38 Brainstorm Blogging Tools. One of the most valuable, most original ways to turn when it comes to finding awesome things to post on social media – the kind of stuff that grabs interest and gets people to press, share, and comment—is your own blog and the content you personally make.
As a result, the questions become: how to make awesome content, how to creatively and effectively bring together blogposts, and how to get the content out to the masses.
Starting with writing tips is a nice way to begin. And, to complement the terms you use to build your blogposts, I’ve discovered a plethora of blogging resources that assist with everything from idea generation to content distribution.
Do you have a favorite tool for blogging? Continue reading to see if it’s on the list, then let us know which ones you want in the section.
To help you come up with blog post suggestions, here’s a list of 38 blogging tools.
The crowdsourced response website will point you in the direction of the kinds of questions that real people are posing, questions that you can answer in-depth in a blog post. Look up your keyword and topics that are relevant to your blog’s emphasis.
If you type a subject or a URL into the BuzzSumo search window, you’ll get a tonne of data on the content that works better for social media sharing. BuzzSumo is great for fleshing out a current concept and finding the best angle or perspective.
BuzzSumo is great for fleshing out an emerging concept and finding the right perspective, as well as looking at the material that does well (and the blogs that do it best) in your niche.
3. Quick Sprout
Quick Sprout lets you enter a URL and get a report on the site’s success and material. The “Social Media” tab displays which of the site’s posts have been hits, and you can get ideas from the list’s highlights.
Enter a topic into the Portent tool, and you’ll get a sample blogpost title along with useful and witty explanations of why the title may be interesting to read. For new thoughts, refresh as much as you’d like.
The title creator on HubSpot is identical to the one on Portent. You should insert three keywords into the HubSpot tool, and HubSpot will give you five titles to deal with—enough content for a week.
The trending trends segment of your Twitter homepage can be a great place to get inspiration from current events. You can customize the trending topics to be uber-local (the major cities in your immediate vicinity) or also get totally customized tweets based on your position and the people you follow. (On your Twitter homepage, click the “Change” icon at the top of the Trends section.)
LinkedIn Pulse, like Twitter’s trending trends, draws news from the LinkedIn networks you track and the users in your network. Check out Facebook’s Trends feature and Google+’s What’s Hot list for more social networking trending topics.
Tools to help you organize your thoughts
We use Trello to organize all of our blog post ideas, making each one into a card so we can spec out with notes and switch from one list to the next with a quick drag-and-drop.
You can drop something into Evernote for super-fast idea collection—notes, fragments, pictures, webpages, and more. Evernote’s tagging system is extremely powerful, allowing you to organize your thoughts with a single tag in a variety of ways, including by subject, concept level, and more.
10. Google Calendar
Google Calendar, for example, may be repurposed as editorial calendars. You can save your ideas as all-day activities and pass them across the calendar as appropriate if you’re just writing one article a day. Add a calendar occurrence to the same publish time if you intend on scheduling several posts. To see what you have scheduled for a specific day, week, or month, zoom in and out.
Put your thoughts on a to-do list so you can plan when your blogposts will be published and split the blogpost writing process down into manageable stages. Todoist also allows you to work with a community on joint projects.
Wunderlist is another helpful to-do list app that can help you organize your thoughts into tasks and subtasks. Try using a listicle concept and subtasks for each of the list things you’d like to include.
Dropbox is one of the easiest places to store and exchange files like pdfs, Word Docs, concept files, images, and more when the thoughts come with files.
Tools for creating SEO-friendly content
14. Google Trends
Is your blog post concept well-liked? You will use Google Trends to see how many people are searching for the keywords and phrases you’re considering.
Well-optimized Content Creation Tools
15. Keyword Planner
How can you turn that brilliant idea into a widely shared blog post (that people will find)? Look for common words. You can type a list of keywords into Google’s Keyword Planner, and Google will return results based on search volume and success, as well as similar keywords that could ignite an idea for you.
Keyword Tool, a competitor to Google’s Keyword Planner, returns up to 750 recommendations for each keyword you join. (If you’re looking for another keyword option, try SERP Stat.)
SEO plugins will assist you in refining your concept and blogpost into a particular keyword or term that will aid search engines and keep your blogpost centered. With Yoast’s addon, you can type in the keyword you’re looking for, and Yoast can tell you how many times the post appears on the website, as well as a cool green dot to indicate when you’re ready to go.
Writing Tools to make it simpler and quicker to publish
18. Google Docs
Many bloggers go directly to their blog software’s writing editor (WordPress, Ghost, etc.). You should also try writing in Google Docs if you want to collaborate with others and take advantage of Google Docs’ advanced spelling and grammar resources.
