I often asked 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 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):
- Bluehost Hosting Plan – Plans starts from $2.95/mo
- WordPress – Free (With Bluehost you can install WordPress with 1 click)
- Themes – Generate Press or Genesis
- Email Marketing From Getresponse
Now I’m going to list some Blogging tools that are most recommended and required for the actual growth of the blog in terms of traffic, email subscribers, and monetization.
Let’s get into it,
Blogging Tools For Beginners
Hosting and Domain
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 them trustworthy. Bluehost offers their hosting plans starting at a super affordable price of $3.95 /mo + you’ll get a Free domain also, with
1 click WordPress installation and 1 free domain.
Learn more about >> Best Bluehost Hosting Plans (In-depth review + Plans compared)
If you ask for any other recommendation on Hosting, then I would definitely
I trust these two Web hosting providers most after Bluehost.
Blogging Platform | WordPress. Org
WordPress Platform is one of the easiest & best platforms to start a blog. There are tons of options, plugins, and themes available in the WordPress directory to customize your blog.
WordPress is the best Content Management System, but you can also use other platforms such as blogger, WordPress.com, tumbler, Wix, etc.
Blogger– This is a Free platform by Google to start your blog. If you want to write only and don’t have any motive to monetize your blog then blogger is the best platform for you.
WordPress.com– Another Free platform, but you can have some advanced options to customize your blog then blogger.
Tumbler– Tumbler is a micro-blogging social media platform just like Twitter. Unlike Twitter, you’ll have tons of options to set up your profile. You can share a photo, videos, articles, quotes, and anything you have for sharing.
Designing and Themes
There is a number of WordPress themes available but they are not recommended because most of the free WordPress themes have many loopholes. And it is almost impossible to find out those bugs only by looking at the theme.
But if you are looking for any premium WordPress theme then Here I have chosen Generate Press Theme for Self Hosted Life earlier.
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 and Divi/Extra, I always recommend Genesis from Studio Press as these themes are widely used and recommended by a number of bloggers.
Email Marketing Services and Lead Generation
Getresponse: For email marketing solutions I always recommend Getresponse. Getresponse
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 its Plans, Prices, and features.
MailChimp: This is a Free Email Marketing service provider. When you have less number of subscribers and starting out in blogging and email marketing then you can try MailChimp to understand email marketing’s ins and outs.
: A tool to help you grow your blog traffic and collect email addresses to quickly build your email list, through a variety of Pop-Ups, Sign up Forms, Hello Bar, and welcome Mats.
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
Ubersuggest: Ubersuggest is a Free keyword research tool, that can provide you with tons of long-tail keywords related to your search query.
Google’s Keyword Planner: This tool is also a Free button use this tool you must register a Google Adwords account first. Because Google has provided this tool to help advertisers to help them target their ads for specific keywords.
SemRush: semRush is not only a keyword research tool but also with semRush you can find quality backlinks opportunities and analyze competitors and you can perform an SEO audit for your site.
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 that it suggests you low Keyword Difficulty keywords that your blog can rank for easily.
More Free SEO tools to check Top 10 Best Free SEO Tools
WordPress Premium Services
Contact Me:- Yes.! you can contact me to help you set up and launch your blog successfully. I help my clients to set up their WordPress, plugins, themes, and designing of blog layout.
If you want to take my help and want some customization on your blog, then you can contact me at admin [@] selfhosedlife [dot] com.
PlugMatter: If you want to go for premium customization for your WordPress Blog then I must recommend you to give it a try to the PlugMatter team.
The plug matter team is one of the best teams 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 Plugins to fulfill your needs then they have a solution for this also.
MemberPress: If you are running a membership site or have some premium content on your blog to offer your readers by charging small amounts, Then MemberPress has 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 I can shamelessly recommend it for Pinterest and Instagram Marketing.
If you want to have quick success with social media 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.
Hootsuite: I use Hootsuite to schedule my tweets and Facebook post. You can use Hootsuite for free and a free Hootsuite account allows you to schedule up to 30 posts. Once your all scheduled posts get published you can schedule the next 30 posts.
Buffer: Again a good scheduler for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts. Buffer also offers its users a free account.
Shopify: If you want to start an online store instead of a Blog, Then I must recommend going with Shopify.
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 a detailed guide for you on Shopify: How to open and launch your Shopify store in the next 15 minutes.
Shopify allows you to try its services for 14 days in a free trial. And if you do things correctly then you can make sales in those 14 days also.
Monetization: Affiliate Marketing
ShareASale: ShareASale is a marketplace for Affiliate Marketers and bloggers having more than 3500+ merchants and thousands of products in various categories to promote. You can join ShareASale as an affiliate for Free.
Clickbank: Another Marketplace for Affiliate Marketing. Clickbank especially known for digital products and has a library of thousands of products. Just Sign Up for an account on Clickbank for Free and Choose your products and start promoting.
Amazon Affiliate Program: Become an Amazon Affiliate and promote Amazon products on your blog and make commissions.
The best part of the Amazon Affiliate program is whenever a person visits Amazon from your link you will make a commission for each product that he/she buys even you have not promoted that product.
Other Designing Tools
Canva is a FREE and perfect tool to design images and Pins for Pinterest. Tons of customization, hundreds of Font, colors, and background features have made Canva my number 1 choice to design my blog’s images.
logoPit: The best thing about this tool is you can design your logo even on your smartphone. head over to the Play store and download the app and start designing your logo.
FreshBooks is an accounting ad bookkeeping software that is also declared as the best accounting software of 2017 and 2018.
FreshBooks is the most essential blogging tool to manage all financial tasks such as expenses, billing, creating invoices and you can also see your tax status.
If you’re a freelancer, blogger or small business owner then using FreshBooks can be your best decision.
Try FreshBooks and its all features for 30 days by signing up through this link, FreshBooks: manage to account on autoilot.
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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“A tiny request Please share these Blogging tools for beginner’s guide, as it might be helpful for new bloggers in your circle”