The Ultimate List of 85 Free (or Low Cost) Blogging Tools

I get this question daily, “Sue, how do you…” (fill in the blank with your current issue)

So I decided to create a list of the best free (or low cost) blogging tools that answer that very question.

free tools for bloggers

And, yes, I use 63 of these tools.

My newest addiction?

Trello. I can stay organized and productive and even talk to my team by building Kanban style cards for to do items.

trello for productivity

So, let's get started!

Free Images For Your Blog and Social Media Posts

Free Plug-Ins for your WordPress Site:

Name Your Blog Or Product

Create a Blog Headline

Find Keywords for SEO

  • Keyword Tool: Find out what your audience is looking for on the 4 main search engines. (free)
  • Long Tail Pro:  Great tool for getting good keywords and seeing which keywords you can rank for on the first page of Google.
  • ToolsISeek: Page Rank Checker

Be a Better Writer

  • Hemingway: Have bold and clear wording for your blog posts (free)
  • Grammarly:  Find and correct mistakes in your posts (small charge)
  • Editorial Calendar: Drag and drop scheduling tool for blog posts (free)
  • Cool Timer: Clock with alarm app to keep you on track while writing (free)

Be More Productive

  •  Distraction-free writing tool with a spell checker and text formatting (free)
  • Evernote  An all-in-one tool that acts as your dedicated assistant (free)
  • Trello: Keep track of all of your tasks (free)
  • Noisli: Improve focus and boost productivity (free)
  • FocusAtWill: Music optimized to boost your focus (free 30-day trial)
  • WiseStamp: A free signature for your email that links to your blog and social profiles
  • Coffitivity: Ambient sounds of a cafe (free)
  • Kill Newsfeed: A Chrome plug-in that makes your Facebook feed vanish

Get More Subscribers

  • Plugmatter: Feature Opt-In Box – Easy way to get subscribers. ($37 for one website)
  • LeadPages: I use LeadPages every day for landing pages, optin pages, sales pages, etc. (starts at $25/month)
  • Sumome: Use a heat map, scroll bar, hello bar, pop up for your blog. (get one tool for free)
  • Liberio: Create a lead magnet (free) or ebook to sell ($9)
  • Peek User Testing: See a 5-minute video of someone on your website navigating around

Keep Track Of Your Numbers

Is Your Site Fast Enough?

Capture Email Addresses

  • MailChimp: Free for 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails a month
  • GetResponse: Free trial, then $15/month
  • Aweber: 1st month $1, then $19/month
  • HelloBar: Free bar at the top of your blog that captures emails

Connect With Other Bloggers For Blogger Outreach

  • Keep track of your blogger outreach bloggers' new posts. (free)
  • Klout: Social media influence score (free)
  • NinjaOutreach: Efficiently search and keep track of your interactions with other bloggers. (plans starting at $19/month)

Easiest Ways To Do Social Media

  • Buffer: Share all your content on social media, timed out for prime interaction. (free)
  • Social Warfare: Share the correct sized image on every social media channel from your blog post ($29)
  • Triberr: Join tribes where other tribe members share your blog posts on social media. (free)
  • WriteRack: Divide your blog post into tweets (free)
  • Create and track shortened links (free)
  • Click To Tweet: CoSchedule's tool to get more shares (free)
  • AddThis: Social sharing buttons (free)
  • Digg Digg: All in one social share buttons (free)

Inexpensive Shopping Carts & Affiliate Programs

  • e-Junkie:  Shopping cart and affiliate program (free to start, then just $5/month)
  • SendOwl: Shopping cart that uses PayPal with the ability to offer your own affiliate program (starts at $15/month_

Help! I need something techie done

  • Fiverr: You can get anything you want for your blog – graphic artists, virtual assistants, anything for $6 (yes, they now charge a service fee – should they change their domain to

What's your favorite blogging tool? What have I missed that you love?


  1. says

    Thanks for putting this together and including us, Sue!

    I’m a big fan of Leadpages as well! We’ve been seeing some real success using their exit pop-ups on our site; making it well worth the investment.

    I’m going to have to check out some of these free stock photo sites – you can never have enough great photos to use
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    • says

      Hi, Jake,

      I love Long Tail Pro and thanks for the big $30 discount for my readers!

