Blogging Tools I Use

Blogging Tools I Use

I have to thank the bloggers across the Internet for being so transparent about the programs and tools that they use(d) to successfully grow their blog. I’m now excited to share the websites, plugins, apps, and other tools that I use for Young & Twenty. I hope these tools can prove beneficial to the growth of your own blog!

What are the blogging tools you can’t live without!
Let me know in the comments!

Web Hosting

How-To Start A Blog From Scratch

Bluehost (Costs Required)

Bluehost is an extremely popular web hosting platform.

I’ve used Bluehost for years and have so much positivity towards the company that I become a Bluehost Affiliate. That means that by [clicking here], my readers can get hosting for the price of $3.49/month + a FREE domain name!

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WordPress (FREE + Option To Upgrade)

This is the #1 website building platform available.

Consider WordPress a form of social media. It lets you build a blog or website with no need for any web-design knowledge; but it also lets you repost, ‘Like’ other blog posts, and follow your favourite blogs. WordPress is perfect for beginners & pros. With 1,000+ plugins and features, you can use the FREE version or upgrade.

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Photo Editing

Pic Monkey (FREE + Option To Upgrade)

We live in a visual world – meaning it’s worth putting the time and effort into creating custom images. This will also help you avoid copyright and legal issues. I love using PicMonkey to create my blog images.

You can spend hours lost amongst layouts, fun fonts, a large selection of graphics, and so much more. Let your creativity wild. You can build minimal yet effective pieces, or fun and effective designs.

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Want To Know More About PicMonkey?
Check out this quick video!

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Income

ShareASale (FREE)

ShareASale is an affiliate network that connects companies and merchants to bloggers and social influencers. There are over 3,000 affiliate programs for you to join in categories such as clothing, pets, subscription boxes, sports, food, electronics, etc.

There is literally something for everyone!

ShareASale is so customizable and easy to embed your affiliate links into your blog posts.

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5 • Ways I Earn Side Cash By Using SwagBucks ( And How You Can Too )

SwagBucks (FREE)

Don’t let the idea of doing tedious, time-consuming surveys turn you off.  You can earn SB’s (swag bucks) without doing a single survey. This website is legitimate! It’s claimed to be the web’s premier rewards site with over 15 million users. I can vouch for SwagBucks with confidence due to doing A LOT of my own research and trial-and-error with other websites.

Some people have actually crafted a way to make SwagBucks a part of their monthly income, bringing in $600 – $1,000+ a month. (The trick to making actual money on SwagBucks is to understand that it’s about gradual growth).

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Electronics

External Hard Drive ($114.95)

8 • Useful Tips To Clean + Organize Your Computer

Click HERE To Buy This Memory Card Through Amazon #AD

It’s so important to backup your blog but even more – your entire computer. I backup my laptop to this exact External Hard Drive every 2 weeks [or 10 days]. My computer’s even scheduled to remind me. I got this hard drive because of its fast speed, large storage, and the fact that it’s compatible with my Mac. Getting a good hard-drive is worthwhile.

You have to stop risking years of hard work for the backlash of a mil-second glitch.

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Nikon D3200 Camera ($349.00)

Click HERE To Buy This Camera Through Amazon #AD

I’m a huge believer that the quality of your smartphone (be it an iPhone, Android or Samsung) is usually more than enough to take the blog photos that you need. Of course, a DSLR camera will give you much higher quality videos and photos.

I use a Nikon D3200 camera when it comes to taking the pictures for my reviews or images on Young & Twenty. Since crisp and quality images are such an important part of selling your message – having a DSLR [Digital Sense Lense Reflex] camera doesn’t hurt.

While I’ve only taken a Photography course in college, that means I’m not a professional and you don’t have to be either! You don’t need school. You need to learn how to run the camera. Don’t be intimidated. Watch YouTube videos, thoroughly read the instructions and indulge in a conversation with the store clerk.

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Tripod ($149.95)

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It can be hard to ease your shaky hands or find the right placement for your self-timed camera, and those are the times when I’m thankful for my tripod. This is my Velbran Tripod made with a 3-way pan head. I love its stability and yet it’s so light. Not interested in splurging on a Tripod? A stack of books can still work just fine.

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Mouse ($79.90)

Click HERE To Buy This Wireless Mouse Through Amazon #AD

It’s easy to get lost in blogging for hours and for that, I love my wireless Apple Magic Mouse. By using a mouse, I limit the stress on my wrist from using the track pad of a laptop. This mouse also comes with a lot of features to make using your Mac even easier.

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Memory Card ($9.95)

Click HERE To Buy This Memory Card Through Amazon #AD

It’s an all too common problem that we have experienced at least once before. The set up is perfect. The timing is right, but your memory card is – full! Learn to always take an extra memory card with you on photo shoots and long adventures, AND get into the habit of emptying your card when you’re done.

The SanDisk 16GB + 32GB is a popular go-to card and the one that I use.

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Business Tools

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Evernote (FREE + Option To Upgrade)

Evernote is the best organization and ‘note’ tool that you will ever use. It is a crucial business tool that lets you store your ideas, write quick lists, draft your blog and social media posts, and even create various ‘Notebooks’.) You can then access your content everywhere, including: mobile devices, tablets, and desktop computers.

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Dropbox (FREE + Option To Upgrade)

Dropbox is such an important tool for classmates, teammates, and coworkers. Dropbox lets you share and exchange a number of files between group members, clients, and even yourself. You can then access those files anywhere (mobile devices, tablets, and desktops). Dropbox also has ‘backup’ feature that allows you to automatically backup your blog (or even computer documents) to your account. It’s so convenient!

