I often asked from my readers about what Blogging tools and Resources I use for Self Hosted Life. So I’ve put together a list of Recommended Blogging tools for beginners here.

Remember that, the Blogging tools I’ve listed here are one of those, I’ve either used or found highly recommended from the bloggers I trust.

  • Please stay in touch, As I regularly update this list whenever I come across to new blogging tools.

For Instant, If you are a new blogger and just started your blog or going to start a new blog, then you need some tools that are mandatory (not optional):

  1. Bluehost Hosting Plan – Plans starts from $2.95/mo
  2. WordPress – Free (With Bluehost you can install WordPress with 1 click)
  3. Themes – Generate Press or Genesis
  4. Email Marketing From Getresponse

Now I’m going to list some Blogging tools that are most recommended and required for actual growth of blog in terms of monetization.

Let’s get into it,

Blogging Tools For Beginners

  • Hosting and DomainBlogging tools for beginners

Bluehost: Provides the most reliable and affordable hosting Plans. Apart from that many top bloggers (I personally know) also recommend and using Bluehost hosting services for their blogs and sites.

The reason I recommend Bluehost is, I’m personally using their services and found trustworthy. Bluehost offers their hosting plans starting at a super affordable price at $2.75 /mo, with 1 click WordPress installation and 1 free domain.

Learn more about >> Bluehost Hosting Plans (In-depth review)

Blogging tools for beginners


If you ask for any other recommendation on Hosting, then I would definitely

recommend WPengine (but it is expensive) or Siteground (Prices are almost same as Bluehost).

I trust these two companies most after Bluehost.

  • Blogging Platform | WordPress. Org

Blogging tools for beginnersWordPress blogging is one of the easiest ways of blogging.

There are tons of options, plugins and themes available in

WordPress directory to customize your blog.

  • Designing and Themes

There is number of WordPress themes available but they are not recommended as they have many loopholes. Here I have chosen Generate Press Theme for Self Hosted Life.

Generate Press offers Clean and modern design, with the bulk of customizations and also affordable (just $39) for new bloggers as well.

After Generate Press I always recommend Genesis from Studio Press as this themes are widely used and recommend by the number of bloggers.

  • Email Marketing Services and Lead Generation

Getresponse: For email marketing solution I always recommend Getresponse. As Getresponse

Blogging tools for beginners

offers a variety of features to make your email marketing super easy. Apart from this Getresponse Plans starts from $15/mo only, which is comparatively cheaper than other Email Marketing services.

I have a brief Guide for you To learn more about Getresponse and their Plans, Prices and features.

Optin Monster: A tool to help you collect email addresses to quickly build your email list, through a variety of Pop-Ups, Sign up Forms, Hello Bar and welcome Mats.Blogging tools for beginners

WP Forms: This tool helps you to design attractive sign-up and contact forms.

Click Funnels: This tool is the far most trusted and popular among bloggers to capture email addresses and generate leads. Click Funnels has tons of features to design your landing pages and sales pages. Clickfunnel also Helps you to build high converting Funnels.

  • Blog Writing Tools | Content and Keyword Research

SemRush: semRush is not only a keyword research tool but also with semRush you can find quality back links opportunities, analyse competitor and you can perform SEO audit for your site.

long tail pro keyword research

Long  Tail Pro: I trust and used both semRush and Longtail Pro.

Longtail Pro is also one of the best keyword

research tools out there. The best thing about Longtail Pro is it suggest you low Keyword Difficulty keywords that your blog can rank for easily.

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  • WordPress Premium Services

PlugMatter:If you want to go for premium customization for your WordPress Blog then I must recommend you to give a try to PlugMatter team.

The plug matter team is one of the best team found over the Internet. They are very supportive and they quickly grasp the needs of their clients. Apart from that Plugmatter team also building Unique Plugins for many blogs and sites, so if you want to have any unique Plugin to fulfil your needs then they have a solution for this also.

MemberPress: If you are running membership site or have some premium content on your blog to offer your readers by charging small amounts, Then MemberPress have a solution for this. I must recommend MemberPress to use for membership sites.

  • Social Media Marketing tools

Tailwind: This is the only tool I use and recommend for Pinterest and Instagram Marketing. If you wan

Blogging tools for beginners

t to have a quick success then you must be active on these two social media platforms. Tailwind can help you to be active while you are not actually on these platforms.

Through Tailwind you can schedule your Pins for a whole month and you can join Tailwind Tribes for the maximum reach of your pins.

You can read here how Tailwind helping me to drive traffic to my blog.

  • E-commerce:

Shopify: If you want to start an online store instead of Blog, Then I must recommend going with Shopify.

Shopify Partners / Shopify Expert

Shopify has tons of customization features that can help you to gain massive success online. Also, you can import products of your choice from Oberlo, to start your dropshipping business.

I have detailed guide for you on  Shopify: How to open and launch a Shopify store.

  • Monetization: Affiliate Marketing

ShareASale: ShareASale is a marketplace for Affiliate Marketers and bloggers having more than 3500+ merchants and tons of products to promote. You can join ShareASale as an affiliate for Free.

Blogging tools for beginners

As a blogger It doesn’t matter what your niche is, you can find the number of products to promote and earn commission from them.

Clickbank: Another Marketplace for Affiliate Marketing. Clickbank especially known for digital products and have a library of thousands of products. Just Sign Up for an account on Clickbank for Free and Choose your products and start promoting.

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  • My Words:

So, I have given you my cheat sheet of success as a blogger.

Choose your tools from my recommendations and start and grow your blog.

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Faizan Ali

Hello, This is Faizan Ali back stage player of "Self Hosted Life". Proud to be recognised as young entrepreneur, who is busy in building online business for himself and helping others for the same. Like to discuss on money making, online business, Affiliate narketing, online store, WordPress, Blogging, travel.