Blogging Tools: The Definitive List for Growth (in 2018)

blogging tools

These are THE essential blogging tools I use every day.

  • I’m not going to suggest crappy products just so I can score a short-term affiliate sale.
  • I value your trust and hope you’ll stick around DYEB for the LONG-term.
  • None of these companies reached out to me.

These blogging tools are my favorites based on use, and I stand by my recommendations 1,000%! There definitely affiliate links in here, for sure though 🙂


Content Production and General Blogging Tools

Which platform should I blog on?

WordPress (Or heck, even WordPress.com!)

The absolutely ultimate beginner blogging tool.

WordPress is the actual software that powers this blog, as well as something like 33% of the entire internet!

It is by far the best choice for bloggers, over competitors like…

  • Wix
  • Weebly
  • Squarespace
  • Joomla?

It offers far more customization (even if that DOES come with a learning curve at first), and generally just comes loaded with the most power.

There’s a reason WordPress is dang-near a household name. They’re awesome. Use it. If you’re truly new hear and want to learn how to set WordPress UP, check out the beginner guide to starting a blog. It’s also free.

What are some tools to help produce better blog headlines?

Coschedule Headline Analyzer for creating amazing headlines (Free)

We all know headlines are super important, yes? Yes.

This tool is amaaaaazing for working through different headline strategies, and it’s also addicting and fun 🙂

Also, I wrote an entire headline analyzer guide for using the CoSchedule tool, as well as another favorite, the AMI Emotional Headline Analyzer.

Blogging tools to help me write better:

Hemingway App for crafting short and compelling language (Free)

This software was created to be a super fun (and slightly addicting) way to potentially make your writing a lot more crisp, clear, bold, and maybe way more impactful.

Hemingway App Blog Tool
Thanks Ernest H!

Oops, guess that last sentence should’ve been:

A fun (and slightly addicting) software to make your writing crisp, clear, bold, and way more impactful.

Grammarly for spelling & grammar (free)

This is almost a MANDATORY blogging tool for bloggers. You simply sign-up for free (there’s a premium version as well, but not needed for most), install the Chrome extension or desktop app–and start writing.

Grammarly will pop-up in most applications, browsers, and apps, and tell you what you’re doing wrong (and gives you an easy way to fix grammar errors!).

grammarly for bloggers
Grammarly in action

Image and Graphic Design Tools

What’s the Best Graphics Editors for Creating Featured Images, Pins, Etc?

Snappa.com (Free and Pro versions available: ~$10/month)

I have used Canva, PicMonkey, and more–and I keep coming back to Snappa.

Some features (the last of which is by far my favorite)

  • User-friendly UI
  • Great selection of fonts and access to custom colors
  • WAY better layout guides, snapping, and layer functionality than any other tool I’ve tried.
  • Auto-resizing (need to create Pinterest, Twitter, and FB graphics at the same time? Done).
  • Built-in access to the Stocksnap.io stock photo library(!)

The built-in stock photo library in Snappa is far superior to Canvas!

snappa blogging tool

Canva – (Free and Paid)

Snappa’s main competitor, Canva is by FAR the most used graphic design and image tool for bloggers.

There are definitely fantastic features there, but I tend to get a bit annoyed at the paid images (if you start using Canva, you’ll know what I’m talking about), and therefore don’t enjoy it as much as Snappa.

However, it is powerful for creating featured images, Pinterest images, etc. Definitely worth checking out.

Sketch – A NON-browser-based tool ($99)

This tool is a bit more advanced, as it was created with professional designers in mind. However, I’ve found the user interface pretty easy to navigate, especially with their MANY tutorials on the Sketch website.

This is why I use for logos, pins, and other advanced graphics that need a bit more customization than I can get with Snappa.

sketch app
Keeping my pins organized in Sketch

Where Can I Find Great Stock Photos for My Blog?

There are a metric ton of stock photo sites, but here are my recommendations:

Pexels (free)

This is my go-to for pretty much everything. The variety is a bit more than average, and it’s 100% free.

