Having a blog you named after your favorite hobby doesn’t suffice to make it your own, your property, your EMPIRE. Having thought about that, I have been decisive to write a post about blogging tools and resources which you need to have for effective blogging this year.
Even writing for a blog post alone doesn’t even hit the spot to make your blogging much more effective. Well, even for writing, you need something for that, don’t you? But we will address that down below if you stay with me on this topic.
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Before anything else, if you happen to have stumbled upon this post and you still don’t have a blog, I recommend you to use WordPress. How often have I already complained that WordPress is complicated, but time after time, I also admire this platform? If you want to know why WordPress is the one that most developers use, here’s a post. Aside from WordPress which I am currently loving, is Squarespace. I love its clean and white design, very minimalist, and if I were not on WordPress, I would have chosen Squarespace for blogging.
I assume you have already chosen your CMS platform, be it WordPress or Squarespace, let’s go into our main topic which is about blogging tools and resources you should have for effective blogging.
5 Blogging Tools and Resources you should have for effective blogging:
Since I have already mentioned WordPress above, and how I highly recommend it. There is one fact which I have missed before I started blogging, that there are two types of blog. It could be either self-hosted or hosted. This two has even confused me at the beginning. To put it briefly, a hosted website is one that offers an all-in-one website solution.
They provide everything, including the hosting and storage for all your all files. Well, that sounds perfect, right? Not really since you’re limited to using tools and templates. Whereas a self-hosted website option is an open-source that you can modify it how you like it.
If you want to have a self-hosted website, you have to purchase a web hosting for your files to be stored on a server plus a domain (URL of your site). To summarize it, WordPress.com is a hosted website together with Squarespace, Wix and Blogger while WordPress.org is a self-hosted website with your choice of a web host (Siteground).
Why do I even recommend Siteground above everything? Customer support is superb and they transfer your website for free from another web-host. If you want to hear more techy side why you should have SiteGround as your web host, they have built-in WordPress caching and CDN integration (believe me, I just researched the last one.)
Lastly, if you’ve been following my blog, from my other post, SiteGround saved my blog from the hack.
I am not a native English speaker. My English is not perfect and so is my writing. Thankfully, Grammarly exists for bloggers and writers. Additionally, Grammarly has a free option too. Expectedly, this tool will help you correct and proofread your post and even provide an option for what to replace.
I love this tool in checking my grammatical errors and spelling mistakes for all my blog posts and even social media posts. This grammar checker has a Chrome extension which makes it more accessible and easier to edit your files. The browser add-on is available that you can even use Grammarly while you’re on WordPress writing your blog post directly. I recommend this tool if you’re on a tight budget too.
In order to make your post much livelier, you need an accessory, an image, but not simply an image but a designed or a customized image. Canva is free to use but there is also a premium version which enables you to do more on this tool but the free version is already enough if you just want to edit graphics for your blog posts such as your feature photo or Pinterest graphic. Speaking of images, you need to be careful of copyright issues.
You can’t simply download any images from Google and post them on your blog without crediting the owner or asking for permission to use them. To avoid any copyright issues and problems, you can utilize free stock images on Unsplash, Pixabay and Pexels but make sure to acknowledge the owner too and mention them on your blog post, as a caption for example.
As mentioned above, you need graphics for your blog posts to make them much livelier and visitor-friendly. Some people are more visual and images like Pinterest graphics appeal to them, making them more interested to follow you and your blog posts.
Also, Pinterest helps drive traffic to your blog. You just need a Pinterest graphic which is also featured on your blog post and save it on its designated Pinterest board. Don’t forget to add your blog URL so when somebody finds your pin and click on it, it would lead him to your post.
For some, it may be complicated having no time to do everything for one single blog post, but with my Pinterest templates, I have already taken the task of creating Pinterest Templates off your hands. All you have to do is edit it and add your own texts. Voila! You’re done, without even driving yourself insane.
If you wish to buy from my Pinterest Templates, you also have the opportunity to become an affiliate who could earn a commission of 60% from the sale and promote it to your friends.
To make my blog planning much easier, I turn to a traditional planner which I printed at home and use it to organize my blog posts. Why do I love using a planner? It is affordable and it makes me even more productive and creative (I made it). If you want to buy it, you can follow this link and become an affiliate too.
After posting your blog posts, you have to promote them without a doubt, else it would be ineffective unless your viewers are so dedicated that they visit your blog every day to see if you have published a blog post already. (Oh how I wish they do to me).
There you have it. Every blogger differs, some of these tools may not be effective to you but you always have the free will to decide what’s good for you and what is not.
Some of the tools which I didn’t specifically mention above but are also very relevant to me are the following:
Codeable-helps me with my technical problems on my blog when SiteGround couldn’t help me further. SiteGround and Codeable are already partners by the way, so if you have a massive problem with your blog, turn to Codeable and you get $60 discount if you are also on SiteGround.
Yoast SEO– for basic SEO, I use this free plugin on WordPress. There’s also a paid version but for me, the free version is already enough.
Picmonkey– If I’m not on Canva, I’m on this wonderful platform. Check it out and you won’t regret it.
Keywords Everywhere, Moz and SemRush– when I am looking for keywords for my blog post and other SEO tools.
What do you think about these tools and resources for blogging? Do you use them too or do you have other better tools for effective blogging? You can surely share them down below. 🙂