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A – Z of Professional Blogging Tools

Posted By Darren Rowse 27th of June 2006 Blogging Tools and Services 244

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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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


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 – blog platform
Bloggers for Hire – bloggers looking for work and potential employers looking for bloggers – 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


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


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


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


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


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


IntelliTXT – In text advertising
Ice Rocket
– blog search engine


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


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


LiveJournal – Blog Platform
Linkshare – Affiliate Program


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


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


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


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


Qumana – Blog Editing Tool


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


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


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


Unobtrusive Sidenotes – a way of putting sidenotes in your posts


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


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


Xanga – Weblog Community


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


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.
  1. Hi,

    Awesome tools. If you heard about Tag And Ping I would like to know what you think about it. Now you are a PRO in Blogging :) your opinion counts a lot!


  2. Awesome list. :) I will have to add this to my website. Thanks!

  3. I just lost my whole day to 20 websites I now have to visit.

    Anyone had success using the Ether pay per call tool on their blog? I want to try that service out this week…

    Thanks for the list.

    – Richard

  4. A great glossary for blogger. Thank you! But keep it up to date.

  5. Awesome list!

    Thank you!

    i have one more url to donate,
    it makes your search something like google suggest
    but on steroides (or crack ;)


  6. Awesome list!

    Thank you!

    i have one more url to donate,
    it makes your search something like google suggest
    but on steroides (or crack ;)


  7. awesome list man! WILL BE USINGING THESE.

  8. this list definitely keeps on giving. there were a lot of tools i didn’t know about. i’ll look into which ones help me out the most.

  9. Man, what an awesome list. A must have for all bloggers.. Thanks a million!

  10. Impressive list! And very handy…

  11. Thanks for the list! It’s awesome! You great man!

  12. Oh my god, blog sitters? That’s insane, we are truly living in a cyber world.

  13. Woohaa! Big list! Anyway, a nice compilation. Knew most of them already, but having them together in a place makes it a worthy bookmark.

  14. Thanks for very interesting List.

  15. Hi, Darren,

    This is a great and comprehensive list, it’s long and almost complete. This makes for a great list that any blogge can always reference. I have been inspired by you to do my own A to Z list, but with helpful tips for bloggers. Keep up the good work as always!

  16. As a total newbie to blogging i must say this is a real value to me.


  17. This is a lifesaver, I can’t believe I just found it.


  18. Great Post! I found all I needed in one place! Thanks a lot!

  19. Thanks a lot, Darren for this useful list! Saved me quite a time meanwhile.

  20. Very good post. Thank you very much. Although there are so many. Which are the best? How can we select from this A-Z list?

  21. What about a Sticky Notes Guestbook for your blog? Stick post-it notes everywhere in some sort of guestbook like environment. There is a WordPress plugin as well!

    See for yourself at:

  22. So right now people dont need to fear because there are many alternatives for adsense.

  23. Huge resource here from Darren. Thanks.

    Jack Humphrey also offers some tools and resources for bloggers at his Friday Traffic Report.

  24. Come on dude. Please add Don’t know what you’re missing.

  25. WOW Great Site

    Found all what I needed

  26. Thanks for very interesting article and the great list

  27. Thanks for very interesting List.cheers

  28. I also have a suggestion. I saw that you put flickr there so I guess this one counts

  29. An amazing and wonderful resource.. all at one place !

  30. You can also add for RSS submission…

  31. Very great list, big thanks for it!
    Also the list is about 2 years old, most of the links are helpful today :)

  32. Not most of the links but all of the links are up and running. Thank you again darren

    Money Making and Blogging Tips

  33. Wow! Great information! I was looking for information like this for the past couple days without any luck, thank you so much! Do you plan on doing a follow-up series on this?

  34. there are many alternatives for adsense but the Google is the best.

  35. Man thats a hell a lot of a tools. Great post indeed.. Thanx man

  36. Wow, that’s a mega list. Thanks Darren, I bookmarked this post so that I can do reference later. Surely I cannot do it on one day with this list :)

  37. 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.

  38. This is a fantastic article! I didn’t know what half those things were, until I read this.. It’s amazing to me how many crazy names they have for blog related services nowadays.. C’mon pubsub.. how would you ever know what that was?? anyways, I know your a rock star but some feedback would be def. appreciated..

    thanks man!

  39. It’s an amazing post. The information what you have provided here are very useful for the beginners. Thanks for this excellent listing.


  40. Thanks for this wonderful post, since i’m new to blogging and this post provides me with lot of info about blogging and the tools.

  41. We should acknowledge the fact that (a) there are some unfriendly people online, (b) people are more likely than not to say obscene things, and (c) maintaining a thick skin does not mean to further engage an abusive user.

  42. Wow!Dude you rock!

    This information is really helpful for the new bloggers.

  43. Thanks for great lists. I found all I needed in one place.

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