Must Have Resources

We know it’s difficult to get started with a blog. That’s why we have put together a collection of these must have resources for starting, growing and managing your blogging efforts.

We have broken down each of these blogging resources under categories associated with coming up with blog ideas, writing blog posts, sourcing images and promoting your content.

We hope these resources help get your blog up and running with ease!

Blog Post Ideas

Coming up with blog post ideas can be challenging for the best of us. Some great tools to help you on this front include:

Google Trends Find what’s trending on Google and incorporate that into your content.
Buzzsumo Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor.
Hubspot Blog Topic Generator Come up with blog post ideas simply be entering a handful of words.

Writing Your Blog Post

Once you have ideas for your blog you need to craft engaging content. Not all of us are great at spelling and grammar, but there are a few tools that can help in this area.

Hemingway Hemingway helps you write in a more clear and structured manner.
Grammarly Finds & corrects mistakes of your writing. There is a free and premium version available.
ZenPen If you like being able to write without other distractions then ZenPen could be for you.

Finding Images For Your Blog Post

Writing great content is one thing. Making sure people read it is another. No one wants to see “wall to wall” text so you should always utilize images wherever possible. There are a number of sites where you can source free stock photos including:

Pexels A collection of free stock photos
Unsplash Free and high-res photos that you can download without creating and account.
Pixabay Even more free high quality photos.

Editing Your Images

Often the images you find aren’t quite right. You may need to re-size, crop or compress them. Luckily there are a number of free online tools that allow you to do just that.

Canva A free online graphic design tool that makes it easy to edit images for your blog and social media.
Pixlr Pixlr Editor a browser based photo editing tool.
Easel.ly Easel.ly is ideal for creating visuals like infographics to your website or blog post.
TinyJPG | TinyPNG No one likes slow load times. TinyJPG and TinyPNG help you compress images.
Compressor.io Another tool to help you compress images you want to use online.