Has it been a while since you began your blogging journey? Are you still languishing somewhere in the middle of mind-blowing fame and complete digital anonymity? Do you still hesitate to take steps to increase your blog reach and make it into a profitable career? Trust me, until quite recently, I was in the same position. Though I had made a name for myself in the Indian blogging community, I was unable to crack that lucrative and out-of-reach ‘inner circle’ of bloggers that earns significant amounts through their blogs. In 2020, things took a turn when I began to research and implement some much-needed changes. I have now identified the top ‘super-heroes of blogging’ that gave my content creation journey a much-needed boost and took it to the next level. These are the tools and services that allowed me to correctly streamline and monetise my content, while ensuring the journey stayed enjoyable and easy throughout.
Read on to know my list of superheroes of blogging which can help you too:
- SUPERMAN OF SELF-HOSTING
If you want to be a successful blogger, it is absolutely essential to blog on a self-hosted website. You begin to rank on Google only when you have a decent Domain Authority number, which requires you to be the owner of your domain name. I was prudent enough to be self-hosted from the beginning of my blogging journey, and I’m always surprised to find many old-time bloggers still sitting on the fence about self-hosted websites!
Bluehost is a good place to start if you’re looking for great back-end technological support along with a free year of owning your domain name. There are many plans to choose from, be wise about your choice.
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Hostinger is another popular self-hosting platform that is best known for its super-fast loading time. It offers a good tech-support team as well as more competitive pricing for their plans, however, the storage is limited in comparison to Bluehost.
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- BATMAN OF BACK-END PROBLEMS
If you’re anything like me, you probably find technological issues quite challenging too. Many of us aren’t trained to work on digital media platforms and are unaware of the ensuing technological back-end work. To make a success of your blog, it’s important to dedicate time and effort so that your website runs smoothly. The correct plugins need to be installed to optimise performance which calls for immense research.
If you’re not a tech-wiz, the best solution is to outsource the setting up of your website to an experienced technological person, who can deal with your problems in case you face any.
The folks at Blogger Studio helped me and some of my fellow blogger friends from set-up to settling in! Use code BLOGGERNOOR at checkout for a hefty discount on their services 🙂
- CATWOMAN OF CAPTIVATING IMAGES
We all know that content is king, but it has now become important to offer different kinds of content as a complete and attractive package to our readers. Blog posts with simple text no longer have the desired impact. Readers appreciate simple and effective visuals to accompany the text. Good visuals also ensure a higher click-through rate when you are advertising your post on social media and elsewhere.
Canva is a great platform that allows you to create free images, however, I believe their Pro Membership is a handy tool for bloggers at any stage of their blogging journey. It allows you to create blog-related visuals as well as professional presentations, social media posts, media kits and click-worthy thumbnails, along with giving you unlimited storage with access to over 40,000 + designs.
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- NINJA OF NOTABLE NEWSLETTERS
Once you’ve worked on building great content in volume and quality, it’s time to build a dedicated readership that visits your posts every time you upload them. This is best achieved by creating a strong email marketing list, and making attractive and compelling newsletters that periodically alert people about the new content you have created.
My choice for email marketing is AWeber, which simplifies the entire process of email marketing. It offers great technical support and you can begin for free before moving on to higher and more effective plans!
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- MARVEL OF MEANINGFUL VIDEO MARKETING
A recent addition to my blogging tool-kit that has changed the game for me entirely has been converting my written blogs into compelling videos. Don’t understand what I mean? Check it out for yourself here:
Lumen5 is the fastest and easiest way to create engaging video content from pre-existing written content. Their user interface picks up the relevant bits from your blog posts and converts them into an attractive video to be shared on social media platforms. However, you also have the freedom to choose your visuals and the message you want to put across.
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Apart from these multi-tasking super-hero services, these additional tools help me loads! Here is what I recommend:
- iPhone 11 for kick-ass photos and videos
- MacBook Air to sync my Notes and Pictures from their corresponding versions on my phone
- The Notes and Calendar App, which allow me to stay organised and stick to timelines
- Keywords Everywhere, a free bowser add-on for Google, suggests similar high-ranking keywords and allows you to choose one that works best
- An easy-to-navigate theme which allows your readers to browse through your website as well as any other content you create for different social media platforms
So, these services and tools are my chosen super heroes that have helped me improve my content and make blogging into a long-term and profitable career. Have you tried any of these? Do you have other recommendations that I should include in this list? Let me know in the comments below! I always love hearing from you. Also, please share this article with someone that may enjoy it.
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Thank you, Noor. I will look into all of these
My biggest problem with Tale Spinning is reach. I struggle with Search Engines, and other marketing tools. This should help once I have space to breathe.
Thanks for appreciating the post Stu! I hope it helps you 🙂
Thank you for the information.
Blue host useful for blogspot?
Will you suggest hosting for blogspot.
