You might have already come across hundreds of blogs that have been feeding you with the ideas of using this and that tools or resources for starting your blog.
And I can guess that almost all tools suggested by these blogs are free tools, but truth be told, not all free tools are great, and similarly, not all premium tools are worth investing in.
My journey started in a similar way, and I ended up making quite a lot of decisions that were not so great.
Nevertheless, I never regretted any of those decisions, but I don’t want others to make the same mistakes as I did.
So that is why I will suggest you with a few tools that would be a great addition to build up your blog.
Necessary Resources for Starting A Blog
Here I have suggested only those products that I use regularly or those that I have used over the years.
Grammarly is like the most basic tool that anyone should have before starting a blog. Well, not only bloggers but anyone whose job is somewhat related to writing needs to have this.
This is a freemium tool, which comes with both free and premium subs. The free part will let you go by with just spelling mistake correction. However, the premium version of this tool is worlds apart from the free version.
With the premium version, you will be able to check for grammatical errors or any sort of repetitive errors in whatever you have written. Besides these, Grammarly also provides you with the flexibility of checking plagiarism.
But at the end of the day, it’s just a tool, and the user needs to decide for themselves whether the correction or suggestion suggested by the tool would be a good fit or not.
The tool comes with a Chrome and MS Word extension, thus making it easier to use in comparison to similar other tools.
SEMrush is one of the tools that you need if you want to see fast results. Well, the tool itself won’t do anything directly for you, but it will instruct you with all things that you need to do in order to increase your reach.
This site engine optimizing has become one of the most popular SEO tools over the years. Basically, the tool provides the user with a vast array of information that ranges from what kind of content one needs to create for attracting more traffic to identifying Link building strategies.
But that’s not where this ends; SEMrush also helps the users in tweaking certain technical aspects of their sites so as to achieve a higher search engine ranking.
SEMrush is mostly famous for its Keyword Research, which is also known as “Keyword Magic.” This might sound a bit vague, but you will soon forget about these when you start using it.
After you enter a certain phrase, you will receive a list of keywords that would be related to the phrase entered, and along with that, you will also be able to use filters to sort them accordingly.
All in all, SEMrush provides you with a pretty clear picture of what areas of your blog you need to work on to rank your posts and get more traffic.
Though there are quite a lot of great social media management tools out there, I found Sprout Social to be the right fit. Well, HootSuite Pro is quite a great app, but I feel that it’s too mainstream.
Sprout Social has a good balance of Social media management and analytics that happens to be a sweet spot for most small businesses and their social media managers.
The standard plan is quite cheap, and thus this makes it one of the best apps around, but the cheap plan is not the only thing that makes it one of the best.
It has a smooth user interface that can be designed according to the needs of the user, and it will save a lot of your time. The tool comes with a free 30-day trial period, and the best part is that you don’t have to add your credit card to it or anything like that.
Along with the standard plan, it also has two other plans which are namely, the Professional plan and an Advanced plan. And you can quite easily understand that the higher you go, so does the price. But the hike in price is not the only thing that increases; lots of new features also get added to the rooster.
Link Building is like the core of a website, without which you won’t be able to do anything in regard to the Google Rankings. And Ahrefs plays a huge role when it comes to Link Building.
The site explorer of this tool is something they are very proud of, and truth be told, it is that good! It’s quite easy to use as all that you are required to do is copy-paste the URL of a website, and the tool will itself provide with of all the links that are related to the website.
Not just that, it will also show you the amount of traffic that the site gets for Google and also how much it’s worth.
The dashboard of the tool looks all geeky and stuff. And anyone seeing for the first time will probably think that they need to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to work this. But that’s not the case at all. The tool is quite easy to use, and anyone that browses through the tools for a few days can figure it out with ease.
Ahrefs is quite fast, but its speed is not at the level of Moz and Majestic. It has a keyword research tool as well, but I think that the Backlink analysis features are the major strength of this tool.
Grammarly might have been the most basic tool that one might need, but what more basic than that is a Hosting provider and a domain provider. And luckily, HostGator provides both.
All my blogs are on HostGator servers, and trust me when I say this “HostGator is one of those quick stops where you can go for any kind of blog-related solutions.”
The reason why I have been using HostGator for all my blogs is that they are very easy to get used, and for a non-tech savvy guy like me, this seemed like the smarter choice.
And besides that, they have the best customer support team on the planet. So, any time I have a technical problem, I just contact the support team, and all of those get solved with ease.
Another huge benefit of HostGator is that they let you create your own custom emails, alongside providing you with great web hosting plans. What more could you ask for?
That’s sums up almost this whole post, but it would seem incomplete without an Email marketing tool. And what else could be a better choice other than MailChimp?
MailChimp offers its users a free plan that lets the users in sending 10,000 emails in a month to 2000 subscribers. This would be the ideal choice for small businesses and personal users. And I, for one, have used this in the past.
They have around eight different email marketing plans, and the number increases from 2000 as you go up, but alongside that, the price goes up as well.
But there are a few things that I don’t like about MailChimp. The subscription plans are very expensive. For example, the till 2000 subscriber, you don’t have to pay a dime, but when you choose the plan for 2500 subscribers, you are required to pay $29.99/mo.
Well, apart from that, there are no more issues with this tool. So, it would be a great choice for budding webmasters.
To sum it all up in a few words, these are some of the best tools that I have, and I am using as of now. And these tools would be a great choice to kick start your blog/blogs.
It’s always great to start with free tools, but free tools don’t always provide you with the best results. So, it would be a good idea to invest in some premium tools to begin your journey.