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While the old adage “you get what you pay for” usually rings true, sometimes what you get for free is pretty good!
This has probably never applied to anything more than it does to blogging.
Blogging is hard enough as it is, without having to add more expensive tools to the mix.
Luckily many other people sympathize and they’ve gone ahead and created some AWESOME blogging free tools, that will take your blog to the next level.
What are some of the top free tools I recommend for bloggers?
Here are my top ten blogging free tools:
Ninja Outreach Lite – Chrome Extension
This new Chrome Extension released by NinjaOutreach makes finding information about bloggers and contacting them easier than ever.
With the click of a button, you can find out dozens of metrics about bloggers such as their name, location, posting frequency, social following and much more!
This video shows you how it works:
Many people associate QuickSprout with Neil Patel, a powerhouse content creator.
But it is also an awesome content analysis tool. You simply put in a link and it will tell you the most shared posts for that domain, as well as a lot of other juicy information.
I love it for competitive analysis and seeing what my fellow bloggers are writing that their audience is enjoying
Many people underestimate the power of headlines.
The fact is a headline can easily make or break an article.
So how do you write better ones?
With CoSchedule’s new headline analyzer tool, of course!
All you have to do is put in your title, and it will give you a rating on 0-100, as well as tracking individual metrics such as how emotional it is. The more emotional a headline the more likely it is to get clicked.
Lastly, it will show you how the headline will look in the SERPs and as an email – awesome!
Looking for the best content on the web for certain keywords? Look no further.
BuzzSumo excels at taking a keyword and telling you which domains and articles are getting the most shares for it.
This is excellent if you want to see the top-ranking articles for a keyword, which you can then
use to write something even better.
An additional feature I quite like is the “View Sharers” where you can view who shared an article – great for outreach!
This free GMail add-on shows you your contacts first name, and social profiles allowing you to leave notes and follow them on social media.
If you spend a lot of time in the email like me, you’re going to want this as a way to manage customers better and stay in touch with them on social media.
I follow all my customers on LinkedIn.
Have you heard of A/B split testing?
The scientific principle behind this is to separate your audience into two random groups and show them each something different, for example, different landing pages, and test which convert better.
For this, I like Optimizely.
They have a very simple UI and it is quite powerful as well.
you can be up and running in a matter of minutes and split testing, which landing page is converting better.
Who hasn’t heard of Buffer and their killer social blog?
If you’re trying to be more active on Twitter, you definitely need to sign up for a free Buffer account.
Buffer helps you fill up your Tweet repository as you scour the web. It provides Twitter analytics to help you improve your reach and show you what tweets are getting the most traction.
Oh, and if you’re out of ideas, they have a bunch of cached tweets you can use as well.
A simple but elegant social sharing plugin. As a reader scrolls down the page, the Digg Digg bar will follow them and allow them to share the article on FB, Twitter, Pinterest and a bunch of other social platforms.
There are many of these types of plugins, but I like Digg Digg because it appears to be the most functional and for me, the vertical scroll is a must have.
If you are looking to increase the social shares of your posts, this plugin is a must!
This is blogging 101 right here, but you need to have Google Analytics.
Out of all of the blogging free tools on this list, it is by and large the most valuable.
How else are you going to know how many visitors your blog is getting? Or where they are coming from? And what posts they are reading?
All these questions and more can be answered with Google Analytics. It is easier to set up and has an awesome historical view.
Everyone wants their websites to load fast.
The problem is, the onus isn’t always on them and their internet.
Sometimes, the webmaster has to work to make their website’s performance faster as well.
That’s where a caching plugin like WP Super Cache comes in handy.
Among other things, this plugin will cache static content (content that doesn’t change very often), so it is basically preloaded when the visitor comes to check it out, drastically increasing the speed.
Without a doubt, there are many paid tools that should be considered as well. That said, I always like to see if there is a free option available before shelling out a ton of moola.
What free tools do you recommend?
About The Author.
Dave Schneider is the marketing manager at Albacross, the free B2B lead generation platform. In 2012 he quit his job to travel the world and has visited over 65 countries. In his spare time, he writes about SaaS and business at DaveSchneider.me and runs the churn reduction app, LessChurn.