Hi there, thanks for stopping by! Blogspot is a free domain website, which means you don’t own it. I’d recommend switching to WordPress or any other platform and then picking BlueHost or HostGator to set up your own website, if you’d like to be ranked on Google and earn money through sponsored posts and affiliate marketing. Feel free to get in touch with me if you’d like to learn a little more on the subject!
Haha, Noor, you and your love for Alliterative titles. You’re too good at keeping alliterative titles. Simply amazed to read them all. Among them I only use Canva right now. Seems like I have to swim in this pool of blogging tools. Thanks for sharing them friend. 🙂
Thank you for appreciating the titles and the post 🙂
I just love infusing some individuality into every post of mine 😉
Great way to discover your voice Noor. Best wishes 💜💜💐💐
Absolutely wonderful and insightful writeup Noor. Going to refer here every now and then to keep myself updated with these awesome superheroes 😊😊 of today!
Thank you Jyoti! Glad you found it useful!
Loved the post, Noor. I am using a few of the mentioned tools but can you tell me how to add keyword research in our website. Have been procrastinating on this for a while now.
Thanks Debi! It’s quite simple. Just google “Keywords Everywhere”. It’s a free Google ad-on and you can install it easily. Once it’s installed, every time you search for anything on Google, KE will share a list of most-searched keywords related to your search term automatically on the side. You can pick and choose some that work for you!
What a brilliant post! Thanks for sharing the recommendations. It will help all the new bloggers.
Thank you 😊 So glad you thought it was useful!
Another informative post. Bluehost is really helpful! And i will be trying my hands on aweber soon.
Thank you 😊
Wow such an informative post and I loved your recommendation. Specially the lumen 5 sounds like an amazing app. I had heard about it before but never try it. After reading your post, feeling inspired to check these tools. I m sure they will be helpful in taking your blog to next level
Thank you Surbhi!
After reading your blog I’m wondering if I’m actually tech savvy. My blog is not using any of the above mentioned softwares.
It’s never too late to try them out 😊
Now that’s what i call a complete guidance post. Loved it thoroughly ! Such clear information & not only newbies rather each one of us in Blogging journey has some to take from this.
Thank you so much 😊
Yes, they are real superheroes for us. You’ve done a good job dear. Your post will help every blogger, whether the newbies or those blog for quite a long time.
Thank you 😊
All these are essential tools to have in the bloggers’ arsenal. The main one is of course to have your own self-hosted site as you have mentioned. As that is the basis for your blog in the long term.
” Always grow together ” you proved this Noor. Its soo good to see that you are helping other fellow bloggers to learn and grow. unaware about few tools thanks for letting us know and sharing it. 🙂
My pleasure! Hope they help you 😊
Wow! You have complied a great list for all aspiring bloggers! I use many of these apps and websites!
Thank you! Glad you liked it!
Thanks Noor for this post. This blogging tools are very important for all the budding as well as old bloggers.
Glad you found it useful
That’s a informative and helpful post. You listed all important tools. This post will help many bloggers.
Thank you 😊
I only use canva out of all the tools you have mentioned, I will definitely check out others and see if they are good enough to invest in.
Thank you for stopping by 😊
These are the best tips for a successful blog. These awesome blogging resources . Great thoughts.
Your presentation is always unique. How nicely you have given such important information with utter humour. I have to check out these now.
Thank you 😊
I always love the way you present your thoughts into words. Niw this post is very helpful for me specially. I will bookmark this post .
So very helpful Noor..Thanks for sharing your favorites.. the lumen5 has got my attention specially.. so much to learn from you…
Thank you! So glad you found it useful 😊
I love the sub heading related to superheroes name. I too need technical help and thank you for sharing the site. I will check out with them.
Thank you 😊 Glad you found it useful
An absolute must know for all bloggers. Thank you for sharing this Noor.
Glad you liked it. Thank you 😊
Thanks for sharing these amazing suggestions Noor. I will try out lumen, aweber and keywords everywhere.
Thank you Urvashi… Glad you liked the post!
Noor, you have very well gathered all require tools for the Blogger, shall try few in coming months. Bookmarked this post.
Thank you 😊
This post is really so helpful for every bloggers. I also found this post useful and informative. Thanks for sharing all of these tools.
Thank you for appreciating and stopping by!
Very informative post, Noor. I’m definitely checking these out.
Glad you liked them!
Extremely useful post… Though right now I don’t have the option of monetizing my blog, I’ll bookmark your post… Whenever I’ll plan on doing that, your article is doing to be my first reference point 😊
Great.. I’m glad you found it useful!
Thank you for this very detailed post. Learnt a lot. I have bookmarked it.
I’m using 6 out of these 10! Will try the others soonest..thanks for sharing Noor
Good to know!
Loved the titles and that you’ve used the names of Superheroes. I am going to check out Lumen5 for videos. Thanks for writing this super helpful post.
Thank you for appreciating it!
This is a really useful post. We use Canva and it is a great tool. I like the way you incorporated the superheroes into the post.
Thank you 🙂
Thanks for sharing. I use canva and ubersuggest. Will try out the other keywords as per your suggestions.
Good to know you liked it!