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What are Your Top 5 Blogging Tools?

Posted By Darren Rowse 13th of March 2007 Blogging Tools and Services 139

If you had to choose 5 blogging tools that were the only ones you could use for the next 12 months what would they be and why?

I’m asking this because I want to put together a short list of recommendations on blog tools for a presentation I’m doing in a couple of weeks time.

By Blog Tools I am speaking pretty broadly and include:

  • Blog Platforms
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Metrics Packages
  • Promotional Tools
  • Content Sourcing Services
  • Design Tools

Basically anything that might help you to blog better (but not advertising networks).

Looking forward to your suggestions.

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. It seems to be popular the stats on the server seem to prove it, the FREE blog software on this site:- http://www.worldnetsources.info
    is downloaded at least sixty times a day!
    It is FREE and comes with full instructions and is fully functional, it is freeware.

  2. WordPress (I see a theme emerging here…)
    Performancing for Firefox
    MS Live Writer
    Technorati
    Feedburner
    Akismet spam thingy

    Ok, that’s more than 5.

  3. […] The excellent Pro Blogger has a post up asking reader’s to list their top 5 blogging tools.  I started to write my list in the comments, but I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and make it a full blog post. […]

  4. Being a total beginner I still write my posts in WordPress directly, apart from that do my PHP editing using PHP Designer 2007, and use various SEO tools (like the ones found at SEOBook.com and webmaster-toolkit.com) to try to optimize my blogs for SE visibility.

    It’s already starting to pay off as one of my blogs are getting more and more SE hits (a one month old blog).

  5. WordPress
    Firefox
    Photoshop, Fireworks
    MyblogLog
    Feedburner

    :)

  6. Very easy: Blogger (or any other platform) / I feel like the ugly duckling not using WordPress

    All the rest is unnecessary. Bells and whistles that may be used, but should not be abused.

    Simplicity.

  7. […] He recently ran a post “What are your top 5 blogging tools” with much success all levels of bloggers commented on their top five.  Talk about a braintrust of blogging tools, it’s kept me pretty busy. […]

  8. […] WordPress Among Top Recommended Blogging Tools: Darren Rowse of ProBlogger asked What are Your Top 5 Blogging Tools? WordPress continues to be among the top recommended blogging tools, and it’s interesting to see the mix of what people think are the must-haves for blogging, with and without WordPress. For fans of Darren Rowse and ProBlogger, he’ll be in New York for a ProBlogger Readers Meetup on March 28. Space is limited! […]

  9. StumbleUpon – great way to find new material, surprised nobody else mentioned this
    Feedburner
    WordPress with Akismet
    Technorati
    Photoshop – however, if I were to say 1 thing that I needed to be a better blogger, but didn’t have, it would be photoshop skills.

  10. Blogger – Its very basic, but that’s what I started to blog with.
    Feedreader – I really need an offline reader.
    Pingoat – For pinging multiple sites at one.
    Photoshop CS – Bulky, but I am familiar with it.
    Addfreestats – to monitor Adsense clicks on blogger. Not perfect and misses many clicks, but haven’t found anything better (to use on blogger).

  11. Blogger – Its very basic, but that’s what I started to blog with.
    Feedreader – I really need an offline reader.
    Pingoat – For pinging multiple sites at once.
    Photoshop CS – Bulky, but I am familiar with it.
    Addfreestats – to monitor Adsense clicks on blogger. Not perfect and misses many clicks, but haven’t found anything better (to use on blogger).

  12. 1) Firefox
    2) Performancing FF plugin (for composing blogs and tweaking HTML before posting to the lame Typepad editor)
    3) Feedburner
    4) Google Reader
    5) Flickr

  13. 1) new blogger
    2) Firefox 2.0+
    3) FeedBurner
    4) technorati
    5) google reader
    6) gimp

  14. […] Here’s a good question that strike me thinking for some moment there, a question asked by Daren Rowse – If you had to choose 5 blogging tools that were the only ones you could use for the next 12 months what would they be and why? […]

  15. 1. WordPress: I love the flexibility, interface and the wonderful plug-in and theme development community. I really want to learn CSS well enough to create my own themes! I am using version 2.1.2 on http://www.digitalchurch.com.au
    2. Firefox: This is the best browser ever. especially with all the extensions available. My favourite of these is the spell checker which has improved my spelling out of sight!
    3. Scribefire for Firefox: The tool formally known as Performancing for Firefox is a great blogging extension which allows me to write and post directly from the browser.
    4. Google Reader: I am a recent convert to Google Reader and absolutely love it! It allows me to quickly keep tabs on everything that is going on in my blogosphere.
    5. Media Temple: As a web host these guys are the bees knees. Far better than any of the Aussue Web hosts I have used previously, and heaps cheaper!

