33 Top Tools for Bloggers to Crush it in 2018

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    "Never underestimate the power of a simple tool." ~Craig Bruce

    ​NOTE: This is the first in a 3 part series originally published as a single post. We had a lot of feedback from WDT readers asking us to separate out tools for bloggers, writers and vloggers into more manageable posts​. ​So we've done just that...and more. The first installment has everything the smart blogger needs to crush it online in 2018​ and beyond. 

    ​Bloggers, maybe even more than writers need to work smart in 2018.  Blogging today involves so much more than just starting another wordpress blog and hoping an audience will come. 

    A smart blogger knows he or she needs tools and not just any tools.

    The right tools.

    ​​The Write To Done team have included all their favorites, many of which they use on a daily basis. The list is not exhaustive, we'll add to it as we go.

    If you have a favorite tool not listed here, add it in the comments and if we can, we'll get hold of it and give it a test run. If it measures up, we'll add it to the next update.

    In the meantime help your fellow bloggers and share this resource around.​

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    HEADLINE & TOPIC SUGGESTION TOOLS

    ​What's the point in writing your blog post, sales page or book if no one reads it?  Writing eye-catching headlines, offers and book titles is part art, part science. All of the tools below will help you with both.

    Features

    ​It won’t tell you if your headline is creatively genius, but it will give you an idea if it’s along the right lines.


    https://coschedule.com/headline-analyzer (free with sign up)
    One of the best free tools out there to check whether your headline is likely to get clicked. It won’t tell you if your headline is creatively genius, but it will give you an idea if it’s along the right lines.

    Review

    ​One of the best free tools out there to check whether your headline is likely to get clicked.

    ​FREE with sign up

    ​Online tool

    Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

    Features

    This headline analyzer is really useful if you are trying to target a particular audience with your headline (which, of course, you should be) - it tries to analyze what type of person - intellectual/spiritual etc - your headline will appeal to.

    Review

    Used in conjunction with coshcedule analyzer it can really help craft better headlines.

    ​FREE

    ​Online tool

    Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

    Features

    ​Ok, I'm not suggesting you go out and create linkbait articles 🙂 Use this simple, fun tool to generate ideas you might not have thought about and then craft your own compelling versions.

    Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

    Review

    Despite it name, this handy little tool can actually come up with some good building blocks.​

    ​FREE ​

    ​Online tool

    Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

    Features

    ​​This tool is excellent if you just want to create a list of ideas you can spark off. And sometimes it will come up with exactly what you are looking for.

    Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

    Review

    ​​Use this simple tool to generate ideas you might not have thought about and then craft your own compelling versions.

    ​FREE ​

    ​Online tool

    Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

    Features

    ​A fun idea generator that might just come up with that oddball suggestion that you need.

    Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

    Review

    ​​​Just pop your keywords(s) in. Couldn't be simpler.

    ​FREE ​

    ​Online tool

    Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

    Features

    ​The definitive list of headline 'formula' from one of the greatest headline writers of today - Jon Morrow.


    Review

    You need to sign up for this resource, but it’s worth it. Jon is simply one of the most gifted headline creators around and this resource gives you simple templates that work time and time again. Invaluable!

    ​FREE with sign up

    ​Online tool

    Lorum Ipsum generator

    Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

    Features

    ​If you need some block text to see how an article will look or to build a new web page this tool will not only generate lorum ipsum block text for you, but also tells you all about the history. Fascinating!

    If you need some block text to see how an article will look or to build a new web page this tool will not only generate lorum ipsum block text for you, but also tells you all about the history. Fascinating!
    This tool will help you spot many readability issues you might otherwise miss. You don’t have to go with it’s suggestions, but it’s handy to be aware of them.
    Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

    Review

    ​I've actually used this tool numerous times when building web pages and sorting out the layout of a book.

    ​FREE ​

    ​Online tool

    SEO TOOLS

    Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

    Features

    ​​Google Trends ​is an offshoot of Google Search.​ It shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

    Google Trends is a public web facility of Google Inc., based on Google Search, that shows how often a particular search-term is entered relative to the total search-volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

    Review

    ​This can be really useful to find out what the latest 'hot' topic is. Or to find out if your topic is actually becoming less popular.

