Last Updated on April 21, 2022 by Scott Charleboix
This post features the best blogging tools for beginners. I’ve been blogging for over 1 1/2 years. In that time, I’ve done a lot of research to grow my Pinterest account and my blog. I’ve updated this list from it’s original contents to include the blogging tools that I highly recommend.
As of April 13, 2022 the number of Pinterest followers I have is more 1,400 Pinterest Followers and growing. It’s my hope you’ll find at least one tool for “your” website from this post of the best blogging tools for beginners.
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Best Blogging Tools for Beginners
- Akismet Anti-Spam – Good program to use for preventing spam on your blog. This program is very beneficial for bloggers to accurately flag comments as a good comment or spam that I highly suggest you add this plug-in to your list of apps for bloggers. A lot of bloggers will leave comments on your blog with no particular reference to your blog post for the sole purpose of bringing traffic to their blog. This program has an extensive database to recognize bloggers that are trying to self promote their blog.
- Canva: With Canva Pro you can put lots of stock images to put into your website and make Awesome pins for Pinterest. Making the best pins for your website is critical to growing your blog. The best thing about this program is the capability to easily resize pins for various programs that you’re going to be using as a blogger. This is the preferred choice of many bloggers to make their Pinterest pins.
- Colored Admin Post List: I have to admit that the name of this tool looks very odd. But if you try this out you’ll be very glad that you did. What the plug-in does is it looks at your blog post and color codes your posts so that you’re easily able to tell which of your posts have been published and which ones are still in draft mode.
- ConvertKit: This plug-in is used to create landing pages and pop-up forms. With it your able to give your users the capability to specify what they can download or direct the users to a different URL all together (for example, your checklist is on your website). This free plug-in you want to add to your list of apps for bloggers to make landing pages for your blog and to use as your blog’s e-mail platform.
Another good thing about ConvertKit is the capability to use an automated e-mail welcome sequence but requires an upgrade to one of the higher plans. It’s nice because you can put e-mails into a sequence that will be sent to your subscribers at prescribed intervals that you’ve set up. This way you can show off you affiliate links and your favorite posts.
- Easy Digital Downloads: This tool will allow you to make digital products on your blog that you can make a tripwire for your lead magnets to show off your products and people will be able to purchase items from your blog.
- Easy Table of Contents: Will automatically insert a Table of Contents into your blog using your Headings. It’s so easy to set up, all you need to do is to ensure that you’re using headings in your blog post and the plug-in will automatically build your table of contents from the headers.
- Google Analytics for WordPress – Great tool to analyze your blog’s traffic. I place this plug-in at the top of the list of apps for bloggers for all of it’s versatility.
- Grammarly – Grammarly is not a plug-in. It’s an online tool that you can use to ensure that your punctuation is spot on. If you’re a blogger this is a must have utility. Of all the apps for bloggers this one should be at the top of your list so that your blog looks professional (i.e., clean of spelling and punctuation errors).
- Inline Related Posts PRO by IntellyWP. This is the plug-in on my site that automatically inserts INLINE related posts for you to look at.
- Insert Headers and Footers: Very useful for people like me that aren’t into coding. This is exceptionally helpful for claiming your website on Pinterest for if you want to set up a Pinterest Business account or add some code to monetize your blog with Google AdSense or Media.net.
- Jetpack by WordPress: At the time I wrote this post, I didn’t know too much about Jetpack. But it has become one of my favorite plug-ins especially useful for looking at the daily, weekly, and monthly site stats. There are a lot of free features worth exploring for you to use for free that don’t even require the upgraded version. Two of my favorite features are the capability to display your most popular posts and the second feature I really like is that I can copy a previous post (text, images, and all) to update a post and give it a facelift.
- Keysearch: This is my go to keyword research program. Others that I recommend are Ubersuggest, SEMRush, Ahrefs, and Ahrefs Webmaster Tools. Don’t rely on just one keyword research program for your selection of keywords. However, this program provides a wide array of keywords, their volume, traffic, and keyword difficulty (this is what helps you determine if it’s worth pursuing using a keyword or not).
- PI Button: This plug-in button saves so much time by ensuring that when you add pins to your page you don’t have to manually code the page to ensure people can save your pins. This is extremely useful especially for visitors coming to your blog that can immediately save their favorite pin to their board.
- Rank Math SEO – My number #1 favorite plug-in that makes SEO so much easier to use for your blog. at one time I favored Yoast SEO however, after switching over to using Rank Math SEO and watching 10 of my posts move to a #1 Top spot on Google I’m not going back. Rank Math concentrates on your keywords whereas Yoast focuses on your grammar. The difference between the two programs is astounding. This SEO plug-in is hands down the utility that you need to be using if you want to have your posts show up in the Top 3 Google rankings.
- Social Warfare – Great tool for showing your social shares. I really like this plug-in because it allows me to see which posts are doing well in a single glance. I score Social Warfare a perfect 10 of apps for bloggers. With it you’re very easily be able to tell which of your posts are doing good or not.
- ThirstyAffiliates: If you are wanting to monetize your blog, this program is a must for you to have. It allows you to put in an URL and the program will disguise your URL and shorten it so that it’s easy to remember and people will be more likely to click on your links if it’s recognizable.
How to make the most out of Pinterest?
Check out these highly-recommended Pinterest tools and resources.
- Blogtober Day 26 – Top 10 Creative photos from Pinterest
- How to triple your Pinterest Impressions
- 11 Online Course platforms to build your own online course
- Blogtober Day 17 – Meow! Cats only
- Blogtober Day 25 – Top 20 Favorite “Viral” pins from Pinterest
- 50 Pins to inspire creating your own Awesome “Viral” Pins
- How to look at the Effectiveness of your SEO
- How to set up your WordPress Blog from scratch
- A Pinterest Online Course for new bloggers to show you how to set up a blog, grow it, and use Pinterest the right way. For the first four subscribers to my blog, you’ll get emailed a promo code to take the course for Free (normally costing $30).
- SEO Checklist items for WordPress Blogs – my number #1 Blog Post. NOTE: But this blog post is quickly catching up to it and might surpass it.
- Top 10 Questions everyone working with Pinterest should know how to answer
- New bloggers: Be sure to check out: “How to generate marketing for your blog.” Because having a marketing plan for Pinterest and your Blog allows you to concentrate on the four main elements of a marketing plan:
- Why you need to use Canva for creating Pinterest pins.
- Freebies: Free resources for you to download and use as ready-references.