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14 Absolute Must Have Blogging Tools & Resources

Whatever stage of your blogging journey you’re at, we can all benefits from the blogging tools and resources there are available to help us. For newbies, these can be a crucial part of getting your blog off the ground and building a solid foundation. For more experienced folk, these blogging tools and resources are an amazing way to grow our blogs even more, take them to the next level and even help turn them into a business.

Blogging Tools and Resources

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I personally take all the help I can get. Any apps I can download, websites I can sign up for and resources I can get my hands on, I will if I have the means to. I think that’s one of the great things about the blogging world too, is that there’s always someone with the knowledge than you want and need!

So from apps and websites to eBooks and courses, here is a full list of blogging tools and resources I think are useful and beneficial to have and invest in as a blogger:

Apps & websites

Canva

Canva is THE PLACE to go for creating blog graphics such as Pinterest pins, Twitter and Facebook graphics and more. Even with the free version, there is so much choice and creative freedom for you to create something that really fits in with your brand. I don’t know what I’d do without Canva – the website or the app!

MailChimp

I know there’s a few different websites bloggers use for creating mailing lists and newsletters but my site of choice is MailChimp. It’s easy to use – which is perfect for someone who isn’t very tech savvy like me! I love the effortless creation of a newsletter and if you’re looking to grow your blog – a newsletter is the perfect next step!

WordPress

I wouldn’t know what to do without the WordPress app. Although I write all of my posts up on the actual website, the app is where I keep tabs on my stats, which posts are doing well and read through all my comments. The app rarely has any problems so if you’re on WordPress, I’d highly recommend downloading!

Pinterest

Pinterest is THE PLACE to be for bloggers (apparently). Seriously though, I love Pinterest. Even if I wasn’t a blogger, I’d still love it because it’s such fun and gets the creative juices flowing. I only ever use the Pinterest app because it’s so accessible and easy to do everything on.

VSCO

Again, there’s plenty of photo editing apps, websites and software to use as a blogger but I personally love VSCO. Partially because of it’s ease of use (hello again, technophobe!) and also because I’ve used it so much that I know what my “go-to” settings are for my images now.

Buffer

I didn’t discover Buffer or any scheduling apps until like 5 years after everyone else (literally, am I 90?) but I couldn’t be without it now. I’d HIGHLY recommend scheduling tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts to all bloggers as there’s so many benefits of doing so (which I might get into in another post) but Buffer is definitely one of the best!

Unsplash & Ivory Mix

Unsplash and Ivory Mix are the best websites I’ve found for sourcing free, copyright free stock images for my blog. I’ve talked a lot more about both of these – and the use of stock images in general – in this post here but they are an invaluable resource. For me anyway.

Blogging Tools and Resources

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eBooks, courses and resources

Grow & Glow

Grow & Glow is an amazing thing to be a part of. If you’re looking for ALL THE EXCLUSIVE blogging advice, training videos, resources, PR contacts and a proper welcoming and friendly community to help you grow and thrive – then Grow & Glow is for you! It’s just £11 per month at the moment but that number will rise quarterly. So if you want to get in on it, take advantage of that price and sign up here!

Be Pitch Perfect: A Guide to Pitching Products, Payments and Press Trips by Kirsty Leanne

If you’re a bit further ahead in your journey and want to pitch to brands but have no idea where to start, then Kirsty Leanne’s, Be Pitch Perfect: A Guide to Pitching Products, Payments and Press Trips eBook is a good place to start. She makes it incredibly easy to understand the how, when and why of pitching and offers genuinely invaluable advice.

How to Use Pinterest To Drive Traffic To Your Blog eBook by Jade Marie

Like I said, Pinterest is the place to be as a blogger right now but if you’re new to the site, have taken one look and thought what the heck then I don’t blame you. So Jade Marie’s How To Use Pinterest To Drive Traffic To Your Blog eBook is a great resource to learn the ins and outs of using Pinterest to benefit your blog!

A Beginners Guide to Blogging eBook by Jenny in Neverland

Am I allowed to give myself a lil self promo here? Regardless, I’m going to anyway because YOLO. In October last year, I created my first eBook, A Beginners Guide to Blogging which covers all the basics from SEO, promoting your blog, goal setting, disclaimers and contact pages and much more. Ideal for beginners and new bloggers.

A Beginners Guide To Growing and Engaged and Authentic Blog Following by Jenny in Neverland

Then earlier this year, I released my second eBook, A Beginners Guide to Growing an Engaged and Authentic Blog Following. I touched on this briefly in my first book but in this one, I really delve into how to grow your audience, what makes your audience tick and how to be as follow friendly as possible.

Free SEO Course by Dana Nicole

For anyone new-ish to SEO and wants some free, straight-forward and helpful advice through video format (rather than a blog post) I’d highly recommend this Free SEO Course by Dana Nicole. She offers amazing advice, suitable for new and experienced bloggers alike on SEO.

Free Media Kit Template by Dana Nicole

Another one from Dana Nicole is her amazing Free Media Kit Template which I’ve used myself and honestly, I was lost as to how to format my media kit before using her template. If you’re after some advice on what to include in your media kit, check out this post but if you need some help with the design, then download Dana’s free template!

