Top 10: Helpful Websites for Bloggers

I spend a large amount of my time blogging, so much so that I’m really starting to wonder what I used to do with my life before I began my little space of the Internet. Due to the pure amount of time I put in, I’m always on the hunt for new websites or tools that can help me with my blogging journey, by saving me some time in the long run, making those tasks easier or helping me make my blog look the way I envision it. So today, I thought I would round up and share with you, my top 10 websites that I think would also be helpful to other bloggers

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Bit.ly is such an easy tool, but so effective when it comes to blogging. Put simply, it’s a tool that allows you to shorten your links very easily, for example this post’s link can be shortened from http://emilyloula.com/top-10-helpful-sites-for-bloggers to bit.ly/1Hif2Xc This is super helpful when you are limited on the amount of characters you can post on social media. Bit.ly also allows you to track how many people have clicked on your links, as well as shared them on other platforms. It’s a really simple interface, and it’s great to come back to when you’re promoting posts or scheduling tweets (I’ll talk about this later), as all your shortened links are in the same place. They also have an app, which again is really simple to use and perfect for promoting your amazing content on the go.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS

Top Helpful Websites Bloggers Google Analytics emilyloula

If you’re a blogger or the owner of any site, I would imagine that you’ve already come across Google Analytics but I thought I would mention it anyway as it’s so handy to have. To get started you have to connect your analytics account to your blog, but after you’ve done this the once, you’ll have an array of data about your site, and visitors at the tips of your fingers. You can find out so much information from Google Analytics, I could honestly spend hours on there checking all the different areas. The section you can see in the screenshot shows my visitors from all around the globe – how interesting is that?! You can find out your most popular pages, the times your site is most active, how long your readers spend on each page, and how they ended up on your site in the first place. I’ve started to use Google Analytics quite regularly now, and I’m really trying to learn how to make my site grow from the information I’m receiving. It can be a bit tricky to get your head around at the beginning, but it’s honestly worth it!

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Top Helpful Websites Bloggers Buffer emilyloula

I mentioned earlier about scheduling tweets, and Buffer is my tool of choice for this task. Not only can you schedule tweets from this interface, but Facebook, LinkedIn & Google + posts too. You can choose how many times a day, and what times you’d like to post and set this separately for each account. For example, my Twitter is set to post about 4 times a day, whereas my Google + and Facebook accounts are only once daily. The great thing about Buffer is it actually can post pictures as well, instead of a lot of other scheduling tools that will only tweet a link to the photo. Again, this site has a handy app too, which is simple to use, and perfect for scheduling your content on the go. The free version of Buffer lets you schedule up to 10 posts at a time, which is OK for me, I just have to remember to go back and top it up!

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CANVA

Top Helpful Websites Bloggers Canva emilyloula

Canva is one of my newest discoveries on this list, but definitely one of my favourites. Any time you see any graphics coming from me, whether that’s on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest etc, they’ve all been created through this site. I also made my social media account headers on here too, as well as my blog sidebar buttons. It’s so easy to use, with a really simple drag and drop interface, with loads of fonts, templates, images and backgrounds to choose from. Some of the items you can use you have to pay $1 for, but I’ve managed to keep everything I’ve used free so far, and haven’t paid a penny, so it’s definitely doable. Canva also has preset designs and size templates that are really handy, for example they already have a template set up for the correct size of a Google + header, and a Pinterest infographic. If you haven’t tried this out yet, definitely give it a go – you won’t regret it!

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PICMONKEY

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It’s only been within the last month or so that I’ve actually stopped using PicMonkey to edit all of my photos. I now edit the majority within Lightroom as I find this works really well with my file structure on my Mac, but I always come back to PicMonkey. I still use it to quickly re-size images, or to add text to photos like the swatches above, but it definitely does a good enough job for you to use to edit all of your photos, all the time like I used to. It’s a free photo editor that you use within your browser which has hundreds of really great features. You can edit the brightness, contrast, shadows and highlights easily, as well as sharpening your images, and adding some text or frames. If you’re a novice at editing photos, PicMonkey is a great place to start, or if you’re just looking for a new way to edit your photos, you should definitely check their website out!

