5 Must-Have Tools to Start a Blog
Congratulations, you’ve decided to start a blog but don’t know exactly where to start. I’ve been there and done that before. How I wish someone could’ve pointed me in the right direction. Well, I’m here to help you out. Below is a list of 5 must-have tools to start your blog. Good Luck!
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Tool #1 of 5 Must-Have Tools to Start a Blog
The number one thing you need is a computer & a good wi-fi connection. I have a laptop because that’s just what I like to use. You can use a desktop computer as well.
I prefer the ease of taking the laptop wherever I need to go and being able to work. There are thousands of different brands and styles, you don’t need to spend a boatload of money.
I use an “ASUS VivoBook Max” and it works just fine. I purchased it on sale at Best Buy & so far so good. I’m definitely not a tech-savvy person, so I can’t get into the specs but I’m happy with the performance of my laptop.
Tool #2 of 5 Must-Have Tools to Start a Blog
Time to choose a website. I used WordPress for my website and love them. I know there are others out there but with this one, you own it.
You can run a blog off of social media. However, those other websites & social media platforms can decide to pull the plug whenever they feel like it & you lose everything.
You lose all of your hard work, your followers, everything so in my opinion, it’s not worth it.
I use WordPress for my website only but you can use it for hosting as well.
My website is hosted through SiteGround and I’m very happy with their service.
My domain is through Namecheap.
They all have great customer service & are affordable, best decision ever.
Tool #3 of 5 Must-Have Tools to Start a Blog
3- Pinterest w/Tailwind
Now that you have a website, you need a strategy to gain viewers. One of the quickest and easiest ways, in my experience to gain those viewers is through Pinterest.
I converted my personal account into a business account and then I added Tailwind to the mix.
So with Pinterest, you basically create a ton of amazing eye-catching pins for each blog post.
I use Canva to create the pins and Unsplash, Pexels & more for graphics.
Then you link them back to your website/blog but you use Tailwind to schedule those pins out.
Tailwind allows you to schedule your pins in advance and it picks the best times for more traffic.
It also helps with analytics and more.
Tool #4 of 5 Must-Have Tools to Start a Blog
4- Google Analytics
I use Google Analytics. I like them a lot because it helps me see and understand where I rank in search engines, who my audience is and how they found me.
Also, where my users are coming from and what pages and links they click the most, all this and more for free. For more info click here.
Tool #5 of 5 Must-Have Tools to Start a Blog
5- Grammarly & Canva
These two are my absolute fave and I couldn’t get by without them. Being a Virtual Assistant, Pinterest Manager, Blogger, mom sending a million emails, you name it, I’m obsessed with grammar.
I actually offer proofreading and editing as one of my services. Yes, I”m the girl that sees ANYTHING misspelled and freaks out when she can’t fix it!!
However, even I’m human and make mistakes, so I use the free version of Grammarly to help me out just in case. It alerts me of any mistakes I may have missed.
Canva is what I use to create all of my graphics for my blog. They both have a free version and that’s plenty for me.
I get to be creative and its actually easy to use. Canva is great because they also have tons of templates that you can edit and make your own.
You can upload up to 2 brand colors with the free version. For more information on Canva, click here.
Check out this article here for my favorite tips & trick on how to use Canva.
These are the very basic essential tools needed to START YOUR BLOG. However, in time, you will most likely start using more apps and services.
For now, this will get you started. I didn’t mention it in the article but if you want to take your own photos, you will need either a good camera or a good smartphone.
Definitely use as much lighting as possible. Preferably outdoor lighting, it’s bright and natural. Nobody wants to look at dark, dull, gloomy pictures. I hope these tips help you start the blog of your dreams!
To learn how to make money with your blog, check out this article where I explain it all here.
For tips on how to be a more organized blogger, visit here.
If at any point you decide you need assistance to manage your Pinterest, feel free to contact me.
I offer Virtual Assistant services although, I actually specialize in Pinterest Management.
For more tips visit my blog here.