BLOGGING TOOLS & RESOURCES

Here you will find the blogging tools and resources I use to run Blogology. Just click on the name of the tool to get to its website. I’ve been using and testing all of them and I recommend every single one of them. 

Some of those tools are paid services, but most of them are free, or have free options.

Just a quick word about my recommendations: those are only the products, websites, software, etc. I’m using myself. If I stop using a product I was previously recommending, I replace the recommendation on this list for the new product I’m using.

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STARTING A BLOG

Namecheap
One of the cheapest domain name registrar on the market. 

SiteGround
The web hosting service I use. They are fast, secure, reliable, and their customer service is excellent.

Elegant Themes
I’m using the Divi theme from Elegant Themes here on Blogology. 

SECURITY & SPAMMERS

Wordfence
A security plugin that protects your website from malware and brute-force attacks.

Antispam Bee
A plugin that will keep spammers off of your blog.

Custom Referral Spam Blocker
A plugin that protects your blog from well-known spam sites. You can also add new ones to the list.

LOADING SPEED

CompressJPEG
A website that compresses your PNG, JPG and PDF files so your website can load faster.

a3 Lazy Load
A plugin that loads the pictures on your website as the visitor is scrolling down.

W3 Total Cache
A plugin that improves the performance of the server and caches every aspect of your site.

BLOG POSTS

Grammarly
A spell-checker and plagiarism controller.

Hemmingway Editor
An online editor that will help you with the readability of your blog posts

LuckyWP Table of Contents
A plugin that adds a table of contents to any blog post you want to.

VISUAL CONTENT

Canva
Allows you to create beautiful graphics for your blog. You can create logos, infographics, graphics for your social media, and more.

Unsplash
Free stock images.

Pixabay
Free stock images. 

Pexels
Free stock images, once again.

Adobe Lightroom
Premium photo editing software. A good investment if you’re taking your own pictures. You can also download the free Lightroom CC app.

Adobe Photoshop
You can edit your photos, design graphics and logos here. 

PDFescape
Let’s you create and edit your PDF files. The best free tool to create interactive PDF files.

SEO

AnswerThePublic
A keyword research tool where you can type in a topic and it will give you questions people are searching for in regards of that topic.

Google Trends
Helps you to determine whether the search for a keyword is on decline or incline.

KWFinder
The best keyword research tool if you’re starting out. Easy to use and has all the features you need.

Ubersuggest
The best free keyword research tool on the internet. A great alternative to KWFinder.

YoastSEO
A plugin that will check your on-page SEO for you.

Rank Math SEO Suite
An all-in SEO plugin. It has all the features you need. 

Screaming Frog
A website crawling tool that allows you to run SEO audits on your blog.

EMAIL MARKETING

ConvertKit
A beginner-friendly email marketing service with all the features you need to build your email list.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Tailwind
A scheduling tool for Pinterest and Instagram. I’m only using it for Pinterest and I love the in-depth analytics.

Social Warfare
A social sharing plugin so your readers can promote your blog for you.

Tasty Pins
A plugin that allows you to hide pins in your blog posts.

LEGAL

Terms Feed
You can generate your legal pages here for free.

A Self Guru’s Legal Bundle
Although you can generate your legal pages for free, I highly recommend you invest in legal pages drafted by a lawyer. I use A Self Guru’s legal bundle for that.

OTHER BLOGGING TOOLS

UpdraftPlus
A backup, restore, and clone plugin for your blog.

Insert Headers and Footers
A plugin that allows you to add code to the header or footer of your website.

All 404 Redirect to Homepage
A plugin that redirects all 404 links to your homepage.

WP Forms
A plugin that allows you to add a contact form to any page on your website.

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