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PEXELS

Top Helpful Websites Bloggers Pexels Stock Photos emilyloula

Recently, I’ve been seeing that it has come to a lot of Bloggers attention, that you can’t actually just download a picture from somewhere like Google Images, or Pinterest and use it on your blog post. You’ll need to firstly ask permission from the owner of the image, as well as having to credit them on your post, which for a lot of people is too much hassle. Personally I’ve never done this myself, and I won’t do because I’m aware of stock image sites such as PEXELS. These type of sites allow you to download images that are not only free for personal and commercial use, but you don’t have to attribute the owner in your post. There are many of these types of sites, and you can find them easily by giving ‘Free Stock Photos’ a quick Google. Personally, PEXELS is my favourite that I’ve come across, with 5 new photos added daily of all things Nature, Abstract, Landscape and Technology related.

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DA FONT

Top Helpful Websites Bloggers DaFont emilyloula

If you’re on the lookout for a new font to use on your graphics, or a new signature font for your blog, DaFont is definitely the place to look. There are thousands and thousands of free fonts that you can easily download and install on your computer. This is another site that I could spend hours on, browsing all the different fonts – there is honestly a perfect one for everybody.

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IFTTT

Top Helpful Websites Bloggers IFTTT emilyloulaIFTTT stands for IF This Then That and is a website and app that allows you to create ‘recipes’ which work together to control your products and apps. For example, I use a recipe for my blog, so that everytime I post a picture to Instagram, it also posts it to my Twitter and Tumblr accounts. I use a different one that automatically logs all of my blog posts from WordPress into a Google Drive Spreadsheet and another to tell me when the UV levels are high and I should apply suncream. There are thousands and thousands of recipes that do all kind of things on here, from alerting you if it’s going to rain, to automatically saving any pictures you’re tagged in to your Dropbox account. The possibilities are pretty endless, and there’s some great recipes that can really save you some time in the blogging world, as well as some nifty ones for everyday life. line-break-dots

W3 SCHOOLS

Top Helpful Websites Bloggers W3 Schools emilyloulaIf you’re anything like me, and enjoy tweaking your theme or editing your blogs code, W3 Schools is the place to learn how to do all of this. There are so many free, easy tutorials on this site, that can help you to learn a whole load of coding. Any HTML code I’ve ever needed to add to my blog, I’ve found from this site, and I’ve been able to easily implement it. There’s all sorts of different snippets of codes you can use, from formatting your text, adding images with links, changing colours or creating a table. Best of all, it’s really simple to navigate and play around with, and completely free to use with no sign up.
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GOOGLE DRIVE

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As a blogger, Google Drive is honestly a tool that I couldn’t be without now, and one I use every single day that I’m blogging. Firstly, I actually write up all my posts from within Google Drive, on Google Docs, before I copy them across into WordPress when I’m ready to post. I find the interface really easy to use, and it syncs my documents between all my devices, so no matter if I’m at work on my lunch, at home in my bed on my mac, or stuck on a train with my phone, I can always finish that blog post I started earlier. Within Google Drive I also use a lot of Google Sheets, which is their equivalent to Excel and is super easy to use. I use Sheets to create various different spreadsheets such as the various analytics and followers for my site, as well my new post ideas so I can keep track of what photos I’ve taken and which posts I’ve already promoted. Any photos that I need, such as the pictures I create for my Twitter from Canva are also uploaded to my drive, so they are easily accessible from all devices, and you can actually open photos directly from Google Drive into PicMonkey, which is so handy! Google Drive is free and when you sign up you get 20GB of space to use which would be more than enough for most people. I’ve actually upgraded mine so I have 100GB of space, which only costs me £1.29 a month – but it’s definitely well worth it!

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So that’s it for my Top 10 websites for bloggers, I really hope that this post has been helpful to you and you’ve found a new tool to use in the future! Are there any sites here that I mentioned that you haven’t tried before, that you’d like to give a go? Have you got any new sites or recommendations for me? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, and thanks so much for reading! 

emily x

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  • Bethan

    Great post, I swear by google analytics, especially the app! I need to try out Buffer though, scheduling tweets with images would be useful!

    http://www.bethanlikes.com

    • Thank you Bethan! Analytics is great isn’t it – I love the app too, it makes it so much easier to understand I find! Definitely give Buffer a go, it’s well worth it! xx

  • Pam Scalfi

    Pexels sounds great and I must use the photo editing one 🙂

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi?

    • Pexels is really great, they have some lovely images on there! x

  • When i saw the title of this post i was so excited to read it! Canva and W3 Schools sounds great, i’ve written them down in my notes section so i don’t forget the names. I’ve also just downloaded that Buffer app! Thanks for this post, it’s great and there are so many tips for bloggers!

