8 Free Tools and Resources to Help You Blog Better

By: Marcel

1. Title & Topic Generator

Whether you have no idea what to write, or you have a great topic but a lackluster title, these generators are great for getting the wheels turning. Plus, they’re pretty fun to use! We like that Portent’s Content Idea Generator, gives you tips and reasons why it recommends the topics.

2. Trello

If you’re looking for a way to keep track of topic ideas and notes while working with a team, Trello is a great resource. In fact, we use Trello for our own editorial calendars. Each topic can be created as a “card” where you can add resources such as links or images, and comment to brainstorm with your team. Everything you need for writing the post is in one place.
Here is Trello’s own tips for using it for editorial calendars.

Trello

3. Google Trends

You don’t need to be an expert keyword researcher to apply some numbers and analytics to your blog writing. Run the keywords and phrases associated with your post to see if it’s a popular idea, or one no one is searching for.

4. Google Docs

We don’t write our blog posts any other way, especially when working with a team. It’s the best option for collaborating, editing and finalizing before moving into the actual post. In fact, this very post was reviewed by our team in a Google Doc!

5. Hemingway

This tool is great for helping you improve your writing. It’s a simple tool that checks your writing not just for good grammar, but readability. It’ll tell you if sentences are too long, in passive voice or hard to read.

6. Pexels

A bad “featured image” could turn off a reader immediately. Fortunately there are a ton of free, beautiful stock photos around for free. Pexels is a free stock photography search engine to help you find high quality (not cheesy looking), free photography for your posts.

7. Canva

Ever click on a blog post just because it had a pretty, designed image? You can design your own for promoting your blog posts with Canva. It’s easy, free and you can simply choose one of their great looking templates.

8. Yoast WordPress SEO plugin

We have this on our own WordPress site, and it does wonders to help provide guidelines to optimize your posts in a simple way. Type in the keyword you want to target, and the Yoast plugin grades your post and provides simple pointers for improving it. While the premium version with more features costs money, the free version is still a great place to start.

These tools just barely scratch the surface of what’s out there! You can find tons of similar free tools to try out as well, just by Googling! Give these ones a try and let us know what you think.

 

About Marcel Krawczyk

Marcel has a diverse background in marketing, small business development, computer science, and sales. After starting and running his first business, a general contracting company, he developed a passion for the marketing strategy aspects. He went on to be the marketing director at a startup which he left to begin Little Jack Marketing in 2010.

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