All The Free Stock (free)

What if there was a way to search several stock photo sites at once?

That’s what this site does. It can be a bit tricky to navigate (click “multi-site search” on the left menu), but if I can’t find it on Pexels, I’ll generally come here next.

What Are the Best Tools for Compressing Images?

Compressor.io browser-based image compression (FREE)

In your blogging tool arsenal, you NEED a tool to compress those fancy images you’re creating.

This is super important for SEO, as uncompressed images slow down your site!

Compressor makes your site faster!

We want out blogs to be nice and speedy, so compressor makes a great addition to your blog tool roundup.

Short Pixel WP Plugin image compressor (Free and Paid depending on usage)

This is what I use to compress everything these days, as it saves a ton of time compared to the manual upload/download/upload process of using a browser-based compressor.

To use Short Pixel, you

  1. install and activate the plugin
  2. drag-n-drop images to WordPress like you always do

That’s it. Short Pixel automatically compresses your images to be speedy, and it can even auto-resize large images as well.

Lastly, it’s cheap. You can get up to 100 images/month for free, and you can also avoid monthly commitments and just pay in bulk (I bought 10,000 images for $10. That’s insanely awesome).


SEO tools (Search Engine Optimization tools)

Yoast SEO (Free and Pro version available)

I use it. Everyone uses it. You should too. It’s awesome for on-page SEO. ‘Nuff said? Nuff said.

Google Keyword Planner (Free)

There are LOADS of SEO tools out there for keyword research, Google competition analysis, etc. Moz, Ahrefs, Market Samuria, Keyword.io…all these are great (but most are expensive).

Google’s keyword tool is one of the top blogging tools for beginners. It’s free, (fairly) easy to use, and contains all the data you would ever need.

Use it till you can afford Moz, then go Moz.

Soolve.com (Free)

I love this tool, and use it every time I create content.

It basically suggest keywords (just like the actual Google search bar), but for multiple search engines at once(!). Use it!

solve blog tool
Soolves my SEO struggles, get it?

KWFinder and SERPWatcher (Free and Pro Versions available)

As far as really well-done keyword research tools go, Moz, Ahrefs, SEMRush, Majestic, etc, all cost over $1,000 a year for their cheapest plans.

Give the Mangools apps a try:

  • KWFinder
  • SERPChecker
  • SERPWatcher
  • LINKMiner

For a smooth $30/month, you get access to ALL of these tools. Keyword research, domain and keyword tracking, competitor analysis, backlink miner. It’s crazy how good these are, and it’s less than HALF the cost of other SEO tools 🙂

WP Rocket (WordPress caching plugin to speed up your site) – ($49)

This isn’t an SEO tool per se, but given that Google really really wants us to have FAST websites, WP Rocket makes the list.

No, they don’t have a free version, but it’s cheap, and far superior to other cache plugins I’ve tried (and I’ve literally tried them all). It’s far more user-friendly than the industry-leading W3 Total Cache.

This plugin is worth it. One of my “mandatory top-5.”


Growth Tools

Sumo.com (Free and Pro versions available)

No, Noah Kagan is not paying me for this. I have used Sumo and every website I’ve ever had. Seriously.

Sumo is a must-have tool for

  • Email list growth
  • Conversion tools
  • Content Analytics
  • Share buttons (you’re looking at mine right now)
  • Way more.

Social Warfare (a close 2nd to Sumo)

Social Warfare is worth mentioning only because Sumo has been such a powerhouse with share tools….this little plugin is now the scrappy underdog tool for bloggers.

I haven’t actually used these guys, but I hear AMAZING things around the blogosphere…from people I trust! Try this tool out.

smarterqueue dashboard screenshot
SmarterQueue is AMAZING for social media management

SmarterQueue for social media automation! ( ~$20/month, but w/ 30-day free trial)

I’ve tried Hootsuite, meetEdgar, and Buffer…..and NONE of them compare to SmarterQueue.

(I’ve only been with them a month now, but I am loving every second of it.)

I NO LONGER spend 30-60 minutes a week loading up my queues. I set up my scheduled times, and my post groups, and now I ONLY have to add new content (and other people’s content that I enjoy).

The rest is done for me. It recycles evergreen content. 

5 mins a week! I highly, highly , HIGHLY recommend you try it out for 14 days (Use my affiliate link for 30 days free!).

(Also, I wrote an entire review of SmarterQueue here)

Tailwind (Free trial available, but really paid)

Tailwind does it all.

  • Automate your pins,
  • Analyze your profile, board, and group board stats (which group boards are worth your time? Tailwind straight up shows you)
  • Handy Chrome extension to share anything from anywhere (to multiple boards, groups, tribes, etc!)

(P.S. Use my affiliate link here and we BOTH get $15. That’s a full month free) After you have it, go listen to Rosemarie Groner drop huge Pinterest value bombs in our chat.

tailwind blog tool
Click the image and we BOTH get $15 🙂

Organizational Tools

Bear App (Free. Pro versions available)

I LOVE THESE GUYS. I literally use Bear every hour I’m working. It’s clutch, simple, and amazing. I bought the pro version for $14/year. SSSSuper affordable.

I use this to…

  • Take podcast interview notes
  • Draft blog posts
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Keep track of my daily to-do’s
  • Save content to read later (the Chrome extension is amazing).

I use Google Docs for certain things as well, but I literally live out of Bear every day. Can’t recommend it enough.


Email Marketing Tools

Ok, I’m about to stir up some controversy over email service providers…but if you are a complete newbie, I do not recommend starting with ConvertKit.

See below.

Mailchimp (Free up to 1k subs or so, Pro versions available)

MC makes the list of all-time best blogging tools for beginners. Even in 2017, the age of ConvertKit, Aweber, Infusionsoft, etc)

Quite frankly, it’s the free-est and easiest to get started with. Complete beginners should start collecting subscribers immediately with Mailchimp, and migrate to ConvertKit after ~500-1,000 subscribers…after you figure out what you’re doing.

Sorry, that’s my honest opinion.

However….

ConvertKit (Paid, starting at $29/month up to 1k subs)

For more experienced bloggers, ConvertKit absolutely takes the cake. It was created with bloggers in mind, and it shows. It’s powerful, intuitive, and still fair-priced. Give it a go if you’ve got a solid grasp on email marketing and lead gen.

convertkit email blog tool
Umm. Aren’t you amazed at my 400% conversion rate???

Drip (0-100 free, 101-2,500 $41/mo)

I use Drip on another project, and LOVE IT.

The features are amazing, and it’s actually a great price point, especially once you get to the 1k subscriber mark (from there till 2,500, it’s actually cheaper than ConvertKit, and still has the same features).

Everything is super user-friendly on Drip. HIGHLY recommended.

MailerLite (0-1,000 subs is free!)

This is another SOLID alternative for beginner bloggers.

Why? It’s incredibly easy to use, and also comes with some landing page software as well (similar to CK above).

While it does lack some of the more powerful features for email marketing, it’s definitely a solid choice for new folks.

Gmail ($77 a month.)

I use gmail to read and send emails, but with one powerful addition…

Streak (for tracking emails–Free and Pro versions available)

Streak is a sales and marketing CRM tool, but it sits right in Gmail! I use it to track emails, set auto-follow-ups, and more.

It’s uber powerful, but fairly easy to get started as well.

(Other cool email tools built within Gmail include Mixmax, TopInbox, and Bananatag. If you’re looking to grow your email list, there are some excellent strategies for beginners here.)


Website Domain and Hosting tools

Bluehost – STILL the best hosting for beginning bloggers (starts at about $3/month)

In the past, I have NOT recommended Bluehost for hosting–based on using their product YEARS ago.

However, while doing research for my 10k+ word mega-uber-definitive guide on how to start a blog, I actually gave Bluehost another shot and went through their entire set-up process.

