In this post, you're going to discover 50 of the best pro blogging tools you can use. Each of these tools will help you to plan, create, manage, promote, and build a profitable blog in 2022 and beyond. Let's dive in!
Just thinking back to when I started my blogging journey in 2010, there weren't as many online tools as there are available today.
Most of us are fortunate enough to be living in this generation, as in right now. This digital age rocks, don't you think? We are living during a time where there are more opportunities for us than ever before. This is all thanks to the age of the internet and technology.
Now, I said, 'most of us are fortunate' and not all of us.
Why is that?
Because I know that there are folks out there that don't have the same opportunity as most of us. I'm talking about those who have little to no access to the web and the technology that's available today.
I hope and pray that this will change in the future.
But right now, in this post, I have something special for you.
Below, you will find a mega list of some of the best pro blogging tools for 2022. Not just for 2022, but 2023, 2024, and the year after that, and so on...
Not only that, but I'll also share some tips and ideas on how to use some of these tools.
The list contains over 50+ pro tools. And, I can safely say with great pride, at some point or another in my blogging career, I've used every single tool cited below.
Oh, one more thing. My affiliate disclaimer...
Affiliate Disclaimer: Some of the tools I've listed below contain my affiliate links. What does this mean? This means, if you click on a link to a tool or service and purchase it, I will earn a small commission. This comes at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your continued support.
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Booya, let's do this!
Note: The ones highlighted in green are the ones I highly recommend checking out.
TABLE OF CONTENT
1. Blog Planning & Strategizing
2. Blog Writing Tools & Apps
3. Blog SEO Tools And Plugins
4. Social Media Tools & Plugins
5. Sock Images & Videos
6. Video Creation & Editing Tools
7. Graphic Design Tools
8. Scheduling & Collaboration Tools
9. Email Marketing & Push Notifications
10. Landing Page Designs
11. Conversion Optimization Tools
12. Blog Security Tools & Plugins
13. Selling Tools
14. Blog Monetization Plugins
15. Project Management Tools
1. Blog Planning & Strategizing
- Ultimate Pro Blog Planner Workbook - The only blog planner you'll ever need in your life, crafted by my very self, of course! The Ultimate Pro Blog Planner (2022 Edition + blank templates) comes with over 70 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. Epic Blog was my first experience with a blog planner. It consists of blank blog templates, allowing you to start planning your blog any time of the year.
2. 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 a few 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 - By far my favorite writing assistance app for writing blog posts and marketing content. The app uses clever AI technology to help you write content using proper grammar. The most practical way to use this app, for me, is in WordPress. I use the desktop app to write and save letters and website copy.
- Evernote - Evernote is a wonderful content management and archive application. I've used this app for a good few years now, and find it useful for jotting down blog post topic ideas, writing blog posts, curating content, writing to-do lists, and more.
- 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 WordPress blog, you can create multiple blog post headlines and test them against each other. Then you can assess which headline drives the most clicks and conversion! Great for driving more readers to your blog posts, right?
3. Blog SEO Tools And Plugins
- SEOPressor Connect - SEOPressor Connect is a powerful all-in-one premium SEO plugin for WordPress. I started with SEOPressor, then Yoast, before changing over to Rank Math..
- Rank Math SEO - Rank Math is a lightweight, yet feature packed, free SEO plugin for WordPress. There is also a pro version of this plugin. I use Rank Math Pro because I love that it integrates with a host of third-party platforms and applications. In addition, I can use the in-depth analysis reporting tools to audit my blog content.
- Broken Link Checker - This is the perfect plugin for monitoring and fixing your blog's broken links. Why is this important? Too many broken links are not only bad for SEO but generally, they create a poor user experience. Use this plugin with find and fix those broken links.
- Long Tail Pro - I've used many keyword research tools in the past, but nothing compares to LongTailPro. What's so great about it? It makes finding and researching potential and profitable keywords very easy. The UI is beautiful, and the application comes with some great features. It's the perfect tool for bloggers and SEO content creators.
- 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. Think of it as a first-aid box for your website.
- Google Analytics - The default for web traffic monitoring and the growth of your blog. You can also analyze user and visitor behaviour, content popularity, and more. Understanding your blog's traffic and users are essential for building a successful blog. However, the recent update to Google Analytics has made the platform harder to make sense of.
- Plausible Analytics - The perfect, privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics. All of the data you need about your website users are right there in your dahsboard, without needing to store cookies or collect personal data. And, without looking at silly and complex graphs and weird charts. Only downside is that it's not free, but very affordable.
- GTMetrix - Page speed and performance are critical for creating a good user experience for your website. Page performance optimization is also a great tactic for improving your conversions. Test your blog, posts, and pages page speed using the GTMetrix site and page speed tool.
- SEMRush - This is one of the most popular SEO tools among bloggers and marketers today. You can use it to research your competitors ranking keywords as well as find potential keywords for boosting your blog traffic. In addition, you can use SEMrush to track your website's health, plan your content and social media marketing campaigns, and more.
- Unamo - This is a simple and affordable alternative to SEMRush. It may not have all of the bells and whistles that SEMrush has to offer, but Unamo can help you track your keyword rankings, as well as your competitors.
Recommended: Want to get your hands on more SEO tools? Check out this post.
- Buffer - Buffer is a no-frills web-based social media scheduling app designed to help you save time. It's also one of the most affordable solutions for bloggers and marketers looking to automate their social media.
- MissingLettr - ML is one of the best time-saving social messaging scheduling tool. It takes automation to the next level as it does most of the work for you. All you need is to approve the marketing campaigns it auto-generates and you're done. Get 50% Off your first three months! Click here to claim your discount.
