Looking for free resources?
It’s not that hard to find free resources online, especially if you look hard enough. That’s why I decided to share with you these 12 free resources for bloggers:
My favourite site for images is Canva. Not only it has many images to choose from, but it also has a lot of templates for banners, logos, infographics, mindmaps, etc. You can get some great ideas from these.
Plus, you can edit the images online. Basic editing, but still, it’s enough.
When I search for audio for my videos, my go-to place is always Youtube Audio Library. There are a lot of tracks you can use for free, and it saves you the time to try and make sure that you won’t get a copyright claim on Youtube since they offer them to you.
You can find not only background music but sound effects, too. Just be careful and see if attribution is required.
3. Writing Resources
This is something I’ve found recently, but I really, really love. Reedsy is an awesome site to check out if you’re a writer. I use it mostly for the tools. You can find:
- Writing Exercises
- Character Names
- Pen-name Ideas
- Short Story Ideas
- Writing Contests
- Writing Prompts
- Even Book Title Generators
It’s definitely worth to take a look at it.
4. Keyword Tools
Here I have to say that my favourite one is Jaaxy. I’ve been using it for a year, and I’ve never regretted it, so this is definitely my #1 recommendation.
But if you’re looking for a free tool, then Ubersuggest is the one to go. You can find some great keywords there, and it also has more tools you can use for your blog.
Here is a complicated subject, because free themes have little to no support. On the other side, they’re free, so it’s not like we pay more than they are worth to complain.
6. Keeping Notes
When I work, I usually get random thoughts, ideas I can use on my site. To write these down, I use Momentum. It’s a great browser extension that if you activate it, you get this screen every time you open a new tab.
It has a little checklist on the right that it’s awesome for random thoughts that come to you during your workday. You don’t have to let them distract you, just write them down and deal with them at the end of the day. You can also use it as a checklist for the things you have to do every day.
What else Momentum has:
- A beautiful different photo every day that inspires you to start travelling as soon as possible
- A quote that changes daily
- A place to write your most important goal today. Fill it at the beginning of the day and if you have done it by the end of it, then your day can be considered a success.
7. Blogging Community
If you plan to be a blogger for a long time, then you’ll need people to talk about it, people that are already doing it. Otherwise, you can go crazy if you try it alone.
My favourite community is on Wealthy Affiliate, where I learned almost everything I know about affiliate marketing. I love the community because people try to genuinely help each other, and since there are thousands of members around the world, you can always find people online.
So if you want to ask something about blogging or just rant about something, people are there to listen to you and give you advice.
You probably know about it, but it should definitely be mentioned as a resource. Of course, I’m talking about Google Analytics – the free tool Google provides us so we can see statistics about your site.
- How many people visit it every day?
- How long do they stay at it?
- Where are they from?
- Which pages do they prefer?
All these and a lot more questions can be answered if you use Google Analytics on your site.
Staying focused when you work from home is one of the main ingredients of success. Because no matter how long you work every day, if you aren’t focused, it won’t help you a lot.
So here are some tools and techniques to help you with that:
Brain.fm is a site where you can find music to focus better. I was a little hesitant at first, but it does work. Personally, it took a couple of sessions to start working on me, but since then I use it almost always while working because I do work better listening to this music.
The Pomodoro Technique
Calmly Writer is an online editor you can use to write distraction-free. If you use it fullscreen – and I recommend you to use it this way for full effectiveness – it helps you focus on your writing without getting distracted by other things.
Because all you see is this:
Not bookmarks, not notifications, not anything else that can make you click away. And since you can use it offline, too, you can turn Wi-Fi off for maximum efficiency.
10. Site Speed Data
Site speed is one of the main ranking factors in search engines. Google doesn’t like slow-loading sites, because users don’t like them either. That’s why they give you a tool to improve your website speed.
Google Pagespeed Insights can help you find out what changes you can make on your site to help it load faster. It shows you how fast or slow every page loads and gives you recommendations to increase the speed.
11. Ideas for Posts
All you need to do is write a word relevant to your blog and see a lot of titles you can use as an inspiration. I have to say that I found a lot of good ideas there.
Another good one is on Semrush, so check this out, too.
Last, but not least, it’s the mindset.
The mindset is what will make you succeed. The mindset is what will make you move forward when everyone – even you – believe that you have failed, that you don’t do things right, that you don’t follow the right path.
A couple of books I have to recommend for changing your mindset are:
- The 4-Hour Work Week
- The Go-Giver
Unfortunately, I can’t give you these for free, but here are a couple of videos about these:
“The 4-Hour Work Week” Book Summary
Another “The 4-Hour Work Week” Book Summary
“The Go-Giver” Book Summary
I love these books, and I do recommend you to read them as soon as possible. Though, I have to tell you that they’re not for everyone. They’re for people that want to be entrepreneurs. If you prefer your 9-5 job – and I’m not judging you – you probably won’t like them.
And these are the free resources I have for you today. I’m going to update the list as often as I can, so feel free to tell me about more free resources you know about.
If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer! Any suggestions are always welcome, so tell me about topics you’d like me to write and if you liked this, check out a few free tools for your blog.
See you next time!