Free Blogger’s & YouTuber Toolkit

Last updated October 29th, 2019 FREE websites, plugins & resources for starting your own blog!

Free Websites & Resources
Free Plugins
Check Domain Availability
OpenSource Tools & Applications

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Free Websites

Links to free websites & resources I find extremely helpful in managing, creating & promoting my blog!

WebsiteNotesCategory
IncomeSchoolSEO and building passive website based income to replace your current income in 24 monthsEducation
LunaPicFree photo editor.Graphics & Images
SnappaCreating pins & info-graphics.Graphics & Images
PixaBayFree high quality photos.Graphics & Images
BlueHost1 click Wordpress setup! Wordpress hosting.Manage
UnfollowspyManage Twitter followers / unfollowersPromote
BlogLovin'Blog reader - helps manage blogs you want to keep up on!Promote
TailwindSchedule pins for Pinterest and join tribes to promote your pins.Promote
MailChimpBuild & maintain email subscription list. Opt-in pop-up tool.Promote
OneSignalPush notification to subscribers. Opt-in through bowser.Promote
Google AnalyticsMetrics on website traffic.Manage
Google AdsenseManage Ads on your website.Monitize
Microsoft Advertising (Bing Ads)Manage advertising with Microsoft & BingPromote
Resize ImageResize & Compress Images.Graphics & Images
Bing Webmaster ToolsMetrics on website with BingManage
Small SEO ToolsSearch Engine Optimization ToolsManage
OptimizillaImage CompressorGraphics & Images
Pexels.comFree imagesGraphics & Images
Indiana Jones FontIndiana Jones FontFont
Combine PDFPDF ManipulationGeneral Tool
GTmetrixWebsite speed testTest
Google TrendsTopic ResearchResearch
Answer The PublicTopic ResearchResearch
Uber SuggestTopic ResearchResearch


Free Plugins to Build & Manage Your WordPress Blog!

These are some FREE WordPress plugins I have found particularly helpful in setting up my blog. There are ways to accomplish many of the things you see the heavily advertised PAID plugins do for FREE. It took some time and digging – but here are some of the most useful FREE plugins I have found and continue to use on this blog.

PluginPurpose
Easy Forms for MailChimpMake subscription form that ties into MailChimp.
Featured Images in RSS for Mailchimp & Other EmailInclude image in MailChimp new blog posting email.
Insert Headers & FootersAdd code to header & footers - but in a way that you can still easily change themes.
OneSignal Push NotificationsBrowser popup notifications & subscription.
Updraftplus - Backup & RestoreFree backup & Restor
TablepressSortable & filterable tables
HD QuizMake interactive quizzes.
Photo GalleryManage and display images.

See If The Domain You Want is Available

Us the search box below to check for domain availability. For example – if you were interested in the domain www.ILoveLucy.com type in “ilovelucy” and click the “check availability” button to see if is available, or already taken (It is taken!)

Please Note: There are many more top level domains (extensions) to choose from these days! So if the domain name that you want is not available with the .com extension – it might still be available as a .net, or .website. So in my example of www.ILoveLucy.com – whereas the .com is already taken, www.ILoveLucy.blog and www.ILoveLucy.website IS still available (as of May 21st, 2019).


Opensource Tools & Applications

These are some tools we like and use for the blogs and YouTube:

GIMP: A very powerful image editor available on Linux, Windows & Mac.

Openshot Video Editor: We use this in creating and editing videos. I really liked Microsoft Movie Maker – but that went away. This is the next best thing – more powerful and almost as easy to use – but not quite as stable.

Inkscape: This is what we use for illustrations, logos, etc. It is a vector based program.

Krita: This is an opensource illustration & painting program that we use.

OBS Studio: (Open Broadcaster Software) This is what we use for screen records for tutorials and the like. We have also used this for live streaming.

Image Editors (Free, but not opensource)

Paint.net: Another Image editor that is not as powerful as GIMP, but simpler and more familiar for Windows users. It is only available on Windows.