Blogging is a rewarding activity that many people would love to learn. However, only a few people have exceptional technical skills and creativity to make it to the top. Much as we would like to obtain the needed technical competencies, factors such as time and resources could certainly prevent us from reaching out our goals. The good thing about the modern world is the availability of certain blogging tools that could help us in obtaining a favorable result.
Learning the ins and outs of the blogging industry would certainly bring success to individuals who applied the right strategies. One proven strategy is the use of the proper blogging tools for a specific task. Each tool can help us in various ways. We can work like a pro and we will get great results.
Even the experts were once a beginner. As a novice, one of the concerns we have to take into consideration is having a limited budget. That is why we are trying to find blogging tools that could help us complete a job for a lower amount or if possible, for free. It would be a great help for someone who is just starting to be able to find an equally effective tool for free.
Tools are instruments that we use in order to ease or facilitate accomplishment of our work. Tools, in general, can make our work easier. That is why having the right blogging tools is a necessity for bloggers.
For beginners, it is necessary that we find the most suitable blogging tools for specific tasks. This way, we can save time, money and we can be assured of a more professional and quality work.
Here are some of the tools that I am personally using and I can vouch for their usefulness. And yes, we can use them for free!
You can comment what tools you are using so that I and other friends can also try them.
There are two WordPress platforms that you can choose from. The WordPress.Org which is an independent online blogging platform which you can use but you will need to purchase a domain and hosting. The other one is the WordPress.com which you can use for free.
If you are planning to use your own domain, or simply having a .com on your blog address, I would recommend using WordPress.Org.
Grammarly is an online platform that assists writers on the enhancement of the English language. This is a very useful tool that checks every detail including but not limited to punctuation, proper word usage, and spelling. Upgrading to a premium account would give access to more advanced features such as word suggestions, etc. However, as a newcomer, we can use it for free and would certainly help us with our blogging. A very valuable blogging tool that newbies must have.
In order to get the most from the platform, installing the Grammarly extension on our Browser’s would be a wise thing to do. It will come in handy whenever we visit other online sites such as WordPress, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and any other online social networking sites that you visit. We will be assured of having a mistake-free post every time. We simply have to hover the word with an underline and a correction will be made.
An added feature that you will surely enjoy is the opportunity to avail of the advanced features at no cost. Simply invite your friends and you will have a premium account for — days.
Open your account for a perfect writing experience!
3. Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is a plugin available for WordPress which serves as a guide when writing a content. It checks two areas of an article, the readability and the Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
I’m sure, even long time online writers are using this plugin because of the many benefits it could give.
The readability of an article is a crucial factor for SEO. Our audience may come different areas of the world and therefore some of them have a language other than English. Yoast SEO uses Flesch reading ease test to check whether the article is written in a way comprehensible to the readers. The higher the score, the more readable is the article.
This app would check if your article is readable by taking into consideration several factors. The first is the length of the sentences. A sentence should not exceed more than 20 words. The article should be divided into shorter sections, at the most, 300 words per section to be considered readable. It also checks whether the sentences contains passive voice and transition words t an acceptable level to be considered readable.
As a blogger, we would like our articles to be searchable on the worldwide web. We aim to be on the front page for a certain keyword. This plugin is a very helpful when it comes to search engine optimization.
Yoast SEO checks if the article has an acceptable length of the title, the focus keyword and the length of the article. Additionally, the app also checks the images used within the article, the outbound links, and the keyword density.
Analysis of the article is given with corresponding suggestions on how it should be improved. This way, we could develop our articles so that it would be considered readable and SEO friendly.
I highly recommend this tool especially for beginners like me. Creating a readable and SEO friendly article would not be difficult.
A company logo plays a very important role in the success of the business. The logo represents the company and as for bloggers, our logo represents our blog site. Canva has features that would let you create superb logo designs for your site or business. Other features include resume templates, blog graphics, presentations, poster, social media posts, and a lot more.
I’m sure you will enjoy also Canva, just like I do. There are a wide variety of designs to choose from. And most of all, it is free to use.
Images are important accessories to our articles. Most people would stay on a page with attractive images attached to an article. We can make use of photos in order to show some steps or to give focus on a particular item. The photos we attached should add clarity to our article.
Pixabay is an online site that offers a wide array of free copyright images. We can use the photos for our articles for free and without attribution.
It has been a while that I have been using Dropbox for my work as part of my day job. Just recently, I also discovered other uses of Dropbox that are beneficial to blogging. With the site’s capacity to hold a large volume of files, it is a good tool for our site back-up.
Our files can be backed up any on a regular basis depending on how we set it up. This blogging tool would keep us worry-free knowing that our files would be safe every time.
In business, returning clients are proof of satisfactory service. As a blogger, it would be a delightful experience if a visitor would come back for the second or maybe the third time. One way to ensure that they would visit us again is by sending them emails and newsletters. Email marketing is one of the most effective ways in order to reach out to our clients.
MailChimp is an expert in this kind of marketing campaign. It is an online platform that helps marketers and other online professionals and businesses to send email messages to their clients.