As a new blogger, you are probably overwhelmed by the amount of information you need to learn and by all the tools you have to test before your blog even goes live.
After 10 months blogging part-time, my income reached a point when I was able to quit my day job, and now I’m working on my blog full time. But I’ve been where you are probably now, and I’ve spent way too much time trying to understand which blogging tools are really useful.
Testing all the tools and services, even if they are free, takes tons of time. But time is not the only problem. You are also putting your newly created blog into a risk every time you install a new plugin, and fixing the technical issues is not the best way to spend your time as a new blogger.
In this curated list, you will find only tools and services which I personally used and can 100% recommend you.
Now, it’s also important to note here that some links on this page are affiliate links. This means, I might get a commission when you purchase some of these tools or when you switch to paid version from a trial.
I want to address also the two very common concerns you might have regarding the affiliate links. First, there is no extra cost for you implied. And second, I added these tools to my list based on my positive experience.
Bluehost is the leading hosting provider for bloggers, especially if you plan to use WordPress. Bluehost has the most affordable plans for a beginner blogger. You can host your WordPress blog with them at a price as low as $3.95/month!
Bluehost provides a 24-hour customer support and this is so important for anyone who is just starting a blog.
Plus, even with this most affordable plan, you can get a free domain name for the first year, and a free SSL certificate (https secure address for your blog).
Divi Theme is one of my favorites! It has a great community and customer support, and the theme itself gives you very impressive tools for customization. You don’t have to hard-code anything because they have this amazing Divi editor. It's perfect for a newbie blogger. Seriously.
And they have a 30-day money-back guarantee by the way, so you can try the theme with no risk at all. But I’m sure you will fall in love this theme!
Email Marketing Tools
Mailerlite a great email marketing tool for a new blogger because it gives you all automation tools for free if you list is under 1000 subscribers. The paid plan is affordable compared to many other email providers.
ConvertKit is the best email service provider for bloggers. I love the tool which allows you to resend emails to people who missed your previous email.
I also love in ConvertKit that when I edit a sequence, it doesn’t gets paused and I don’t have to republish it over and over after making little changes. It’s such a lifesaver because with Mailchimp I used to forget about this republishing and so my sequences sometimes stayed on pause for a few days!
Constant Contact is ranked as the best and fastest growing email marketing service. If you just get yourself a free 60-day trial, you’ll be totally surprised how easy and intuitive the interface of this tool is.
The service has awesome email templates, reporting and tracking are easy to understand. You get a free image library and 1GB of storage for your own files.
You can build forms inside the tool and have a selection of form types – popups, inline forms and landing pages.
Social Media Management
Tailwind is the officially authorized Pinterest scheduler. It’s quite handy for scheduling pins of other users in bulk. I also actively use Tailwind to check Pinterest analytics.
Antispam Bee blocks spam comments and trackbacks effectively and without captchas. It is free of charge, ad-free and compliant with European data privacy standards.
This is a plugin that helps you take care of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) standards in every post and on your blog in general. SEO is very important for your blog in the long-run because it ensures that users searching on Google will be able to find your posts somewhere around top results for the relevant keywords.
I use this plugin to add social media buttons to every post. It’s highly customizable and allows me to choose where exactly in the post I want to see the buttons – above or below the content, or even manual placement. It's the best plugin to control your Pinterest save buttons, images you want to be pinned and pin descriptions.