120 Free Tools for Mommy Bloggers

The beauty of mommy blogging is that it costs almost nothing to get started.

Yes, you have to pay for web hosting, but apart from that everything else you can get pretty much for free!

Here is our complete list of resources you can use to get your blog started or to make your existing blog work better & earn you more money!

Have you been using any of these?

Did we miss out any important free tools? Leave a comment below!

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BLOG SET UP

Everything you need from blogging platform, website themes, design help, fonts to use and plugins that will make a difference.

  1. Website Templates – Free WordPress Themes (Responsive)
  2. Weebly – free blogging platform, includes free site templates
  3. Blogger – together with WP (WordPress) the most popular free blogging platform, free templates included
  4. Free HTML course : udemy.com – online class at Udemy
  5. Free webdesign course – online course with the basics of webdesign
  6. Website Logo – free logo generator
  7. Unique Hipster logo generator – generate hipster logo for free in few minutes
  8. Hive – free cloud service
  9. Tumblr – free blogging platform
  10. Dropplets – an easier way to blog
  11. Slimvoice – simple invoices
  12. Website Colors – free color palettes for your website design
  13. Impossibility – domain name generator
  14. Wordoit – create a unique and catchy blog name
  15. Google fonts – over 600 free fonts to use on your website
  16. Quick Sprout – detailed analytic of your websites performance and recommendations for improvements
  17. Coffee cup – basic html editor for people with minimal or no html skills
  18. Feedburner – easy set up of RSS feeds
  19. Laspass – no need to remember all your passwords
  20. Yoast SEO – best WordPress seo plugin
  21. PageSpeed Insights – find out how fast / slow your site loads
  22. Jetpack plugin – WordPress plugin that comes packed with many briliant features, social sharing buttons are our favorite
  23. Disqus Comments – popular comments plugin for WP
  24. Facebook Comments – WP plugin that lets you comment with your facebook account
  25. Contextly – add recommended content to the bottom of your post (WP plugin)
  26. Google XML Sitemap – WP plugin, sitemap generator, seo essential
  27. W3 total cache – WP plugin that helps your site run faster and smoother
  28. WP Affiliates manager – manager your affiliate accounts and links
  29. Nelio AB Testing – great for running a/b tests on your website
  30. Marketing Grader – review the performance of your website’s marketing effort
  31. Similarweb – research what your competition is up to, where they get their traffic, how much visitors they have and much more
  32. Hotjar – website optimisation, reports and recommendations for improvements

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WRITING & PHOTOS

Tools to help you become a better and more organized writer, plus photos to make your blog stand out from the crowd.

  1. Hemingway – free writing editor, make your posts more clear and concise with this simple tool
  2. Content Progress – custom mark each post in WordPress to keep track
  3. Ilys – forget about writers block. Set a wordcount and Ilys wont let you go back, delete or amend until you reached your goal.
  4. Editorial Calendar – organize and keep track of your writing and posts schedule
  5. Storywars – brainstorming, writing stories together
  6. Alltop – trending content online
  7. Photopin – free photos for bloggers
  8. Phonto – app that adds text on photos
  9. Picasa – organize, edit and share your photos
  10. QuotesCover – create visual quotes
  11. Sellfy – desing freebies (fonts, graphics and more)
  12. Pixabay – free high quality images
  13. Canva – create free graphics, images
  14. Unsplash – free to use images
  15. Gifmaker – make gif images
  16. Picmonkey – photo editor
  17. Piktochart – create free infographics
  18. Rhyme Zone – when you need something that rhymes
  19. Creative Commons – Search and discover creative commons licensed media for free use
  20. Soovle – type in keyword and this tool will research most popular terms across all search engines
  21. Google Keyword Planner – free keyword research tool
  22. Content Idea Generator – type in subject and get ideas
  23. Everpost – content curation tool
  24. Quora – research most talked about topics
  25. Google Alerts – get an email every time google finds content based on your keywords
  26. Buzzsumo – top performing content by keyword
  27. Headline Analyzer – analyze your headline for emotional marketing value
  28. Headline analyzer by CoSchedule – pop in headline and get results right away
  29. Blog post generator – by hubpost
  30. Plagium – check the originality of a text online, great if you’re planning to use texts written by guest bloggers
  31. Check your grammar – free online tool
  32. Blog post title generator – for catchy blog titles
  33. Copyscape – most popular plagiarism software online
  34. Cliche finder – don’t ever use cliches in your blog posts
  35. Listly – discover and create great lists
  36. Optinskin – opt in box you can use in emails or bottom of your blog post
  37. Storify – curate articles and opinions on selected topic
  38. Writer app – write & draft your blog posts on the go
  39. Bubbl – brainstorm and create map of your ideas for content

