Best Blogging Tools
Many of you ask which are the best blogging tools I use to manage the Enjoy Travel Life website. Blogging is no different from any profession; with the right tools, the job gets a lot easier.
With so many choices, how’s a blogger to know in which ones to invest? And even if they are free, there’s time involved in learning and using a tool-set.
If I only had this list of the best blogging tools when began Enjoy Travel Life. I tried quite a few different tools and ditched as many. Yes, I certainly wasted time and money and had unnecessary overlap in the beginning.
But once I finally got my head around what was essential, I trimmed the fat. As a result, I love a lean but useful few darlings.
My Short List
Here they are: what I consider the best blogging tools at the core of Enjoy Travel Life. Honestly, a couple of them (like MiloTree) are worth their weight in gold.
Yay for things that make my life easier! Yay again if they make yours easier, too!
Click the graphic below to find out more, or scroll down to find out how I use these blogging tools and what I love about each.
How I Use and Why I Love These Blogging Tools
Bluehost (Web Hosting)
How I Use Bluehost
I use Bluehost as my web hosting platform. To be honest, I didn’t look too far into other platforms, since Bluehost came so highly recommended, I went with it and have been happy. I’ve read that some bloggers have switched after reaching a certain traffic level, but for me, so far, so good!
What I Love About Bluehost
- Reasonable price with flexible payment options
- Free domain registration
- Multiple email accounts using my “@enjoytravellife.com” domain
- Premium and Free Themes
WordPress (Blog Management)
How I Use WordPress
WordPress is where I write my posts, organize menus and content, monitor basic traffic statistics, and receive and respond to comments. I use the self-hosted version which integrates with Bluehost. (Note: If you have plans to monetize your blog, self-hosting is necessary.)
What I Love About WordPress
- Low monthly billing
- Easy enough
- Ability to monetize
- Integrates with third-party platforms (Shopify, WooCommerce, etc.)
Grammarly (Language Editor)
How I Use Grammarly
Who knew I was making so many grammatical mistakes? I am a seasoned writer, and Grammarly still picks up errors. Yikes! All I can say is, I love a tool that makes me look good. I use it when I’m writing blog posts, and when I’m writing emails or posting on social media. I’m not sure how I survived without it.
What I Love About Grammarly
- Grammarly makes me look good!
- Highlights common mistakes so I can learn from them
- It works on multiple devices, including WordPress, Instagram, Email
- Free version or flexible payment schedules (I chose quarterly.)
G Suite (Document Management & Blog Statistics)
How I use G Suite
G Suite is a must-have in my mind. I use Google Docs to create/edit documents and spreadsheets and to store PDFs for content upgrades, as well as Google Calendar. My Gmail linked to Google Analytics, AdSense, and PayPal. I’m barely scratching the surface functionality (but that’s where I am!
What I Love About G Suite
- Robust functionality and flexibility, all Free!
- I can work on my MacBook laptop or iPhone
- I can get access to all my documents on the go
- It makes sharing files super easy
- Captures in-depth statistics I haven’t begun to understand (Google Statistics)
- Makes me a few pennies when someone looks at my website (Google AdSense)
MiloTree (Social Media Growth/List Building)
How I Use MiloTree
I haven’t heard many bloggers talk about MiloTree, but I love it. It helps me increase followers and subscribers but showing an unobtrusive pop-up in the lower left corner of my website. (Don’t you hate those pesky pop-ups that make it impossible to read the page? They drive me crazy!) Love. This. Tool. Honestly, if I had to pick one on the top of my best blogging tools list, this one gets my vote.
What I Love About MiloTree
- The primary functionality is free, and the paid pretty cheap, too
- No coding, SUPER simple and effective
- Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Email List Growth in one tool. Yes!
- It’s customizable by platform
- Meets new Google requirements for pop-ups
ConvertKit (List Building/Emailing)
How I Use ConvertKit:
When folks opt-in to your email list, ConvertKit gives me a great place to capture their emails and to automatically send a welcome email series. It also allows me to issue weekly updates and free content to readers who want more. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of ConvertKit’s usefulness, but I know it will be a cornerstone of my website.
What I Like About ConvertKit:
- It’s simple to create a sequence of emails to onboard new readers
- It’s easy to set up opt-in downloads (content upgrades)
- It shows me statistics about how effective my email campaigns are.
Tailwind (Pinterest/Instagram Scheduling)
How I Use Tailwind:
Tailwind is like having a group of admins helping you get your pins out! It allows me to quickly schedule posts to my Pinterest boards, group boards, and tailwind tribes. Talk about powerful! There is no way I could have built the audience I have on Pinterest so quickly without this tool, which allows you to propagate a pin like a wildfire.
With new Instagram changes, it also allows me to schedule my Instagram posts, which is so helpful. I could never keep up with posting to Instagram three times a day without Tailwind.
What I Like About Tailwind:
- I can rapidly share a pin and reschedule older pins on Pinterest
- It has an easy-to-use interface
- It now allows me to schedule Instagram posts using the same straightforward interface (Yay!)
How I Use Crowdfire:
Crowdfire has helped me quickly grow my Twitter audience by reminding me daily to post curated articles and photos, and to follow and unfollow (those irritating unfollows…gah!) targeted accounts. It also reminds me to share my posts on Twitter. Otherwise, it would take me much longer and without as good results.
What I Like About WordPress:
- I like the daily reminder to share content on Twitter
- It allows me to set how many times per day to share content and easily schedule it
- It’s an easy way to unfollow those follow/unfollow fiends
- It takes me about 5 minutes each day to complete my goals based on suggested content and followers
How I Use Zen-Promo:
I used Zen-Promo to manage the gap between who I follow on Instagram and who follows back. This tool is an easy way to unfollow systematically and offers features like auto-follow and auto-responders.
What I Like About WordPress:
- Zen-Promo offers a low-cost as-needed pricing option
- It automatically stops when it finishes the task
- Simple but effective dashboard
In summary, I suggest you do some research for yourself to arrive at a short list of best blogging tools that meet your specific needs. But I hope these nine favorites of mine help give you a bit of a jump-start!