Free Blogging Tools And Resources For Bloggers

Free resources for beginner bloggers. I don't know any blogger that doesn't use them when they get the chance. Even when you have an  old blog it's good to be able to find some free stuff to learn something new, try new tools, or keep costs down.

So in this blog post, I am going to give you a list of free blogging tools. They are ideal if you are a beginner blogger and don't know what tools are going to be the most useful to you.

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Heads up, though, I am going to also include the odd tool that is not free but offers a free trial to see if you like them. 

This blog post was originally published in Feb 2019, but was updated in December 2020.

FREE Blogging Tools and Resources For Beginner Bloggers

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FREE BLOGING TOOLS: WORDPRESS THEMES

You already have some available directly from your WordPress dashboard. To access them, go to Appearance, Themes and then click on Add New to see a range of free themes.

Adding Free themes to wordpress

You can also do a Google search for FREE WordPress themes, or download them from somewhere like Athemes.

But if you still don't feel very confident with WordPress and can't code, stick to one of the ones that come already installed or, if you really need a new theme, check out these:

3 of my favourite places for WordPress Themes

Free social media tools for bloggers

  • Buffer
  • Hootsuite - The FREE plan is a bit limited, but it can help you get started. Plan and schedule your posts for the week with it.
  • Tweetdeck - To monitor your Twitter feeds, mentions and lists. It's easier to see everything than in Twitter.
  • Recurpost 
  • Smarterqueue- Try it for a month, it's one of the best for keeping your tweets varied and you can also use it to monitor other profiles and take advantage of what works for them.
  • Tailwind - If you haven't tried it before, try it for free and use SmartLoop to automate your pinning. 
  • Planoly - If you're not on Instagram yet, Planoly is a great tool to schedule your first posts until you get the hang of it. Try it for free here.
Web Hosting

free sEO and Research tools for beginners

Free stock photos and images for bloggers

Stock photos from IvoryMix

There are many places that offer free images, but you will find that most of the images in these sites are the same.

If you want something slightly different subscribe to a site that sells images but offers a few free images every month.

Free blogging tools: Graphic Design and Photo Editing

  • Canva
  • Snappa
  • GetStencil
  • Fotor 
  • Picmonkey.  Not free but it's worth trying doing a free trial.  I have included it because of the collage maker and its photo editing capabilities, which some of the others do not do.
  • Gimp - Poor man's Photoshop, according to one of my designer friends.
  • Visme - Visme is similar to Canva, but it's light years ahead when it comes to infographics and presentations. If you want to be able to do infographics in minutes, this is the tool to use. It has a FREE plan, though it's a bit limited. Try it for FREE here.

Free video tools for bloggers

You can create short videos and Gifs with Canva, Visme and Crello, but they're quite simple. They're fine for social media quotes and simple ads, but if you want a video tool that's gives you a bit more control and you want to make longer videos easily, try a tool that's specifically designed for making videos.

If you don't mind having their branding on your videos try these:

If what you want is to record videos of your screen, have a look at these free tools:

  • Loom - Create short recordings of your screen (up to 5 mins) with their FREE plan. Try it out here.
  • Awesome Screenshot - This is also a Google Chrome extension you can use to record your screenshots (up to 5 minutes). You can have one project and 30 screenshots with their FREE plan, but their paid plan is very economical. Sign up to Awesome Screenshot here

Free Productivity and time management tools for online entrepreneurs

Here's a range of tools to help you organise your projects and your to-do lists.

I have also included a few tools that can work with your gmail.

  • Todoist - For To-do list lovers. Simple and effective task management app. It has a Premium plan with more features, but if you're a beginner and want to get started with Productivity Apps, it's a good starting point. Start using Todoist for FREE here.
  • Asana - One of the most popular project management tools out there. 
  • Trello - If you like using Boards but being able to change to other views, Trello is quite good, but it doesn't have the complexity of other tools.
  • Kanbanflow - One of my favourite Kanban tools, but it only does Kanban. For smaller projects.
  • Momentum - This is an extension and it stops you from going straight to the Google search screen. Plus it looks nice.
  • ClickUp -  If you've tried Asana but want something that has a lot more power, try ClickUp. Learning how to use it can take a bit longer, cos it's more complex, but well worth it. Sign up to ClickUp for Free here.
  • Airtable - Airtable is not a project management or productivity tool per se. You can use it for project management or to keep information in it, as you would in a spreadsheet, but it's much nicher looking than Excel and you can easily modify it, set different view styles and use it for different purposes without having to code. Start using it for FREE here.
  • Focuster - If you need a bit more help to focus, you might want to try this tool and see if it helps. It does not have a free plan but you can learn a few productivity tips and strategies when you use it for the first time.
  • Yanado - Task Management inside gmail.
  • Shift - For Marie Kondo fans. Declutter your desktop and tabs and access everything from one place.  Great for people with more than one account and profiles.
  • Toggl - Great for time tracking.

