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Blogging Tools: The Best Free & Paid Tools For Your Website

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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.

Check out 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

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)
  • NewOldStamp: have a great signature for your regular email address
  • 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.
  • Easy PDF: Totally free online PDF converter.

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!)
  • Pushmaze:  to send mobile and push notifications.

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)
  • Lumen5: Make free videos for social media

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?)

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