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  • 1. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? Home Blog Forum Workbook Book Job Board Make Money Archives About Contact Type and hit enter to search SUBSCRIBE TO PROBLOGGER BLOG TIPS Written on October 11th, 2009 at 01:10 am by Darren Rowse What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? Subscribe to Problogger via RSS What is RSS? Blogging Tools and Services, Reader Questions 88 comments Follow @ProBlogger on Twitter Or, subscribe via email: It’s time for a little discussion - lets talk blogging tools. Over in the ProBlogger.com forum there’s been a lot of talk about different tools, applications, platforms and plugins that helps to improve blogs. I’m loving the different opinions and experiences and thought it’d be a good question to open up to the wider PROBLOGGER SPONSORS community - what are your favourite 10 blogging tools? I suspect most of us will probably include our blogging platform (Blogspot, WordPress, TypePad etc) in the list somewhere but other than that anything goes. Perhaps it’s a comments tool, perhaps a desktop editor, perhaps a plugin or widget - anything goes! But limit it to 10! Share This 123 retweet What next? Related Posts Digg it The blogging toolkit Placeless Office Tools Save This Page What are Your Top 5 Blogging Tools? Subscribe to Problogger Where is Your Favorite Place to Blog? [POLL] More Blog Tools Leave a comment 88 Responses to “What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools?” Dan Cosgrove Two tools that I use are: October 11th, 2009 1:25 am 1. Creative Commons search http://search.creativecommons.org/ With this I can quickly get images and video for my blog, most only needing attribution. RECENT POSTS 2. Google Docs How to Go from 1 to 1,000,000 Users (or Readers) http://docs.google.com/ What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? How To Backup Your WordPress Blog In Three I was hesitant at first, but I love that I can copy and paste Easy Steps notes for future reference without ever closing my internet How One Blogger Made $3k a month by Helping window. People - And How He Can Help You Trust - Principles of Successful Blogging #2 Just another way to bring minimalism to blogging. 3 Principles of Effective Communication 6 Reasons to Join the ProBlogger.com Community http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 2. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? Dee I use Scribefire with FireFox, the Dictionary dot com toolbar, Free Hour Long Call with Andy Wibbels on Blogs and Social Media October 11th, 2009 1:31 am and the addthis as an add on. Freedom to Be Personally I don’t like the desktop blogging tools. I like to use The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Firefox and utilize their different tabs to switch back and forth Web [Video Review] when I’m writing posts. SEARCH THIS BLOG AND ITS CHANNEL Pedro Lopes Here we go, based on free tools and heavy optimization with search October 11th, 2009 1:40 am social networks: Popular Searches 1- Blogger (free customizable platform) blogs for beginners cpm monthly income... 2- Windows Live Writer (free and excellent editor) adsense wordpress twitter 31 days amazon traffic list post promote 3- Facebook share button (Social integration) 4- Twitter share button (Social integration) 5- Google Friend Connect (Social integration) 6- Facebook Widget (Social integration) 7- Any widget that shows Twitter updates (Social integration) PROBLOGGER BLOG TIPS POLL 8- The Gimp (Free image editor) How Long Have you Been 9- RSS and Email subscription (For easy following) Blogging? 10- About me page (For more engaging with followers) I don't have a blog Just my quick thoughts… Less than 3 Months 3 to 6 Months R. Kneschke First of course Askimet! Couldn’t sleep without it. “Search & 6 to 9 Months October 11th, 2009 1:47 am Replace” is a quite useful plugin and does exactly what it 9 to 12 Months says. 1 to 1.5 Years I also love the YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin), 1.5 to 2 Years which shows very accurately related posts. 2 to 3 Years And though I have a self-hosted WP-Blog, I love the official 3 to 4 Years Wordpress.com Stats plugin, because it is much simpler and 4 to 5 Years easier than many other statistics plugins. 