Blogging Tools

Top 10 Blogging Tools for Beginners

by Matthew Denos on January 26, 2011 · 50 comments

Pre-WordPress, JuniorBiz was hacked three times. After it was hacked, the number one keyword associated with my site was ‘Viagra’.

Since I transitioned to WordPress and started using some of these other tools, my site hasn’t been hacked once.

Today, Matthew Denos from Weight Loss Triumph is going to share the tools that he uses as a budding blogger. They will make your blogging life easier, more effective and reduce those painful “why won’t this work right” headaches.

1. WordPress

Of all the blogging platforms out there, many of which are really nice, I adore WordPress. You have to spend a few dollars a month to host it. But if you want a monetized blog, the options available are staggering. Nothing compares to the flexibility of the WordPress blog, and the platform itself is FREE. How can you beat that?

Next: How to Properly Publish a WordPress Blog Post

2. HTML Code Editor

Unless you are a geek in every sense of the word, and can write strings of code in your sleep, get yourself an HTML code editor. It will save you hours of hair pulling frustration as you try to find that one little missing < or /. HTML is the invention of the 20th century. It revolutionized how we communicate, and as "old school" as it is, it remains the key to the kingdom…but it also severs a lot of heads along the way.

3. Google Analytics

The big “G” can be a big pain sometimes, but when it comes right down to it, they offer so much to the blogging entrepreneur. Analytics lets you accurately track your blog’s performance—or even several blogs at a time, and gives you access to track everything from hits to clickthroughs. Analytics will tell you how long a visitor stayed on your page, where they came from, and what sales techniques are working for you.

4. Google

Yeah, okay, the main “G” in the big “G” network, but try as others may, they can’t compete with the incredible research function that the Google search engine provides.

5. YouTube

If ever an invention spoke to the minds of the “X” generation, it is YouTube. One of the most important elements in creating blog diversity and interest is pictures, and “moving pictures” are even better. Not only can you incorporate other peoples concepts into your blog topics, but you can create videos for your subject matter.

A great additional perk to the embedding YouTube videos on your blog, is that those videos can also gain traffic through the YouTube site itself. You can link back to yourself, or add your affiliate link to your video description right on the YouTube page for even more hits.

6. Discussion Forums

Not a blog, but a great way to promote your blog. When I sign up for a forum that is related to my topic (weight loss), I almost always feature links to my blog, and to my pages on Medifast coupons and Diet To Go discounts. It’s a great way to kill two birds with one stone.

7. PaintNET

It’s not Photoshop, but it’s a really good picture editor and paint program that is FREE. There are a few things that Photoshop does better, and a few others that Photoshop does that PaintNet doesn’t do at all, but considering that Photoshop costs about $700.00, PaintNET is a great deal.

By the way, for anyone using either Window’s OS Vista or 7, for minor picture adjustments such as cropping, resizing color adjustment and such, the Microsoft Picture Manager is fast, easy and comes with the program.

8. Downloads.cnet.com

I don’t think I could live without this delightful platform. When I need a program for ANYTHING, that’s where I go. Some are free, some are cheap, and some are the most expensive out there. You’ll find reviews from the Downloads site itself, as well as others who have downloaded and used the software.

9. Twitter and Facebook

Two birds of the same feather that are great ways to get the word out about your blog. Not only can you share recent posts by linking to them in your status’ on both platforms, but you can encourage readers of your posts to click on a Twitter or Facebook icon and share your links with their friends as well!

And finally the big number 10 is… WordPress’s (did I mention I love WordPress?)

10. AllinoneSEOpack

The plug in that lets you control every option for how your site is indexed in search engines. It’s an Internet marketer’s must have.

Editor’s note: If you use Thesis, the ability to control SEO details is built-in.

Those are my top ten must have blogging tools. What business tools do you find useful, and what tools can you not live without?

Need more convincing that blogging is a good way to get traffic? Every Blog Post Earns an Extra 1,320 Visits Per Year

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1 steven papas January 26, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Youtube is a great tool for making blog posts more live. You know, there is this code you can use when you embed a video so that your visitors won’t get redirected to youtube.com when they click on your video.This way you won’t be loosing visitors that leak to youtube.
thanks for the post mat.

2 Matthew January 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Hi Steven!

I have heard of this code and thank you for reminding me of it again. I need to use it. I will contact you to discuss more on this.

