The blogging world has thousands of tools and services to offer. Being in the industry for more than 6 years has taught me countless things.
If you have blogged before or you have recently started learning about the internet business, you might have not heard of many amazing blogging tools, that exist today.
For 6 astonishing years I have been working in the blogging community, and I have used hundreds of blogging tools and services. Throughout years, I have some of my favorite tools and services I use. So, here are 14 tools and services that I think you should be using.
Blogging Tools # 1 – WordPress
I have been using WordPress, since the beginning. When it comes to a blog or an online business, WordPress offers the best tools, themes, services and most importantly freedom. Even though I learned about the blogging world through blogger; I have read and understood the endless possibilities of WordPress quickly and changed my platform. Ever since I haven’t looked back.
One of the reason why I and almost every blogger loves WordPress is because it is open source. Due to it, WordPress offers so much freedom, that it will take days for me to list them all.
Plugins, Widgets, themes, you name it and almost all your desired need tools can be found online through a simple search. Heck, you can even create your own tools, if you ever feel the need of a custom plugin or theme. WordPress is the definitely the first class choice for your blog.
Blogging Tools # 2 – Envato Products
Thanks to Collis, Ta’eed, Cyan Ta’eed, Jun Rung, and all the exceptionally talented authors, who made one of the best online community. I have learned a great deal of everything from designing to business perspective, through the Envato blogs. If you’re ever looking for the best themes, check out Themeforest. Some other marketplaces include Codecanyon, Graphicriver and Videohive.
Envato also has, some of the best tutorial blogs, teaching readers wide variety topics. I read the blogs regularly and get some of my blogging ideas through their blogs. I have also learned important lessons through their ebooks they offer. Some of the ebooks are very helpful for your startup business.
Blogging Tools # 3 – Seo by Yoast
Developed by Joost de Valk, one of the best and useful plugin I have ever used. Every aspect of your blog’s SEO is covered by WordPress Seo. I discovered this plugin back in 2011, and ever since I have been using it.
As the description of the plugin suggests, it is by far the most complete wordpress SEO plugin that exists today.
Using the plugin is very easy, thanks to the simple interface it offers. If you do not understand what breadcrumbs, meta descriptions or any other SEO related subjects, thanks to Joost, who has integrated the “Introduction Tour”, which guides you through the process.
To master every feature of the plugin, read this guide written by Joost himself.
Blogging Tools # 4 – Pretty Link
Honestly, I haven’t used pretty Link for a long time but I love everything about it so far. Basically, Pretty Link makes your affiliate links cleaner and more human friendly.
If you are planning to monetize your blog or business through affiliate marketing, I strongly recommend you installing Pretty Link today.
Pretty link is available both for free and there’s a premium version available. If you have the budget of $ 37 dollars (one time fee), you can get the pro version.
Blogging Tools # 5 – Google Adsense
I was introduced to Google Adsense since the first year, since I started the whole online business. Ever since, Adsense has by far been the most profiting monetizing method for most of my blogs.
The reason why Adsense has been my online blogging tool is because of high pay rates and a trusted brand. Unless you are living under the rocks, you must have figured out that Google is a trustable brand. Be ready for your first $100, because it is the best feeling in the world. (:
Blogging Tools # 6 – Google Drive
Not having to carry a flash drive all around is the best thing that happened to me, may be you all too. Cloud computing has taken over the 2010’s decade.
Although, the web offers hundreds of clouding services, I prefer to use Google Drive. Everything that I will ever need, while going away from my computer is saved to google drive. Once you start an online business, your needs for important files and documents increases.
I no longer have to worry about security, because of the trust, I have for Google Inc. Another great thing that separates Drive from other clouding services is it’s integration with all the devices and softwares. What I mean by softwares is that; Drive offers almost all Microsoft Office, type applications are there to use anytime, for free. A good alternative to Drive is Dropbox.
Blogging Tools # 7 – Aweber
Your next potential, client that you might have could only be contacted through email newsletter. Email marketing is probably the best and the cheapest way to get your “real interested” visitors to buy your products, or simply get them back to your blog.
Aweber is mostly popular with blogs that get more than 500 visitors a day. I use Aweber for almost all my newsletters, follow-ups and to manage my subscribers. After I switched from my old email marketing service to Aweber, my list and overall conversion rate has increased significantly.
In short, Aweber is a very powerful blogging tool that I have been using and you probably should be using it too.
Blogging Tools # 8 – Mailchimp
Remember when I said ” Aweber is mostly popular with blogs with more than 500 visitors a day.?”
Mailchimp come to the equation, for small blogs or starters. Most small blog’s bloggers use Mailchimp due to its affordability. you can have up to two thousand subscribers, and send up to twelve thousand emails per month for free.
If you are a new blogger and your blog has just been established, I recommend you to use Mailchimp. *Note: You can easily import your email subscribers list from Mailchimp to Aweber later.
Blogging Tools # 9 – Google Analytics
Probably the most popular analysis tool in the market today. Analytics has always helped me through figuring out the kind of audience i get in my blogs. Every stat that is displayed about my blog, is helping me understand my audience much better.
Best of all, Google Analytics is one of a few blogging tool that I would pay to use, but is rather free. I recommend all the newbie bloggers to sign up with analytics, and take advantage of the free tool.
Blogging Tools # 10 – Email Service
By this point, I assume that most of you understand the value of email communication for your business.
Gmail is the email service I prefer to use for most of my business related email communication. I have been a huge fan of Gmail, since I switched from Yahoo Mail.
Simplicity and extremely secure, Gmail will help you save valuable time and effort. Creating, reading and forwarding emails can be done with just a few clicks of a button. Also, Gmail is compatible with most devices.
Blogging Tools # 11 – Disqus
Comments are a part of your blog, and you have to take good care of them. That’s when Disqus Comments comes in handy.
Disqus lets you install their comment system into your blog, (basically replaces your old comment system). I have been using disqus for most of my sites, and am planning to install to this blog too. Installing disqus will save you working hours. Disqus automatically deletes the spam comments made on your blogs, without you having to worry about it.
If you have a creepy commenting section in your blogs, disqus is the way to go.
Blogging Tools # 12-14 – Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest.
Twitter – The benefits of twitter for your business is immerse. You have almost unlimited ways to generate ideas and market your business.
Besides marketing, twitter is a great tool for creating relationships with other bloggers. Now, you might wonder how creating good relationship with your competitors would be beneficial, Just do it and see the opportunities running towards you.
Being the biggest social media site in the world, you will have almost all kinds of audience to advertise with. Marketing through Facebook is not as hard as you might have thought. Over the past years, I have been able to drive thousands of genuine visitors to my blogs and make money.
Creating a Facebook page for your business is the first thing to do, if you would like to market through Facebook.
Pinterest – It has not been long since Pinterest rolled out, but the buzz it has created is extraordinary. I have discovered the market and business potential of Pinterest, not very long ago. Since then, I am using Pinterest to benefit all my small businesses.
By the way Infographics seems to work the best for Pinterest.
You should know that all the blogging tools and services I use are not free, but most of them are free for everyone to use. You might like or use other tools and it is perfectly fine. Also, note I have some affiliate links, and I am very thankful to you if you purchase through my recommendations. And don’t forget to list some of your favorite blogging tools and services you use.