And I was blown away by how smooth it went!

I’m still going to recommend Siteground for established bloggers who have experience navigating cPanel & installing WordPress, but for new bloggers, I’m recommending Bluehost 250%.

It’s quite possibly the fastest way to get up and running with a new WordPress blog I’ve ever seen, and their user dashboard looks wayyy better than it did 5 years ago.

bluehost dashboard
The WP installation was incredibly smooth (and automated)

They have my recommendation–for new bloggers especially.

That said, here is my affiliate link to Bluehost. I’m happy to promote it.

Namecheap (for domains)

Namecheap is still my go-to for buying domains, and probably always will be. They’re affordable, easy to set-up, and I’ve never encountered a single problem with their customer service.

I also have a few blogs hosted on Namecheap, and LOVE how easy it is to install SSL certificates on their platform. They make it easy!

Siteground (for hosting)

I personally use Siteground, based on the recommendation of many blogger friends.

siteground pricing
Best for medium-high traffic sites (includes free transfer as well!)

I initially switched to Siteground when my traffic ramped up enough to cause Godaddy issues.

Website down = Pete moves his website.

Siteground has been incredibly stable, fast loading, and they offered a free website migration, which might actually be the best decision I’ve ever made.

If your blog is moving past the 10k-30k views/mo mark, I recommend them, despite the slight cost increase compared to Bluehost and Namecheap.


Site Security and Blog Backup Tools

WordFence – WordPress security plugin (free and $99/year)

Protecting your blog from attacks is a REAL threat, people. Luckily, there are free (and cheap) solutions for this, and WordFence is by far my favorite. It’s largely plug and go, with minimal set-up.

If you’d like to learn a TON more, you should check out my entire blog post on-site security and backups here.

Updraft Plus (free and paid available, but you only need free)

Seriously, click the link above to learn all there is to know about WP backups, and such, but Updraft is the ONLY backup plugin I’ve ever seen that has 3rd-part backups (i.e. Google Drive, Dropbox, etc), available in their free version.

Woot!


Podcasting Tools

podbean blog tool
Podbean has the best pricing by far. Sold.

This concludes the best blogging tools for beginners section, but what about audio?? Podcasting has never been easier in 2018, (and fairly cheap to start). Below are my personal tools.

Podbean for hosting (Free and Pro versions available: ~$120/year)

I get an unlimited amount of minutes uploaded for an incredible price. Sold.

Some of the bigger hosts (Libsyn, etc), set a strict upload limit for their normal accounts (or charge $100+/month. Nope thanks), and who wants to be limited with their talk time??

Not I. I like to ramble.

(I was delightfully surprised with how easy publishing was on Podbean. I had never traversed iTunes, RSS feeds, etc, and they made it easy. Give Podbean some love, they’re awesome!)

Audacity for editing (free!)

Audacity is the gold standard of free podcasting tools. It’s easy to install and set-up, and there are a TON of online resources and tutorials to help you get up and running. Highly recommended.

Adobe Audition for editing (Paid as part of CC suite)

I’m not the world’s best audio engineer, but I hear Audition is pretty nice 🙂 If you’re used to working in the Adobe CC suite anyways, transitioning over to this is easy.

Audio Technica AT-2500 Microphone (It’s ok.)

I’m currently saving up blogging income to buy a new podcasting setup! Help me out here (and receive loads of promo for your blog in return)


I’m saving up for this…….


Extra random blogging tools!

Justgetflux.com for adjusting screen colors for nighttime blogging (Free)

Flux helps save your eyes! It prevents strain by altering the natural screen light from your computer, based on the time of day.

Snip.ly for getting a bit of extra traffic when you share other people’s content (Free and Pro versions available)

A fun little traffic tool. Here’s how it works:

  1. You find an article you want to share (someone else’s, not your own!)
  2. You “snip” it, creating a small Call-to-action widget.
  3. You share the article w/ the world
  4. When someone clicks on the link, they see the article you shared w/ YOUR call-to-action on the page.

