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Not so long ago I was a new blogger too and I can still remember how overwhelming it felt learning to use all the tools available not knowing why you need them. I did a lot of research and writing down all recommended tools for new bloggers, but it was when I started this blog that I realized is that not all of them are as helpful as I thought it would be.
I won’t list the basic tools you will need: hosting, domain name, and blogging platform. Most of these tools are for WordPress because that’s the platform I’m using for my blog, and tools are compatible with it.
Tools you will find in this list are meant to help you write your blog posts easier, boost your traffic, rank better on Google, and more.
List of best tools for new bloggers
Grammarly is my number one tool and it should be the number one tool for new bloggers. Why? Grammarly checks your spelling, grammar, and punctuation. There is also a premium version available which recommends vocabulary enhancements and checks for plagiarism. For easier use, there is Chrome add-on and it automatically checks your grammar and spelling as you write. Or you can copy-paste your text into Grammarly editor instead.
I love using Ubersuggest to do keyword research. Having in mind that proper keyword research is essential for SEO and Google ranking, finding the right tool to use is crucial. Ubersuggest is very easy to use and unlike many others, it has a free option that is not that limiting. All you have to do is type in your keyword phrase and you will get search volume, SEO difficulty, paid difficulty, and cost per click. As you will see below, I’ve searched for “bullet journal ideas”.
You will aim to easy SEO difficulty for your keyword phrases and medium search volume. Ubersuggest will also give you keyword ideas.
CoShedule offers several amazing easy to use tools. The best tool for new bloggers you can find on this website is Headline Analyzer. This tool is free to use, you just have to subscribe when you want to analyze your headline. They two more tools that can be handy for bloggers are Social Media optimizer and Email Subject Line Tester.
If you are not a designer and you want to create graphics for your blog by yourself, without paying hundreds of dollars, Canva is a tool for you. I will dare to say that this is one of my favorite tools for new bloggers because it is very easy to use and you get hundreds of free graphics and templates. There is a free and paid version of Canva. The paid version offers several additional features.
This is a great tool for image resizing and optimizing it before you upload them to your blogging platform. You can use Canva to create images and graphics and BeFunky to resize them. Also, whit this tool you can make simple edits like adding text, colors, borders, touch-ups, etc.
6. Free Design Resources
Free Design Resources is a website that offers freebies ranging from fonts, mockups, graphics, templates, and more. Most of it can be incorporated with Canva for example but for some, you will need Photoshop or some other app.
7. SEO plugin
When I started blogging I used Yoast SEO plugin as the most recommended by various bloggers. After a month or so I’ve switched to Rank Math SEO and I like it more. Unlike Yoast, Rank Math is free, with no premium option, and a lot easier to use. It scores your content and highlights important information about your post alongside the post itself so you can work on your content and SEO at the same time. You can see below just one portion of Rank Math SEO guidance on your post.