#> Blog reading and content discovery tool
- Feedly: Subscribe to any blog feeds or search for your interested topic to discover new blogs to subscribe to.
- Pocket: A “read it later” app which is also a productive app. Integrated into all the reading apps mentioned previously and lets you save articles for later reading.
#> Keyword research tools
- Google Keyword Planner: Free and easy-to-use keyword research tool.
- SEMRUSH: Atypical keyword tool that allows you to find keywords that a given website is ranking for. Use it to find long-tail keywords which are easy to rank for.
- LongTailPro: Desktop based (Windows & Mac) keyword research tool. Perfect for those who have little experience with keyword research.
#> Proof-reading tool
- Grammarly: Saviour for a non-native English speaker like me. Helps with proof-reading, suggests words, is a great companion.
- Hemingway App: Free web-based tool to improve your writing. I’m sure you will end up bookmarking this one.
#> SEO tools
- Google Webmaster Tool: Free tool from Google which shows various data such as links to your website, duplicate content and keyword ranking.
- Bing Webmaster Tool: Similar to Google Webmaster Tool, but for Bing search engine.
- Integrity: Desktop tool for Mac which checks your blog for broken links (internal and external).
- ScreamingFrog: Desktop SEO tool which lets you check your blog from the web-spider’s point of view. Available for Windows, Ubuntu and Mac OS.
- KWfinder: I discovered this tool while doing research for this post. Guess what? I have fallen in love with it. I will share a detailed review soon, but for now you should bookmark and try it. The free plan lets you make 5 searches in 24 hours, which is pretty neat.
#> Desktop blog editors
- Desk: This will pull you away from all the distractions and help you focus on writing. Available for Mac OS, and the cost is affordable.
- Open Live Writer: Best desktop editor for Windows OS, and you can publish directly from your desktop.
- Blogo: Desktop publishing tool for Mac that supports WordPress.
- Evernote: I use this to take quick notes on my iPhone, and it’s available via cloud syncing.
#> Blog post title tool
- EMV tool: Checks the emotional marketing value of a title. The higher the EMV score is, the better it will perform on social media channels.
- Headline Analyzer: This is the best tool in this lot. Regardless of what you know or don’t know about blogging, you will be churning out the best titles for your blog posts.
- TweakBiz title generator: A comprehensive title generator by TweakBiz.
- Potent C idea generator: Call it a content idea generator or a title generator – it functions as both.
- UpWorthy title generator: The only viral topic generator you need.
#> Desktop Image/video recording + editing tools
- Camtasia: Available for both Windows and Mac OS, and let you record screencasts. Offers a one-month free trial.
- Snag it: Image capturing and editing tool for Mac and Windows OS. One of the best, and highly recommended for bloggers.
- Image Optim: Mac Image compressor tool which optimizes your images for the web.
- MPEG Streamclip: A powerful desktop video converter software for Windows and Mac. You can use it to convert, cut, trim and join videos. I usually use it to convert my video format to reduce the size of the video.
- Audacity: A sound recorder tool for every major desktop OS. Useful for podcasters, as you can record and then edit your recordings.
- Google Plus Hangout: This is one free tool that is underused by bloggers. Use it to co-host a webinar or run a Q&A session with your readers. Streams & records everything on your YouTube channel too.
- TubeBuddy: If you are a Youtube publisher or video blogger, you should get Tubebuddy. This one tool can double your Youtube channel traffic & make it easier to manage your Youtube channel. Highly recommended for Youtube publishers.
#> Productivity tools: Take control of your time
- Headspace: Tired of blogging constantly? Use Headspace and meditate for 5 minutes. You will thank me later!
- Wunderlist : Manage your to-do list with Wanderlust. Available on all platforms, and stores data in the cloud.
- Trello: A card-based task management tool. I have used it in the past, but have now shifted to Wunderlist. Still, Trello serves a different purpose and is very popular.
- Rescuetime: Sends you weekly stats (configurable) of which site you spent the most time on during the previous week. A good idea to start taking note of your counter-productive activity, and save your precious time. Install, configure and it runs in the background.
- Selfcontrol: App for Mac which lets you block access to certain sites. Try blocking Facebook, and notice how your productivity increases!
#> Content marketing tools
I have covered many content marketing tools above. Following are a few which did not fit into any of the above categories:
- Sumo: Offers various tools to enhance your blog. Do check out heatmap and content analytics to start.
- Inbound: A community-driven site to discover the best of inbound marketing content. A website to find content that is worth reading.
- BuzzStream: For bloggers’ outreach. Not a free tool, but this is an absolutely amazing tool for serious bloggers & marketers.
#> Social Media Tools
- BufferApp: This will never let your social media profile run out of content. Also offers a mobile app called “Daily”, which lets you add high-quality content to your social media profiles.
- Hootsuite: Best social media dashboard tool for managing all social media channels from a single dashboard. Supports Google Plus, and you can auto-post content from your blog’s RSS feed. (Free 30-day trial)
- AgoraPulse: One of the best social media management tool of 2018. Do try their mobile app and you will thank me later.
- Postplanner: Post scheduling tool for Facebook which is constantly updated with new features, and helps you to take care of Facebook’s edge rank algorithm. (Free trial.)
- ClickToTweet: Create a single link to tweet. You can use it within your blog post to increase your number of tweets.
- SocialPilot: New kid on the block of social media tools, but I love it as they offer an iOS app (and an Android app too). Doesn’t support Google Plus, but offers support for Facebook groups.
#> Affiliate marketplace for affiliate bloggers
- ClickBank : A popular affiliate marketplace for bloggers in any niche. Many different affiliate products to promote.
- ShareASale: Another popular affiliate marketplace with tons of affiliate programs from which to choose.
- Peerfly: One of the most talked affiliate marketplace where you can get great offer. Promote deals from popular companies like Uber, Booking.com.
- Impact Radius: Gaining traction lately as many popular companies like MaxCDN and Media Temple use IR to run their affiliate programs.
- Commission Junction: One of the oldest & reliable affiliate marketplace to find great affiliate offers. You can also get paid via Payoneer.
#> Email marketing tools for bloggers
- Feed burner:: Free service by Google which let you optimize your blog feed, and you can use it’s newsletter feature to send daily updates to your subscribers.
- ConvertKit: Best email marketing software for bloggers offering email automation, personalization and pre-built templates for sending beautiful email newsletters.
- Getresponse: Another popular tool among bloggers & internet marketers. Offers Webinars support & 30 days free trial without credit card.
#> Webhosting resource for bloggers
- Bluehost : Recommended as the #1 hosting service by the official WordPress.org hosting resource page. Cheap and affordable shared hosting with one free domain name.
- InmotionHosting: Looking for non-EIG shared hosting? Give InMotion Hosting a try. Not the cheapest, but certainly one of the best in this lot. Based out of Los Angeles & a have a thriving community.
- Cloudways: Want to host your WordPress site in the Cloud (Amazon or Digital Ocean)? Look no further than Cloudways. Makes it easier for non-technical users to host their website in the cloud.
- KnownHost or Linode : Looking for a managed VPS for your blog? Choose either one of these and you will not be disappointed.
- WiredTree: Looking for a managed dedicated server? A WiredTree managed dedicated server starts at $150 and offers one of the best customer support services in the hosting industry.
- FileZilla: Desktop FTP tool which is available for every desktop OS.
- MySQL WorkBench: An advanced tool for desktop management of your WordPress database. (Recommended only for technical users.)