Feels a little bit like hacking. Try it out and let me know if you see any cool results (seriously. Email me and let me feature you?)

Screencastify quickly recording your screen (Free and Pro versions available)

Take videos straight from your browser and automatically save to Google Drive. (both screenshare and webcam!)

This is an amazing app for quickly and easily taking HD vids. It’s sooo much quicker than any other tool I’ve encountered. There are even some built-in editing tools in the Pro version.

Moz Bar for checking SERP data (Free)

Nice little SEO tool in Chrome extension format. Let’s you check native Google results for domain authority, backlinks, etc. The free version is great.

ColorPick Eyedropper for identifying any colors on any website (Free)

Chrome extension that lets you hover over any website page, and snag the color code!

I’m ashamed to say I’ve tried dozens of these tools, and this one is my favorite. (lol)

What are some of your blogging tools, apps, etc? Let me know in the comments!

That’s a wrap! Did you enjoy these? Discover something new? Want to add something?

Want to discuss affiliate marketing and how bad Bluehost is? Drop me a comment!

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51 Comments

  1. Awesome suggestions, thank you for sharing. I tried godaddy hosting once and the speeds were terrible. Went to inmotion and they put you on SSD servers and don’t cram 100 sites on 1 node.

    1. Yeah, I also use InmotionHosting! It’s really great! But compared to others a little bit more expensive. However, if you are serious about blogging you should invest in yourself and your site.

    2. I use inmotion for my main blog as I too started out with bluehost as that’s what everyone said to use. But by the time the site hit 3k page views a month I was having problems. Inmotion is more expensive but I have never had a problem with the service or customer service!

  2. That’s really a great and honest list!

    What I’d like to add:

    CoSchedule: It’s a paid and actually expensive tool (I think it costs about $30/month). It’s an editorial calendar with drag’n’drop functionality. You can plan all your social media as well as your blog content, webinars, etc. and automate it. I think the headline tool you’ve recommended is also integrated. This is definitely the first tool I get when I reach this monthly revenue.

    WP Broken Link Status Checker: It’s exactly what you think it is. It checks your website for broken links. As I have created the most beautiful 404-error-page (not yet online), it’s sad that users will probably never see it. However, it’s a free tool with the ability to save some of your users time as well as some of their frustrations.

    1. “Check My Links” is a Chrome extension I use. Can be used on anyone’s site. And I’m with you on CoSchedule! Might be checking it out soon 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for this! I love that it’s just out there, to the point and easy to read. I appreciate it!

  4. Thanks for the streak suggestion. Headline Analyzer used to be free, now it’s baked in to the paid service… I think. I’m a tool junkie. Trying to use fewer tools better. Evernote is doing God’s work… so good?

    1. Agreed. And the headline analyzer is still free, just behind an email opt-in now :/

      Only reason I know is cuz I’m a cheap bastardized and spent an hour with it today.

  5. I am a complete newbie and I really havent used much of these tools yet. I will certainly use the Google Keyword Planner tool. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Great list! As a newbie it can be so hard to wade through all of the referral links to see if something really is worth getting. I fell into the ConvertKit trap from the get go and for someone just starting out and not having time to use it to its full potential it definitely wasn’t worth it.
    Will check out Snappa, Soolve and Sumo now.

  7. This is awesome!! And no Bluehost, haha!

    When I first started looking into starting a blog, I honestly thought Bluehost was my only option. The day before I went to start, I happened across a blog post on Siteground and had to pause everything to look up the differences. All I could find once I started looking harder were poor reviews of Bluehost, and recommendations for Siteground. My blog is still in its early, simple stages, but I’ve had no issues with Siteground so far. Plus I hear their customer service is really great.

    I’ll be checking out some of your other recommendations, for sure! 🙂

    1. Right?? I did the same!

      Best of luck to you Katie, keep us posted on how things are going? (via Twitter perhaps?)

