It’s not expensive to Start a Blog (In fact, I have a detailed Tutorial right here about How to Start a Blog for only $3.95 per month) but if you’re not careful it can soon get expensive. There’s so much to learn about designing your Blog, getting traffic, building your email list and of the all important strategies for making money. And you’re under pressure from everyone and their Mom who wants you to buy their eBook or a Course that will teach that one thing you need to know right now.
And then of course there’s all the ‘Must Have’ Tools that will skyrocket your Blog to 6-figures in less than 5 minutes.
It can all escalate very quickly.
It is true that there’s a lot of things to do when running your Blog; there’s writing your Blog posts and other content, creating images, collecting subscribers and emailing them, promoting your posts, networking with other bloggers and all the other things I’ve not got time to list here.
Which is why you do need tools and services and software to make your life easier.
But if your Blog isn’t earning a dime yet (and even if it is!) there’s lots of high quality Free Blogging Tools to keep you organised, productive and growing your Blog without forfeiting sleep!
So, in today’s post I’ve rounded up 42 Free Blogging Tools to help you become a better Blogger…
This post is Day Four in a fun series of posts, called 6 Days of Blogging Freebies. Catch up with the complete series here:
Day One: The 21 Top Free Resources for Starting a Blog
Day Two: 20 Blog Courses and Resources to Grow your Blog Traffic for Free
Day Three: 24 Hand-Picked Blogging Courses and Resources to Skyrocket your Email List & Sweeten your Blog Income
Day Four: The Ultimate Round-up of 40+ Free Blogging Tools to Make You a Better Blogger (This Post)
Day Five: 120+ Pinterest Group Boards to Join to Grow your Blog Traffic for Free
Day Six: Tried and Tested Free WordPress Themes
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Will You Only Ever Need Free Blogging Tools?
However when you are just starting out there is a lot to learn about Blogging. And until you learn a little bit about it all, you don’t know which products and tools will help you in your Blogging journey.
Often it is worth investing money to save you time and as your Blog grows some expenses become unavoidable (paying for your email list for example.) However when you are new to Blogging, you should definitely take advantage of the growing range of quality freebies available to you. Then when your have the basics in place, you are in a better position to plan purchases that you know you actually need.
The Ultimate Round-Up of Free Blogging Tools
I have divided this list into categories to make it easier for you to find what you need. In some categories I may have included multiple tools that do similar things. This is just to give you options; please do not think you need to use everything on this list!
Lets get on with the list…
Did you know there were this many Google Apps that help with Blogging?
I’ve put these at the top because there are multiple Google Apps that are perfect solutions for Bloggers. And one of the best things about Google apps is they’re available on your phone, laptop, tablet and any other devices you have. And it’s super easy to switch between multiple Google accounts (or maybe it’s just me that has about 20 Google accounts).
You can take a look here at the entire list of Google Apps, and I’ve shared the ones that are particularly useful to Bloggers in the list below:
Get a free email Gmail address with Google. You can use G Suite (the Google Apps for Business service) to get your own domain email (which you’ll need to sign up with most Email Service Providers), which is a paid feature. But there is a free option too, if your web host gives you free webmail with your hosting package. Simply set up an email address with your hosting webmail, then have it forward all the emails to your free Gmail account. Then you can access your emails with Gmail wherever you are.
Free word processing software. Use it to write letters, draft your Blog posts & Emails, write your eBook or anything else you might want to use a word processing software for.
Free Spreadsheet software. It includes almost all the same functions as Excel so, unless you’re an advanced Spreadsheet guru, it will do everything most Bloggers need in a Spreadsheet program.
Free Cloud storage. I love Google Drive. I use it to store all sorts of Blogging related things; Photos, Blog Posts, Emails, Videos etc but my favourite thing is it make it so dead simple to transfer things from my phone to my laptop and vice versa. I have downloads and eBooks saved to it for reading on the go, and if I take photos on my phone, I upload them to Drive and I can get them next time I’m on my laptop.
Free Presentation Software, perfect presenting Webinars. Use the pre-made Templates or create your own presentation with different themes, a choice of hundreds of fonts, embedded video and even animations.
It even works with Powerpoint so you can open, edit and save Powerpoint presentations in Slides and convert Powerpoint presentations to Slides or vice versa.
Create Free Forms. Use Google forms for surveys, collecting answers to questions for a Blog interview, collecting responses for a round-up Post, collecting testimonials, or any other reason you can think of for using a form.
Google forms allow you to choose from different question formats including drop downs and multiple choice, they’re Mobile Responsive and the results are collected and presented as forms and charts.
A simple way of keeping track of your events and To Dos. Events are automatically added from Gmail, or you can easily create your own. Track your Tod Do list by adding reminders to your calendar and use it to keep on top of your Goals such as a daily writing habit, or posting twice a week.
Google Analytics is the Blogging standard for keeping track of your stats. As well as keeping track of your Traffic stats such as page views, bounce rate and users, you can track where your Traffic is coming from, your visitor demographics and lots of other useful stuff to analyse your Traffic and optimise your Blog to get more.
