Take your blog to the next level this year with this great collection of productivity tools for bloggers.
Like any big project, managing a blog can be overwhelming. You need to be able to write, manage content, and stay organized. But how can you do that efficiently? With the help of some of the best productivity tools, of course!
Here are the 29 best tools for bloggers who want to take their productivity to the next level.
What it is: WordPress is a major blogging platform that allows bloggers to build and manage their own custom online blog.
Blogging benefits: WordPress is the most popular blogging platform because it’s easy to use and helps you get a blog or website up and running within minutes.
Price: WordPress is entirely free
What it is: Astra has a huge library of fast and lightweight blog themes that you are free to use.
Blogging benefits: You can easily find a design that suits your blog without having to code it yourself or find design elements. Simply choose a style you like and integrate it into your WordPress site!
Price: There’s a free version. Paid plans start at $59.
What it is: Elementor is a WordPress page builder that designs pages quickly and adds them to your WordPress site.
Blogging benefits: Elementor is another tool that makes designing landing pages fast and easy using prebuild designs.
Price: There’s a limited free version. Paid plans start at $49 per year.
What it is: ConvertKit is an email marketing tool that sends automated emails for your blog.
Blogging benefits: Newsletters can be a hassle, but they’re hugely popular. You can easily share your new content using an automated email schedule through ConvertKit without having to waste time.
Price: There’s a free version. Paid plans start at $29 per month.
What it is: ShortPixel optimizes and compresses images on your site to help pages load faster.
Blogging benefits: Big images and graphics on your blog can slow down its performance and lead to a poor user experience. ShortPixel ensures everything is sized correctly and looks its best.
Price: Plans range from free to up to $1,000 per month depending on how large your site is.
What it is: Grammarly is a digital writing assistant that finds grammatical errors and inconsistencies.
Blogging benefits: Grammarly is fast and easy to use. It works in the background as you type with Google Docs, Word, even in the default WordPress editor, Gutenberg!
Even the free version is rather insightful. Whether you’re working on a long blog post or sending a pitch to a potential blogging partner, you can simply copy and paste your text into Grammarly and it will automatically generate edits.
Price: There’s a free version with limited features. Paid plans start at $11.66 per month.
What it is: The Hemingway app is another digital writing assistant that gives you feedback on the quality of your text. It tells you if you’re using passive voice, complex phrases or too many adverbs.
Blogging benefits: Hemingway is similar to Grammarly, but focuses more on syntax. It also lets your know what grade level you’re writing at, which can be useful if you’re gearing your content to younger audiences. Plus, it lets you publish text directly to WordPress and Medium.
Price: An online version is free. The desktop app is $19.99.
What it is: This handy little web tool automatically capitalizes certain words in your blog post headline according to different writing styles including APA, Chicago, AP, and MLA.
Blogging benefits: Bloggers that have a hard time staying consistent with their letter casing will benefit from this easy-to-use tool. I use this for every blog post before publishing.
What it is: Copyscape is a plagiarism checking software. The program quickly detects if a webpage or text file is copied from another place, and gives you advice on how to handle instances of plagiarism.
Copyscape’s other service, called Copysentry, automatically monitors the web for copies of your work and alerts you if copies of it appear.
Blogging benefits: Copyscape protects your work from plagiarism, and can alert you if a writer you work with is plagiarizing.
Price: There’s a free online version, or a premium plan is $0.03 for the first 200 words you search, plus $0.01 for every additional 100 words.
Project Management Tools
What it is: Want to improve your productivity as a blogger? Use a task management tool like MeisterTask. Meistertask, much like Trello, is an online task management tool that allows people to collaborate on projects.
Blogging benefits: MeisterTask helps you to delegate responsibilities to other people on your team and visually track their progress on tasks using Kanban-style boards.
Price: There’s a free version. Paid plans start at $8.25 per month.
What it is: Todoist is a hyper-organized task management tool that is sure to give a boost to your productivity. The Todoist app keeps track of multiple to-do lists and projects from one easy to use interface.
Blogging benefits: Todoist is as detailed as you’d like, so you can break big projects down into smaller chunks and set deadlines for each task. It also helps you visually track your progress on projects using a similar interface as MeisterTask.
Price: There’s a free version. Paid plans start at $3 per month.
What it is: Toggl is a time tracking app that syncs across all your devices.
Blogging benefits: Toggl keeps track of how long you and your colleagues spend on a specific task, and generates detailed reports on how you spend your time. Its meant to help improve workflow and ensure that time is being spent wisely.
Price: There’s a free version for single users. Paid plans start at $9 per month.
What it is: Fiverr is an online community of people selling their services to buyers, including blog writers and other creatives.
Blogging benefits: Fiverr is a great productivity tool for bloggers who want to take on more work by outsourcing projects to freelance writers.
