8 Free Tools All Bloggers Need To Be Using!

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I have learnt a lot in the short time I have been blogging. One of those things is the tools I need to be using to ensure that everything runs smoothly! Here are all the Free blogging tools I like to use throughout my day. 


Grammarly - Better than a spell checker

This is a basic must-have tool. If you take anything away from this post, it is USE GRAMMARLY! Nobody wants to read a post where there are spelling errors, missed out words and confusing sentences. Although Grammarly isn't perfect, it does an amazing job and gives you a word count and a score to work on. It is a good tool to have and has improved my writing a lot. I would highly recommend Grammarly for writing plus it saves your work in a cloud rather than to your computer in case you have any accidents!

Tailwind - Scheduling pins 


Tailwind is used to schedule Pinterest and Instagram posts. It is a great tool, especially if you are going away for a weekend or so. The free trial of Tailwind lets you schedule posts, analyse reports and reschedule unsuccessful pins. You get a set amount of free scheduled posts before you have to pay for the membership, but it is useful to keep these pins for when you need to use them! 

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Canva - Photo editing & Pin making


I use the free version of Canva to make all of my Pinterest pins. For a free tool, it is amazing and has everything you need to make viral pins. If you want a larger range of fonts and images, you can pay for the premium version, but especially when you're starting out, the free version is all you need. 

Social Media - Blog post promotion


Social media is the best free tool for promoting your blog. You could use Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. It is key for getting traffic to your blog, and without it, you may find it hard to get lots of readers. Social media also connects you to other bloggers and helps to build a following for your blog, so it is highly recommended. 


MOZ - DA score analysis 


MOZ allows you to check your DA (domain authority) and PA (page authority). For those who don't know what this is, it is a score for your website out of 100. You're allowed 10 checks a month which is more than enough to get you through as you don't need to check constantly. MOZ offers other things too and gives you an analysis of where your DA comes from. It is a helpful tool to help grow your DA and know where you are at!

Unsplash - Free stock images


Unsplash is one of my favourite stock photo sites. There are many others to choose from, but Unsplash stands out with their high quality and extensive range of photos to choose from! This is an important tool, and it is one I'd recommend having on hand in case you need some last-minute stock photos for a post. It is always handy to download a bunch of photos for later on too!

Answer the public - Find what is popular right now


Answer The Public is a great resource when thinking of to write. It allows you to search keywords (I'd recommend your niche or something you want to write about), and see what the public are searching for on Google! Using Answer The Public may allow you to increase your traffic by targeting topics that people are searching for. I love this tool and also think it is really interesting to see what people are looking for!


Notion/Trello - Project Management/task management


So, I am one for planning. I love both of these project management sites, as well as my old fashioned notebook. Trello is fantastic as you can make a board, create a task and within each task, make a checklist of things to do! Notion is also great, especially for working with others. With both of these, I love how you can easily drag and drop things into columns, so you're always on track with the things you're doing. They are brilliant tools for keeping track of what you're doing. 

These are the tools I love to use. I use them frequently, if not, daily for blogging. They keep me organised and make my daily life run a lot smoother. I swear by these tools and highly recommend them. What tools do you use for blogging? Let me know in the comments!



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21 comments

  1. Love this post Emily! I also just started recently with blogging and a few of these free tools I am definitely going to use myself!

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    1. That is brilliant, good luck on your journey!

      Em x

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  2. Those all are great tips to help new bloggers get around the blogging world. Canva is an amazing tool for making your own personal pins to help you boost your blog up.

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    1. Canva is great and I use that one a lot for all of my pins. I used to use Fotor but found canva gave me a lot more options!

      Em x

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  3. This is a great post Em! I haven't heard of some of these resources so I will definitely be using them! Thank you for sharing :)
    Em
    planningwithem.com

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    1. Thank you, I am glad these are going to help you out! I think they are really helpful and there are so many tools out there!

      Em x

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  4. I have been using canva! But I think I might check out unsplash. Also I never hear of Answer the public, these were so helpful! Thanks for sharing.

    Nikki O.

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  5. Love all of these resources!! Grammarly is such a good one - massively overlooked, it doesn't usually come up in lists of resources, but it's so handy to have!!

    I used to use tailwind, however, stopped using it whilst I went travelling then when I returned I pinned manually and have had my best growth yet - just a struggle to maintain whilst working full time. Apparently something changed in Pinterest algorithm, it can regonise manual pinning? that's what I heard anyway - I'm always switching up my methods to see what works best.

    Hayley || hayleyxmartin

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  6. Love this! I use canva on the daily!

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  7. This is such a helpful post. There were a couple that I hadn't heard of before so I will definitely be checking them out.

    www.thekellydianereport.co.uk

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  8. Never thought to use Trello outside of work! I should also use Grammarly, mine is terrible and I'm always telling people.

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  9. I use Grammarly, Canva and Tailwind. Lightroom is another useful app if you want to edit your photos. I'll definitely check out Unslpash. Thank you for sharing this post!

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  10. Many good advice! Probably we should use Grammarly as well because we are not native speakers... We spend a pretty long time proofreading everything!

    And we love tailwind :)

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  11. Great post, and every helpful! There are a few resources here I have heard of, but I'll be looking into them now!

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  12. Thanks for sharing, I use most of these :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  13. Great list!! Never heard of Answer The Public but will check it out now! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Oh, thank God for these tools! Especially, Unsplash!

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  15. This post is very helpful. Especially for a new blogger like me.

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  16. Thank you for your post Emily x I have just joined Unsplash, as I was looking for a site that did free stock photos for my blog x Great post thank you!

    Sarah

    https://www.dreamcashe.com/

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  17. Such a great list, Em!! I use most of the tools you've listed. My favourites would have to be Canva, Grammarly and Unsplash!! I found out about Answer the Public a few months ago and am liking it too :)

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