BEST BLOGGING TOOLS for NEW BLOGGERS to TRY NOW! [Free and Paid]
To be able to compete with millions of bloggers out there as a new blogger, you will need the Best Blogging Tools that you can get. It will help you not only in creating your content but also help you rank in search engines.
But, worry no more! I provided you a huge list of blogging tools that even succesful bloggers are using. Since my site focuses on new bloggers / newbies and alike, I’m going to list out BEST BLOGGING TOOLS FOR NEW BLOGGERS TO TRY NOW and highlighted the free stuff. Also, I categorized each of them for better access.
BEST BLOGGING TOOLS FOR NEW BLOGGERS TO TRY NOW! [Free & Paid]
- BLOGGING PLATFORMS
- FINDING DOMAIN NAME AND WHERE TO BUY TOOLS
- BEST HOSTING PLATFORM FOR WORDPRESS
- WORDPRESS THEMES
- GRAPHIC AND VISUAL TOOLS
- STOCK IMAGES
- IMAGE OPTIMIZATION
- GRAPHICS / IMAGE RESIZING & EDITING
- SITE SPEED OPTIMIZATION PLUGINS
- SITE SECURITY & BACKUP TOOLS
- SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING & AUTOMATION
- EMAIL MARKETING PLATFORMS
- PROOFREADING & GRAMMAR CHECKER TOOLS
- BLOGGING & PRODUCTIVITY & ORGANIZATION
WordPress.org or some may say the “Real WordPress” because it is the most common and widely use. This is an open-source and can be use by anyone 100% free. You just have to get your domain name and your hosting.
WordPress.com is more of a hosting service. The reason why I include in here is that most people actually get confused the two.
I’m sure that you’re are confused between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, right? ThemeIsle actually explained the difference between the two really well.
Medium is another blogging platform that I have come to know recently (oops!) although they’ve been in the internet since 2012. It is actually big for they have over 60 million active users and gets over 200 million views a month!
I’m going to try Medium as well, I’ll dive in it and let you’re know. Oh, you’re know what good about it? You can actually earn money! Wha–t??
I forgot, it’s free to write and join the Medium Partner Program (to earn money), but if you’re’ll just there to read, you’re only have 3 articles / month otherwise you’re need to pay $4.99 monthly subscription.
J.J. Pryor a member of Medium.com, created this post, “What is Medium? : A Complete Beginners Guide to The Writing Platform” that explains everything you’re need to know about blogging using Medium.
Is another blogging platform that’s been around since 1999! I used it before but didn’t continue. It’s easy and simple to use. So, if you’re just new to blogging, blogger can be a good start since it’s free.
Okay, with this one, I would want to put Wealthy Affiliate as an exemption – Why, you’re may ask. Well Wealthy Affiliate is actually a learning platform that teaches and trains it’s members how to do affiliate marketing.
The reason why I include it on the list is that, you’re can also build your website / blog within WA. That is through their own website builder and hosting platform, SiteRubix.
Check my other post for complete list of blogging platform that you’re can use for free.
The downside of using these free platforms are the things that you’re can do are limited and you’re are not in total control of your blog.
FINDING DOMAIN NAME AND WHERE TO BUY (TOOLS?)
I tried hard to put these lists in order according to on how to build your website or how to start a blog. So after figuring out where or which platform you’re’re going to use, now, it’s time to find your domain names and where to buy it.
For me, this is the most exciting part, because this is going to be your brand from this day forward. Alright, this is where you’re can find your Domain name.
Instant Domain Search
You can use these sites to find or check if the domain name that you’re like is available or not. And please do note that, whenever you’re decided to buy from any of it, will of course give you’re a charge because you’re are actually buying your own domain name.
But in my case, being a member of Wealthy Affiliate I didn’t have to go somewhere else just to check the availability of my preferred domain name. I actually had the process within the Wealthy Affiliate.
Let me show an example :
This is my actual profile in WA. As you’re can see on the website tab, not only you’re can check or find domains but also you’re can do a lot of websites related stuff. So, it’s like, Wealthy Affiliate is a one-stop shop.
