So you’re thinking of starting a blog? Awesome! As a beginner, it’s really tough to know where to start.
There are tons of blogging resources out there, and probably just like you, when I was a newbie blogger I found it overwhelming to know where to start. That’s why I’ve put together this no-BS list of blogging tools for beginners.
In this article, I’m going to talk you through what tools every beginner blogger needs to start writing a successful blog. I suggest the blogging tools which I use personally and can’t live without and tell you why I think they are essential blogging tools for beginners.
It doesn’t matter at this stage if you’re planning on keeping a hobby blog or you want to (one day) create a living from it. The important thing to remember when you start a blog is to make sure you’re doing it right from day one. you, this will save you a lot of time and agro in the long run.
Oh, and as a heads up, it’s not always the most expensive blogger tools that give the best results, some of the best blogging tools for beginners are absolutely free!
So, what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a brew and check out what the best blogging tools for beginners are.
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Your web host (you might also hear it called web hosting provider) is going to be one of THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS you’ll have to invest in as a newbie blogger. It’s basically the company that gives you your little space on the web and allows the world to see your new website.
As a beginner blogger, you won’t need anything huge or expensive as you won’t have a ton of traffic just yet, so just stick to the entry-level prices, you can upgrade later.
When I started blogging I used Bluehost as my service provider, mostly because nearly all the information I read told me it was a good option, plus it was super cheap. I had no problems with it until I needed some help with technical stuff. For me, I didn’t like their help portal, so after a few months with them I ended up switching to Siteground.
Sitegroud has 24/7 online help chats and even though it wasn’t quite as cheap as what Bluehost offered, I found their customer service a zillion times better. They’ve fixed so many technical problems for me, its 100% worth the little bit extra. I’m not thinking of switching any time soon.
So you’ve come up with an awesome name for your new blog or company but you need to claim that name for yourself. This is done through a domain registrar, or a DNS (Domain Name Server).
I’ve used both GoDaddy and NameCheap to register names depending which was offering the best deal at the time. Both have provided great customer support when I’ve needed it.
WEBSITE PLATFORMS & BUILDERS
So, this one needs a little bit of thought. As a total novice blogger, there’s loads of technical jargon to get your head around. I get it, I was once
still am there. There are loads of things that no-one tells you as a new blogger.
If you are a creative type, don’t want to deal with the technical stuff or just want a space on the web to showcase your work then web builders like Wix or Squarespace are a great choice. As great as these are, the limitations with these are that you don’t have total control over your website so if you do plan to grow big or to sell or advertise stuff, it can be more difficult.
The basic version of Elementor is free, so if you’re thinking of going down the WordPress route, give it a go. For more of the fancy options you have to upgrade to Pro, but at the start, the free version was perfect for me.
When you start blogging, it’s useful to know if you want your content to be searchable on Google.
If your blog is just an online space, for example, a diary-type blog for friends and family to see and that you don’t particularly want random traffic from google then you don’t need to worry about this.
However, if you want to gain traffic (and in turn, customers) then SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is going to be insanely important and should be implemented from day one.
Ideally, you want to be showing up in Google results when people type in a question. Keywords are how you achieve this.
My go-to is always Keysearch. It shows you how many people search for a certain keyword, and then how competitive it is. This useful insight tells me if I write an article for that keyword if I have an iota of a chance of ranking for it or not.
I’m also a massive fan of RankMath, which tells how well each article is optimised for SEO. For a long time I used to use Yoast, however, the free version was limited. Basically, RankMath does everything that the paid version of Yoast does, but it’s totally free.
If you’ve gone down the WordPress route to building your blog with then there are literally thousands of plugins and widgets to choose from for every topic imaginable.
Two of my favourites are Thirsty Affiliates, which takes care of eveything to do with passive income on my blog. If you’re thinking of making an income through products then this is 100% worth the investment.
The other plugin I use is WPRocket, which amoungst other things, takes care of the speed of my website. One of the keys to getting Google to rank your blog higher is by having a website optimised for speed.
One thing that every amazing website needs are beautiful graphics. Whether that’s as a logo, photos, memes, infographics etc, a website without images is as extinct as a dodo.
I swear by the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite – Adobe are the guys behind Photoshop and Lightroom. I learnt to use these programmes at university so it was a no brainer that I was going to continue using them as they are the professional standard of image editing. However, they can both be daunting to look at as a total newbie. There are so many options it’s difficult to navigate your way around. You’ve also got to subscribe to them with a monthly fee which varies depending which package you go for – I pay around $9 a month for the photography plan, for me, it’s worth it.
An alternative and more user-friendly way of editing images and making gorgeous graphics is with Canva. There is a free version which has tons of beautiful templates with Canva Pro giving you more options. The free version is a great place to start if you’re new to anything graphic based.
Similarly to the previous section on graphics, is photography.
If you’re looking to up your photography game, then there are tons of resources online. However, for a one-stop solution then check out this Photography Super Bundle, which is filled with eBooks, Videos, eCourses and practical Workbooks for all styles of photography.
If you’re wondering where to go for free images then I use both Pixabay and Unsplash – one thing to remember as a new blogger, if you use a stock photo, make sure you credit where it came from to avoid copyright infringement.
One of the best blogging tools for beginners hands-down is Tailwind. As a new blogger, it can be difficult to drive traffic to your site. SEO is a long term game and it can take months to see the fruits of your labour.
However, Pinterest can drive traffic nearly instantly because it’s based on images. It’s a visual search engine. However, spending hours a week Pinning your content to Pinterest can be massively time-consuming. Especially if you have a full-time job, a family, hobbies etc. Your precious time is better spent creating new content for your website, and not sat pinning manually.
This is where Tailwind comes in. Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduler. They offer a free version for automating pins, which is one of the best blogging tools for beginners. However, it’s the Tribes that you really want to be using. This can increase traffic multiples times.
The other great Pinterest tools is Tasty Pins. Originally it was created for Food Bloggers, but other blog niches have seen how awesome it is and are now using it to make sure that your Pins are also fully optimised to help them stand out even more on a Pinterest search.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Another great way to drive traffic to your blog is through social media. Again, like with Pinterest, you can spend hours on each of the platforms when you could be using that time to create new content for your blog.
I’ve tried both Crowdfire and Hootsuite as a free trial before deciding which one I liked the most. Some swear by Crowdfire and others by Hootsuite. I tried both on a free version before going with Hootsuite. I loved Hootsuite for its super easy navigation.
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Wow, that was a crazy list of essential blogging tools for beginners. All of these I have tried and tested (and I’ve tried A LOT of blogging resources to try and make my life easier)
If you’re just starting out on your blogging journey or know someone who is, why not share this article with them. Alternatively, Pinit for future reference.
Are you new to blogging and trying to find a specific tool I’ve not covered, then drop a comment below and I’ll answer it for you.