When you are managing a blog, there are other things involved in it as well, like blog post featured images, social media graphics, or anything else you would like to do.
Creating content, promoting them, managing your social media, spying on competitors, and a massive list of tasks that comes under one umbrella.
If you think that you purchase a hosting and a domain, and that’s it - you can start a blog!
Then you might be WRONG!
There is a massive list of blogging tools that you need to know. To make your blogging life more comfortable and to blog SMARTLY.
And today, I have the same list of tools that contains 111 Blogging tools that can save you precious time when blogging.
111 Blogging Tools To Blog Smartly
I’ve divided this list into categories to make it easier for you to pick your favorite tool that you need.
I recently come across this writing tool. All I can say that it is one of the best tools I have ever used for writing. It gives you a distraction-free environment where you can write without being distracted. It is an online writing tool and has an app for Google chrome.
Open Live Writer is software or tool like the Microsoft Word Or Google Docs but it is meant for blogging. It is an open source software that supports publishing blogs in different blogging platforms including WordPress and Blogger. It is a great software if you don't want to do back and forth with your word software and WordPress website.
I am using it since I was in 12th Class, for taking quick notes, saving the post to read later, writing my thoughts, etc. It is available as an android, windows and iOS app, and also has a desktop version.
A desktop-based writing tool that will help you to improve your writing on the go by giving you readability grades for your content.
This is the tool that improved Bishnu's writing skill as he says.
SEMrush is the no.1 tool that you can use for Keyword research, Site Audit, Domain analysis, Backlink Monitoring, Keyword rank checking, and many other tasks as well.
We are using it for our own growth and you should too.
If you talk about the SEMrush, then you can’t forget the Ahrefs. Ahrefs is another best SEO tool that helps you in Keyword research, domain analysis, Site Audit, and many more…
If you are searching for the best free alternative of SEMrush, I would say that this is the best one for you. Ubersuggest is a FREE tool that helps you to do the site audit, keyword research, domain analysis, and many other tasks that SEMrush offers, for free.
Note: Data on Ubersuggest is not 100% accurate or up-to-date.
Another FREE tool for keyword research created by Google. Google Keyword Planner is the first tool that everyone uses for keyword research when starting their blog.
Again an essential tool by Google to verify Structure data for your website.
A fantastic tool to find high converting long-tail keywords. You can use it for free but yes, of course with some restrictions.
12. Google Analytics
Google Analytics is the must-have tool for everyone who is running a website or blog. It is offered by Google that helps you to track your website’s traffic.
Google Tag Manager is a free tool by Google that allows you to deploy marketing tags to your site without having to modify the code.
An essential tool for bloggers, SEOs, and website owners. Google Webmaster Tools is a FREE tool that will help you to monitor issues on your website, help you to crawl your website, and many more.
Google Page Insights will help you to measure your website performance in mobile and desktop.
GTMetix is the most popular tool for checking website loading speed. You just need to enter your website URL, and it will tell you how FAST your website loads. And also, it will indicate the changes you need to make to improve your website loading speed.
Another famous tool for checking website loading speed and similar to GTMetrix, it will also help you to improve your loading speed.
It is a Google Chrome extension that helps you to find keywords while you search on Google.
The Screaming Frog SEO Spider is a website crawler that allows you to crawl websites’ URLs and fetch key elements to analyze and audit technical and onsite SEO. Crawl 500 URLs for free, or purchase a license for additional advanced features.
Sitebulb is an award-winning SEO tool that delivers instantly actionable insights and intuitive data visualizations.
A Keyword research tool by the top name in the SEO industry.
Free Stock Images Platforms
The best FREE place to find royalty-free stock images for your blog posts and social media graphics. I’m using Pixabay since I started my blog.
Unplash has the most beautiful library of images that you can use for your blog.
Undraw is an open-source illustration provider for your blog posts and your projects. You can find cool illustrations here to make your blog post thumbnails etc.
Pexels is another place where you can find royalty-free images and videos to use in your blog.
Pexels is another place where you can find royalty-free images and videos to use in your blog.
Freepik is a tool where you can get amazing vectors, icons, images for your blog posts. You can download images for FREE but need to give credit to the author, or you can buy their plan to use them without giving credits.
Access more than 2 million vectors and download them in SVG, PNG, EPS, PSD, etc.
Best website to download and embed cool GIFs for your blog post to make them good in visualization.
You just need to type your NICHE, and on the next second, you will find tons of images related to your niche. It also offers premium plans which you buy and get more professional images.