5 or more Years Vote Home Jobs Darren - Here’s my list View Results October 11th, 2009 1:55 am 1. Ecto 2. iPhoto / Photoshop (image optimizer) PROBLOGGER SPONSORS 3. Flash Converter (For Videos) 4. All in one SEO plugin 5. Kish-Multi - Wordpress plugin to manage multiple blogs 6. Flickr Plugin 7. Tweetie 8. Google Reader 9. Google Ad Manager 10. Subscribe to comment Plugin MK (Casey) van Wordpress has taken first place in my list. Within that, Bronkhorst however, Sniplet takes the prize for its ability to inhale code October 11th, 2009 1:57 am and spit out results in posts and pages. Formbuilder, a WP plugin for managing forms, comes in second. I’m with R. Kneschke regarding Akismet. The rest of the toolbox is filled with my thesaurus, spellchecker and a decent dictionary. Wardell Latham My Favs: October 11th, 2009 2:04 am 1. WordPress 2. Gravatar 3. CommentLuv 4. Google Analytics 5. Feedburner 6. Shareaholic http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 3. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 7. LifeStream(WordPress) 8. All in one SEO (WordPress) 9. Related Post(YARPP WordPress) 10. Sexy Bookmarks(WordPress) Pascal 1. Blogdesk Editor October 11th, 2009 2:07 am 2. openx.org ad server - an amazing open source 3. Social media button plugin 4. Aweber form 5. Recent Posts plugin 6. Comments Plugins Jim Jacobus I love blogging but hate to write! So, my favorite blogging October 11th, 2009 2:07 am tools are as follows; 1. The webcam on my HP or Mac laptops so I can video my blog post. 2. Cyberlink YouCam free software to capture the video. 3. Screencast (not free - 9.95/mo) to store the videos. 4. Idictate.org to transcribe the video so I can post both the video and the transcript to my WP blog(s). Looking forward to learning from everyone! Krithika My two cents: October 11th, 2009 2:16 am 1. GIMP 2. Google Friend connect Idrees My favourite blogging tools are (could write only 8): October 11th, 2009 2:20 am 1) The platform WordPress.com (free!) 2) Windows Live Writer (free post editor) 3) FeedBurner 4) The blog stats tool which comes with WordPress.com 5) GIMP (for image editing) 6) Akismet 7) Paint.NET (alternative to GIMP) 8) WordPress.com widgets such as “Recent Posts”, “Categories” etc. Lynn E 1) love Wordpress October 11th, 2009 2:26 am 2) Wordpress Mobile edition plugin 3) Top Comments plugin (allows comments to be rated) 4) Forgot the category plugin (because I always forget to put my posts in a category) 5) Login Lockdown (security plugin) 6) Page Links to plugin (allowed me to publish a post, then redirect it to a page on the site so it’s always available for comments and feedback. I use this for gathering feature requests) 7) Add to Any: Share plugin (social share button) 8) Google Analytics for Worpress plugin 9) Sodahead polls plugin (allows me to make polls) … I only have 9 :) Broderick Durisseau I have to second Askimet, Search and Replace, and October 11th, 2009 2:28 am Wordpress Stats. All great tools. I would add ShareThis, Wp- http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 4. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? Email Plugin, Wp-Database Backup, Clean Archives Reloaded, Alert bear for Rss if you want to comment early on a post, Tweetdeck and Photoshop (or GIMP). I think I might start using action outline too. TrailBlazer 1. Wufoo Contact Form October 11th, 2009 2:36 am 2. Language Translator I used both and got fair response in my blog. Thanks, TrailBlazer, http://credit-card-types.blogspot.com Ry Sal Movable Type October 11th, 2009 2:36 am Zemanta reblog Twitter Facebook Social media sites The answers to this post are going to be awesome to add to my list, thanks! Mike CJ I’d have to say Livewriter is my number one favourite tool. October 11th, 2009 2:38 am And it’s not often you can consider putting “Microsoft” “Free” and “Excellent” in the same sentence! Patrick Parker I use Blogger with some additional widgets, including October 11th, 2009 2:38 am LinkWithin and IntenseDebate. I very much like the Amazon tools for generating code snippets to link to their products. I also use Feedburner and Ping-O-Matic and I have updates sent to Twitter and Facebook automatically. That makes 8 Harsh Agrawal 1. Windows Live writer October 11th, 2009 2:39 am 2. Wordpress 3. Flickr 4. Feed-demon 5. Easy comment Addon 6. Tweetdeck 7. Twitterbar 8. Aweber 9. Facebook Fan pages Thats all I can think of now… Brent Wordpress October 11th, 2009 2:39 am Thesis Askimet Ninja Affiliate Contact Form 7 Subscribe to comments Link Within S.Pradeep Kumar 1. Windows Live Writer - Editing Articles October 11th, 2009 2:40 am 2. Filezilla Client - FTP 3. Thunderbrid - Email 4. Chrome, Firefox, Safari - Browsing and checking designs http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 5. