101 Free Blogging Resources

 

101 FREE Blogger Resources

Resources marked with an * are things I use, love and recommend!

*This post contains affiliate links, if you purchase something through one of these links I will receive a small commission on the sale at no cost to you.  To see my complete disclosure policy, click here

Accounting

1. Basic Accounting Help 

This app will walk you through all the fundamentals of accounting.

2. Gumroad

A selling app that lets you create invoices, sell your products, and collect your money.

3. * Wave App 

Free accounting and invoicing software.  If you purchase anything from us, you will get an invoice created in Wave. Super easy to use, great customer service.

Content Organization

4. *Asana

We use Asana to keep your projects on task and on time.  As a blogger it is great for keep track of your content calendar and upcoming events.

5. * Blog Structure Workbook by Elite Blog Academy

I learned so much with EBA and this workbook was part of my class. Learn how to lay out your blog so your readers can easily follow. This one does require a newsletter sign up but there is so much great advice coming out of the EBA camp it is worth it.

6. Calendly 

This app lets you send a link to other people so they can schedule things with you. Great for interviewing someone for a blog post or chatting with your VA

7. * Dropbox

Dropbox is a must for a blogger.  I use it to back up my websites with Updraft and to send out opt-ins with Mailerlite.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

8. Evernote

I don’t personally use Evernote, but I have a lot of friends who swear by it.  You can keep images, web pages, and all of your documents together in one place and share them with other people. For free!

9. Goal Setting Workbook by Elite Blog Academy

This is another EBA treasure.  This workbook is geared to bloggers.  Set your goals and stay on track with this workbook. This does require a newsletter sign-up but again, EBA was awesome and it is worth it.

10. Trello

This is another project management type app.  You can schedule tasks and lay everything out on a visual pin board.

11. Yanado

This is a task manager for inside your gmail.  This one looks pretty awesome and it is on my list of things to try.  If you have it please let me know how you like it!

Images, Icons and Visuals

12. * Creative Commons

An easy way to search sites like Flickr, YouTube and SoundCloud for images, videos and music that is free for commercial use. This is one of my go-tos for images.  It does sometimes require attribution of the images so read the licensing before you use it.

13. Cupcake

Free high resolution images. The images aren’t searchable but they are beautiful.

14. Endless Icons

If you need an icon for anything, this is the place to get it. Thousands of different icons at your fingertips, free!

15. Freepik

This is a database of vector images, icons and pictures.  The database is searchable but most images do require attribution so make sure you follow the guidelines.

16. * Giphy

You know all of those cool little Gifs that are now available in the comments on your Facebook page? You can use them in your blog too.  Easy to copy and paste the code into your website and it auto-attributes so once you copy and paste you are done.

via GIPHY

17. Glyph Search

This is another place to find lots of free icons. It has a searchable database to make finding what you are looking for much easier.

18. Graphic Burger

This site is aimed toward food bloggers with lots of free images of food.  They do have some other great pictures on there so don’t discount this one.  Warning: it might make you hungry!

19. Jeshoots

This site has lots of beautiful pictures.  It does have some requirements for the images so be sure to read the licensing before you use them.

20. Pattern Library

This site has lots of patterns for you to use in your PDF’s and printables.  All free to use how you like.

21. * Pexels

This is one of my go to sites to find images.  A searchable database, beautiful images and all free for you to use.

22. * Pixabay

This is my other go to site. In my opinion, this site has the biggest range of images and has a searchable database.

23. Pixel Buddah

This site is a mixture of free everything.  Images, icons, patterns and mock ups.  Lots of free stuff here.

24. Premium Pixels

If you have Photoshop this is a great resource for mock-ups and PSD files.

25. * Stock Up

I discovered this site when I was working on this list and I am loving it.  The header picture from this page came from this site.

26. Unsplash

This site has a lot of beautiful art photos.  You do have to join the site, but if you need more art type pictures this is the site for you.

Fonts

27. 1001 Free Fonts

This site is just what it sounds like it is. 1001 free fonts for you to use as you would like.

27. Adobe Edge Web Fonts

Adobe is a well known name and the fonts on this site are great.

28. Font Squirrel

I have a thing for squirrels so I had to add this. Lots of fronts free for you to download.

29. * Google Fonts

Google fonts lets you type in a few phrases to see what it will look like before you download it or choose the font. I spend way to much time playing with this site.

30. Type Genius

This site from Canva allows you to play with font combinations to see how they look together.  I had a lot of fun testing it out for this list.

