11 free blogging tools you can’t live without

Increase traffic, brainstorm post ideas and keep an eye on your competitors without touching your budget.

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Are you having a hard time blogging? I did when I started.

Blogging has evolved over the years, and many new platforms and tools have appeared. Most of the tools aren’t very useful, but a few are.

Here are the 11 tools that have made blogging easier and more successful for me:

1. Buzzsumo

Coming up with topics to write about isn’t easy. Buzzsumo can help.

Simply head over to the homepage and type in a keyword related to your industry. For example, the phrase “content marketing.”

Once you click the “go” button, you’ll see a results table that looks like this:

Buzzsumo crawls the Web for blog posts and indexes them, kind of like Google. It sorts the results by social media shares and puts the most shared posts on top.

You will see what type of content has done well in the past, and come up with article ideas based on the list.

For example, I found that one of the most shared titles was “An Internet Marketing Education in 16 Ebooks and 20 Emails. No Charge.

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