Are you a beginner blogger who is trying to start a successful blog but is confused about the right blogging tool that you should be using to make your blog successful? Then, I got you covered in this article.
Blogging with the right set of blogging tools is really important: especially, If you want to make the process of content creation and blog marketing really easy and smooth.
There are varieties of blogging tools in the market. Some of the blogging tools are paid while some of them are free. But, many free blogging tools may come with a handful of limitations and you can access the full features of these tools once you apply for their paid memberships.
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As a beginner, you should opt for free blogging tools as you might not want to invest in something you are not sure whether it works or not if you are on a budget.
On the other hand, You should be able to choose the right set of blogging tools with fewer limitations and that is equally as useful as paid tools.
But if you have some spare cash you want to spend, you can go for paid tools as it ensures more premium features.
In this article, we’ll look at blogging tools that help you research better, write better, market your blog, and help attract more visitors to your site. These tools will help you maximize the efforts you put into blogging.
6 Awesome Blogging Tools To Kick-Start a Successful Blog
Writing an error-free article is a must while writing your blog articles and If your blog contains grammatical errors and spelling errors, then no one is going to read your blog, no matter how informative it is
Grammarly is a famous English language digital writing tool. It helps to find out grammatical and spelling mistakes and make sure that your article is easy-to-read & error-free.
It works for several types of errors such as grammar/punctuation, spelling, plagiarism, writing style, correctness, clarity, and ease-of-read.
It is not only useful for bloggers but also useful for authors, students, and for basically anyone who wants to write perfect articles and emails.
While using Grammarly, you are allowed to set goals for writing. This means choosing the right criteria for the text you are writing. It allows you to choose the intention of writing, the audience you are writing for, style of writing(formal or informal), and the emotion of writing. This will greatly impact the kind of article and mistakes the tool suggests.
Grammarly is available for both free users and paid users. Free users get access to limited features such as overall score, grammar and spelling correction, and correctness check. Also, you can get the synonyms of the words you typed in if you want variations with your words.
But, with the paid feature of Grammarly, you get access to premium features such as Plagiarism checker, engagement corrector, and many other premium alerts.
As a beginner, I suggest you try Grammarly for free and after you have used it and make an opinion about it, you can opt for the paid version based on whether you like it or not. But, no doubt you will like this tool as it is super helpful.
2. Yoast SEO:
Yoast SEO is one of the top SEO tools for your blog. It is actually a plugin in WordPress and It is used and suggested by many bloggers and marketers on the internet. It can be super useful for you if you are blogging on the WordPress platform.
With more than 5M+ active installation in WordPress with 4.89/5 average rating (25000+ 5 Star Rating), Yoast SEO ranks at Number 1 SEO plugin in WordPress.
Yoast SEO plugin helps the user with on-page SEO which helps improve various factors. It looks up for on-page SEO factors such as outbound linking, internal linking, image alt attributes, keyphrase length, keyphrase density, text length, SEO Title width, and much more.
This Plugin also helps you write a meta description for your blog post, set up a permalink of your blog post. It also checks out for the readability of your text and looks on for factors such as Sentence length, transition words, Flesch reading ease, etc.
This tool is also available for both free and paid users. All the above-mentioned features are available for free to the users. Whereas, some features like social preview, optimization for synonyms, automatic internal linking suggestions, and a full redirect manager are only available for paid users.
In my honest opinion, the Free version of Yoast SEO is more than enough for a basic beginner as it has a lot of options for on-page optimization.
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In fact, I use the free version of Yoast SEO and it’s doing me all good. I don’t have any complaint regarding it and I would like to thank it’d developers for making such a powerful tool available for absolutely free.
Ubersuggest is a free SEO tool that helps in generating new keywords ideas and also helps find the number of searches, competitions of a keyword, or a domain. It is now acquired by Entrepreneur Neil Patel.
It is one of the free keyword research tools that I use to do my keyword research and to find out the competition and searches of the keyword I am going to write an article about. This is my go-to tool for all these activities.
‘Keyword Idea’ is one of the main features of Ubersuggest. After you type in a keyword that you are searching for, It will browse through the long tail versions of the keyword. And, It displays the long tail versions of the keyword along with its number of search, search difficulty, paid difficulty, and its CPC.