BEST HOSTING PLATFORMS FOR WORDPRESS
I’m going to be in all honest with you’re on this one. Although I found some FREE hosting platforms, I haven’t tried it. I read reviews about some of the free hosting platform, but I’m just going to give you’re a few that I think is worthwhile.
FREE HOSTING :
Umm… I broke my lines here. I said for free but HOSTINGER is not free at all. But hey! It’s not even a dollar! So according to their website if you’re host with them during the date I was writing this post, you’re’ll get FREE SSL.
You can visit their site to know more.
And here are the things that you’re’ll get with $0.99 monthly subscription :
- 1 Website
- 1 Email
- Limited Bandwidth (100GB)
- 1X Allocated Resources
- LiteSpeed Cache
- WordPress Acceleration (LSCWP)
- Cloudflare Protected Nameservers
- Github Integration
- 24/7/365 Support ***
- 99.9 Uptime Guarantee
- DNS Management
- Access Manager
- 2 MySQL Databases
- 2 Subdomains
- 1 FTP Account
Although I broke my words on Hostinger, this one is totally free! (Although I don’t recommend this one. Read further to know why.)
000WebHost.com actually host your website for FREE! $0 monthly! Literally ZERO. But, what”s the catch? Satoristudio created a review about it and said that, 000webHost has small monthly bandwidth.
Which means that the hosting provider can not guarantee if their servers can work 24/7/365 but more like 23/7/365. It will be fine if your website is just for personal or family use that would not require a lot of visitors.
So, here the things that you’re’ll get with $0 / monthly subscription :
- 1 Website
- 300 MB Disk Space
- Limited Bandwidth (3GB)
- Cloudfare Protection
- 99% Uptime Guarantee
- 1X Allocated REsources
- 1 FTP Account
- 1 Cronjob1 MySQL Database
InfinityFree.net is another hosting platform that you’re can use for free. Depending on your needs, some people actually reviewed it good while others did not.
These are what you’re’re going to get with $0 subscription :
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- Unlimited Disc Space
- Free Sub Domain Names
- Maximum 400 Websites
- 400 MySQL Database
- Free SSL In Your Own Domains
- Free DNS Service
SiteRubix is the one that I would like to recommend. It is a hosting platform powered by Wealthy Affiliate, which I am a member and where I host this website. So I can honestly tell you’re that hosting your platform to SiteRubix is the best decision you’re’ll ever do.
With SiteRubix, you’re can get hosting platform and website builder all in one! That’s good right? You can host your website for free and therefore you’re automatically become a starter member of Wealthy Affiliate which entitles to 10 video walk through training.
Here’s what you’re going to get for free subscription :
- Website Builder
- 1000 Visits Bandwidth
And since you’re become a Wealthy affiliate starter member you’re’ll also have access to :
- Live 24/7 Help (for 7 days)
- Integrated Training Help (for 7 days)
- Networking Capabilities (for 7 days)
- Duplicate Content Checker
- Botnet Protection
- Fast Hosting Speed
- DDoS Protection
- 1 Website Installs
- Core Certification Course 10 Lessons
- Affiliate BootCamp 10 Lessons
- Personal Affiliate Blog
- 50 Training Modules
- Video Walk-Throughs
- 2 Training Classrooms
- Keyword Research Tool (30 Searches)
- Affiliate Program Search
Whew! That’s a LOT! You can get all these stuff for FREE MEMBERSHIP! Now, do you’re understand why I recommend it?
To know more about SiteRubix click here.
PAID HOSTING :
You probably heard about BlueHost. It is one of the popular hosting sites among bloggers / website owners out there.
Like any other hosting platform, they have different plans that may suit your needs. If you’re are just starting out, then, the SHARED HOSTING PLAN might suit you’re.
With $3.95 / mo you’re will get the following services :
- 1 Website
- Standard Performance
- 5 Email Accounts
- 100MB Email Storage
- 500 Max. Email Sent per hour
- 50 GB Website Space
- 200,000 Max. File Account
- Unmetered Bandwidth
- One Free Domain Registration Included
- 25 SubDomains
- Free SSL Certificate
- 20 MySQL Databases
- … And many more
I have no experience on BlueHost, so if you’re want to more about the hosting platform, visit their site.
