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Most of us who start blogs intend on making them successful in one way or another. Whether our intentions are to monetize, create a community, or sell a product, most of us have a goal in mind. Blogging tools not only help maintain blogs but are necessary for blogs to reach their highest potential.
Not everyone has the money to spend on numerous blogging tools and resources. Thankfully, there are a good number of free tools that can get the job done! Here are my top 5 favorite free blogging tools!
5 Free Blogging Tools You Should Be Using
1. Google Docs
Funnily, I was familiar with Google Docs before I started blogging thanks to work. I use it for reports, meeting notes, and other boss lady stuff. I’m unsure why it didn’t dawn on me to use it for blogging, but I saw it being recommended in a blogging group I’m in and decided to give it a go with my new found hobby.
The results are in! Google Docs is easily my favorite tool of all! It’s perfect for drafting my blog posts and automatically saves to your Google Drive. It’s comparable to Microsoft Word, free for the average user, and has an easy-to-use app which is perfect for adding random thoughts during the day! The only thing required is a Gmail account!
I don’t know about you, but nothing irks me more than reading blog posts riddled with typos and grammatical errors. By no means does a blogger need to have a master’s degree in English Writing, but let’s be real. Blog posts with mistakes, especially obvious ones, look unprofessional and rushed. It doesn’t have to be that way, thanks to Grammarly!
Grammarly is a free grammar checker and I absolutely LOVE it! It finds errors you didn’t know you made! The awesome thing about Grammarly is that it’s super easy to use. I use Google Chrome as my web browser, so I downloaded the Chrome extension. You can also either install Grammarly straight to your desktop or check for grammar and spelling directly on WordPress! I draft my post on Google Docs and copy and paste it into a new post on my site, and go from there!
3. Yoast SEO
If you’re just getting into blogging, you’ll see mention of SEO. A lot. SEO is short for search engine optimization. It basically means configuring your posts to increase traffic to your blog through organic searches on engines like Google and Bing. You want your posts to rank higher in search results as that potentially yields more traffic to your blog. You can optimize your blog for search engines manually, but I discourage working harder and encourage working smarter.
Yoast SEO has to be the most popular WordPress SEO plugin ever as it saves plenty of time and hair-pulling. The plugin literally tells you what to do so that you can configure your post to increase its SEO. You simply install and activate the plugin. The plugin will show you if your post is perfectly optimized (it hardly ever is on the first try) or needs some tweaking. Make sure you get that green light!
If you’re a lifestyle blogger like me or thinking of starting a lifestyle blog (you can find my simple guide on how to start a lifestyle blog here), then you’ll definitely be using Pinterest to generate traffic and grow your audience. And what do you need to be successful on Pinterest? Attention-grabbing pins!
When it comes to making pins, Canva’s where it’s at! Canva is an easy-to-use graphic design software and is perfect for making not just pins, but logos, quote graphics, freebies, and so much more! With a drove of templates, how-to guides, and stock photos, it’s no surprise that it’s a blogger-favorite! Want to know a secret? I made my minimalist logo AND self-care bundle with Canva!
Every good blog needs quality photos, but don’t go buying that expensive Nikon just yet! Some bloggers are photographically-inclined and that’s amazing! I definitely enjoy admiring scrumptious pumpkin crumb cake muffins from Sally’s Baking Addiction and decadent tiramisu from RecipeTin Eats. But then there’s people like me who are photographically-challenged, terrible photo editors, etc.
That’s where stock photos come in! Unsplash is the ultimate stock photo resource where you can find beautiful, high-quality images for your blog and it’s absolutely free! Although no attribution is required, I like to give credit since they offer an embedding code. I simply post the code under the photo and voila!
What are some of your favorite blogging tools?