19. Egg Timer
Say Egg Timer how long you want to work for—15 minutes for research, 40 minutes for drafting a draught, etc.—and it will count down the period. A popup occurs as the timer expires, and the timer sounds.
Toggl is one of the most simple and enjoyable time monitoring apps available, allowing you to add a mission, press the Start/Stop button, and return to see a complete dashboard of stats about how you spent your time. It may be extremely beneficial to bloggers who want to prioritise their blogging, analysis, and editing time.
Hemingway is a free marketing platform that analyses the text for readability and highlights sentences that are a little too long or thick. The readability of the list article you’re currently reading is as follows: The reading level is equivalent to that of a seventh-grade student.
Copy and paste your essay into Grammarly’s online grammar checker and see if it fared against pronunciation, sentence structure, punctuation, style, and other criteria. The original score is available to view for free. The details of what to improve (as well as Grammarly’s suggestions) are included in their paying plans.
This useful feature is built into the WordPress editor. Tap the four-way arrow icon in the top right corner of every WordPress post you’re writing to open the Distraction-Free editor.
Download the Desk software (currently available for Mac) to write directly from your desktop in a clean and uncluttered editor (with markdown support), then post to WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Facebook, and a variety of other online publishing sites.
Beautiful blog graphics can be created with the right tools.
Many of the tools and resources mentioned below were previously covered in a large list of 23 tools and resources for making awesome visual content. Check out our similar article for a full list of image production resources.
Receive an email once a month with access to a new album of high-resolution lifestyle shots. A paid membership is now available to browse and scan the site’s entire archive.
PhotoPin is one of the 53+ sites we look for free photographs, and it allows you to browse through millions of Creative Commons pictures on Flickr.
Take screenshots and add notes, arrows, and icons to them. Skitch syncs with your Evernote account, allowing you to save all of your screenshots.
28. Meme Generator
A simple meme may often mean more than any other graphic. Meme Generator allows you to make a meme from scratch or apply your own saying to an existing meme character.
It is probably our most-used image tool at Buffer, with its premade templates, custom image sizes for any social media channel, drag-and-drop gui, fun fonts, and more, it makes image development super simple (especially for non-designers). Canva was used to create almost every original picture posted on our social media pages.
Photoshop is the undisputed king of image editing applications. Gimp is a free alternative to Photoshop. The majority of the main features are present, and inexperienced designers will create a wide range of designs.
31. Share as Image
Photoshop is the undisputed king of image editing applications. Gimp is a free alternative to Photoshop. The majority of the main features are present, and novice designers may create a wide range of effects using filters, masks, photo effects, and other tools.
With the Share as Image browser extension and bookmarklet, you can transform any webpage’s text into a shareable image. You can also apply custom branding to the image and select from a large range of background images and fonts with the Pro package ($8/month).
If your blog post is written and updated, you can use Buffer to create a simple sharing plan. Schedule several updates of your latest article on your social media accounts, each with a different headline or photograph.
Emotional Marketing Headline Analyzer (number 33) The analyzer tool looks for emotional terms in the headline and gives you a ranking based on how many EMV words there are relative to the total number of words in the headline.
34. Click to Tweet
This WordPress plugin, created by the CoSchedule team (who also render a useful WordPress calendar and scheduler), makes it easy to highlight snippets of your blogpost for readers to easily share on Twitter. Remember this if your platform isn’t powered by WordPress. Use a platform or clicktotweet.
Filament is a WordPress plugin that has a number of helpful tools, such as Flare, a social sharing button plugin that allows others to easily share your blogpost on Twitter, Facebook, Buffer, and other sites, including Hacker News and Reddit. MailChimp subscribe type, Google Analytics monitoring, all-in-one profiles, code control, and sharing highlighter are among the other Filament tools.
Registering with webmaster software will expose a plethora of SEO opportunities for your blog posts. For example, look at how you rate in search engine results for specific keywords, and then create ties to your most common keyword posts to boost your rankings even further.
MailChimp is one of the most popular and effective (as well as free) email marketing platforms. You can build campaigns from scratch or set up automatic campaigns that produce and new post you write. For anyone with less than 2,000 connections on their registry, MailChimp provides a free account.
With this WordPress plugin from KingSumo, you can run A/B checks on your headlines. If the price is too high ($99 for a lifetime), you should try SumoMe, which has some useful tools for growing an email list, analyzing your blog posts, and posting material on social media.
Now it’s your turn.
What are the go-to methods for blogging? Which ones did I overlook and can you add to the list?. I’m still interested in learning more about the various resources available. If you have any ideas or resources to share, please do so in the comments!