Ready to build your own blog? Don’t know where to start? We know it’s not as simple as it seems.
As a blogger, it’s important to utilize resources to grow your site, so we’ve assembled a list of 10 tools to build your new blog with.
First, you’ll need to start by customizing your blog and creating content.
The blogging tools below will help you with constructing your website, choosing themes, tracking blog stats, improving your writing, and more.
90% of bloggers use WordPress to create their websites, and for good reason. It’s easy to use, versatile, secure, and great for search engine optimization.
The most important factors when choosing a great blog theme are:
- Customizability: design your blog to look how you want it to
- User-friendliness: learn software quickly and avoid spending lots of time even when making little changes
Divi ranks at the top as a beginner’s theme in both!
JetPack is a great way to keep track of where your traffic is coming from.
It provides easy-to-use, comprehensive WordPress site security including auto real-time backups and restores, malware scans, and spam protection.
Grammarly is a free grammar and spelling tool that’s sure to save you time when editing your blog posts. Use Grammarly to improve your writing style and make it more engaging.
Grammarly also works to correct improper word placement, revise article use, and elevate verb-adjective agreement skills.
Graphic Design Tools
Canva is a graphic design software that we use to design everything at LadyBossBlogger! The best part about Canva is that it’s free, though you can still obtain the paid version for more control and flexibility over your designs.
Canva can be used to make designs such as logos, websites and social media banners, and more.
Search engine optimization, or SEO, is a range of methods that ensure a website can be found in search engines like Google or Yahoo! for words and phrases relevant to what the site is about.
SEO tools are vital for blogging as they can help you create a website that stands out to search engines, allowing them to direct more quality traffic to the website.
6. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a WordPress plugin that comes with tons of features to optimize your website, including but not limited to:
- Built-in content analysis
- Meta keywords
- Description management
- Managing duplicate content, xml sitemaps, social features, and rich snippets
Alternatively, there are many SEO tools that aren’t WordPress plugins.
As a blogger, it’s likely you’ll be working on more than one project at a time. Thankfully, Trello is a great way to stay organized, especially with a team.
Trello lets you create, manage, and observe progress on different projects and tasks easily.
Affiliate Marketing Tools
Affiliate marketing is when you create content, such as a blog article, social media post, or email, related to a specific product or service and promote it online.
If you’re planning on incorporating affiliate marketing, you should check out some marketing tools as you build your blog!
ShareASale is suitable for anyone, no matter how new you are to affiliate marketing. It helps you get in contact with brands that will pay you to promote them.
Email Marketing Tools
Sumo is a plugin to help capture leads who land on your blog, grow your email list, increase your social shares and followers, and find out where visitors are clicking on your blog.
Social Media Tools
Sharing content to all your social media seamlessly is key for promoting your blog. SmarterQueue is a social media tool that lets you:
- Schedule out content for months to categorized queues
- Automatically recycle your evergreen content
- Post across all your social media networks on autopilot
- See your top performing posts through analytics
Every blogger works and runs their site differently. That being said, it’s important to stay flexible and experiment with different tools to find out which ones works best as you build your new blog.
Additional articles you might be interested in:
- How To Start A Profitable Blog In 7 Steps
- Tools To Grow Your Business
- 7 Free Top WordPress Themes For Bloggers
- 5 SEO Tools Every Online Business Owner Should Have
- What Is Affiliate Marketing And How Does It Work?
- 7 Best Marketing Tools For Blogging
- 5 Tools That Will Amplify Your Business
Bridget Baltazar is a blogging intern at LadyBossBlogger. She currently attends the University of Iowa and is studying communication studies, human relations, and environmental sustainability.