Blogging Tools

in blogging •  last year

I've been a year since I started my own personal development blog. During this time, I've come to use some really cool resources to enhance my blogging activities.

So I've made this list with some of the tools which I use most with my blogging activities. I know I am not reinventing the wheel, but here's a part of what I've been using. Hopefully it will be useful to someone.

Enjoy!

Amazing Images (CC0, most are from public domain)

(most images are part of the public domain and can be used both personally and commercially, but I do suggest you check the license before using them in any form of content, some pics might need just a simple attribution)

SEO and Content

  • Soovle - it will help you find keywords related to your search
  • CopyScape - Find out who copied your content
  • Post Title Generator - try this out when you run out of title ideas
  • SEOCentro - a collection of tools to help out with search engine optimization (like SEO Analyzer, meta tag analyzer, keyword density, keyword suggestions
  • Internet Marketing Ninjas - another huge collection of SEO tools, on-page optimization, page speed, header checker and... the list goes on
  • Facebook's Debug Tool - Check if your articles are ready for sharing to Facebook. This tool was also useful when Facebook wasn't picking up updates to the original article. A manual scrape always did the trick.

Miscellaneous

Compressor.IO - I just love this tool! It will shrink the physical size of your images, but preserving their quality as much as possible.

Canva - Anytime you need a tool to create quotes or nice pics to share on social media, Canva is the place to go. Use in tandem with public domain images found in the previous list. Accesible from the browser.

Be Funky - When you need to create a funky collage. Accesible from the browser.
Online Chart - Good looking charts.

Gif Maker - Upload your images and create a gif out of them

Word Clouds - You will be creating word clouds with this one.

Typography Editor - Another tool to edit and create images, quotes.

ColorWheel - When you need to make sure two or more colors go well together. Thank you, Adobe.

Alt-Codes - Special ASCII characters, like ☺♫☼♥😍

Kawaii Faces - some one-line ASCII art like ☆(❁‿❁)☆

TextFac.es - some more one-line ASCII art like ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Gif Maker - Upload your images and create a gif out of them

Gimp - One of the best open source tools to edit your images. Has a lot of functions similar to Photoshop, but it's easier to use. Also free. Needs to be downloaded and installed locally.

Audacity - The best open source audio editor. I was amazed to discover that this little tool was able to open up an 8-hour long mp3 file with no problems, whilst Adobe Audition kept crashing on the same file. I was impressed with it then, and I am now. To process mp3 files, you will need to download a separate plugin (3 clicks away). Needs download and local install.

Automation

MailChimp - the perfect beginner's solution to build a list of subscribers list, free for the first 2000 subscribers.

Hootsuite - helps with scheduling your social media activity. It allows you to schedule up to 3 popular social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and so on).

MailMunch - Provides subscriber forms that can be integrated in any blog or site.

Site/Blog Maintenance

Testing your site/blog's speed

Each test below will tell you how fast your site is. It's best if it loads under 3 seconds. Each test will give you tips, tricks and hints on how to optimized your speed (like reducing image size, reducing resource load times)

Check Broken Links

BrokenLinkCheck - find out if your site has broken links that need be fixed.


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You are talking about "some value" but It has great value for me as a blogger. Thanks. Do it again and again.

Thanks for this. This is really useful.

this is a really good list....thanks for doing all the legwork!

I wish there was a way I could index this post for quick reference at a later time.

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bookmark it in the browser

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I hadn't thought of that, thanks.

this is a treasure trove of useful tools - I don't think you realize how significant compiling this list really is. I think if you used all the tags available ( you have 5 you can use) this post would have generated a larger response. You're a blogger, but you're also a writer, so that tag and writing are naturals to use. Good work. I'm re-steeming and following you, muntenau

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thanks john! it was my first article, so I missed some tags here and here. small correction, it's "munteanu" :) Romanian name.

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OH, so sorry, I left out an a munteanu - got it!

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awesome!

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Thank you for sharing these tools. I would like to mention how useful Grammarly can be to correct your small mistakes. It attaches itself to various places where you type. I wouldn't be without it, expecially when Im in a hurry to get my comments or posts out there.

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Perfect to start a new journey for me as a newbie. Godbless

Thank you I do think that this is a great list, and I have been looking for better ways to blog, since I was not into social media before SteemIt.

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Cool, happy it helps!

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Looks like it will.

Thanks for sharing this excellent and helpful list

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my pleasure

Nice compilation @munteanu, this is a a treasure chest.

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awesome, glad you're getting value

I'm new to Steemit and blogging in general and found this very helpful! You never know when someone might enter the game and find what you might consider 'old news' to be useful :)

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cool! use them wisely, my friend.

Very good guide!!!

so much gold in this article!, you have my upvote!

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thanks. just know that your upvote on this article does nothing.. the article is too old (over 8 months). you have to upvote in the first 7 days.

Yes very good and exactly what I was looking for, I currently use Pexels but needed the names of the other free image libraries. Thank you have taken notes

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you're welcome!

Excellent, very helpful list.

Very helpful info thanks alot...

@munteanu, thank you so much for the tips! i couldn't have ask for more in one page then here :) great work! keep it up dude.

GREAT INVENTORY. REALLY GENEROUS OF YOU

Thank you for putting it all together. Excellent work!

should add list of easy to use image hosting sites for use on steemit

great list, thanks for sharing it. Would like to resteem it, but somehow still don't know why some posts show me the resteem button, and some others (like this one) don't :/

A ton of content, blogging tools and inspiration - this is a huge help, for new Steemit member's!

Thanks for all the tools 😉

So useful! Thank you! I think I can use this indeed!

This is excellent! Thank you for sharing.

I'm new to Steemit, just 2 days in, and I can see how these links will be great to have. Thanks for your work.

Excellent list. I'm just starting out blogging and you have provided a comprehensive list of quality tools for bloggers. Thanks.

Thank you for this information. It very helpful reference.

Awesome post. A lot of useful informations for beginners.