Who doesn’t love blogging freebies, am I right?
As a new blogger it can be difficult to justify paying for expensive blogging tools, especially when your blog is new and you’re not making money yet. (See how much it costs to start a blog here).
So with that in mind, I decided to compile a list of my favorite blogging freebies that I use all . the . time!
Enjoy this list of 55 free blogging resources and let’s take your blog to the next level!
WordPress – Um… duh! WordPress is the only blogging platform you need. It’s not just for blogs either. Just look at my homepage, it’s not really a traditional blog homepage.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog, Bluehost will automatically install WordPress for you and give you a free domain.
I’ve used Photoshop for 15 years but guess what? I just stopped using it this year and haven’t missed it one bit! Here are some online image editors that are completely free!
- Canva – This is my go-to photo editor and perhaps my favorite of all these blogging freebies. I use it to create ALL of my Pinterest graphics. You can also use Canva to create cheatsheets, checklists and printables to give out as your lead magnets.
- PicMonkey – This is Canva’s main competitor. It’s free too but I prefer Canva all the way.
- GIMP – It’s not Photoshop, but it’s close and completely free.
The 8 sites below all have free stock images you can freely use on your blog posts and for your Pinterest pins. If you share this post on Pinterest you can see all pins I created using only free stock photos.
- Unsplash – My personal favorite because of the massive amount of free pictures they have. I get 99% of the pictures from my blog on here.
- Deposit Photos
- Pic Jumbo
- Negative Space
- Gratis Photography
- Stock Snap
Time for some more blogging freebies! These are all completely free ebooks you can download directly from Amazon. No strings attached. They are mostly ebooks about how to start your first blog.
- How To Start A Blog Today
- How To Blog For Fun And Profit
- Keep Calm And Hustle! How To Start A Blog Like A Pro
- Turning Your Blog Into A Book
- Blogging: Getting To $2,000 A Month In 90 Days
- How To Work For Yourself
- How To Make Money Blogging
- The Sassy Way To Starting A Successful Blog When You Have No Clue
- Quit Your Job In 6 Months: Why You Should Quit Your Job and How You Can!
- Quit Your Job In 6 Months: Internet Business Blueprint
- Quit Your Job In 6 Months: Your First 10,000 Email Subscribers (How to Get Them, and How to Treat Them)
I like to keep things simple and easy to read as far as my fonts go. So it’s rare I venture out and use new fonts. The font I use for my blog is Source Sans Pro.
However, for branding purposes you might want to pick a unique font that reflects your brand. Here are some freebie font sites you can use to find the perfect font for your blog.
- Google Fonts – I’ve never downloaded a font before to use for any of my blogs. With Google Fonts, why would you? They have tons of fonts to use, all free too!
- Font Squirrel
- Urban Fonts
- Font Zone
- Abstract Fonts
- Font Space
- Yoast SEO – By far my favorite plugin of all time. Gets your blog posts SEO-ready. Tons of options. This plugin is a must-have for all blogs.
- Monster Insights – Displays your Google Analytics stats in WordPress – beautiful and simple.
- Pretty Links – Creates pretty links that redirect to your longer (and uglier) sponsor links to short url’s.
- Speed Booster Pack – Improves the loading time of your blog which is important for SEO and helps reduce your bounce rates.
- Akismet Anti-Spam – Deletes comment spam before you ever see it. Without this plugin you will be bombarded with spam and will have to manually delete it.
You can browse the WordPress theme repository and find something you like. Here are a few of my favorite WP themes.
- WordPress Themes Directory – Let’s you search by keyword and theme options. It’s hard to weed out poorly built themes, so look for those that have good reviews.
- Amadeus – This is the theme I’m using on EdwinDollars.com!
- IsleMag – I use this theme on another blog of mine.
Social Media Icons
Every blog should have social media icons on every page. Some have them in the header, others in the sidebar and others in the footer. Regardless of where they’re at, you need them so your readers can follow you on social media.
In this list you’re bound to find something you like. If you’re stuck finding just the right social media icons for your blog – stop right there. Just pick one set and move on, it’s not that big of a deal!
Mailing List Providers
In case you haven’t heard, the money is in your list. What that means is that you should be building up an email list so you can sell your products (or someone else’s if you’re new). But who wants to pay when you’re just starting up your list? Not me! So here’s some more blogging freebies for you.
- MailChimp – I use MailChimp to manage my email subscribers. It’s perfect for newbies. You can have up to 2,000 email subscribers and can send up to 12,000 emails per month with their Forever Free plan.
- MailerLite – The free plan limits you to 1,000 subscribers with no email sending limit.
- Benchmark – The limits of the free plan are 2,000 subscribers and you can send up to 14,000 emails per month.
- OmniSend – You can send up to 15,000 emails per month on their free plan.
- EmailOctopus – Your list can have up to 2,500 users and you can send up to 62,000 emails.
- Sendinblue – There’s no limit to the amount of subscribers you can have. The only limit is 9,000 emails per month.
- MailJet – No limit on subscriber count, they only limit your emails to 6,000 monthly with a daily limit of 200 emails.
Social Media Scheduling Tools
In order to have a successful blog you need to be active on social media. It’s simply impossible to be everywhere at once, so a social media scheduling tool is necessary to post updates on your behalf.
- Tailwind – I use Tailwind to easily schedule my Pinterest pins to post at peak hours on my group boards. Beyond that, they have Tailwind Tribes, looping and robust analytics to track the performance of your pins and boards.
- Buffer – You can schedule posts, analyze their performance and manage all of your accounts in one place.
- Zapier – Zapier is a bit different than the others. With “zaps” you can connect multiple apps and automate workflows. I have it set so every new blog post I publish is automatically added to a spreadsheet, my Trello board, shared on my Facebook page
There you have it, 55 free blogging resources for new bloggers!
For me, here are the 5 tools I use on a daily basis:
- WordPress (free blogging platform)
- Tailwind (post my pins to group boards on Pinterest)
- Mailchimp (free email marketing software)
- Canva (to create logos and blog graphics)
- Pexels (for free stock images)
I hope this list of 55 blogging freebies was helpful. If it was, please consider sharing this on Pinterest!