- HootSuite - This is one of the oldest and most popular all-in-one social scheduling and messaging dashboard. It used to be free many moons ago, however, like a lot of software companies out there, they're now subscription-based.
- Social Snap Plugin - A powerful and complete professional social sharing plugin for WordPress sites. Social Snap is the perfect alternative to Social Warfare. It comes with lots of useful display options, analysis and reporting tools, follower growth, and marketing tools.
5. Stock Images And Videos
- Pixabay - Looking for high-quality stock images and videos for your blog or website, without the hefty price tag? Pixabay has got you covered - with more than 1 million pieces of visual content to choose from.
- Pexels - Another free fantastic stock photo and video site worth checking out.
- Unsplash - Yet another great site for high-resolution photos, videos, wallpapers, backgrounds and more. This is one of the best sites out there for stock images. But, you'll need to add an attribution/credit wherever you're using content from this site.
- Negative Space - Looking for a very specific stock photo? Check out Negative Spaces. No videos are available from this site, only images. However, it's library is quite extensive. You can search by color, tag, keyword, or subject.
6. Video Creation And Hosting Tools
- Animoto - Animoto is a powerful and simple to use DIY video creation tool. Like a lot of modern visual design tools, it uses drag-and-drop editing technology. 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 visually 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 an array of features and benefits for both bloggers and marketers. 150 million brands use Vimeo. If you care about privacy and support, as a pro user myself, I would recommend checking out Vimeo. Especially if you want to host video content to host on course content pages, vlogcasts, webinars, and more.
7. Graphic Design Tools
- Canva - If you don't need to invest in expensive graphic design software for your blog, then use something like 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.
- Affinity Designer - AD is a full-blown professional vector graphics design application/software for the Mac and Windows. I've used Affinity Designer in my creative business since around 2015. It is my go-to application for all graphic design projects, whether it's for myself or for my clients. If you're looking for the ultimate Adobe PhotoShop alternative? Look into Affinity.
8. Scheduling And Collaboration Tools
- CoSchedule - CoSchedule is my favourite scheduling tool which I've been using for the past few years now. It's one of those tools I really can't imagine blogging without. If you're finding yourself bouncing all over the place with your social media marketing, content scheduling, email marketing, then 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 impactful your social campaigns are.
- Calendly - Freelancers will love this tool. 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 and forget about.
- Slack - I've been using Slack for a good few years, and boy do I love it. Communication is everything when you're running a creative business. So, if you want to regain a small part of your sanity back and hone your client communication and file sharing all in one place, consider using Slack!
- Zoom - This is the perfect tool for video conferencing for bloggers and business owners. 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. I've used this tool a little bit but not as much as the next one on my list.
- Skype - My favorite video calling and instant message app by far. 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. I think pretty much everyone knows what Skype is.
9. 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.
- MooSend - MooSend has shown a lot of promise over the recent years, offering simple and extremely affordable email marketing solutions for bloggers and marketers. So, if you're looking for an affordable way to grow your email list with some additional premium features, check out MooSend.
- ConvertKit - Yet another popular email marketing service provider to consider using. ConvertKit is very popular amongst bloggers and marketers. You can try it for free, however, it can be quite expensive for new users looking to grow without spending a fortune.
- Thrive Leads - The most powerful list building plugin for WordPress, period! It comes with powerful conversion optimization tools, predesigned email signup forms, reporting tools, and more. I've used Thrive Leads now since 2016 to help grow my list, and could not be happier.
10. Landing Page Design Tools
- Thrive Architect - Thrive Architect is easily one of the best front-end, visual landing page building tools for WordPress. It comes with a bag full of predesigned page templates that you can work with. You can also create your landing pages from complete scratch. Everything from sale pages, lead pages, podcast signup page, product download page, can be created with Thrive Architect. Check out my review here.
- Elementor - Elementor is the most popular visual page builder plugin for WordPress. It comes with similar features found in Thrive Architect, but also offers a lot more. The great thing about Elementor is that there is a free version you can try out first.
- Crazy Egg - Crazy Egg is a free website user click and scroll heat map tool for measuring website interaction and engagement. You can also use it to create simple AB split tests for your landing pages.
- HotJar - Like Crazy Egg with a few extra analytical options and reporting features. 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 will give you the tools to create copies of your landing pages designed with Thrive Architect. You can then add variants and test them against each other. With the information you collect from both landing pages, you'll be able to see which page offers the best conversion rates. Check out my review of Thrive Optimize here.
12. Blog Security Tools And Plugins
- WordFence - Are you worried about the security of your blog? You should be. A few years ago, one of my sites got infected with Malware. I have no idea how. Thankfully, I had taken out a year's worth of WordFence Premium subscription shortly before this happened. Usually, I don't even bother. 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 security features and custom settings too. If you don't wish to use a security plugin, I recommend getting some kind of premium backup, or change your host to something like Kinsta.
- 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 a popular online payment platform similar to PayPal. It's a little more complex than PayPal, but it comes with some great features. It's NOT the simplest thing to set up, however, there are so many great tutorials online to get started with. I use Stripe as a payment option for all of my businesses.
- 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, once again. there's plenty of free tutorials on YouTube to show you how to get set up.
- Thrive Ultimatum - If you sell products via your blog, Thrive Ultimatum is the best scarcity marketing plugin for WordPress. You can use it to promote your latest discounts, deals, and offers using time-sensitive marketing. 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.
14. 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 own personalized 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 plugin available for WordPress. There is a free and premium version of this one. Pretty links lets you set redirect types and create nofollow/noindex link. You can also get acess to click reports, conversion rates, and more.
15. 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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