  8. I never understood every all the people pushing bluehost – reviews were pretty poor and their $3.95 per month was only if you paid in full for 3 years. Siteground is 3.95 for one year and has much better reviews. Thanks for sharing all of this!

    Also, as a personal observation – I don’t mind sponsorships on your site or on the podcasts. I expect that if people are giving me valuable content for free, then they should make money somehow. Don’t worry about “offending” people with sponsorships if they are sponsors you believe in. Your “real” audience won’t mind you making some money! You put out great stuff and am thankful for it! Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, RVP! I’ve gotten a bit better about that the past few weeks.

      I also couldn’t agree with you more. Siteground and Namecheap are easily my top 2 recommendations for people these days. One can literally get 1 year of hosting, domain name, AND SSL for $12 on Namecheap. That’s insane.

    1. Hey thanks Veronica! Appreciate that.

      Just be careful when using Snip.ly with Buffer, it can be a bit funky sometimes and you’ll end up sharing your own content with sniply CTAs. Can look odd 🙂

  9. Ok, so I’m commenting again (haha) but I have to say, Snappa is awesome. I started to use it to make Pinterest graphics and it’s SO EASY!! No learning curve, and I love that there’s no drop down menus (darn it PicMonkey!). Canva gets glitchy sometimes. Also, Snappa’s templates are better for bloggers. I think I’m going to stick with Snappa as my graphics tool! And I’m just using the free version right now 😀 Thank you Pete for recommending Snappa! I would’ve never heard about it otherwise.

    1. Oh I’m totally with you lol.

      I splurged for Snappa a long time ago, and use almost every single day. It paid for itself real quick.

      I’m so glad you like it Veronica 🙂

  10. Holy awesome! There’s at least five tools on this list that I am immediately going to read about and implement! I always find it amazing to learn how much I don’t know, haha.

    Thanks for the knowledge bomb.

    1. The headline analyzer is amaaaaazzzzzing.

      Send me a tweet next when you think you’ve got a winner, and let’s compete 🙂 Pretty much a game to me now lol

  11. Great list, Pete! And it was great to meet you at FinCon. Quite a few of these are new to me. Snappa looks interesting. I have Adobe CC but the programs are all ridiculously fiddly. I’d love a simpler tool.

    Also, $77/month seems like a lot to me for email though. I just switched from Bluehost hosted email (free and actually quite good if you just use mail clients instead of the lousy web interface) to Zoho (free, but I’m encountering some notable bugs).

    I had to leave Bluehost email because I’m cancelling their hosting. I just switched from Bluehost to DreamHost and my server response time improved from 7.2 seconds (Bluehost) to 700ms (DreamHost). Google’s Pagespeed Insights tool tells me I should get it under 200ms, but I was pretty impressed by that improvement with only a host change.

  12. Yeah, I got a bad vibe from BlueHost and went with SiteGround… not at all sorry! I’m in my first few months of blogging and my one “indulgent” purchase so far has been SmarterQueue… best decision ever! I figure I couldn’t get a VA to give me more than 3 hours of work for what I will pay the whole year for the service, and it’s way more valuable! But I will say I’m a die hard Canva user… Canva for Work will probably be pretty high on the list for me when the blog starts actually generating money because I use it for every image both for the blog and for my IG prep on my phone (this is only slightly annoying because I’ve had to memorize 2 brand hex codes to manage from the phone). Thanks so much for the post- you also had several I had never heard of like the soolve. I definitely need to get a handle on the whole keyword research thing soon!

    1. Good timing. I actually JUST went back to Canva yesterday for some printable needs, and loved it. Much improved from when I first used the platform a few years back.

      Glad you’re enjoying SQ, I love those guys and gals!

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  13. I mega loathe all the Bluehost affiliate recommendations – especially from people who don’t even use Bluehost! Interesting tidbit – Bluehost offered to pay me $100 per referral if I recommended them instead of SiteGround – so I would bet they’re paying people a whole lot more than that for the ones that send a bunch of referrals their way.