To wrap up with hosting sites, I suggest you’re click the links provided (not an affiliate link don’t worry) to know and get better information. So you’re can weigh things out according to your needs.
But I would definitely go to SiteRubix especially if you’re are a beginner and not a tech savvy. SiteRubix will do all the heavy lifting for you’re.
The FREE THEMES include in the list are also available for upgrades but the free works fine. The more you’re grow, I suggest that upgrading or buying Premium themes to get the best out of your website.
GRAPHIC AND VISUAL TOOLS
FREE STOCK IMAGES
And if this is not enough for you’re, check this list that a WA member provided : FREE IMAGE SOURCES
This is just one of the beauty of being a member of Wealthy Affiliate. The community shares tips, tricks and sources that might help everyone, like the list I provided above.
Optimizing your images is crucial for your overall site speed. So using the right plugins to do the job is extremely important because you’re can have a blog post without images in it.
And for that, this is what I recommend although there are premium version, Free will work just fine depending on your needs.
- 8 Easy Ways on How To Find Your Blog Target Audience
- 4 Ways On How To Choose a Niche for Your Blog
- How To Write an ABOUT ME PAGE If You’re A New Blogger
GRAPHICS / IMAGE RESIZING & EDITING
If you’re are an experienced blogger or already started, you’re definitely what Canva and what it does for you’re. For those of you’re who doesn’t, Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content.
I like Canve personally. It makes my work easy.
Pablo or as they call it Pablo 2.0 is similar to Canva. I haven’t tried to use it though. But, Buffer describes it a tool that creates images to fit all social networks.
At Pablo, they have premade major sizes for social media. They have :
- Tall & Vertical – Which is ideal for Pinterest.
- Short & Horizontal – Which is ideal for Twitter and Facebook
- Square – Which is ideal for Instagram and LinkdIn
And because its Buffer, it has the ability to share your images directly to your social media. I better put my hands on this next time.
Oh! Did I forgot to mention that Pablo is also for FREE?
While Canva is meant for graphic designs that suits digital and print applications PicMonkey is more of day to day photo editing like resizing your images, filters, overlay and more.
It also enables you’re to create images for your social media as well. It focuses on Facebook, Instagram, and designing your YouTube channel.
That’s why it is also needed for optimizing images for your blog.
PicMonkey on web browser is FREE to use, but, you’re can not download your work unless you’re subscribe. On mobile app though, you’re can use it for free with limited features.
Snappa is a cloud-based graphic editor for social media, personal, and marketing purposes. Here are the things that you’re can do with Snappa :
- Image dimension for social media is available as clickable presets.
- Premade Templates
- Ove 4M High Resolution Stock Photos
- Text, Graphics, and Effects Overlay
- Remove Image Background with Just One Click (Ooohh)
- Resizing Images
- Share Your Work to Social Media within Snappa.
- If you’re have Buffer account, you’re also schedule your posts.
All those stuff I mentioned above are available on paid account unfortunately. But, you’re can be a FREE member too. Which allows you’re to use 6000+ templates, 4,000,000+ HD Photos and Graphics. The downside is, you’re can only have 3 downloads per month.
I strongly suggest that you check the websites of all the platforms I provided on my GRAPHICS / IMAGE RESIZING & EDITING section so, you can see it for yourself and can weigh things depending on your needs.
Free is good but always remember that it has a limited features.
SITE SPEED OPTIMIZATION PLUGINS
An easy to use plugin focusing on caching to improve your website’s performance.
With over 5.5 Million downloads, you’re can definitely tell that WP Super Cache is popular to websites owners. And the most widely used caching plugins available in WordPress.
I already mentioned WP Smush on previous part of this post but, didn’t able to say something about it. So here’s what WP Smush can do to your site.
WP Smush optimizes your images, turn on lazy load, resize, compress and improve your Google page Speed. This plugin is powerful yet you’re can use it 100% FREE
LazyLoad by WP Rocket
“Lazy Load” from the name itself you’re can literally tell what this plugin does. If you’re don’t understand, I’ll give you’re an example, if a visitor or yo even, visit a website, it tries to load the entire page!
If the page that you’re clicked to load has lots of images in it, then, it will take your loading time really slow. Therefore, that visitor won’t stay and wait for all of it load– your visitor will eventually leave.