Fiverr allows you to shop around and directly contact writers you’re interested in working with. Payments are processed through Fiverr, so there aren’t confusing invoices or long contracts to worry about.
Price: Each seller sets their own prices.
What it is: E.ggTimer is a simple countdown timer available online.
Blogging benefits: This is a great little tool to stay on track while you’re writing or taking a break.
What it is: LastPass is a secure online service that creates and keeps track of unique passwords across all your accounts.
Blogging benefits: LastPass boosts your online security and helps you keep track of all the websites you have an account to. Instead of relying on remembering all your passwords, LastPass stores them for you.
Price: There’s a free version for single users. Paid plans start at $3 per month.
What it is: Dropbox allows you to easily send large project files and organize different types of files in one place.
Blogging benefits: For bloggers who have a lot going on, Dropbox can help you quickly find what you’re looking for without getting overwhelmed.
Price: Plans range from $9.99 per month to $20 per month.
What it is: Pocket lets you save content from across the web so you can read it later. It also curates content collections based on your preferences, so you can discover new and interesting content to get inspired.
Blogging benefits: If you run a blog, chances are you’re always reading other content as well. Pocket allows you to save articles you want to read for later. No more confusing bookmarks or keeping a thousand tabs open!
Price: There’s a limited free version. A monthly membership is $4.99 per month and an annual membership is $44.99 per year.
What it is: Evernote is a software tool that collects and organizes your notes and sources of inspiration in one place.
Blogging benefits: To become a better blogger, you’ll want to always be learning about the topic you’re blogging about. Evernote keeps everything you learn in one place and organize it in the best way that works for you.
Price: There’s a free version. Paid plans start at $7.99 per month.
What it is: Zapier automates workflows across common apps based on your preferences, called zaps, that you can program.
Blogging benefits: Zapier saves you valuable time and makes sure you don’t miss out on completing a task, like emailing a client back or posting to social media. Once you set a Zap, Zapier will carry out the routine automatically until you tell it to stop.
Price: There’s a free version that includes 100 tasks per month. Paid plans start at $19.99 per month billed annually.
What it is: Google Analytics gives you in-depth reports on data about visitors to your website, which can be valuable when selling ad space and developing your business strategy.
Blogging benefits: You can understand what topics or posts tend to attract more readers, so you can cater your content to maximize its impact. It also helps you understand what times of the day most people visit your site, so you can post new content when the most people are viewing your site.
What it is: Google Search Console measures your site’s visitor traffic and fixes technical issues so your site is more visible on web search results.
Blogging benefits: This service will help boost your search engine optimization so it’s easier for people to find your content.
What it is: PageSpeed Insights looks at how your site performs on desktop and mobile devices and suggests areas to improve on the site for a better performance.
Blogging benefits: This tool helps you understand what the user experience is like on your site, and tells you what changes you should make to optimize its performance.
What it is: Cyfe features a dashboard interface that helps you visualize all kinds of data related to your website.
If you’re just starting out as a blogger, you can use Cyfe to track the growth of your social media accounts or email list. If you’re a seasoned blogger you can track sales, conversions, and other KPI’s.
Blogging benefits: You can visualize data from a variety of providers and data types in a personalized layout that makes sense to you.
Price: Plans start at $29 per month.
What it is: SEMrush offers in-depth digital marketing research that helps you optimize content performance and understand your competition’s audience.
Blogging benefits: Bloggers can develop a solid content strategy based on professional research and analysis. It also helps you identify the best ways to distribute content based on analytics.
Price: Plans start at $119.95 per month.
Social Media Tools
What it is: Tailwind is an online tool that schedules Pinterest and Instagram posts for the future.
Blogging benefits: If you’re a photographer or graphic designer, it’s important to share fresh images regularly. Tailwind saves you time by allowing you to create posts and set them to publish in the future.
Price: Plans begin at $9.99 per month billed annually.
What it is: Buffer is another tool to automatically schedule social media posts.
Blogging benefits: Aside from scheduling posts, Buffer also offers analytics insights across your various social media platforms.
Price: Plans start at $5.00 per month.
What it is: Pexels is a website that provides free stock images you can use on your website.
Blogging benefits: You can find high quality stock images to accentuate blog posts without worrying about purchasing the rights to them.
What it is: MockupShots generates renderings of your ebook so you can visualize the final product and promote it to customers.
Blogging benefits: You can use MockupShots to create great images of your ebook in different settings to share on your website and social media channels.
Price: Lifetime access is $198.
What it is: Canva is a website that allows you to drag and drop layouts for different purposes like business cards, feature images and invitations.
Blogging benefits: You can quickly create beautiful and original designs for your blog and social media channels, or follow one of Canva’s templates.
Price: Canva is free. Canva Pro is $12.95 per month
Are there any productivity tools for bloggers that I missed? Let me know in the comments section!
Until next time,