55 Best Free Blogging Tools for MASSIVE Blog Growth in 2021

55 Best Free Blogging Tools for Massive Blog Growth in 2021

Free blogging tools for beginner bloggers

Who doesn’t love free blogging tools, am I right? When you’re a beginner blogger, It can be difficult to justify paying for expensive blog tools.

This is especially true when you’re not making money with your blog yet.

While starting a blog is a relatively low-cost business to start, the costs can really start adding up if you’re not careful (see the total costs of starting a blog here).

So with that in mind, I decided to scour this vast interweb in the search for the best blogging tools known to mankind (cue the Superman music).

Keep this page saved, because you’re going to want to come back to this page as your blog continues to grow.

And also because I’m keeping this page updated with the best (and most current) free resources available.

Oh and before you leave, make sure and let me know of any other free blogging tools I might have missed in the comments section.

Alright, let’s boogie!

Free blog writing tools

Become a better writer and write better blog posts with the Grammarly browser add-on. The free version helps with misspellings, basic grammar, and punctuation mistakes.

In the pro version (which I’m using to write this post), you get help with readability, word choice, tone adjustments, formality level, formatting, and more. 

WordPress is the free blogging platform I and most other pro bloggers use. If you’re on Squarespace or Wix, I recommend importing your blog and making the switch to WordPress.

To start using WordPress, you need a domain name and hosting. For hosting, I recommend starting with Bluehost. Why? Because you get a free domain name and your WordPress blog is set up from the start.

Many bloggers prefer to write their blog posts in Google Docs before moving them into WordPress.

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!

Shows you a readability score and helps you write clear concise sentences.

I use this to find the right letter casing for my blog post titles.

Free tool that ranks your headline (from 1-100) based on readability, SEO, and sentiment (emotion).

Create a few headlines and see which one gets the best score with this free headline tool. While this tool is free, it does require you to register first.

Featured free blogging tool: Grammarly

The tool I use to write all of my blog posts. Integrates nicely with the default Gutenberg editor in WordPress.

Free blog themes

Astra is the best blog theme, as reviewed on my best blog themes article. It’s the theme I use and recommend.

Avada, created by the team at Theme Fusion, makes designing your blog a cinch. You can customize the fonts, menu, header and footer styles, and anything else you can think of in the WordPress customizer without a bit of coding on your part.

Neve, from ThemeIsle, is a super lightweight theme that’s sure to speed up your WordPress blog.

Hestia, another top theme from ThemeIsle, has a few different layout options so radically transform the way you present your blog.

It’s one of the themes you can install and be comfortable knowing there’s a team behind it actively developing and improving your theme.

Featured free blogging tool: Astra

Do Six Figures runs on WordPress using the Astra theme. It is not only the theme I use but the theme I recommend to students in my blogging courses.

Free design tools for bloggers

Canva is my favorite blogging freebie from this list. They have logo templates, Pinterest pin templates, ebook covers, and more.

You can also use Canva to create cheatsheets, checklists, and printables to give out as incentives to join your email list.

While Canva is free, I do have a paid Canva Pro account to use their premium fonts and stock images.

Using a page builder lets you visually build a blog post or a page. It’s a must if you’re creating sales pages or landing pages to get email subscribers.

From the creators of Evernote, Skitch is a simple tool to resize, crop, or annotate images and screenshots.

My favorite feature? On a Mac, Command + Shift + 5 brings up the screenshot tool. You can crop your screenshot, add arrows, and add text. I use this free app for screenshots in my courses where I’m showing a step-by-step process.

If you want to quickly edit images in a browser instead of a standalone app, the free tool BeFunky works great for a quick crop or resize.

Who needs Photoshop when you have Pixlr? This free tool is like a downscaled version of Photoshop, but it still packs a powerful punch.

It is extremely useful if you want to open a PSD file but can’t because you don’t have Photoshop.

If you have Photoshop, just look at this massive list of free PSD templates here. You can use these to create product mockups.

If you don’t have Photoshop and want a done-for-you mockup solution, I recommend MockupShots (not free).

This is a Chrome (and Firefox) browser extension to identify the HEX color code from any point on a page.

Google Fonts are fast-loading and free. Your blog theme likely lets you use Google Fonts. If it doesn’t, you can add it to your blog with the Easy Google Fonts plugin to add that functionality to any blog theme.

I’m using Poppins as of 2021, but have used Montserrat, Open Sans, and Lato in the past.

From Canva, this free blogging tool lets you pair two fonts to see what they look like together.

Oftentimes, you want a different font for your headings and body text.

This tool from Buffer lets you create images quickly for use on social media.

Just choose an image, overlay text, font and you’re all set.

Chrome extension to take screenshots, including full page screenshots.

Featured free blogging tool: Canva

Canva is what I use to create my lead magnets, ebooks, Pinterest pins, media kit, even product mockups! I offer these templates in Ultimate Bloggers Toolkit.

Free marketing tools for bloggers

I recommend starting your email list with ConvertKit. They are who I use as my email marketing provider. They now have a free plan. Use my link to sign up and unlock email-sending for your first 1,000 subscribers for free.

Pinterest and Instagram scheduler. It is free to try (no credit card required to sign up), but does cost if you want to continue using it.