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PRODUCTIVITY & STAYING ORGANIZED

Keep track of your progress, stay organized, focus better and get more done!

  1. Markticle – mark where you finished reading while doing your online research
  2. Toggl – track how much time you spend on your tasks & get more productive
  3. Focus Booster – get more efficient with your writing by using pomodoro technique
  4. Cold Turkey – block out distracting website and focus more on writing
  5. After the Deadline – polish your writing, correct grammar and more
  6. Evernote – great for keeping ideas for blog posts, inspiration, resources and everything else you need. Your virtual notepad and diary in one.
  7. Coffitivity – white noise generator, to help you concentrate while writing.
  8. Social Locker – ask visitors to follow you before revealing content
  9. Asana – free project management tool
  10. Dragon Dictation App – text to speech app
  11. Trello – visual way to organize your ideas
  12. WordPress Distraction free writing – just click on the 4 direction arrows in your blog posts for clean writing environment and more productive writing
  13. Bitly – shorten your links for free
  14. Flickr – use advance search to find free to use images
  15. IFTTT – if this then that – schedule and organise your posts and social media activities
  16.  Dig Dig – floating social share bar
  17. Bookmarklets – convert any online content into easy to read format with this browser extension

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EMAILS

Good email management platform is absolutely essential for managing your subscribers list!

  1. Aweber – the King of email autoresponders, not 100% free, but you can get first month with only $1!
  2. Hello Bar -get more subscribers for free
  3. Mailchimp – basic account limited to 2.000 subscribers for free
  4. Contact Form 7 – free contact form for email collecting
  5. Scroll Triggered Box – capture more emails
  6. Product Psychology – free email newsletter series on user behaviour
  7. Double your email list in 30 days – free 30 day course

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SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING

No blog cannot succeed without proper social media tools. Here are just a few options:

  1. Hootsuite – social media management platform
  2. PollDaddy – for online polls (free account with limited options)
  3. Delicious – discover, organize and share the hottest links online
  4. Repost App –  great for re-posting others’ photos on instagram
  5. Bluestack App – install and access all your mobile apps through pc, brilliant for uploading instagram photos
  6. Click to Tweet – includes click to tweet boxes in your post
  7. Latergramme – schedule your instagram posts
  8. Buffer – social management software (limited accounts in free version)
  9. Bloglovin – free blogging directory, get followers and more traffic
  10. Likealyzer – analyze your facebook page and get recommendations for improvements
  11. SavePublishing – find tweetable passages of any online text and use for twitter
  12. Latest – generates a list of interesting links on twitter
  13. Tweriod – discover the most optimal times to post on twitter
  14. Mention Map – explore your connections with this simple tool
  15. Press Kit Template – free template to edit, needs photoshop skills
  16. Amazon Auto Links – WP plugin for your affiliate sales
  17. Linktrack – track your affiliate links
  18. Crowdfire – free instagram and twitter management
  19. Iconsquare – free instagram management tool
  20. Clickmeter – another free link tracking tool
  21. Takeoff – schedule instagram updates
  22. ThingLink – create interactive images or videos
  23. Followerwonk – find, analyze and grow your presence on Twitter
  24. DoShare – sharing extension for chrome browser
  25. Crowdfire – twitter management tool
  26. Tweetdeck – manage multiple twitter accounts
  27. Simply Measured – free social media analytics tool
  28. Wistia – video hosting with analytics
  29. Stupeflix – create and edit videos

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