      I just found some of those free image sites recently and you will enjoy using them.

      Thanks for the comment,

  2. says

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for including my Blog Name Generator 😉

    Editorial Calendar sounds like a great tool, I will have to check it out.

    One of my favorite tools in your list is Hemingway. It can have such a positive impact on your writing. I love the way it pushes you towards simpler sentences.

    Great work as usual.


    • says

      Thanks for letting me know about your Blog Name Generator – it’s great!

      Anthony, one of my guest post bloggers, told me about Hemingway a few months ago. Really helps, doesn’t it?

      Thanks for the comment, Justin.

  3. says

    [ Smiles ] Nice selections, Sue.

    Thanks to you, I have learned about “Picography” and “PicJumbo”.

    I having been using “Pixabay” for quite sometime.

    And, you would be pleased to know that I follow your blog via “Feedly”(As a matter of fact, I use “Feedly” to follow everyone; I am one of those rare bloggers who do not follow blogs by subscribing to it via email).

    Do enjoy the rest of your day!
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    • says

      I love Picjumbo, Renard!

      I’m so glad you that you follow my blog on Feedly.

      Thanks for your comment and have a great week,

  4. says

    Hi Sue,

    Feedly and Triberr are my faves on this list. So much fun stuff out there, tool-wise, for us to use, and for us to prosper with. Feedly makes it easy to find and comment on authority blogs in a timely fashion. Ditto on Triberr. Both are the ultimate tools for forming bonds with influencers because you can simply join tribes and follow folks and then, connect with them through commenting and social sharing. It’s a win-win situation all around if you’re ready and willing to do a little bit of legwork.

    I do the legwork…..most of the time 😉

    Sue, great share!

    Tweeting throughTriberr and signing off from Bali.

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    • says

      That’s why you are so thorough and fast with your comments, Ryan! Feedly did it 🙂

      Triberr has been so good for me also.

      Thanks for commenting,

      • says

        Thanks so much for this HUGE compilation of free blogging tools Sue. You rock.

        I’ve a problem of finding copyright free sites to use on some of my posts and this is a huge compilation of great sites that I can use in future for reference.

        Also, when you’re blogging for business, you need to get access to the RIGHT tools. Otherwise, it’s almost impossible to stay sane with your own skills.

        Great tools overall!

    • says

      Hi, Alize,

      Definitely check out Long Tail Pro – lots of good stuff with that discount!

      Thanks for commenting,

  5. Rajib Aditya says

    Some really cool tips/tools/SAAS stuff here. Thanks for all the links.

    • says

      And you give that clone away on your site, so pick it up!

      Thanks for your comment, Kaushik.

  6. says

    Thank you do much for this great list! So many useful links all in one page!

  7. says

    Hi Sue,

    I stumbled across the headline analyzer tool yesterday . I do have many more free image sites’ list from Marianne Manthey (you may know her), but many other tools are new to me.

    As you know now, I’m using Hemingway since I last read about it at SuccessfulBlogging. I was looking for it in this list and it’s there. It’s a great tool, IMO. BTW, I read this in a tweet. If you edit your comments before posting, you’re a grammar nerd. 🙂

    I use FocusatWill since a few days too. Before, I tried it on and off and then stopped using it.

    I found another free tool yesterday —

    The good thing about it is, it saves in MarkDown though you write in simple text, and it is an in-browser text-editor. It also backs up what you type, to Dropbox and Google Drive, both. Nice, isn’t it? It’s quite light too.

    About fiverr. You don’t get something valuable for just 5 or 5.50 bucks. You need to get extra gigs for getting some good things done, which can sometimes go to $30+. But, it’s a nice start and still a great site.

    • says

      Oh, thanks for the info on, Raspal! I’m going to go check it out now.

      Fiverr is definitely more expensive than when I first started using it when it first came out.

      Thanks for the helpful comment.

      • says

        Sorry for the typo, it’s

        You may also try but it doesn’t sync like write-box.

  8. says

    today I have get awesome list of free and paid tools so now this article info save my time for searching detail of all tools
    Thanks Sue

  9. says

    Hi sue,
    Thanks for such a Great and useful collection. Google page speed insights is also a good tool to check website speed.
    As I am not using wordpress, Can you suggest an alternative for Editorial calendar?
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    • says

      Hi, Susheel,

      Thanks so much for the compliment. I truly enjoyed pulling this list together for the Successful Blogging Team members.

