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Posted By Darren Rowse 15th of April 2006 Blogging Tools and Services 0 Comments

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A couple of months ago I asked readers to share which blog tools they use the most in some of the following areas. The suggestions were a nice start but I’d like to see the list expand as I’m certain there are more blog tools and services out there.

Please note that I’ve decided not to add ‘hosting packages’ to this list and am attempting to keep it to products that directly help bloggers blogs improve rather than more general organizational/business products. Lastly I’m not including actual blogging platforms – if you’re interested in these and how to choose between them you might like my Choosing a Blog Platform post.

Here’s the list of suggestions so far – what would you add to it?

Statistics Packages and Metrics Tools

• Sitemeter
• Google Analytics
• My Blog Log
• WebAnalyse
• Performancing Metrics
• AWStats
• Mint
• Extreme
• Webalizer
• Stat Counter
• Measure Map
• Slim Stat

Blog Editor Tools

• Ecto for Mac and Windows
• Qumana
• BlogJet
• Zoundry
• w.bloggar
• Blog Desk
• Post2Blog
• Performancing for Firefox
• Mars Edit

News Aggregators and News Sourcing Tools

• Bloglines
• FeedDemon
• Technorati
• Google Reader
• Website Watcher
• BlogPulse
• Blogarithm
• Topix
• Blog Bridge
• Grazr
• Rojo
• Memeorandum
• NewsGator Online
• Net News Wire

Email Subscription Tools and Newsletter Services

• FeedBlitz
• Zookoda
• Aweber
• Yutter
• RssFwd
• Feedburner’s Email Subscription Service

Blog Poll Tools

• Blog Polls.com
• Vizu
• Free Blog Poll
• Blog Poll
• Blog Flux Polls
• WP Polls

Other Blog Tools

• Pingoat – pinging service
• Pingomatic – another pinging service
• AudioBlogger – audio post to your blog via phone
• BlogRolling – a service to manage your blog roll
• Creative Commons – copyright protections service
• Feedburner – RSS tool that adds a variety of features to your blog’s RSS feed
• Picasa – find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC
• Flickr – Store and share your images – good way of hosting images if you don’t have a stand alone blog on your own domain.
• Flock – A browser that enables sharing and blogging from within it
• Copyscape – allows you to track down other sites that are stealing your content
• TalkDigger – ‘find, follow and join conversations evolving on the Internet.’
• Blog Flux – Stats, Pinging and Directory

• Backpack It – A place to organise your to do lists, notes, files, reminders and more – all online
• Basecamp – Like Backpack it (same people behind it) but great for collaboration on projects.
• Ice Rocket – Blog Search
• coComment – Keep track of the comments you leave on different blogs in a central place
• co.mments – Similar name to coComment but not to be confused with it – a way of bookmarking and following comment threads via RSS
• Gabbly – Add live chat to our blog posts (like real time comments combined with IRC)
• Del.icio.us – Social Bookmarking site – good for sourcing stories but also great if you get linked to on it to get traffic
• Digg – Another major Social Bookmarking site
• Only Wire – a bookmarklet that submits posts to multiple social bookmarking sites at once
• Odeo – a tool for recording and sharing audio/podcasting
• TagCloud – produces Tag Clouds for your blog from RSS feeds
• Indie Karma – a micropayment system for bloggers
• Tiny URL – Turns long URLs into tiny manageable ones
• Swicki – a new type of search engine that harnesses the power of a web community – sort of like a search engine and wiki combined
Filmloop – photo sharing
• Stock.xchng – Free Stock Photos
• Favicon Maker – allows you to make a favicon from a photo
• YouTube – a tool for putting video on your blog
• blip.tv – another video uploading tool

Do you know of other great blog tools? Feel free to share them in comments below.

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.
  • rssfwd.com does a good rss email subscription service. It’s sort of simplistic though; as publisher you don’t have any control over the service, and the only subscriber info you get is the number of subscribers you have (you can’t see their email addresses, for instance)

    But it captures rss posts quite nicely, and also quite timely – the site says it polls your rss feed every couple of hours. There’s a small footer at the bottom of the emails, but that’s just to hawk the rssfwd service.

    Probably more suited for publishers who publish less than two or three posts a day.

  • I’d add Swicki to the list.

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  • Darren,

    This doesn’t fall under any of the categories, but check out this amazing free stock photo site.

    Cheers,

    JP

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  • To Email Subscription and Newsletter Services
    I’d add FeedBurner Email Subscription Service.

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  • I have two tools at my site. The Chicklet Creator (feed button creator) and social bookmark link creator.

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  • Nate

    Under “Email Subscription and Newsletter Services” you should add Blog Alert. Blog Alert sends you daily email notifications when there are new posts to any blog or RSS feed, and you can add the functionality to your own blog so people can sign up for notifications of new posts.

    http://www.shootthebreeze.net/blogalert/index.php

  • Hi Darren,

    Why not consider adding to the blog tools a wordpress
    installer and manager such as WP ManagerDX?

    Have you checked it out yet?

    If you or anyone have any questions about this tool let me know.