If you’re a newer blogger just getting started, I’d highly recommend diving right in to these blogging tools and resources to help you learn, grow and create amazing content! And if you’re not, I hope you found something useful here too! What’s a blogging tool or resource that you couldn’t live without?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

118 Comments

  1. This is one of the most helpful posts I’ve read!! I’m always wondering if I’m missing out on a cool app or something that every other blogger loves, so I’m definitely going to try out some of these apps! x

    1. Awh yay, thank you!

  2. Great tips. i also use the wordpress App to keep track of my stats and comments.
    Xx

    Val

    http://www.countingdayswithvalery.com/

    1. Oh yeah I love the app – I was talking about the app under the “wordpress” pointer 🙂

  3. Hey Jenny! I use Unsplash for my SheIconic brand but I definitely wanna check out Ivory Mix, I never heard of that site before👏🏾 I also never knew I needed a media kit, this is so helpful to working with brands! Thank you for sharing ❤️

    Natonya | https://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    1. Ivory Mix is great! Some really lovely images on there! A media kit certainly is handy to have 🙂 x

  4. A Cup of Wonderland says:

    This is so helpful! I’ve only recently started to use Canva and have been still trying to get use to it and improve my skills. I’ve been wanting to improve on my SEO skills and seeing this free course has made me excited! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to learn more now so thank you!

    1. Canva definitely took me a while to get used to too but it’s great that you can just play about as much as you like with it! I’d highly recommend Dana’s course!

  5. I use most of the apps you’ve mentioned above. But there are a few I don’t know much about, like unsplash and ivory mix. I’m glad you mentioned Grow and Glow. I signed up a few days ago and have already learned so much!

    Eve x

    1. Awh I’m so glad to hear that! Welcome to the G&G community!

  6. I use Canva, WordPress, Pinterest and Buffer on a daily basis! Canva is so good for graphics and banners! All the e-books and e-ressources are new to me and I am so gonna check them out!

    1. Canva is amazing for so many graphics!

  7. Such a great post full of actually good resources – some of which I use all the time and others I haven’t tried yet! I always trust your opinions on blogging so it’s nice to have a post to come back to whenever I need it (:

    1. Awh thanks so much! x

  8. I find Canva specially useful when it comes to creating pins. Absolutely fantastic post!

    1. Oh yeah me too! Love creating a good pin haha! x

  9. I agree with a lot of these! Canva is my best friend when it comes to blogging, and I’ve found Buffer great as well (though I’m thinking of switching to Tailwind once I start paying fro scheduling because of tribes – not sure yet though.) Dana’s SEO course and media kit template are amazing as well! I think I’ll look into the pitching book you’ve mentioned – that’s something I really want to work on in the next few months.

    1. Glad you loved Dana’s resources as much as I did!

  10. I only discovered Buffer and Canva this year and they have been a godsend! I’ve also been on the lookout for a new site for images too, so I’ll be sure to bear your recommendations in mind. Thank you for sharing 😊

    1. You can’t go wrong with Unsplash and Ivory Mix!

  11. Monika Gil says:

    Thank you so much for this post! Now I have my own subscriber pop-up on my site!

    1. You’re welcome!

  12. Sarah says:

    I need to check out canva! xx

    1. I can’t believe you don’t already use it!

  13. Some really great ebooks there. In terms of tools, I love Canva.

    1. Thank you – Canva is amazing x

  14. I love posts like this! I use quite a few of these, and I’ve found that writing out blog posts on a calendar ahead of time helps keep me on track for what I want to post and when I want to post it! I’ve been wanting to branch out into Pinterest for my blog and this is going to be a great resource for me to come back to!

    1. I do that too 🙂 I have an online calendar which I fill up before I write them – very useful!

  15. I use some of these tools like Canva, to create engaging visuals for my blog. Thanks for sharing this article. I believe bloggers will learn much from this.

    1. I do hope so!

  16. journeyinlaw says:

    This was incredibly helpful! I also find Canva amazing! I will definitely have to check out the other tools you have suggested to grow my little blog 🙂

    1. Thank you x

  17. Such a useful post! I’m already using a few of the apps you mentioned, I love Buffer for scheduling my tweets but I’ll definitely be checking out some of the others you’ve mentioned xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Hope you find them helpful!

  18. I think I use most of these everyday, apart from VSCO, I use Photoshop, Lightroom or Polarr to edit, depending on my mood at the time lol 😀

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. Haha fair enough! I’d love to try other editing programmes but I’m so used to VSCO x

  19. So many of my everyday tools listed here – now I know I’m using the best resources! x

    1. Awh thank you!

  20. Love this post, its full of great resources. I use all the apps about from VSCO and I actually have heard some good things about some of the other resources, just trying to make time to look into them!

    1. Hope you manage to look into them soon!

  21. Thanks for all the resources listed in your post. My major challenge is getting on to a group board on pinterest

    1. Ask around on Twitter, there’s plenty of people with group boards!

  22. i really loved this post! i’m definitely going to check out some of the ebooks!

    tabitha ♥ http://www.latenightsandlattes.co.uk/

    1. Thank you x

  23. Thank you , I’ve made some notes and bought your book Jenny. I’m a great fan of Canva and addicted to Pinterest but there were some resources in your post that I haven’t heard of before.

    1. Thanks so much for your purchase! I really appreciate it. Hope you find it helpful! x

      1. It has helped already Jenny, highly recommended for people who are starting off in the blogging world.

      2. I’m so glad!

  24. Resources posts are so helpful! There’s always so many great apps and programmes that I haven’t used before. I like the sound of some of the ebooks, will definitely check them out. I also need to start using Buffer that sounds great! X

    1. Buffer is amazing – so useful!

  25. This post was so helpful! Thankfully I’m using a few of the apps already so I know I’m on the right track! Thank you for putting a blog bible together in one accessible place! I couldn’t live without Pinterest ✨ -L x

    1. Awh you’re welcome! I bloody LOVE Pinterest! x

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