      If you aren’t using WordPress, why don’t you build an editorial calendar in Google Docs? Here’s an article about it on Unbounce.


  10. says

    I love the list! There are so many things to do as a blogger, it’s important to have the proper tools in order to leverage your time.

  11. says lol. Nice!
    Sumome’s gotta my favorite! 😀
    Thanks for the others you’ve listed..
    I didn’t know about a few of em.


    • says

      I’m glad someone got the joke, Julian!

      You cannot beat Sumome since “free” and “works well” is always a wonderful thing for a WP plug-in.

      Thanks for your comment,

  12. says

    Hello Sue,

    This is a very extensive list. I have heard of some of these tools but a lot of them I haven’t. It’s always nice to learn about new tools to use. I will be adding some of these to my list. Thanks for sharing them with us!

    • says

      Hi, Maketta,

      You’ll enjoy checking out these tools.

      I appreciate your comment!

  13. says

    Great list Sue, many services are new to me. And quite a few interesting image sources.
    Thanks for sharing

    • says

      Hi, Driraj,

      You’ll enjoy the quality of the images on those sites.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  14. says

    Hi Sue,

    Giant list of powerful tools here, This must’ve taken some of your time to compile and publish it as a blog post.

    Use some of these tools especially Canva. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • says

      Hi, Babs,

      Thanks so much for your comment.

      I just started using Canva this year. I was using PicMonkey exclusively but now use Canva more often.

      Let me know if you like it.

  15. Zarayna says

    Thank you, Sue.

    Feels like Christmas – don’t know which tempting treat to try first.
    Seriously, am very appreciative. I had no idea there was so much free and good stuff out there.
    If and when I get going properly, I know your resource list will be indispensable.
    Thank you again and kindest regards.

    • says

      Hi, Zara,

      There are so many free blogging tools that I didn’t realize how many of then I used till I started my research for this post.

      I’m glad the list is helpful for you.

      I always appreciate your comments!

  16. says

    This is a great list. Thank you so much!!!!

  17. says

    Thank you Sue for this huge list Sue.
    I am new to blogging and glad I stumbled upon your site while curating a post about “how to make money with a blog”.

    Definitely, and Triberr have my attention. Useful to connect with more like-minded bloggers like you. This will shape for the better my blogging journey for sure.

    So many valuable tools here that I didn’t know about.

    I am considering Longtail pro against Market Samurai. I have tried MS, not bad. But, which one to choose. Can you share your opinion?

    On a last note. This comment was written and edited using Hemingway app. Awesome app. Thank you Sue. Please keep it up!
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    • says

      Hi, Jean,

      Thanks so much for your comment! Triberr gets you appreciably more traffic (always a great thing) so go ahead and join. Look me up there.

      I’ve used both Market Samurai and Long Tail Pro. I personally think Long Tail Pro is easier to use and gives you just the info you need. I use it exclusively now.

      Nice use of Hemingway 🙂

    • says

      I totally agree, Don!

      You’ll love these image sites. I was looking for a long time myself for quality images that were free.

      Thanks for commenting,

  18. says

    Hi, Sue,

    Oh, goody – I love blogging tools. 🙂

    Really like LeadPages and Grammarly myself, (as well as Long Tail Pro), and will be checking out Wordoid. Sounds so helpful. I used to use but switched to EWWW Image Optimizer. In 2014 I switched from free stock images to unique and original so that I rank for my pics also.

    I occasionally use Coffitivity and think that’s such a neat background noise app. Had never heard of FocusAtWill or Noisli, so thanks for the recommendation – will be checking those out! Fun stuff!

    Talk soon,
    Carol Amato recently posted…Time Hacks to Make The Most of Your Screen TimeMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Carol,

      I love blogging tools also – I had so much fun pulling together this list.

      Check out the free 30-day trial of Focus At Will. I have a subscription and you get to choose between 10-14 channels. I personally like the “spa music”! You fill out a one question survey as to how productive you were after the timed music (I set it at 55 minutes). It really works well.