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 5. RSS Owl - Feeds 6. Notepad++ - For editing codes related to tutorials 7. Wamp Server - For installing WP on PC 8. Photoshop - For image editing 9. Cam Studio and Camtasia - For screencasting 10. Guess ? :D Susan I have to say Askimet is my 1st favorite. However I also like October 11th, 2009 2:42 am TweetMeme, Ultimate Plugins Smart Update Pinger, and What Would Seth Godin Do Mary Lutz My favorite plugins are: October 11th, 2009 2:45 am Future calendar: so I can see at a glance when I have posts scheduled in advance. Yet Another Related Post Plugin: automatically lists related posts at the bottom of each post. Comment Luv: when a comment is submitted, comment luv finds the commentors latest blog post and provides a link. Of course these are Wordpress plugins….I heart Wordpress!!! George Passwater Hmm….I know I won’t remember all the tools I use but I can October 11th, 2009 2:48 am list some off the top of my head. Some of my favorite blogging tools would be: 1. WordPress - Of course! 2. Twitterfeed - I so love this. 3. Redirection - This is a great plug-in that helps with those urls that need a change. 4. Theme Tester - When I working on putting in a new theme, I use this to test things out before I put it out live to the world. 5. SEO Plug-ins - I use a combination of All in One SEO Pack and Headspace2. 6. TextWrangler - I love this text editor. I use it for writing posts and other ideas I write down. I use a Mac and not sure if this is for Windows as well. 7. MindMapping - I use different mindmapping software online and offline. Google Wonder Wheel, FreeMind, Mind Meister and a couple other ones. 8. WP-Polls - I love this plug-in. It is a easy to setup and maintain plug-in for putting polls out on your blog. I have many more but don’t want to keep going on and on :) Thanks for posting this questions Darren. I am sure there will be a good amount of knowledge shared in the comments for all of us to absorb. :-) Lisa Casino My personal favorites are October 11th, 2009 2:50 am Aweber Facebook share Twitter Share button Wordpress Wessel van Rensburg Wordpress with the following plugins in this order of October 11th, 2009 2:51 am importance 1. Tweetmeme http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 6. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 2. Askismet 3. Socialble 4. Google analytics (in depth) + Wordpress stats (for near real time) 5. Just another related posts plugin 6. Subscribe to comments 7. Feedburner for email and RSS 8. Google & Twitter search (for listening) 9. Flickr - for pics 10. YouTube - for videos Dave Hands down LINKWITHIN has been the most useful tool for October 11th, 2009 2:52 am driving more interaction by my readers. I have to thank Dayne of http://thehappyself.com for intro’ing me to it. Dave Damron LifeExcursion & The Minimalist Path Rod Kirby Site: The Success Center October 11th, 2009 2:57 am Platform: Wordpress My favorite blogging tools include; 1. Disqus Comments - I love the twitter, facebook, and openid intergration 2. Feedly for Google Reader - Google reader is great to keep up with my blog engagement and Feedly makes it 10 times better. 3. Sharethis plugin - opens your articles up to social sharing in an extremely easy way. 4. Tweetmeme button - makes retweeting articles extremely easy for readers. 5. Wp-Polls - I love this plugin, it lets me easily add a poll into my sidebar and posts with one button. Increases community engagement as well. 6. Google Analytics - stats, stats, and more stats! You’ve got to know how your blog is performing in order to make it better. Can’t think of a better tool to do it with. 7. Google Calendar - I use this for creating my editorial calendar. This helps me to stay on top of blog posts, not re- write anything, and stay consistent in writing. 8. Related Posts Plugin - keep reader engagement high once your article is over by offering more articles for them to read. 9. WpBook Plugin - this actually helps incorporate your blog into Facebook. When someone comments on a post you made in Facebook it shows up on your blog as well. 10. WP Super Cahe - this plugin is great because it saves pages onto reader’s computers for faster loading. Great if you have a high traffic website - keeps it from crashing. Wojciech Kulicki 1. Wordpress October 11th, 2009 3:06 am 2. Dark Room (or Write Room for Mac) 3. Akismet 4. FlickR Creative Commons 5. TweetMeme 6. Add-to-Any Plugin 7. Clean Archives Reloaded Plugin 8. Delicious 9. Wordpress.com Popular Posts Plugin 10. WP Super Cache Plugin http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 7. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? Cindy Wordpress October 11th, 2009 3:11 am Contact Form 7 Askimet Tweet Meme Vicky Posterous has become my new favorite blogging tool. It lets October 11th, 2009 3:17 am me blog from my cell phone and it pushes the posts to my other sites on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Steve I try to make a list of my favorite stuff and get to 10. Some of October 11th, 2009 3:29 am it is link building tools. Wordpress SEO Voice LinkDiagnosis RSS Autosubmit Onlywire HelloTxt Windows Live Writer SEO Book Rank Checker Google Reader HostGator: Fantasio fanari Lifestream plugin October 11th, 2009 3:52 am ShareThis Facebook Connector cForms II WP plugin Thesis theme MyBlogLog Disqus Echofon HootSuite TweetDeck Heather Allard Hey Darren, October 11th, 2009 4:07 am My 10 favorite blogging tools are: 1. Wordpress self hosted platform 2. Thesis theme by Chris Pearson/DIY Themes 3. W3 Schools (to learn a bit of html) 4. Pretty Link Pro plugin (for shortening URLs but with my domain name) 5. MaxBlogPress Favicon plugin 6. WP SpamFree plugin to blast spam even better than Akismet 7. Comment Luv plugin 8. WP Thread Comments plugin for more interactivity between me and my readers in the comments 9. What Would Seth Godin Do plugin to greet my new visitors & encourage them to subscribe 10. 31 Days To Build A Better Blog by an awesome guy who has taught me SO much about blogging and building community :) Heather p.s. I hope your hand is feeling better! :) Manshu Blogcarnival is a very useful tool to organize and participate http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 8. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? October 11th, 2009 4:16 am in carnivals. Sean For those that love the - October 11th, 2009 4:16 am YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin) You may want to check out this code for you single.php (wp bunch) it is easy (7sins) http://tinyurl.com/ydzg6n3 Ronblogger of course i love wordpress,akismet,all in one seo,facebook October 11th, 2009 4:30 am fanpages ;) jan geronimo Let’s see: October 11th, 2009 4:40 am Writing part of the blogging routine: Google Doc - I can access it everywhere. I don’t have to bring flash drive, laptop, etc. Google Reader - looking for inspiration, something that sparks off a new idea for a blog post and when I’m done, it’s time to type into search box of Google Reader again so I can have a list of related links for my post. I use Picnik for image editing. Any online dictionary to check spelling and grammar. Plugins: I love Apture - can embed pics, videos, links, which provide readers with little a box showing the image of the url I’m linking to without ever leaving my page. Promotion: FriendFeed, Twitter, Delicious. FriendFeed autopublish the link to my new post when I hit publish, which in turn gets sent to Facebook and Twitter. Of course, I still have Tweetmeme on my posts for readers who want to share the love. Can I add coffee. I consume cups and cups of coffee? Helps me a lot when writing my blog posts. :) Rajput Well, My Top 10 blogging Tools are October 11th, 2009 5:05 am 1. Joomla 2. Ultimate Content Editor 3. Twitter Updates extension 4. Face book Connect extension 5. Share it 5. Joomla Most Popular post extension 6. Joomla Security Extensions 7. Live Writer 8. Zenphoto 9. Phpbb404 10. Disqus Comment system Gloson Here are my 5 fav tools. (If you want to know more about October 11th, 2009 5:05 am them, just google them ;-) ) 1. Windows Live Writer WLW is really one of the best blogging tools I couldn’t live without. (I have even written a review about it). 2. All-in-one-SEO Pack Really helps with SEO. 3. Google Analytics Though I think it is not too accurate, it has wonderful stats features. http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 9. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 4. WordPress Database Backup Backs up your blog. Also lets you schedule backups and sends them to your email. 5. Stumble Upon The best social bookmarking site, in my opinion. Sends out a lot of targeted traffic. Armen Shirvanian JDarkRoom is my go-to writing platform. I keep mentioning it October 11th, 2009 5:06 am in many places, but why not, because it works great for me. I go into the black screen with green text and my articles roll right out. I also use some of the other services/tools from the other comments here. Nadia 1. Wordpress October 11th, 2009 5:32 am -Because I use that on my site. 2. Pait Shop Pro -For designing and image editing. 3. Aksimet -I do have a lot of spam comments. 4. Twingly.com -To ping my blog:D 5. Autoping Norway -Norwegian ping wp-plugin. 6. Blogg.no -Norwegian easy-to-use blog tool (site). 7. Google Analytics -To know everything I want toknow about my visitors. 8. Notepad -To code the site. 9. Blogurat.net -Great for knowing what kind of ranking I have in Norway. 