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As a part of our service, we thought it would be a good idea to include recommendations on different tools, training, resources and services available to blogging. We know most people that are new to the world of blogging, simply have no idea about all the tools available.

As a result, we have put together this list of  suggested blogging resources that we either use, have used or are highly recommended by bloggers that we trust.

Please note, this list is a work in progress, we will add to it as we come across new blogging resources.

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Blogging Platforms

WordPress

The most popular platform for most bloggers is – WordPress.org.  Not only that but it’s the number one choice for serious bloggers who plan on making an income from their blogs.

There’s a couple of different platforms, including:

  • WordPress.com– this is a  free hosted blogging platform.
  • Blogger– another free hosted  source- it’s owned by Google.

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Recommended Hosting & Domains

As you already know, there are hundreds of hosting services that you can choose from as a blogger.

If you’re just getting started, are on a budget or  simply setting up a small blog, then we recommend you take a look at trial.   

NameCheap – is a excellent option for your first site.  They offer 1-click WordPress installation, super friendly 24/7 support, and affordable rates. As a matter of fact, you can host your first wordpress site for only $8 for the first year.

If you are more ambitious, then another great option would be SiteGround .  They are a good choice, especially  if you’re looking for hosting for an established site  or you are looking to position yourself for  growth.

Name Mesh – a cool free tool you can use to find the perfect domain.

Google Domains – great online tool to find premium and custom domains for your site.

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Blogging Themes

There are tons of blogging themes to choose from for WordPress blogs. You want to be careful when choosing a theme and get one that is updated regularly to prevent it from being hacked.

If you’re on a budget then you will want to check out MyThemeShop, they offer both free and paid premium themes.

Not only do they offer great looking responsive themes,but theeir customer service is quite impressive. They have a friendly support team available to assist you.

Another option would be Themeforest.  It’s the #1 online marketplace for all types of themes and plugins.  The advantage of using Themeforest is that they have thousands of themes that you can choose from.  The disadvantage is the you don’t get the immediate customer support as you do with MyThemeshop.

But if you are on a budget it’s a place to buy your first theme. Just be sure to take time to read the reviews before buying a theme.

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Keyword Research and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Tools

  • Jaaxy– an extremely affordable keyword and research platform that can help you find profitable keywords. Offers both free and paid plans.
  • Squirrly– an super affordable SEO plugin designed to help you rank your site higher in Google. Offers a free and paid plan. The paid plan is just $19 a month.
  • SEmrush – one of the best all-in-one platforms used by marketers to make money online. Their plans are a bit higher but it will save you hours in research. If you want to check them out they do offer a free trial, here’s the link again.
  • Yoast – the #1 SEO plugin used by most bloggers. It offers a free and paid plan.
  • Attracta – offers free SEO training and tools that you can use to get your site listed in Google. They also offer very affordable managed SEO services starting from $7.95 a month.

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Tools for Graphic Design

  • Canva– an really awesome online graphic design tool that can help you create graphics for your social media accounts and blog. They offer a free and paid service.
  • PicMonkey– this is another useful free graphic tool that you can use to create eye-catching content.
  • DepositPhotos– one of the best platforms to find nice photos, images, even videos for your blog.  It’s a paid plan but the rates are very affordable.
  • Pixaby– a 100% free website that has  millions of high quality images and videos.

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 Tools and Services for Email Marketing

  • AWeber– one of the best email/newsletter marketing tools around.  Offers a 30 day free trial when you sign up.
  • MailChimp– another reliable email provider. You can use it for free until you gain 2,000 subscribers, after that you will need to convert to a paid plan.
  • Zoho Marketing – an all-in-one platform that you can use to manage your online business. Offers many free and pay – as – you – go tools.

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Tools for Social Media Management

  • Tailwind– an affordable social media tool that you can use to manage your Pinterest and Instagram accounts. Offers a free and paid plan.
  • Buffer– allows you to manage and schedule your posts across several different social media platforms. Offers a free and paid plan.
  • BoardBooster– another affordable social media tool that you can use to manage your Pinterest account. They offer free and paid plans starting from $5.
  • Audiense– a dynamic tool that you can use to manage your Twitter account. Offers a 30 day free trial.
  • TweetDeck– a free tool that allows you to manager your Twitter account.
  • Social Quant– an awesome tool  that can use to build your followers and get more business leads. It’s a paid tool, but you can try out for free. Here’s the link again to start your free trial.

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Tools for Productivity and Team Management

  • Evernote– an awesome online tool you can use to plan your day, store note, bookmark sites, write blog posts, etc. You can use it online or on your phone or tablet.
  • Wunderlist– an easy to use to do list.
  • Awesome Note – a super cool and efficient all in one planner that you can use to stay organized on your tablet or phone.

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Other Blogging Resources and Tools

  • Spin Rewriter – an article writing tools that you can use to spin unique content for your blog. Offers a free trial.
  • SEO Clerks– an affordable online market place that you can use to outsource some of your services like creating videos, graphics, writing, etc. You can buy services for as low as $10.
  • Fiverr– this is another affordable online marketplace that you can use to outsource your services like wordpress setup, graphics, etc.  As the name suggests, you can find some services for as low as $5. When using both services, I highly recommend you read the reviews before you hire a contractor, that way you won’t get loose your money.
  • BuzzSumo– a nice content tool for analyzing how well blog posts are performing and being shared across the web.
  • Easy Digital Downloads– a easy to use platform that you can use to sell ebooks on your blog.
  • Google Analytics– a tool you will need to install on your site to measure how well our site is doing.
  • Google Webmaster Tools – a free tool from Google that helps you understand what’s going on on your site so you can better optimize it.
  • Google Apps – an  all in one team management platform owned by Google. Provides everything you need to keep your business on track, including business email service.
  • Bing Webmaster Tools – same as the Google tool. Bing offers a free ad credit when you sign up as a user.

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Video Creation Tools 

  • Article Video Robot – a super cool platform that allows you to turn any article into videos. Plus you get free back links. Offers a free and paid plan.
  • Youtube Academy – the official website for Youtube that offers 100% free lessons on how to create and make money with your blog on YouTube.
  • Biteable  – a really easy- to – use video creation software that you can use to create videos.  Offers a free and paid plan.
  •  Animaker – another easy- to -use video creation software that you can use to make videos. Offers a free and paid plan. Plans start at $12 a month.

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Blog Monetization

As you probably know, there are multiple ways that you can use to earn money with your blog.  It’s not possible to cover all of them here, so I will include a few good sources that are fairly easy to get started with as a new blogger:

  • AdSense– this is Google’s Ad network. It’s one the most common platforms that bloggers use to monetize their blogs.
  • Amazon Associates– of course, this is the largest online retailer.  You earn cash by recommending all types of products and services from their site.
  • Shareaholic– a free plugin that you install on your site and use to earn cash for free.

For additional resources, you may want to read this post from our work – from -home blog, 10 Pay Per Click Ad Networks to Monetize Your Blog.

NOTE: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links and will earn The Blogger News a small commission if you decide to sign up and use a recommended service.  Although, this doesn’t cost you anything, it helps us here at The Blogger News keep going.   In addition, because I want you to succeed, I only recommend products that I know to be reliable.