost.
Huge number themes and plugins are available to use with WordPress, and they make this CMS the best in business.
The setting up of a blog using WordPress is just a few minutes task, and the best thing is you don’t need any coding knowledge.
This is indeed the best blogging tool for every blogger out there.
A blog is good when the content posted on it is killer and looks attractive because of interesting images added to it.
So, how to get the attractive and interesting images?
Canva is one of the best and most used online tools to create awesome images for your blog posts. There are beautiful templates available that you can use as bases to create your own designs.
It is a must use blogging tool for every blogger who wants to make his/her blog look beautiful and more professional.
- Google Analytics
To grow your blog, you need to know the pattern of traffic such as
From where the traffic is coming?
Which source is sending more traffic?
Which posts on the blog are getting most of the hits?
When you know all these details, you can offer more relevant content to target the audience in a far better way.
Google Analytics is a superb free tool that you can use to track all of these data, and even more. It’s a must have blogging tool to use. When you use it, you can tap its potential.
- Google Keyword Planner
Keyword Research is very important if you want to build organic traffic for your blog, and to do it a keyword research tool is required. Google offers Google Keyword Planner tool that works quite well. However, it only gives you the Global and Local search volumes. It doesn’t tell you the organic competition of the keywords. There is a column of competition there in the tool, but that is not organic. That competition is for Adwords advertisers.
Therefore, once you get a good list of keywords with fair search volume, you can analyze the competition manually, or you can go for other tools like Long Tail Pro or SEMrush.
At the basic level, every blogger should use Google Keyword Planner to find out searchable keywords.
- Social Warfare
Social Warfare is a WordPress plugin that you can use to display social sharing buttons on your posts and pages. By far, I found this plugin the best social sharing plugin. It is a paid tool, and I would highly recommend this because it has many useful features that not any social plugins offer.
I am using Social Warfare on this blog, and results are quite good.
Email Marketing is indeed a required job for bloggers to build a targeted email list that may buy from them later on. Yes, having a good email list is very beneficial for increasing your affiliate or own product sales.
GetResponse is the best email marketing tool that I can recommend to everyone. Though there are big players such as Mailchimp and Aweber doing quite well, I would recommend only GetResponse because I am using it and the experience is great.
- Yoast SEO Plugin
SEO is an important practice for bloggers because a better search engine optimization ensures better organic traffic.
Yoast SEO Plugin offers various options to optimize your posts, and you can also add custom Meta title and description for each post.
This is the best SEO plugin for WordPress, and you must use it.
Being a blogger, it is our duty to write error-free content. We must proofread our content 2-3 times to make sure that there are no errors left in it. But, even after checking a few times, we leave small typos and other mistakes. Therefore, having a tool for proofreading is an added advantage as it quickly marks the errors.
Grammarly is the best tool to check grammar, spelling, and typo. Thus, it works quite well as a proofreader, and additionally, you can also check content for plagiarism.
This is a must have tool for every blogger and writer.
- Google Docs
Google Docs is not a blogging tool primarily but as a blogger, you can make most out of it by keeping your written content on the cloud. If you get content from writers, you can ask them to share on docs so that you don’t need to send them an email about changes. You can just give Edit Suggestions on the Doc itself, and your writer will edit in the same file. He doesn’t need to send via email.
Even when you have to send a guest post to some blogger, you can just create a doc over there, and enter that blogger’s email to share the doc with him.
I really enjoy working with Google Docs, and I consider this as a great blogging tool for everyone. Keeping the data in the cloud is safe as well because when computer system gets broken, we may lose the data.
- Readability Test Tool
A Readability Test Tool ensures your content is easily readable for most of the people. You can check your content using this tool to ensure that the readers won’t find your content difficult to read.
If the test shows your content is hard to read, then you can edit it to make it more readable.
This is a must have tool for every blogger. But, sadly very few are actually using it.
Blogging tools are crucial for improving the work quality, productivity and work speed. I am sure you will find these tools quite handy to use.