Bring Your Website To Life With The Right Tools
As a blog or website owner, you are trying to get as much exposure as you can with your content, so that you have a great chance to provide value for your readers while still getting enough eyes on your content. The behind the scenes work takes time, so why not find some tools that can make your job much easier? I have assembled a list of The Best website tools for 2019.
As the current year flows from summer and soon into fall then it is time for blog owners to start thinking about 2019 and how to grow your brand or make money from your efforts online.
Doing all the work that needs to be done for your online business to succeed can be very challenging if you do not know where to go for information for stuff like finding images or graphic design or even social media promotions. This post lists several choices for you and many more helpful tools to get you on the right track
Of the tools, I list below many are free and others have a cost associated with them but usually have a free trial of some sort to let you try it out first. We will cover WordPress plugins, Business office tools, Keyword research and SEO, Graphics design, Images, and image compression, Web hosting, Social Media promotions as well as other topics
Note: Some links in this post contain affiliate links which means that if you decide to use that service or program I may gain a small commission at no cost to you, which helps this website stay online and also provides the means to try out other great tools to share with you. Affiliate links are a regular part of online commerce and it is how I make my living online.
1. WordPress Plugins
If you have a WordPress website I am sure you know about how plugins work. There are many fantastic plugins several thousand to be exact and I have listed a couple that I use for this website that can prove to be very useful as you go forward. I have a couple of nice plugins I use that make my life easier as a website owner.
All In One SEO Pack
This is a WordPress plugin that really helps you out with your SEO requirements. You have the option to add a meta title and description for your articles( the titles and descriptions you see when you search online for information), Connecting to your social media sites as well as Google and Bing for analytic information really helps.
The company I am associated with that hosts my website already has All in One SEO Pack installed when your website is launched. Yes you can change it if you like and use a different option, they just do that for convenience and to help you with your SEO needs
Pretty Link Lite
A nice little plugin that makes your links look better and appear more professional. For example, you can have a URL followed by a word instead of special characters and really long links that look bad or not visually appealing. This helps with the user experience as they feel less likely to be scammed
Note if you need a hand finding plugins or how to install them Leave a comment below this post and I will help
2. Google Business Office Tools
This is not the name of the tool. I just used that to give you an idea of what you can find for free and how it relates to the functions of creating content for your website. Google has a free set of tools to use that can replace your traditional office software like PowerPoint, Word, and Excel for example.
a document creation tool that can be used much like Word. You have templates to pick from for creating email newsletters as well as a nice document writer for creating your posts.
Consider this a replacement for PowerPoint from Microsoft Office. Why pay for it when Google gives you the same functions for free. No, they are not exactly the same but close enough to save you money and still give great value by helping you stay organized and create professional looking slide presentations. As with all the google choices they have templates as well or blanks to create from scratch if you like
Basically, this is a way to create spreadsheet type files, much like Microsoft Office Excel. As with the docs, there are preloaded templates if you choose to go that route, or just start from a blank sheet and build it out the way you want.
You can get all three of these in one place with G Suite. There is a monthly fee for this one. They have many more functions to help you like Google drive all in one place. You can decide if there is value in paying for it. I personally use the three above for free but I figured I would mention this in case you want this and more in one place for a fee.
The above items are web-based tools that do not require a download for you to use them. If you prefer a downloadable option, consider Apache Open Office which is free and has the same type of pieces to create text, slides, and spreadsheets
3. Keyword Research Tools
Probably one of if not the most important piece of the pie when getting going with your website is a good keyword research tool. The good ones also help you by providing more than just keywords for your articles. There are free keyword tools like Google Keyword Planner but they really leave out some key features you need as a website owner. Unfortunately, a really good keyword tool will have a cost associated with it, especially if you get one with a rank checker or SEO assist type information. Going cheap on keyword research will cost you in the end, the old saying you get what you pay for applies in this case.
The good news is, all the tools I will show you have free trials, so you can really get an idea of what you can expect from them.