Social Media Tools
Add the click to tweet widgets in your blog post to let others share them on Twitter for you. You can also track their performance using the same tool.
One of the most popular social media management tools that allow you to schedule your social media posts and manage all your social media accounts using a one-single dashboard.
Another popular social media tool available in the market, you can use it for FREE with limited to 3 social accounts.
I use SocialPilot to manage all my social media accounts together and schedule my social posts. It saves a HUGE time of mine…
If you ask me which one Social Media management tool I recommend to you, then this is the tool that I prefer using after SocialPilot. I have used it before switching to SocialPilot.
SproutSocial allows social listening, publishing, engaging, and analyzing all your social media marketing activities effectively.
I came to know about FollowerWonk after reading #BecomeABrand by Sorav Jain. It helps you to connect with relevant audiences on Twitter.
Blog Topic Generator
Add up to 5 different nouns and Hit Give Me Blog Ideas, on the next screen, you will get tons of title ideas.
You need to enter your topic and hit search, and you will get thousands of effective blog title ideas for your next blog post.
It is a Headline analyzer, you need to enter your blog post headline, and it will give you score according to factors that matter. CoSchedule will help you to improve your post headline.
43. Inbound Now
It will provide you with the format of titles you can use. You just need to add your keyword. I liked how it works, very easy to use and useful too.
That’s an effective tool. You only need to enter your topic and hit ENTER. Bang, you got a HUGE list of blog post titles you can use.
Email Marketing Tools
MailChimp is an email marketing tool that I am using since I started my blog back in 2016. From then on, I am using this FREE Email marketing provider. It is a decent email marketing tool for beginners if they can’t afford to pay at their initial stage.
Another FREE email marketing tool, I have heard good words about it from my friends who are using it for their blog.
49. Constant Contact
One of the oldest email marketing tool which has everything you need in an email marketing tool.
GetResponse will help you to create high-converting email marketing funnels.
51. Email Hunter
A tool that will help you to find the email address of any company, brand, or website. It will help you when you want to do outreach. It also has a browser extension that makes hunting for emails easy.
Grammarly is the best tool for you if you are a content writer, blogger, or write online. It helps you to improve your writing by highlighting your grammar and spelling mistakes.
It is available as a browser extension, MS Office Addon, Windows app, and android keyword as well. It is a FREEMIUM tool that offers free and premium both plans, and the FREE one is enough for you at the initial stage.
Lightshot is the extension I am using for taking a screenshot of my browser screen. All screenshots you can see on StayMeOnline are taken by using the same tool.
WhatFont is a fantastic chrome extension that can help you figure out the font details of any website including color, family, weight, etc.
The Loom is a video recorder tool that will help you to record your screen. I am using it to create screen recording videos. It is a free tool that helps you create videos in 1080p.
I just came across this amazing extension when writing this post. It can help in sending bulk emails dynamically in seconds.
MailTrack will notify you when your recipients read your email through the pop-up or email notification.
This tool can help you to convert your videos into GIFs, and you can share them with your friends or embed them on your blog posts.
I am using LastPass for a long time back for keeping my password safe. It effortless to use and a reliable password manager tool.
Image Optimization Tools
Smush is a WordPress plugin that helps you in compressing your blog post images. It has some other features as well like Lazy loads, Image resizing, etc.
You can use this tool to compress your images by 90% without sacrificing the quality.
TinyPNG is an image compression tool that you can use to reduce the size of your images.
Compressing images one by one takes time; you can use Optimizilla to compress 20 images at once.
A WordPress plugin that works similar to Smush, It will automatically compress your images to a reasonable size.
Image Creation Tools
All-time favorite tools for creating blog post featured images, social media graphics, or anything related to images. I always choose Canva to fulfill all kinds of graphic requirements.
Infogrames can help you in creating attractive infographics and visual reports for your blog posts.
The Stencil is an easy-to-use graphic design tool for bloggers, business owners, and social media marketers. You can use it to create beautiful social media images in seconds.
Add your quotes on beautiful images to share on social media.
PicMonkey is a Premium photo editor tool that helps in creating stunning social posts, cover photos, ads, and more using their easy to use tools.
A tool by Buffer that you can use to add your text on beautiful images to increase your social media engagement.
Blog Monetization Methods
73. Google Adsense
I am sure you already know about it. Google Adsense is a contextual ad network created by Google that you can use to earn money from your blog by showing ads on them.
ShareASale is an affiliate marketplace where you can join affiliate programs on your niche to make commissions by promoting their products.
It's the most recommended affiliate marketplace by Bishnu.
