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New Bloggers, Get Your Hands on These 13 Free or Inexpensive Blogging Tools

Posted By peronalfynance40 285 days ago on Finance

https://adventuresinfrugalliving.com - When I first started my blog a year or two ago, I was clueless about promoting and maintaining it well. My analytics on Google, Pinterest, and other platforms just stunk. Although I knew my content was unique and helpful, I struggled to gain traction. Fast forward to this year, and now I’m more confident as a blogger. For example, ever since I increased my pinning activity on Pinterest using Tailwind, my Pinterest analytics really shot up. Then I made changes to my email marketing approach. I used more simple layouts and stuck to my topic more. Just this week, my recent post about my reasons for wanting to retire early got some serious love from Instagram. Another cool blogging tool I use is Canva. This is my go-to design site for blog graphics, Instagram posts, and of course beautiful fresh pins. In this post, I’ll list 15 amazing tools that new bloggers can use. 1. Yoast SEO If you’re not skilled in SEO but realize how important it is for blogging, I would recommend Yoast SEO. It is a free plugin but there is also a premium version. Yoast SEO lets you know if you’re not using your focus keyphrase enough or if enough of your images contain image alt text. You can enter in your meta description to optimize your blog post, and it gives additional SEO data about your post. I found that once I implemented changes recommended by Yoast, my SEO improved. 2. Buffer For those with busy schedules, you may find it difficult to promote so many blog posts in one week. Thanks to a tool called Buffer, you’ll be able to schedule up to ten posts through social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I use Buffer to schedule my Instagram posts for the week ahead and it frees up my time to create more original content. 3. Hello Bar Here is a free service that allows you to create an opt-in form for your blog’s visitors to subscribe to your email list. I first started using this last year, and now I have close to 40 subscribers. This is a neat option for those who cannot afford paid opt-in services. 4. Google Alerts I know that many blogging experts recommend Google Trends for trying to find excellent blog post ideas, but I haven’t found much success with it. I prefer to use Google Alerts because it sends the latest news to my inbox daily on the subjects I cover on my blog. Start by going to Google Alerts and then create alerts for topics that your blog focuses the most on. If your blog is about side hustles, then come up with keywords that are related to them. Create alerts based on those then you’ll receive daily news articles that can become your next blog ideas. You don’t always have to cover those exact topics. Maybe you can tweak them to give them your own angle. 5. CoSchedule Headline Analyzer You can have a few epic blog posts on hand, but without amazing headlines, people won’t click on your blog. This is why you must use CoSchedule Headline Analyzer. You visit the website and then you type in your headline idea. After this, the system will rate it with the 70s or 80s along the higher end of the scale. This is the numerical rank you should go for when using this tool. 6. Constant Contact I’ve tried MailChimp and Mailer Lite in the past, but I’m currently using Constant Contact. It is my favorite email marketing service for several reasons. They offer diverse templates for all kinds of email campaigns, and it is not hard to create personalized emails. What I really love about Constant Contact is that it even lets you know what your open and click rates were for the emails you sent. 7. USB Drive Maybe you’re wondering why I’m including a USB drive on the list of blogging tools. This is because I believe that you should always back up your blog posts in Word on a USB drive in the event your computer shuts down due to a power outage or if you lose connection to the Internet briefly and can’t use the autosave feature. This saves you from the hassle of having to rewrite posts all over again. 8. Spiral Notebooks I absolutely love spiral notebooks! My aunt gave me a bunch of them last Christmas, and I primarily use them for writing down blog post ideas. I learned over the years that if I don’t write things down when the ideas enter my head, it could get lost forever. I also use them to organize my blog posts and ebook chapters. Before I start blogging, I like to write them out in a notebook first. 9. Medium Many bloggers use Medium to promote their blog posts, but I primarily use it to obtain creative blog post ideas when I run out of inspiration during a certain week. I don’t copy the exact topics I see on Medium, but I use them to create my own unique posts. 10. Pexels A lot of bloggers use Canva to design blog graphics and pins, but I also recommend Pexels. This is a website where you can download free pictures to use on your blog. I’m impressed with the overall quality of the pictures and I can find photos to match just about any topic on my posts. 11. Tailwind This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention Tailwind. This service allows you to schedule up to 400 pins each month, and as I stated in the intro, Tailwind was responsible for my engagement and impressions numbers increasing on Pinterest. It is recommended that you schedule at least 5-15 unique pins per day to maximize your blog’s visibility on Pinterest. 12. Grammarly This proofreading tool helps you correct grammatical errors as you type your blog. It offers suggestions for sentence structure and word usage that are helpful for your content. It makes your blogging more efficient and readable. 13. Anchor.fm I consider this a great blog promotion tool because if you want to get into podcasting, you can create episodes around your blog titles. I did this last night when I recorded a podcast that discussed my recent post about early retirement. I’ll leave the link to the episode, My Top 20 Surprising Reasons for Pursuing Early Retirement. Podcasting allows you to go deeper into what you discussed on your blog, and the audience can get to know you in a personal way. Anchor.fm’s services are also free, and they provide opportunities for monetization through ads and sponsorships. These tools are great for creating and promoting your new blogs effectively

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