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Top 12 Killer (Must Have) Blogging Tools For Bloggers

As a blogger, have you ever wonder what are good blogging tools you need? I bet you do and that’s why you are here right? Well, don’t worry about it as I was in the same boat as you in the past. It happens to all of us, especially when we are desperate to find great blogging tools to enrich our blogs and websites.

What are blogging tools that worth your time and effort?

Through my blogging experience, there are many blogging tools where we can use for blogging. And yes, most of these tools are free but there are some which are paid tools (or premium blogging tools as we call it). Without much delay, the below are the blogging tools that I am currently using in my daily blogging life and I do hope that these tools will work well for you as well.

Using the right blogging tools will help bloggers and webmasters improve their sites.
What are the best blogging tools available? 

Free blogging tools for bloggers

1. Google Drive

Store blogging materials in the cloud thanks to Google Drive
It is best to write draft and keep it for later revision before posting on your blog 

Google Drive is one of the best free blogging tool I ever used. Before this, I was using the old school way which is using Microsoft Words and saving each file on my laptop. Why i love Google Drive so much is because I could easily compose an article or blog spot on it, save it and adjust later when I have the time. It is absolutely great since I can be blogging nearly every position on Earth as long as I have Internet connection.

Try Google Drive now!

2. Google Keywords Tool

Google Keyword Tool is one of the best free tools for bloggers to use
Google Keyword Tool is a great way for bloggers to find quality keywords 

People talk about Market Samurai, Micro Niche Finder and even SEMrush. Well, I use all of them three honestly but trust me when I tell you that nothing beats Google Keywords Tool. While the three are absolutely doing great in my blogging career, I cannot deny the fact that I uses Google Keywords Tool more than any of these three combined.

Just a few clicks, I am able to sort out keywords relevant to my writing and improve the content optimization of my blog. Do I need to remind you that it is free as well?

Nothing beats free stuff, huh? Check out Google Keywords Tool here.

3. Evernote

Evernote is a good way to store blogging drafts online
Bloggers can easily retrieve back blogging drafts kept in Evernote 

I bet nearly 95% of bloggers in this world would have Evernote app in their smartphones, tablets and even laptops. Thought of a great idea or blogging inspiration? Why don’t use Evernote to jot notes down?

I travel and move a lot. Whenever I get an idea on a topic, I would just pop up Evernote and write that down. It doesn’t matter if I am not using those notes at the moment but I am pretty sure (and happened before) that I would use them one day in the future.

Give Evernote a try and sign up for free account now!

4. Dropbox

Dropbox is a great way to keep important materials online
Share your articles, documents and images between devices thanks to Dropbox 

I can’t deny the fact that Dropbox is playing a huge role in my blogging career. When it comes to saving pictures or photos to use for my blogging, I will definitely keep them in Dropbox. The ability to sync across devices makes Dropbox an even more worthwhile application for any bloggers or webmasters.

I am currently using the free one which 62 GB of space (thanks to my Note 2) and you can imagine where I am going from there. A must have for all bloggers. Period.

Get a free 2 GB Dropbox account for free and start sync data across devices and computer.

5. Yahoo smush.it

Reducing image size can improve website loading speed
Yahoo smush.it will help to reduce image size and improve website loading speed 

There is a WordPress plugin for smush.it but I am using the web one instead. Every photos or images uploaded can be compressed and optimized to reduce it size. And what’s the use of it?

The smaller the picture or image is, the faster it loads up. I am not sure about you but this is definitely one of the must have blogging tool for me.

*p/s Do note that at times, the Yahoo servers might be slow and thus, uploading images could be a little hassle thought.

See how Yahoo Smush.it works here.

6. WordPress SEO by Yoast

Wordpress SEO is the best SEO plugin for WordPress
WordPress SEO offers free and unlimited use of SEO tools to boost website ranking and content optimization 

I am pretty sure the term search engine optimization or SEO is no longer a stranger to all of you. In fact, there are many SEO companies or SEO agents which you can use to improve your blog’s SEO and ranking.

However, have you asked yourself if that is truly necessary?

WordPress SEO by yoast is a free WordPress plugin that offers great SEO functions for your blogs and websites. What it actually does is doing multiple analysis on your content and determine the SEO level through it.