Keep is a note taking app that you can add notes, lists, photos and audio to. You can use it to set reminders as well, based on time or even location.
Use Google Alerts to monitor what’s being talked about online. Show your readers you’re in the know by setting up Alerts to notify you about mentions of trends or topics relevant to your Blog, or use it to get alerts when your Blog is mentioned!
Google Keyword Planner
The Google Keyword Planner Tool helps you choose keywords to target for your Blog post SEO. You start by searching for kywords relating to your Blog, and the Keyword Planner Tool helps you find keywords that are most relevant. It also shares data on how often a term is searched for and how the search volume has changed over time.
To use the Keyword Planner Tool you need an Adwords account, (which is free as well).
Social Media Scheduling & Automation
Buffer is a simple and easy way to schedule posts to social media, track your post’s performance and keep track of all your social accounts in the same place.
The Free plan allows you to schedule to 3 different social networks and integrates with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram.
Tools for Integration & Workflow Automation
IFFTT helps you connect all of your Apps and Devices. When you sign up for a free account, you can turn on Applets that help your apps work together to do specific things they couldn’t do otherwise.
There are millions of Applets to choose from, including automatically creating a draft post in WordPress when you add a new note to a notebook in Evernote, Tweet your Instagram photos as native photos on Twitter and automatically share new YouTube videos to a Facebook Page
Zapier is an automation and integration service that enables you to connect your apps to automate your workflow. The Free plan allows you to create one-step automations (or Zaps as Zapier calls them). Zapier supports over 1000 apps including social media platforms, email providers, email marketing services, project management tools and Google apps.
PDF Editing Tools
Smallpdf is an online platform that enables you to compress, edit, convert, split, merge, unlock and e-sign PDFs. Just upload you document, do what you want to do with it and download it again.
The free option gives you access to all the tools but limits usage to twice per hour.
PDFEscape is a free online PDF form filler and editor. It’s what I use to make my PDF worksheets and checklists fillable.
The free online version allows you to Edit and Annotate PDF files, Fill out and Create Basic PDF forms and password protect PDF files.
Tools to help you write Better Blog Posts
CoSchedule Headline Analyzer
This free online tool is a must have for perfecting your Blog headlines. On average 5x as many read your Headlines as your body copy, so headlines matter.
Check your headlines by entering them in the Analyzer and you’ll get a score based on the most important factors of writing powerful Headlines. I use it to help me come up with multiple headlines for my pins, as well as my main Blog Post titles.
Grammarly is an editing app that checks you writing for common and complex grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors in your writing, offers you the solution and even gives you explanations for your mistakes.
The app is added as a Chrome extension, so your writing is checked for errors nearly everywhere online, including your emails and social media posts.
The Hemingway Editor is another text editor that helps you write better, more powerful, easier to understand content. Simply paste your writing into the online Editor, or write directly into it. Hemingway highlights problems with your writing and suggests ways to improve it.
Portent’s Content Idea Generator
The Content Idea Generator is a fun way of coming up with ideas for Blog post titles. Simply add your post topic, and the Idea Generator will present you with multiple headlines. Use the headlines as is, edit them to better suit you or even use it to inspire completely new Blog post ideas.
Free Tools for SEO & Content Research
BuzzSumo is a content research tool. It allows you to see which content is most popular in terms of shares for either a topic or a specific competitor. The Free option limits you to only 5 search results and 2 daily searches but it’s a useful place to start.
Feedly is a Reader app that lets you read all your favourite Blogs and Publications, and watch your favourite videos all in one place. Use it to collect information for Blog post research, Blog posts to share to your social channels and keep up with the latest in your niche.
Google Webmasters is a collection of resources and tools to help you create a great Blog, get found in search and troubleshoot site problems. You can track your Blog’s search performance with Google Search Console, take advantage of testing tools such as the Mobile Friendly Test and PageSpeed Insights and discover more about SEO, plus lots of other things!
Email Marketing for Free
MailChimp is an email service provider, that gives you marketing automation, built in sign up forms, professional responsive email templates plus reports and data insights with their Free Plan, which is available if you have less than 2,000 subscribers and send less than 12,000 emails per month.
Mailerlite is another email service provider that has free accounts for up to 1000 subscribers. However, unlike MailChimp, Mailerlite include all their features in their free plan, including 24/7 support, which you don’t get with Mailchimp. And when it is time to upgrade, their packages are cheaper than MailChimp’s.
MotionMail Countdown Timer
MotionMail is a free Countdown Timer creation service that enables you to create custom branded Countdown Timers to embed in your emails or Blog posts. Simply create your Timer and copy the code snippet and paste it where you want it. They are perfect for communicating urgency, which is proven to improve sales conversions.
Online Course Creation
Teachable is an all-in-one online course creation and hosting platform that’s makes it incredibly easy and non technical to sell online courses. You simply have to upload the content, write your sales page and Teachable handle all the purchasing and sign up details.
