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A – Z of Professional Blogging Tools

200606271704Following is my A to Z of Professional blogging including blogging tools, blogging platforms, blogging services and ways of making money from blogging (in fact whether you blog for money or not much of what follows should help you improve your blogging).

I hope you enjoy it and feel free to share your own tools and services in comments (I’m sure I’ll have missed some). update – I’ve been adding your suggestions and we’re now up to over 130 blog tools and platforms.

Update: as there are so many blogging tools listed on this page I’ve made another shorter page with just my most recommended blogging resources and tools which might help if you want something with a personal recommendation.

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A

AdSense – contextual ad program by Google
Adbrite – sell text ads
Amazon Associates – popular affiliate program
aStore – add an Amazon Store to your Blog
AdGenta – text ads by Qumana (see ‘Q’)
AdRotator – WP ad rotating plugin
Akismet – Comment Spam Fighting Tool
Adhearus – pay per click advertising
AdWords – the advertisers side of AdSense – many bloggers use it to promote their blogs
AzoogleAds – advertising system
Audio Blogger – adds audio to your blog

B

Build A Niche Store– add an eBay store to your site
Bidvertiser – bid based advertising
Blog Ads – blog advertising network
Blog Jet – blog editing tool
Blog Desk – blog editing tool
Bloglines – Web based RSS feed reader
BlogPulse – blog search tool
BlogPolls – tool for putting polls on your blog
Blog Poll – another blog poll tool
Backpackit – useful organizational tool
Blogger.com – blog platform
Bloggers for Hire – bloggers looking for work and potential employers looking for bloggers
BlogSitter.net – service for find guest bloggers while you take a holiday
BlogBurst – syndicates bloggers content for mainstream medium
BlogFlux – blog services portal
Blogger Jobs – a blog following the advertising of blog jobs

C

Chitika eMiniMalls – advertising program
CrispAds – blog advertising network
Creative Commons – copyright licenses
Copyscape – tool for checking for content theft/plagiarism
Clicksor – advertising program
Clickbank – library of many affiliate products
Commission Junction – collection of many affiliate programs
Casale Media – advertising solution

D

Del.icio.us – social bookmarking
Digg – social bookmarking
Drupal – blog platform
DomainsBot – a tool for finding domain names
Digital Point – useful forum for webmasters

E

Ecto – blog editing tool
Expression Engine – blog platform
Endo – News aggregator for Mac Users
Ether – lets readers book a consulting call with you from your sidebar

F

Feedburner – RSS feed management tool – also provides Feed Advertising
Feedster – RSS search Tool
FeedDemon – RSS reader from NewsGator
FeedBlitz – email blog and RSS subscription service
Flickr – photo sharing and hosting
Flock – a browser with in built blogging
Furl – social bookmarking
Free Blog Polls
FilmLoop – free photocasting network
Feedpass – RSS management – integrates with AdSense
Favicon Maker – make Favicons from photos

G

Google Analytics – Metrics Tool
Gabbly – add chat to your blog
Google Reader – RSS reader
Gnoos – Australian made blog search tool
Google News – tracking news – many use it as a source of content
Google Blog Search – Google’s…. blog search
Google Sitemaps – get indexed in Google

H

Haloscan – a free commenting system for blogs (a little dated but I was a tad desperate for a ‘H’

I

IntelliTXT – In text advertising
Ice Rocket
– blog search engine

J

Jar (as in Tip Jar) – many bloggers ask their readers for donations/tips – but few make much from them

K

Kanoodle – Advertising program
Kontera – In text advertising
Keyword and Backlink Tracker – Search Engine ranking tool

L

LiveJournal – Blog Platform
Linkshare – Affiliate Program

M

Mars Edit – Blog Editing Tool
Memeorandum – Tracking and Aggregating news from blogs
MyBlogLog – Metrics Tool
Mint – Blog Metrics Tool
MovableType – Popular blog platform
MeCommerce – Sidebar shop – in beta
MSN Adcenter – Coming Soon – Contextual ads

N

NewsGator – RSS News Readers
Nichebot – keyword research tool
Nameboy – domain name generator
Nucleus CMS – open source blog platform
Netvibes – RSS News Aggregator
Netscape Beta – Social Bookmarking Tool

O

Only Wire – social bookmarking service
Overture Keyword Tool – keyword research tool

P

Performancing – great blog, firefox blog editor and metrics tools
Pheedo – RSS advertising
Post2Blog – Blog Editing tool – blog using Word, IE or Firefox
Pingoat – Pinging Tool
Pingomatic – Pinging Tool
pMachine – Blog Platform
Paypal – Payment tool – used by many affiliate programs and ad systems to pay publishers
PPCalc – Paypal Fee Calculator
PubSub – service that notifies you of new content
Photobucket – image and video hosting

Q

Qumana – Blog Editing Tool

R

Rojo – RSS feed reader
RocketPost – Blog posting tool
Right Media – advertising
Rmail – subscribe from any RSS feed to email