  16. […] The credit for today’s inspiration comes from ProBlogger in What are Your Top 5 Blogging Tools?. He poses the question: If you had to choose 5 blogging tools that were the only ones you could use for the next 12 months what would they be and why? […]

  17. I took the bait in your most recent edition of speedlinking, and wrote up a post of my own:

    5 Blogging Tools Not to Live Without:

    1. WordPress
    2: StatCounter
    3: Problogger
    4: StumbleUpon
    5: Amazon S3

    Explanations and reasoning abound in the post.

  18. 1. Blogger (coz thats the blogging platform I use, and frankly speaking, it sucks big time… wish I could switch to wordpress)
    2. Google Reader
    3. Gmail
    4. Google Search
    5. Last but not the least – Google Analytics

    Seems like I am addicted to google.

    I still can’t survive with just 5, I need more:

    6. 103bees
    7. Statcounter
    8. Flickr

  19. I neglected to mention http://co.mments.com. It enables me to track conversations on other blogs without having to explicitly remember to revisit them.

  20. 1. Blogger

    2. Ad sense

    3. Google Toolbar

    4.Google Analytics

    5. Gmail

    I hope you like these?

  21. I have just 4 tools:

    1. WordPress,
    2. Firefox spell check plugin,
    3. Notepad++,
    4. my own head

    =O)

  22. Google Alerts is priceless for me. I setup a very detailed list of search strings once, and it puts web and blog content in my mailbox every morning. Feeds and news are nice, but this picks up anything they might miss. It also allows me to easily find where my content is being re-used.

    A few more that didn’t get much mention;

    HitTail – Phenomenal!
    ConstantContact – for non blog/feed marketing
    WorkSpace Macro Pro – Automate ANYTHING
    MyGoogle – To get my day started

    Please publish a rolled-up summary of the responses!

    Cheers!

  23. 1. Drupal. It just does everything, not only blogging, so well.
    2. gEdit
    3. Google Analytics, Firestats
    4. Hmmmm, visiting other sites and blogs that would be interested in my blog/site, and being constructive and informative
    5. RSS. Gregarius
    6. Bluefish and reading loads of APIs/guides

  24. […] The credit for today’s inspiration comes from ProBlogger in What are Your Top 5 Blogging Tools?. He poses the question: If you had to choose 5 blogging tools that were the only ones you could use for the next 12 months what would they be and why? […]

  25. wordpress – for my weblog it self
    firefox – for reading news and blogging itself
    google reader – for fetching news
    google analytics – for the stats of my weblog
    flickr – for posting my own photos

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  29. 1. Blogger
    2. My Own Code *
    3. Video (also my own)
    4. Ping-O-Matic
    5. Friends.

    * If you visit http://www.keything.com/blog , you’ll find my company blog living happily there… it’s actually residing on http://keything.blogger.com, but pulled in on-the-fly to my website. It’s a great tool for increasing relevance and your overall footprint.

  30. Sophia…

    awesome blog keep updating and you will see us comming back and back….

  31. 1. Google Analytics
    2. Technorati
    3. Google News
    4. Blackberry – to type up blog entry ideas on the fly
    5. WSJ – To keep a pulse on what people want to read about or are not getting through mainstream media

  32. I am new to the blogging word (make money online) and found the articles and comments very educational. Great post.Blogging tools can be the difference between the top or the welfare line.

  33. I am also new to blogging but have been developing web sites for a couple of years now. Quite a few great suggestions here in this post.

    One tool I have found to be very useful, especially for importing material and information from other web sites to your blog, is Clipamrks

    Very handy. Posts to your blog seamlessly and provides links back to the original site.

  34. 1) Blogger
    2) WordPress
    3) Technorati
    4) Drupal

    are good one!

  35. 1) WordPress
    2) Keyword tool
    3) Notepad
    4) Feedburner
    5) Spell Checker

  36. Here’s mine. From Start to Finish

    Top 10 Blogger tools you can count on”

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