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6 Time-Saving Blogging Tools for Beginners

May 24, 2020
6 Time-Saving Blogging Tools for Beginners

My two year blog anniversary recently passed and I’m thankful for where I am in my journey. It hasn’t been easy, I’ve experienced my share of mistakes and became overwhelmed—I even considered deleting my blog at one point. However, when you’re passionate about what you do, remembering your “why” will keep you motivated.

I’ve always received questions about how I run my blog, write posts, and promote them. Since starting this journey, I’ve found blogging tools and resources that help me keep things running smoothly and get my content in front of more people.

That’s what I’ll be sharing in this post! These blogging tools are perfect for beginners:


Blogging Tools for Beginners

Pinterest

Pinterest is a great blogging tool to use to promote your blog posts to a bigger audience.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I always talk about how Pinterest is bae. Before I started blogging, I used to scroll all night pinning everything I loved to different boards. Little did I know, this platform would be one of the best blogging tools to use for growing my traffic. Over 90% of the traffic I receive on this blog comes from Pinterest!

One blogging tool I recommend for beginners is Pinterest. The majority of my traffic comes from promoting my blog on Pinterest.

Here is a breakdown on how to start using Pinterest for promoting your blog, I’ll get into more details in an upcoming post:

  • Switch to a Pinterest business account
  • Create a board dedicated to your blog
  • Create other boards for your niche
  • Use Canva to create pins
  • Use Tailwind
  • Find niche-related group boards to join

It’s worth learning how to use Pinterest because it can bring in a great amount of traffic to your blog! You can also find ideas if you have writer’s block by scrolling and following others. Make sure you follow me on Pinterest!

Tailwind

Tailwind has been another blogging tool that has helped me bring in more traffic. It’s the number one software tool for Pinterest marketing and is used to schedule your pins and Instagram posts. I’ve been using Tailwind for some time and now I see why it’s popular! It took a while to see results, however, the wait was worth it.

You have access to a scheduler that helps you stay organized and have content ready to pin ahead of time. Instead of manually scrolling through Pinterest every day and pinning your posts, Tailwind will take care of that for you. This gives you more time to focus on creating content while you’re still being active on Pinterest. I spend a few hours on Tailwind each week and schedule pins for the rest of the month.

Another feature on Tailwind is called Tribes which are similar to group boards on Pinterest. You can search for tribes that are within your niche(s) and join them to promote your blog posts. Here’s an example of different tribes I’m part of:

Another one of my favorite blogging tools is Tailwind. Tailwind has a feature called tribes which are similar to group boards on Pinterest. They're used to promote your blog posts.

I pay $14.99 per month for Tailwind and it’s worth it. I have considered upgrading my plan since it has worked well for increasing blog traffic.

MailerLite

After you get your blog set up, the next thing you want to do is start an email list. Having an email list as a Blogger is important because this will help you build connections with your audience! It’s also great to have when it comes to partnering with brands—they love having the option to get in front of your subscribers. My favorite blogging tool to use for my emails is MailerLite. It’s beginner-friendly and has made keeping up with my subscribers easy.

One reason I decided to choose MailerLite is because it’s free to use until you hit 1,000 subscribers. Even after hitting that milestone, their prices are affordable. I love how easy it is to create newsletters, keep track of subscribers, and see how each campaign is performing.

There are a variety of email marketing platforms to choose from. I recommend reading reviews before deciding which one to start your email list with. In the beginning, I tried MailChimp, however, once I switched to MailerLite I was very satisfied with the difference.

Baydian Girl’s Ebook

Baydian Girl | How to Set Up Your Blog for Success eBook | A great blogging tool and resource for beginner's.

I’m all for investing in yourself during your blogging journey. There are many resources that claim to help you learn how to take your blog to the next level, it can be hard to choose which one to go for! One of my blogger friends, Tamara Sykes from Baydian Girl, launched her eBook: How to Set Up Your Blog for Success—I highly recommend this for your journey because it has helped me a lot!

I found her on Twitter and noticed that she shares amazing tips that’ll help you see an increase in your website and Pinterest traffic. Once I heard about her launching an eBook, I knew I had to get it since the free information she gave out had already started working for me.

