Five free tools to start blogging

Do you want to create a blog, but don’t know where to begin? Here’s a list of my favourite free tools to help you get started:

Free images

There’s a host of websites that offer royalty-free images, so you don’t have to feel pressured to take the perfect image for every post you create. You’ll find a variety of images you can use on your blog, here:

Unsplash

Pixabay

Pexels

Skitter Photo

Graphics and logos

If you find Photoshop difficult to use, or you can’t afford the expense, you can create logos and graphics that give the same effect, minus the cost. Bring your brand to life with personalised logos and graphics, that you can create, here:

Canva

Picmonkey

Pixlr

Social Media

You’ve written the perfect post, now it’s time to publish it. Social media scheduling tools are a great way of future-posting your content, saving you time and the effort of manually publishing every blog post you create.

Tweetdeck

Hootsuite

Keep your URLs short

Keep your copy neat and tidy by reducing the length of your URLs. Bitly is a great free tool, and social-media friendly, that you can use to share your posts on social media. It will reduce a link from this: https://herinsight.com/2019/03/14/blogging_tools/ to this: http://bit.ly/2VN4zzw, what’s not to love?!

Consistent content

When you first start out, posting regular content is key to building a following. Make sure you don’t hit a content lull by having a steady stream of regular posts. I find Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator a great source of inspiration.

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