My Personal List Of The Tools For Startup Bloggers
When I was just an amateur blogger just like you. I was also overwhelmed by the tools that other bloggers were using.
But as I start to grow my blog, I stuck it out with these following tools to help me out with my day to day blogging activity.
1. Where can I find cheap domain names?
Namecheap (for domains)
I checked out other sites offering domain names, but as a newbie, namecheap offers an affordable and easy to set-up way to get a name for yourself on the online arena.
It also offers a hosting site which is also cheap (as the name implies) for startup bloggers.
2. What's the best blogging platform?
WordPress rocks the blogging arena and most bloggers use this a their blogging platform. I started with the free version WordPress.com (free) but later on converted to WordPress.org (self-hosted/paid)
I can't recommend any other tool as good as WordPress.
But honestly, I also played around with the following site builders.
So if you want to know a bit more on how I used WP, check out my article on how to how to start a blog
3. What is my blog headline creator?
A blogger cannot live without headlines that would attract more clicks. And for me, my number one pick is the Coschedule Headline Analyzer for creating awesome headlines (Free).
All you need to do is put your suggested keyword that you will use as your headline and this tool will immediately tell you what needs to be improved so you can have your amazing headline ready for your blog.
This is truly a great tool!
4. What's my secret weapon in crafting crisp and cool blogposts?
This is a must for bloggers!
Grammarly app ensures that everything you type is clear, effective, and mistake-free.
You just need to install it and the app will work wonders to make your writing more impactful and error-free.
5. What is the best Image and Graphic Tool for me?
Without batting an eyelash I'll tell you that it's Canva (free and paid).
Others will probably tell you that it's Picmonkey, Snappa and others but for a newbie, I can assure you that Canva is a very simple image and graphic tool that has features that are superior in quality and design.
The ready made dimensions for your Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy and other posts are just awesome.
I can't truly ask for anything more!
6. Where do I find great stock photos that I use for my blog?
There are tons of tons of stock photo sites on the internet that any blogger can use but as a personal favorite here are my recommendations:
In pixabay, the photos are neatly categorized and you can easily select what you need by picking from thousands of free photos available for you to download.
There's even an Editor's pick that you can consider to use so your blogposts can come alive.
Unsplash is another stock photo site where you can get amazing photos for free.
The photographs are truly exceptional and the navigation is very simple. Just look for the photo category that you need, pick your photo and download.
Nothing less does this better than these two favorites of mine.
This is my go-to for pretty much everything that's image related. The variety of photos from these 2 image sites are a bit more than average, and it’s 100% free.
7. What is my image compressor?
Although as a newbie, I would understand that SEO is still a bit strange to you. But I believe that you will agree with me that those uncompressed photos will definitely slow down you site.
This is why an image compressor is a very important tool for everyone who is uploading photos on their websites.
So for my pic, this is the one that I use.
Short Pixel is a WP Plugin image compressor with a free and paid option depending on your usage.
This is how you use it,
- Install and activate the plugin
- drag-n-drop images to WordPress like you always do
That’s it. Now your photos are neatly compresses and you can even adjust the images as well.
8. What screenshot application do I use?
Snipping Tool is a screenshot tool It can capture still screenshots of an anything on your screen, any rectangular, free-form area, or the entire screen.
Snips as they call it may be annotated using a mouse and can be stored as an image file (PNG, GIF or JPEG).
Snipping Tool also allows you to do basic image editing of the snapshot, with different variations using colored pens, an eraser, and a highlighter.
Great tool to capture photos in snips!
9. What is my email list building tool?
Of course as a newbie, we tend to look for, at least the free tools to start our blogging journey. And to build my list of subscribers, I used MailerLite (0-1,000 subs is free!) which is good for beginner bloggers.
Although it lacks the features of those big name tools in email marketing, it’s definitely a good choice for newbies.
So there you go.
My life as a blogger started out using these simple and not so techie tools online.
Feel free to explore them as you start your blogging journey.