Blogging Advice

14 Absolute Must Have Blogging Tools & Resources

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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.

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 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.

Blogging Tools and Resources

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eBooks, courses and resources

Pinterest With Ell

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.

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 Your Blog Following by Jenny in Neverland

Then earlier this year, I released my second eBook, A Beginners Guide to Growing Your 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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  1. Emily Ann says:

    This was such an awesome post! I’m definitely going to be bookmarking this page and referring back to it. I just started using Canva and I love it, but even though I’ve been blogging for a while, all of this information still helps, so thank you!

    Emily |

    1. So glad you found it helpful! 😌

  2. These are incredibly helpful! I’ve been trying to build up my blog-this is awesome! Also, Canva is my go-to source!

    1. So glad you found it helpful!

  3. OMG!! This post was super helpful considering I posted my first post yesterday! 😂🙈 thank you so much!!! ✨ I had never even heard of Unsplash! 🤯 … Kate xx

  4. All of these resources are excellent!
    Because I mostly just use Twitter, I do my social media scheduling on Tweetdeck instead of Buffer as I can get more planned ahead, but Buffer is great across platforms.
    And Canva is a life saver for images and banners!.
    Cora |

    1. I’ve heard great things about Tweetdeck too!

  5. I need to start using Buffer again x

    1. I wouldn’t be without it, it helps so much x

  6. I recently discovered Canva and it is great. Have used it for my Pinterest site. Great tips! Will definitely look at the free photo stock sites you have mentioned 😊

    1. Glad you found Canva! It’s an amazing website x

  7. Brilliant thanks for this! I’m using some of these but haven’t heard of some of the others so will definitely be checking them out!

    1. Hope you find the others useful!

  8. Thanks for sharing your favorite blogging tools and resources. I also regularly use some of the same including Canva, Buffer and WordPress.

    1. They’re so helpful!

  9. Macey @ Brine and Books says:

    So excited to look into some of these resources as I went self-hosted as of last week, and I’m learning so much in that regard–especially about SEO! And a big fat yes to Buffer & VSCO, I couldn’t agree more on those two; they’re amazing x

    1. I’d highly recommend Dana’s free SEO course!

  10. Victoria Austin says:

    Fab post Jenny, all the resources sound great, definitely saving this one to my blogging tips board on Pinterest… speaking of, I’ve really been slacking with Pinterest recently but reading this has inspired me to get back on it. x

    1. Awh I’m glad! I’m SO into Pinterest at the moment x

  11. Thank you for making this list! There’s a lot of valuable resources definitely. Really helpful and you’ve organised all information in such a coherent manner.
    Laura /

    1. Thanks so much – I’m so glad! x

  12. I’m definitely saving this post for future reference, there’s quite a few sources in this post I haven’t heard of before and will certainly be looking into the ones I haven’t heard of! xx

    Lucy |

    1. Hope you find them helpful lovely! x

  13. Thank you for sharing such great knowledge

    1. You’re welcome.

  14. Kayleigh Zara says:

    Buffer has always been a favourite for me it makes scheduling so easy! X

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

    1. It sure does, I bloody love it!

  15. I love Canva for creating many an image and I just peeked at Ivory Mix. Am loving what I am seeing and am also seeing many of your blog colors mixed in there!

    I cannot say how much I love Unsplash. That the images are free and beautiful and so willingly shared is just beautiful.

    1. Agreed – Unsplash is without a doubt my favourite stock site!

  16. This is so helpful! Thank you so much 😊

    1. You’re welcome.

  17. Thanks for sharing! X

    1. You’re welcome x

  18. Love this. I use buffer for tweets sometimes when I know I won’t be around to do the essentials. I can’t quite figure it out for Instagram though, so I’ll need to work on that over the next few weeks.

    Thanks for sharing Jenny.

    1. I use it for Instagram too (on the RARE occasion I actually post to Instagram haha) so if you need help, you know where I am x

  19. This is amazing, thank you so much for sharing. I definitely need to bookmark these for different stages of my journey x

    1. Hope you find them helpful! x

  20. Such a helpful post! I’ve only been blogging for just over a month so these are some very useful tips that i can try! x

    1. Hope you find them helpful! x

  21. I totally agree with you on Buffer & Pinterest – I cannot live without them both! I actually used Pinterest a lot at uni for my design moodboards but I’m so happy there’s a way I could do it for my blog stuff, too!

    1. Ah that’s great! I love Pinterest, even for non-blog stuff too. It’s just such an inspiring site!

  22. Britt K says:

    You’ve got some great resources here. many of the tools you’ve listed are also my go-to solutions like Canva, Mailchimp, WordPress and Pinterest!

    1. Glad to hear that! Thank you x

  23. Daisy says:

    I’m pinning this post so I can keep looking back to it! I’m wanting to join Grow & Glow this week because I need all the help I can get! Thank you so much for this!!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. I’d HIGHLY recommend joining if you haven’t already! It’s amazing and provides so much valuable information. If you do decide to join, I’d love it if you could use my affiliate link! <3

  24. Love this post! Super useful for anyone starting out, or even a reminder for people who already have a love for blogging 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 x

  25. Natasha MacFarlane says:

    Thank you for putting all these tools into one post! I love canva, never used buffer, but just downloaded it and will be checking it out. Going to check out a few of your other tools here also. Thank you for writing such helpful posts!!

    1. You’re welcome – glad you found it helpful!

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