    ​FREE with ​Google account

    ​Online tool

    Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer

    Features

    ​Adwords is simply the ultimate go to tool for research on keywords. You need a google account but if you have gmail or a YouTube account, then you’re good to go!

    Review

    ​Finding keyword suggestions as well as volume and other data is fairly straightforward.

    ​FREE with ​Google account

    ​Online tool

    • ​Get keyword suggestions​​​​
    • Find out monthly search volumes for keywords
    • ​Find out competition for keywords​​​​
    • ​Set up campaigns
    longtail pro

    Features

    ​Use Longtail Pro’s step-by-step system to discover thousands of profitable, targeted keywords and calculate Keyword Competitiveness for almost any niche.

    Use Long Tail Pro’s step-by-step system to discover thousands of profitable, targeted keywords and calculate Keyword Competitiveness for almost any niche.

    Reviews

    ​LongtailPro is a great way to find good keywords to get to the top of Google’s search pages. They’ve recently redesigned it and it works really well. I wasn’t always a great fan of Long Tail Pro but it’s now matured into a very useful tool. And it’s much better than any of the free tools I’ve come across! I suggest getting the free 7 day trial to test it.

    LongtailPro is a great way to find good keywords to get to the top of Google’s search pages. They’ve recently redesigned it and it works really well. I wasn’t always a great fan of Long Tail Pro but it’s now matured into a very useful tool. And it’s much better than any of the free tools I’ve come across! I suggest getting the free 7 day trial to test it.

    ​FREE trial then PAID

    Free trial then:
    Starter Plan $25/month

    Pro plan : $45/month

    • ​Score Keyword Competitiveness​​​​
    • ​Custom Difficulty Targets
    • ​Determine Metrics​​​​
    • ​Calculate Keyword Profitablilty

    Features

    ​​Love it or hate it, SEO is essential if you want to rank your article or site. And Google Webmasters Tools is essential for anyone who is serious about SEO.

    Reviews

    ​Google's webmaster tools aren't for the fainthearted. There is a scary amount of data and options, none of which is particularly intuitive. However, they have a lot of useful articles and videos on how to get started.

    ​FREE with Google account

    ​Most people already have a Google account -gmail or YouTube for instance.

    semrush

    Features

    ​Get insights into your competitors’ strategies in display advertising, organic and paid search, and link building.

    Get insights into your competitors’ strategies in display advertising, organic and paid search, and link building.

    Reviews

    ​SemRush is pretty much the industry standard for many serious bloggers.

    ​FREE Trial then PAID

    ​Free 7 day trial then:

    Pro: $99

    Guru $199

    • ​See competitors’ best keywords​​​​
      See competitors’ best keywords
    • Discover new organic competitors
    • ​Observe position changes of domains​​​​

    Features

    ​I've mentioned a couple of their online tools before. If you want your blog to rank in your niche, you need to know your competition. Small seo tools supply  a few tools for free, all of them useful and easy to use.

    If you want your blog to rank in your niche, you need to know your competition. Small seo tools supply  a few tools for free, all of them useful and easy to use.

    Reviews

    ​These tools are not as fully featured as some of the paid tools, but they'll get you started.

    ​FREE

    ​Most of these tools you can use online without an account.

    SOCIAL SHARING TOOLS

    Features

    ​If you want people to share your article or new book then give them all the help you can. This cool tool creates shareable links to twitter/faceboook/google + and pinterest that you can send out in your emails.  

    If you want people to share your article or new book then give them all the help you can. This cool tool creates shareable links to twitter/faceboook/google + and pinterest that you can send out in your emails.
     

    Reviews

    ​I use this all the time to make it a no-brainer ​share my articles. It's one of the most useful free tools out there.

    ​Free​

    ​Online tool

    Features

    ​The easiest way to promote, share & track
    your content on Twitter​.

