I get this question daily, "Sue, how do you..." (fill in the blank with the latest problem that has been causing you to tear your hair out)
So I decided to create a list of the best free (or low cost) blogging tools that answer that very question.
And, yes, I use 67 of these tools.
My newest addiction?
A membership site that you can put in a course for FREE - yes, membership software that's
forever free for unlimited courses (up to 50 students). So take it for a spin without spending a dime.
my MemberVault site here and sign up for the absolutely free course, Blog In A Box.
And I have a deal for you if you already offer courses and have more than 50 students. Erin at
MemberVault has a special code just for my readers. Use the code Insider100 for a free month of either the pro/base monthly or $100 off the first year of pro/base annual)
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).
ToolsISeek: Page Rank Checker
Twinword: for SEO long tail keywords
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
Wri.it: 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
Bookafy: Free online booking service for meetings, demos, and appointments.
Clockify: ?Completely free time tracking and time management app that lets you keep track of time spent on various tasks and projects, calculate billable hours, export reports, and so on.
Get More Subscribers
LeadPages: I use LeadPages every day for landing pages, opt-in pages, sales pages, etc. (starts at $25/month)
Sumo: Use a heat map, scroll bar, hello bar, pop up for your blog. (get one tool for free)
Create an eBook: The Complete Guide: Create a lead magnet or ebook to sell
Peek User Testing: See a 5-minute video of someone on your website navigating around
Instapage: creates landing pages and wonderful sales pages (easy to use, also!)
Keep Track Of Your Numbers
Is Your Site Fast Enough?
Capture Email Addresses
Connect With Other Bloggers For Blogger Outreach
Feedly: 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.
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)
Bit.ly: 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 $9/month_ Create a Membership Site or Set Up Your First Course For Free
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 sevener.com?)
What's your favorite blogging tool? What have I missed that you love?