10. Problogger, Bloggtips.no and The Swedish Blog magazine (Blogg) -Where i get my blog tips from;D Nathan Sumner I’m a big fan of WordPress.org (self-hosting) and October 11th, 2009 6:24 am StudioPress, but here’s my top ten: 1. WordPress.org 2. StudioPress (Themes) 3. Akismet 4. All in One SEO Pack 5. Sociable 6. FeedBurner FeedSmith 7. My Category Order 8. Subscribe To Comments 9. WordTracker (FireFox Extension) 10. VodPod se7en Oooh great idea! What about CommentLuv… I know I am October 11th, 2009 6:29 am much more likely to comment on a blog that has it because I know it will lead others back to me. And it works both ways as soon as I started using CommentLuv my comments trebled overnight, literally. I just discovered linkWithin and I am going to try it - it looks great. Natalia Ventre 1. Q10 / Darkroom (text editor) http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 10. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? October 11th, 2009 6:54 am 2. Google Analytics & FeedBurner (statistics) 3. Evernote (take notes) 4. Fever (feedreader) 5. Twitter (microblogging, promotion, networking) 6. WordPress (blog platafform) 7. Problogger (learning) 8. Thank me later (WP plugin) 9. CommentLuv (WP plugin) 10. W3 Total Cache (WP plugin) umar My favourite wordpress plugin is onlywire bookmarking button October 11th, 2009 7:03 am it submits your post to thirty social site with just one single click DJ 1. Twitter updater October 11th, 2009 8:36 am 2. Google Reader 3. Google Analytics 4. Adsense! 5. Photobucket Jodi Kaplan 1. Aksimet October 11th, 2009 8:53 am 2. YARRP 3. Google Analytics 4. AddThis 5. All in One SEO 6. Wordpress Automatic Upgrade (a godsend when I upgraded!! I was tearing my hair out before I found this) 7. No self-pings 8. WordPress Database Backup Hmm, that’s only 8, but I’m going to investigate Search/Replace, CommentLuv, and LinkWithin based on the other responses. Thanks guys! Tony Hello all, can someone tell me what wordpress self host is? October 11th, 2009 10:43 am Darren, sorry I put this question here but didn’t know where else to do so. I read about wordpress and wordpress.org, but not sure if self host means the free blog part, I know wordpress.org you have to pay. Sorry just confused and may want to do another blog on wordpress. Thanks!! Rita Good topic. It offers ideas to try. October 11th, 2009 11:14 am Rita Laurinda Great stuff in comments. I’m going to check out some of the October 11th, 2009 11:51 am suggestions above. My favorite: 1. Wordpress Self Hosted version 2. Askimet 3. Intense Debate 4. Facebook Share 5. Google Analytics 6. Feedburner 7. Tweetmeme 8. Add to/Share Plug-In 9. Tweetdeck 10. Digital Voice Recorder - This is not necessarily a blogging http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 11. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? tool, but it’s a tool I use to help with my blog. When I’m driving or sitting at my computer it’s the fastest way to make notes and catch ideas. Frank Dickinson Wordpress October 11th, 2009 11:52 am Vigilance Theme Askimet Disqus Comments Picnik Photobucket Squidoo Propeller Market Samurai Gist It! The ones I’m now having a look at from your comments: CommentLuv, Link Within, All in One SEO Pack, Wordpress Automatic Upgrade and OnlyWire. WOW - thanks for a great post! Tons of value. kalyan These ae 10 tools which i think sharing with you all will be October 11th, 2009 11:54 am useful and i love Blogger so no Wordpress tools . 1. i use blogger platform. 2. windows live writer with plug-ins 3. Google Analytics 4 .jing screen capture from techsmith 5. shareaholic firefox add on 6. Disqus Comment system 7. tell-a-friend sharing button 8. lijit search 9. Q10 for distraction free writing 10. Google reader tcoys Google Analytics October 11th, 2009 12:29 pm Google reader All in One SEO WP Super Cache Plugin just so so Ammon WordPress October 11th, 2009 12:32 pm Google Flickr Wikipedia Twitter Safari WriteRoom Typinator Voila Picturesque Patty Reiser Here are my favorite blogging tools in no particular order: October 11th, 2009 12:57 pm 1. Windows Live Writer 2. Akismet 3. Disqus 4. TweetMeme 5. Contact 7 6. Share This http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 12. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 7. WP Greet Box 8. MailChimp 9. NewsFox 10. Photobucket Ian M Rountree Ok. So if we’re looking for actual tools, I’ll come short of 10 October 11th, 2009 12:59 pm by a long shot. However, in the interest of keeping my blog going, someone could: 1 - use Disqus for comments, so you don’t lose anything on any of the sites you either run, or comment on. - troll the wordpress codex weekly looking for new toys to play with, be they themes to hack or plugins t try. 2 - write everything, whether it’s worth posting or not. Set it on a delay if you have to, if you’re not sure it’s worth having said, but write it down anyway, just in case. 3 - read lots of blogs on lots of subjects, and pay attention to trending feels; sometimes a marketing blog anda design blog will say the same thing within hours, even when the authors don’t know each other. 