    Courtney | http://courtzmelv.com

    • Thanks for reading Courtney, I’m really glad that you found this useful! Hopefully the websites are as handy for you as they are for me! xx

  • Danielle Beautyblog

    Interesting read! Saving for future reference, I think I will need to look into W3 Schools, my HTML skills are non existent at the minute haha

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • Thanks Danielle! W3 Schools is great, I’ve learnt everything I know about HTML (which isn’t much tbh) from them, it’s such a good site! x

  • Laura Nolan

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve haven’t heard of a few of these sites but they look so helpful for blogging
    Laura x
    fbl-savvy.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thanks for reading Laura, I’m glad you found it useful!! xx

  • Charlie

    This was so interesting. It’s cool to see what tools other bloggers use. I’ll to check some of these out.

    charliehearts.com

    • Thanks Charlie! Hope you get use out of some of the sites here xx

  • This is such a helpful post. Thank you so much. I know some of that sites they’re really helpful and amazing.

    Golden chapter ?

    • Thank you very much, I’m so glad that you find this post helpful xx

  • Sarah | sarahinwonderland.co.uk <3
    Sarah | sarahinwonderland.co.uk <3

  • Thanks for such a helpful post!

    Z?
    http://beautybyz.blogspot.se/

    • I’m glad you found it useful, thanks for reading!! xx

  • very helpful post! my favourite has to be picmonkey 🙂

    • Great to hear you found it useful Melissa, Picmonkey is fab isn’t it! xx

  • Emma Kelly

    Never heard of Canva but looks great! IIFTTT winds me up as only works sometimes! x

    Glossy Boutique

    • Canva is great, so easy to use! Oh really, how weird? I’ve never actually had any problems with IFFTTT, it’s always worked for me! That would definitely wind me up too though! xx

  • I’ve actually never heard of Google Analytics! Thanks so much for sharing, love <3
    xxx
    She Will Be

    • Definitely give it a go Slyvia! It’s really interesting to look at!! xx

  • Wow, what a post! I have book marked this for future reference as there are some great sites and tips. I use Buffer and Bitly and they are super handy to use. As for editing photos, I use Pixlr which is super easy! I really need to get my head around Google Analytics but I just don’t understand it 🙁 That Canva site sounds super handy, heading over now to take a look! xxx

    Hannah x hannatalks

    • Thank you Hannah! I’m so glad that you found this post useful! If you can’t get to grips with Google Analytics, I would recommend downloading their app, I think that’s a look easier to use and understand! Hope you enjoyed Canva if you tried it out! xx

  • Great selection of blogging tools! I’ve got Google Analytics set up but I haven’t looked at it all that much – I’m going to start though! Da Font is such a great website, it’s incredible how many people have made such amazing fonts and share them for free!

    Claire // http://technicolourdreamer.blogspot.ie

    • Thanks Claire! I couldn’t believe how many different fonts there were on DaFont, there’s such an amazing variety! xx

  • I don’t use bit.ly but I use a plugin called pretty links. you should install that in your wp if you can. The shorten links will be like yourdomain.com/ + random characters or you can customized. check out mine: xoxolaarni.com/t3zg hihi.

    • Ooo I’ve never heard of Pretty Links before, I’ll definitely have to take a look at that – thanks for the recommendation xx

  • Richard Rackham

    I would also add pixabay, which has a host of good quality, free-to-use images and Google Webmasters (as well as analytics) to make your site more attractive to Google. http://websitesessex.co.uk/

    • Oh I’ve never actually heard of Pixabay – I’ll have to check that out – thanks for the recommendation! Ah yes I forgot about web master tools – that’s so handy! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • This post is so useful, thanks for sharing I am excited to try some of the websites out:) Do you want to support each other’s blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

    kisses

    http://www.theclosetelf.com/

    • Thank you Hilary – I’m so glad that you found it useful, I hope you enjoy the sites if you try them out! x

  • Well this is super useful thank you! I already use a bunch of these but there are a few places that are completely new to me, or I just haven’t utilised yet. IFTTT sounds like absolute magic!!

    Fii || little miss fii

    • Thank you Fii, I’m really glad you found this post useful! Hope you enjoy any new sites you try from this list! IFTTT is great, it can do some really fab things! Thanks for reading lovely xx

  • Sapna Dosa

    I love buffer, it is one of my favourite apps. A very helpful post, thank you. Xx

    http://www.lunaweekend.co.uk

    • Thank you – I’m so glad you found it useful! Buffer is great isn’t it, so handy! xx

  • This is such a useful post, thank you for sharing! I’ve used Google Analytics and URL shorteners for a while but I hadn’t heard of Canva or Pexels before reading this, I’ll definitely be trying them both xx

    Toasty

    • Thanks Beth, really glad that you found this post useful! Hope you love Canva as much as I do if you try it out! xx

  • This is such a helpful post. I should really use Google Analytics more but find it difficult to get to grips with.

