I just want to pop on in and give you all a list of 9 online (and free) resources every blogger needs to utilize. I will admit that a lot of blogging and growing a blog consists of trial-and-error. However, there are resources and tools that we can use to make things easier on us. Oftentimes we end up unnecessarily stressing ourselves out because we don’t take advantage of the many, many free and quality resources out there that are made to make our lives and content creating so much easier! So, to help you all out, here are the 9 online resources for bloggers that help make creating quality content so much easier and fun —
1 | ifttt (if this then that)
When I first started blogging, I would constantly see “IFTTT” all over the place but never knew what the heck it was, so I ignored it. Until one-day curiosity got the best of me (thank God it did) and I went to the website and instantly understood why so many people raved about it. So, to sum up IFTTT‘s purpose, I will include an excerpt from its website —
“IFTTT helps you connect all of your different apps and devices. When you sign up for a free account, you can turn on Applets* that help your apps and devices work together to do specific things they couldn’t do otherwise. For example, you can back up your Instagram photos to Dropbox, have your lights turn on when you enter your home, or automatically remind a Slack channel about a meeting. There are millions of Applets to explore” | IFTTT website
applets | a very small application, especially a utility program performing one or a few simple functions
With that being said, IFTTT is great for scheduling certain actions, performing certain actions, and creating certain actions. Are you a little confused? Yeah, I don’t blame you. To better help you understand the awesomeness behind IFTTT, here is the website’s guide on how it works:
- sign up for a free IFTTT account here
- browse the IFTTT website or app to find an Applet that interests you
- click into the Applet and turn it on
- connect the services that are involved in the Applet
- this is only so we can use them to run Applets on your behalf + IFTTT provides a layer between different services to only allow them to do what you specifically tell them to do
- find more Applets, and repeat
Make more sense? I hope so. If you are still confused, I understand. I then recommend that you read this through this ifttt guide to better help you gain an understanding and to what all IFTTT is and does. But, I personally use IFTTT to help me schedule things, automate posts, etc. It allows me to be more productive and less stressed, which is the main reason as to why all bloggers need to spend some time getting acquainted with IFTTT and then using it. You will not be disappointed and that is a promise!
2 | google analytics
I have mentioned Google Analytics in a few posts, especially in my recent post on the 12 things I do that have grown (and exploded) my blog. In that post, I talk about how important it is to frequently (at least a couple times a week) check on your site’s analytics. Why? Because knowing how your site is performing is so, so crucial in growing your blog and maintaining your blog. That said, Google Analytics provides you with a lot of useful information, including the following —
- what pages perform the best amongst your readers and visitors
- what pages people tend to exit your blog on
- what time people are accessing your site
- how long people spend on your blog
- what devices your readers are accessing your blog on (smartphone, tablet, desktop computer…)
- where your readers are from
- …and so much more!
Anybody who owns a site, even if it’s not a blog, needs to use Google Analytics! It is a must. I promise you it is!
3 | pinterest
Ah, where do I begin? Pinterest is hands down my absolute favorite app in the world. I have been using Pinterest since the seventh grade and not a day goes by that I don’t stop and think, “Wow, what would I do without Pinterest?” Ok, maybe I don’t have this thought every single day, but I often do think about how helpful, useful, and beneficial Pinterest has been in my life and now for my blog. I can find ideas and inspo on anything and everything and I have also been able to connect with some awesome Pinterest users, grow my blog, and generate even more traffic to my blog, resulting in way more subscribers. I absolutely love Pinterest and I highly recommend that everybody utilize it daily to grow your blog, as well as find lots and lots of inspo and ideas for your blog and/or online biz! If you need help starting and/or growing your Pinterest account, feel free to e-mail me and also check out the following post I have made that can help you succeed in Pinterest —
4 | grammarly
I have mentioned Grammarly a few times, especially in my post on the 5 reasons why I didn’t (and won’t) read your blog post, when I talked about how important it is to use a reliable grammar checker to ensure that there are no spelling errors or grammatical errors in your content. That said, I highly recommend using Grammarly because it’s free, easy-to-use, and has a toolbar extension (which I absolutely love) that suggests corrections and highlights misspellings and grammatical errors in all of your “content” automatically.
