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Blogging Tools That Successful Bloggers Use Daily

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Blogging Tools That Help You Succeed

Every blogger has tools they like to use to get different tasks on their blog completely. Doesn’t matter what you need to get done on your blog, there is more than one tool to help you do it.

Now, this is a good and bad thing.

Good – Because no matter what the task is, there is always a tool to help you get it done.

Bad – There are always to many tools to help you get your task done. haha

Blogging tools are a great way to grow your blog, and get things done faster, but spendingblogging tools all your time trying new tools is a waste a lot of your time.

Once you find the tools that you like to use and know how to use them, then stay with them, since a tool get’s even better when

you really know how to use it.

Below is my list of blogging tools many successful bloggers use every day to get things done and grow their blog.

Google Reader


Google Reader – This is the best blogging tool you can use to manage all your RSS feeds from blogs you like to read. This will save you a huge amount of time, since now you can scan thru all the headlines all in one place to find the things that you want to read, or save to read later.

Windows Live Writer

windows live writer

Windows Live Writer – Bottom line this is my favorite tool for putting up my blog posts quickly.  The amount of features available within Live Writer is just awesome and it’s a FREE Tool.

If you are a newbie blogger that still posts thru WP dashboard, then do yourself a BIG favor and look into Live Writer, you will see just how easy it is to use. This another one of my blogging tools I use everyday.



PollDaddy – Adding polls or surveys to your blog is a great way to get reader feedback in a interactive way. With PollDaddy, you can setup polls with unlimited total votes per month and surveys with a maximum of 100 respondents per month.


feed burner

FeedBurner – Burner provides you a simple way to share your RSS feed on your blog, and includes all the data you want to know about your feed, like subscriptions and clicks. It also includes features to make your RSS feed more interactive by adding social media links and information.

Google Analytics

google analytics

Google Analytics – I’ve shared this tool before, and I still use it and recommend it to bloggers. GA may not be perfect, but it is the first place I go to look up all my traffic stats.



Quancast – When you want to know everything about your blog visitors then quantcast is the place to go, and I mean everything haha.

The amount of info you can learn from quantcast is scary and very useful.



Hootsuite – I can not say enough about Hoot, I use this tool every day all day. Now it has some annoying hiccups here and there, but for a FREE tool, and a tool that comes with so many helpful features, you can not do better then Hoot to save time and be more efficient with your promotions.



everystockphoto – You should be adding images to every post to make it more interesting for your readers, and help with search. This tool is FREE and has a huge amount of images in all catagories you can think of. This is the first place I go for images.



iStockPhoto – Now if you have a little money to spend, then this is where you can go. I use ISP to get images for website graphics mainly, you can also get images for blog posts here too. But with so many free places, I would stick with everystockphoto above for blog posts images.



Delicious – If you want to bookmark websites you like to read, then Delicious is the place to go. You can bookmark you own posts for a nice high PR backlink, then bookmark websites you like to read and you can search great websites that other people have bookmarked.



Skype – I’m new to Skype and already I have seen the power it has. I have used it to message with bloggers around the world, have recorded phone interviews and for video chats. Find me @call.johnpaul

In the past few months, Skype has become another one of my blogging tools I use everyday



Twitter – Well what can I say, this lsit wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t add Twitter. Out of all the blogging tools, Twitter is the one that has the most power for bloggers.  Every successful blogger is on Twitter and you should be too. Find me @JohnAguiar



Facebook – What can I say, I have a Luv/Hate relationship with Facebook. I know the power it has for a blogger, but I also see how over used it is for marketers. I see it becoming a Myspace in a few years.

But if you have the time to invest, and invest it in the right way, then FB is a powerful tool for every blogger.  Find me @JohnPaulAguiar



YouTube – I joined Tube over 2 years and never added one video.  I have been more active on Tube the past 5 months and have enjoyed some nice backlinks, and traffic from Tube already, and it is growing everyday.  Find me @JPAguiar1

Videos are the best way to share your message and Tube is the best place to do that.  But I will say, Tube has become harder to use effectively. Years ago you could put up a video and see views pour in, today you will have to promote and network on Tube to get real results.



Flickr – This is one of those blogging tools that can be used for a few things.  I like to use flickr to find an image for a blog post and I use it to add images of my blog posts “more about this tip coming soon :)”



Digg – Is a social news site for users to discover hot news, submit stories and vote on them. This is useful for spotting trends and also find blog post ideas.

