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Are you a blogger or online business owner who is always trying to find the perfect tools to help you promote your posts? Or how about stock photos that will grab your readers attention? Then this is the place for you!

Over the years I've used and discovered several great products and services that are helpful for running a successful blog. And lucky you I've decided to compile a list of the best ones and share it with you.
Grow your blog or business with this list of 20+ blogging tools. | A Relaxed Gal

(Disclaimer: Some of the links on this page may be affiliate links from which I can make a commission at no extra cost to you should you make a purchase. Thank you!)

Blog Platforms

1. StudioPress Sites
For those who want to self-host but aren't exactly sure where to start or don't want to have to deal with all of the maintenance that comes with self-hosting, check out StudioPress. StudioPress is managed WordPress hosting that leverages the Genesis Framework. Plus there are several great themes to choose from for your WordPress blog.

2. Blogger
This is the platform I use. It's free so if you aren't sure if blogging is something you want to do long-term, full-time or you don't have much money to put towards a blog, this is a good platform to start with.

Blog Themes

WordPress Themes
If you're self-hosting on WordPress and are looking for a new Genesis Child Theme, Pretty Darn Cute Designs is a great option. All of the themes are beautiful and functional. They're also reasonably priced at about $50.

4. Restored 316
Feminine WordPress Themes
A great resource for WordPress themes that work on the Genesis Framework. These themes were designed with the female online business owner and blogger in mind. Themes range from simple & chic to colorful & trend and are all about $75.

5. Beautiful Dawn Designs
Feminine WordPress Themes
WordPress themes designed for female bloggers that can be easily customized with your brand colors and fonts.

Domains & Hosting

Godaddy is probably one of the most well-known domain registrars out there and they make domain registration very easy. Their customer service is also very good. I had an issue with my blog where my domain wasn't redirecting anymore. I called Godaddy and they got right on it, figured out the issue and had me back up and running in a short amount of time.

A hosting service for self-hosted blogs. They offer multiple hosting package options based on your needs, which means if you're just starting your blog it can grow with you. I've heard from other bloggers that SiteGround has great responsive customer service, quick setup, and they'll help you migrate your blog from another hosting service at no extra charge.

Graphic Design

8. PicMonkey
Graphics design and photo editing
If you're design challenged or just can't afford PhotoShop, PicMonkey is a great option. With PicMonkey's photo editing and design tools, you can create blog graphics, edit Instagram images, and create eye-catching Pinterest pins. Use this link to  sign up for a 7-day free trial.

9. Canva
Graphic design
Canva is an online graphic design software that makes graphic design easy for those of us who aren't designers. You can sign up for a free account and create designs for social media covers, blog graphics, posters and more. I love how simple it is and that I can use my own images or free ones available through Canva. If you want to see how I use the free version of Canva to create my blog graphics check out How to Create Blog Graphics with Canva.

Email Service Providers

10. MailerLite
Email list building and management
This is what I use to capture and manage my email list. There is a free plan that allows you to have up to 1,000 and paid plans start at $10/mo. It's really affordable and the email service that best fit my budget that provided the types of features I need and want.

11. ConvertKit
Email list building and management
I've heard that ConvertKit is great if you have a larger subscriber list. This was created for bloggers by bloggers so there are many great features that make managing your blog email list a lot easier.

Grow your blog or business with this list of 20+ blogging tools. |

Stock Photos 

12. Pexels
Free stock photos
Here you can find high-resolution, free stock photos that are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license.

13. Pixabay
Free stock photos
Copyright free images and videos that are under Creative Commons CC0.

14. Stock Snap
Free stock images

Photos on this site are free from copyright restrictions and don't require any attribution. The photos I've used from this site are lifestyle and interior shots.

15. Styled Stock Society
These are stock photos created for female entrepreneurs. I love the photos on this site. They are so stylish, pretty and bright. While this is a paid site you can still sign up to get 10 free photos.

16. Unsplash
Free stock photos
These are high-resolution photos from photographers all around the world. They say you can use the photos "for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash"

Photo Editing 

17. Snapseed
Photo editor
I've tried various apps and online tools to edit the images I take. This free app is my favorite because it gives me the best editing results with images that have dark lighting. The editing options are pretty robust for a free app and I've found that Snapseed does a much better job than other free image editors.

18. Image Compression
Image optimizer
Have a slow loading blog is the worse. It can turn away potential and current readers and also negatively impact your income if you've monetized your blog. One of the biggest culprits can be large images. This free site typically compresses my images by 90% without making them blurry.

Social Media Management & Scheduling

19. Planoly
Instagram scheduling and posting
With the free plan, I can upload 30 images and visually plan, schedule and auto post to my feed. Plus I can also schedule my stories so I get notifications on when to post a new story.

20. Tailwind
Pinterest and Instagram scheduling and posting
 I first used Tailwind for Pinterest during a free trial and liked the features so much I signed up for a paid plan. Two of my favorite things about Tailwind is 1) the amount of data and analytics they provide and 2) they optimized my pinning schedule based on when my followers were most active. If you're a first time user you can get a FREE trial to try Tailwind.

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

21. SocialPilot
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest scheduling
I use SocialPilot for scheduling Facebook and Twitter posts. What I like most are the repeat post features, the bulk upload, and that you can see all your scheduled posts in a calendar format. This is helpful for me because I've very visual.

22. RecurPost
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn scheduling and posting
RecurPost is a social media management tool for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. It doesn't just post your content once but saves it to post it again and again.

23. Blog and Social Media Stat Tracker
Free printable
This free printable allows you to track your stats for multiple social media accounts each month. Tracking stats is important as it helps you to see your growth over time and what's working or not working.

Social Media Tips

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Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest
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25. Easy SEO Checklist
A simple checklist that outlines how to improve your blog post SEO so you can grow your organic traffic.

Email Course

26. Decrease Your Bounce Rate
This free 6-day mini email course will walk you through key and important things you can do to decrease the bounce rate on your blog or site.