Form Creators

31. Beautiful Dawn Designs Free Media Kit Template 

Media kits are essential for bloggers and this template is a good way to start if you are a little lost on where to start.  This does require a newsletter sign-up but the template is a beautiful start for your media kit.

31. * Free Survey Creator

Want to find out what your readers are thinking?  Send them a survey.  I have used this form to see what my subscribers are loving and hating in my newsletters.

32. * Google Forms

Google Forms is my favorite way to create forms.  In fact if you hire us for anything, you will get a Google form to fill out so we know exactly what kind of help you need.

33. Melyssa  Griffin Free Media Kit Template  

Melyssa Griffin is a go to person for all things blog marketing.  This one has a post to go with it so you understand exactly why you need a media kit, along with the template.  This one requires a newsletter sign-up but I recommend Melyssa’s blog if you want to learn more about marketing as a blogger.

34. Typeform 

Typeform is just what it sounds like, a form creator.  If Google forms didn’t exist, I would probably use this one.

Graphic Design

35. * Canva

I love Canva for making just about everything.  PDF’s are my favorite but I have also used Canva to create 2 books covers!

36. Gimp

Gimp is a good tool for formatting and editing pictures.

37. * Picmonkey

I love using for my Pinterest images because I can edit the picture and size it for Pinterest all in one place.  The only drawback to this site is no templates!

38. Logaster

Create a free logo and download the low resolution version for free.  High resolution downloads are available for just $10

39. Logo Garden

This one is free for anyone to download both high and low resolution logos.  It seems a bit clunkier to use, but if you mess with it you just might make yourself a beautiful logo.

40. Material Palette

If you are looking for a good palette to work with you can have a lot of fun with this site. Pick 2 colors and it will show you a beautiful palette of matching options.

41. Mockuphone

Want to make one of your images look like it is on a phone or computer?  This site will help you make graphics that look just like they are on a phone, tablet or computer.

42. * Pallete Creator Chrome Extension

This chrome extension is a lot of fun.  Beware of rabbit holes! All you do is find a beautiful picture and click the palette icon in the top right of your screen and it will give you 8, 16 or 32 color options all pulled straight from the picture.  Including the color code so you can match it to anything you like!

43. * Pixlr

The web design side of the house loves this free web app. It is fairly easy to use and lets you do some amazing things. Play around with it and see how you like it.

44. * Snap Seed

Snap seed is a phone app for both IOS and Android.  It lets you make some pretty amazing graphics, right from your phone. Great for Instagram!

45. TinyPNG

If you are worried about bogging down your site with over sized images.  TinyPNG will shrink them, without losing the integrity of the picture.

46. Adobe Color CC

Create color schemes with the color wheel or browse thousands of color combinations.

Email Services

47. Drip

Drip is a mail service that integrates your sign ups right from your blog.  Free for the first 100 subscribers.

48. Mail Chimp

I included Mail Chimp in this list only to tell you not to use it. It is a bit clunky and hard to use, it is free for the first 2,000 subscribers but this is one place you want quality over quantity.

49. *Mailer Lite

I heart Mailer lite.  I messed with a few email and subscriber services before I found Mailer lite and I am hooked.  Free for the first 1,000 subscribers, great customer service, easy to use, landing pages.  I could really go on and on (and on some more!)

50. Mailmunch 

Mailmunch is a free service to help you collect subscribers.  It allows you to put pop ups, hello bars and lots of other forms on your site to collect subscribers.  It does not have an email service but links easily to other email services.

Other

51. Audacity 

Audacity is a free way to record podcasts and edit podcasts.  Much fun, even if you are just having karaoke in the living room.

52. BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo is a social media footprint analyzer.  It tells you about your views and shares on any one particular page or post. When Pinterest makes yet another change you can use BuzzSumo to get some accurate analytics across mulitple platforms.

53. Copyscape

Copyscape is a free plagiarism checker. The software lets you detect duplicate content and check if your articles are original. If you use guest bloggers it is always a great idea to run the post through Copyscape.  You know you were original when you wrote it, but that is not true of the other people who write for you.

54. Docracy

Open legal documents for free.  Contracts, leases, etc.  Everyone needs a little legal help, and free legal help is the best kind!

55. Google Trends

See the latest trends, data, and visualizations from Google. Find out what’s trending near you right now so you can blog about hot topics.

