Thinking back to when I started my blogging venture in 2010, there weren't as many online productivity tools as there are available today. Most of us are fortunate enough to be living in this era, right now. This digital age rocks! We live in a time where we have every opportunity to make something cool happen. Of course, we have to give thanks to the internet and technology for this.
Now, let me just reemphasize something here. I said that most of us are fortunate because I know there are folks that don't have the same opportunity. So, if you're reading this and you have access to the web and technology, that's a positive start.
Right, I have something special for you in this mega post. Below, you will find a mega list of some of the best pro blogging tools for 2020. Not only that, but I'll also share some tips and ideas on how to use them.
The list contains over 50 professional tools. And I can safely say, with my hand on my heart, at some point or another in my blogging career, I've used every single tool mentioned below.
Oh, one more thing.
Affiliate Disclaimer: Some of the tools I've listed below will contain affiliate links. What does this mean? This means, if you click on a link to a tool or service and buy it, I may earn a small commission. This comes at no extra cost to you, by the way. Thank you so much for your continued support.
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Blog Planning & Strategizing
- Ultimate Pro Blog Planner Workbook - This is the only blog planner you'll ever need, crafted by myself, of course! There are 50 templates for you to print and use to help you manage, organize, and grow your blog.
- Epic Blog - This is another fantastic, one-year editorial planner for pro bloggers. It consists of blank blog templates, allowing you to start planning your blog any time of the year.
Blog Writing Tools & Apps
- Hemmingway App/Editor - This is one of my favorite apps for writing blog posts, as well as web copy. The online app is great and free to use, but the desktop app provides extra options. You can also use it offline. Using this app frequently is also a great way to teach yourself to be a better writer.
- Grammarly - This is another popular writing application. It uses clever AI technology to help you write content using proper grammar. The best way to use this app, for me, is in WordPress.
- Evernote - Evernote is a wonderful content management and archive app. I've used this app for years now, and find it useful for jotting down blog post topic ideas. It's also great for writing entire blog posts on the go.
- ByWordApp - If you're looking for a clean, distraction-free markdown text-editor app, look no further than the ByWord App. It is available for both Mac and iOS. The great thing about using this app is that you can export and publish to WordPress when you've finished writing.
- Thrive Headline Optimizer - This is a powerful premium plugin for WordPress like no other. When installed and activated on your blog, you can create many blog post headlines and test them. Then you can assess which headline drives the most clicks! Great for driving more readers to your blog posts, right?
SEO Tools And Plugins
- SEOPressor Connect - If you're looking for a complete SEO plugin for your WordPress blog. Complete with internal link management, and SEO auditing tools. Then look no further than SEOPressor Connect.
- Broken Link Checker - This is the perfect plugin for monitoring and fixing your blog's broken links. Too many broken links are not only bad for SEO but generally, they create a poor user experience. Use this plugin with care though.
- Leverage Browser Caching - This plugin is the perfect solution for leveraging browser caching. This is important if you want to improve page loading speed for your blog. This plugin is as simple as plug and play. I use it on all my main websites.
- Long Tail Pro - I've used many keyword research tools in the past, but nothing compares to LongTailPro. In my opinion, it is the perfect web-based app for finding profitable keywords. It is also great for finding relevant high traffic keywords. This is essential if you want to drive more readers to your blog from search engines.
- Google Webmaster Tools - This is essential for all bloggers and website owners. Webmaster Tools provides data on search engine performance, indexing, as well as optimization tips.
- Google Analytics - The default for traffic monitoring and tracking the growth of your blog. You can also analyze user and visitor behavior, content popularity, and more. Understanding your blog's traffic and users are essential for building a successful blog.
- GTMetrix - Page speed and performance is critical for creating a good user experience. It's also a great tactic for improving your conversions. Test your blog, posts, and pages page speed using the GTMetrix site speed tool.
- SEMRush - This is one of the most popular SEO tools among bloggers and marketers. You can use it to research your competitors ranking keywords. Also, you can use it to find and potential keywords for boosting your blog traffic.
