ad // Before I get into this post, I just want to say that I don’t think anyone NEEDS anything specific to create great content. I’m a writer first and foremost and I do believe that words can speak for themselves. But anyone in the online creative industry will always be looking for ways to enhance their content and make it better, which is where the need for this post comes in.
With online content creation expanding and evolving ALL the time, it’s good to have a handful of tools and resources on hand to help you manage, create and enhance your content, whether that’s your writing, your videos or imagery.
Tools such as those listed below are designed to make your life as an online content creator easier and more manageable, which is great. Anyone in this industry knows how much there is to do. How you’re not *just* a writer or a blogger.
But also an editor, a photographer, a social media manager and much more. There’s definitely nothing wrong with seeking tools and resources to help you manage your workload and time more effectively!
So today I’m going to run through a list of tools and resources that might be helpful for you as an online content creator. Depending on how you enjoy to create content, some might not be relevant for you. But I feel like these resources do cover most basis!
7 tools bloggers need to make amazing content:
Lightroom (or an editing app)
Obviously it’s an option whether you edit your photos or not. I’m definitely not for editing them to within an inch of their life so the subject doesn’t even look like themselves anymore. But using an editing app like Lightroom (which is my personal fave) is a great way to just enhance what’s already amazing about your photos!
Canva to create graphics
I couldn’t be without Canva for creating blog graphics, promo graphics and Pinterest pins. I use the pro version and for £10.99 a month, it’s SO worth the money and gives me use of everything available on the website. Canva is also incredibly useful for creating social media graphics and even eBooks!
A video converter tool
If you’re into your video content, whether that’s YouTube, Reels, TikTok or something else I don’t know about then a video converter tool will be a useful thing to have in your creator toolbox.
There are tons of things you might need to do with your video content before it goes live to your audience, such as trimming and merging your videos, compressing files, adding subtitles and more. Luckily converter video company Movavi offers all of that and more!
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Instagram planning tool
If you like your Instagram feed to be cohesive and themed, then an Instagram planning tool is for you. Planoloy and Preview are two I know that come to mind, which allow you to schedule your Instagram content, write your captions and also plan around with the formation of your photos, so you can see what your feed will look like beforehand!
Buffer (or a tweet scheduler)
I couldn’t live without Buffer and again, I use the premium membership option for this one as well so I can schedule a TON of tweets. If I know I’m going to be offline for a while, then knowing that I can schedule all my tweets for the weekend is a blessing that I don’t have to worry about.
Stock image membership
Stock images are great for those that might not enjoy photography as much. Like me! I use Styled Stock Society for my stock images and they are utterly beautiful and make my blog posts look so much better than if I was to take photos myself. It saves me time and hassle, doing something I’m not a fan of.
Keyword research tools
Amazing content isn’t always about the visuals! Learning how to use keyword research tools to ensure you’re using the right keywords to help you rank higher on Google is definitely a must-have for bloggers looking to increase their traffic and get their amazing content seen to more people!
Obviously it’s perfectly doable to create amazing content without any of these tools – but it’s nice to know that these things are there to help us enhance our content even further, whether that’s using Movavi to add captions to your videos or Lightroom to brighten up a photo.
I’ve always been one to ask for and look for help when I need it, so why wouldn’t you want to invest (in either time or money) in some of these amazing tools to help your blogging life and make content creation and managing a blog a little easier?
This is a nice post.The topic has really generated more information about so many useful tools that people used.
Thanks for sharing, I use buffer for my facebook page and tweets, the other ones sound great to use 🙂
They’re handy! I usually use the Facebook scheduling tool
I have been wanting to use the planning tools for Instagram and even Twitter. This article gave me a little push that I needed. I am already using Canva, keyword search tool like semrush, and Lightroom. They have been great resources just like you mentioned;)
Glad you think so! Hope you get on well with the social medis planning tools 🙂
I use Canva and love it! I haven’t tried using some of the other tools, but will have to when I have the budget to do so. Thank you for the tips!
Hope they help you as well in the long run!
Great tips. I use Lightroom and the free photoshop app. I will definitely check out Buffer. Thanks
The free buffer version allows you to schedule 10 tweets which I know isn’t a lot but it can still be very helpful!
Such a great post. I love Canva and use it more than once a day, which pays for itself! Also loving keysearch at the minute, but need to learn a lot more about it.
Keysearch is such a great tool!
I LOVE SSS for stock photos! So glad it’s on your list. I recommend it to everyone I know. 🙂
Me too! They are the BEST and their photos are so beautiful!
Great tips! I use Canva and Keysearch but will look into using Buffer. It might encourage me to tweet more!
Crystal | http://www.amazingbaby.app
These are all amazing suggestions! I love using Canva and Keyword Research was a true game changer for me! Also lightroom was another essential tool! x
Yes to all of these! I’ll be honest, I cancelled my KS subscription fairly recently because I really needed to save money but I might go back to it soon.
I love Canva since the majority of what I do for my blog is book reviews and it helps me creat boards for the feel of the book I get. I will certainly be looking into the twitter and Instagram suggestions as making time for posts is a lot all on its own!
Thanks for these tools👏🏻
That’s great that you find so much use of Canva!
