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I can’t tell you how much I love blogging, but even more, I love tools that help my blogging life easier. I love planning, scheduling and automating so that I can breathe easier when life gets in the way. That is why I like the fact that there are so many awesome blogging tools out there.
I have tried so many blogging tools and have had a great amount of luck with some and little to no luck with others. Some were super easy to navigate and were user-friendly, whereas others….not so much. When I look at blogging tools, I don’t always look for easy; that helps, but I look at what the tool will do for me. I want to know that I am investing my time and sometimes money on something that benefits me and gets me the best results.
That is probably the best advice I can give any blogger. Utilize free trials and gauge how each tool helps traffic or followers and then invest in those that work. There are some tools that you may have to invest in, but don’t just offer up your credit info, test them out….see what they have to offer. Then, if you find that you just can’t live without it, pony up the cash. There are just so many tools out there, and I would say to take your time to find what works for you. If you need some help figuring out what some of those tools are, take a look at my list of amazing blogging tools.
7 Totally Awesome Blogging Tools:
I recently switched to Siteground from Bluehost. Bluehost is amazing, don’t get me wrong, but I was looking for some other features that I just wasn’t finding with Bluehost. I was able to transfer my domain with ease and everything seemed right at my fingertips and was so easy for me to understand with Siteground. They had unbelievable pricing at 3.95/mo, which is similar to Bluehost, so it wasn’t a hard decision for me, price wise, when I decided to switch. While I am super excited about my new home on Siteground, I will always have a place in my heart for Bluehost though, they were my first home. ::wipes away tear::
Canva is the website I use to create my blog graphics or social media graphics. They are easy to use and have such great free templates as well as other ideas such as font pairings, color choices, etc. I always upload stock photos so that I can then add my titles and other text as necessary. I know that there are a lot of other tools to create graphics, but Canva has been the one that has worked best for me.
You have to check out this site for stock photos. Kayla’s photos are so amazing and are featured a lot on my blog, as well as many others. She has plenty of photo options to appeal to any blogger. By just subscribing, you can get free monthly photos delivered to your inbox or sign up for a $10 monthly membership and have access to her 350+ stock photos. I mean, really, you can’t lose.
MailChimp is a great resource in regards to setting up email lists and sending/tracking emails to your subscribers. When I started, I was intimidated by the whole emailing thing. I put off sending out my initial email to subscribers for months, but MailChimp makes it so easy that once I finally did it, I couldn’t remember what I was so worried about. MailChimp is free for the first 1K subscribers and they have an option to create awesome landing pages to embed on your site.
Looking to automate your pins on Pinterest? I get it, Pinterest can suck you in….hard, and before you know it 3 hours have passed, and you’ve forgotten to do the laundry, or realize it’s almost midnight and your little one will be waking you up in 5 hours. Tailwind is a great way to spend 20 minutes and quickly gather pins and set up automation for the next week. If you go to Tailwind through my link, you will get a free month! Also, join my Tailwind Tribe Help A Blogger Out and increase your reach with fellow bloggers.
Are looking to start scheduling your posts and planning out your launches? A fellow blogger pointed me in the direction of Airtable and I could not be more grateful. I use this darned tool for everything! I recently started using it for work at my full-time job as well to help me organize and plan grants and volunteers and it has just been a lifesaver!