- Unamo - This is a simple and affordable alternative to SEMRush. Unamo helps you track your keyword rankings, as well as your competitors.
Social Media Tools & Plugins
- Buffer - Buffer is a no-frills web-based social media scheduling app that will save you a lot of time. It's also one of the most affordable solutions for bloggers and marketers.
- MissingLettr - This is the ultimate time-saving social messaging scheduling tool. It actually does most of the work for you. All you need is to approve the marketing campaigns it creates for you and you're done. Get 50% Off your first three months! Click here to claim your discount.
- HootSuite - One of the oldest and most popular all-in-one social scheduling and messaging dashboard. It was great back in the day when it used to be a free version. I used HootSuite for a few years before discovering CoSchedule last year.
- Social Snap Plugin - A powerful and complete professional social sharing plugin. Social Snap is the perfect alternative to Social Warfare. It comes with lots of useful options, and built-in marketing tools.
Stock Images And Videos
- Pixabay - Looking for high-quality free stock images and videos for your blog? Pixabay has got you covered with more than 1 million pics and vids to choose from.
- Pexels - Another fantastic stock photo and video site worth checking out. I use this site and Pixabay.
- Unsplash - A great site for high-resolution photos, videos, wallpapers, backgrounds and more. This is one of the best sites out there for quality images. But, you'll need to add an attribution/credit wherever you're using content from this site.
- Negative Space - Need more options for free stock images websites? Check out Negative Spaces. No videos are available from this site, only images.
Video Creation And Hosting Tools
- Animoto - Animoto is a powerful and simple to use DIY video creation tool. It uses drag-and-drop editing technology. As you know, using videos in your business is a great way to drive more traffic and customers to your site. Video is also known to help boost your conversions. You can use Animoto to create simple products or services tour videos for your website or blog.
- Giphy - If you want to add some interactive and pleasing images to your blog posts, a great way to do this is to use some GIF images. Giphy has got you covered with thousands of GIFs to choose from.
- Vimeo - Vimeo is a professional video hosting site that comes with a host of features and benefits for both bloggers and marketers. 150 million brands use Vimeo. If you care about privacy and support, I would recommend checking out Vimeo for your blog's videos. If not, then stick with YouTube.
Graphic Design Tools
- Canva - If you don't want to invest in expensive graphic design software for your blog, then use Canva. For the most part, it's simple and fun to use and can help you achieve most things. You can use it to create simple graphics and artwork for your eBooks, online courses, social media content, and more.
- Photoscape - I have used this wonderful tool since around 2011. PhotoScape is a free and easy-to-use desktop editing app for Mac and Windows. You can use it to create beautiful featured post images, social media graphics, eBook cover artwork, and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. There's a free version and a premium version by the way.
- Affinity Designer - This app is the best and complete professional vector graphics design app/software for the Mac and Windows. I've used AD since around 2015 in my business. It is my go-to application for all my graphic design needs, whether I'm creating graphics for myself or for my clients.
Scheduling And Collaboration Tools
- CoSchedule - I can't imagine my life now without CoSchdule in it. If you're finding yourself bouncing all over the place with your social media marketing, you need CoSchedule in your life too. You can take care of most things in one place. Also, get access to valuable insights and analytics on how effective your social campaigns are. I've used CoSchedule for well over a year now and I couldn't be more satisfied.
- Calendly - If you're providing services through your blog and want to make it easy for your customers to book a free consultation, check out Calendly. It's cost-effective and simple to set up.
- Slack - This is my favorite client collaboration app. I've now been using Slack for a good few years, and I love it. If you want to keep a small part of your sanity and your client communication and file sharing all in one place, consider using Slack!
- Zoom - This is the perfect tool for video conferencing for bloggers. If you have a small team for your blog, consider Zoom! Not only can you use it for conference calls, but it's great for video webinars and adding instant messaging to your blog.
