Blogging Tools & Resources

Here’s a collection of the most valuable resources we use and warmly recommend

 

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Before we dive into the blogging tools and resources we recommend, it’s important you know a few things.   These recommendations are personal recommendations from us here at Moonlight Jo.  There is no tool or resource on this page that we do not use.  To cut out the fluff, we decided to only include the tools we find essential.  We do not want to overwhelm you with hundreds of tools you might not ever use.  We hope you enjoy our recommendations, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about any of the tools listed below.

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Blogging Tools and Resources

 

1. WordPress

2. Divi (WordPress Page Builder)

3. SiteGround

4. Canva

5. Mailchimp

6. Ahrefs

7. Google Trends

8. Yoast SEO

9. Quora

10. Google Analytics

11. Grammarly

12. Unsplash

Content Management System

We recommend WordPress as the content management system software you should use.  Web builders like Wix and Squarespace are appealing options.  However, the customization and functionality offered to you through WordPress is unmatched.  There’s a reason why WordPress is the most popular CMS on the market,  and it’s free!

WordPress CMS

Theme / Site Builder 

The Divi Theme by Elegant Themes is our favorite to use because of its easy-to-use drag and drop builder and unparalleled support.  There is a slight learning curve to get used to but thanks to unlimited support you’re never be left stranded.  

Divi Theme

Hosting

We recommend WordPress as the content management system software you should use.  Web builders like Wix and Squarespace are appealing options.  However, the customization and functionality offered to you through WordPress is unmatched.  There’s a reason why WordPress is the most popular CMS on the market,  and it’s free!

Siteground

Graphic Design 

Canva is incredibly simple to use, don’t waste your time learning Adobe Photoshop or Gimp, Canva makes creating custom graphic designs extremely easy.  For the sake of building a blog, you don’t need much more capabilities than what Canva provides.  They also have a free version for beginners. 

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Email Marketing 

When it comes to email marketing, we prefer Mailchimp.  It has a great free version for anyone new to blogging and competitively priced premium options for when your list grows to 500+.  

Mailchimp

Keyword Research

There’s plenty of keyword research tools available on the web, most of them are not free, this includes ahrefs.  However, from our experience,  ahrefs is our preferred tool because of it’s backlink capabilities to spy on competitors and track keyword rankings.  

ahrefs

Trends

Google Trends is a free tool that gives you an idea of how popular a topic is over time.  This is especially helpful when you’re still considering what your niche is going to be.  

Mailchimp

SEO

YoastSEO is a WordPress plugin that sits on your page builder and gives you tips to improve your SEO.  Additionally, you can add meta data and correct grammar/spelling issues. 

YoastSEO

Community / Forum

Getting eyeballs on your content is going to be a long uphill battle.  Quora is a great way to start engaging with the community.  Insert yourself in different conversation threads and promote (but don’t over-promote) your blog.  

Quora

Analytics

Google Analytics is essential for any high-performing website on the web.  In Google Analytics you can track your traffic sources and learn the demographics of the readers on your website.  

Google Analytics

Grammar / Spell Check 

Grammarly is a great tool to double-check your writing as your writing.  It’s a chrome extension that auto-reads everything you type, it’ll provide suggestions to better your writing in real time.  A valuable tool if writing isn’t your strong suit.  

Grammarly

Stock Photos

12. Unsplash

Unsplash has a large library of free high-quality stock images that you can use when building out your blog.  These images can be used without the need for any attribution.  

Unsplash

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