50 Great Tools for Bloggers and Freelance Writers

As a professional blogger and freelance writer, it is essential to have a reliable arsenal of tools that allow you to promote your blog and manage your business. You need tools for branding and marketing your business, promoting your content, managing your finances, and keeping your tasks organized.

Freelance Writing & Blogging Tools

If you are interested to know what I consider the most essential tools in my toolkit, be sure to visit my list on BestVendor titled 50 Essential Tools I Use for Blogging and Freelance Writing.

Included within some of my product descriptions are tips on how I use them to help with my blogging and my freelance writing business.

While you are there…

  • Create a free account on BestVendor.
  • Like my list, if you really like it of course.
  • Leave a comment about your favorite tools.

Also, create a list of your own this month to enter the List-A-Thon contest – the creator of the best list wins a $1,500 gift card from Amazon. Second place gets an iPhone 5 and third place gets a $100 credit towards vendors listed on BestVendor.

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  1. says

    Hi Kristi, I saw your post the other day on elegant themes and I’ve pretty much decided to get a prefabricated WordPress blog next time with all the plug ins so I’ll be sure to check that out. My blog is a personal one however so I’m not sure if I could swallow the price tag but perhaps they have some free or low cost ones, they looked good to the eye.
    Roz Bennetts just posted Toastmasters Public Speaking Group Post #3

    • says

      There are some good free themes out there – I’ve had bad experiences so I tend to steer away from them, plus once you buy a few premium theme packages you really don’t need anything more. For personal blogs, a free theme isn’t a bad thing at all. :)

    • says

      GIMP is good for people who just need to do simple things with images. I’ve seen some people who just needed something to resize and crop images buy the expensive programs and get frustrated because of their complexity. GIMP makes simple just that – simple. :)

    • says

      You’re welcome! I actually don’t send many files (large ones at least) to people – documents and images work just fine via email. If I had anything larger, I’d definitely try Dropbox, but so far I haven’t had the need just yet. :)

    • says

      WordPress especially – I always suggest bloggers use their platform. Preferably self hosted, but at the least the .com version so you can transfer easily later.

  2. says

    Hi Kristi,

    Yes – Glad you made mention of “arsenal” as one needs a whole arsenal and not just one or two tools to exploit and expose your blog and or website to all the various communities (social and other web 2.0 channels) and various search engines. Not to mention being able to respond and monitor different profiles and tools easily and a lot more time efficiently.

    • says

      For simplicity purposes, I wish I only had a few tools, but for results, you really need a wide variety as they cover a lot of different aspects of managing your blog and your business. :)

    • says

      I use Google Reader for organization purposes more than trying to get traffic through RSS. If you use it as a way to keep up with bloggers to comment on their posts, it could eventually lead to traffic.

  3. says

    Hi Kristi, It took me a while to learn Gimp, but well worth it. I was so frustrated waiting for graphic designers.

    Then of course, where would we be without a great email management software. Aweber is my email choice. And for those of us who produce info products I like Vervante Publishing.

    There are so many great tools!
    Glen Andrews just posted Add Your Photo To Google Search

  4. says

    If you’ve got plans to do any photo editing of graphics creation, gimp is the GREATEST tool on the web. It has much of the capabilities of photoshop, minus the several hundred dollar price tag. Making custom banners and images and designs for your site can really, really enhance its appeal, and gimp is a fantastic, FREE, resource to do it. I love it.

  5. says

    As a tech geek I love lists like this. Will definitely check it out. A good alternative to Remember The milk is Toodledo, which is more powerful and more convenient in everyday use. I am also a big fan of Buffer and recently started using it in combination with Tweriod (a great service despite its weird name).
    Tom just posted Overpowering the Sun

  6. says

    Kristi,
    As Kenny mentioned, I’m also a huge fan of yours, and I swear by the Thesis Theme! That’s the best thing that’s every happened to the world of blog design. I particularly love the OpenHook customization area of that theme!

  7. says

    To be frank, being a kind of amateur I am hearing 30% of the items you listed for the first time. But, being a Google fan I have used most of their products. ANd, I prefer Photoshop over Gimp though I am an Open source enthusiast :-)
    Jakes just posted Defining Success in Blogging

  8. says

    Like others have mentioned Gimp is a great free imaging program. I have been using it for several years now. I have tried photoshop in the past, but it was just too confusing and pricey. Gimp does everything I need. Another tool or resource I like to use occasionally is screen-cast-o-matic for making video captures. Jing is decent, but the free version limits you to .swf format, which I don’t think you can upload to YouTube, and I don’t know if you will find a converter that actually works for converting .swf to .avi, .mpg, etc., but for screen grabs it is excellent.
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