56. * Zoom

Zoom is a simple to use video meeting service. It is free for up to 10 people.  We use it for all of our Bloggers Little Helper calls because we are able to record and save the calls so our clients can refer back to them later.

Plug-ins (WP)

57. Click to Tweet

This plug-in allows you to put in a predetermined sentance and hashtags so your audience can tweet all about it.  It’s visually appealing and gets readers involved.

58. No Follow

This plugin contains several tools in one package to significantly increase your control of the rel=”nofollow” tag on every link on your blog, on both an individual and categorical basis. Bonus, you don’t have to know how to code anything!

59. Simple Share Buttons

Responsive. Simple Share Buttons Plus comes with 11 different button sets, all of which scale perfectly for mobile devices.

60. Sumo Me

SumoMe is a WordPress plugin that offers a wide variety of tools to help you grow your email list. There are 100’s of ways to ask your website visitors for their email address in return for your irresistible offer. Examples include pop ups on the top of the page, the side of the page, popups that slide in, pop-ups that wave at you etc.

61. * Updraft

UpdraftPlus is the World’s leading backup, restore and migration WordPress plugin. Used by over a million WordPress sites, you can backup with confidence. We use Updraft for all of our sites and our customer’s sites.

62. * Yoast

Yoast is an SEO (Search Engine Optimization)  checker that helps you write contact search engines will love. This one is also on all of our sites.  I don’t always listen to those little green bubbles, but they give me great ideas on SEO and on how my writing is going.  (Currently green bubbles!)

Social Media Marketing Platforms

63. Bloglovin

Bloglovin allows you to share your blog, and follow other bloggers.  I have never had a huge amount of success with this platform, but if your followers are there you can do great things with Bloglovin.

64. Facebook

You already know what Facebook is, but are you using it for your blog?  Facebook is the number one social media site out there, everyone’s tribe is on Facebook.  Follow us on Facebook! 

65. Google Plus

Google Plus is Google’s answer to Facebook.  Depending on your niche you can find a lot of followers on Google plus.  Search around, play with the platform and see who might be out there for you to connect with.

66. Instagram

Share pictures, memes and sayings inviting people back to your blog or sales site.  This is the hottest new thing, but I am not on board yet.  Great Instagrammers are out there, and they are driving traffic to their sites with amazing results.  If you want to know more about driving traffic with Instagram, I recommend Brendan Burns’s Mastering Instagram class.  This guy is traveling the world, taking pictures and killing it on Instagram.

67. * LinkdIn

Linked in is a great place to share your content if you blog about anything business related.  It is also a great way to connect with people and learn about new freelance writing jobs. I have an alert set so I get each new freelance job from Linked In sent to my phone.

68. Pinterest

A bloggers best friend.  Free, easy to share your content and get lots of eyes on it.  Pinterest is in the midst of some changes this year, but Pinterest is the easiest way for any blogger to share their content.  A business portfolio is free so you can track everything that is going on from your site.

69. Quora

Quora is a place to gain and share knowledge. It’s a platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers.

70. Snapchat

You know those cute little ears everyone’s picture on Facebook has?  That’s Snapchat. It does have a daily article feed so if your crew hangs out here, getting involved in Snapchat could be a great thing.

71. Steemit

Steemit is a social media platform where everyone gets paid for creating and curating content.  This is a new thing we are trying.  I am not sure this is where my particular tribe is, but it never hurts to try a new platform.   If you blog about anything digital, bitcoin, or design related this might be a good opportunity for you.

72. Stumble Upon

Stumble Upon is a rabbit hole waiting to happen.  The next time you are standing in line, or stuck at the airport, pop onto Stumble Upon and take a look around.  While you’re there, add a few of your favorite sites (like this one!)  to your profile and be sure to include one of yours.  The positive, you will see a pretty good jump in traffic, the negative, it is a lot of temporary traffic not targeted at your market. You will get a few in your target market, so if you are bored try it out.

Social Media Marketing

73. Ad Mock Up Generator

Before you invest your precious advertising budget behind your ad units, you want to see exactly what you’re putting your dollars behind, and what the actual user experience would be when all of the pieces are in place.

74. Digital Marketer FB ad template library

Facebook ads are a great way to grow your reach without spending a ton of cash.  This free template library can help you make beautiful ads without hiring a designer to do it.

75. Rite Tag

Want to know when new and trending hashtags come out on Twitter?  This tool will alert you when there is a new # on the block, so you can get in on the action.  You set up the topics you want alerts for, Rite Tag does the rest.