Once an analysis is done, it will then give you suggestions which may help you boost your SEO score even further. Sounds good? Certainly is for me!

If you are looking for a free but GREAT SEO plugin for WordPress, I truly recommend this from the bottom of my heart. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.

Yoast’s official website.

7. W3 Total Cache

Cache plugins are used to improve website loading speed
W3 Total Cache is a one of the best WordPress cache plugins of all time 
  • Google – 500 milliseconds of extra load time caused 20% fewer searches
  • For Yahoo – 400 milliseconds of extra load time caused a 5-9% increase in the number of people who clicked ‘back’ before the page even loaded
  • For Amazon – 100 milliseconds of extra load time resulted in a 1% drop in sales

Optimizing website to improve loading time is important. It optimizing your website is not inside your book, then you should do it right now. Nowadays, website that loads slower could easily affect their website ranking on search result pages.

W3 Total Cache is often named as the best WordPress cache plugin. I got to agree with this as my website loads a second faster (maybe more) when this plugin is activated. High recommended for bloggers who are interested to boost their website loading speed.

Check out W3 Total Cache on WordPress.org.

8. Flickr

Share your images on blogs easily using Flickr
Flickr enables bloggers to share photos and images without taking up server space 

I am not sure how many of you uses Flickr but I can tell you that I use it pretty much. I am a previous imgur user until the free storage capacity blocks me from using it to the max. Okay, I can’t be spending all my earnings on blogging only right?

Run and controlled by Yahoo Inc, I am pretty sure my photos are in good hands. What makes the cut even further is the latest free ‘giveaway’ which is awarding all users 1TB of memory space which makes photo sharing for bloggers even juicier!

Try Flickr today for free!

Premium blogging tools

9. Scribe Content Optimization

Content optimization can help blog and website rank better on search engines
Scribe is one of the best content optimization tools for bloggers 

Let’s say you want to bring SEO to the next level. This is where I recommend you this ‘˜state-of-the-art’ content optimization tool by CopyBlogger, Scribe. I personally use Scribe for all my money blogs and it proves to be more than just a great investment.

Don’t get me wrong as I uses WordPress SEO by yoast as well. However, the final SEO analysis is done using Scribe and it will pinpoint on keywords or SEO opportunities which I might accidentally left out.

I am always worried of my SEO (even though I know I shouldn’t) for my money blogs. I want my blogs to rank well and get good organic traffic to them. With Scribe, I knew I am already half way there. You can read more the product here: Scribe Content Optimization.

Don’t forget to request for your free SEO report using this link!

10. Thirsty Affiliates

Change ugly URL to pretty URL using Thirsty Affiliate plugin
Say goodbye to ugly URL thanks to Thirsty Affiliates 

Thirsty Affiliate is the latest plugin I bought for myself. Reading through my previous blogs and you will notice that I am a member of ShareASale (affiliate program). I always wonder how other bloggers share their affiliate links using so a nice URL.

A little Google-ing and I found out that most of them are using Thirsty Affiliate. Well, what this WordPress plugin do is changing the ugly url to something beautiful. Example as below:

Ugly URL: https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?cl=185140&c=ib&aff=250804

Beautiful URL: http://www.reginaldchan.net/recommends/thirsty-affiliates/

See the difference? This doesn’t only protects my affiliate links but at the same time, making it very pleasant to the eyes. Not only that, it could even improve the chances of getting an affiliate sale right? You can have a look at what Thirsty Affiliate is offering by clicking this link: Thirsty Affiliate Website.

11. Hybrid Connect

Mailing list is important to ensure that blog subscribers are notified immediately on new posts and events
Hybrid Connect is the latest OptinSkin alternative that provides great service, value and customer support 

People say building a mailing list is important and I certainly cannot disagree with any further.

I read about Hybrid Connect on Adam Connell’s website, Blogging Wizard (you can find the link here). Adam, if you are reading this, thank you for your recommendation!

I am pretty sure most of you are aware of a plugin called OptinSkin. Well, Hybrid Connect works exactly like OptinSkin with more features packed in it. It offers the ability to put sign up box for mailing and newsletters nearly every inch of the blog.