    The easiest way to promote, share & track
    your content on Twitter (and it's free)
    If you want people to share your article or new book then give them all the help you can. This cool tool creates shareable links to twitter/faceboook/google + and pinterest that you can send out in your emails.
     

    Reviews

    ​I use this all the time​ to create click to tweet text and images like this one ​.

    https://goodlifezen.com/dream-of-a-new-start/

    ​Free​

    ​Online tool

    buzzsumo

    Features

    ​If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also tell you who shared those items.

    If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
    With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

    Reviews

    ​With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it!
    Some of the most successful (and high earning) bloggers use Buzzsumo. Indeed, at the moment, I don't know of any alternative that does the job. Pure gold!

    Price

    ​All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!

    All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!
    Social Warfare

    Features

    ​A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.



    A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.


    If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
    With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

    Reviews

    ​​I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

    I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

    ​FREE Trial then PAID

    ​​$29/yr (free trial)

    $29/yr (free trial)
    All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!
    hootsuite

    Features

    ​Hootsuite is a social media management platform. ​It supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and many more.

    Hootsuite is a social media management platform, created by Ryan Holmes in 2008. The system's user interface takes the form of a dashboard, and supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and many more.
    A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.


    If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
    With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

    Reviews

    ​My editor, Laura, has used this fro many years and rates it highly.

    I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

    ​FREE Trial then PAID

    ​​$16/month (free trial)

    $29/yr (free trial)
    All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!
    social oomph

    Features

    To make the most out of Twitter, you need to have some of the best tools in your arsenal. One thing that could skyrocket your Twitter marketing efforts is the use of an automation tool. 


    A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.


    If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
    With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

    Reviews

    Social Oomph is a really useful social media tool. You can schedule Twitter and Facebook. 

    I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

    ​FREE Trial then PAID

    ​​$29/yr (free trial)

    $29/yr (free trial)
    All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!
    Buffer

    Features

    ​Buffer is a simpler and easier way to schedule posts, track the performance of your content, and manage all your accounts in one place.



    Buffer is a simpler and easier way to schedule posts, track the performance of your content, and manage all your accounts in one place
    A WordPress plugin that adds beautiful, lightning-fast social share buttons to your website or blog.


    If you’re serious about your blogging career than buzzsumo is close to essential. Not only will it tell you the most popular posts/videos/interviews etc in any niche, but it will also teel you who shared those items.
    With this information you know not only WHAT is popular in your niche, but also WHO is sharing it! Pure gold!

    Reviews

    ​Buffer automates your social media posting, saving you a load of time and work.
    And there's a free, if limited  account.

    I use the Social Warfare plugin on all my sites because it has a the best scrolling sharebar AND you can show the Twitter share count numbers! Check out their free trial

    ​FREE and PAID

    ​​​Free account available

    $10 for 'Awesome'

    $99 for 'Small'

    $29/yr (free trial)
    All this amazing information comes at a price. There’s a free 30 day version, but after that it’s $79 a month. Expensive? maybe.Worth it? Definitely!
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    WEBSITE TOOLS ​

    Features

    ​Have you ever visited a site and found you couldn’t access it? Maybe it was your own site! Just pop the URL into the search box and this tool will tell you if the site is actually down for everyone, or if it’s your end that’s got the problem.

    Have you ever visited a site and found you couldn’t access it? Maybe it was your own site! Just pop the URL into the search box and this tool will tell you if the site is actually down for everyone, or if it’s your end that’s got the problem.
    TIP: If you find it’s only your end, it’s often a browser cache issue. Try clearing your cache. If that doesn’t work, try shutting everything down and then starting it uo again.

    Reviews

    ​TIP: If you find it’s only your end, it’s often a browser cache issue. Try clearing your cache. If that doesn’t work, try shutting everything down and then starting it uo again.

    ​FREE

    ​Online tool

    DOMAIN NAMES

    namecheap

    Features

    ​Cheap domain names.

    Reviews

    ​The name says it all 🙂

    They also do cheap hosting and other related services.