    Go check it out now:
    http://WPManagerDX.com

    Thanks
    Edna

  • Hey nice!

    Do you really need all these tools? I’ll add them to the ultimate home for your blogs http://blogbugs.org

  • Okay, I’ve recently found this tool from the folks at the bleme shack http://www.blemeshack.com. I am hooked … they have this “Shack This” button they give u for your browser (also have a google toolbar button) lets you select fany text or code from anywhere on the web (im not kidding) & store the code or text super fast!

    Site has unique image directory of blog stuff with 1,000s of listings for blog toys, flash, games, glitter, widgets, pictures, etc all stuff you can put on your blog or website that requires code so ive been on their site a lot and frankly amazed!

  • Ouch, nice tool list, I gotta apply some of that to http://pet-pictures.blogspot.com

    Mostly seeking a nice blog posting tool.

  • Hey,

    I found this AWESOME tool The ultimate link swapper and traffic generator! Go to http://www.blogLinker.com

    It’s just a html code insert it in your blog and start linking.

  • Hey , Darren , i got a doubt … Would you help ??

    Actually , i use Blog Desk to post to my blog . So how do i control the Meta tags & keywords of my post .

    Is there a way i can auto generate or maybe ADD a field into the blog client inorder to enter keywords ???

  • snapshot.jkn.com is a new tool that you can use to capture any web page as is today and link to it from your blog. It is like tinyurl.com except that the entire web page is captured and dsiplayed online, so it doesn;t matter if the web page changes.

    This is ideal for bloggers that want to comment and critique other web sites and blogs.

    If you link to another site without snapshot.jkn.com and the site changes, you will waste time trying to reconstruct the original web page and your credibility may be questioned.

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  • Take a look at snapshot.jkn.com. With this, bloggers can save pages and then refer to them within their blog. The pages are frozen and saved on the jkn.com server. Saving pages yourseld on your own local workstation usually doesn’t work well, and when a blogger refers to a page on the source site, it’s eventually removed or even changed. This service from jkn.com eliminates that problem.

  • I visited many sites about blogs but still havnt found any fine tool. Here I read all i think am very close.

  • Thank you for the very useful list.

  • http://www.news4sites.com/

    This is good for anyone who wants to add a small news ticker to their site. Many different news catergories, to fit the subject of your blog.

  • Great list – thanks for putting this together. Which tools have you tried and had positive / negative experiences with? Which tools can help you monetize your blog +vely?

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  • Great list of good tools.

    But as everyone else said you left out a lot of RSS love :D

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  • Traipse

    Here are the tools I use in my blog:

    ImageShack – stores all kind of images and, better yet, flash animations.

    Geoloc – shows in a world map where the visitor comes from.

    Geobytes – a bunch of tools based on visitors´ location (city, state, country).

    Addfreestats – webcounter with an excellent statistcs manager, providing a tool that allows you to tell [in real time] how many visitors are online [seeing a given webpage].

    Stickam – flash based chat with video and sound.

  • Rui

    I would add a site in the “Blog Poll Tools” section: http://voto.void7.com
    voto.void7.com is a free toll.

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  • Thanks! This post put me on my feet with my blog http://www.d4n.org and I really appreciate sharing your tips with us all :-D I’ve used a few editos and foudn Qumana to be the best so far.. keeps the tips coming!

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  • You can also use ensiting.com for letting your readers recommend their sites to their friedns. The site will take care of sending the emails and keeping track of the recommendations.

    Read more at http://www.ensiting.com/tools/webmasters.

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  • I bookmarked this site as a reference as I continue to develop and deploy my site to it’s intended volume.

    Thanks.

  • MrMooo

    What I’m looking for is an email and website keychain. I have about 50 email addresses that I blog on about 400 different forums. I would love a program that allows me to just click on my email or the list of forums and BooM, up pops the page with my username and password already entered so I can start blogging. I hate having to click the link to go to the site, trying to remember what username and password I need to use today(rotate on a 12 schedule) I would also like it to recommend blogs and forums that are climbing the rankings, so that I might start blogging there. My boss demands that I get in about 50 new posts an hour with links and photos and this must be on at least 10 different forums/blogs 7 Days a week, I love doing this but I just need some better tools!!!! I need the swiss army knife of blogging/posting tools and I just haven’t found anything close.

  • OpenId becomes more popular with each day, it solves your problem, mrMoo =O) In general it will be very useful, though the security as always is a big issue in this case especially.
    http://www.myopenid.com

  • Pp

    Excelent post!! I think I going to use some of those tools Thanks!!

  • Tar

    In response to reply 93, it sounds like you’d like the forums you participate in to start taking your posts via RSS. Funky idea. Is this possible in the near future? I don’t see why not.

    Anyway, I use Google Analytics and BlogSkinny on my blog.

  • Hi Darren

    Scribe Fire is a great Blog editing software you must review. It was called perfomancing and now works as a cool utility for Firefox.

    Thanks

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  • Thanks for making me aware of sitemeter, I think it’s going to be a very useful tool on my blogs.

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    You do not even need to register, Just type in your Amzon email or wishlist ID, customize the look and feel, then copy and paste. Very Easy.