Blogging is such a fun and creative way to share your thoughts, give tips, grow a business, or build a brand. However, with all the plugins, courses, and software, it can be frustrating trying to work out which are helpful and which are unnecessary. So, to make the process of creating or maintaining a blog easier, here are my top ten best tools for bloggers!
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- Monster Insights
- Legal Documents
- Pin It Button Plugin
- Google Analytics
- Keyword Research
- Google Adsense
Monster Insights is one of my favorite tools for bloggers. Not only is this plugin super helpful in showing your blog insights, but it also makes setting up Google Analytics so so so simple. With the theme of my blog, it’s nearly impossible to insert code. So, trying to link my blog to Google Analytics was frustrating, to say the least. Once I downloaded Monster Insights, it took only a few minutes, and that was it. If you have trouble connecting your site to Analytics, I highly recommend installing Monster Insights to help you!
Not only is it great for Google Analytics, but Monster Insights also allows you to track all of your blog traffic. There are free and paid versions, so you can try it out for free and see how it works for you!
Blogging and any other online business or brand can be pretty lucrative, but they can be taken away quickly without the proper legal precautions. These include privacy policies, terms and conditions, disclaimers, and many others, depending on your site.
You can find plenty of free legal guide templates; however, from everything I’ve read, they won’t protect you. I used a free template on a previous blog, and though I (luckily) didn’t need them, they never gave me peace of mind.
If you’d like to check out the legal bundle, you can find it here!
For myself as well as many other bloggers, the majority of blog traffic comes from Pinterest. So, being consistent on Pinterest is vital. Consistency on Pinterest can be challenging and time-consuming as you’ll need to post multiple times a day, every day. Even if you absolutely love the site, eventually, you’ll get burned out.
That is why I adore Tailwind. It automates everything, so you can schedule your pins for the whole month in under an hour and not have to worry about it. I know I couldn’t run a blog without having Tailwind or another scheduler, as it saves me so much time and stress.
Not only does Tailwind help with saving time, but it is also an excellent way to grow your Pinterest account. With Tailwind Tribes, you’re able to connect with similar bloggers and share each other’s content.
If you’re interested, you can try Tailwind here!
As you can see, many of my favorite tools for bloggers are geared towards Pinterest, and this one is no different. This Pinterest plugin (you can install for WordPress here) automatically adds a hover Pin It button to all graphics on your blog. This makes it incredibly easy for readers to save images to their Pinterest and is a great reminder as well!
This plugin is free to use and is simple to set up and is a great addition to any blog.
Tracking your traffic is one of the best things you can do to grow your blog. Google Analytics is one of the most popular sites to use, and it’s completely free. You create an account, paste the code into your blog, and you’re good to go. You’ll be able to see what your most popular posts are, the best-performing pages, and a ton more. Check it out here!
Again, if you’re struggling to set it up, as it can be tricky sometimes, you can use Monster Insights to help you set it up without the struggle!
Finding the most popular keywords can be a long process that requires scouring multiple sites for the top trends. Luckily, with keyword researches like this one, you can find the best performing keywords in seconds to minutes.
The one I use is free and gives you content ideas, ranking difficulty, similar keywords, and more!
Having a mailing list is crucial for growing a blog/business. Your mailing list allows you to connect directly with your readers and create your own community. You can find many services for free or paid. The free versions are great to start with, but as your community grows, you’ll eventually need the full, paid version. I use Mailerlite, which has been great for this blog and is pretty easy to use.
I used to use MailChimp, but I found that one harder to use. Not only that, but Mailerlite has more options on their free plan.
You can check out some of the most popular mail services:
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Google Adsense is one of the easiest ways to monetize your blog as there are no requirements on views, traffic, etc. It’s excellent for beginner blogs, and as it’s pretty easy to set up, it’s nice to have. However, you need a ton of traffic to make a substantial amount of money, but it’s still a great option to get started.
ShareASale is another way you can monetize your blog. You can connect with brands to promote your favorite products. After sharing your affiliate links, you can earn a commission, get special discounts, and get unique banners.
Affiliate marketing is one of the most lucrative forms of monetization so it’s definitely a great place to start growing your blog.
On ShareaSale, you can create an account and then apply to your favorite brands to be a part of their affiliate programs. Check it out here!
Canva is my absolute favorite website for designing. You can create unique designs for free, or you can upgrade to get even more options. With Canva, you can make social media images, ebooks, logos, etc. It’s easy to use and doesn’t require any knowledge of graphic design. I use this to create all of my graphics, so I recommend checking this one out!
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