When I first started blogging, having a comprehensive list of the best blogging tools would have been invaluable. So, I figured it would be beneficial to put together a list of blogging tools that you can reference regularly for your blogging needs.
It’s important to make sure that you’re using quality blogging tools that can scale appropriate as your blog continues to grow. This list of resources is updated often as new blogging tools are released and existing tools are updated. I recommend that you bookmark this page (use Ctrl+D!) for quick reference in the future as you continue to improve the quality of your blog.
Note: I have direct experience with each blogging tool listed below and actively use these tools in my business. It is important to mention that many of the links provided on this page are affiliate links. This means that I will earn a commission if you decide to purchase one of these products using my links. There is no additional cost to you when you purchase using my links. I only make product recommendations for blogging tools that I actually use in my business. You will notice that I will reference this page and these products often throughout the content presented on the blog.
How to Become an Authority Blogger:This is a book that was written by Blog Basics specifically for new bloggers who want to quickly become an authority in their niches. The book will walk you through the following topics:
- How to choose the right topic for your blog
- Techniques to develop the perfect blog name and brand messaging
- The process for designing a great looking blog
- Proven social media strategies
- Creating a successful launch plan for your blog
- Understanding how to create your launch content
- Proven strategies that produce epic content (outstanding content) for your blog
- The process to launching a successful blog
- How to start making friends in the blog world and why it’s important
- Techniques to build a thriving audience for your blog
- How to expand the reach of your blog
- Proven monetization strategies and how to make your first dollar blogging
- And much, much more, including a bonus blogging checklist to refer to as a refresher to some of the more in-depth lessons within the book.
Blogging Software, Themes and Frameworks
WordPress: This is the best (in my opinion) blogging platform available. The software is completely free and it is very easy to customize to your liking.
StudioPress: The Genesis Framework is a WordPress framework that allows you to rapidly build an attractive website and make very powerful changes to the design and functionality without needing a web developer using several different themes. The Genesis Framework powers more than 60,000+ websites. I use the Genesis Framework for several for my niche sites. BlogBasics.com is powered by the Genesis Framework.
THESIS Theme: DIY Themes offers a topnotch WordPress framework called THESIS. This framework provides a solid foundation for any WordPress based website. Over 40,000+ websites rely on the design flexibility, quick loading times and solid search engine optimization (SEO) capabilities of the THESIS framework. I have used THESIS for several different projects in the past. It is one of the best WordPress frameworks available.
WooThemes: The team at WooThemes offers high quality WordPress themes that have a professional look and feel. Similar to StudioPress and THESIS, WooThemes are powered by a framework that makes customizing your site very easy. One of my favorite WooThemes is the Canvas theme due to the incredible amount of flexibility and customizable features that it includes.
Website and Blog Hosting Solutions
HostGator: HostGator is clearly a cut above the other shared hosting solutions. They have the shortest wait times for customer support of any web-hosting provider that I have ever used. I highly recommend checking out HostGator.
Bluehost: This is another one of my favorite web hosting solutions. They have been in business since 1996 and offer really good customer service with very reasonable wait times (typically). Quality of customer service is one of the most important criteria to use when selecting a web host – especially when you’re just starting a blog.
Start a Blog That Matters: There are literally millions of blogs online. There are thousands of new blogs started every single day. Unfortunately, many of those blogs go unnoticed by most people. If you want to grow a popular blog, then it’s important that you start a blog that matters. This blogging course teaches you many of the strategies used by some of the most successful bloggers online when they start new blogs.
Write Like Freddy: If you struggle to create content for your blog or if you want to start guest posting on other blogs to increase your traffic and subscribers, this is a course that can really help you develop a structured process to writing content.
31 Days to Build a Better Blog: This is an eBook that you can download immediately. It’s designed to help you take your current blog to the next level – one day at a time.
Product Distribution Tools and Shopping Carts
E-Junkie: I use this excellent shopping cart system to sell eBooks on some of my other blogs. E-Junkie supports the most popular payment solutions including PayPal Standard and Pro, Google Checkout, Authorize.Net, TrialPay, ClickBank and 2CheckOut.
ClickBank: This is likely the most popular retailer of digital products. You can utilize this solution to distribute digital goods that you create for your audience or you can find digital products to promote on your blog. Clickbank also offers a very robust affiliate program for digital product sellers.
PayPal: This is another option that you can use to sell products on your blog. I only utilize PayPal as a means of accepting payment for my digital goods. Regardless of how you decide to use PayPal, you will likely want to setup a PayPal account for accepting payments using one the shopping cart solutions discussed above.
Email Marketing and List Management
Aweber: This is easily the best email management solution on the market. Their email delivery rates are consistently among the highest in the industry. If you plan to monetize your blog, the first thing that you’ll want to do is create an email newsletter. I use the Aweber email management solution exclusively on all of my blogs.
Tracking Blog Statistics and Results
Google Analytics: This is free tool offered by Google to track blog statistics.
Clicky: This is an alternative to using Google Analytics. The Clicky interface is more user friendly and offers several cool features that aren’t available when in Google’s offering.
Article Marketing Tools
The Best Spinner: This is the best article spinning software available. The software allows you to create unique versions of your existing articles, so that you can submit unique versions of your articles to other websites as guest posts, article directories, and various other places without worrying about duplicate content.
Unique Article Wizard: This tool allows you to create even more unique versions of the articles generated by The Best Spinner software to generate thousands of backlinks to your blog.
oDesk: I use this website to find inexpensive resources to hire for several blog related tasks that I don’t have time to complete.
Elance: While I prefer oDesk, I also utilize Elance from time to time to hire content writers.
Fiverr.com: This is a really cool marketplace where you can outsource many services starting at only $5.
LegalZoom: I use this service to quickly create legal entities (ex. LLC ).