Free Blogging Tools
Making this list was fun because I am always looking for ways to improve my blog. These are my favorite free blogging tools and apps that I currently use. They have saved me so much time and money. The tools I mention do come with upgrades you can pay for but in general, they are all free. As a small blogger, I have been able to make use of the free options of these blogging tools. So here is a list of my favorites.
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One thing I love doing is writing and one of the reasons why I started a blog was to become a better writer. Grammarly helps me to achieve that, especially since I tend to make many writing mistakes.
Related: 5 reasons why I Started a Blog
I am currently on their free plan which does basic writing corrections such as grammar, punctuation errors and spelling. What’s awesome about this online text editor is that you can even download it as a keyboard on your phone so that when you are texting it helps with those writing corrections in any app you type in.
There is also a free browser extension you can use on your computer. Another way to check your writing if you use a word document is submitting it into your account on Grammarly.
Here is an example of my writing in Grammarly:
You can see where it finds those mistakes letting you know what needs to be corrected or not. It is so helpful when writing my blog posts because I tend to make silly simple mistakes that I don’t often catch.
Now, this is just for the free plan. Grammarly has a premium one that includes all kinds of wonderful features whether your writing is work, personal or academic.
Here’s what it includes:
- Plagiarism detection
- Vocabulary enhancement suggestions
- Checks any inconsistent writing styles and More
When writing a blog post, I try my best to be free from any writing errors such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation because it can be a real distraction to readers. I know for sure if the writing isn’t correct on anything I read, I tend to lose interest. Grammarly has really helped me be more confident in my writing and giving my 100% in my blog posts.
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Google Docs is a free online tool where you can write and edit documents. This is where I type up all of my blog posts before I transfer them to my blog. It’s connected to my Google account so that I can take my documents anywhere instead of them being stuck on my computer.
I have it downloaded on my phone and tablet so that whenever I have an idea or need to edit a document, it’s already there for me to create and edit.
I used to write up my post straight from WordPress but I realized that I didn’t have copies of my post just in case something happened to them, so using Google Docs saves those posts for me.
Canva is a tool where you can create all kinds of designs and documents. I mostly use Canva to create pinnable images for my blog on Pinterest. Sometimes I use the templates they provide. They also have some templates for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and more.
Here are some examples of what I created in Canva:
It is super easy to use whether on the computer or on the phone app. I personally like to use it on my computer because it has a better line up with graphics and images.
Here are the different features Canva provides:
- Lots of stock photos, vectors, and illustrations to choose from or you can upload your own.
- It comes with different types of preset filters for your photos.
- Thousands of icons, shapes, and elements
- And Hundreds of Fonts
Canva is free to use, though there are some limitations. The upgraded version gives you access to everything that will help you increase your productivity. Click here to go check it out!
Forest: Stay Focused
This app is very useful if you have a habit of getting distracted on your phone. Which is something I do a lot! Whenever I am on my computer and focusing on my blog, I sometimes put this timer on my phone so I am not so distracted. It really does help with my motivation to get things done.
In the app, you plant a seed in the forest and as time goes by it gradually grows into a cute tree! But if you can’t resist and need to use your phone for anything by exiting out of the app, your tree will wilt.
What’s even better is that in the premium version you can actually plant real trees. They are partnered with the organization Trees for the Future where they currently plant trees in East and West Africa. Click here to go download it on your phone!
This a photo editing app. I don’t have a nice camera so I use my phone to take some pictures for my blog. I use this app to either crop, heal, fix the lighting, add filters, and so much more on my photos.
Example of an edit:
I am not an expert when it comes to editing but there are a lot of features to play around with. This is probably the best photo editing app I have used so far. I even use it for my Instagram photos as well. There are so many features that this app comes with and it’s free.
This is a tool used to store files wherever they are and also share them easily. You can sync any of your files on your phone and computer.
The basic plan for Dropbox is 2 GB of space which is not a whole lot but it is free. There are upgrades up to 3 TB but they charge a monthly fee for it. But for now, the 2 GB will suffice for my small blog. If I start doing videos then I may have to upgrade.
Once I am done taking pictures with my phone and editing them, I sync them to my dropbox and collect them on my laptop for my blog. It’s super convenient when you need to transfer files from your computer to your phone and vice versa.
This is an email marketing tool. It is easy to use especially with the Drop and Drag email builder. You don’t have to deal with HTML and you can create newsletters that fit your blog’s style. They have email automation which is super convenient when you are making a welcome email.
If you have been reading this post you may have seen a little pop-up that came up to subscribe to my blog. Those pop-up are customizable helping to convert readers into subscribers.
Mailerlite is free for the first 1000 subscribers you have but after that is a monthly fee. I am nowhere near that amount so it’s safe to say I will be using Mailerlite for free for a while. There is also an unlimited amount of emails you can send monthly.
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That’s all I have so far on my favorite free blogging tools that I use. When something else pops up I will definitely add it to the list. I am always looking for tools that will help me in my blogging journey and also help my piggy bank. Haha. Is there any other free blogging tools you use for your blog? Let me know in the comments! Hope you enjoyed this list and thank you for reading!