Ever since I started implementing the tips I read in this book, I’ve seen a huge increase in both my blog and Pinterest analytics. The pins I create for my blog posts are being seen by more people and I’m showing up under Google searches organically for topics that I write about.

I know many are hesitant to purchase eBooks or courses from others, however, you can trust that the information she provides will work wonders for your blog too!

Canva

Canva is another great blogging tool that I recommend using. It’s a free editing program that helps you create beautiful graphics for your personal brand. I mainly use Canva to create pins for my blog posts in order to promote them on Pinterest. Since I’m trying to bring more traffic to my website, using this tool helps me create attractive, quality graphics that’ll catch my target audience’s attention and lead them to my blog posts.

Canva is beginner-friendly and they have many templates to choose from if you don’t want to create from scratch. I pay $12 for a business account which is worth it in my opinion, especially since I use it often! You can check out how I design my graphics by looking at my Pinterest board here.

This app can be used for much more such as creating business cards, writing an eBook, creating social media posts, and designing a logo for your personal brand. I love that I can design my graphics on my computer or from my phone quickly and easily.

Related Post: Why Having a Media Kit is Important for Influencers

Grammarly

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I don’t know about you, but one of my pet peeves is reading articles with a bunch of spelling and grammar mistakes. Of course, you’re able to speak however you want on your blog, but keep in mind that people are coming to your website to learn. If they can’t understand what they’re reading, they’ll quickly leave and find another website to visit.

This is why the next blogging tool I recommend is Grammarly. Grammarly is a web tool that helps you correct mistakes while typing. It’s easy to overlook simple mistakes while you’re reading your blog post, however, using this tool will ensure the posts you write are easy to read and are free of as many mistakes as possible.

Using this has helped me improve my writing skills and saves me time! I don’t have to worry about constantly editing a post after it’s live since it catches my mistakes beforehand. I use the free version for this tool and it works well enough for me.


These blogging tools have made my journey easier and I’m glad most of them are either free or affordable. As you continue to write valuable content, research, and show up for your audience consistently while using these tools, things will start running smoothly.

There’s a lot of information out there when it comes to blogging, however, don’t let that overwhelm you! Take your time and focus on learning one thing at a time. Make sure you find blogging tools that’ll help you work smarter and not harder.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Reina Benjamin May 25, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Yes! I love these blogging tips Maddy! Pinterest & Canva has been very helpful for me, but I’ll be getting even more into Pinterest! I will check out the other tips you gave too!

    • Reply Madisen May 25, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you so much for reading sis! Pinterest + Canva are amazing and have been lifesavers on my journey.

  • Reply Dayna May 25, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    these were great! I just started using grammarly and it saves me a lot of time because I truly don’t have time to edit minor grammatical errors. Good to know you have the free version. Also I will check out that E-Book you recommended. Looking forward to your next post about pinterest. It’s still an area of improvement for me.

    • Reply Madisen May 25, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you for reading love! I’m glad you’re enjoying Grammarly as well. Even though we may be good writers, we still make mistakes (and sometimes crazy ones lol) so I’m glad I have that as my backup! I’ve started working on the post for Pinterest so stay tuned!

  • Reply Dawn Boddie May 26, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Great tips maddy! I knew nothing about tailwind so I’m checking it out now 🙌🏿

    • Reply Madisen May 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you sis! Yes, Tailwind will help you stay on track with Pinterest. Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Reply Semone May 26, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Awesome tips Maddy!! I love using Canva. It took me second but I finally am starting to get the hang of it. Now Pinterest is a little rough. I definitely need alot of practice with that one.

    • Reply Madisen May 26, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you for reading! Canva took me awhile to learn but once you do it’s so easy to work with. I will have more tips about Pinterest coming soon because a lot of people have questions about it and want to learn how to use it!

  • Reply Bri May 27, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    I never thought about starting a blog but I would definitely feel confident to do so after reading these tips! Thanks sis.

    • Reply Madisen May 28, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you for reading sis! I appreciate you!

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