- Skype - My favorite video calling and instant message app. This is one app I use on a frequent basis to communicate with clients, guest authors, and more. For the most part, it's free to use. There are premium options for businesses.
Email Marketing And Push Notifications
- MailChimp - If you're just starting with your email marketing, you should build your list with MailChimp. It's free for up to 2,000 subscribers, it comes with a host of pre-designed email templates, useful features, and the support is great! I've used MailChimp since 2013.
- ConvertKit - This is another popular email marketing service provider to consider using. ConvertKit is very popular amongst bloggers and marketers. You can try it for free, but it can be quite expensive if you're only starting out.
- Thrive Leads - The most powerful list building plugin for WordPress, period! It comes with powerful conversion optimization tools, predesigned forms, reporting tools, and more. I've used Thrive Leads now since 2016 and could not be happier.
Landing Page Design Tools
- Thrive Architect - Thrive Architect is one of the best front-end, visual landing page building tools for WordPress. It comes with a host of predesigned page templates to work with. You can also create your landing pages from complete scratch.
- Elementor - Elementor is yet another popular visual page builder plugin for WordPress. It comes with similar features found in Thrive Architect. The beautiful thing about Elementor is that there is a free version you can use too.
Conversion Optimization Tools
- Crazy Egg - Crazy Egg is a free website user click and scroll heat map tool. You can also use it to create simple AB split tests for your landing pages.
- HotJar - Like Crazy Egg with extra analytical options. You can use HotJar to test your conversion funnels, web forms, and more.
- Thrive Optimize (For Thrive Architect) - This is an add-on plugin for Thrive Architect. This powerful extension tool will give you the power to create copies of your landing pages with variants, and test them against each other. You can then see which one has the best conversions and use it.
Blog Security Tools And Plugins
- WordFence - Are you worried about the security of your blog? About a year ago, one of my sites got infected with Malware. Thankfully, I had taken out a year's worth of WordFence Premium subscription. If you want complete peace of mind when it comes to your blog, I recommend checking out WordFence. The free version comes with a lot of useful features too.
- PayPal - The original and best online payment processing service provider. Yep, the fees might suck a bit, but who doesn't trust PayPal? They've been in the game for donkey's years.
- Stripe - Stripe is my favorite online payment processing software. A little more complex than PayPal, but it comes with some great features. Its simple to set up, great for eCommerce platforms, and the fees aren't too bad either.
- WooCommerce - Ultimately this is the best, most powerful and complete online store and checkout plugin for WordPress. If you're a first-time user, you might find setting WooCommerce up a little daunting. But, there's plenty of free tutorials on YouTube to show you how.
- Thrive Ultimatum - If you sell products via your blog, Thrive Ultimatum is the best scarcity marketing plugin for WordPress. You can promote your latest discounts, deals, and offers using time-sensitive marketing. Another fantastic conversion tool from the Thrive team. Thrive Ultimatum comes complete with analytics, campaign management tools, templates, and more.
- Payhip - Selling digital downloads has never been easier now that Payhip is in town. I signed up for Payhip a few years back and it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made for my blogging business. If you're planning on selling an eBook, software, or memberships, Payhip has got you covered.
Blog Monetization Plugins
- Advanced Ads - Thinking about selling ads space on your blog? Or maybe you're looking for a simple way to display and manage your ads. Advanced Ads has everything you need to turn your blog into an ad revenue earning machine.
- Pretty Links - Easily the most popular affiliate link cloaking and tracking plugins available for WordPress. There is a free and premium version. Pretty links let you set redirect types and create nofollow/noindex link.
Project Management Tools
- Monday.com - This is one of the most professional web-based apps that I've ever used in my business. Initially, I was reluctant to hand over $600 for the annual pro subscription. But, after a few months of using it, I realized how time-saving this app was.
It's a wrap!
That is it, folks, that's my lineup of 50+ awesome tools for bloggers for 2020. I don't imagine that you will need to invest in every single tool mentioned here. But, select a few that you think might be relevant for your needs, goals, and start making good use of them. Best of luck.
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