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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 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.

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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.
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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_

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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?

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

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214 comments on “The Ultimate List of 85+ Free (or Low Cost) Blogging Tools”

  1. Hi


    I really appreciate the efforts you put in this post. You have picked out best blogging tools for particular purposes and here great to know about these tools. The ways you have categorized these blogging tools is awesome. I have used some of the blogging tools from the list like canva, stockup, thrive leads, buzzsumo, grammarly, evernote and buffer. I have bookmarked this post for future use. Really, these types of blogging tools help in increasing productivity and save lots of time.

    Thanks for sharing this post with us.

    Best wishes,

    Praveen Verma

  2. Wow, what a great list, Sue. I'am especially appreciate the free stock photos. Actually, I'am a photographer and travel blogger, so I use my own pics. But I come often in situations where I need a very specific pic. In this case, I'am using those free stock photos. Pexels was the only database I was familiar with.

    Thank to your list, I have now much more resources.

  3. Thanks for this list. I always trying to find royalty free photos for my posts. Beyond Pixabay and Pexel I didn't have much else. I never knew there were so many other free stock photos. I will be sure to check out some of the other tools as well.

    Thank you so much,


  4. Awesome post, Sue!

    We've used a bunch of free pictures from Pixels, PixaBay, and others. It's incredible how talented these photographers are, and even more incredible that they're allowing these photos to be free.

  5. Hi ! Impressive content. People are still not sure what particular steps to take. Now, I think your initiative is well understood to target those to learn the basics. Thanks sharing.

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