Free Affiliate Programs

Free Learning Resources for beginner bloggers

Free Automation Tools

Free tools to sell your digital products

  • Payhip - Pay a commission when you sell. You can have unlimited and also use ti for membership plans. You can create discount coupons and have affiliates too. It's one of my favourite free tools for beginner bloggers and online entrepreneurs. Try it here.
  • Woocommerce Plugin. I am not familiar with it, so I can't give you any info about how it works, but if you want to create your online shop, it's an option you need to investigate.
  • Selz - Good, but limited.
  • ConvertKit - ConvertKit helps you create simple landing pages and check out pages for your products. Start selling your digital products with ConvertKit here.

Free blogging tools: Lead Generation

You can start growing your email list with free lead generation tools. They all have limitations if you use them for free, but they are a good start and you get the chance to play and try new things so you can learn what works for your blog and for you. Here are some I have tried.

Before you try one check that it integrates with your email marketing tool.

  • Elementor - You can use the FREE version of Elementor to create your Landing Pages and also to create pop ups for your website. 
  • Popupally
  • Sumo 
  • HelloBar - If you're looking for a lead generation tool to add a notification bar at the top or the bottom of your website, this is good. You can also use it to redirect people to other pages or posts.
  • Gleam  - For running giveaways, though it's a bit limited.
  • Kingsumo - Also for running giveaways.
  • ConvertKit - I am putting ConvertKit here as well, because you can create simple landing pages to collect leads with ConvertKit even if you don't have a website.

Free tools to manage your email list

If you want to keep costs down during the first few months, try one these. Bear in mind, though, that once you hit 1000 or 2000 subscribers, you have to start paying. 

  • Mailchimp - It's a popular choice for people wanting to send newsletter broadcasts, but I find their automations are not as user-friendly as some other tools.
  • Mailerlite - Another FREE email service provider that offers automations. I haven't tried Mailerlite, so I can't say much about it.
  • Sendinblue - I tried Sendinblue a while ago, and it's OK for basic automations for beginners, but I find ConvertKit much more user-friendly.

I still prefer the next two choices:  

  • ConvertKit - ConvertKit now offers a FREE plan. It doesn't include automations, but if you're a beginner and want to grow your list with a reliable tool, start with ConvertKit here. ConvertKit also allows you to sell your products directly from ConvertKit.
  • Moosend - Moosend is a superb choice if you want a FREE email marketing tool that will allow you to have automations and you're planning to sell your products with its help. With a good range of features available in the FREE plan, I also find it easier to use than Mailchimp.  Start using Moosend for FREE here.

Miscellaneous free tools and resources for bloggers and online entrepreneurs

  • Grammarly - One of the most popular style and grammar checkers. 
  • ProWritingAid - Another grammar editor. Personally, I prefer ProWritingAid because you get a lot more out of it for their FREE plan and the editor does really help you to improve your writing. Best for would-be authors. Also, their paid plan is cheaper than Grammarly's. Try ProWritingAid here.
  • Evernote  - Evernote is a knowledge management system where you can save everything (and I mean everything) if you want to go paperless. You can use it as a productivity tool as well, but I prefer to keep my project and task management separately. Try Evernote for FREE here.
  • NimbusNote - NimbusNote is like Evernote, but you have a lot more control over your Work Spaces and your folders, as you can have folders within folders. So it's easier to keep your personal and your work stuff separate. Try NimbusNote for FREE here
  • Lastpass - To keep your passwords safe.
  • Free Optin Page Template - By Kimi Kinsey. If you want a beautifully designed page for your lead magnet, you can get this FREE template from Kimi.

Have I missed any?

These are some of the free blogging tools and resources I could think of when I was preparing the blog post. So I will probably have to add more later on. 

Want to help? Tell me in the comments your favourite free tools for bloggers.

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  1. It is amazing how many blogging tools are out there. There were only a few I didn’t recognize. We use so many blogging tools that I don’t want to even add them up. Love the tools you recommended. Thanks.

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