Starting off as a new blogger can be free, but as you grow your blog and expand your business you’ll want to consider extending beyond complementary tools to paid products developed to make your life easier.
We’ve selected a few of our favorite paid resources for bloggers. Many of these start out with a free option, allowing you to test their features before making a bigger commitment.
If you want to make money with your blog, Freshbook’s is the best tool on the market for tracking expenses and recording income. Monetizing your blog means you’ll want to set yourself up properly so at the end of the year taxes are easy. To write off small business expenses and properly pay income tax, you want to have easy to read records of everything you do.
In addition to allowing you to maintain an online record, Freshbook’s provides reports that show your profits and losses over time. It’s easy to see when your blog starts making money and is no longer just an expensive hobby.
Freshbooks start at $15 per month and is a low priced option in comparison to most other business accounting software on the market. What you spend on Freshbook’s each month will save money later on when your accountant sends you a bill for tax preparation at the end of the year.
Once you’ve written a blog post, how do you tell people it’s out there for them to read? CoSchedule combines creating an editorial calendar with social media promotion by automating social amplifications as soon as each new post goes live. With connections to Facebook (both your business page and personal profile), Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, you won’t need to subscribe to any other social media automation.
If you have multiple people on your writing team, CoSchedule allows you to assign topics and approve the social posts as they are submitted.
After your posts are live, CoSchedule shares metrics on traffic and demonstrates which content is most effective and obtaining the highest number of social shares. You can easily reschedule popular content without starting over from scratch.
Social scheduling software is a dime-a-dozen and you might be able to get along well with a free option. As the number of posts you share grows, the ability to schedule blog posts and social media posts at the same time will become well worth the $30 monthly cost of CoSchedule.
Running contests can become a full time job on top of writing all your content. Rafflecopter makes it easy for you to launch contests and encourage followers to share your writing by earning additional entries for subscribing to your newsletter, tweeting, or visiting your Facebook page.
The basic contest system is free, but paying for the ability to grow your followers through multiple bonus entry options is worth $13 per month in the long run.
No matter how good of a writer you are, everyone can benefit from a quick grammar check. Grammarly reads through your posts and ensures every piece of content you create is clear to read and mistake-free.
Grammarly’s contextual editing capability will identify and correct over 250 common grammar errors and replace poor vocabulary choices.
Installing the chrome extension to your browser is free and will check for the most common errors as you browse, write emails, blog, and social media posts. The premium version starts at $11.66 per month and adds advanced editing, vocabulary enhancement, and checks your writing against genre-specific writing rules.
In the highly visual world we live in, connecting your writing with high quality images is one of the best ways to draw in new readers. Tailwind connects with visual social media platforms (Instagram and Pinterest) and promotes your content through scheduling and group sharing by sharing content at the times of the day when your followers are most active. This means there’s no second guessing when you should share content, and no need to sit online babysitting Pinterest to make sure your pins have the most eyes.
Tailwind tribes allow you to join in with other like bloggers and create collaborative boards that automatically post content you’ve curated as a group. This is a great way to work together to share your content with individuals who might not connect with you otherwise.
For $9.99 per month, Tailwind users receive an unlimited number of posts and can drastically decrease the amount of time spent on your visual content strategy.
As a new blogger, you don’t need to start off with all the bells and whistles of paid services. Start small and test out what works best for you to find where you want to invest your money.