Chapter 7

99+ Best Blogging Tools and Resources

Recommended Tools

Blogging software

Self-hosted:
WordPress.org (recommneded)
B2evolution.net (alternative)
Concrete5.org (alternative)

Free tools:
WordPress.com (yourblogname.wordpress.com)
Blogger.com (yourblogname.blogspot.com)
Tumblr.com (yourblogname.tumblr.com)

Freemium tools:
TypePad.com (14 days free trail)
SquareSpace.com (14 days free trail)

Photo and image galleries

Flickr - enables bloggers to find images with creative commons that allow commercial use.
Photo Pin - tool makes it very simple to search creative commons photos.
MorgueFile - free stock photos.
FreeImages - leading source of free stock photos.

Web design and development services



oDesk - get more done with the help of the freelancer
Elance - hire great freelancers
Freelancer - work done easy with the freelancers
Fiverr - graphics, marketing, fun, and more online services for $5
Dribbble - community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process, and projects.
Behance - discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals.
DesignContest - 1000s of professional designers compete for your business.
99Designs - get the design you will love from community of designers.
Ebookindiecovers - stylish eBook covers at affordable prices.
Custom Fan Page Designs - get your social media pages custom designed.
Codementor - connects you with experts for urgent issue solving, technical advice, and code review.

WordPress themes



Wpthemedetector - free tool to find all the details about the WordPress theme used by a site.

Free:
WordPress.org Themes - free WordPress themes directory.
Topwpthems - free quality and professional Wordpress themes.
Fabthems - fabulous WordPress themes available for free.
Fthemes - amazing free WordPress themes site.

Paid:
StudioPress - professionally designed premium WordPress themes.
ElegantThemes - beautiful premium WordPress themes.
Themefuse - premium WordPress themes and WordPress templates.
Thesis Themes - the ultimate design and template manager for WordPress.
WooThemes - premium themes, plugins & ecommerce for WordPress.
InkHive - premium WordPress themes.
RichWP - responsive premium WordPress themes.
ThemeForest - various WordPress themes and templates.
Magazine3 - premium WordPress magazine themes.
Themify - drag & drop WordPress themes.
TeslaThemes - modern WordPress themes with clean design.
MyThemeShop - premium WordPress themes and plugins.
Press75 - premium WordPress themes.

SEO tools



Topics and keywords research:
Google Keyword Tool - plan your campaigns and learn what your customers are looking for.
Google Trends - subscribe to get Trends email alerts for the topics you care about.
Wordtracker - reveal high performing keywords in minutes (Paid).
LongTail Pro - find profitable keywords faster (Paid).
Market Samurai - discover the best keywords and your competitors weaknesses.
UberSuggest - free keyword tool that makes good use of different suggest services.
Hittail - long tail keyword tool, to help you increase your organic traffic (Paid). WebCEO Backlink Quality Check - this tool will help you improve your backlink profile in the post-Penguin era.

Copywriting and content tools



The Golden Ratio Typography Calculator - discover the perfect typography for your site.
Copyscape - search for copies of your page on the web.
ZenWriter (PC) - only you and your thoughts.
iAWriter (Mac) - keep your hands on the keyboard and your mind in the text.
OneLook - dictionary search of words and phrases.
Google Alerts - monitor the web for interesting new content.
WordCounter - web-based word counter.
Calibre - one stop solution for all your e-book needs.
Scrivener - writing software for Mac and Windows.
FreeMind - free mind mapping software.
DivvyHQ - content planning and workflow tool.
Diigo - is a multi-tool for knowledge management and better reading.
Topic Generator - don't know what to blog about? This tool will help.
HTML Cleaner - convert Word content to clean html code.

Social media and marketing tools



Simply Measured - easy social media analytics and measurement.
HootSuite - leading social media dashboard to manage and measure your social networks.
BufferApp - buffer is the easiest way to publish on social media.
FollowerWonk - twitter analytics: find, analyze, and optimize for social growth.
PageLever - a Facebook analytics company.
SproutSocial - social media management tool created to help businesses find new customers & grow their social media presence.
Topsy - search and analyze the social web.
Meshfire - social media management dashboard.
BuddyMedia - run integrated campaigns across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and your websites.
ManageFlitter - critically acclaimed set of Twitter tools.
Twitonomy - Twitter #analytics and much more.
Tagboard - search any hashtags.
Tweetchat - manage your tweet chats in real time.
SocialBro - analyze, engage and monetize your Twitter audience.
Bitly - link shortener tool.
ViralTag - the best Pinterest management tool for brands.
Tailwindapp - Pinterest analytics, management and listening.
Agorapulse - complete toolbox for Facebook and Twitter.
Shortstack - run contests and promotions from Facebook or anywhere.
Likealyzer - analyze and monitor your Facebook pages.
Booshaka - a new way to engage your audience.
Social Mention - real-time social media search and analysis.
NeedTagger - helps you find customers, generate leads and attract followers on Twitter.
Commun.it - Twitter community management dashboard.
ViralContentBuzz - social media sharing made easy.
Nimble - simple solution to combine CRM systems with the social media.
Crowdbooster - measures and optimizes your social media marketing.
Social Crawlytics - widely used influencer & content marketing tool.
Demographics Pro - Twitter audience analytics for marketing professionals.
True Social Metrics - calculate and improve the economic impact of social media marketing on your business.
Moz Analytics - software for managing inbound marketing and local SEO.
Topsy - Twitter search, monitoring, & analytics.
Sysomos - social media monitoring and analytics tools.
Vocus - PR software and tools.
RowFeeder - social media monitoring and analysis made easy.
Buzzsumo - Identify the most shared links and key influencers for any topic.
Oktopost - measure all of your social media marketing from one powerful platform.
Storify - curate articles and opinions on any given topic or capture reactions to an event.
InfusionSoft - complete sales and marketing automation software for small businesses.
Intercom.io - shows you who is using your product and makes it easy to personally communicate with them through behavior-driven email and in-app messages.
InboxQ - find people asking questions about things you know on Twitter