    FREE to search

    ​It's obviously free to search for the availability of a particular name but then you'll have to pay for that domain.
    Domains start at $0.48/year, but you'll probably have to pay a little more for something desirable.

    crazy domains

    Features

    ​Another good cheap domain name source.

    Reviews

    ​In addition to NameCheap, I also use CrazyDomains, especially if I want a domain name that isn’t the usual .com, .net, etc. For example, I recently bought the domain writetodone.university for the courses we are producing.

    In addition to NameCheap, I also use CrazyDomains, especially if I want a domain name that isn’t the usual .com, .net, etc. For example, I recently bought the domain writetodone.university for the courses we are producing.

    ​Free to search

    ​.coms from around $2/year. Again you may have to pay more for something useable.

    HOSTING

    sitegroound

    Features

    This is an excellent hosting provider, especially if you want to create a bigger site,

    Reviews

    You get 1-click WordPress installs and free transfer.

    Paid

    From $3.95 per month

    • ​One-click WordPress Installer​​​​
    • Free Transfer

    Features

    This is a good hosting company for small to medium size websites

    Reviews

    I've used this hosting company for many different websites and I like their ease of use. An important tip is to get the free domain AND the hosting together.

    Price

    From $3.95 per month

    • ​Free Domain with hosting​​​​
    • 1-click WordPress installer
    • ​24/7 Support​​​​
    hostgator

    Features

    ​My editor, Laura, recommended Hostgator as a great hosting company if your just starting out.

    Reviews

    ​Hostgator are affordable and have great customer service. Since Laura used them they have been taken over ​but still definitely worth a look if

    ​PAID

    From $2.78 per month for their 'hatchling' plan, $3.98 for their 'baby' plan and $5.98 a month for their 'business' plan.

    • ​Free Domain with hosting​​​​
    • 1-click WordPress installer
    • ​24/7 Support​​​​

    WORDPRESS THEMES & EDITORS

    Thrive Themes

    Features

    Thrive Themes is state-of-the-art bundle of WordPress themes and plugins which are all focused on Conversion. Of especial interest is Thrive Architect, a page builder which allows you to design a page or blog post in many different ways. For example, this page is built with Thrive Architect.

    Reviews

    I'm a total fan of Thrive Themes. They are continually developing new plugins and their training is world-class.  I suggest joining as a member, instead of buying individual themes or plugins. Every new addition to their stable of products is then free for you. Plus, you get their special training,

    Price

    Membership fee is $19 per month

    • Includes all plugins, including Thrive Architect, Thrive Themes, Thrive Leads, Thrive Quiz Builder, etc.
    • All new plugins or themes that ThriveThemes develop are free for members
    • ​Access to members-only training​​​​
    Thrive Architecture

    Features

    ​If you want to stay with your website theme but want to rev up the look of your post, check out Thrive Architect (this post is built with Thrive Architect). It’s one of their plugins.

    If you want to stay with your website theme but want to rev up the look of your post, check out Thrive Architect (this post is built with Thrive Architect). It’s one of their plugins. But, as I said before, I suggest getting the membership instead of just a single plugin.

    Reviews

    ​If you are use to the WordPress editor then you are in for a shock. 
    ​Thrive Architect ​simply allows you to build almost anything beautifully, responsively.
    All this comes with quite a steep learning curve, but when you get the hang of it, you may never want to go back to your WordPress editor again.

    ​PAID

    $67
    But as I said before, I suggest getting the membership instead of just a single plugin.

    ​​EMAIL RESPONDERS

    mailchimp

    Features

    ​​MailChimp is a marketing automation platform and an email marketing service

    MailChimp is a marketing automation platform and an email marketing service

    Reviews

    ​My editor, Laura started out on Mailchimp and couldn't praise it enough. Simple to use, with great customer service.
    And they have a free plan. The only drawback is it's perhaps not as flexible or sophisticated fo power users.

    ​FREE & PAID

    ​Free: Up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. Once your email list grows and you want to send out unlimited emails, you can upgrade from $25 a month upwards.