4 - use a reader, like Google Reader to keep new posts popping up as they’re released. This also helps when looking for trends. 5 - use Google Alerts if you’re planning a farther reaching series of posts. If you get good at it, you can ride the wave and pick excellent times to release your comments. 6 - Tumbl. Whether it’s through tumblr or through your own site. I built a Tumblelog function into my WordPress theme for this. Tumbling keeps content flowing, and means if someone said it well enough, you can just toss people through to them, rather than expending extra energy rewriting it yourself. 7 - keep reading offline too. Pick up a good book every so often, fiction or non-fiction, and read it critically to pick up on the author’s voice as well as the story they tell. This will help your writing, which will help your blogging. 8 - get a pen pal or two, keep up with people. When you’re conversing in long-letter format, your skills go up as well. Twitter might force you to get better with your words, but there’s no substitute for cohesive, directing writing. 9 - red ProBlogger. Do I get brownie points now? 10 - keep YOUR own voice. Above all else.Sometimes it takes years to develop a writing voice, but readers can recognize when a post is forced, or when you’re playing copycat. Write like yourself and you’ll enjoy writing more, and keep blogging longer. If you’re not writing your own words it becomes a chore, and chores have a habit of getting the lowest spot on the priority list. There we have it. At least, that’s my list. I know it’s not as snazzy as using Posterous or Delicious for notes and employing time-management tools. But trust me, if you remind yourself consciously of even three of these things every post you make, writing as a process will become (if it’s not already) one of your favorite things. Jeff@MySuperChargedLife I consider the following priceless: October 11th, 2009 1:15 pm 1. Windows Live Writer 2. Banner Maker Pro (for easy banners!) 3. Flickr 4. CamStudio (free screen recording) 5. Batch Categories plug-in http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 13. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 6. Comment Relish 7. Popularity Contest 8. WordPress Automatic Upgrade 9. WordPress Database Backup 10. WP-Cache Shabbir Pretty much everything is covered but still I would add my list. October 11th, 2009 2:05 pm Disquss comments Aweber Related Posts All in One SEO Blog Stats Akismet WP-Poll Adsense Google Custom Search Feedburner Plugin Mike McCready Here are my favorite blogging tools: October 11th, 2009 2:18 pm 1) Feedburner 2) Scribfire 3) Zemanta 4) Hybrid Framework (Wordpress theme framework) 5) Google Analytics 6) HootSuite / ow.ly 7) WP-SpamFree 8) Google Reader 9) Fotobook (Connect Facebook albums to Wordpress) 10) Sharethis Surender Sharma Hi Darren, October 11th, 2009 2:37 pm Really wonderful question from you. My 10 Blogging Tools are: 1 Wordpress (Self Hosted) 2 Window live Writer 3 Akismet 4 Feedburner for Spread my content 5 Aweber For Subscription 6 Google Analytics 7 Woopra for Real Time Stats 8 Related Post Plugin for High CTR 9 Affiliates Link Stats Checker 10 Social Media for auto spread the content List is endless so I hope these are sufficient tools. Young 1. Akismet October 11th, 2009 4:05 pm 2. Apture 3. Broken Link Checker 4. Dagon Design Sitemap Generator 5. FeedBurner FeedSmith 6. Twitter Tools 7. Limit Login Attempts http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 14. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 8. All in one SEO 9. YARPP 10. WordPress Mobile Edition Marion 1) Wordpress October 11th, 2009 5:00 pm to blog 2) TwitterFox/StumbleUpon/a number of Forums/RSS-Button to spread new post 6) youtube, google video, daily motion etc. for videos, 7) pixelio.de for free fotos, 8) search statistics, forums, daily life for new ideas, 9) Tumblr to store videos, pictures, short texts I will use later Derek Jensen Darren, October 11th, 2009 5:14 pm My top 10 favorite blogging tools would be the following: 1. Wordpress.org 2. Facebook 3. Twitter 4. All in One SEO (Wordpress) 5. YouTube 6. Google Analytics 7. Feedburner 8. Google Tools (web search, etc.) 9. Blogger 10. Reading Problogger.net, Mashable, and Lifehacker martin Ok, here is my list: October 11th, 2009 7:15 pm http://grabjuice.com/ Backtype GoogleReader WP WP.com Darkroom Twitter Feedburner Syed Balkhi 1. WordPress October 11th, 2009 8:12 pm 2. FeedBurner 3. Twitter 4. Facebook 5. All in One SEO 6. WP Super Cache 7. WP Daily Database Backup 8. Akismet 9. Subscribe to Comments 10. cFormsII Make Money Online Plug-in Favorites are: Philippines October 11th, 2009 8:42 pm 1. All in one SEO 2. Adsense 3. MBP Stripe AD 4. Ping Optimizer 5. Unblockable Pop up 6. Platinum SEO 7. Sociable 8. Comment Autoresponder 9. Subscribe210 http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 15. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 10. XML Sitemap These are great tools! Fun Facts Twitter October 11th, 2009 9:17 pm Facebookshare Google friend connect Thee best tools Stephen Here are my ten today (not in any particular order), if you October 11th, 2009 10:44 pm asked me again tomorrow the list would probably be different! WordPress WordPress Themes Evernote Google Alerts WordPress Plugins (esp Related Posts and Ordered Thumbnails) Windows Live Writer Flickr for Creative Commons Photos Akismet Google Chrome Tweetmeme Heather Allard Tony, October 11th, 2009 11:15 pm Wordpress self-hosted is Wordpress.org. You host a Wordpress blog on your domain and pay for the domain registration and hosting fees. So, your blog address would be http://www.yourdomain.com versus http://www.yourdomain.wordpress.com. I hope that helps! Heather Hemant Kumar Singh i like- seesmic desktop, hootsuite, facebook connect, blogger, October 11th, 2009 11:16 pm google toolbar, akismet, aweber, evernote, seo for firefox and wordtracker MB I like Posterous, Shareaholic, and Bit.ly October 11th, 2009 11:44 pm tantan well some of my favourite tool are October 11th, 2009 11:53 pm linklist twitter picture youtube Bash Bosh Mostly I use the following tools: October 11th, 2009 11:54 pm 1. Windows Live Writer - An excellent tool for blogging. Supports many great plugins and high functionality. (free) 2. Photoshop - I use this software to edit/create photos on my blog. (commercial) 3. SnagIt - A great screen capturing software with many advanced features and options (commercial) http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 16. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 4. Google Analytics - Show you some great and accurate information about your visitors. (free) 5. FeedBurner - I use this tool to get information about my subscribers and loyal visitors. (free) 6. BitKinex - The most functional FTP client software available completely for free. 7. Notepad++ - Great text editor, supports automatic syntax highlight and much more. (free) 8. MS Word - The most popular and most effective office suite from Microsoft. I use it often for my blog. (commercial) 9. Google Mail - I use the google mail address for my blog. (free) 10. WP Plugins like All in One SEO, WP Super Cache, InteseDebate (comments), Vipers Video Quicktags and much more… pepo Yes a mix of that… October 12th, 2009 12:24 am seriously, all-in-one-seo-pack Kimili flash embed database backup SexyLightBox for Wordpress Contact form 7 wp-stats nextgen gallery and APTURE! Maryland Web Design 1. Problogger.net October 12th, 2009 1:12 am Lets me be serious. You learn so much here with problogger that you really don’t need any other tool/resource. Thanks Darren! Jack Oh nice idea. October 12th, 2009 1:38 am 1) Wordpress (Just has to be #1) 2) Twitter (So much traffic) 3) All In One SEO 4) FeedBurner FeedSmith plugin 5) Photoshop 6) cPanel file manager (nice and fast) 7) Firebug firefox plugin (for those scarey code moments) 8) Sociable 9) Newsletter plugin 10) Contest Burner plugin Chris Jacobson 1) WordPress.org October 12th, 2009 1:41 am 2) All in One SEO Plugin 3) Twitter 4) Facebook 5) Google Reader 6) HD video camera 7) DSLR camera 8) Vimeo 9) YouTube http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 17. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? 10) Imagewell (for editing photos) Nick Wordpress. Period. October 12th, 2009 1:47 am Kenya S. I am new to blogging, so I only have two tools to share. My October 12th, 2009 2:18 am favorite two tools are Digsby and My Share the Love Widget. Digsby isn’t really a blogging tool, but it helps my blog just the same. It is a sort of instant messenger program that combines a lot of services, but the best for my blog is a pingbox widget. I put this on my blog, and whenever I am online, my blog visitors can talk to me instantly. Also, which is why I like it better than the Yahoo Pingbox, it gives me the ip address of the visitor that I can click on, and find out where the person is in the world. I also like my “Share the Love” widget. It is really the same as the “Sharing is Sexy” widget you see on many blogs, just with a title line. It has a button for almost every social bookmarking site, so if people want to share what I have written, they can do so right at the bottom of my posts. Rob McPhillips Some great new tools to investigate. It’s hard to stop at 10. October 12th, 2009 2:20 am My list would be; 1. Wordpress for it’s ease of use and flexibility. 2. Thesis for the same reason. 3. Problogger and Twitter to keep updated. 4. Enhanced WP-Contact Form for Readers to ask questions. 