We can divide the blogging tribe into two types:
- Those who are sitting on the fence
- Those who have invested their money in tools
Now, this post is for the bloggers who are sitting on the fence and are searching for all things free to get their job done. Nothing wrong in doing that, hence this post to help accumulate stuff for people like you and me to use, handy and ready at our disposal.
This list post will help us in various categories from Analytics to writing error free content to social sharing to making more room in the brain for more creative thinking – all for free!
Clicky offers a very detailed analysis about your site visitors. Period. It gives you details like from which platform the visitors arrived at your site, which country, which search engine they used, what keywords they used to arrive, to your site, which is the high performing post, which post they entered your site, which post they left your site, and many more analytics – all for FREE, but with a limitation. You can track only one website per account and if you want to track more than one or want premium features they offer a feasible and economical plans. For more information you can visit clicky.com.
A quality ‘worth-paying-for’ analytics tool from Google. It has a lot of inbuilt tools like inbound search traffic, country-wise analytics, track and analyse your website traffic on the whole, landing pages, real-time analytics, content experiments (to optimize your website), track and measure conversions, integrate AdSense and much more.
KeywordIO is a web-based keyword finder tool with a simple and easy to use interface. This tool provides a search bar using which you can search any keyword. You see a list of frequent search terms that Google suggests for your search word or phrase. They separate various findings through tabs – Keywords, Trends, Pages, Relevant Terms. No hassles. Very user friendly.
A simple yet profound tool that helps you find Long Tail Keywords that your audience is searching for Google specific auto-complete keyword tool, Amazon keyword tool, eBay keyword tool and many engine specific keyword research tools. It also offers a 3 domain search for free per day.
5. KW Finder
Keyword Finder is one of the keyword finding tools that also offers a free plan. You can search up to 50 keywords per search for a total of 5 searches per day (5 searches per 24 hours). Long tail keywords are very important because that is where the deep searches lie. Chances are that your site will rank top in SERP (Search Engine Results Pages) if you sow long tail keywords in to your post naturally. No installation. No AdSense account necessary. Find long tail keywords with low SEO competition. You’ll be able to see behind the search engine queries and tap into 1000s of search terms that your competitors are missing.
SEM stands for Search Engine Marketing and SEMRush helps us in Search Engine Marketing. It’s widely known among the bloggers for helping us with competitive analysis. Simply put, if you want to know who is dominating a niche, SEMrush can help you. It also has various other features. It has a free account too for you to try with some limitations on the search results it provides.
Wordle is my favorite (and soon to be yours too) for creating tag clouds or word clouds from the text that you provide. You can easily tweak the colors, fonts, designs in the tag cloud. The images that you create are yours to use in whichever way you want to – put it on blog posts, share with social media, anything you want.
8. Word Tracker
Wordtracker is a web-based keyword research tool which is also one of the oldest in the field, that gives you high-performing keywords in minutes. Though this is not free, you can get a free trial to see if you like to continue using it further. I personally used the free trial and found it really useful.
Content Creation/InfoGraphic/Checklist/Curation Helpers:
This is one of the best examples of a curated content websites. This gives you a lot of stories about any field so you can never go without any topic if ever you face writer’s block as a blogger.
HubSpot’s blog topic generator is also similar to Portent’s title maker except that HubSpot asks you for just 3 nouns and it comes up with title ideas. If you are interested in more title generators for your blog posts, try doing a Google search. Here is one ready made for you which is just a click away: Blog title generators http://bit.ly/1AW1eN2
11. Checkli – An awesome checklist maker. It lets you create beautiful and yet simple checklist where you can add items to the list.
It is just an online plain text editor. You can just enter or copy and paste text to their window. A handy button is also included to download and save your text.
The InstaEmail Template Machine helps in creating an email template! InstaEmail uses parts from your website to create an email to match, then sends it into your VerticalResponse account ready to use for your next email to send. If you aren’t using Vertical Response, you can take the HTML and use it anywhere you like!