    Free: Up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. Once your email list grows and you want to send out unlimited emails, you can upgrade from $25 a month upwards.

    • ​Free account up to 2000 subscribers​​​​
    • Segment using tagging
    • ​Integrates with many ecommerce platforms​​​​
    • ​24/7 support 
    Infusionsoft

    Features

    ​Infusionsoft ​ offers an e-mail marketing and sales platform for small businesses, including products to streamline the customer life cycle, customer relationship management, marketing automation, lead capture, and e-commerce

    Infusionsoft is a private company that offers an e-mail marketing and sales platform for small businesses, including products to streamline the customer lifecycle, customer relationship management, marketing automation, lead capture, and e-commerce

    Reviews

    ​This is the solution I use. Infusionsoft has all the bells and whistles you could wish for. It’s not cheap but it’s a mean tool!

    This is the solution I use. Infusionsoft has all the bells and whistles you could wish for. It’s not cheap but it’s a mean tool!

    ​PAID

    ​Starter: $99
    Essentials: $199
     Complete: $299

    Starter: $99 Essentials: $199 Complete: $299
    • ​Free user onboarding​​​​
    • ​Contact Management
    • ​Marketing Automation​​​​

    ​WEBINARS

    webinarjam

    Features

    ​Webinarjam is a webinar hosting platform that allows you to host as many attendees as you want, basically using Google Hangouts.

    Reviews

    ​Offering webinars is a great way to educate your audience and to sell books or courses. Let me say straight away: webinars can be a nightmare! However, ​Webinarjam makes it easy. ​It's awesome. ​

    Offering webinars is a great way to educate your audience and to sell books or courses. Let me say straight away: webinars can be a nightmare! However, there is a software program that makes it easy. Webinar Jam is awesome. (Click the link below to see more about it)

    Price

    ​$479/year or 3 installments of $189

    • ​Stream to Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or our private JamCast broadcaster​​​​
      Stream to Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or our private JamCast broadcaster
    • ​Secure webinar rooms with password protection
      Secure webinar rooms with password protection
    • ​Engage with a virtual whiteboard, polls and live chat​​​​
      Engage with a virtual whiteboard, polls and live chat
    • ​Customize your pages for brand consistency
      Customize your pages for brand consistency

    ​PRODUCTIVITY/ PROJECT MANAGEMENT  TOOLS

    PRODUCTIVITY/ PROJECT MANAGEMENT  TOOLS
    Asana

    Features

    This is a tool that helps individual and teams to manage Editorial Calenders and projects​.

    Reviews

    We use it at WritetoDone and it’s extremely helpful. I suggest using the free account.

    ​FREE and PAID

    ​Free account

    $9.99/month for their premium account


    meistertask

    Features

    ​MeisterTask is an ​ intuitive online task manager that uses smart integrations and task automations to make your team more productive.

    MeisterTask is an incredibly intuitive online task manager that uses smart integrations and task automations to make your team more productive.

    Reviews

    ​This is a newcomer among the project management apps. I’ve had a paly around with it. but haven’t used it seriously yet. It was developed by the MindMeister team and looks excellent. The free version will give you everything you need.

    This is a newcomer among the project management apps. I’ve had a paly around with it. but haven’t used it seriously yet. It was developed by the MindMeister team and looks excellent. The free version will give you everything you need.

    Price

    ​Free account

    $8.49/month for upgraded account


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      Laura Tong

      Laura Tong is the Editor here at Write To Done and her writing regularly features on such top blogs as HuffPost, Tiny Buddha and of course Write To Done.Learning to say ‘no’ to the unimportant things to free up time to write is one of the key elements she learned to being a successful writer. Download her free cheat sheet: 5 Guilt-Free Ways To Say No Without Offending Anyone (Even If You Hate Conflict).She’s a published author (traditional and indie) and has written books as diverse as luxury travel, surreal fiction, autobiographical and personal development. You can get her latest book here: The Life-Changing Power of NO!.Laura runs her own blog at PositivelyHappy.Me.

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