What makes it better is the customer support. When I purchased Hybrid Connect, it wouldn’t work my Dynamik theme (due to my customizations) and they fixed it up. They didn’t stop there. Instead, they even offered me help when they noticed there was an issue with one of my codes.

I was more than just ‘wow-ed’. Thank you Hybrid Connect team!

Try out risk free Hybrid Connect with 30-days money back guarantee!

12. Dynamik Website Builder for Genesis Framework

Dynamik website builder is a great tool to build quality themes
Start building your own customized WordPress themes using Dynamik website builder 

I am pretty sure you are well aware that if you want to attract your readers, you need to have more than just a normal blog theme. Good themes are hard to come by but thanks to Dynamik team, building a custom theme for WordPress is as easy as click the drop down buttons. Want to know more about Dynamik Website Builder?

You can also head over to their official website, Dynamik Theme and Genesis Framework for more information.

Over to you

I hope the blogging tools listed above will provide you more than just great experience in your blogging life. Have you used any of these tools? Share with me by replying the comment form below.

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16 thoughts on “Top 12 Killer (Must Have) Blogging Tools For Bloggers”

  1. Hi Reginald ,
    Thanks for sharing these tools , i think i have used most of them they are really very effective.Remaining tools i will defiently try out..

    Cheers!

    • Hi Shorya,
      Thanks for commenting 🙂 Hopefully, these tolls will be able to help you out in your blogging career.

      Take care and do come back for more ya!
      Reginald

  2. Google Drive? Microsoft Word? Why? I really don’t get it… why should I waste some of my time like that? Why not writing the blog post directly in WP and save it there as a draft? You can also preview it and that’s a big advantage.

    • Hi Adrian,

      Actually, Google Drive and all these tools are essential for bloggers and writers. Even though WP has the draft thingy, it doesn’t come close to what others have. I would rather exchange flexibility with some time. Double work? Why not since I have a secondary backup file 🙂 Also, it is always great to do it on other ‘places’ since it is much easier for reblogging and preparing for guest posting. Of course, until I can get Microsoft Live Writer.

      I love blogging on other tools first because of my self experience. Had an issue last time which caused so bad things to happen to my sites and all the articles there. Now, having a backup is always better. But again, we have backup buddies in WP right? 😉

      Reginald

    • Hi Sumanth,

      I don’t really use blogspot anymore but the concept is the same … Google Keyword Tool etc. What makes blogspot having little choices is because we can’t install things ‘directly’ to blogspot.

      To answer your question, Google Keyword Tool, Scribe Content, Long Tail Pro and Market Samurai are great for any blogs including blogspot. Only the first is free and the rest are paid tools.

      Hard to find free and good tools except Google Key Word Tool.

      Reginald

  3. Thanks for the useful list of blogging tools Regi 🙂

    I am using most of the tools but unaware of few, even didn’t heard the name of some tools before, will have a look at those now.

    I like to read blogging and SEO tips from you, keep writing 🙂

  4. Hello Reginald,

    In this great list of these killer blogging tools I was missing hybrid connect,about which I was unknown. But, you have presented an alternative for OptinSkin.

    Thirsty Affiliates is also a great plugin and I love the way it works. I am using this plugin on my blog also.

    Thanks for sharing the list of these tools. Have a nice day 🙂

    ~Ganesh Narayan Gupta

    • Hey Ganesh,

      How have you been? Hope you are doing fine 🙂

      Hybrid Connect is a cool tool if you know what you are doing. Pretty impressive and same goes to OptinSkin. Both are equally nice (for me, it boils down to design work).

      Thirsty Affiliate is a good tool! It works like Pretty Link and I love it when the developer changed it from premium to free plugin. Great move indeed.

      Hope you liked this and thanks for dropping by.

  5. Hey Reginald,
    These is a great list of blogging tools that every blogger should kept with him, as they are very helpful in taking a blog to the next level. But, I think that Microsoft words is missed out in this list which is useful for writing content which is the bese of every blog..

    • Hi Vikas,

      Thanks for commenting. Words is really the basic and thus, didn’t consider it killer. Haha. Nonetheless, thanks for sharing that. How could I forget that :p

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