We’ve put together a handy set of tools and resources for bloggers of all stripes. These are all tools we’ve personally used and can vouch for.
First Off: The Essentials
The first rule of blogging is.. you need hosting, no ifs no buts. Bluehost is our most recommended hosting provider. You can find out more details at our hosting comparison page.
If you want to build a successful blog, you need an email list. Long story short, we recommend Convert Kit for new and seasoned bloggers alike. Again, you can find out more at our email service provider comparison page.
Podia brings things together for your blog. It helps you grow your audience, create and sell courses and digital products, or even create and build a membership based community. Podia is awesome, check it out.
Some more tools..
Get the right name for your blog
- Namewink.com – This is our favourite domain name generator by far. Tip – Go to advanced, hit ‘blog’ and start playing with words, you’ll find an amazing name in no time.
- Namemesh.com – Another domain name finder, less fun, but a bit more precise if you know exactly what you’re looking for.
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Tools to help you write better posts
- Hemingway – Helps you craft your writing to your audience. It tells you when you’re too wordy, how easy your writing is to read, even what reading age it comes out as.
- Grammarly – Hands down, the best grammar and spellchecker out there.
- SMMRY – Summarises long-form text, helpful to know what you’ve actually written and great for descriptions.
Ideas dear boy, ideas.
- Portent Title Maker – Stuck for ideas? Put a phrase into this and refresh a few times, some are pretty silly but it should at least get you thinking.
- Blog Idea Generator – This little tool from Hubspot should help you come up with a few ideas if you’re stuck. Will give you a few laughs in the process.
- Google Trends – Amazing tool to find out whats ‘trending’, literally. We’ll make a post showing how to get the most out of this.
Images made easy
- Remove.bg – Anyone who’s tried to cut a background out of an image on photoshop knows how much of a pain this can be. Let AI handle this for you.
- Pixlr – Great, simple photo editor that works in your browser.