ClickBank is a very popular affiliate marketplace where you can collaborate with affiliates in your niche and earn money by promoting their products.
If you are looking for the best alternative of Google Adsense, then here it is. As similar to Adsense, you can earn by showing ads on your blog through media.net
Content Research And Marketing Tools
Use BuzzSumo to find out best-performing topics in your niche by just typing a word. It will show you the contents that get the most social engagement.
Medium is a blogging platform, but you can leverage this platform by writing content to get backlinks and new content ideas.
Quora is the best platform that you can use to identify your audience's pain point and write the content on the same topic.
80. Google Trends
You can take Google Trends to help identify what people are searching through Google. It will help you to identify the trending and hot topics.
It is a content curation site that collects different news and articles across the web.
Reddit is known as the front page of the internet. You can leverage this community by being active and anticipating in topics, doing so will help you to get ideas for new content.
WordPress Plugins & Themes
83. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is the no.1 WordPress SEO plugin, which makes it easy for you to manage SEO in your blog. It helps you to optimize your posts to get high rank in search engines.
84. RankMath SEO
Surely A new name in the WordPress SEO plugins list, but it is growing very fast. They are offering features for FREE that Yoast SEO offers in their premium version.
87. Astra Pro
Another best WordPress theme which is FAST, customizable, and lightweight. It is the same theme that is being used on this website.
Broken Link Check will help you to ensure that there is no broken link on your blog. It will notify you by email when a new broken link occurs.
89. WP Rocket
WP Rocket is a premium WordPress cache plugin that will manage cache on your WordPress site and will improve your page loading speed.
90. W3 Total Cache
The best FREE WordPress cache plugin that improves your website’s performance and provides a good user experience.
Having an email list can give you long-term benefits? OptinMonster will help you in collecting emails by creating cool pop-ups and opt-in forms.
92. Backup Buddy
Imagine one day you wake up in the morning and saw your blog had been HACKED. Unfortunately, you don’t have a backup.
You lost everything!
This will never happen if you have a backup plugin like Backup Buddy.
A blog gets thousands of spam comments every month. Akismet will filter all the spam comments for you even when you sleep at night.
Hosting & Domain Registrar
NameCheap is the cheap domain registrar. I have all my domain purchased from them, and you can transfer your domain to save your money on renewal.
95. WPX Hosting
One of the best WordPress managed hosting providers. Most of the top bloggers use this for their blog. It helps in improving website speed and provides an excellent support system.
I recently moved to SiteGround, It’s been one month, and my experience with them is fantastic so far. Their support and performance of their servers are superb. I will publish a complete Siteground review on my blog StayMeOnline. Where I will talk about their good and bad sides as per my experience with them.
Do you want to host your blog on cloud hosting? But not enough technical to manage yourself? Then you must go with the Cloudways.
NameMesh can help you to choose your brand’s domain. You just need to enter your niche in one word. It will give you a list of domains so you can choose one to buy.
A FREE CDN provider, I am using it from day one of my blogging journeys.
If you can pay for CDN, then I must suggest you go with MaxCDN. They provide CDN servers for fast caching and make your website blazing FAST.
Video Editors & Converters
KineMaster is the best android video editor app. I am using it to edit all my videos. It is a very easy-to-use app; you can use it even if you are a beginner.
AVC Stans for Any Video Converter. It is downloadable software, so that you can convert any video into any other video format.
A popular video converter that you can use to transform your videos into 500+ video formats.
This tool will help you to record your computer screen and also to convert your video to another format you want.
It is an all-in-one converter that converts audio, video, document, and image files online.
106. Cool Utils
Cool Utils supports a comprehensive list of formats to transform files like images, sheets, documents, videos, etc.
Other Important Tools
Paypal is a payment gateway that can help you to accept and transfer money globally.
Dropbox is a secured online storage platform that you can use to store your important files.
Access to all leading Google products that will help you to plan, manage, control, and monetize your blog from a single source.
Bitly will help you to shorten your long URL, and you can use it to track them as well.
A reliable payment gateway to sell your products and accept affiliate commission effectively.
P.S. This is not the end. Bishnu & I will be updating this list over time and this list will get bigger and bigger. Make sure to bookmark this page or subscribe to the newsletter to get updates whenever we'll make this list even better.
Make Your ToolKit
Here you have a list of 111 blogging tools that will help you to blog SMARTLY…
I am sure you liked and found some tools that you were unaware of. There are many tools you can use free, so if you are beginners, this list will help you.
So make your toolkit for your blog, add your favorite tools you want to use for your blog. And don’t forget to tell me which tools you liked the most.
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