Blogging Resources to Help with Writing Articles, Advice, and More

Here you’ll find a collection of various resources that I constantly utilize for blogging, development, or anything related to my sites.

If you have any resources you’d like to recommend then please let me know. I’d love to keep adding more useful resources for everyone.

Images

Canva – An amazing site that lets you create images for your articles easily using templates.
EWWW Image Optimizer – This WordPress plugin will optimize your site’s images for faster loading.
Meme Generator – Create memes for free for use in your articles.
PhotoPin – Images that use Creative Commons licensing.

General Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Keywords Everywhere – This is a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that will give you keyword search volume, CPC, and competition when you perform searches at major search engines. Super useful for cutting out the need to use tools like Google Keyword Planner for research.
Ubersuggest – A handy tool for getting keyword suggestions along with keyword volume data.

Web Hosting

Bluehost – I will admit, I have not used these folks. However, folks I respect have sworn by Bluehost for affordable hosting on new WordPress sites.
Known Host – These are the folks I use for all of my websites. You can find cheaper, but they’ve been amazing with anything support related, and they have quality servers.
WP Engine – An all-inclusive web host for WordPress sites.

WordPress

ManageWP – You can run updates and maintenance on all your sites from this one central location.

Plugins

Useful plugins that I recommend.

Caching

W3 Total Cache – My favorite caching plugin for WordPress.
WP Rocket – A premium plugin for WordPress. It works well and is easier to use than W3. I do find W3 to work better, but others have had more luck with WP Rocket instead. It requires a lot less configuring than W3 Total Cache does.

Forms

WPForms – A feature-rich drag & drop form builder.

SEO

SEO Squirlly – Nice SEO plugin for WordPress. It’s a freemium model, so value may vary.
Yoast SEO
– A great plugin for WordPress to help with SEO. I’ve also reviewed it.

Themes

CyberChimps – Premium WordPress themes.
ThemeIsle WordPress Themes – More premium WordPress themes.
UpThemes – Yet more premium WordPress themes!

Writing

Tools that will help you with writing articles.

Editing & Writing Tools

Readability Test Tools – A tool to determine your content’s readability.
Readability Formulas – Another readability tool.
Readable.IO – And a third readability tool! This one is great, but it seems to operate on a freemium concept.

Headlines

Capitalize My Title – The name says it all really. There’s a few standards for title capitalization and I use this site to make sure I’m doing it right.
Write Better Headlines – This is a great tool by CoSchedule that will help you create more interesting titles for your articles.

Topics

Blog Ideas Generator – A great tool by HubSpot to generate some topic ideas for articles if you find yourself stuck.
BuzzSumo – A great place to research topics and see what’s trending.
Content Idea Generator – Same type of tool as the HubSpot one.