So, what does LazyLoad do, is it loads the specific element only when needed.
To be honest, I am currently using WP Smush, to optimize my images, but as I observe my website, I think I need LazyLoad rather than Smush. So, I will be switching to LazyLoad later on.
SITE SECURITY & BACKUP TOOLS
Backing up your website regularly is a must.
Backup make your site secure and always safe. It is crucially important specially if someone attempted to hack your site or even a human error, a mistake made by you’re and sometimes a problem may occur in your hosting platform.
Therefore, backing up your website on a regular basis will help you’re to restore your data quickly so you’re can have your website up and running again.
Just imagine if you’re don’t backup your website and any of those problems I mentioned above occurred… Oh, boy!!
Although there are hosting platforms that provide backups for your website you’re can also do it by using these plugins :
With over 3+ MILLION downloads, no wonder why UpDraft Plus is considered the most popular free WordPress plugin in the internet!
You can use this for FREE but for you’re to get the most functionality of UpDraft Plus, you’re can subscribe to its Premium membership.
BackUp Buddy is also one of the most popular premium WordPress Plugin with half a Million users since 2010.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer FREE membership but with $80 as a start, BackUp Buddy will :
- Back up your 1 site
- 1 year of plugin updates
- 1 year of ticketed support
- 1 GB of BackUp Buddy Stash storage space
- 1 year access to Stash Live
Although I gave you’re two examples of backup plugins that you’re can use, I just want to let you’re know that I don’t actually use them because I avoid installing too many plugins on my site, it somehow affects its speed.
Luckily, my hosting platform, which is Wealthy Affiliate actually do the job for me.
But there are times that I manually back up my website without using any plugin and here’s how :
WORDPRESS SECURITY PLUGIN
Wordfence Security has over 3 Million active installations as I create this post. And it is considered as the leader of all the security plugins.
The FREE version of Wordfence includes :
- A website firewall for keeping bots off your site.
- It tracks down and monitor you’re site traffic. Letting you’re know if your site visitors are human or bots)
- Login attempts limit to stop brute force attacks.
- Reports malicious intrusion attempts in real-time.
I created a post about the Best Security Plugins here :
SEO is the most important factor you’re need to know if you’re are a blogger, doing ads, affiliate marketer or even content creator.
So here are some of the FREE SEO tools that you’re should use to boost your traffic. If you’re are interested to the whole list of FREE SEO TOOLS, you’re can read it in this post.
Google Analytics is a “must” have to any digital marketer. What it does is, it provides you’re all the data that you’re need to know about your website performance.
It tells you’re the number of visits your site has, traffic sources, your audience’s demographic location. Using all these data, you’re, bloggers and marketers will know what is working in their website and what is not.
Therefore you’re / they can tweak their content strategy to rank in Google.
Google Search Console
Google Search Console is another FREE tool but yet effective to use for your SEO game. It helps you’re monitor and troubleshoot your site appearance to SERPS.
Also, you’re can use it find and fix technical errors and submit sitemaps and more.
Unlike the 2 SEO tools I mentioned above, MozBar is actually a SEO toolbar that works perfectly with your Chrome browser.
MozBar gives you’re access to the metrics on web pages correctly and SERPS, it enables you’re to know the Domain Authority of any website plus, it also has page analysis feature.
Aside from this, you’re’ll get more additional features when you’re upgrade to MozPro.
Check the complete list of FREE SEO TOOLS
EMAIL MARKETING PLATFORMS
SendInBlue is an email marketing tool that offers a decent FREE plan.
It is a marketing communication platform that features email marketing tools, CRS or Customer Relationship Management, landing page, opt-in form builders and more.
With FREE subscription, you’re can have :
- Up to 300 emails per day
- Unlimited contacts
- Email Campaigns
- Mobile – friendly Email Designer
- Email Template Library
- SMS Marketing
- Email & SMS Personalization
If you’re are just starting out, then, I think SendInBlue might fit your needs.
You probably heard the name because most bloggers are using it. It offers a completely Free plan which is suitable for new bloggers. And also, MailChimp has excellent eCommerce feature and email marketing tools.
