My Blogging Tools

I’m often asked 2 questions:

1. What blogging tools are necessary for someone just starting out?
2. What blogging tools do I use to get my blog looking and functioning exactly as I want it to?

I’ve created this list to explain exactly what I’ve used to get my blog set up, and to keep all the pieces working in perfect harmony.  This will shed some light on the mysteries of blogging “behind the scenes”, and help you work out some of the kinks with your blog.

Blogging Equipment

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Laptop/Tablet

I prefer using a laptop, but a tablet also works well for blogging on the go.  Just be sure the screen is big enough to really see what you’re designing.  Adding a Keyboard attachment is optional.

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GoPro

Waterproof, dust-proof and weatherproof.  A GoPro is ideal in just about any situation on land, by air, or in the sea.  Just grab the attachments that fit your lifestyle and you’re ready to go!

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Portable Power

Don’t interrupt your adventures by wasting time searching for a plug.  Portable power cells are vital for keeping your devices charged while on-the-go

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Microphone

A lapel microphone is necessary for shooting video outside or in busy locations.  It’s the only way for your voice to be crystal clear while cutting down on the distractions around you.

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Lighting

If you’re shooting blog videos indoors you’ll want to have some decent lighting.  Softboxes are the best way to achieve that natural look while filming in your living-room.

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Smartphone

You really can’t get by without a smartphone if you want to be an active blogger today.  It’s the best way to stay connected to your audience on-the-go.

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Journal & Pen

Always take a journal and good pen with you.  It’s great for planning your posts or keeping track of your experiences for later.

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Bluetooth Selfie-Stick

For the blogger on the go, a selfie-stick is a must – just be sure to stick to some accepted selfie-stick etiquette.

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Tripod with Attachments

While shooting video a good tripod will allow you to be hands-free.  Be sure you have attachments for whatever devices you wish to connect to it.

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External Hard-drive

Keep a backup copy of everything related to your blog on an external hard-drive.  Take it upon yourself to do all you can to protect against failures that could cause you to lose everything.

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Portable Hard-drive

Never again be held at the mercy of a failed SD-card!  Backup pictures and video to a portable hard-drive so you’re covered should something happen during your travels.

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Blue Yeti

For those wanting to expand into podcasts, interviews, or webinars; a Blue Yeti microphone is an absolute must.  It’s the industry standard for professional sound.

Software & Web Applications

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Canva

One of the biggest struggles for beginner bloggers is figuring out image sizing for different mediums.  All this is solved by using Canva: a simple design tool for easily creating graphics of any size or shape.

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Fresh Title & Title Analyzer

Crafting a solid title for your blog posts is almost as important as the content.  Fresh Title and Title Analyzer optimizes your title by comparing it to thousands of proven titles in their exclusive database.

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aWeber

Now that you have a blog, you need a way to communicate with your visitors.  AWeber is the email marketing and autoresponding tool I use to maintain a relationship with my fans.

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Elegant Themes

For any WordPress blog, Elegant Themes offers some of the nicest, intuitive, robust themes and compatible plugins to help your website stand out in the pack.

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Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner is the best way to know what your fans want to hear from you.  Setting up a free account allows you to find out what your target market is searching for online.

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Google Analytics

A professional blogger knows the details about their site, such as number of visitors, where they’re coming from, and what devices they’re using.  Google Analytics is the best way to gather and report on this data.

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BlueHost

One of the first things you’ll need to do as a blogger is reserve your domain (website name), and decide on hosting.  I’ve used a few of the well-known options out there and have found that BlueHost best suits my needs.

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Training System

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a training system available whenever and wherever you needed it, teaching you what all the industry leaders are doing with online marketing for any business?  My Lead System Pro has done exactly that!

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If This Then That

Easily connect your apps and devices to automate your world with If This Then That.  From syncing your home electronics to automating social media posts, the only limit is your imagination!

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GIMP

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free image-editor that allows users to perform many of the same tasks as the more-expensive image-editing software out there.