When you’re new to the blogging world, it can be hard to know what investments to make and what blogging tools to use.
Luckily, there are free versions or free trials for most blogging tools. If you are blogging DIY-style, this is especially helpful as you learn the ropes and find out what works for you.
I personally do everything myself: the writing, page building, marketing, etc.
If that’s what you’re doing for your blog, you may be looking for the right social media or blogging tools to help you build your brand.
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I spent about two years learning how to blog before I settled down here. There was a lot of trial-and-error, and I spent a lot of time learning from other bloggers. I took courses and read books on how to increase my page views, make my own graphics, and see a profit.
So even though this is a health and fitness blog, I want to help you (other fitness professionals or bloggers) learn how to blog and create a multi-faceted income. You can get started with these free blogging tools or the free trials many tools/services offer.
If you’re new here and want to get started with your own blog, check out this post featuring a tutorial on how to start your own blog.
Here are ten blogging tools that you can use now:
A personal favorite – I use PicMonkey for every post I write. This blogging tool will help you create beautiful graphics for your blog. I have created anything from Pinterest images to logos with PicMonkey. There is a free version (I use this) or a paid version that gives you more fonts and editing options. What I love the most is that even the most amateur of bloggers or designers can use PicMonkey to make great images.
Similarly to PicMonkey, the free version on Canva is highly functional. This is another graphic creation blogging tool. Some people prefer Canva to PicMonkey, but I find they both have their strengths. I personally prefer PicMonkey for images, but love to use Canva for creating free downloads or ebooks for my readers.
When you need free, creative commons licensed images (which is a lot), look no further than LibreStock. You’ll pick from thousands of images across several stock image sites. Basically, this blogging tool saves you time by serving as an image search engine. All of the images you find at LibreStock are free for your legal use without any special permissions.
Tailwind is one of my favorite blogging tools. Really, I find it invaluable – it’s something that has always been worth my time and money. Use Tailwind to schedule pins on Pinterest and organize your Instagram postings. This will help you stay visible and see an increase in page views on your blog. Plus, the analytics, board lists, and tribes features are extremely helpful for saving time. You can get a free one-month trial and see for yourself!
BoardBooster does some of the same things that Tailwind does. It doesn’t have advanced features like board lists and tribes, but it does have a looping tool that a lot of people like. I personally prefer Tailwind but I recommend using the free trial that BoardBooster offers to see for yourself.
Ahology is yet another Pinterest scheduler useful for staying active and keeping your work visible to potential readers. As of yet, it is completely free – but you have to request to join. I have used Ahology but I’m not certain of the results – like BoardBooster, there aren’t a lot of special features or fancy analytics. Otherwise, Ahology is simple to use and useful for visibility. (I recommend using Ahology as a backup Pinterest scheduler if you aren’t ready to pay for another service.) The only catch is that last time I checked, Ahology is still in beta and you need to request access. Still, it’s free.
Unlike the other blogging tools I’ve mentioned so far, SumoMe is a plugin that is used in WordPress. It will help you get email subscribers and encourage readers to save and share your work with others. On the left hand side of my blog, you’ll see some social media buttons. These are from the SumoMe plugin. If you hover on any one of the images on this blog, you’ll see more social media buttons. Also SumoMe. On my blog, this plugin gives readers multiple opportunities to help spread the word (which helps with page views). However, SumoMe has quite a few other features that may be of use to you.
Most big-time bloggers will tell you that an email list is extremely important for marketing. If you’re ready to start capturing emails and compiling a list of loyal readers, look no further than MailerLite. You can use MailerLite to collect emails and send them, too. There are a lot of email services out there, but I have personally found that MailerLite has the most user-friendly interface and best free trial. You can use MailerLite for free until you have 1,000 email subscribers.
If you’re using Instagram for social media marketing (you should), you might want to consider using Later. It will help you plan and organize your posts to Instagram, helping you maintain follower growth and visibility. While Later can’t post your images to Instagram for you, it can send you reminders to post your scheduled images and tell you the ideal times to post for optimal visibility.
Buffer is one of the few blogging tools that I have yet to purchase – because the free version is just so good. I use Buffer to schedule (and automatically post) on Twitter, Facebook, and sometimes Instagram. This is just one more way to keep your blog posts visible to your social media following and continue to see an increase in page views. Use the free trial for your choice of social media platform and you’re sure to become a Buffer believer.
What are your favorite free (or free versions) of blogging tools? Let me know below!