      Thanks so much for the info on EWWW Image Optimizer.

  19. says

    Hello Sue,

    Great list.

    I think by far my fave blogging tools have to be any list-building tools – SumoMe, Mailchimp (and I absolutely love their 2000 subscriber starter plan. So easy on a beginner’s pocket).

    I have actually been toying with the idea of using a feature opt-in box on my blog. I will navigate over to Plugmatter and see if this will work on my site. I used to have the SumoMe hotbar at the top of my blog but it hardly converted visitors as much as my pop-up did. Oh well, I will test the opt-in box definitely.

    Cool tools & tips Sue !! Thanks for compiling such a handy list.

    • says

      Hi, Gertrude,

      SumoMe and MailChimp are terrific since they are free – a great way to start for a newer blogger.

      I think you’ll be pleased with Plugmatter and having a feature opt-in box. A feature opt-in box converts at 5% – 9% where a sidebar opt-in converts at 1/2 of 1%. Huge difference!

      Thanks so much for your comment,

  20. says

    Wow, what a list Sue!

    I am surprised by the huge list of image sites, never realized there was so many. Here I was using one or two. I’ve been missing out 🙂

    Also like all the writing resources. I could use some of those.

    Couple I could add, unless I missed them. Insights from google for site speed test and other site info. Only one I use actually. Also, Woocommerce is a great shopping cart plugin for WordPress.

    Thanks for sharing. This is getting bookmarked. 🙂
    Ron Killian recently posted…The Great Subject Line MythMy Profile

    • says

      Hi, Ron,

      Glad you liked the list! I’ve been blogging for 3+ years and it took a while to discover some of these 🙂

      Thanks for your additions. I also use Google Page Speed and forgot about it.

      I appreciate your comment,

  21. says

    Thank you for all those great tools, Sue Anne.
    I use a few of them already, but it’s always good to have others on hand in need.


    • says

      Hi, Brigitte,

      Thanks for coming back to leave your comment! I so appreciate it 🙂

  22. says

    I am new to this blog. But I have enjoyed your post and learned something
    new.I hope next post will be very helpful for me so Waiting for your next update.

  23. says

    Hey Sue – thanks very much for the inclusion here with these other fine tools.

    We are actually releasing a free Chrome Extension this week, I’m super psyched.

    And there is a chance that in the near future (next few months) we will be going freemium with our soon to launch web app.

    I know you’re going to love it!

    Nice post on Adam’s blog btw 🙂

    • says

      Wow! Can’t wait for the Chrome extension – that will be a huge plus and I’ll use it all the time.

      I’ll fill in my readers when you have the web app.

      Thanks for reading my guest post on Blogging Wizard 🙂


  24. says

    Hey Sue
    Wow that’s quite a list and I have found many new tools here. I loved and wondering why I have never heard about this tool before. Just spent 20 minutes to polish my half written ebook on the site and it worked like charm. Haven’t bought the paid one ($9) but will try it in coming days. Thanks again for such useful list.
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    • says

      Hi, Harsh,

      So glad to hear worked out so well for you! I just found it recently and glad you like it also.

      Thanks for commenting today,

  25. says

    This is an awesome post. This has great tools and valuable content good read.

  26. says


    I tried using Grammarly, but it’s not free.

    Would have been a great tool, if free.

    But, great things aren’t free. 🙂

  27. says

    Oh wow Sue, what a list. I started to go through it and I recognize quite a few of these but some I’ve either never heard of or used before. I’m going to hold onto this post so that when I have more time I can check some of these sites out. One weekend alone I went through a ton of free image sites so I do see a lot of them on this list.

    Thank you so much for spilling the beans here and giving away some really great goodies. I’m going to have so much fun with this one now. 😉

    Thanks again and enjoy your week.

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    • says

      Hi, Adrienne,

      I love goodies that are free also! You’ll enjoy checking them out.

      Thanks for your comment,

  28. says

    hello madam… in one word i can say its a blogging directory each everything you made us easy … 90% of sites i don’t know will try.. its really helpful and you made handy for every blogger thanks for the post…

    • says

      Hi, Jennifer,

      Thanks so much! It was so much fun pulling all my tools together in one place. Did you try Focus At Work or Coffitivity? I’m hooked on both of them.