5. Photo-Dropper to add images to posts. 6. Youtube and Viper’s Video Tags to embed videos. 7. Wp-Wishlist to add membership aspect. 8. Aweber to develop relationship with Readers. 9. Google Webmaster Tools to check nothing is seriously wrong. 10. WordPress Database Backup, just in case. Joi Wordpress October 12th, 2009 2:39 am Thesis Theme by Chris Pearson Feedburner Google Web Tools Yet Another Related Post plugin Twitter CommentLuv Go Daddy Host Gator Most Vital: Starbucks Ron Mertens Wordpress October 12th, 2009 3:00 am Drupal Google alerts Email YouTube Video-Alerts Jim My list is as follows, October 12th, 2009 3:18 am Akismet All in one SEO Pack http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 18. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? Ad Rotator - I use this for more than ads Bot Tracker - This I use when launching a site to see if it’s recognized Exclude Pages from Navigation Featured Content Gallery ReviewAZON Wordpress Database Backup Dragon Design Sitemap Generator Contact Form 7 Professor Beej WIndows Live Writer takes the cake for me. I install it on any October 12th, 2009 5:17 am computer I use to blog with and it’s just as easy as Google Docs to keep my drafts online. I’ve become a fan of any site that uses CommentLuv, too. I love being able to see what other people are writing, and I love for them to see mine, too. Mahoni All in one SEO Pack October 12th, 2009 5:26 am RichWP.com - All Theme Package Supercache sxc.hu - free stock photos Amara I am one of your Twitter Followers, @amazinglyamara, and October 12th, 2009 6:29 am my favorite blog tools are blogspot, livejournal, and delicious. I look forward to reading all the great suggestions in your blogs comments, what are your favorites Problogger? Alejandro Hi, October 12th, 2009 6:40 am My list: 1 Wordpress 2 Blogger 3 FireShot http://screenshot-program.com/fireshot/ 4 TwitterFeed 5 Google Analytics 6 Google Reader 7 Firefox Web Developer plugin 8 Twitter 9 ShareThis plugin 10 Photoshop Annie Infinite Great idea! My fav tools are: October 12th, 2009 8:38 am 1. Wordpress Self Hosted 2. Zemanta (easy images and more) 3. W3 Total Cache plugin (minimise loading time) 4. Share this (max social share) 5. Google Reader (for inspiration) 6. What would Seth Godin do plugin 7. All in One SEO 8. Form builder 9. Linkwithin plugin 10. Disqus plugin Some great ideas here that I will be checking out for sure! Thanks for this Darren :) Comments will be closed off on this post 90 days after it is published. http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 19. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? Apologies to those this impacts but it's a regrettable and temporary measure to combat a growing comment spam problem. See our most recent posts where you can comment here. Leave a Reply Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website Notify me of future comments via e-mail ProBlogger Blog Tips Categories 31 Days to Building a Better Adsense Advertising Affiliate Programs Birthday Prize Giveaway Blog Blog Design Blog Networks Blog News Blog Promotion Blogging for Dollars Blogging Tools and Services Business Blogging Case Studies Chitika eMiniMalls Featured Posts General Miscellaneous Blog Tips Other Income Streams Podcasting Pro Blogger Interviews Pro Blogging News ProBlogger Site News Reader Questions RSS Search Engine Optimization Social Media Video Posts Writing Content Yahoo Publishing Network Recommended Money Makers Problogging Resources Who is behind Problogger? Chitika eMiniMalls Blog Mastermind Mentoring My name is Darren Rowse and I’m My Review a full time Blogger making a living WidgetBucks Six Figure Blogging from this new and dynamic medium Shopzilla from blogs like Digital Photography SEO Book School and TwiTip - Twitter Tips. Amazon Associates Teaching Sells Back in 2002 I stumbled upon an article about ‘Blogging’. I didn’t Books for Bloggers know it at the time but that moment Ninja Affiliate Plugin for WordPress changed my life. Since then I've become a full time blogger and ProBlogger the Book have blogged on over 20 blogs and co-founded the b5media blog network. 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Read more at my about page More Recommended Blogging Resources Connect with Darren You can connect with me via social media sites at http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]
  • 20. What are Your Favorite 10 Blogging Tools? Facebook (friend limit reached) - Facebook Fan Page - LinkedIn - ProBlogger on Twitter (also ProBlogger.com on Twitter) - SU - FriendFeed - Digg Blog design by Ben Bleikamp ProBlogger Disclaimer http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/10/11/what-are-your-favorite-10-blogging-tools/[10/11/2009 5:10:24 PM]