Tools for Bloggers

Running a successful business blog isn’t as easy as it seems.

It takes planning, research and promotion.

Luckily, there are some great tools out there for bloggers, many of them free! Here are some of the best free tools that can help bloggers manage, write and promote their blogs.

Keyword Research

Google Keyword Planner. Google’s own planner will help you determine if a keyword is popular or not. It will also offer related keywords if the one you are targeting does not rank high enough. Enter both words and phrases to get the best results.

Google Trends. Explore popular topics, see what’s trending, check for keyword popularity. Google Trends will give you an idea of what’s popular right now.

BuzzSumo. Enter your niche or topic and see what gets the most shares of social media. Use this tool to help you plan your blog posts, focusing on topics that get the most shares.

Productivity

Evernote. You’ve likely heard of Evernote. It’s an all-in-one tool that makes it easy for you to keep handwritten notes, clip online articles, manage photos, even discuss things with your team. It’s a way to have all your notes in your hand, at all times.

Dragon Dictation software. Some people aren’t naturally fast typers. That’s where Dragon Naturally Speaking comes in. the dictation software lets you speak your text.

bloggersImages and Multimedia

Pixabay. All blogs need good images, and what’s better than free good images? Pixabay offers over 540,000 quality images, many of them free to use.

Pixlr Editor. Need to edit photos? This is a great alternative to Photoshop. Work with layers, brushes, filters and more.

Freemake Video Converter. Freemaker converts video between more than 500 different formats. The software also lets you add videos easily to your blog by converting them either MP4, OGG or WebM, providing you a code you can simply copy and paste into your blog.

Proofreading

Hemingway App. Simply copy and paste your text onto the site, and it will give you a synopsis of the readability of your post. It tells you if there are any sentences that are hard to read, if there are simpler alternatives. It really is a great app for bloggers who want to write so everyone can understand it.
Grammarly. Grammarly is like Microsoft word correct on steroids. It checks your spelling, style, punctuation and more.

Social Sharing

Buffer. If you do any posting on social media, you need Buffer. Pre-schedule post to go live later. It lets you always be on social media, even when you aren’t.

Hootsuite. If you want one place to view all your social media accounts, Hootsuite can help. Post, respond and manage all your major platforms in one place.

Promotions

Mail Chimp. You may have heard that the money is in your list. Start your email list for free with Mail Chimp. With easy drag and drop set up, advanced analytics and more, Mail Chimp is a great alternative to more costly email management programs.

Quora. Show off your expertise by answering questions on the web’s largest Q&A platform. Answer questions related to your blog and be sure to link back to helpful posts to really drive traffic back to your site

WiseStamp. If you send any emails, sign up for your free customized, professional-looking signature with WiseStamp. Add your link, RSS feed and social accounts to signature, allowing you to promote with every email you send.

We’d like to think we can do it all. But the reality is, most of us need some help to get it all done. These free tools are great to have in any bloggers arsenal to help with the writing, researching and promoting we all have to do.

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