      I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  29. says

    Sue, really lovely tools you shared here. Most of them have heard of. But one ticks my nerve and that is the Hemingway app. I just have to try that.

    • says

      Hi, Peter,

      So glad you enjoyed the list of tools. I use most of them. You’ll enjoy the Hemingway app.

      I appreciate your comment.

  30. says

    For stock photos, please also check out for thousands of unique public domain photos, especially travel photos. Appreciate it if you could add it to your list. Thanks.
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  31. says

    Good job! I like this list

    If I had to add something to it, I would say,, it is a nice tool I use to spy on my competitors and I often use it to help inspire for new blog titles too.

  32. says

    Great share Sue, every blogger must use this. I would go with you suggestions.

  33. says

    Thank you for this list Sue, super helpful!
    Using MailChimp now and totally recommend it to everyone who’s getting started.

    So happy I found your website, it’s such a great resource, will keep following you 🙂

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    • says

      I’m so glad it helped, Jessica.

      Thanks for your comment (and compliment) today!

  34. says

    Hi, Pooja
    This is amazing collection of a “Useful Tools for Blogging” and it is so much helpful and every newbie should read your post to make blogging easy. It’s important to have the proper tools in order to leverage your time. Thanks for sharing with us your valuable content.

  35. says

    Super list I started to go through it and I recognize quite a few of these but some I’ve either never heard of or used before.

  36. says

    Wow! Thank you Sue. Fantastic resource. Can see I am going to be busy checking them all out…thank you.

  37. says

    Few of them in this awesome list i am using which are Grammarly and long tail pro. Some of them are new for me. I will definitely try on my blog which you share for blog topic and headline.

  38. says

    I absolutely loved this post! It’s really cool to see all of these resources and I’m definitely interested in trying out some of the ones I don’t already use.

  39. says

    What a list and all in one place. Just book marked this. can’t believe my luck.
    Many thanks you have saved me loads of time

    • says

      I know! It’s great to have one post you can bookmark and go back to all the time.

      Thanks for commenting, Duncan.

  40. says

    Thank you so so much for such valuable info, Sue. I recently started blogging, and I know this list will help me save a lot of time and effort. Thanks again. You’re a rockstar.

    • says

      You are so very welcome, Mariyam! I so appreciate your feedback and the compliment.


  41. says

    Wow, this is going to be so helpful! I didn’t know there were so many free tools available to help me with my blogging. Thank you so much for sharing.

  42. says

    Hi Sue, thats impressive. Great Tools are listed here. I didn’t know about some of these before like GTMetrix. I visit it and the tool is very helpful to me, it finds lots of loading speed errors, Hands Up for this one!
    Secondly, about KeyWordTool.Io! It is also something new for me like interesting than ever. I visited through it, and it looks pretty awesome than many of the other keyword tools. So just thanks for the list and I like to bookmark it!
    Because there are lots of other tools I really don’t know about. Or it will help me later, if I need.
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    • says

      I’m so glad they are helpful to you, Purushottam! And I appreciate your comment.


    • says

      So glad they helped, Nikhil.

      Thanks for your comment today. Have a great weekend.

  43. says

    Hi Sue,

    I must say, you have seriously shared a huge list of resources. It will take a whole lot time before I cover them all and make my place on these tools. It is good to know that there are many tools which are absolutely free.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • says

      Most of them are free which makes it so nice for us bloggers, right?

      I appreciate your comment, Sonia!

  44. says

    Hey Sue,

    It is really very informative post. And it is going to help several newbie and experienced blogger and online marketers. These services are great with their features and they have potential to maximize the productivity level.

    Canva is really become popular among people. Great tool with superb features like fonts, tutorials and photo enhancing features. Eventually, thanks for exploring these beneficial services.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

  45. Saeed Jatoi says

    Hey SUE,

    Such a great list of tools, I mean so many Tools. I have used some of them like Keyword Tool, Grammarly, Google Analytics, GTmetric but rest i am hearing first time, I m going to use them. Thanks for sharing !

  46. says

    Hello, Sue!

    I can’t thank you enough to build up this huge resourceful post filled with lots of great plugins!

