7 free tools that I have used over the past 5 years to help you write a better blog post.
In the past, I created a long blog post and followed it up with a podcast version of the blog post.
Both had great content, but I felt it would better for you to make each post a combination of the two while providing value via each medium(audio, text, video)
Some of you prefer audio, and some of you prefer reading/video.
So this way you get great content in the show notes and all the resources mentioned are in one place
Links mentioned in the video, blog post or audio:
Let’s being the 7 free tools for writing a better blog post:
Love this tool, used it for the past 12 months and it has just gotten better and better! It is completely free and beats any other sharing tool hand over fist.
I mean it once you install this versus many of the other WordPress plugins out there you will never look back.
The premium version is great, and I used it for 3 months. However, I didn’t see the value in it for me and went back to the free version.
Love the heat map, sharing buttons and click tracker!
Wow, me write good. Haha <- Grammarly overload
Previously my spelling was atrocious; I consistently made mistakes, and even after using the WordPress spell check 100 times there was still stuff I missed!
So when I discovered this “new better” tool Grammarly I said “I’ll give it a go.”
Well, I was so impressed that I purchased the premium version in a matter of weeks of using it.
The free version is just as good as the premium but if you write a lot and suck at spelling it is worth the investment.
It even helps me write better social posts as it integrates with Facebook and my email account!
If I had to choose one here as the best resource, this would be it.
3) WordPress plugins: Yoast SEO / Pretty Link
Yoast is now pretty much the default for all bloggers when it comes to SEO.
Don’t get me wrong there are about 100 others out there, but I feel that Yoast has kept up with the times and of course, it is free.
Their new introduction of “readability” has helped me realise things which I had never even considered(like sentence length, who knew the majority of my sentences were really long making you read and read…like this sentence)
If you don’t use an SEO plugin or use something like All in one, I would highly suggest moving to Yoast SEO plugin.
I have used this over the years for all my affiliate links. If you are on social media and just need to refer someone to your affiliate link, this is one of the best plugins I have found.
It creates a unique URL for someone to get redirected to a link.
For example, if I wanted to promote Bluehost I would tell people to go to NicheAround.com/bluehost
This avoids you having to use the big long URL after most affiliate links.
It is also great just for linking to longer URL’s that you have and want to share. So, for example, to refer someone to this post just go to Nichearound.com/6
Whereas I would previously have had to say “Yea just go to Nichearound.com/better-blog-post
So if you have affiliates, long URLs, talk on audio like a podcast or just want an easy way to share links on Facebook this is the best plugin I have found.
It also tracks how many clicks each pretty link gets, although sometimes it can be a bit over exaggerated.
Either way, this is a must for writing a better blog post.
The best free image website I have found period.
I always had a hard time finding images before I discovered Pixabay.
I would take random images which I hoped weren’t copyrighted(not anymore) and just use them because I was lazy.
You can find some excellent images in Pixabay, and they are all free.
Just keep in mind you might have to try a few keywords before you get the right image.
Also, the top 5 images are sponsored images for things like Shutterstock and the likes.
You can tip the person who provided you with the picture if you like.
I’d recommend downloading the small size, as it fits most screens and does the job. Here is the “small” image I found on the video podcast.
Perfect size for a blog post and only 37kb’s, you can’t go wrong.
This brings me perfectly to my next item, on my couple travel blog, I had many great images, but some of them were like 5mb’s and upwards!
Google has already said that site speed is a significant ranking factor for websites.
So if you have to say, 20+ images on one particular blog post and each one is 5mb’s in size.
So if it is a JPEG or PNG just drag and drop the image next to the panda, and it will significantly reduce your image size while keeping the quality high.
If you already have a lot of images on your site, it might be worth just focusing on this moving forward. Run
Run a site speed test on Google, and it will tell you exactly what images are weighing down your site.
Don’t get obsessed with this!
I spent days and many nights just trying to get a few more percent and ended up crashing the site having to call hosting support and just not having a good time.
I feared Canva for over a year.
I was like no wayyyy am I paying a few bucks for a blog post image!
But after actually spending some time recently I discovered that you could easily use Canva for free images.
I guess Canva’s business model is based on premium templates.
You can find a decent amount of images that don’t require you to pay.
You can splash out and get a premium template, guess it just depends if you want to or not.
I like free things so typically just go for a free template and occasionally splash out on a premium image.
It also gives you predetermined sizes of all the main images you want to create:
For the above image I used Tinypng.com, and it reduced the screen shot from 500+kb’s to 116kb’s amazing.
I created the image you see at the bottom as I discussed in the video using Canva, feel free to PIN it to your boards 😉
Which brings me onto my next and final resource for writing a better blog post
Well, this tool is “Awesome!”
In the past, I just pressed the print screen button, opened up paint and voila I had some random sized image for my blog posts.
Forget about trying to add text to the image or an arrow; I would normally just end up drawing a red line or erasing something from the image.
This extension is only in Chrome as far as I am aware but it is great!
You just press CTRL SHIFT V, and it takes a screenshot of the screen where you can crop and edit things, etc
You can also take entire screenshots of a long blog post, ideal for if you want to save a post you are reading for later.
Conclusion on how to write a better blog post:
I use every one of these 7 free tools with every new blog post, big or small.
You will always need an image, sharing and spelling and grammar.
Not only does it make your blog post more shareable but they help with so much more things that are essential to writing a better blog post.
How many of the above do you use?
Do you use different tools to me?
Comment below as I am always on the lookout for new tools that can help me write a better blog post.
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Not my best Pinterest image but hey I kinda dug myself a hole in the video 🙂