What you’re can get for free?
- Up to 2,000 subscribers
- 10,000 Email send per month with daily send limit of 2,000
- 1 Audience Included
- Marketing CRM
- Creative Assistant (Beta)
- Website Builder (New)
- MailChimp Domain
- Forms & Landing Pages
MailerLite… Okay, first, do not be confused with the word “Lite”. That’s the name of it, alright? =)
So, MailerLite is somehow similar to MailChimp because you’re can use their FREE plan for as you’re want. Which is again, perfect for beginners who are just starting out. Their pricing is not actually that high either.
Now let’s talk about the services you’re can get with their FREE plan :
- Up to 1,000 Subscribers
- 24/7 Email Support
- Video Tutorials
- Drag & Drop Editor
- Rich Text Editor
- Built – In Photo Editing
- File Manager
- Mobile-friendly Newsletters
- Landing Pages
- Embedded Signup Forms
- Pop-up Subscribe Forms
- Subscriber Management
- Unsubscribe Page Builder
- Email Automation
- Advanced Segmentation
- Interest Groups (tagging)
- RSS Campaigns
- A/B Testing
- Email Campaign Reports
- Domain Authetication
- Multi-User Accounts
- User Permissions
- Free 5 Landing Pages
- 25+ Customizable Templates
- SSL Encryption
- GDPR Compliance
- Double Op-in
- Survey and Quiz
- MailerLite Pop-ups Integration
- Custom Code Injection
- Mobile-Optimized Landing Pages
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT AND AUTOMATION TOOLS
To run a blog means you’re got to have Social Media accounts as well, otherwise, how you’re are going to promote your blog post to get traffic?
Although, you’re can manually share your blog or your website to your chosen social media platform, it is incredibly time-consuming! This is where social media management and automation tools comes in handy.
The following list are not entirely FREE unfortunately, they just offer free trials for a period of time.
HootSuite doesn’t come with FREE membership. The lowest price plan they have is $19 / month, they are offering a 30-day trial though, so you’re can see if it works for you’re.
With that membership plan you’re’ll get :
- 10 Social Media Profiles
- Unlimited Scheduling
- 1 User
Sendible is an all-in-one social media management tool designed to help you’re manage your social networks from one place.
They offer a 14-day trial period to test the platform. And if you’re like it, you’re can upgrade to their Starter Plan which is $29 / mo where you’re’ll have :
- 1 user
- 12 Social Profiles
- 8 Quick Reports
Buffer is a social media scheduler. So, it will really help you’re on managing your socials specially if you’re have a lot of content to post. With its user-friendly interface, you’re can easily put your posts in a loop to all your social media platforms.
Like Sendible, Buffer also let you’re try their product for 14 days, and as a beginner you’re have their Pro Plan for $15 / mo that will allow you’re to have :
- 8 Social Channels
- 100 Scheduled Posts
- 1 User
PROOF READING & GRAMMAR CHECKER TOOLS
Being a blogger, spelling, grammar, and sentence structures are important. Well, it doesn’t mean that you’re really have to be 100% grammatically correct, but you’re have to be at least articulate and be sure that your sentences flows and connect with each other.
Remember that, your writing represents you’re. So, it only makes sense to focus on it as well.
It is hard specially if you’re’re non- English speaker, believe me, I know. But no worries, here are some the tools that can help you’re with that :
I put in on the number one, not because it’s my favorite, but, I’m thinking that you’re would be familiar with it because Grammarly is one of the most popular grammar editing tools online.
Once you’re let Grammarly do its job, it checks your written content for all types of mistakes like, misused words, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
After it checked your work, it will give suggestions which word / words would be appropriate.
Grammarly has a FREE Plan, but of course, with very limited features like the following :
- Basic writing sguggestions
ProWritingAid is another popular tool for bloggers and content creators as well. This tool is a grammar checker and style editor all in one. ProWritingAid helps you’re to quickly edit grammar and punctuations, remove errors, and also shows you’re suggested words to improve your writing and your content readability.