Domain research tools

Basic search:
Pcnames.com - instant domain check engine
Domize.com - domain name search engine
domainr.com - explore the entire domain name space

Advanced search/premium domains:
DomainSearch - comprehensive searchable database of domain name registration
WhoisLookup - discover the people or organizations behind a domain name
DomainMarketplace - research available domains to buy

Additional name search:
Trademark search - search the USPTO's database of registered trademarks
KnowEm - check social profiles

Logo design tools

Free:
Squarespace logo - logo made easy.
Logogarden - start with free amazing logo.
LogoMaker - design a logo and use it on your site for free using their HTML code.

Paid:
LogoYes - design a logo for free and download a high-resolution file for $0.99
LogoTypeMaker - design a logo for free and download a high-resolution version for $25
GraphicSpring - create professional looking logos $39.99

Graphic & web design tools

Canva - 100% free tool to create good graphics without designing skills.
Picmonkey - free easy photo editing! Add filters, frames, text, and effects.
Gimp.org - free software for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
PiktoChart - infographic design app that helps to produce beautiful, high quality graphics (paid).
Easel.ly - is a simple web tool that empowers anyone to create and share powerful visuals.
Infogr.am - Create infographics and interactive online charts. It's free and super-easy!
Google Charts - interactive charts and data tools that are powerful, simple to use, and free. MyeCoverMaker - Create your own 3D eBook cover online.
QuickPictureTools - this site offers 12 simple and easy online image editing tools.
Picfull - free online photo editing.
Visme - create interactive online presentations, infographics, animations & banners in HTML5.

Video and screen recording tools

Camtasia - powerful, yet easy-to-use screen recorder and video editor.
Camstudio - record all screen and audio activity on your computer.
Jing - free and simple way to start sharing images and short videos of your computer screen.
Screenr - web-based screen recorder to create and share your screencast around the web.
ScreenFlow - screen recording and editing software for Mac.
FlixPress - create extraordinary videos online in minutes.
IntroMaker - make your own Video with your Logo.
VideoScribe - make your own whiteboard videos, fast.

Content marketing tools

ScribeContent - content optimization software for online marketing and SEO.
Inbound Writer - understand how your content will perform before you put pen to paper.
TrendSpottr - supercharge content marketing for brands and publishers.
Contently - best solution for high-end brand publishing.
Soolve - search suggestions and completions from the top providers on the internet.
SlideShare - share what you know and love through presentations, infographics, documents.
SocialCrowlytics - identify the influencers & your competitor's most shared content.
ShareGrab - get the most shareable content from any Facebook page, whenever you need it.
Clicktotweet - the easiest way to promote & advertise your stuff on Twitter.
Triberr - community of bloggers come together to read and share great content.
Dlvr.it - save time, share smarter, and engage your audience everywhere.

Email marketing tools

AWeber - email marketing services and software solutions for small business.
MailChimp - the best way to design, send, and share email newsletters.
MadMimi - simple way to send newsletters, grow your subscribers and manage your emails.
CampaignMonitor - easy to attract subscribers and send them beautiful email newsletters.
ConstantContact - suite of tools to help you reach, engage, and acquire new customers through email.
GetResponse - email marketing software and autoresponder.
Litmus - test and track your email campaigns, so you can put your best design forward.
Vero - send emails based on what your customers do.
Customer.io - send targeted human messages to your users, by utilizing their unique interactions with your business. Evercontact - keep your contacts always up-to-date.

Site analytics and optimization tools

Google Analytics - web analytics and reporting.
Clicktale - better digital customer experience better business.
CrazyEgg - visualize where your visitors click.
Unbounce - build, publish & A/B test landing pages without technical skills.
HubSpot - inbound marketing software platform that helps companies attract visitors.
Visual Website Optimizer - A/B Testing Software for Marketers.
Optimizely - improve conversions through A/B testing, split testing and multivariate testing.
Clicky - real time web analytics.
KISSmetrics - customer intelligence and web analytics.
Mint Analytics - a fresh look at your site with Mint web analytics application.
MixPanel - advanced analytics platform in the world for mobile & web.
BrokenLinkCheck - free tool to check for broken links.
Pingdom - free website speed test tool.
Google PageSpeed - check speed of your website on all devices.
Browsershots - check how your browser works in all browsers.

Custom email sign up tools

MailMunch - grow your email list.
OptinMonster - get more email subscribers.
Popup Domination - grow Your Email List Using the World's Leading Email Capture Software.
OptinSkin - add opt-in forms and social share buttons to your posts in seconds.
Hellobar - header bar to display your message.
LeadPages - the easiest way to create mobile friendly landing pages.
OptimizePress - is the new way to create high converting landing pages and sales pages.
Sumome - free toolkit for growing your traffic.

Shopping cart and product distribution tools

E-Junkie - shopping cart for selling downloads and tangible goods.
ClickBank - leader in marketing of digital products.
PayPal - powerful tools for your business.