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

    • Thanks Katya, I’m so glad that you found this post helpful! If you can’t get to grips with Google Analytics, I would recommend downloading their app, I think that’s much easer to understand and much more user friendly! xx

  • abbie jade

    Thank you for the really insightful post:)

    http://abbiejade.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Very welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading xx

  • rae

    What an excellent round up! Some of these sites are new to me, so I will definitely be checking them out. Thanks for such an informative post!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Thank you so much Rae, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Hope you like the sites you try out – let me know!! xx

  • SO helpful! I haven’t heard of many of these so I will have to be sure to check them out.

    Thank you! (I love reading the analytics hehe)

    http://www.thethingislemons.wordpress.com

    • Thanks Elyse, I’m so glad you found this post helpful! Definitely give them a go, would love to hear your thoughts if you do! Analytics is so fun to read isn’t it – I think I’m addicted to checking mine!! xx

  • the italian glam

    very helpful, my dear

    I never heard of most of these sites before

    http://www.theitalianglam.com/

    • Thank you, I’m glad you found it helpful! xx

  • Klaudia.

    Thank you for sharing, sure will come useful in the future! xo

    Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com

    • Very welcome, thanks for reading Klaudia! xx

  • Really glad you found this post helpful Lauren! Thanks for reading xx

  • These are all AMAZING sites! As a (broke) freelance graphic designer, I swear by dafont, haha. I’ve been using Google Analytics as well as BITLY to help with those tricky promotional bits of blogging. What a great great post, Emily!

    May | THE MAYDEN

    • Aww thank you so much May, I’m really glad that you found this post helpful! DaFont is amazing isn’t it – so many great free fonts on there!! Thanks for reading lovely x

  • Link shorteners don’t actually get rid of any characters on Twitter; it’s the same amount of characters whether you shorten it or not, which is a bummer. IFTTT sounds pretty cool. I’ll check it out. :]

    // ? itsCarmen.com ?

    • I didn’t actually know this – you learn something new everyday!! Bit.ly is great for keeping all my links in the same place for promoting too. IFTTT is really fab, hope you like it if you try it out! Thanks for reading xx

  • Very helpful. Love canva although it can be low at times!

    • Glad you found it helpful Sarah! Yes, I know what you mean! At work it’s super fast and I have no problems, but it gets a big laggy on my mac at home! xx

  • I will definitely check out canva! I’e always wondered how to make those and thought people must be using Photoshop! I really like PicMonkey and Buffer too xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • It’s really fab Jasmine, makes images look so professional I think – hope you love it as much as I do if you try it out! xx

  • This is super handy, I had never heard of some of these before! thank you! X

    First of the holiday series over at-
    hailandharmony.blogspot.ie
    // BLOGLOVIN

    • So glad you found this post helpful Emmajane, thank you for reading!! xx

  • Ooh, thanks for this. This is getting bookmarked for sure!

    Annabel ?
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Thanks Annabel, hope you find the sites as helpful as I do if you try any out xx

  • Thank you Jasmine, I’m glad you found it helpful! Hope you get some great use out of these tools xx

  • This post is really helpful, I only know 2 or 1 from the sites that you said, I’ll try it out <3, I'm very curious to where my readers come from 🙂

    Capturing Life Memoirs | http://aimeebustillo.blogspot.com

  • Such a great post – it’s been genuinely helpful to read! Thanks for sharing!

    http://lucycynthia.blogspot.co.uk

  • Legit added this to my bookmarks! Such a helpful post. Thank you for sharing!

    Katy x x x
    http://www.whatkatyknows.net

    • Thanks Katy! I hope you get use out of some of the links I’ve mentioned and they help you out 🙂 xx

  • Such an amazingly helpful post!! Thanks for sharing xx

    • Thank you Laura! I’m really glad you found it helpful xxx

  • Great post!

    I use a few of these myself, but some of these are new to me. I gotta keep this post in mind! <3333

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • I love Buffer, Google Analytics and PicMonkey. I need to check out Canva and Pexels.

