My Top 10 Blogging Tools

Blogging Tools

A list of ten tools I couldn’t blog without.

TEN — A good FTP (file transfer protocol) program. I use two — Filezilla for PC and Fetch for Mac. (We’ll discuss FTP in another post.)

NINE — A good browser. I’ve used FireFox for years, but the Safari 4 edition has so many amazing features that it’s fast becoming my favorite. And now it’s available for PC.

EIGHT — Wordtracker. Once I figure out the main point of a new blog post, I click over to Wordtracker and type in my post’s purpose. For instance, this post is about blogging tools. When I get the keyword search results, I immediately go to the All-in-One SEO Pack fields in my new post screen (see Saturday’s post if you’re scratching your head about this) and enter those words and phrases into the keyword field.

SEVEN — An excellent image editor. I’m blessed to own Photoshop, but I also recommend the open source software Gimp, which you can download at no charge.

SIX — A source of stock images. When I can’t find what I need for free, I use iStockPhoto. The best source for free photos I’m aware of is stock.xchng. (Be sure to check the licensing agreement.)

FIVE — Social media. Twitter and Facebook are the two I use the most today, but to be honest, probably 70 percent of what I know about how to blog, create websites, and all the other geeky web stuff I’ve learned over the years has come from lurking (and sometimes posting) on forums.

FOUR — An easy-to-use email client. I love Gmail. I have a bazillion categories labeled and listed in the left sidebar. It has one of the best spam filters of any email client I’ve used. Plus I love its search capabilities.

THREE — WordPress. I know, I know, you can blog without WordPress. I even got mad at WP for a few months and gave it up. (It was over something trivial — aren’t most breakups?) It wasn’t long before I came crawling back, begging for forgiveness and I’ve remained faithful to it ever since.

TWO — Blogs I read. If you’re serious about blogging and you’re not subscribed to Brian Clark’s Copyblogger, you need to subscribe today. Period. It is without question the number one blog on blogging. And the others on my recommended blogs list are pretty amazing, too.

ONE — My readers! You’re an amazing group and I’m enjoying getting to know you. Besides, blogging is a form of social media, social networking, social marketing — whatever you want to call it, it makes no sense to sit here and type aimlessly if no one will ever read this, so I definitely need my readers.

What are YOUR favorite, can’t-blog-without tools? Leave a comment or start a forum topic.

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1 comment so far ↓

#1 Aggie Villanueva on 10.21.09 at 10:50 pm

Pro Blogger.com and Duct Tape Marketing are two site I learn so much from.

Random.com is great for drawings and give aways.

SocialOoomph is software I can’t live without. I pay monthly for it’s services.

TweetMyBlog is a great free service.

I’d love to hear everyone else’s favs.

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