    Also, ditch Sumo and check out a plugin called ConvertPlus. It is amazing. One payment (I think it’s like $29 or something, you can buy it off Envato Market) and it does everything from Welcome Mats through to subscription boxes in content and modals and everything. The only thing it doesn’t do is social sharing like Sumo does, but for that I prefer Social Warfare like you suggested. They are fantastic.

    I have to respectfully disagree RE ConvertKit, to some degree. If you’re serious about growing your list and growing it fast, CK is worth the investment. Cut out your takeaway coffee for a month and invest in CK, and there’s a few reasons why:
    – If you’ve got some skin in the game you’re going to work harder to make sure that investment is getting a return
    – MailChimp forms suck, to make them look any good on your site you’re going to have to either purchase another plugin or subscription or spend time shopping around and trying to find something.
    – For all the time you spend learning MailChimp (I’m relatively savvy with this stuff and MailChimp confuses me), then finding a plugin to make the forms appealing on your site, only to then leave when you hit 500 or 1000 subs to learn ConvertKit is such a waste of your valuable time. Learning CK is fast, plus the support is incredible.
    – You’ll grow your email list with CK so much faster.

    Okay, so that totally sounded like a mega ad for CK but just wanted to add a different perspective. I wouldn’t start with a service if your intention is to leave it relatively quickly. But that’s just my two cents 🙂

    1. Haha you’re in good company. I use CK (but thinking about going to drip actually). The only reason I like Mailchimp is it’s free, and for a brand new blogger who doesn’t know what they’re doing and might lose interest, I like free things. 🙂

      You’re totally correct though. MC is damn confusing and does lack a few core features for bloggers.

      I’ll definitely check out your social recommendation, though I actually just purchased a new sharing plugin yesterday (haven’t even installed it yet lol).

      Thanks for this, these are awesome!

  14. +1 on the “Not Bluehost” sentiment. Shared hosting in general is a very bad idea for several reasons, but Bluehost deserves the same lousy rep that GoDaddy has. Personal/client experience here.

    At WordCamp last weekend a ridiculous percentage of attendees showed up for the 2nd day wearing Bluehost t-shirts, because that’s what you had to do for a chance to win the TV they were giving away. Gaaahhh…

    On a positive note, this post makes me want to go play with Snappa all day instead of writing my weekly e-mail. ?

  15. I love this page!! Thank you for this great list. Can I make a blog suggestion? For links leading internally it is OK to not open a new tab, but for links leading people out of your blog set it to open a new tab. This makes it easier for us to check out one of your external links but then come back easily to check another one. The first time I used this list I clicked and used your suggestion, but it took me a while to figure out who suggested it. So glad I found this the second time.

    1. Totally true. I’ve been doing exactly that for a while now, but this post is a bit old!

      It needs a major update, which I’m doing soon. Thank you Bonnie! 🙂 🙂

  16. Thank you for the great recommendations and tips! I’ve read a lot before choosing a hosting plan for my blog because I wanted to find reliable services which will keep my website up and running. I’ve read that solid-state drives improve the loading speed of a website, and that content delivery networks improve the speed of delivery. So, after comparing various hosts, reading reviews and so on, I’ve finally chosen one of BGOcloud’s web hosting plans. It includes all the necessary features necessary for improving the speed and performance of a blog. Now my blog is a lot faster and my bounce rate has significantly reduced.

  17. This page is GOLD! You have mentioned some of these tools in your podcast, but to have all in one place in writing?!? SOLID GOLD! Consider this page bookmarked – I’m sure I keep referring back to it as I grow as a blogger.

    1. Great question. I don’t use one at all at the moment, but >> Restrict Content Pro << has always been my go-to!It's what I used to use for Blogger U.

  18. Hello Pete, thanks for sharing those wonderful blogging tools for bloggers out there! You post is really very informative and the tools you included are really very helpful and useful for bloggers indeed. Keep it up!

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