  • Molly Entwistle

    thanks so much for this post, i’ll definitely be using the majority of these to up my blogging game. so so helpful! xx

    http://littlewitchqueen.blogspot.co.uk

  • Lost In The Lipstick Aisle

    Very helpful blog post! I love PicMonkey but haven’t tried any of the others, will definitely be having a look at them later 🙂 x | http://www.lostinthelipstickaisle.com

  • This is such a great post! I currently have 4 new tabs open as I really want to try and develop my own new blog theme (still using blogspot templates!) Thanks for sharing x | someoneoncewrote.blogspot.co.uk

  • This post has helped me find some new websites to try. Though the google analytics still confuses me SO much, I’ll be so happy the day I finally understand how to use it haha

    Sarah xo || See The Stars

  • This is literally a life saver! Thank you

    • Thanks Megan! So glad it helped you x

  • Fantastic run down, very useful. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you! Glad you found it useful x

  • This posted helped me so much, thank you!

    Sinead|http://beyoutifulonabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

    xoxo

    • Thank you! I’m really glad it was helpful x

  • Chelsey Prentice

    Such a useful post which will help me give my blog a makeover, thank you! x

    • Hey Chelsey! I’m so glad you found this post helpful!! Was lovely to meet you on Tuesday – hopefully again soon! Thanks for reading lovely x

  • Samileen

    Such a great and a useful post, I just stumbled upon buffer and now I need to see how it all works. Thanks for such a great detailed post.

    Sam || Beautydetour

    • Thank you Sam, I’m so glad you found the post useful!! If you have any questions, let me know!! xx

  • Thanks for sharing all of these websites! Definitely going to be using a few of them.

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

    • Thanks for reading Daniella! I hope you find the websites as useful as I do if you do try them out! xx

  • this is such a useful post, so many i’ve never used before but definitely will be now 🙂

    lillies and lipbalm

    xx

    • Thank you Mel! I’m so glad you found it helpful, hope you get some good use out of some of the sites! xx

  • Erin Russell

    google analytics hurts my head haha
    http://www.makeerinover.blogspot.com

    • Me too haha, it’s quite hard to get your head around I think! If you have an iPhone SimplyStats is a great app which makes them much easier to understand, would definitely recommend it xx

  • Missy May

    Very useful! I love picmonkey. Thanks for sharing these, Emily. 🙂

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

  • I’ve heard of the IFTTT but always wondered how I’d actually use it never even considered using it for blogging!

  • Oh wow, there are so many websites on here that I’ll have to start using! This is such a helpful post, thank you!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

  • Lou

    This is such a useful post! I will definitely take a look at some of these websites. Thanks for sharing! xx
    Louise | helloteddy.co.uk

  • Danielle

    Thank you for sharing 🙂 very helpful

  • Oh, wow – I didn’t know about some of these secret little treasures! Super helpful – thanks for sharing! Xx

    http://www.rosycheeks.org

  • Jaimie Felix

    Honestly, I’m not familiar to most of the items you have listed. Thanks for sharing these. Totally gave me great ideas.

    Hello from the Philippines,

    Jaimie | THE MERMAID IN STILETTOS

  • So so helpful!

    Thanks

    Jabeen x

    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

  • Some of these platforms i already knew about, but thank you for mentioning the canva & pexels.

  • Amy McLellan

    I have never heard of IFTTT but that looks very helpful! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    http://www.amyjoebloggs.com

  • Aarti Tanna

    This was super helpful I currently use Hootsuite for scheduling posts but hate that you can’t schedule the same post more than once without re-submitting. I use Picmonkey and Canva now too and LOVE Canva! I’m checking out Pexels now 🙂 Thank you for sharing this it’s super super helpful! xxx

    Aarti | http://www.aartificial.com

  • This was super helpful and I have made so many notes in my notebook because even though I am a blogger I am still a pen and paper girl at heart. Have a wonderful day.

    Sophie xx

    http://www.sophieblunt.com

  • KatieWoo

    Another really helpful post! Thanks for sharing this 🙂 x

    http://www.katiewoosite.com (Lifestyle & Beauty blogger from Bath)

  • Nicky

    THANK YOU!! This is SO helpful – definitely saving it to come back to later!
    Nicky x
    teaandtakeaways.wordpress.com

  • Leigh Ray

    So helpful!!

  • Such a helpful post. I couldn’t live without DaFont!

    http://www.sophiefossil.com

  • Jess Athorn

    Really helpful post! It’s great that you described how you used each website as well, I’ll be looking into all the ones I don’t already use ?
    acornlifefitness.cim

  • Thanks for the round up! I always love it when bloggers share blogging tips!

    http://www.thebeautydojo.com

  • These are great I use many of these you mentioned but never heard of pexels before

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • Imogen Davey

    This was really really helpful. Thank you so much!! xxx