Below are some of my favorite blogging resources. There are a ton of resources out there and we as bloggers need to ensure we are always making sure we are using the tools that will benefit us the most. These tools are great if you are learning how to start a new blog or if you just want to improve your blog. This is not one of those “101 tools” posts, this is a post with only the tools that I actually use.
Please feel free to let me know what your favorites are!
Putting beautiful images on your blog is a very important part of branding and providing a great experience to your visitors. Finding high-quality images is very easy if you are willing to pay for them. Most of the images you find will be copyrighted and costs money to use. Don’t worry though, there are several alternatives. Royalty free images are images that the you can use without paying a royalty for. Below you will find a list of my favorite websites that offer royalty free images. These websites are easy to use and don’t require you to signup or login.
Graphic Design/Social Media Content/Marketing Tools
Canva offers the best graphic design tools I have been able to find for free. Canva offers tools to create marketing tools such as flyers, business cards, infographics, and much more. This website offers social media tools that can be tailored to your specific social media needs. Canva offers a multitude of tools that I believe every blogger should be using.
Your website speed is very important. If your website doesn’t load quickly, your users will not stick around to see it. How quickly your website loads is the very first impression you give to your readers. You want to provide them with the best first impression, an impression that your website is very professional.
Improving your website speed may require extensive research, knowledge, and even some coding skills, but it is something that you should take seriously. Finding out what parts of your website need improvement is relatively simple and there are some tools that will test your website.
Grammar is a very important piece of your overall website. Following proper grammar provides a sense of professionalism and credibility to your readers. Finding a great site that will check your grammar for you can be difficult, but here are some tools that will help.
Part of making your website fast and sleek is properly sizing and optimizing your photos. High-resolution photos can be saved in very large file sizes and this will surely slow down your website. Luckily, these website below will help you with either resizing your photo, converting them, or making them smaller. All of these are ways you should optimize your photos prior to uploading them to your website.
Social Media Management
Management social media can be difficult, but there are tools that make it a little easier. I do not currently have a favorite social media management tool, but below are some of the better ones on the market.
Some people find it hard not to check their website analytics daily. Some people find it helpful to check them daily or weekly. Whatever the case, having a great tool to understand your website usage is important. Google Analytics is my go to tool for this. I don’t use any other analytics tools.
Search Engine Optimization
Having your website found on search engines if very important to driving traffic to your website. About once a week or so I will head over to Google and search for my blog using generic terms to see if I can find it. This start to feel really great when you start finding it!
If you want to find the best keywords to use on a post, check out Google’s Keyword Planner.
Since I use WordPress.org for my blog -with a theme that I developed myself- I use the Yoast plugin for WordPress. Yoast provides great information and useful tools to help you easily optimize your website for search engines.
What tools do you use for your blog? There are countless tools and I would be very happy to give some of your favorites a try! Comment below and let me know.
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