This is such a helpful post! I’ve already tried or use the majority of the tools listed but I like the sound of Styled Stock Society and the Instagram planners (however I’m quite behind on my insta content at the mo!). I’ve also been looking into keyword research recently and I’ve already seen a slight improvement in my stats which is great 🙂
That’s great! Keysearch and Styled Stock Society are MUSTS. SSS photos are so gorgeous and perfect for those who don’t necessarily like taking photos.
I’ve used the majority of these before. I need to look further into buffer & what £ options they have because I’m manually doing it at the moment and it is a ball ache! There’s buffer and social bee I want to have a look further into, I’m not sure exactly which one would be best for me.
I think Buffer is 10.99 a month, I use the pro plan and it saves me SO much time!
This is an amazing list of tools to make amazing content and I’ve got almost all of them 🙂 I adore my stock photo library memberships and keyword research has been such a game changer for traffic to blog for SEO! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Absolutely! Styled Stock Society is one of my favourite resources ever.
I’m constantly looking for new ways to improve my blog so I really appreciate this post! I hadn’t heard of a Instagram planner before but I’ll for sure be checking that out now, sounds like the perfect way to keep my Instagram looking exactly the way I want it too. Thank you so much for sharing these tips with us lovely, I’ll for sure be coming back to this post to remind myself of ways to improve! Xo
Elle – ellegracedeveson.com
Oh yeah it’s ideal for that!
I don’t take usually take my own photos for blog posts, but I absolutely LIVE for Canva. I don’t think I could blog without it, honestly!
Styled Stock Society would be perfect for you!
Thanks for sharing! I LOVE Canva. Also, the stock photo site looks cool – don’t know if I’m ready for that yet, but definitely good to have in my back pocket xx
Definitely something to consider for the future. They are having a MASSIVE sale until today though!
🤦🏻♀️ I’ll take a look again, I may just bit the bullet ha
I’m already using Canva and Lightroom. I need to check out the other 5. Especially no. 7. Thank you for sharing.
Hope they help!
Where would we be without Canva?? One other photo editing tool I’ve been loving lately is Photopea, as a free alternative to Photoshop. For a browser-based program, it’s pretty powerful!
Oh I know it’s wonderful isn’t it!
Very helpful! Just started my book/author blog and I’m a bit of a fish out of water
You’ll get there! Take it slow. Good luck!
These are all good blogging tools to use, I love Lightroom for editing my photos! I love using Canva for my Pinterest posts and Instagram Stories also x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Yes I use Canva for IG stories a lot too!
Such a great post for those just starting out! I remember finding things like this extremely helpful when I was in the beginning stages of trying to get my blog started and off the ground so I’m sure it’ll come in handy for someone! Canva is the PLUG for making blog graphics, my favorite one in this list!
Thank you. I would have found these tools helpful at the beginning too!
I use all of these apart from an IG planning tool (I don’t post enough to make it worthwhile). I have some video editing software left over from a previous job so I use that if I need it as well. Definitely agree about keyword research – if content creation is your livelihood, there’s no point in writing about something if no-one is looking for that topic online, sadly! xx
Yes absolutely! Although I definitely do just write some stuff for me sometimes.
Thank you so much for these great tools! I’ve never thought about using a scheduler like Buffer before but I will definitely consider it – I feel like it’d make life so much easier 😅💗
It will make your life so much easier, I promise!
I’m getting Instagram planner today! No kidding. I’ve struggle having to upload and delete photos just because they don’t look great on my feed. Thanks so much for this post x
Yes the IG planner will be perfect for you!
Lightroom and Canva are essential for me too! I also find Keysearch useful and pay for it which shows all kinds of extras x
I use a buffer subscription, Canva and looking into the stock images. What keyword tools do you recommend? I use the free moz section at the moment. Thank you for sharing Jenny!
Oh wow this was so helpful. Some of these tools I had heard of before but a few of them I had not and I am going to check them out. Have you heard of Creative Market? Some very useful graphics and themes that can be used for blogging.
I haven’t but thank you for the recommendation!
Jenny, I hope you’ve been good!! I love Planoly & Canva soo much; they do me the world of help. I def need to start using keyword research tools! x
Thanks babe! I have 🙂 hope you have too! Two great tools. Key search is brilliant for KW research!
Thank you for sharing all of these tips!
I love all these suggestions! I have recently started using the paid version of Canva and Buffer’s paid version. My time saved in using these is priceless. I use Hootsuite for posting carousels to IG. Thanks for sharing!
I know right! I love being able to get all my tweets scheduled in one whack!
Canva is my favourite out of your suggestions Jenny. I can’t even imagine how to blog without using canvas.
I know and it’s such an easy platform to use
These are all great suggestions. I would also add that an Email Management Service (like MailChimp) is extremely helpful in building a community for your readers. I’ve recently gone from independent management to MailChimp and it’s brought a world of ease into my email marketing and integration.
Oh definitely. I use MailChimp too and I love it, it’s probably the easiest platform. I tried ConvertKit and I literally couldn’t get my head around it!
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This is such a great and useful blog post, thanks a lot for sharing it with us. I’m using or tried some of these tools, with Canva being truly an essential for what I do with my content. I will be looking at other tools you listed here which I haven’t looked deep into. Bookmarking this ❤️
Canva is the best isn’t it? Glad you found this helpful!