What kind of bloggers are we if we aren’t able to bring our ideas from the brain to the paper? But thinking it out like how the mind does is the key – MindMup helps us with that and it also allows one to directly save the mindmap to Google Drive and that’s what I call cool!
15. My Lovely Charts
My.lovelycharts.com is a very intuitive web app to create flowcharts, sitemaps, org charts, etc. This lets you create a free account with which you can create stunning charts and also export it to PNG format. This of course comes with a tiny watermark at the bottom of the exported PNG image, which is fine when compared to the quality of charts that they give us for free.
Piktochart helps you create your own Infographic with very little effort. They also offer a free standard account which comes with over 4,000 icons that you can customize. You can also upload your own image if you want to. Among all the infographic creators I found this very easy to use. Give it a try and create your awesome infographic on any subject today.
This is a simple and easy to use blog title generator. If ever you are so lazy to even think of a blog title, this tool can come in handy.
Soovle is a very simple but intuitive tool that shows you search results in realtime from all major search engines including YouTube and Amazon. You can search suggestions and it shows completions from the top providers on the internet. Easy to use, fast and efficient, also lets you change engines.
If there is one app that can help me in learning the meanings for new words or words that I come across for the first time then it’s WordWeb. I started using WordWeb some 7 years back and am still using it. It has easy to search keyboard shortcuts for Desktop and an even easier app for mobiles.
A picture is worth 1000 words. But what about a 1000 pictures. And how about if you’re given the tools to design your own stunning art with just a drag and drop. Canva does just that. I guarantee you’ll LOVE it to the core.
21. Creative Market
Creative Market is the go-to destination for ANY kind of design materials. This market has a lot of great and kind souls who give away their hard work for a very nominal price or mostly free. They love designing and we will love their designs for all their work are straight from their heart. My highly recommended site for your design needs. Give it a try. PS: If you love their work, consider making a donation.
A picture is worth 1000 words. What about a moving picture…a GIF? Graphical Interchange Format or GIF is an image that is like a mini video. This is especially good if you want to record a screen but for just few seconds or a minute or two. Give it a try, you can thank me later 🙂
23. Magic Mockups
A really good place to go if you want to show any image inside a laptop screen or a mobile screen or a tablet screen. This creates beautiful mockups for you to download and use. If you are familiar with Placeit, this is a free alternative to it.
24. Meme Generator
With mobile phones dominating everyone’s hands and time, WhatsApp and other forwards are no less in these dominating times. Nevertheless, if you are interested in getting into this race or if you want to make your next blog post funnier, Meme Generators can help you with that. http://memegenerator.net/ This lets you easily add images that are funny, add your own text to it and boom! It’s ready to make rounds.
This one is from the awesome creators of Bufferapp. Pablo lets you place any quote or sayings on to a beautiful image – offers you with free download so you can use in any blog post. I just recently found this and it was love at first sight
Free Images – No blogger can often complete his/her post in an effective way without adding images to their blog post. But researching whether an image has any legal implication, copyright issues takes some time which can be draining our precious active time. However, thanks to image resources that take the pain out of the process. They explicitly offer us free images to use wherever we want (prudently, of course) without bothering us about any copyright or legal stuff. Pixabay is one such tool.
27. UnSplash – similar to Pixabay. Great image resource site without the need for quoting the owner. Though, it’s good always to pass on the credit to its rightful owner – choice is ours.
Landing Page/List building/Analytics/Traffic Generation and more:
Icegram is a free plugin that does awesome stuff. It gives a free popup optin form, a top notification bar, a callout box at the bottom, and much more options and capture leads/call to action tools all for FREE. You’ll love it.
34. Quick SEO – Rank Signals
35. SEO Book
36. SEO Quake
37. SEO Workers
40. Button Builder
41. Dictation IO
42. Favicon Generator
44. PageRank Checker
47. URL Shorteners
48. Conversation Starter
Testing/Thought Tools/Video Tools:
53. Google Keep
54. One Tab
55. Google Hangouts
56. Microsoft Expression Encoder
And then some more: