When I started writing, I didn’t use any tools. All I had were my laptop, notes, and head.
I thought that was all you need to publish something great, which is true. That is all you need. But the time and work you invest into one post isn’t enough to become an influential writer — it actually takes many exceptional posts to build a fan base who can’t wait to read your next piece.
And the best way to pump more “wow” into your post is to use the right blogging tools.
I’ve been blogging for 1 1/2 years now and tried hundreds of tools to accelerate my success on blogging. Most of them I’d cut out from my life. A few I’d saved.
What I’ll be sharing here are the special few I still use in my everyday writing, which also includes ones that reputable writers had recommended me.
Brainstorm blog topics
Enter a subject and get a captivating headline for your posts in a split-second!
2. Blog About
Whip up creative titles for these topics: Saving time, saving money, productivity, a challenge, management, customer service, preparation, growth, your opinion and improvement.
Answer people’s questions in your area of expertise and grow your presence at the same time. You can write about it on a blog post, then link it back onto Quora.
Generate hundreds of blog titles with one topic.
Write smarter and faster
Guarantees that everything you write is “easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.”
Highlights segments of your writing that’s hard to read, so you can simplify it.
Automatically capitalize your blog title.
8. Egg Timer
Does a countdown of how much time you should spend writing.
Easily moves and zooms windows from one display to another so you can see everything that you’re doing on your MAC. It’s $10, but worth every minute of your day.
10. Calmly Writer
Write without distractions with this simple (but professional) text editor.
Calculates the readability of your blog posts, which tells you how easy your content is to digest.
Analyzes the overall structure, originality, and readability of your headlines.
Keep track of your work by organizing it from the big picture to the small details.
Create notes across your computer and mobile device and share them with others, wherever you are.
Organize your notes, ideas, and lists into one place.
Create an email list
Collect emails on Medium and your personal site. Rabbut automatically sends newsletters to your subscribers the moment you hit “publish.”
Manage your subscribers, send emails, and track your results.
18. Campaign Monitor
Send beautiful, customized email marketing campaigns to your subscribers.
Find free, high-quality images
26. Fancy Crave
Customize images, quotes & art
Create beautiful designs and professional graphics by simply dragging-and-dropping. Perfect for blog posts, ads, social media, and web presentations.
Create nice designs for your social media: Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Linkedin.
Turn images into visually appealing designs for your blog.
Turn ordinary quotes into stunning quote pictures. Use it for social media, e-cards, desktop or mobile wallpaper, posters, or print designs.
Create high-quality infographics using 500+ professionally-designed templates.
Record videos & GIFS
Record and share what’s happening on your screen. Free if recording is under 15 minutes.
Create animated GIFs by recording the content on your screen.
Mass-promote your content
Build or choose pre-built scripts to automate tasks with the statement, “if this, then that.”
The same purpose as IFTTT, except geared more towards businesses.
Share content on your social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google +, Pinterest, and Instagram) by pre-scheduling your posts. You can schedule up to 10 for free, at any time.
39. Tweet Jukebox
Now called Social Jukebox. Recycles your tweets and schedules your post to Facebook and Linkedin, automatically.
Outreach to influencers
Search for people’s emails by their IP Address, domain name or website. Use this as last resort when outreaching.
Pinpoints the ranking of a site across the world.
42. Click to Tweet
Create a tweet CTA link for your blog post or email.
Follow and connect with bloggers in the same industry as you.
44. Google Analytics
Tracks where and how much traffic your blog is getting and generates reports to help with your marketing.
Gives you detailed information and statistics on how Google sees and crawls your website.
Get user feedback through conversational surveys, quizzes, contests, product feedback, landing pages, and much more.
FOR SERIOUS BLOGGERS
47. iA Writer
A simple and clean text editor that’s designed to bring you a focused writing experience for business proposals, essays, white papers, poems, novels, etc.
A practical guide on how to use typography and format your posts.
Enhance your photos with Pixelmator’s advanced features: Painting, effects, layers, vectors, color adjustments, retouching and much more.
Completely turn your idea into reality by designing, editing your photos and putting them together in a collage.
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Did I miss any blogging tools you think is worth being on this list?
Drop it in the comments below! I may consider adding it to this list. 🙂