55 Blogging Freebies You Need To Help Grow Your Blog

List of free blogging tools for new bloggers to use.

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!

Blogging Platforms

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.

Photo Editors

Canva photo editor - Blogger Freebie

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.

Stock Photos

Free stock images for your blog

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.

Ebooks

Download free blogging ebooks - Blogger Resources

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.

Fonts

Download free fonts - Freebie Blog Resources

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.

WordPress Plugins

Free WordPress plugins for bloggers
  • 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.

WordPress Themes

You can browse the WordPress theme repository and find something you like. Here are a few of my favorite WP themes.

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

Mailchimp is a free mailing list provider for bloggers.

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

Free social media blog post scheduler

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

I hope this list of 55 blogging freebies was helpful. If it was, please consider sharing this on Pinterest!

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