123 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that Will Save You Time Blogging (2017 Update)

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I’ve had to cut down my weekly Author Interviews to twice a month now instead of every Friday so I can spend more time writing. In lieu of those alternate Fridays I’d like to share articles that I’ve come across which I feel will be valuable to bloggers and authors, and today I’m sharing a wonderfully informative article by my friend and ûber blogging expert Janice Wald from Mostlyblogging.com


In this post, Janice is offering 123 FREE blogging tools we can add to our arsenal of tools. I’m sure many of us are already using some of them, but this post would be excellent to bookmark for future reference because as time goes by and we find our blogs growing , our interests tend to become more piqued about more things we can do with our blogs to gain readership, as well as using different avenues of social media. Check out Janice’s post below.

123 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that Will Save You Time Blogging (2017 Update)

123 Free Blogging Tools will help #bloggers save time #blogging

Are you aware of bloggers’ two most important priorities?

They are saving money and saving time.

This post, an update to my 2016 post 89 Best Free Blogging Tools That Will Save You Time Blogging, does just that.

The sites and apps I’ve discovered since the original post’s publication have been added. Sites no longer in existence have been removed.

These websites and apps make blogging so much easier you might wonder if they are free. Have no doubts. They all are.

The blogging tools are presented in alphabetical order.

Let’s get to them.

Free Blogging Tools

  1. Accessify will analyze your site’s loading speed and make recommendations for improvements.

  2. Ahalogy I used to use Ahalogy to schedule all my Pinterest pins to my boards and community boards. I am such a fan.

  3. Alexa has your blog’s Alexa score. Many experts revealed they won’t subscribe to someone’s blog if that person doesn’t have a low Alexa score.

  4. AnswerthePublic This fascinating site gives you blog topic ideas as well as ideas for long-tail keywords. Blogger Julie Kaulpali called it “fun” to use. I actually enjoyed seeing the extremely specific analytics. Make blogging decisions based on your reader preferences, which it will share with you. I will give you fair warning: When you get there, you will see a man waiting for you. His name is “The Seeker”. At one point, he started picking his teeth while he was waiting for me. As Julie expressed, a “fun” site to use. I was shocked to see how many ideas showed up when I typed in my niche, blogging.

  5. aSleep You don’t have to use the app to go to sleep. However, it produces white noise that will allow you to block out distracting background noise when you are trying to blog. If you find listening to the sound of the rain or the wind more relaxing than noisy neighbors when you are trying to blog, try the app.

  6. Backlink Checker tells you which sites have linked to you.

  7. BeFunky Photo Editor I find BeFunky quick to use and user-friendly. [Read: This is How You Spruce Up Your Visuals with 3 Free Tools]

  8. Bounce Rate can be found at Alexa.com. Its analytics are important. It will tell you how long people are staying on your blog and how many pages on your blog they are viewing. [15 Guaranteed Ways to Make Your Bounce Rate Look Amazing]

  9. Buffer is my choice for social media scheduler but only allows up to 10 links to be scheduled at one time for free. [Read: 17 Reasons Buffer Will Blow Your Mind]

  10. Buzzsumo.com shows you trending topics. If you write about popular topics, you will be more likely to get page views. Blogger Harsh Agrawal recommends Buzzsumo. “You can use this information to discover what content performs best for your targeted keyword so you can create an even stronger article and get it to outrank your competitor’s.” . . . Please continue reading HERE for 113 more tips!

Source: 123 of the Best Free Blogging Tools that Will Save You Time Blogging (2017 Update)

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  1. Thanks, Debby. I hope your writing will work out well.

    1. Thank you Olga. <3

  2. I don’t know where you find the time to do all that you do. Bless your heart. Thank you for sharing this great information. ☺♥

    1. Good question Patricia, lol. But glad to be helpful. 🙂 <3

    2. Hi,
      Thank you so very much. I am glad you liked my tools list and found it “great.”

  3. Wow. That’s a long list. Janice is a great source of blogging and social media ideas. I have a little browsing ahead of me!

    1. That’s why it’s called Bookmark! Lol 🙂

      1. It might seem odd, but I’ve never tried to grow my blog – I get so overwhelmed as it is. The result is that it’s grown organically (slow and steady) which gives me time to get to know each new follower. Not all of them stick but many do and I can count them as friends. <3

        1. I’m with you on that thought Diana. But having some extra tools under our belts can come in handy sometimes just for our own purposes to perhaps find new image editors for our photos for example. I know not everyone is interested in learning SEO and statistics. I know I too don’t really look at the numbers but I’m always game for a new helpful app. 🙂

          1. The image link is Great. I favorited that one. I usually rely on Pixabay and having a second source is really helpful. 🙂 And SEO and stats is important for book marketing, so it’s good to know even if not used for blogging.