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Bitly (FREE)

Some people don’t see shortening their links as an important step to make, but it will make a difference. on your social media (especially Twitter). When you shorten your links, your tweets will look more attractive and the clutter from the URL won’t take away from your text. It’s an extra step to take but turn it into a habit.  I use : Bitly

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eCommerce

PayPal (FREE + Option To Upgrade)

There are few ways to make money online without having a PayPal account. It’s the most simple, convenient way to accept all major forms of payment. The money in your PayPal account can then be deposited into your bank account within hours. This is also a great way track the money coming in and the money going out from the convenience of your phone.

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RedBubble (FREE)

While I don’t spend a lot of time or commitment on RedBubble anymore, I always leave my shop open as I’m still proud of the pieces that I have available.

RedBubble is an online community where artists and illustrators and upload their work and turn them into actual products (such as t-shirts, phone cases, throw pillows, prints, and so much more). You have a lot of control over the look of your products and even your prices (paying RedBubble a commission fee, of course).

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Want To Know More About PayPal?
Check out this quick video!

 Phone Apps

WordPress (FREE)

Get WordPress on your phone so you can respond to comments, edit posts, and images and check your traffic [as well as all your Dashboard facts] – all from your smartphone.

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PayPal (FREE)

Get PayPal on your phone so you can easily, track your money as it comes as it comes in and goes out. You can make payments and even collect donations from your blog.

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Evernote (FREE + Option To Update)

The Evernote App may possibly become your new favourite tool (if it isn’t already). Evernote flawlessly syncs your blog posts and to-do lists to your computer, smartphone, and tablet.

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Facebook Pages Manager (FREE)

Facebook Pages Manager lets you update, comment and take control of your Facebook page in a specific app [separate from the Facebook or Facebook Messenger App]

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How Can I Start My Own Blog?

You can start a blog so easily! I wrote a simple yet extensive page [How To Start A Successful Blog] including essentially everything you need to know, including how to set up a self-hosted Bluehost account in less than 10 minutes!

What’s The Difference Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

In summary: WP.org gives you more control and ownership of your site, but I’ve laid out all of the difference’s between these 2 sites on [this blog post].

Can You Recommend Any Plugin’s or Blogging Tools?

Absolutely! I’ve written 2 blog posts to be transparent and help my readers. I’ve identified both [8 Plugins I Use…And Highly Recommend You Do To] and [Tools I Use].

Are You On Twitter?

I am. Follow me at @youngandtwenty. After growing a following if 10k+ followers, I also wrote a post: [Everything You Need To Know To Find Success On Twitter].

Where Do You Host Your Website?

Young & Twenty is (and has always) been hosted with Bluehost on WordPress.

Can You Help Me To Grow My Blog (Or Social Media Account)?

Yes! Take a look at my ‘Blog Adviser’ service [here].

How Do You Edit/Create Your Photos?

I use PicMonkey to edit or create my custom blog headers and I take my photos using a Nikon D3200 camera which takes amazing, clear and high-quality photos. In addition, I usually use my Velban Tripod for extra stability.

My header/all illustrations are created by the talented: Lemon Chicken Por Favor.

  • Great list. Would love to see how you use these on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you so much, Veronica! I hope to start working on a How I Make Money Blogging post so in that post I’ll certinaly touch on that question 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this! I’m new to blogging (I know, where have I been, right?) so this list is definitely helpful 🙂 Btw, love your site!

    • Thank you! 😀 I love hearing that my tips can help others, so I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I have many more posts on the topic so I hope you can turn your own blog into everything you want; and don’t worry – better late than never!

  • Amanda

    Hey! I have just applied for a paypal business account and need to get a partner and I was wondering which of the available partners would be best for a blogger? Thanks!

    • Hi, Amanda!

      I’m so glad you asked, although I actually don’t use a PayPal Business account; but that sounds strange. What do you mean by ‘Partner’?

      I see this on their website, but that’s all I can find: “Integrate PayPal via a partner, a developer or by yourself.”

      Are you positive you need a business account as a blogger?!

      • Amanda

        Thank you so much, this has helped me a lot. I have decided to delete the business account and added the personal one instead.

  • Indeed a great list. 😀
    I am using some of these blogging tools and these tools always make my work easy and time consuming.
    I use these blogging tools:
    1. WordPress as CMS
    2. Grammarly as proof reading tool
    3. Flickr for high quality images
    4. Google Keyword Planner
    5. Google Webmaster Tools
    6. Google Analytics
    7. Long Tail Pro
    8. HostGator Hosting
    These are some blogging tools and resources which I am using on my blog and I am happy with these tools.
    Either way, Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post with us. 😀

    • Hi John! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my list; but for also sharing your own! There surely are a few in there that I will have to take a look at. I hope you could take a few away from my list, as well.

  • Do you know if its possible to switch over from go daddy to blue host?

    • Hi, Felicia! I believe you can. You’ll likely have to talk to someone at Go Daddy (they can walk you through). Most web-hosting services have anytime cancellation options so the ability to transfer would be alongside that!

  • Love this post! Thanks so much for introducing me to bitly- SO useful! Gonna check out pic monkey now too.
    Really great blog!
    Freya – freyasnook.blogspot.com

    • Ah – fantastic! Thank you for sharing, Freya. I love hearing what people take away from my posts. Bitly’s easy to figure out, but have fun playing with Pic Monkey!