3 Nick Tart January 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I’d be curious to know what this code is too, Matthew. If you find it, could you link it in a comment?

4 Buntu Redempter January 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

What about tumblr?

5 Nick Tart January 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Hey Buntu! Tumblr is getting more and more popular but WordPress is still the top dog.

6 Syed Balkhi February 3, 2011 at 5:56 am

If you do not like to own your content, then Tumblr is great :s …

As an affiliate marketer and entrepreneur you should always own what you are building, and that something that Tumblr does not allow you to do. You are always at Tumblr’s mercy, so they can remove you at any time without notification (“Putting all eggs in one basket”) might not be the solution.

That is why I always recommend going with the self-hosted WordPress platform. The last version had over 15 million downloads. Numerous statistic shows that WordPress powers anywhere from 8% – 13% of all websites on the internet (Largest of any other platform).

7 Nick Tart February 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I’ve been looking for that stat, Syed! Just the other day, I was wondering what percentage of websites use WordPress. It’s higher than the number I found.

8 Tina @Aerial Installation Birmingham January 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

@Matthew,

Interesting article, it is well written and so simple! Thanks for the top 10 blogging tools. My personal favourite is Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. More than million of users use these sites.

A joke:

Imagine if Youtube, Twitter and Facebook combined together and called themselves “YouTwittFace”…

9 Mark Taylor @Counting Scales February 14, 2011 at 3:00 am

These are also my favourite, however WordPress and Google are the most well known tools to use if you want yourself to grow. Lol awesome joke, someone told me about this before.

Matthew, you have brilliant writing technique I would love to show you my friends blog on Marketing tools, he also writes very well for a Marketing Company in Birmingham:

Here is the link:

http://www.sprike.co.uk/blog

Hope you don’t mind. Thank you!

10 Shailender @ Romantic Getaways January 29, 2011 at 6:06 am

I think you need to concentrate on social bookmarking as well to attract more visitors.

11 Nick Tart January 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Hey Shailender! How do you get more traffic with social bookmarking?

12 Samuel January 29, 2011 at 6:49 am

Awesome tools. All in one SEO pack is my best tool of all time! It’s really working for me and I’m happy that I’m using it :) Thanks so much for sharing.

13 Nick Tart January 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Yeah, I think people are always looking for the perfect tools, and more often than not, it’s not a case of not having the right tools. There’s usually something fundamentally wrong. But AllinoneSEO is one of those “right” tools. Matt did a good job of listing some of the other right tools as well.

14 Syed Balkhi February 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

I am actually switching from All in One SEO to WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast. There is an over 4000 word article on WPBeginner that we wrote the other day. It is the most powerful plugin I have seen for SEO. Plus it is FREE, and does more than what AIOSEO offers.

15 Michael February 1, 2011 at 7:13 am

Great suggestions, I use and recommend a lot of the tools here but will have to try out HTML Code editor.
Also is PaintNET similar to gimp because I’ve never heard paintNET until now, interesting will check it out.

16 Syed Balkhi February 3, 2011 at 5:52 am

Lol I hate to self-promote, but I think it is fair to say that WPBeginner is one of them lol. Great article by the way :)

17 Nick Tart February 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Yeah, it’s pretty good. ;)

18 Sharon @Weighing Scales February 4, 2011 at 7:18 am

Awesome tools! My most favourite is #9 as you can stay connected to your friends and family all over the world.

19 Nick Tart February 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

Not to mention getting introduced to all the other cool people who you aren’t related too!

20 John Mak February 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

Hello!

This is a very helpful tool list! I am always searching for more tools and trying to use most of them! An html code editor also helps with the articles! It is very easy to do it in less time.

Thanks for sharing,

John

21 Nick Tart February 7, 2011 at 8:16 am

Yeah, Matt has some good resources here. I just recently heard about Downloads.Cnet.com from another friend. That one is pretty neat. Lots of free software.

22 Andrew @ Blogging Guide February 9, 2011 at 6:45 am

First time I’ve heard of PaintNet and Downloads,cnet.com. I will be checking them out to see what each has to offer me.

23 Nick Tart February 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Hey Andrew! Yeah, Download.com redirects to download.cnet.com. So… It’s a pretty big deal.