    I so love Pixabay for the images! Really it made my job so easy in finding the high quality and most relevant images for my blog posts.

    And I am digging into many other plugins and I am totally sure I will get many lined up for me. 🙂

    Thank you!!

    ~ Adeel
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    • says

      And check out the new one, – really nice.

      Thanks for commenting, Adeel!

  47. says

    Hello Sue,

    Huge list of wonderful and helpful tools for bloggers. I am using some of it. But I am also completely unaware of some of them. I will definitely try them out. These tools are so helpful to make a perfect blog and get success with it.
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  48. says


    I’m a great fan of blogging tools which make our work productive and save some time. I think I haven’t tried some of the tools listed here. Will check them all now.


  49. says

    Hi Sue,

    This indeed is an enormous effort on your part. I now have something nice to link to when I help beginners via my blog.

    This is a perfect post. Covers each aspect of blogging so well.

    Thank you!


  50. says

    Hi Sue,

    This blog post was a winner.

    I literally had to copy and paste the url to my notepad on my iPhone because I will have to refer to it again and I didn’t want it swimming with my other bookmarks on my Mac.

    I downloaded Social Warfare thanks to you. I think I prefer it to SumoMe’s social plugin because it allows you to disable the share buttons on the homepage, which I don’t like.

    Thanks once again empowee

    • says

      Hi Empowee,

      You did exactly what I tell my clients on the first call I have with them – no social share buttons on the home page – just social media buttons in the footer.

      Thanks for letting me know!

  51. says

    Hi Sue,
    I really missed this post.
    Great list here,
    I am already using some of them and they are wonderful.
    But many in the list are really new to me and will surely try all.
    Canva is the one i use these days to create images graphics.
    Thanks for sharing this amazing list here.
    I am bookmarking it
    Keep sharinng
    May you have a great week ahead
    ~ Philip

    • says

      I adore Canva and use it every single week, Philip.

      Thanks for your comment today.

  52. says

    Thanks so much for this great list, Sue. I am about to start a new blog on my brand new website this week and I have only heard of a few of these. This list will be extremely helpful!

    I have been using Grammarly for a few weeks and really like it. It is free, but you have the option to upgrade for a fee. You also get a report each week with stats about things like how many words you wrote during the week, the percentage of mistakes you compared to other Grammarly users, etc.
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    • says

      I use the paid version of Grammarly and it follows me around the web changing my mistakes! I love it.

      Thanks for your comment, Karen!

  53. says

    Thanks for sharing, these are all great tools. As a beginner blogger, I know very few of its, my list has only: jetpack, akismet, yoast seo, worldfence,…. This article is so helpful to me!

  54. says

    Great Post! This is very helpful for blog and SEO and also very profitable to get traffic in our website.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  55. says

    Sue, what a BRILLIANT round-up! I am a bit in awe of your ability to seamlessly use so many tools at once. But why am I not surprised? You’re a master of productivity!

    2.5 additional recommendations:

    1) “Kill Newsfeed” for productivity. This Chrome extension is free and makes your Facebook newsfeed vanish on your computer. So if you’re a chronic FB checker or need to get on there for business reasons, you spare yourself the madness of seeing all those comments and can get straight to work.

    2) for user experience. You get a free 5-minute video of a REAL person using your website. So you can easily see what works and what doesn’t for ACTUAL HUMANS IN REAL TIME. So cool.

    2.5) Pinterest for free stock photo round-ups. This one gets a half point because it’s a “tool” I created—namely, a Pinterest board with every free pic site I’ve come across. It’s SO helpful for keeping track of everything!

    As far as photo sites go, Unsplash is my favorite, but a few additional sites for your list are,, and CreateHerStock, which is a free sign-up to receive monthly photo packs of women of color, which IMO are decidedly difficult to find in our whitewashed media culture. (That’s a whole different story…) <3

    • says

      WhoooHoooo! Tons of new tools! Between you and Cori, I need to change the title to “The Ultimate List of 85 Free (or low cost) Blogging Tools! I SO appreciate it.


