100+ Blogging Tools For 2020, Categorized (+ Expert Tips)

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Blogging is an art, and using the right blogging tools will make your art rise and shine!

This is an epic list of blogging tools to which you can refer (hint: bookmark it!), and find new tools to enhance your blogging experience as well as the experience of your readers!

This epic list of blogging tools consists of resources for all types of bloggers whether professional, part-time or personal. I have structured them into various sections, allowing you to evaluate and choose the right tool for the right purpose.

Though the list of available tools is long, every tool is useful in its own way. I also offer a one-line comment for each tool as a quick but helpful reference.

I have personally used at least 75% of the tools mentioned below, and the remaining 25% are suggested by bloggers whose opinions I read and I trust.

Note: Some of the links have my affiliate link ( I will buy coffee) 

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet of Blogging Tools

Desktop blog editors

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  • Hemingway Editor: A great desktop writing tool which will enhance your writing. Get an instant reading level grade and word count. Available for Windows and Mac.
  • Frase: A web-based writing tool that integrated with WordPress, medium and a few other platforms. It uses AI technology to help you improve your content.
  • Open Live Writer: Best desktop editor for Windows OS, and you can publish directly from your desktop.
  • Evernote: I use this to take quick notes on my iPhone, and it’s available via cloud syncing.

Content idea generation tools

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  • BuzzSumo : Enter a website or a topic to find the most shared and engaging content.
  • Quora: Search for your keywords in a search box of Quora, and you will get unlimited ideas for your blog content.
  • Blog topic generator: Enter your keyword and it will give you post ideas.
  • Google Trends: Check the currently trending topics or find the search trend for any keyword of your choice.

Blog post title tool

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  • EMV tool: Checks the emotional marketing value of a title. The higher the EMV score is, the better it will perform on social media channels.
  • Headline Analyzer: This is the best tool in this lot. Regardless of what you know or don’t know about blogging, you will be churning out the best titles for your blog posts.
  • TweakBiz title generator: A comprehensive title generator by TweakBiz.
  • Potent idea generator: Call it a content idea generator or a title generator – it functions as both.
  • UpWorthy title generator: The only viral topic generator you need.

Proof-reading tool

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  • Grammarly: Saviour for a non-native English speaker like me. Helps with proof-reading, suggests words, is a great companion.
  • ProWriting Aid: Another popular grammar and spell checker tool. Supports multiple platforms.
  • Hemingway App: Free web-based tool to improve your writing. I’m sure you will end up bookmarking this one.

Stock images for blogs

  • Flickr Advanced search: Use Flickr Advance search to find images with a creative common license.
  • Google image search: Use images with an appropriate license which you can use on your blog.
  • Pixabay: Another great site where you can download high-quality images. You don’t have to give credit links.

Blog reading and content discovery tool

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  • Feedly: Subscribe to any blog feeds or search for your interested topic to discover new blogs to subscribe to.
  • Pocket: A “read it later” app which is also a productive app. Integrated into all the reading apps mentioned previously and lets you save articles for later reading.
  • Zest: This one is for marketers and available as a chrome add-on. Mobile apps coming soon.

Desktop Image/video recording + editing tools

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  • Camtasia: Available for both Windows and Mac OS, and let you record screencasts. Offers a one-month free trial.
  • Loom: A brand new tool which also offers desktop recording. You can use it to record screencast with your face in a bubble.
  • Snag it: Image capturing and editing tool for Mac and Windows OS. One of the best, and highly recommended for bloggers.
  • Image Optim: Mac Image compressor tool which optimizes your images for the web.
  • MPEG Streamclip: A powerful desktop video converter software for Windows and Mac. You can use it to convert, cut, trim and join videos. I usually use it to convert my video format to reduce the size of the video.
  • Audacity: A sound recorder tool for every major desktop OS. Useful for podcasters, as you can record and then edit your recordings.
  • TubeBuddy: If you are a Youtube publisher or video blogger, you should get Tubebuddy. This one tool can double your Youtube channel traffic & make it easier to manage your Youtube channel. Highly recommended for YouTube publishers.