ProWritingAid comes with a FREE plan too, and like other platforms, expect that it will only offers you’re a very limited features like the following :
- Summary Report of Key Issues
- 19 Writing Reports
- Edit 500 words at a time
- Available as an online editing tool only (no access to the desktop version)
Yes, I included the one that I am currently using which is the SiteContent within the Wealthy Affiliate platform.
The SiteContent which is one of the robust features of WA, where members compose or create their blog post before publishing it to their WordPress website. WA SiteContent checks your work for :
Plagiarism checker is a really important if you’re are a writer, because it checks your work for similarities to others. And in case with ProWritingAid, you’re have to buy credits to avail plagiarism checker, while in Wealthy Affiliate, it is included in your membership fee.
CHECK OUT MY OTHER POSTS :
- What is a Niche Website? – A Beginner Friendly Explanation
- How to Build a Niche Website – Beginner Friendly Guide
- What You Should Know about WEALTHY AFFILIATE : An Honest Review 2020
PRODUCTIVITY & ORGANIZATION
To be a blogger you’re need to be organized. Even if you’re are a messy person by nature, when you’re started blogging you’re will notice that you’re are actually forced to be in order.
It will start first on collecting ideas for your blog post, planning your content for both blog and social media, down to scheduling tasks as you’re grow.
So it is important to stay organize, luckily there are tools out there that can help you’re and here are few FREE ones on the list :
Do not under estimate Google, there are tools under it that can be friendly to you’re a blogger, newbie or not.
I know that you’re already heard of it. But this powerful and FREE tool is actually handy in creating your blog post, or just gather all the idea you’re have, instead of writing all of it in a piece of paper (guilty of it!).
Plus, Google Docs is a good tool if you’re are collaborating with somebody else or group of people as well. Google Docs has a built in spell checker too.
But you’re can only work on it online which, I believe is the downside of it.
I personally use Google Sheets to list, categorize, and organize my future blog post ideas. This tool is really helpful specially if you’re’re starting out on a tight budget.
I’m loving the Google Calendar lately because, it makes scheduling tasks easy. And what I love the most is the ability to color block, it’s like color coding your specific schedule or task.
So it is easy to easy what you’re need to do on that particular day, and easy to distinguish if the certain task is personal or for your business or blogging.
AN EXTRA TOOL
Last but not the least, there’s another productivity tool that I came across while creating this post. And I am pretty sure that if you’re’re someone who has difficulty focusing on your work, like me, then I bet this will be helpful.
From the name itself, E.ggtimer is an online countdown timer where you’re can input your desired time to complete a particular task.
When you’re know that you’re are timed, it helps you’re stay focused more. It’s like being on a game show, or beating a Guiness Book Record holder, you’re tend to pay your attention on completing your task against time.
As a result, you’re maximize your productivity.
The great part is, it is online so, therefore no download needed and you’re can use it for FREE!
Phew! 😅. Now we are down in conclusion! Are you’re still with me? If you’re are, then, surely you’re know that you’re benefit from the lists I provided you’re (hope you’re do!)
I’m gonna be honest with you’re, even though I’m blogging for 2 years now (not constantly though…) I’m still using free stuff. Except for the hosting and domain name.
And that’s because I’m a Wealthy Affiliate member. It’s like everything that I need for my “blogging business” is all in one roof. What Wealthy Affiliate does for me and for its members are :
- It provides intermediate website and hosting.
- Enhanced hosting security.
- Includes SSL.
- SiteSpeed Extreme Caching.
- Google PageSpeed.
- SiteContent that has built in Spelling & Grammar Checker and also Plagiarism.
- SiteSupport 24/7
- Plus it includes training that you’re need to establish and run your website.
- And many more.
So, if you’re’re a total newbie to all of these, blogging and website building and if you’re’re not a techy at all, then, it will be relief to find a platform that will cover everything for you’re especially technical stuff, right?
That’s why I chose Wealthy Affiliate. If you’re want to learn more about it, here’s my review post :
To wrap things up, blogging is like most jobs that we know about. It is difficult at first but with the right tools everything is going to be a breeze.
Now, it’s time for you’re to share yours. Are you’re a blogger too? What tools are you’re using? And which one is helpful for you’re?
Please let me know in the comment below, I would love to hear it from you’re.
If you’re find this post helpful, please do share!
See you’re on my next post!