I have been blogging since early 2008. Over that time, I’ve learned a lot! There are also so many different kinds of tools, programs, and software that can be useful when blogging, that it’s tricky to sort through them and find the best ones. Learn about 5 awesome blogging tools you need to start using NOW to improve your blog and seriously up your blogging game! These tools have revolutionized my blog and are ones that I use every single week. Find out what you need to know about these essential blogging tools by reading this article.

But I like to think that I’ve managed to just about do that 🙂 Over the past year, I’ve discovered five awesome blogging tools that have seriously improved my blogging game.

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These are my top 5 favorite blogging tools:

1) PicMonkey.

I use the free version of PicMonkey, and it is fantastic! I love how user-friendly it is—I’ve tried other design programs before and it was a nightmare. PicMonkey is very intuitive and great for non-designers to be able to create beautiful, professional-looking images.

There’s a “royal” version that you can pay for and it has extra features, but I’ve never felt the need to buy it. The free version of PicMonkey has a wide variety of features to meet your blog image needs.

2) BoardBooster.

Pinterest is one of the most amazing ways to grow your reach as a blogger. BoardBooster* makes it that much easier, especially with their scheduled Pinning feature. I use BoardBooster to schedule all of my own Pins to go to group boards, and that way I can spend my actual time on Pinterest each day with live-Pinning articles from other people’s websites.

My blog pageviews increased by nearly 80% in the past month, and about half of my traffic comes from Pinterest. BoardBooster makes Pinning so much easier and more enjoyable, and it’s really affordable too!

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3) CoSchedule Headline Analyzer.

This is such a fun little (free) tool! Headlines are NOT my strong point, so I like to play around with the words in the headline analyzer to improve my titles. This tool breaks down your headline as well so you can understand exactly why it’s getting a particular score—it’s certainly helped me to get better at writing headlines over time.

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4) ConvertKit.

I recently switched from MailChimp to ConvertKit* primarily because of the way the lists are set up. I have a bunch of freebies (such as my blog editorial calendar template, blog newsletter welcome email template, and cheat sheet with tips on putting together an email list) that people can get when they sign up for my newsletter. But in MailChimp, they’d be added to separate lists, which made it tricky when sending out newsletters (some people would get the same newsletter twice in a row every week, for example, if they were signed up for two different freebies).

ConvertKit, on the other hand, streamlines your subscriber list so that you can more easily sort people in your mailing list. It’s also a smaller company and it’s made by and for bloggers, which I love! There isn’t a free option, but it is TOTALLY worth every penny. They are continually adding new features and tweaking the program, too, and there’s also a super awesome Facebook group you can join where people share tips and successes from using ConvertKit, which is extremely helpful. I adore how user-friendly ConvertKit is—I have absolutely no regrets after switching over from MailChimp.

Learn more about ConvertKit and sign up for it by clicking here*

5) Google Analytics.

Of COURSE this one had to make the list! It’s worth taking some time, once you’ve set Google Analytics up on your blog, to explore the different things that the program does. Google Analytics contains a huge amount of data, so it can be a little overwhelming at first, but once you’ve explored it a little, you’ll be able to make good use of it.

I especially like to use it to see which of my blog posts are the most popular, where my readers are located, and how people came to find my blog. Keep your eye on your Google Analytics fairly regularly in case one of your articles go viral (you wouldn’t want that to happen without you noticing it!).

What are your favorite blogging tools? Have you used any of these? What did you think of them? Share in the comments section below!

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17 thoughts on “5 Awesome Blogging Tools That Will Revolutionize Your Blog

  1. I love Co-Schedule so much. My favorite function is the social function. Some big names in blogging are starting to use Convert Kit. It seems to truly be great.

    Love your blog.

    Posted on February 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    1. Thanks Renee!

      I’m a big ConvertKit fan 🙂

      Posted on February 17, 2016 at 2:44 pm
  2. I love a good tool. Thanks for this!

    Posted on February 19, 2016 at 11:12 am
    1. <3 you're welcome dear!

      Posted on February 19, 2016 at 11:34 am
  3. I really need to check out coschedule!

    Posted on February 20, 2016 at 11:12 am
    1. Do it! Their headline analyzer is such a cool feature.

      Posted on February 20, 2016 at 11:15 am
  4. The free version of PicMonkey is fantastic. Thanks for sharing these tools.
    Happy Saturday Sharefest.

    Posted on February 20, 2016 at 11:28 am
    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted on February 20, 2016 at 11:31 am
  5. Thanks for the tools!

    Posted on February 22, 2016 at 7:56 pm
    1. You’re welcome! Let me know how they work out for you 🙂

      Posted on February 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm
  6. Great tips! I love the Coschedule Headline Analyzer. I even use it for posts on social media.

    Posted on February 25, 2016 at 9:04 pm
    1. Good idea!

      Posted on February 26, 2016 at 7:15 am
  7. The headline analyzer is fabulous! I never knew that was available. That is making me want to dump Hootsuite and switch to Co-Schedule. Seems so much more user friendly.

    Posted on March 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm
    1. I’m a fan of Hootsuite — I only use it for Twitter but I’ve found it to be SO helpful when managing multiple Twitter accounts for clients. Although, granted, I’ve never tried using CoSchedule for scheduling posts… would be interesting to check out! I do adore their headline analyzer.

      Posted on March 9, 2016 at 2:58 pm
  8. Thanks! I just signed up to follow you. I am now checking out board booster via this post. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

    Posted on September 24, 2016 at 4:39 pm
    1. So glad to have helped!

      Posted on September 25, 2016 at 10:53 am