24 Lakshmi Muralikrishnan February 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

Great article! Your information’s are very useful not only beginners everyone. Your writing style very impressed me. Seriously your Great writer!

25 Magathi February 22, 2011 at 5:03 am

Great Post!

26 Wez Bailey March 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

Hi Matthew,

I agree, especially about having a forum. It’s a great way of getting free UGC content for your site which will help with the long tail of SEO.

I have a google alert set up for my site to notify me if it has been hacked.

27 Audrey Mora@totem poles March 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

Great Lists of blogging tools. You have mentioned all the necessary tools needed by a newbie in blogging.

28 anuj@webtricksblog April 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

Google Alerts is priceless for me. I setup a very detailed list of search strings once, and it puts web and blog content in my mailbox every morning. Feeds and news are nice, but this picks up anything they might miss. It also allows me to easily find where my content is being re-used.

29 Nicholas Tart April 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Hey Anuj! Yeah, I like using Alerts for my domains. But I’ve set up a bunch of other ones and they all seem to list content that’s not too relevant. Do you go through all your emails, pick out the good ones, and read them? If so, what’s the most beneficial thing you’ve found?

30 waterpearls May 18, 2011 at 5:09 am

Hi Matthew,
It is a very nice and informative post.Thanks for sharing 10 blogging tools and it is really very helpful for neophytes.

31 Aybi May 19, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Google Alerts is awesome and is ideal for beginners. But then, I still recommend Market Samurai for keyword analysis. Though it’s a paid service, I can guarantee that you’ll reap huge amounts of benefits in using it. :)

32 Debra Wilson May 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

Nick,

I am definitely bookmarking this page. I, for one, do not have the funds or the time to try out all the tools on the web (gets expensive too!) so an article like this one is priceless. Thanks Matthew for the well-written tips on what works for you and the comments are also most helpful to someone who is looking to improve their online business.

33 Nicholas Tart May 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Hey Debra! I’m glad. Let me know if you have any other questions. I’m here to help.

34 Andrew Walker May 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Hey Matthew. Thanks for the tips. I was thinking to start a blog, and I didn’t have any clue where to start, and how to do it, how to maintain it. But when I found your post, man, you really helped me!

35 Nicholas Tart May 24, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Hey Andrew! For my other site, I started to create a curriculum for developing a WordPress website. I’m going to sell it, but for now I’m letting a few people in to give me feedback on it. If you want access, send me an email (wntart@juniorbiz.com).

36 Andrew Walker June 2, 2011 at 1:11 am

That would be great… i’ll definitely will look into it. There’s so much information to absorb and there’s so many tools to learn.

37 Alex June 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

Yoast is another alternative free SEO package – does the same things as All-in-One SEO pack and is a bit easier to use in my opinion.

38 Nicholas Tart June 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

Hey Alex… Yeah, I’ve taken a second look at Yoast as well. I use Thesis and the SEO package comes built-in. But I’ll use Yoast for client sites that don’t use Thesis. Thanks for the tip.

39 Extreme John June 26, 2011 at 2:01 am

Cool tools! Thanks for sharing. I have known wordpress and it’s really quiet good for beginners. It has tools and widgets that helps you start your own blog. PaintNet is also very helpful because it’s easy to use and it’s free! For those who haven’t tried these tools, using these tools is a great start!

40 Nicholas Tart June 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I appreciate your feedback, John! Of course, I use WordPress and about 7 of the other tools. PaintNet is one I haven’t used before but for a free tool it’s comparable to Adobe (considering that’s $1600)…

41 rina August 5, 2011 at 12:57 am

nice info for tool blogging

42 Juliawan Chandra Wijaya September 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

thanks for the share, this is very good information

43 Logan Koshenka September 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I totally agree with #1. Wordpress is the powerhouse of all blogs, and without it, many bloggers would be clueless. I also like that facebook and twitter are on the list, because they’re also very effective. Good job!

44 victor September 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm

great list, I love this blog, juniorbiz. It really is an infornation trove for the blogging rookies.

45 Nicholas Tart September 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I’m glad, Victor! Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

46 Alan Johnson December 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm

This is a useful little tool if you link to external images:
http://www.hotlinktest.com/

47 Nicholas Tart December 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Perhaps… If you’re linking to external images, you might as well download them and upload them to your site with attribution. Is there a benefit to this that I’m missing?

48 Jakarta Apartments.Net March 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

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