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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.

I’m aiming for the Amazon gift card so I can finish buying up goods on my baby registry. Cloth diapers can get expensive! πŸ™‚

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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By Kristi Hines

Kristi Hines is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and ghostwriter who specializes in business and marketing topics.

44 replies on “50 Great Tools for Bloggers and Freelance Writers”

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.

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. πŸ™‚

GIMP has been a fantastic find for me. I used to spend so much on Photoshop so I could have really advanced editing tools, but then I discovered GIMP and that all changed.

Sure, it’s not *quite* as powerful but considering the price tag it is a FANTASTIC program every webmaster should have.

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. πŸ™‚

I’d add Evernote to the list. I find it very useful to keep track of my article ideas. I have it installed on my phone, my tablet and my laptop so everything’s synced.

Great list Kristi! And thanks for letting us know about the List-A-Thon too! I agree with Mike above, would definitely add Evernote to the list. And what about Dropbox?! (Or did I miss it?)

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. πŸ™‚

Hi Kristi,

Yes – Glad you made mention of β€œarsenal” 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.

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. πŸ™‚

Great list Kristi, i love Google reader but i think its only meant for the big guys blog. My blog is a personal one and i find it difficult including it on Google reader.

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.

Thanks so much for the wonderful list Kristi. I wish you all the best for winning the Amazon gift card; yes cloth diapers ARE expensive. How long for the little one to land on planet earth?

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!

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.

Great list Kristi.
I do like almost every tool on the list. But, among them i mostly use the social networks and i always find my time spending with WordPress combined with studiopress. I’m a big fan of StudioPress.
Thanks for sharing the great list of tools.

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).

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!

Very nice list Kikolani! I used some of the tools you mentioned but other are completely new to me and I didn’t know that they can help me. Thanks for the share. By the way, I’m using buffer for several weeks now, how do you know that it somehow contributed in traffic?

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 πŸ™‚

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.

First of all, thank you Kristi for this list. I am a huge fan of Google reader, but one thing I miss here in your list is Genesis theme. I will include it into our list.

Best Regards!

These tools are the bomb!

I totally always use Buffer and it is one of the best tools on the web!

Also, I use the Google reader as a tool in my blog commenting strategy πŸ™‚

Thanks for sharing. I already use Authority Labs to keep a watchful eye and history of my company’s search engine results positions (SERPs). Its an invaluable tool for making sure that we keep tabs on where our keywords and phrases are being found hopefully at the top of the search engine results.

Hi Kristi,

The list is too good. Hats off to your efforts in making this list. All most all the tools look to help bloggers and free lancers. Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable information.

Hello Kristi,
Awesome!! you present nice tools for bloggers, I was using few but here I find more,
50 is not a less, nice research I appreciate for it..
thanks for collection of nice tools..

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