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Favorite Blogging Tools

In the past I have put together a list of my favorite WordPress plugins that will help extend your blog’s functionality, search engine optimize it and so forth. In addition, there are a number of tools that are not plugins that you could add to the blog or incorporate into your blog. Here is my list of favorites (in no particular order): 

  • Feedburner – track readership of your RSS feeds
  • Flickr – a tool for moblogging; it provides a gateway to post your cameraphone photos directly onto your blog just by emailing them as attachments
  • Swicki – add web search and a “what’s hot” buzzcloud to your blog
  • Favicon Generator – easily create a custom favicon for your blog
  • NetNewsWire – awesome RSS newsreader for the Mac
  • coComment – track your conversations on others’ blogs
  • TalkDigger – monitor discussions that reference your URLs
  • Google Analytics – free, hosted web stats service (from Google’s Urchin acquisition)
  • del.icio.us – add favorite sites to this social bookmarks site using the bookmarklet provided, then display your favorite links on your blog’s sidebar with a del.icio.us plugin
  • FeedBlitz – so your blog readers can subscribe to an email newsletter version of your blog
  • Ecto or Qumana – draft blog posts while offline
  • Technorati – “claim” your blog and create a profile to improve your visibility in this blog search engine
  • Pheedo and BlogAds and AdSense – make money with your blog from advertisers

What did I miss? Post a comment and let me know!

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  • Darren says:

    Nice list – I’ve compiled a list here with a few you don’t have (mainly suggestions from readers).

  • Good list – some I use often and others I’m interested in seeing more of. Noticed there weren’t any “ping” services listed, e.g. Pingoat.com, Pingomatic – both are certainly worth a look although most blogs can be set up to ping various sites automatically.

  • EGM says:

    Here is an easy way to create Tags and Social Bookmarklet links.


    You can create tags for Technorati, Del.icio.us, Flickr, and/or Furl.

    You can create social bookmarklet links (i.e. a link to add a post to a particular social bookmarking service) for Digg, Del.icio.us, Technorati, Furl, Spurl, reddit, BlinkList and Yahoo!

    Tag. Link. Share.

    It’s easy and it’s free.


  • Rick Turoczy says:

    As an admittedly overzealous fan of the folks at FeedBurner, I thought I would note that FeedBurner now provides an email-your-RSS-feed service, akin to FeedBlitz and Squeet, right out of the box. Benefit being? You can track the metrics on your email subscriptions as easily as the metrics for your feed — all in one spot.

  • mendeo says:

    Many marketers “A.S.S.U.M.E.” toooo-much !

    Their own posts,ASSUME, you know what they’re referring to or talking about.
    (definitely “NOT” Teaching,Mentor,material) I guess
    when it ‘boils’ down to it, its plain,out & out waffling…..loving the sound of their own “prattle”

    No explanations for resources, ASSUMING again, you know !!!

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