There are fees associated with using Teachable, but they do offer a plan that has no monthly fees, so you pay only when you sell one of your courses.
Thinkific is an online course platform that is very similar to Teachable. They also offer a Free (of monthly fees) plan, that includes Course Upsells, Basic Integrations with ConvertKit, MailChimp & Aweber, plus instant access to your funds.
All of their plans allow unlimited courses and unlimited students.
Get Started with Thinkific (don’t tell anyone, but if you sign up to a paid account with that link you get a $50 credit)
Free Tools to Perfect your Blog Images
This free online service allows you to compress your PNG files, (so they load faster when uploaded to your Blog, so your Blog loads faster) whilst maintaining transparency. You can upload up to 20 images at once and there is a size limit of 5MB per image. And it compresses JPEG files too.
Canva is a Free online Design programme that makes it easy to create Blog and Social Media images, Blog Logos and Banners and documents such as eBooks or Workbooks. Everything is designed using a simple drag-and-drop user interface and you’re provided with all the elements you need, including photographs, hundreds of fonts, icons and shapes and professionally designed layouts to customise.
Free Tools that Boost your Productivity
Asana is a Project Management tool that is particularly useful if you work with clients, contractors or other team members. Map out all the details of a project, view what needs to be done and when, and get a visual view of progress.
The Free package allows you to work with a team of up to 15 on unlimited tasks, projects and conversations with access to basic dashboards and basic search.
Trello uses boards, lists and cards to enable you to prioritize and organize your projects in a flexible way. For Bloggers, this means you can create an editorial calendar and immediately see where all your content is on the path from idea to published. Or plan out a Product launch. Or keep track of your Guest posts.
The Free plan gives you unlimited boards, lists, cards, members, checklists and attachments, one Power-up per board and allows you to attach files up to 10MB in size.
Todoist is an organization app that enables you to get a clear overview of everything on your plate and never lose track of important tasks. Use it to organize tasks, remember deadlines, set priorities and view the week ahead.
Unroll.Me is a genius free service that clears your inbox of all those email lists you subscribed to to get that one essential freebie and have been ignoring ever since! Simply sign up to get a list of all your email subscriptions and instantly unsubscribe from the ones you don’t want any more. The emails you do still want are all added to one daily email you get delivered at a time of your choice.
Momentum is a simple Chrome extension that replaces your ‘new tab’ page with a daily photo and inspirational quote. Keep yourself focused by adding a Daily Focus or To Do that you’re reminded of every time you open a new tab in your browser.
Tools for Better Video Content
Screencast-O-Matic is free screen recording software, just right for creating video tutorials for your Blog. The free package gives you recordings of up to 15 minutes, screen and webcam recordings, publishing to YouTube, or hosting your videos for free on Screencast-O-Matic.com and saving as a video file.
Vimeo is a video hosting platform that enables you to host your videos in the highest quality possible and with no ads before, during or after your videos.
It provides a Free (Basic) Membership Plan that gives you a maximum of 5GB of storage, 500MB per week of upload space, password protection and basic privacy controls for your videos, basic embedding features, and basic video stats.
Zoom is online video conferencing software that is perfect for Bloggers who want to host group Q + A sessions, interviews or masterminds. The free plan allows you to host up to 100 participants, on an unlimited number of 1 on 1 & group meetings, but it does impose a time limit of 40 minutes per group meeting.
YouTube Live is such a good solution for hosting Webinars that professional Bloggers like Mariah Coz use it over other webinar software. All you have to do is set up your live stream on YouTube and embed the livestream on a webinar page on your Blog to present your webinar just to those that signed up to watch.YouTube Live includes features like screen sharing too and provide you with a recording of your webinar.
Tools to Improve Blog Performance
GTmetrix is an online service that tests how quickly your Blog pages load and suggests improvements. Performance reports share your Google PageSpeed and Yahoo! Yslow scores, your page load time, total page size and number of requests and recommendations are prioritised in order of impact on your load times.
Free Email Signatures
WiseStamp is a web app that allows you to create personalised email signatures. Make your emails look more professional, and encourage more people to visit your Blog by adding a picture of you, your Blog tagline, or a call to action, your Blog URL and links to your Social Media accounts, plus many other options.
Free Tools for Forms & Surveys
Typeform is a form creation service that enables you to create really well designed forms and surveys. The Free plan gives you 10 questions per form, basic question types (including long & short text, multiple choice, drop downs and many more), notifications via email and up to 100 responses per form per month.
Forms are easy to build using a drag-and-drop interface and you simply copy the code provided to share or enbed your forms.
Wow, what a long list – I really didn’t intend it to be that long, but once I started digging, a whole World of truly useful tools opened up! Like I said at the beginning, you don’t need to use all of them; just pick the ones that will solve your particular Blogging headaches.
Did I include your favourites in the list? Leave me a comment and let me know, especially if I missed any gems.