Jaaxy is truly a great tool for your website, with several features like Site rankings, Alphabet soup searches, competition analysis, Brainstorming, Domain availability and much more. Including a very lucrative affiliate program (even as a free member) in case, you want to monetize your site. You can also find other affiliate programs by using Jaaxy( my tool of choice). See my Jaaxy review for additional information
The box below will get you started for Free with Jaaxy, just enter a potential keyword in the search field and away you go
A truly professional SEO and keyword research suite of tools. Check on your competition, find out how your articles are performing, social media marketing, and at the time of this article, I believe they have 28 tools as part of the first paid plan option. Select the banner below to check out the free trial and information on their website
A great tool for all thing’s keyword and SEO related. Find low competition keywords and find high-quality keywords that rank well. This is primarily a keyword research tool and the keywords displayed provide the information you need about competition and possible cost for PPC as well as other information that can be useful. There is a free trial which is nice and the first paid plan is very affordable. Select the banner below to go to the homepage and read the additional information section
Having a good base for your keyword research is the backbone of your online business and plays a major role in the amount of money you make. Eventually, when you start generating revenue, you will want to have a couple good options for your research but just getting started means the budget is low so pick your favorite and go from there. All of these options are fantastic and provide truly valuable information for you to use. There are other good tools available but these are the ones I prefer
4. Graphic Design
We have all seen the great ad banners that show up when we get online, or even in social media posts. Many of those are created by professionals. The landscape is changing in a way that you as a website owner regardless of your skill level can create many stunning and professional graphics for your business or promotions.
A fantastic graphics design tool that allows you to use pre-configured templates for your images based on the optimal pixel size used by what you are promoting.
For example, if you want to send out a great graphic on your Facebook account you would select the social media option then find one for a Facebook post and the pixel size dimensions that display best on Facebook will show up for you in the template.
Yes, you can customize anything to your own dimensions. They offer you templates to make it easier. They have a free account with no time limit and a few payment plan options that give you some nice perks at a very affordable price
A huge bonus from Design Wizard is now they have video creation as well, not just images. Templates are available or you can upload your own videos and customize them to meet your needs
See My Design Wizard Review Here for more information
How to create videos using Design Wizard. See the explainer video below from a Design Wizard Employee
Probably the easiest to use graphic design software. Preformatted templates for just about anything you need online, this shot below is just a portion of the templates available. The pixel size dimensions just like with Design wizard are already set to the most common or optimal size for you. As you can see in the upper right you can also use custom dimensions
Upload your own image and edit it or use one of theirs. It still comes out as a professional quality graphic.
They have a free option and a payment plan option but honestly, the free account is all you really need. No video creation option at this time, but very good graphic design features
5. Images For Your Website
ever wonder how websites get their high-quality images? you know they did not take every photograph, but how can someone find high-quality images that can be used online? Let me show you.
A very nice repository of commercially useable images, meaning you can you most of them without copyright issues. This site is free, but help them out when you download images and contribute to them from PayPal and help them stay relevant.
another great spot to get commercially useable images for free. Same as Pexels, help them out and send the creator a tip once in a while when they load a good image. Also, videos are available as well, pretty basic but still could be used as an intro to a larger video.
This is a proprietary tool created by Wealthy Affiliate. Over 1 Million free to use images already optimized if you are in Site Content. A few perks with site content is that you can use it to write your posts and keep everything organized, create templates, writing goals and track your stats and so on. To use Site Content you need to be a member of Wealthy Affiliate. Free starter members can use the tool but premium members get to use the images, a great tool for you if you want a great place to create your information and as a bonus receive World class training on other aspects of running a website just because you are a member.
6. Image Optimization
Optimized images perform much better in search engines. A site full of non-optimized images will eventually get bogged down and slow due to all the time it takes to load your images. Loading speed is a ranking factor for Google, so to show up well in searches you need to optimize your images.
What optimization does is get rid of the UN needed pixels within an image and depending on the image and image type can have little to no effect on quality.
The site I use to optimize is Tiny Jpg just drag and drop your images and download the new version and post it on your site. This is a must if you want a fast loading website. Overlooking optimization can have a dramatic impact on your exposure online.
As you can see in the image The download column shows how much percentage wise was saved when optimized. These listed images are some same ones used in this post. This tool is free to use, I suggest you add it to your arsenal
7. Social Media Promotions
We all want our information to be seen but more importantly sen by the desired audience you have targeted. Social media helps give you a much-needed boost in exposure. Yes, you can get the word out even with little to no followers. Keep working on your accounts and grow your exposure list by using some very helpful tools for your business.
My tool of choice for promoting social media posts. You have the option to share your own posts or someone else s who might have relevant information for your followers. You set filters as to the topics that display for you to choose from and share the ones you like. The fun part is that you can connect your other social media accounts within the interface and when you send out information you can choose which accounts or all of them that will get your shared content. This allows you to build up a followers list very quickly.
I raised my twitter exposure by 65% within 1 week of using Crowdfire.
Posts can be scheduled in advance in a queue format and launch even when your not online and be shared at the most optimal times to be seen based on traditional hot times for social media.
They also have a very nice perk, if you have a paid account which is very reasonable. They have an affiliate network called GrowSumo that contains many programs you can use to promote either using Crowdfire or just by themselves. So not only can you grow your followers’ list you can make a little money on the side.