Also, If you go in-depth into more SERP overview, you can find all the links or articles that rank for the keyword you have searched along with their DA Score and the number of backlinks linking back to that article.
‘Traffic Analyzer Overview’ of Ubersuggest can help you check your or your competitor’s SEO effort. After typing in your or your competitor’s domain, you can find the number of monthly organic traffic, the number of organic keywords that the domain is ranking for, Domain Score, and the total number of backlinks.
This can give you an in-depth analysis of your competitor’s technique and you can reverse engineer their process to make your site grow.
Just like Grammarly and Yoast SEO, Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest also has both a free and paid plan. In order to access the free plan, you should log in to ubersuggest using your Gmail account.
The free version has limitations to the number of results shown in keywords ideas. It only shows the top 10 results for every search you conduct. Also, there is a daily limitation of about 4-5 search for domains and keywords combined.
The paid version of ubersuggest is fairly priced with plans starting from $12 per month to $40 per month. It has access to all the unlimited features, unlimited searches, and search results.
Pexels is a free non-copyrighted stock image store. You can have access to more than 1 million royalty-free images from various categories.
I think Pexels is a good blogging tool for bloggers as you can have access to any royalty-free images that you can use in your blog. Multimedia, especially pictures are really helpful for bloggers as it makes your articles look attractive and the image you use may end up in a google image search.
It is absolutely free for anyone to use. In order to download pictures from Pexels, you need to join it using your Gmail account. After joining, you can download an unlimited amount of images and use it in your site without any fear of copyright.
Also, some other sites from where you can access to free stock images are Unsplash, Pixabay, Free Images, etc.
5. Social media:
Social media are like a magic wand for the growth of your blog. Most people overlook this tool but its importance cannot go unnoticed. And if you have been ignoring this tool for your blog, I highly request you to get started with social media if you want to make your blog successful
More than 4.5 Billion people in the world already have access to the internet and 3.8 billion people are the user of social media. This is how vast the reach of social media is.
Among all the social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are most useful for your blog.
Social media are the most powerful tool to market your blog in the initial phases. In fact, It is the only free Marketing tool for your blog when you are starting. In the beginning, You don’t have enough money to spend on ads nor you have large numbers of email for email marketing. Then, Social media becomes the only free and reliable tool to market your blog in the initial phase.
But not only for marketing your blog, but Social media are also good SEO tools. Social media also helps you rank better as search engines rank social media profiles for many branded keywords and increase your reach to your potential reader/customer organically via social media.
We all know that a well-optimized image is good for SEO. It can make your blog look attractive, helps attracts visitors and also your image can rank for google image search. But, How do you create attractive images
Not everyone is an expert at photoshop and graphic designing. This is where the next powerful blogging tool comes in use ‘Canva’.
Canva is a graphic designing platform that allows users to create attractive graphic images, posters, and other visual contents. It is also really popular as it is really easy to use, even for a complete beginner.
Canva is available both in desktop and in mobile devices (IOS & Android). It allows users to create attractive visual content with the help of drag and drop interface.
Canva has four products: Canva, Canva Pro, Canva for Enterprise, Canva for Education. The most famous and the one I use for making visual content for my blog is ‘Canva’. It is the free version of this platform.
You can have access to thousands of free templates for your Instagram post, story, posters, photo collage, business card, invitation, Pinterest pins, etc. You can design more visual content for your site with pre-built templates.
The paid version of Canva i.e. ‘Canva Pro’ includes unlimited folders for your designs, access to millions of photos, Exclusive access to 400,000 free photos, illustrations, and templates and much more premium features.
If you are a beginner blogger just wanting some basic and simple graphics images or visual content for your blog, then you can use unpaid Canva. The unpaid feature is more than enough for creating simple images that you don’t need to upgrade to the ‘premium’ version.
So, These are the few blogging tools that I personally used as a Beginner. You can use these tools to kickstart the growth of your blog, help you attract visitors, and get more people to read your blog.
If you have some more blogging tools that you think deserves to be on this list, then please share it below. It might help others who might be reading it.
Also, What blogging tools you used as a beginner blogger? Do share it down below. I would love to hear it from you.