Are you a new blogger who isn’t sure what blogging tools and resources to use?
While I can’t tell you which tools and resources are the right ones for you, I can tell you which ones I use and how they’ve helped me.
So if you want to learn how I’ve grown and organized my blog the past two years, keep on reading!
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While I’ve heard good things about other web host providers, I choose to use GreenGeeks because they’re eco-friendly!
If you’re eco-conscious like me, I highly suggest using a web host that shares your values. A lot of people don’t realize this, but even the internet causes harm to the environment. Most web host providers aren’t eco-friendly.
I love GreenGeeks because they’re the #1 green web host provider in the world. They use renewable energy and put back three times the energy they consume.
And hosting with them doesn’t just help the environment–it also helps me! For the past two years, I’ve had a super fast website and have been treated with excellent customer service. If I’ve ever had trouble with my website (because trust me, you will), they’ve always walked me each step of the way to get back up and running. Their chat is live 24/7, so no need to worry if your website ever has trouble at two in the morning.
If you want to learn more about them, read my GreenGeeks review.
One of my clients actually introduced me to Asana, and I’ve been using it ever since!
I love using Asana for all my project management needs. It helps me keep my blog and business organized.
Any time I need to do something, I’ll create a task, enter the date I’d like it done by, assign it to myself, and link a Google Doc in the description with the task.
The picture below is an example of how I do it. In the task, I’ve linked my brand guide, which I created in a Google Doc.
I use Google Docs for both my blog and client work.
As mentioned above, it goes great with Asana. There are so many things you can do with Google Docs. Here are a few examples of what I use it for:
- Blog posts
- Website copy
- Sales pages
- Brand guides
- Slide presentations
- Rate sheets
- Pinterest descriptions
- Affiliate links
- Business planning
Creative Market is my go-to when it comes to graphics, presets, fonts, templates, stock photos, and website themes.
The web theme you currently see on my website is from Creative Market and I absolutely love it. There are so many talented creators on this website, so make sure to check it out!
Yoast SEO is one of the best blogging tools you can use.
SEO stands for search engine optimization. This is how you help search engines like Google find your website.
Whenever I’m writing a blog post, I make sure to use the Yoast SEO tool as I’m writing it. It helps guide me so that I’m using the best SEO practices.
Make sure to install it as a plugin on your website!
If you’re wondering why my grammar is so perfect, it’s thanks to Grammarly!
I started using Grammarly when I began writing blog posts for clients. Once I’m done writing something, I always paste it into Grammarly to make sure there are no errors. Sometimes I even write on the platform so I can catch mistakes as I’m writing. This actually helped improve my writing a lot.
My clients love how my work hardly ever has mistakes and I even scored some editing/proofreading jobs from it.
Email lists are an essential part of your business or blog because they help you keep your audience updated. Got a new blog post or selling a new product? Email your list about it!
Social media is great, but apps like Instagram or Twitter can disappear at any moment. Your email list is yours, no matter what happens.
I love using Mailerlite because it’s free for your first 1,000 subscribers. It’s also customizable and easy to use.
Did you know most of my website traffic comes from Pinterest? Pinterest is a powerful tool and an easy way to get more viewers on your blog.
If you’re not sure how to use Pinterest to grow your blog, check out the Pinterest with Ell course. I use the strategies I learned from this course every day and it still gives me amazing results. It’s also really affordable!
If you work with clients, you’re most likely going to have to send them invoices. I use PayPal for this. It’s easy to use and you can even save your invoices as a template so you don’t have to start from scratch every time.
You can also link your PayPal to your bank account and transfer money whenever you want.
Google Analytics helps you keep track of important information on your website such as how many users are viewing your site, your bounce rate, what pages visitors are going to on your site, and where your traffic is coming from.
At the end of every month, I write down all the analytics to see how well my blog did and how I can improve the next month.
Did you know your blog needs to be legal?
I use Amira’s Legal Bundle templates for my blog. I trust Amira because she’s a lawyer and a blogger.
Let’s be real–most of us can’t afford a graphic designer when we’re just starting a business. That’s why Canva is one of my favorite blogging tools! It’s free but you can get access to even more features if you upgrade to pro, which is pretty affordable.
I use Canva to design Pins, Instagram posts, logos, flyers, social media headers, and so much more.
If you use Canva Pro, you can even create your own brand kit. With this, I’m able to save my favorite colors and fonts that way my branding stays consistent.
Wondering how Instagram influencers have such beautiful, consistent feeds? They probably either use Lightroom or presets in Lightroom!
I use presets that I got from Creative Market, but I use Lightroom to add the presets to all my photos. This was a game-changer for my Instagram.
If you want better photos for your business, I highly recommend using Lightroom.
Sometimes the presets I use can make the color too harsh in certain areas of my photos. This is what I use the Snapseed mobile app for. It helps edit the smaller details, but you can honestly use it for so many things.
Whenever I’m feeling really creative with my photos, I’ll use Picsart. There are so many fun things you can do with this app.
Here are some examples of what I’ve done:
The Preview mobile app helps me plan out my Instagram posts. This is a great tool if branding is important to you. It allows you to see what your feed will look like with future posts.
16 Blogging Tools & Resources to Help You Run a Successful Blog
And those are my favorite blogging tools and resources I use!
Have any questions for me about blogging? Let me know in the comments. 🙂