          2. All true. And I too tend to favor Pixabay when searching for photos. I also use http://www.getstencil.com for photo editing (formerly http://www.shareasimage.com) where I bought a lifetime licence 2 years ago. 🙂

          3. Thanks for the extra tip!

          4. Most welcome Diana 🙂

    2. Hi Diana,
      Thank you so much for the kind words about my blog post articles.

      1. You’re an amazing resource, Janice, and so generous to share your knowledge! I think my problem is I need staff. Ha ha ha 😀

        1. Thanks Diana! ?

  4. I have never used any tools Debbie, that’s why I feel blessed by WordPress as they mange all…also I am a little tech challenged 🙂

    1. Many of us are tech challenged in some way Balroop. But there are so many helpful writers that pass on great info for us to learn as we go. This post from Janice is chock full of goodies. 🙂

      1. Hi Debby,
        Yes, thank you, all user-friendly, for non techies.

        1. Exactly why I thought it was a worthy share. 🙂

    2. Hi,
      All the tools are user-friendly. Tomorrow, I am blogging about IFTTT, also a free user-friendly tool. Thanks for your comments about my tools list.

  5. This is an incredible post. I can only imagine the time involved in drafting it, much less in gathering all the information. Great share, Deb ?

    1. Thanks so much T. It is a wealth of information to have for reference, surely not to remember everything, lol. <3

    2. Hi Tina,
      Thank you for letting me know Debby shared my post. Exciting to see! Thank you for calling my tool list “incredible.” I am thinking of blogging about the experience since many are commenting about how much time was involved in putting the list together.

      1. You’re welcome, Janice. I’ll look forward to a post about that experience, as I’m sure it will be very enlightening ?

        1. Thank you for the faith LOL! Much appreciated!

    3. Tina, I forgot to thank you for sharing my tools list on your social media as well.

      1. I always share your posts, Janice, because they’re chock-full of relevant information. You’re most welcome, my friend ?

  6. Thanks, Debby, I bookmarked this post to be able to look at the things offered. xxx

    1. Glad you found it useful Adele. <3

    2. Hi Adele,
      Nice to meet you. Thank you for bookmarking my tools list.

  7. Hi Debby!
    Look at this!
    Earlier this week, Tina shared my blogging tools post and told me you shared it. I never dreamed you reblogged it! Then, I saw Sally shared it as well. Thank you!
    Reaction to my blogging tools list has been so favorable, I may blog about the experience so others can write an update as well. At any rate, thank you my friend.

    1. Yes. I saw that. And I actually saw you thank Sally on our group page authors/bloggers on FB. She was sharing my post, lol. 🙂

  8. Debby,
    I shared on all my social media. Thanks again for the promotion and the exposure.

    1. Most welcome Janice. And thank you for resharing. 🙂

  9. Wow. A lot to look through. Will hop over and check these out. Thanks, Debby!

    1. Most welcome Sarah. More to keep you busy, lol. <3

      1. It will for sure do that. 😉 But there are some great links there.

        1. There sure are Sarah. Enjoy! 🙂

  10. Really neat information, Debby. I don’t really do any of the analytics stuff, but of course, I only have the basic site, and I don’t really think you can do much with plugins and such with that one. I really like the BeFunky, I am enamored of photo editors. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Lana. I know many on WP,com can’t add plugins, but as you said, the photo editing apps offered here are great. 🙂

  11. Wow! Who knew there was all this? I keep mine more plain and simple, I must admit. ?

    1. Something for everyone. 🙂

  12. Hey Debby,

    Thanks a lot for the info, I was aware of Buzzsumo & SmallSEOTools only.

    1. You’re most welcome Jeannette. There’s so much out ‘there’ it’s hard to keep up. 🙂

    1. Wow, that’s great Janice, thanks. 🙂

  13. Good luck with your writing, Debby. I don’t know how you keep up with all of this and write too.

    1. Lol, thanks Michelle. Sometimes I don’t keep up. My writing has suffered for a few weeks now. Hoping to get back on track next week. 🙂

  14. Thanks for sharing this extensive list, Debby! I have bookmarked the original version.

    The only way I have found to save time with blogging is very simple (but not really satisfying)… blog less! 🙂 I have successfully cut down from three posts a week to one, but I still don’t have enough time to actually write my book. Yet. I am doing way too many exciting things and then I want to blog about them… Needless to say, I’m in a “lose-lose situation” (hard to call travel and exploration a loss, though) and I ought to stop exploring and set my butt down in a chair to write. Soon! 🙂 If I don’t post photos, my blogs take up less time as well, since there is so much time involved in finding, sorting, editing, captioning and laying out photos with my posts.

    1. I hear you loud and clear Liiesbet. It is certainly a juggling act. And if you think you’re busy now, lol, wait til you start revisions and edits and get into book promoting, you may have to cut down on sleep, lol. 🙂

      1. I’d like to think that if I ever get a book deal, I’ll gladly go the extra mile on excitement alone! Yes, I know… I”m a newbie and naive at that! 🙂 At least there will be a plan, a goal and deadlines then.

        1. At least you know what you’re up against, lol. 🙂

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