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Most beginning bloggers think that if they do a little research and start writing about the topics they like, that people will come to their blog in droves to read what they have to say.

And all they get are crickets.

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But, hey, don’t worry. It’s totally normal to think that.

Even those of us that know blogging is hard still don’t know just how difficult starting a blog is until they try it, myself included.

That’s because you read all the awesome blog posts and articles about how much money successful bloggers make and how they can travel the world and live lavishly. But in reality, many bloggers barely make any money from their blogs for months (and sometimes longer) or quit because they realize it’s too hard.

I don’t want that to happen to you. I’ve learned a lot from the bloggers who started before me, and figured out the secrets to success and applied them over and over again. Heck, I’ve even learned from some of the ones who started blogging after me!  

So, this list of blogging tools for beginners has some of the best tools for newbies so you can become more successful much quicker than I did. I want to shorten the learning gap and make things much easier, so you don’t give up right before you truly become successful.

Here’s What You’ll Learn in This Post:

  • The differences between high-income and low-income bloggers
  • The best blogging tools and resources for new bloggers
  • Basic information on these tools and resources
  • Why you need these resources and blogging tools for beginners

But before we get to those tools, what sets low-income and high-income bloggers apart.

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The Main Difference Between Low-Income and High-Income Bloggers

A study by GrowthBadger last year illustrated key differences between high-income and low-income bloggers, and they’re quite interesting.

  • Bloggers making over $50,000 a year placed more emphasis on SEO than those making less money. They were 4.3 times more likely to perform keyword research.
  • Seventy percent of bloggers making more than $50,000 per year actively promote their blogs while only 14 percent of lower-income do.
  • All bloggers placed a lot of emphasis on quality content, but active promoting seems to be the most significant difference here.
  • Of those bloggers making over $50,000, 45 percent sold their own service or product, while only 8 percent of bloggers do.
  • Lower-income bloggers rate social media 19 percent higher than high-income bloggers.
  • Higher-income bloggers focus on getting more email subscribers, and they use many methods of collecting emails- 343 percent more than lower-income bloggers.

Here is another statistic that I want new bloggers to focus on. Longer blog posts are a direct correlation with success. Bloggers earning more than $50,000 per year say that there most popular blog posts are an average of 2,424 words long. That’s 83 percent longer than bloggers making less money.

One of the first things I think of when I see someone with a short blog post is that they need to write a little bit longer to be recognized by the Google Gods. I’m not saying that to be snotty in any way. Look at my earlier blog posts. You’ll see they are quite short. And to think I thought I was some literary genius back then. I’m sure I’ll feel the same about this article eventually.

I like to use KeySearch’s content assistant (you should too, it’s incredible). It tells you the average number of words that the articles on page 1 ranking for the keyword phrase you want to rank for. Many have a crazy amount of words. I would see 5,000-word posts and be like how does anyone do that?

I recently did it with my blog post Astoundingly Simple Freelancing Hacks that Guarantee success. And it appears this one will be over 5600 words. Just two months ago, I didn’t think I would ever be able to do it. Mine are almost always over 2300 words long now.

Now that you know some of the differences between high earning bloggers and those that make less than $50,000, let’s get onto the list of blogging tools for beginners that will help you start a money-making blog.

I would like to note that this list is specifically a list of blogging tools for beginners and not intermediate or advanced. I may make some recommendations, but I’m looking for inexpensive or free solutions for the most part, and this list certainly isn’t exhaustive.

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Blog Hosting Resources and Tools

Hosting is one of the few things that you’re probably going to need to spend money on right from the start. Yes, there are free alternatives but let me be clear if you want full control over your website and to have greater control over SEO and monetization, you want a WordPress.org blog. It may be a ginormous pain later down the road to change everything over, and you’ll want to.

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WordPress.org

I personally have never seen any blogger making substantial money on their blog recommend anything other than a WordPress.org blog. It’s one of the main reasons I started my blog there.

Some of you may be shaking your head at me, and I get it. When you’re trying at first to start your blog, you want to do it as cheaply as possible, but I promise if you plan on making this your main hustle, choose WordPress.org.

One of the most common questions I see in blogging Facebook groups is what platform should I start my blog on, and then I see people posting about how difficult it is to build a blog on WordPress.org.

Girl, the struggle is REAL. #strugglestreet

I royally suck at anything tech-related. I struggle with fixing things too. Ask my mom how long it took me to replace the fluorescent bulb in her kitchen. On second thought, don’t. ??

If I can learn WordPress, then ANYONE can. In fact, I don’t know anybody worse than me at tech except maybe an infant.

The more you use it, the better you’ll get, and for me, it was all worth it for a self-hosted WordPress site.

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