If you run a blog, you can spend hours searching for the right website or plugin to help you with creating, increasing engagement and everything else that comes with running an online space.
So instead of spending all of that time looking through useless sites, I’ve done it for you and compiled this ultimate list of blogging resources!
I’ve alphabetised this list in order to make navigation easier for you, but if you want to find a specific tool quicker, just CRTL+F it!
WP125 WP125 offers everything from a one or two column ad display, and includes support. You can also show as many ads as you want, and in any order. One of my favourite things about this particular plugin is that you can keep track of how many times an ad is clicked, and it runs ads for as long as you want, and removes them for you, on the end date.
Quill Engage This is a free tool that collects all of your Google Analytics data and emails you weekly summaries.
DWNLD For just £15 a month, you can transform your online content into a sleek app!
Adobe Colour This is perfect for creating any type of colour palette. They can be analogous, monochromatic, or customised, it’s even fun to just play and create your own palettes!
Disqus I’m sure you would’ve come across this system on many blogs, it’s incredibly easy to sign up for, and it’s said to increase both traffic and engagement for your online content.
Rafflecopter This tool is the only way I would ever run another giveaway. It takes minutes to input your terms and prize, and the rest of the work is done for you! I think this tool is an incredibly fair and fun way to run giveaways and competitions.
StayFocusd This plugin helps you stay focussed when you’re actually writing. It does this by limiting the amount of time you can spend on what you input as ‘time-wasting’ sites.
Da Font Search by style for the exact font that you want, and download for free.
Basecamp We’ve all encountered annoying times when you’re working on a group project and no one is sure where they stand, or what’s being done. Basecamp takes away all of these issues, by not only featuring an interactive working space, but also a real-time chat, for you to voice any concerns and collaborate even easier.
HTML Dog This site offers beginner, intermediate and advanced tutorials on both HTML and CSS. There is also a handy reference guide for HTML tools.
PicMonkey An insanely easy to use photo editor, collage maker, and graphic design site. Perfect for everyone and it’s free!
Photoshop The most famous photo editing software, it’s very easy to navigate once you’ve got the hang of it, and you get a professional quality service.
Easel.ly This site actually features thousands of free infographic templates which users can customise, and share their visual ideas online.
Uber Suggest Enter a few keywords, and have blog post ideas generated for you!
Day Of The Year Find worldwide events and special occasions to inspire blog posts!
Twitcam Perfect for livestreaming without the cost. Here you can livestream and talk to your audience in the live chat at the same time.All livestreams are also archived and available after you’ve ended the stream.
Login LockDown This plugin allow you to limit the amount of login attempts allowed from any particular IP address during a space of time.The current default is a 1 hour lock out of an IP block after 3 failed login attempts within 5 minutes.
CheckShortURL If you’ve encountered a shortened URL and you’re not sure where it leads, this site lets you ‘peek’ at the site before you click on it.
Bounce If you’d like to share a webpage with someone, but you’d also like to annotate or mention a specific section this website does exactly that. It even screenshots the entire loaded page, and not just what you initially see on the screen.
Screencast-O-Matic A free and easy to use screen recorder, with no download.
Buffer The perfect way to share a post multiple times, to various social media outlets, but with different introductions and images.
MailChimp A free system for sending an email to your entire list of contacts. You can set up automated campaigns, or design them from scratch each time.
WiseStamp Create your own unique email signature, with an automatic link to your latest blog post.
Pamela for Skype This is one of the more secure and easy to use Skype recording software. You also have options of a free version, but you are limited to 15 minutes calls.
iStock With this site you can pay per photos, or buy a subscription, to have access to millions of free to use images.
Image.Net Another If you’re a member of the media, this site allows you access to free to use images and videos, with email updates when particular tags are updated.
Crowdfire This site is actually perfect for keeping on top of who you’re following, and who is or isn’t following you.
TweetDeck A super slick way to view and interact with Twitter. I particularly find it the perfect way to take part in Twitter chats, as you can tweet, reply and interact with so many people at once.
Google The quickest way to shorten a URL, foolproof.
I hope you guys found some useful sites to use, be sure to let me know if you will start using one of these!
Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Drop me a comment with what you’re after and I’ll find it for you!