55 Best Blogging Tools For Beginners

55 Best Blogging Tools For Beginners

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Who doesn't love free blogging tools, am I right?

As a beginner blogger it can be difficult to justify paying for expensive blogging tools. This is especially true when your blog is new and you're not making money yet. (See how much it costs to start a blog here).

So with that in mind, I decided to compile a list of 55 free blogging tools for beginners that will take your new blog to the next level.

free image editing tools for bloggers (4)

Here are the best photo editors and graphic design tools for beginner bloggers. Best of all, they are completely free!

  • Canva - This is my go-to photo editor and perhaps my favorite of all these blogging freebies. I use it to create ALL of my Pinterest graphics. You can also use Canva to create cheatsheets, checklists and printables to give out as your lead magnets.
  • BeFunky - This free online tool is helpful for a quick crop and resize. Free stock images are huge and you don't want to upload those directly to your blog posts.
  • ShortPixel - Images are a huge factor in site speed. Slow loading blogs will cause your Google rankings to drop and visitors to become frustrated. ShortPixel can compress your images, reducing their file size while maintaining quality.
  • Pixlr - Who needs Photoshop when you have this Pixlr? It's like a downscaled version of Photoshop that's perfect for beginner bloggers who only need to make simple adjustments to images.

free keyword research tools (8)

Before you write a blog post you must first do keyword research. If you don't, you will end up writing about something nobody is even searching for! Here are my favorite keyword research blogging tools for beginners.

  • Google Auto-Complete - Short on keyword ideas? Start typing a keyword and Google will auto-complete your results with the most searched-for phrases.
  • Pinterest search - Pinterest works similar to Google. Search for a keyword and Pinterest helps you build a popular keyword phrase with their suggestions.
  • Answer The Public - This free keyword research tool helps you discover new keywords by mining the results from Google autocomplete. For example it helped me find the keyword phrase I'm targeting in this blog post: blogging tools for beginners.
  • Google Search Console - While not actually offering keyword suggestions, this tool still is tremendously helpful. It shows you what keywords your site is ranking for including what spot and the click through rate.
  • Keyword Shitter - Want to get TONS of keywords super fast? Type a keyword phrase and watch the keywords flow. I searched for "blog tools" and got 227 suggestions like: blog automation tools, blog tools for writers, blog tools for social media, etc.
  • Uber Suggest - This keyword research tool gives you a difficulty score (to rank for the keyword) as well as the search volume. Ideally you want a combination of low difficulty score and high search volume.
  • Google Trends - If you're writing about a trending topic, this tool can help. It shows you what parts of the world are searching for a particular keyword and how it's trending over time.
  • Keywords Everywhere - This free browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox adds data like monthly search volume and cost per click directly into your Google searches.

Free stock image sites (9)

A well-designed blog needs images. The 9 sites below all have stock images you can freely use on your blog posts and for your Pinterest pin designs.

free Blogging Platforms (6)

There's plenty of places that will host your blog for free. But to make money blogging you need full control of your website. Only a blog hosted using WordPress.org gives you complete freedom.

  • WordPress.org - This is blogging software I (and most other bloggers) use. To use WordPress you need your own domain name and hosting. If you use Bluehost, you get a free domain and WordPress comes pre-installed.
  • WordPress.com - You can host your blog for free on WordPress.com. However you won't be able to monetize your blog, make design changes and you can't install most plugins
  • Wix - Easily to build a blog with their drag and drop software. The downside being that the free version places ads on your blog.
  • Medium - If you want to get your opinion out and your voice heard, use Medium.
  • Tumblr - Tumblr is geared toward a younger audience. Think of it like an online journal.
  • Blogger - Owned by Google. You can place Google Adsense ads to monetize your blog.

free WordPress Plugins (8)

These are the WordPress plugins your blog needs to have. For a more comprehensive list of plugins for new bloggers go here.

  • Akismet Anti-Spam - Deletes comment spam before you ever see it. Without this plugin you will be bombarded with spam and will have to manually delete it.
  • Social Warfare - Adds share icons (like the ones in this post) to your blog posts.
  • Yoast SEO - Gets your blog posts SEO-ready. Let's you change the meta title and description (what Google users see on the search results).
  • Pretty Links - Creates pretty links that redirect to your longer (and uglier) sponsor links to short url's.
  • ShortPixel Image Optimizer - Deletes comment spam before you ever see it. Without this plugin you will be bombarded with spam and will have to manually delete it.
  • UpdraftPlus - Automatically backs up your WordPress blog to the cloud. Even has a restore capability built into the plugin.
  • WP Super Cache - Makes your blog pages load faster by displaying static HTML copies to your readers instead of loading your PHP-heavy posts.
  • Speed Booster Pack - Makes changes to speed up your blog like combining and minifying css and javascript files and lazy loading images.

email marketing providers (8)

In case you haven't heard, the money is in your list. What that means is that you should be building up an email list so you can sell your products (or someone else's if you're new).

While you're a beginning blogger just building your list, try one of these providers.