  56. says

    Hi Sue Anne,

    Wow, this really is the ultimate list! You mentioned a lot of my favorites like Pexels, Pixabay, Canva, Hello Bar, Triberr…I can go on here. 🙂

    I would like to add to your list – BeFunky is a great photo editor. It’s free but you can also upgrade of about $40 a year. What I like about it is you can directly grab pics from pixabay – which saves from downloading pics to our pc. It came in handy when Canva was down yesterday. 🙂

    Thanks for this list – I’ve already passed it along! Enjoy the rest of your week.


    • says

      Woooh – a new tool! Thanks so much for the addition of BeFunky – going to check it out now!

      So appreciate that, Cori, and thanks for sharing the post.

  57. says

    Wow, that’s a mind blowing lots of good tools you have just recommended. Can’t wait to start research into each of this tools. I have 1 more good recommendation to add on your list. soovle is also a great place to search for SEO keyword. Check it out.

    • says

      I will definitely check out Soovie and potentially add it to the list!

      Thanks for the recommendation and comment!

  58. says

    Thank you for your thoughtful and generous gift. I haven’t decided how I’ll use it yet, but I wanted you to know how happy and grateful I am.

  59. says

    My, oh my, Sue. Such a grand list! I know I use Wisetamp now because of you, and can’t imagine emails without it now 🙂

  60. says

    Hey Sue,

    Thanks for harvesting this tree of free blogging tools. Each and every tool has it’s own value and importance. Newbie bloggers rely on this free resources to run their blogging business and become solopreneurs.

    Thanks for growing this amazing resource page. I will be checking this page because I know you are adding new tools regularly.
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  61. says

    I would also recommend Snappa.

    Great ( free ) tool to create/edit images

  62. says

    Thanks so much for this list. There are many I am going to try. I like using Hootsuite for all my social media posts. I can schedule my posts in advance, there is an auto schedule feature where hootsuite will automatically schedule the best time to post. I can keep track of all my social media accounts in one place. I set keyword and hashtag’s I want to regularly keep track of. I can connect with other free and paid plug ins. There are so many features I can’t name them all. I love it.

  63. says

    Hi Sue,
    Just want to say thanks for all these lists and sites you are sharing, as a newbie, and not really a blogger I need all the information I can get. My site is not up and running properly yet, but when it is it will be a lot better thanks to people like you.

  64. says

    This is a massive useful list of blogging tools. Got it bookmarked and shared to my twitter. Thank you very much!
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  65. says

    Hi Sue,
    Thank you for sharing this incredible Compilation.
    I’ve been using MOZ OSE & it’s working for me great and is free as well.
    I’m not able to buy ahref but MoZ is doing the job so nice for me.

  66. Chima O. says

    Hi sue,

    Thanks a lot, I appreciate.
    Though I’m yet to kick-start my blog, these tools are obviously useful.

  67. says

    This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information.

  68. says

    Hi Sue,

    Wow! You really over deliver! Thank you so much for these tools.
    Question: Do you know a tool or program to easily set up a membership program?
    I see so many that are SO INVOLVED and so expensive. It seems a rather simple idea.
    Do you have any recommendations on setting up a Membership site?
    Thank you!

    • says

      I use a simple but useful site called ValueAddOn. Other plugins wouldn’t work properly, so I took it off-site.

      Thanks, Dave,

  69. says

    Hi Sue Anne
    Hope you are doing very well.
    PicJumbo, Unsplash, and Pixabay are the tools I used for downloading the pics for my Laptop and for the guest posts and I also gonna to take try to other mention sites for more quality pics.
    For Keywords, I used Google Adwords Keyword Planner and, and these tools work fine for me.
    Google Analytics is really an awesome tool to track website statistics.

    And thank you so much for sharing so many other tools on the list. It is like all the stuff I got at one place.
    Thank you, Sue
    Keep Sharing

  70. says

    Great ideas for this greenhorn to consider. It’s helped me already.
    Thank you so much
    Robert Aston

  71. says

    Thank you so much! Many of these tools I have been using for a long time. But I heard about some of them for the first time.

  72. says

    Nice List. I think Buffer is not free . Can you please check it again and update this list.

  73. says


    Thanks for this amazing article! 🙂 I have personally used Writerack and DIggDIgg and they are simply great! Have to start using other tools as well. I am surprised that you use 63 of them! Maybe because I am just an amateur and at the starting stage. Looking forward to some more great tips! 🙂

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