Another great social media sharing tool. Just like with Crowdfire Above you can connect multiple accounts like Facebook and Twitter and so on and post to all at once on a schedule you set in a queue format. This is a nice tool to get started with your social media accounts that need some TLC.
8. Video Creation
Perhaps the most intimidating part of being a website owner is videos. How to make them and use them effectively on your site is a skill that most of us have not acquired. Well I think I can help you out
A Pricey option is Camtasia which is a fabulous program but it is expensive. Great features and a very professional program, but do you really need it for the price?
I use ScreenCast O Matic to create my videos and it only costs $15.99 a year. Not bad at all. You can also use a free version which is a bit limited but it will get you going. You have all sorts of video editing options as well as the ability to import a video and add it to a current one, like for example an intro with your logo on it, then it kicks seamlessly to the rest of your video
Best bet is to get online and find a USB webcam and microphone that is of good quality and you are on your way. I got mine on Amazon the webcam was about $30 and the Mic was about $17 I am going by memory but that’s pretty close. Find a webcam that can record high quality like 1080P or better and you should be able to produce some nice videos after you get the hang of the software.
9. Web Hosting
In order to get online, you will need a web hosting service that can handle what you expect to receive traffic wise. Web hosting is a bit subjective as they are all similar and most are just fine for hosting options. I have seen several hosting providers and it basically comes down to personal preference and what features you will get. The costs are usually very affordable for a monthly or yearly plan. You will also need to purchase a domain name for your site, they traditionally run about $15 a year. Here are a few options to consider.
A solid option to consider. Siteground is considered within the industry to be the bloggers choice for hosting services.
The plans listed below have different price points, depending on what you need. If you plan on having only 1 website then the Startup plan is fine, for multiple websites the Growbig plan is probably best.
Think long term when deciding on a hosting service, how much traffic can you get for your money how big if a website space is available and so on.
Honestly, there is really no need to pay more than $6 a month for just hosting as there are many places to find hosting plans that will be in that range or less. If you pay more you expect to get much more than just web hosting and domain registration.
I mention this as an option for multiple reasons, mainly because of what you get for the money. The cost is much higher than most hosting plans at $49 a month however you get much more than just a website hosted. You get an entire platform and suite of tools to learn from on how to build and profit from your website. See my Wealthy Affiliate review for a more detailed breakdown of what is available. This website is hosted at Wealthy Affiliate and I have had nothing but great support and a fast website and all the tools and training needed to make a few bucks online. No additional costs for more websites other than a domain name purchase on a yearly purchase. Many plans will charge you much more to host multiple websites so the value is in the entire package which includes a keyword research tool, which is an additional cost if you use another hosting option.
They have multiple plans but I would recommend a WordPress hosting option so you can have your WordPress site with the plugins I listed in the first part of this post. I think they also give you $100 credits on both Google ad words and Bing Ads as part of any hosting plan. Nice perk, won’t really last long but still nice.
Very affordable WordPress hosting option and domain registration. The website is a bit more difficult to find out what exactly is in your hosting plan, so you may want to use the chat option and talk to them before purchasing. Bluehost is a very popular name in the online space, you get to decide if they are any better than the others I have listed for you.
10. Check Your Grammar and Spelling
As you build your online presence you will need to have a great deal of content at some point. To have a tool that keeps you honest and shows you how you are doing with grammar, punctuation, and spelling is a big plus. We have all seen articles that are well done and fancy but in that article somewhere you come across a misspelled word or 2, I have seen it many times. I also have done that on this website and later found out I had several in one post thanks to a great tool that keeps me on track
A nice tool that can also be an add-on to your web browser. Grammarly is a fabulous service that is extremely helpful as you type your content. The free plan is very good and a great help, as you grow you may want to consider Grammarly pro, which is a nice upgrade from the free version.
A tool that keeps you organized and lets you work on multiple projects at once and collaborate with others or plan your daily activities. It is basically an office organizer tool that has many nice features and is very popular online. They have a free forever plan which may be all you need. Check it out.
Quora is an online forum that lets you ask and answer questions and find out what is a hot topic that you may know something about. Share your knowledge and gains followers and you will soon see how this can increase the traffic to your website. Enter your website details into your profile and try to avoid spamming or your information will be deleted by moderation.
We have covered many tools and also a few other useful tips like web hosting. I hope this guide helps you out by guiding you to honest and legitimate tools or services that work for you and not against you.
Please comment below and add your favorites or just let us know how we helped you or ask any questions you may be curious about. Either way, it would be nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by.