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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 your blog into a business.
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 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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
eBooks, courses and resources
Pinterest With Ell (and Tailwind)
Okay I’ve cheated here and added both of these under one point, to save me changing the title and all my pins for this blog post (hey, nobody is perfect!) but they do kinda go hand in hand. Pinterest is HUGE right now and can generate a LOT of traffic to your blog and sales to your products. But… it has to be used the right way. And if, like me, you’re seriously stuck with how Pinterest actually WORKS, then the Pinterest With Ell course is 100% for you.
This course explains simply exactly why Pinterest works the way it does and the things you need to do in order to generate traffic to your blog from the site. One of those things, is Tailwind. Which has made a HUGE different to my pinning strategy and how active I am on Pinterest. I’d highly recommend giving Tailwind a go if you want to increase your blog traffic through Pinterest.
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 also 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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