Social Media Scheduling Tools

76. * Buffer App

Buffer is a social media scheduling app that lets you schedule one platform for free.  I use it for Facebook scheduling, but you can use it for Twitter and Instagram as well. So easy!

77. * Hootsuite

The free version of Hootsuite lets you connect 3 social media accounts and schedule your posts for free.  The dashboard is pretty easy to use and I love their autoschedule feature.

78. Later 

Upload and schedule your Instagram posts from your computer or mobile phone.

79. Social Oomph

SocialOomph is a powerful tool that offers automation for any Twitter profile.

80. *Tailwind

Oh, how I love me some Tailwind.  I started using Tailwind for my blog Michele’s Finding Happiness and the results were incredible.  I went from 250 followers on Pinterest to over 5,000 in six months (paid version).  Tailwind’s free version lets you play around in their dashboard, schedule some pins and join Tailwind Tribes.  I highly recommend the paid version, but try the free version out before you commit to anything.

Time Savers

81. Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey is a free productivity program that you can use to temporarily block distractions so that you can get your work done!

82. Leechblock (Firefox only)

LeechBlock is a simple productivity tool designed to block those time-wasting sites

83. Self Control (Mac OS only)

SelfControl is a free Mac app that helps you avoid distracting websites. Block your own access to websites or mail servers for a pre-set length of time.

Training

84. Coursera

2000+ courses from schools like Stanford and Yale – no application required. Build career skills in data science, computer science, business, and more.

85. Khan Academy

You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every subject and level. Always free.

86. Pitcherific

From elevator pitches to investor presentations, this online pitch tool helps you prepare and practice convincing, personal pitches using helpful examples.

87. Skillshare

15,000+ free and premium classes. New classes produced every week.

Website Help

88. Google Analytics

Google Analytics lets you measure your advertising ROI as well as track your Flash, video, and social networking sites and applications.  You can see who is looking at your site, in real time, as well as see where your traffic is coming from.  This is a must have for any website.

89. Google Page Speed

The PageSpeed tools analyze and optimize your site following web best practices.  Studies show people leave a site if it doesn’t upload quick enough, use Google Page Speed to analyze your page loading speed.

90. Crazy Egg

Free for the first 30 days; Through Crazy Egg’s heat map and scroll map reports you can get an understanding of how your visitors engage with your website so you can figure out placement of things like ads and images on your site.

91. The Name App

You have a brilliant idea, even come up with a unique name for it, now let’s see if it has available domains and usernames on the major platforms.

92. Name Cheap 

Makes registering, hosting, and managing domains for yourself or others easy and affordable. It is what it says it is, domain names, cheap.

93. * Peek User Testing

See and hear a 5-minute video of a real person using your site or app.

94. WordPress Free Themes

A theme directory for WordPress’s free themes.  I still use a free them on my blog and get tons of traffic, and have no problem using affilates.

Writing

95. * CoSchedule HeadlineAnalyzer

Free headline analyzer that will score your overall headline quality and rate its ability to result in social shares, increased traffic, and SEO value. I use this for just about every blog post or freelance article I write.  Coschedule is a great resource for bloggers.  They have a lot of great articles to go along with the headline tool.

96. Merriam-Webster

Everyone needs a dictionary now and then.  Even with all the spell checkers and other apps, sometimes you just can’t beat good old Merriam-Webster. The dictionary by Merriam-Webster is America’s most trusted online dictionary for English word definitions, meanings, and pronunciation.

97. * Grammarly

Grammarly checks spelling and grammar on anything you write on the web.  I have the Google Chrome extension and love this tool.  As a writer, it makes my job so much easier.  If you write in MS Word you will have to copy and paste your content into their website to get checked out, but if you are typing in WordPress (like I am doing right now!) Grammarly automatically checks your work.  Bonus: You get an email once a week letting you know your stats!

98. Hemingway App

The app highlights lengthy, complex sentences and common errors.  If you are having trouble getting those little bubbles to turn green in Yoast, copy and paste your content into the Hemingway App.

99. Hubspots Topic Generator

Have some ideas for a great blog post but don’t know what to call it? Hubsopts topic generator can help you format your topic to drive traffic to your site.

100. Portent Topic Generator

You’ve got a title. Great! Now, what’s your content strategy? Check out these resources to fill out your plan and write a killer blog post.

101. Thesaurus

Have you used the word ‘delicious’ seventeen times while writing about your Grandmother’s pot roast?  Use a thesaurus to change up your wording without losing the meaning