Digg is also a blog promotion tool. Every Digg users goal is to get on the front page. If you can get your blog post to the front page of Digg, you may get tens of thousands of visitors in a short period of time.  Find me @MyMoneyDummy



Stumbleupon – Is a social news site similar to Digg, you can submit your blog posts and people will read and vote on your post, the more votes you get the better your chances to get to the front page. Just like with Digg, getting on the front page is your goal.

Find me @JPAguiar



PayPal – I think we all luv and hate Paypal, but the reality is, they are the best online payment processor you can use.  They are easy to use, easy to send and receive money.

You can have a PayPal  “Buy Now” button on your blog ready for sales in about 3-5 min  It’s hard to beat that.

There is my list of blogging tools that every successful blogger uses.

Using these blog tools will help you on your way to growing a successful blog and business.

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  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Bryan..TY for the comment. Glad you liked the list. OD is cool…easy to use. everystockphoto is great,, huge amount great images to use.

  • http://www.lifesgreatescape.net Alyx Falkner

    Hey John really appreciate this post, it was very helpful and informative. I’ve downloaded Live Writer and look forward to testing it out. Really helpful info for the newbie. Thanks man.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Glad you like this post. You will like the Live Writer.. awesome tool. and FREE haha

  • http://twitter.com/deneilmerritt Deneil Merritt

    Great resources. I didn’t know about everystockphoto. Thanks.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Deneil..TY for the comment. Glad you liked the list.

  • http://e-businessmoms.com/blog/?p=1773 Info

    thanks for the article you got there .cited tools can be very much useful

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Ty for the comment. I’m glad you liked the post.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! For a newbie (well relatively) this is great! Many thanks!

  • http://www.ways2moremoney.com Hunter

    I never herd about Windows Live Writer. I’m off to check it out. Thanks

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Hunter..Your welcome.. try using the older version,, new version works like Word.. not as good.

  • http://barry-wells.com Barry Wells

    Hi John Paul, fantastic post with loads of info. I’ll bookmark this and come back to read over and over until i’ve grasped the lot.


  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    haha read as much as you need to Barry.. I’,m glad the post is helpful.

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  • Kent Chow

    It’s a great list, John! Everystockphoto is new to me. I always have hard time finding great images for my blog post. Thanks for your sharing. Very helpful!

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  • http://twitter.com/LeoWid Leo Widrich

    John, many thanks for post! And yes, I am one of the people, that are still using the WP-dashboard. Up to today! Just launched windows live writer. Will let you know how I get along with it. I have to say, you have become my number one destination for blogging tips now!
    Let me Buffer this post. :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Leon.. glad you liked the post man.. and visit any time :)

    The new Live Writer isnt as good as the older version I use.. but still much better then the WP dashboard.

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  • http://twitter.com/Cleverlychangin Elle

    It took me awhile to figure this list out on my own. Thanks for compiling them for others because that are very important to help you establish yourself as a serious blogger who would like to work with well-known brands.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thank U Elle. glad you liked the list. As bloggers we all have tools that we use that makes blogging that much easier or more successful, just have to find what you like and works for you.

  • http://www.probloggingsuccess.com Jane | Problogging Success

    Awesome list John. I use almost all of them consistently. In fact I can’t live without some of them lol. Thanks for the great compilation, certainly helps!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Jane Im like you.. I would be lost without a few of these tools haha

  • http://www.cljournal.com/ Jan

    I’m doing OK with Pinterest at the moment. I didn’t think that it
    would be right for my business – careers, until I saw people
    marketing their creative CVs on there and now I’ve started a CV
    board along with many others. I’d be interested to hear more about

  • http://www.SetteWriter.com/ Sette C.

    Hi there! Thank you John for the list! 😉 I haven’t tried Quantcast
    and Poll Daddy. I will surely check them out.  Cheers, Sette

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Happy to share Sette.

  • Fred Felton

    Awesome list I would also suggest you take a look at Pingomatic

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thanks Fred.. Pingomatic is another good tool, and Pingler.

  • Aradia Goseling

    Just something I’d like to put out there – Google Reader is going away later this year, so if you’re using it to manage the blogs you read you need to start using something else. I started using BlogLovin’ and I love it, it also migrated all of the blogs I was following from my Google Reader when I used my gmail account to sign up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JamesRMillerJr James Miller

    Google Reader? How about an update?

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Yea, G Reader is gone.. will have to remove it from the lsit.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    James.. it’s an old post.. focus on the other tools :)

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