Blogging is a popular profession, an ideal or dream proffession for many. Think about the freedom to work from anywhere in the world and whenever you want. Very often, people are encouraged to start a blog as an alternative source of income, and if everything goes well, they can quit their job. Starting a blog is a bold step, but at times it can be overwhelming. A lot of new bloggers get stocked on picking the right tool. Today, I will share 7 Essential Tools For Bloggers. These tools are very important and should be in your possession if you want to be successful as a blogger.
7 Essential Tools For Bloggers
#1. A Hosting Plan
A hosting service is an essential service you will need as a blogger. Hosting service will provide a domain name and host your files which include images and post written. Without a hosting plan, your blog cannot be available online. A good recommendation for this service is Hostgator. Hostgator is the best hosting service when it comes to WordPress site. In one of my posts, I analyzed 13 Reasons To Choose Hostgator For WordPress Sites.
#2. A WordPress CMS (Content Management System)
WordPress is the best CMS for bloggers with unlimited features. WordPress is easy to use and does not require a programming knowledge to setup a blog. You can setup an amazing WordPress blog with clicks of buttons. If you are new to WordPress, then check out my post on How To Setup A WordPress Blog.
Most bloggers might not see Quora as a tool and those who see it as a tool sees only see how one can generate traffic from it. But there is one thing people are failing to take advantage of on Quora. If you are smart enough, you can get an idea for your blog’s next post from Quora. A lot of questions are being asked on Quora every day which can be used to make keyword research. You can track down frequently asked questions on Quora and use it to write a post on it. The good part is there are a lot of experts already giving their answers. If you take advantage of this on Quora, you will never run out of what to post on your blog.
Grammarly is an important tool if you want to write quality posts. It helps you to write post free of grammatical error. I strongly recommend Grammarly to you because I have used it as a freelance writer and now as a blogger. There are more features with the premium package, but for a start, you can go with a free plan.
#5. Email marketing tools
We have a couple of email marketing tools which will cost you some few buck per month, but it definitely worth it. I will share a few of them that I have used and found to be good. They are Aweber, MailChimp, get response and constant contact. You can check all of them and choose the one that suits you.
Canva will take care of all your graphic needs. You should get visual with your posts by using at least one image for each post. Images help you to convey your message in a way that will help readers to understand and remember your post better. Header images like the one in this post is a must for every blog post. Canva lets you create header images for posts with the title of your post on it.
#7. Google Drive
Google Drive is a tool for everyone. There are different ways to use google drive. You can store images, video and other files like doc and sheet. I use google doc as a backup for my post and google sheet to organize my task. Here is an example of how to use google sheet to organize task.
#8. Gooogle Analytics
Google Analytics is like a compass. Google analytics helps you to measure the amount of traffic your site is receiving, source of traffic, which page they are view and more. If you are serious about growing your blog, then you should pay attention to analytics. Analytics will help you to gain an insight into your blogging strategy and take action if you are not getting good results.
Do you feel some tools should not be on the list, or are there some tools you feel should be on the list? Please use the comment section to give your suggestion.