  • ConvertKit - This is who I use to send emails. First 14 days are free.
  • MailChimp - You can have up to 2,000 email subscribers and can send up to 12,000 emails per month with their Forever Free plan.
  • MailerLite - The free plan limits you to 1,000 subscribers with no email sending limit.
  • Benchmark - The limits of the free plan are 2,000 subscribers and you can send up to 14,000 emails per month.
  • OmniSend - You can send up to 15,000 emails per month on their free plan.
  • EmailOctopus - Your list can have up to 2,500 users and you can send up to 62,000 emails.
  • Sendinblue - There's no limit to the amount of subscribers you can have. The only limit is 9,000 emails per month.
  • MailJet - No limit on subscriber count, they only limit your emails to 6,000 monthly with a daily limit of 200 emails.

blog Writing tools (5)

  • Grammarly - Become a better writer with their browser add-on. The free version helps with misspellings and basic grammar mistakes.
  • Google Fonts - I use Open Sans font on my blog and Lato font in my courses. Both are Google Fonts.
  • Trello - Use this to jot down ideas for articles. Can also be used as a content planner / calendar.
  • Flat Icon - I got the icons I used in my blog course from here.
  • Readability Test - Grades your writing to see how readable your content is. For blogs your content should be very readable - you're not writing in a medical journal!


  • Launch Your Blog - Take my free course on how to start a successful blog. Perfect for beginner bloggers.

Blog Tools To Run Your Biz (6)

  • GTMetrix - Runs a test to see how fast your blog is, then gives suggestions on how to improve page speed.
  • Google Analytics - Even if you're a beginner blogger you should be using Google Analytics. You should focus on improving how many sessions per page you're averaging and the average session duration.
  • Dropbox - Useful if you want to work on your blog from your desktop and then a laptop later. Plus it's always helps to have a backup available.
  • LastPass - Never have to generate a strong password again nor remember a password again. Makes signing in a breeze with their browser add-on for desktops and app for smartphones.
  • Zapier - I use this to automate some workflows. For example, one Zap could be: when a new blog post is published -> send a tweet, update a spreadsheet, add a card to Trello and share it on Facebook.
  • Tailwind - Automates your Pinterest marketing strategy. Schedule your first 100 pins on Pinterest for free.

bonus! here are the Blog Tools i use

  • SiteGround - I'm hosted at SiteGround. But I recommend new bloggers use Bluehost because their initial set-up is way easier.
  • Focus Theme - I use the Focus Theme from Thrive Themes. But I recommend beginner bloggers use Divi by Elegant Themes.
  • Thrive Architect - You can use this visual builder with ANY theme. I used it to build this blog post.
  • ConvertKit - I use this for email marketing.
  • Thrive Leads - I create my email optin forms here. Useful for A/B testing and detailed analytics.
  • Tailwind - Use this for getting Pinterest traffic.
  • Social Pilot - Use this to upload a queue of tweets months in advance.
  • INCFile - Register an LLC for your blog.
  • LongTailPro - Use this for keyword research.

There you have it, 55 free blogging tools for beginner bloggers!

I hope this list of 55 blogging freebies was helpful. If it was, please consider sharing this on Pinterest.

55 Best Blogging Tools For Beginners
  • Winnie Xu says:

    Thanks for taking the time to compile this list. I didn’t even know that keyword research tools exist so it was very helpful that you noted that!

    I used to have Photoshop but also use Pixlr instead now. It’s so much more cost-efficient and gets the job done.

  • Florence says:

    I am new to blogging, my blog is a month old i must confess this was truly very helpful.

  • I am new to blogging and find the information you provide very useful. Do you use the Open Live Writer? Are there any other free alternatives? I find it time-consuming transferring my posts from Word or Google docs to WordPress. There has to be something easier that I am not aware of.

    • Edwin says:

      You can write directly on WordPress. That would be the fastest way. Your content is auto-saved as a draft until published.

    • Lisa | Individual Obligation says:

      I’ve found that Google Docs and it’s Document editor to be an amazing free blogging tool. Like Michael, I used to write everything in Open Live Writer. But at the time it was rather outdated with limited features. So I went on the lookout for something more.

      I now write my entire blog posts in Google Docs and format it with links, headings, bold and italics. Before then copying the entire thing in one go. That I then paste into a new blog post within my WordPress dashboard. I’ll then add images, tables and anything other settings specific to WordPress. (You can add images into Google Docs but these generally don’t copy over to WordPress.)

      This method has worked perfectly for me. Even in the WordPress Gutenberg editor.

      The ShortPixel and UpdraftPlus plugins also mentioned in this list really are a must-have for any WordPress blogger in my opinion. Backups are important to avoid losing work, which UpdraftPlus provides all the tools you’ll need. Plus, ShortPixel is one of the best image compression tools I have ever used. It is so much better than the free version of Smush that is often recommended.

      All in all a really useful blog post!

  • Anurag says:

    Nice content.. Really helpful..

  • JoeHx says:

    I use Font Awesome for my social media icons. Also, thanks for the list of free ebooks – I love free ebooks!

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