Starting a blog can be a challenging process, especially if you have never done it before. It is a whole new world, with so much to learn. There are a few resources every blogger needs, that will help them make this process easier.
I learn new things about blogging every day and becoming a successful blogger takes time, experience and the right tools/ resources.
But when you start out, you aren’t yet familiar with these resources and tools. That’s where I want to help you today.
10 resources every blogger needs:
Grammarly has helped me out so much in the last few months, it is such a helpful tool for any blogger. As the name suggests, Grammarly is a tool used to check your grammar.
In the blogging world, you always need to check your grammar, you need to fix those errors you make and improve your sentence structure to make reading easy for your readers. This tool will help you out so much and it can easily be installed into your browser, helping you make sure you always fix your writing mistakes.
Check it out: Grammarly
Not all of us can be graphic designers, luckily there are tools that help people to overcome the issue of creating great-looking images. Canva is such a tool.
I have been using Canva since I started blogging and it has helped me so much along the way. It has so many features that you can use, for example, pre-set image sizes for each type of image you want to create, for example, an Instagram post or an infographic.
Check out our post: “A Basic Walkthrough of Canva“, if you are unfamiliar with Canva.
What I really love about Canva is that they have pre-designed images and graphics. These pre-designed images can simply be edited and all the content/data on the images can be replaced by yours or content/data of your choosing. Saving you time and effort.
Check it out: Canva
Spam can be the most annoying thing online. I can’t tell you how many times we have received spam comments on our website about a new innovative aging product. Luckily, we have an anti-spam protection.
This helps us to manage all the spam comments and removing them as they come, most of the time this is done automatically. Saving you a lot of time to work on your blog or social media channels.
Akismet is one of my most used blogging tools and I highly recommend it as one the resources every blogger needs.
Check it out: Akismet
4. Google Analytics
This is one of the most important resources every blogger needs. This tool tracks your website’s activity and how people use it.
This information is extremely important for a number of reasons, such as identifying what gender is more interested in your content, what geographical location visits your site the most and when people are the most active on your website.
This is a must-have tool if you want to get the most out of blogging.
Check it out: Google Analytics
Buffer is definitely one of the resources every blogger needs, especially if you promote your content on social media.
As bloggers, we only have so much time during the day to accomplish everything we need to accomplish. From creating content, doing marketing, working on strategies and researching topics; that’s why we need tools like Buffer to help us manage at least one aspect of all our blogging duties.
Buffer is a social media management tool, you can schedule all of your posts within this tool to either post at a certain time or remind you to post when the time is right. This can save you a lot of time when you need to focus on other aspects of your blogging business.
Check it out: Buffer
I know as a blogger, I am constantly on the lookout for great pictures/images that I can use in my blog posts but finding pictures/images that you are allowed to use can be difficult.
This is where Pixabay will help you, they have a large selection of royalty free photos that you can use on your website and social media. Helping you to create great content for your blog.
Check it out: Pixabay
Speed is a such an important factor when it comes to your website and search engines. Also, people prefer faster websites. That’s why you need to do everything you can to ensure that your website loads as fast it can.
One way to ensure faster loading time is to compress your images so that the size of your images is a lot smaller then they use to be. This ensures faster loading time for your website and will help improve the overall experience your website visitor will have.
Check it out: TinyPNG
Paypal is also one of the resources very blogger needs because it will be extremely useful when you start monetizing your blog.
Do you need to receive or send money safely over the internet, then you can use PayPal. PayPal is such a great tool, you can easily send or receive money to/from someone on the other side of the planet.
Most websites do accept PayPal as a form of payment, which is why I recommend you use it. Its safe, easy to use and quite popular with most websites online.
Check it out: PayPal
I’ve recently been using this tool a lot. Dropbox allows you to store files online for safety and quick access. This is great if you need to safely store important files. But what I really love about Dropbox, is the option to share files with a “unique link”. This can be used for a number of reasons:
- Sharing a number of files;
- You want to ensure the safety of the files and don’t trust email;
- You can store files on Dropbox and place the link on your website, through the means of a call-to-action. Giving your audience access to those files, without you wasting time to send them the files everytime they need it.
To me, this is such a great tool and I would highly recommend you use it.
Check it out: Dropbox
If you are a blogger, then you need to do email marketing. Email marketing is such an important aspect of a successful blog.
Yes, blogs can succeed without email marketing, but it does improve your chances of earning revenue and also helps with exposure when you make use of email marketing. This is because of the personal engagement you have with your audience.
You are connecting directly with your audience. More importantly, when people signed up to receive your emails, they become part of your blog. They push you to create the best content possible and they become the reason why you succeed.
MailChimp is a great email marketing service to choose, especially for newbie bloggers, because MailChimp has a FREE option, up until a certain number of subscribers. Not many email marketing services will have this kind of option.
Check it out: MailChimp
These are all great resources that every blogger needs. You can make use of these to improve your blogging experience. I have personally enjoyed using all of these tools and I would recommend them any day.
Do you already use these tools? Are there any other tools that you use to improve your blogging experience? Comment below!
As always, Happy Blogging!