Featured free blogging tool: ConvertKit

our blog income is going to come from your email list. Start your list with ConvertKit, grow your list with ConvertPro, and cultivate them with Six-Figure List Toolkit.

Free keyword research tools

Here are my favorite free keyword research blogging tools for beginners.

This free keyword tool works by extracting keywords using Google’s autocomplete feature. You can generate hundreds of relevant long-tail keywords for any topic quickly.

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!

This is why I always start my blog writing process by first using UberSuggest. While I have the pro version, the free version is just as powerful. The only difference is they limit the number of searches you can do per day.

Use Ubersuggest to get the keyword volume (the number of people looking for this phrase) and a search difficulty score (to see how difficult it would be to rank for that phrase).

Short on keyword ideas? Start typing a keyword and Google will auto-complete your results with the most-searched-for phrases.

Pinterest has an autocomplete feature just like Google does. On Pinterest, search for a keyword and see what other keyword phrases appear afterward.

This is great for finding popular keyword phrases actually being searched for on Pinterest.

Want to write about a popular trending topic? You need to be using Google Trends. While it doesn’t give you hard numbers, it does show you how the search term is trending over time. Pinterest has this too.

Short on keyword ideas? You’re going to regret using this site. It will shit out hundreds of thousands of keyword suggestions in a matter of seconds.

While not actually offering keyword suggestions, Search Console is still tremendously helpful.

Part of keyword research is seeing what keyword phrases you’re getting traffic from. Using Search Console you can see what keywords you rank for, where you rank, and your click-through rate.

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Free stock image sites

First of all, you can’t use any image you find from Google on your blog. That’s a surefire way to get into legal trouble.

Luckily you there are plenty of free stock photo sites to help you add visual content to your blog posts. Here are my favorites.

Free WordPress plugins

The Optimole WordPress plugin compresses your images while maintaining the best image quality. Image optimization is a big deal, as uncompressed images can lead to long page load times which has a detrimental affect on your SEO ranking.

Fiddle around with the settings to make sure your images still look sharp. You can also choose to create and serve webp images, a new image format created by Google to improve the loading times of your images.

Adds beautiful share icons (like the ones in this post) to your blog posts.

I use this to turn long affiliate URLs into shorter ones.

Connects to Google Analytics to add your code and displays your stats right on the WordPress dashboard.

Deletes comment spam before you ever see it. Without this plugin you will be bombarded with spam and will have to manually delete it.

I use Yoast to change the meta title and description of every blog post. This is what Google users see on the search results.

Automatically backs up your WordPress blog to the cloud. It even has a restore capability built into the plugin.

Makes your blog pages load faster by displaying static HTML copies to your readers instead of loading your PHP-heavy posts.

Makes changes to speed up your blog like combining and minifying CSS and javascript files and lazy loading images.

WordPress saves your blog post changes every time you save your work, which leads to hundreds of revisions stored in your blogs’ database. This plugin controls how many revisions you want to store.

Some plugins load a bunch of css and javascript, even on pages where it’s not being used! Use this free plugin to prevent them from loading and slowing down your site.

If you’re deleting or renaming your blog URLs, you need to make sure to redirect the old page to the new page with this free plugin.

From the makers of the Astra theme, these blocks will enhance your Gutenger experience.

Featured free blogging tool: Optimole

Aside from compressing and optimizing your images, Optimole resizes them for visitors on smaller screens and serves them up on a CDN so they load faster.

Free blog tools to run your online business

I couldn’t run my blog without Dropbox. I work on an iMac upstairs and a MacBook downstairs and it’s great to switch between machines seamlessly.

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.

Browser extension and smartphone app to save and organize links to review later.

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.

Let’s call this one a pretty version of Trello. This is what I use. Use this to jot down ideas for articles. It can also be used as a content planner and to create a content calendar.

Some people work better by creating a mind map for brainstorming, note-taking, and project planning. You can create up to 3 mind maps in the free version.

Featured free blogging tool: incfile

Get Your Blog Name, LLC! incfile makes it incredible simply to register your blog name as a business, and doesn’t charge a penny. You only pay your state’s fee.

I hope this list of free blogging tools was helpful! If it was, hit the share buttons below to help me spread the good word.

Until next time,
Edwin, DoSixFigures.com

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16 thoughts on “55 Best Free Blogging Tools for Massive Blog Growth in 2021”

  1. I think besides Yoast you can also include Rankmath. I can see more features are available than Yoast and in the free version, Rankmath giving a higher opportunity to optimize your article. Also can include Wordfence to protect your sites from hacking.

    Anyway, this article covers almost all the tools.

    By shiju

  2. Michael Wendler

    Very detailed, organized, perfect, and full of information.
    I got a good idea by reading this article, Thanks a lot for sharing with us.
    Amazing post, Keep sharing your view.

  3. That’s a monster list of tools and services Edwin!
    Thank You for sharing.
    Well, I’m happy to say, I already use several tools/services mentioned here.
    I think WP Fastest Cache should be here as well.
    I use it and it really helped me speed up my blog by doing so many ‘Geeky’ optimizations.
    Keep sharing

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
    Thanks,

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

    2. Lisa | Individual Obligation

      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!

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