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Must-have plugins, tools and resources/websites to grow and monetize your blog! Using the best blogging tools and resources for blogging can help you with efficiency, productivity and ultimately make more money.

Let’s face it, 95% of the blogging community wants to make money, if only to cover the costs of blogging. But there are just SO MANY TOOLS you need. Do you want to know what they do and if they are useful?

Fortunately, I’ve compiled this list with many trial versions. Having these tools has been instrumental in expanding my blog and ultimately my business.

Some of the resources I’ve listed are free, while others are definitely considered an investment in your blog.

Some tools/plugins are duplicated, because they appear in multiple lists.

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I will continuously update this list when I start using new tools or come across something useful for you.

Best blogging tools for beginners.

WordPress – If you want to set up a professional blog, you need WordPress. If you choose a blogger, for example, because it is free, it is difficult to build a professional blog.

Google Analytics – This is a free tool that allows you to track all of your analytics within your blog, including demographics, number of users and sessions, average page views, bounce rates, and where your referral traffic comes from. If you want to know how to set up Google Analytics and link it to your website, check out this blog post in which I explain this in detail.

Yoast SEO – This plugin gives you a foundation when it comes to SEO. You can apply SEO content analysis for every post. One of the most commonly used plugins to help optimize SEO, Yoast is easy to use and gives you all the basic tools and suggestions you need to get your posts on the right track. The use of a simple green, orange and red traffic light lets you know if your message is SEO proof. While there is a paid version, the free version is more than enough to get you started.

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Best WordPress plugins.

Akismet Anti-Spam – This is a plugin that is often already in the WordPress theme. If not, you have to install it separately. With millions of users, Akismet is the best way to protect your blog from spam. It keeps your site protected even if you’re not on it yourself.

Yoast SEO – This plugin gives you a foundation when it comes to SEO. You can apply SEO content analysis for every post. One of the most commonly used plugins to help optimize SEO, Yoast is easy to use and gives you all the basic tools and suggestions you need to get your posts on the right track. The use of a simple green, orange and red traffic light lets you know if your message is SEO proof. While there is a paid version, the free version is more than enough to get you started.

Contact Form 7 – This is the most popular contact form plugin.

Jetpack – A very extensive and heavy plugin with many useful functions, such as statistics, social media buttons, sitemaps and extra widgets.

Social Media

Social Warfare – Social share buttons that you place at the top and bottom of your message and / or page. This way your readers can share this via their Social Media platforms. Simple plugin to start with.

Sassy Social Share – Social share buttons. With this plugin you have more options.

Graphics / Pictures

Canva – Canva has become one of the most popular websites for creating stunning graphics, pins, printables and even logos. There is a free version with a lot of options and you can add a paid subscription to access additional options such as brand colors, fonts, images and folders for organizing all your creations.

Fiverr – Fiverr is a great website where you can find almost anything you can think of that you might need for your blog. Many graphic designers offer their services here. You can find someone to help you write your marketing materials, help you with social media, or even create a logo or an E-book or guide for you. If you want to make some extra money, you can also offer your services as a virtual assistant, Pinterest marketing assistant, freelance writer or 1000 other things on this platform. It is worth a look! The costs are often low, so you can relinquish tasks for relatively little investment.

Myecovermaker – On this website you can make 3D covers. You have various choices such as a notebook, tablet, book, ring binder or folder. There are free images to create, but also paid items. If you are at the start of your business, the free items are good enough.

Picmonkey – PicMonkey is another great image creation option and has many different options to make your images stand out.

Pixabay – Dutch website where you can find both free and paid images.

Best software for email marketing and growing your mailing list.

Active Campaigne/Mailblue – Mailblue is the Dutch variant of Active Campaigne. I myself use this software for sending emails, optin forms for the website, making lists to which people can register and the automations that are sent.

Mailchimp – A frequently used software for sending mails is Mailchimp. This is free and therefore popular with novice bloggers. It is in English.

Best blogging SEO tools

Google Analytics – This is a free tool that allows you to track all of your analytics within your blog, including demographics, number of users and sessions, average page views, bounce rates, and where your referral traffic comes from. If you want to know how to set up Google Analytics and link it to your website, check out this blog post in which I explain this in detail.

Yoast SEO – This plugin gives you a foundation when it comes to SEO. You can apply SEO content analysis for every post. One of the most commonly used plugins to help optimize SEO, Yoast is easy to use and gives you all the basic tools and suggestions you need to get your posts on the right track. The use of a simple green, orange and red traffic light lets you know if your message is SEO proof. While there is a paid version, the free version is more than enough to get you started.

Online programs

Online store

Etsy – A sales platform where you can sell your products. This is worldwide. Ideal for your own design products, both physical products and digital downloads.

WooCommerce – With this plugin you add all the functionality you need to run a webshop.

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