5 | canva
Boy, do I love me some Canva! Seriously. I love Canva with all my heart and would be super stressed if I didn’t have it in my life. Ha, I should seriously be a spokeswoman for Canva (please??) because I love it so much. And, it loves me right back! Don’t believe me? Well, I have proof 😉 —
See!? Told ya! 😉
Anyways, I made a post a while back giving you all 50+ ways to use Canva, so I suggest going and taking a read because you can literally do and make anything on Canva. And, guess what — it’s free. Yes, free. So, if you’re a blogger and just starting out or you just want to use Canva for the basics, here are just some of the things you can easily make —
- branding template
- branded stationary
- and so much more | read my post on the 50+ ways to use Canva
6 | pdfescape
If Canva didn’t already have my heart as it does, then PDFescape would. No joke. Designing printables, worksheets and workbooks, planners, etc., has been something I love doing, especially since they make for great opt opt-ins and people love cute and relevant freebies. That said, all of this would not be possible without PDFescape! PDFescape allows users to freely (yes, for free!) make pdf’s fillable, linkable, and editable. Through PDFescape, users can give forms and other worksheets the ability to be filled in and whatever else you want your file to be able to do. This resource is amazing and super easy-to-use. Oh, and it’s free which makes it even better! So, go to PDFescape and add this to your favorites tab and use it whenever you need!
7 | google keywords
Google Keywords is an awesome resource for so many reasons. Because of the importance of having your site and posts SEO-optimized, Google Keywords allows you to easily and freely (yay!) lookup keywords and see what people are searching, how often they are searching the particular terms, and how popular certain terms are. This is a great tool to use, because it will help you add relevant and popular keywords into your posts so that they rank higher in searches. Make sense? I hope so! So, use Google Keywords to insert keywords that will rank your content higher, resulting in more traffic and potential subscribers. Super cool and convenient, right? I know! Google is awesome, it really is. Oh, please note that in order to use Google Keywords you will need a Google account (which is free, of course, too). So, if you do not have a Gmail/Google account, click here to make one. Also, Google Keywords can be a bit hard to get to and understand, so please be sure to read through this in-depth guide!
8 | google trends
Google Trends is a great (and free 🤑) resource that easily allows users to see what keywords and topics are trending and what people are searching, finding popular, and wanting to know more about. Google Trends gives you the option to search terms or topics. Once you have searched a term or a topic, the results will tell you the following —
- interest in [term or topic] over time | bar graph
- interest by subregion | interactive map
- related topics | list
- related queries | list
You can also compare terms and topics to another term or topic and see what is being searched more, etc. Super cool, which is why I highly suggest that you also use Google Trends to find out the popularity of terms and topics to help you write better content, as well as SEO-optimize your content, too!
9 | backlinks
I will admit that I only recently started using ahrefs’ backlink checker to see how many backlinks (definition and more information here) my site has. Doing this has allowed me to see how my site is performing, as well as how many outside sources have links to my site on their site. Knowing this information is good, because I can see if others are linking to my site. If they are, good; then I can see what content is being shared so that I can make more and if not, it gives me a better idea of what I need to do/should be doing to get my blog put there more so that people willingly want to share my link and content! With that being said, I highly recommend checking your backlinks occasionally just to get an idea of what is working and what isn’t working, in terms of your content.
And there you have it – 9 online resources for bloggers that will help you grow and maintain your site!
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Do you use any of these sites or do you use a site that I didn’t mention? Tell me in the comment section below!
Thanks for reading and love to you all! Oh, and happy blogging, too 💓 💓 💓