S

Sitemeter – a free website stats tool used by many bloggers
Six Figure Blogging – learn to make money blogging (one of my blogging resources)
Shoplinc – add a Chitika store to your blog
Scoopt Words – service to sell bloggers content to mainstream media editors
Sitening – Search Engine ranking tracker
Sparklines – sidebar widgets/graphs
Skype – VOIP tool for networking, podcast interviews etc
Spam Karma – WP comment spam tool
Sitepoint – Forums for webmasters
Slide – photo hosting, slideshows etc
SoloSub – RSS feed management tool
Squidoo – good alternative place to put content, make money and promote your blog
Snap – a preview tool to give your readers a preview of external links on your blog

T

Text Link Ads – text link advertising system
Technorati – Blog Search engine
Topix – News service – used by many bloggers to find stories
TagCloud – tool for making tag clouds
TinyURL – make long URLs tiny ones
TypePad – Hosted Blogging Platform
Tribal Fusion – Impression Based Ads
3bubbles – live chat on a blog

U

Unobtrusive Sidenotes – a way of putting sidenotes in your posts

V

ValueClick – Impression Based Ad Program (was FastClick)
Vizu – blog polls tool
Vox – a new blogging/social bookmarking platform from Six Apart (in beta)

W

WordPress – Blog Platform – very popular
w.bloggar – blog editing tool
Webpad – web based text editor
Weblogs.com – recently updated blogs – aggregator
WebmasterWorld – forums for webmasters

X

Xanga – Weblog Community

Y

YPN – Contextual Advertising Service
Yutter – RSS/Blog Subscription Service
YouTube – Video Hosting/Sharing
Yutter – RSS/Blog Subscription Service
Yahoo News – Tracking News from around the Web

Z

Zookoda – RSS to Email and Newsletter tool
Zoudry – blog editor

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Comments
  1. An amazing and wonderful resource.. all at one place !

  2. Can I get BlogKits added Darren?

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    After spending hours and days reading, you return back again and again.

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  10. really good links, thanks.

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  14. whow!!! that was long! nice links though thanks darren

  15. Nice list, but you left out webjam.
    It’s pretty new and would be great to add to the list.

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  18. This list is amazing. When Darren said A-Z he ment it and probably could have gone into roman numerals. Thanks again!

  19. I’m a cricket blogger and apart from some nice tips, keyword sense & linkback – you’ve helped me find a good topic to write for my readers.

    Keep blogging.

  20. This list is amazing. I think revealing this information would cost a lot for beginners. But, you have given it absolutely free. I really appreciate that.

    I would like to add one more useful and popular tool. It´s called Picasa and is a free software which helps you locate, organize, edit and share your photos easily and free.

    I am %100 sure that you knew it. Anyway, it´s a good tool for bloggers to share their photos.

    To your success!

  21. It´s a very useful article. Thanks!

  22. A great glossary for the blogosphere…

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  26. Fantastic article covering some points I really needed some good usability info for.

  27. Great list! You forgot 9rules though.

  28. Darren, you have a great list! I’ve bookmarked it. And share this bookmarked link at my blog.

  29. great site with very good look and perfect information…i like it

  30. Great list!, many thanks for the effort making it.

  31. Great list! You forgot 9rules though…thanks

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  33. Hey all!
    Quite nice tools in the list, I would like to offer one more semantic tool, you might find interesting – bookmark toolbar for Internet Explorer.
    It is a convenient tool both for effective information search over the Internet and for productive work with big texts using Internet Explorer. By using the toolbar, you get access to the prominent search engines, such as Google, MSN and AltaVista directly from your browser’s toolbar.

    Good luck, guys!

  34. Great list. As you have mentioned some advertising sites in your list, you can also include ABC search for advertising, which is also a good site for ppc ad.

  35. Thanks for very interesting article. btw. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. It’s interesting to read ideas, and observations from someone else’s point of view… makes you think more. So please keep up the great work. Greetings.

  36. Do you know of any free or low cost automatic posting software that i could use that will let me create a bunch of posts and then have the software post them at regular intervals? I am interested in something like this because sometimes I can never get the time to post to my blog.

  37. Sorry Brenda but it sounds like you want a spam blog building tool and in my mind this isnt a good way to go. For starters it creates a junky site with information that others have already written – plus it’ll get you in trouble with Google and search engines – not a great way to build a blog – in fact it’ll generally kill it.

    If you don’t have time to blog – don’t.

    Sorry – but I am pretty anti creating ‘splogs’.

  38. yeah realy big list!! i found realy useful link thanks a lot

  39. Thanks for very interesting article and the great list

  40. Cool article and very good list. Possible that somebody can translate this into german? This would be very helpful for all germany how can not speak english. Best regards A.K.

  41. Yes, I think this should definitly translate into more language`s – very helpful. Greatings from switzerland!

  42. I think Openads would be a good addition to this list for bloggers who want to have better control over their advertising.

    cheers,
    Oliver from Openads

  43. This page deserved a bookmark! Great (complete) list with perfect sites, tools and plugins. Thanks!

  44. This is a great list I will refer to in my FAQ about WordPress. Some of my WP customers are looking for plugins to tweak their blog and this is all they need! :D

  45. This post is worth stumbling..Dictionary should be the next one:D

  46. This blog posting was of great use in learning new information and also in exchanging our views. Thank you.

  47. nice list. I have also scribefire with Firefox.

  48. Awesome list. This will keep me busy.

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