When I first started blogging a while back I have to admit I didn’t really know what I was doing. I simply wrote about my family, our adventures and more because I genuinely loved to write and wanted to share my travel, parenting and fashion tips. I always wished there was a one-size-fits-all how to blog course along with a list of must have blogging tools. That would’ve definitely helped me feel a lot more confident with my website early on.
Over the last few years I’ve learned it was time to put my entrepreneurial hat on once I realized my little blog could actually be a business.
Whether it’s creating content, working on my photography, or learning, there are some must have tools that have helped me step up my blogging game.
No matter how long you have been blogging for or even if you are just starting out, here are my tips for the 11 best blogging tools to help you level up this year and beyond. Now let’s get to work!
What Are The Best Blogging Tools:
Want to learn how to pitch to brands and PR agencies so you can monetize your site? You need the ultimate blogger support package. Brandi’s Pitch Book Bundle will provide specific advice on how to write better emails and put yourself out there so you can grow your business.
2. Upgrade Your Photography Equipment
If you want some more great camera options for photos and even video then read this post about how to choose the right camera for you.
Get your Instagram life in order, or at least let LaShawn help you develop a plan of action if you are looking to grow and increase engagement on this visual platform. Her reports are detailed, incredibly insightful and well worth every penny.
If there is one thing I can recommend to any blogger it is this mind-blowing organizational tool. I had the pleasure of meeting the creator, Julie, in person last year at the Permission To Hustle retreat. She gave us a quick tutorial on her Blog Business Organizer and many of us were immediately sold.
This online magical spreadsheet has single-handedly transformed the way I run and even look at my website/business each day.
5. Ring Light
I finally broke down and purchased a ring light about a year and a half ago, and I am only upset that I didn’t do it sooner. Ring lights are so helpful not just for photos but when doing video too, especially live video. A ring light can help impart a more professional light and glow, which translates beautifully on camera and video.
Even though I finally broke down and got a DSLR I still heavily rely on my iPhone for a lot of my pictures, especially when I am traveling. This e-book will show you how to use your phone along with free and inexpensive apps to create photos you will love and want to frame or share.
This handheld device is pretty much an on-the-go storyteller, as it was made to help you film with your smart phone while keeping it stabilized and steady. It provides 15 hours of battery life while also charging your phone.
There is even a Beautify mode which helps ensure that you look great in front of the camera no matter where in the world you may be.
If you are using Pinterest then you should definitely be signed up for and utilizing Tailwind. Tailwind saves you time by allowing you to schedule content to Pinterest and Instagram. This way you can be sure to post at the best times for engagement, grow with Tribes and receive actionable analytics.
Sign up here for the free trial and then you can choose a monthly or yearly plan.
Join ShareASale and set up a free affiliate account to start earning income from sharing a wide variety of merchants links and banners on your website and/or social media platforms.
You can also earn money by being an Amazon affiliate, as well as with having ads placed on your site.
10. USB Microphone for Podcasting, YouTube and more
More bloggers than ever before are getting involved in podcasting, just check out my friends Audrey and Vera’s new Permission to Hustle Podcast here. If you want to record and stream in a professional way then the Yeti Blackout is what you need to create amazing recordings.
Last but certainly not least when it comes to must have blogging tools:
Out of all of these blogging tools, there is one thing that gets used the most every day as a blogger, and that is my laptop. I have a MacBook Pro which I never leave home without. It’s perfectly portable for travel, yet it is a complete powerhouse that keeps up with my busy lifestyle and workload.
I often see bloggers asking for computer recommendations, and as a person who has tried a wide variety of them, I can easily say MacBook is the way to go.
I love to connect with and support other bloggers, so please feel free to leave a comment with your site.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous year full of leveling up in every way. Please stay tuned to see which adventures my blogging journey will lead me on this year.
Here is a little adventure inspiration for you:
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* This post contains affiliate links, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.