Visitor stats and analytics tool

  • Google Analytics: The best solution for viewing advanced details about your blog traffic. Also shows live traffic status of your blog.
  • Jetpack plugin: Offers a module called “WordPress.com stats”, which allows you to see traffic details from your WordPress dashboard.

Outsourcing websites

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  • Fiverr: Outsource things like YouTube video intros or buy social media likes & much more for only $5.
  • Freelancer: Great place to hire virtual assistants or freelancers to get a job done.
  • 99designs: Crowd-sourcing websites for your web design needs. Cheap, but high quality.

Productivity tools: Take control of your time

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  • Headspace: Tired of blogging constantly? Use Headspace and meditate for 5 minutes. You will thank me later!
  • ToDoist: Manage your to-do list with To-Doits. Available on all platforms, and stores data in the cloud.
  • Trello: A card-based task management tool. I have used it in the past, but have now shifted to Wunderlist. Still, Trello serves a different purpose and is very popular.
  • Rescuetime: Sends you weekly stats (configurable) of which site you spent the most time on during the previous week. A good idea to start taking note of your counter-productive activity, and save your precious time. Install, configure and it runs in the background.
  • Selfcontrol: App for Mac which lets you block access to certain sites. Try blocking Facebook, and notice how your productivity increases!

Keyword research tools

  • Google Keyword Planner:  A Free and easy-to-use keyword research tool.
  • SEMRUSH: Atypical keyword tool that allows you to find keywords that a given website is ranking for. Use it to find long-tail keywords which are easy to rank for.
  • LongTailPro: Desktop-based (Windows & Mac) keyword research tool. Perfect for those who have little experience with keyword research.

SEO tools

  • Google Webmaster Tool: Free tool from Google which shows various data such as links to your website, duplicate content and keyword ranking.
  • Bing Webmaster Tool: Similar to Google Webmaster Tool, but for Bing search engine.
  • Integrity: Desktop tool for Mac which checks your blog for broken links (internal and external).
  • ScreamingFrog: Desktop SEO tool which lets you check your blog from the web-spiders point of view. Available for Windows, Ubuntu and Mac OS.
  • SiteBulb: Another great desktop based site crawling and auditing tool. I have discovered this recently and loving it.
  • KWfinder: I discovered this tool while doing research for this post. Guess what? I have fallen in love with it. I will share a detailed review soon, but for now you should bookmark and try it. The free plan lets you make 5 searches in 24 hours, which is pretty neat.

Social Media Tools

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  • SocialPilot: New kid on the block of social media tools, but I love it as they offer an iOS app (and an Android app too).
  • BufferApp: This will never let your social media profile run out of content. Also offers a mobile app called “Daily”, which lets you add high-quality content to your social media profiles.
  • AgoraPulse: One of the best social media management tool of 2020. Do try their mobile app and you will thank me later.
  • Tailwind: Perfect for Instagram and Pinterest scheduling.
  • ClickToTweet: Create a single link to tweet. You can use it within your blog post to increase your number of tweets.

Images for social media tool

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  • Stencil: Create beautiful images and download or share them directly to your social media channels. Easy to use and requires zero experience.
  • Canva: The most talked about social media image tool. Offers images of various sizes based on specific social-media platforms.
  • PicMonkey: Online photo editing and photo design tool. Also lets you create photo collages.
  • Pictochart: Infographics are the most shared content type on social-media, and Pictochart is the best free Infographic tool available right now.
  • QuotesCover: Create visually appealing quote images.
  • Pablo: This free web app is by Buffer. Lets you add text over images, and share it on social media sites with a single click.
  • Vid to gif: .gif images increase CTR, and sites like Facebook,  Twitter support .gif images. Use this tool to create a .gif from any online video.

Blog Monetization

  • Google AdSense: The best contextual advertising network. It’s easy to manage and pays on time.
  • Media.net: An ad network by Yahoo and Bing. High quality ads just like AdSense.
  • Properllerads: A good alternative to Google AdSense with a lower minimum payout.
  • VigLink: Perfect for bloggers who use commerce-related words in their articles. Search engine friendly, and lets you earn money from an outbound link.

Affiliate marketplace for affiliate bloggers

  • ShareASale: Another popular affiliate marketplace with tons of affiliate programs from which to choose.
  • Impact Radius: Gaining traction lately as many popular companies like MaxCDN and Media Temple use IR to run their affiliate programs.
  • Commission Junction: One of the oldest & reliable affiliate marketplace to find great affiliate offers. You can also get paid via Payoneer.

Check out: Best Affiliate networks 

Email marketing tools for bloggers

  • ConvertKit: Best email marketing software for bloggers offering email automation, personalization and pre-built templates for sending beautiful email newsletters.
  • Aweber: Another popular tool among bloggers & internet marketers. Offers Webinars support & 30 days free trial without the credit card.

Landing page tool for WordPress

  • LeadPages: One of the most trusted landing page tools for WordPress or any other blogging platform.

Web-hosting resource for bloggers

  • Bluehost : Recommended as the #1 hosting service by the official WordPress.org hosting resource page. Cheap and affordable shared hosting with one free domain name.
  • SiteGround: Looking for non-EIG shared hosting? Give SiteGround Hosting a try. Not the cheapest, but certainly one of the best in this lot. Based out of Los Angeles & a have a thriving community.
  • Cloudways: Want to host your WordPress site in the Cloud (Amazon or Digital Ocean)? Look no further than Cloudways. Makes it easier for non-technical users to host their website in the cloud.
  • FileZilla: Desktop FTP tool which is available for every desktop OS.

Blog promotion tools

  • Flipboard: Create your own magazines, and curate articles from the web or from your own site.  Your creation combined with Flipboard can drive targeted traffic. You can use their bookmarklet to add content to your magazine, or use their mobile app.
  • MakeWebvideo: Use whiteboard style videos for your blog intro or for any topic. See an example here.
  • Whats new: Show your blog’s new updates since the reader’s last visit. Great idea for a blog and gets tons of return visits.
  • Wisestamp: Add visually appealing signatures after your email. Use Wisestamp RSS addon and show your latest blog post in every email. A clever technique to market your latest post. I use it to gain subscribers to my social-channels. This is an addon for browsers.

Content marketing tools

I have covered many content marketing tools above. Following are a few which did not fit into any of the above categories:

  • BuzzStream: For bloggers’ outreach. Not a free tool, but this is an absolutely amazing tool for serious bloggers & marketers.

Other miscellaneous blogging tools

  • PushEngage: Enables web-push notifications for your blog. A new and innovative way to let users subscribe to your blog updates.
  • Google apps: Create domain specific email. Powered by Google & you will get access to all Google products. Also helps in getting AdSense approval fast with domain specific email address.
  • Speechpad: Offers transcription services for audio or video.
  • GtMetrix: Check your desktop & mobile site’s loading speed. It also suggests how to improve loading time.

Over to you: add your favorite tools in the comments

This list will never be complete without your contribution. You can make this epic list of tools more useful by adding your favorite tools in the comment section below. Help me to make it 150+ list….

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

82 thoughts on “100+ Blogging Tools For 2020, Categorized (+ Expert Tips)”

  1. Awesome list. Thank you.
    We already use a lot of these tools in our daily work. Trello is great for planning blogs posts, also Slack for communication in teams or with co-authors. And, I couldn’t do anything anymore without Evernote. Canva really works great for creating great images and infographics

    Speaking of optimizing images I would recommend to add the EWWW image optimizer plugin (free and premium) for WordPress blogs.
    For social media marketing, scheduling and sharing take a look at the Blog2Social plugin (free and premium).
    A good alternative for PushEngage we found in OneSignal (free and premium) and for Landing Pages in the WordPress Landing Pages (free).

  2. Hi Harsh,

    That’s a really great compilation. My web developer shared this with me and we have started working on a few off this list right away!

    I specially liked the idea about using Quora as a keyword generator. Great idea!

    Regards,
    Akash

  3. Hey, Harsh! That seems to be a comprehensive list. And of course, a must-have for every blogger. The post reflects your expertise and experience. I spent almost 2 hours going through each and every tool. And still running short of time. Will bookmark it right now for future updates. BTW, the comment section was not working properly. I think its fixed now.

  4. What a great post, Harsh! Thanks for it!
    I’m using some of them and i love Google’s free tools 😀

  5. Nice article. Your first line just attracted me- Blogging is an art! Yea , I am agree with you. Make it more and more beautiful. God bless you.

  6. Manoranjan+Kherkatary

    Thank You so very much for such helpful tips for newbies like me. Your work always inspires thousands of people like me to try hands on writing.Keep up the great work and keep motivating us.

  7. englishturtle

    Thank you, sir, You are the inspiration for many Indian bloggers. I have learned a lot from your blog. I have used a number of tools you suggested. they work nicely for me.
    Thanks for being so supportive.

  8. Dip Raj Karki

    Hey Harsh,
    Great tools. I have used some of them like google keyword planner, google trends and tubebuddy.com but I was surprised and pleased to find out that there are so many other helpful tools. I am going try a lot of these as per my requirement. Also, it would be great, if you could hook us up with some coupon code in case of paid tools, if possible.
    Thanks anyways.

  9. Rasmus Barslund

    Thanks for the awesome collection, Harsh!
    I must say I really found a few cool tools that’ll improve my future articles.
    One thing – I think you should consider adding Pexels to the list. It’s very much like Pixabay, but it has some wonderful photos that have really sparked up my articles every now and then.
    Keep at it and have a nice day, Harsh!
    Thanks,
    Rasmus

  10. jassal jimmy

    hello everyone,

    All the above tools mentioned in article are very much usefull for your Personal blog or website. All of them have their own importance. I am using Semrush, Ahref, Long Tail, File Zilla pro, Camtasia, Grammarly right now for my Blog . Semrush, Ahref, Long tail pro help me to find high search volume keywords with low difficulty level. If you use once for your blog you will addicted to it. With the help of these tools, you can easily analyze your competitor.

    Sir very much thanks for this article,

  11. Great tools list Harsh!

    Majority of the above-mentioned list is filled up with Free Tools and that’s what makes this post valuable for bloggers like me.

    My takeaway is Blog promotion and Video editing tools.

    I have also written a curated list of 40+ Free Tools on my blog.

    Can you also write a blog post on Google Chrome Extension tools?

    It would be great if you can write up a similar post on Chrome extensions based on your experiences.

    As I found some Chrome extensions such as Awesome Screenshot and Keywords Everywhere are a great help.

    Thank You.

  12. Manish Kumar

    Wow Harsh, there is so much to learn still, even after years of doing this whole blogging thing! I appreciate your expertise and sharing of all of these different tips. I learn something(s) new every single day! Manish

  13. Hello, sir! That seems to be the best blogging tools list. And of course, a must-have for every blogger. The post reflects your expertise and experience. I spent almost 1 hour going through each and every tool. And still running short of time. Will bookmark it right now for future updates.

  14. Hi,
    As you have mentioned GTMetrix is used to check website performance speed there is one more pingdom tool used to check the performance of website, but how to improve performance, which plugin should be should to minify the different scripts.

  15. There are quite a few tools i just can’t live without – and i might look into all the ones you mentioned here 🙂

    Pixabay (WordPress plugin) saves me a lot of time when adding images directly into my posts.

    Google Docs saves my work automatically, and I have it open next to other tabs. It makes researching a breeze.

    Quora will always be helpful for connecting with those who need your help (and let’s face it: for subtle promotions as well).

    Thanks for this whole list!
    Elvis

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