Which are the best Blogger tools? Blogger has a simple and fine interface that takes care of many things for you. This is my suggestion to you for your first free essential must haves for your blog.

Free Blogger tools

blogger blog1. Feedburner – It generates an smart feed compatible with all feed readers for free like my feed. It allows you to put easy subscribe buttons for XML, Add to yahoo, Add to Newsgator, Add to MSN etc. Read about how their single feed policy can benefit you.

It can give you a cool feed count chicklet button to show how many readers are using your feed to read your blog. It also gives you a headline animator which you can attach to your blog to display the recent 5 posts in a nice animated fashion. You can get an authentic Creative Common license, get a browser friendly RSS feed, Splice photos and links and more…

2. Haloscan – Trackback is an essential component of blogging these days. Unfortunately Blogger does not have trackback. Haloscan provides you with a seamless way to integrate free trackback in your blog by adding a small code. You can also integrate their comments component if you like to replace the Blogger comments. Read about Haloscan or Blogger comments.

The benefits are that you can edit Haloscan comments, and open them in a pop up and keep them separate from your post (Blogger allows you to only delete comments and not edit them, also on the post page all comments will show whether you like it or not).

The main disadvantage is it will not email you these comments (like Blogger) for free and it is difficult to track where these comments were made. Another major benefit is that it allows you to send pings and trackback to other sites when you mention about them in your posts.

3. Imageshack – Dont you want to fill your blog with images without hassles of registration. Imageshack provides an excellent interface to take care of your free image hosting needs. Maybe it is this the fastest way to host an image on the web. Allows lots of image format, hotlinking, transloading from other sites. Its a good idea to register to keep track of all your images in one place. It is much convenient than the proposed Hello and Picassa options… [Update: Blogger enabled hosting of images on its own webspace making it easier to host images in your posts. But you cannot manage or edit / delete your blogger images in any way

4. Technorati – Create and add a technorati profile. It allows you to claim your blog in this huge blogosphere. It allows you to put an excellent technorati search on your blog. The best part is that whenever someone mentions or links to any page of your blog, technorati knows and a search for your blog on technorati shows exactly how many sites link to which pages of your blog and when they were added with a small description. See why you need a technorati account.

5 – Sitemeter – Just takes 5 minutes to get a free tracker which gives you realtime site traffic statistics to check the quantity and quality of your site traffic with detailed referrer and geographic data. I have checked out several other tracking sites, but this one seems the best. Although you need to keep a counter visible (as a logo, visitor counter) and the statistics can be made private too.

StatCounter gives much more detailed statistics and the counter is totally invisible and free totally till you start getting large traffic, when you need to pay. But the disadvantage is that both of these track the last 100 visitors only, while another free service Extreme Tracking tracks them all… but you statistics cannot be made private. More options I like are Google Analytics for deep traffic statistical analysis and it is hidden too.

6. Feedblitz – It quickly allows your blog visitors to subscribe by email to your new posts. They just have to enter their email. You decide which page opens after they press Subscribe. A quick confirmatory email to them and they get 1 email daily with all your new posts. You can decide if you want to send the full post or short posts with defined number of characters. Very good to keep your subscribers informed of new posts. It allows them to unsubscribe easily also.

7. w.bloggar – It is a Post and Template editor, with several features and resources that the browser based blog editors do not offer. It enables users to have only one interface to several accounts hosted on several different sites, using different publishing systems. Helps to manage multiple blogs on Blogger very effectively.

8. Blogger Mobile – opens a new concept of Moblogging i.e. blogging by your mobile phone. When you send text or photos from your mobile device to go@blogger.com they’re automatically posted to your new blog page.

9. Blogexplosion – helps you get confirmed traffic to your blog. The principle is simple, you visit other peoples blogs and they visit yours. For every 2 blogs you visit, one visitor comes to you. This is very good if you are new blogger and have hardly any traffic. Definitely try the Rent a Blog advertising swap service.

10. Pingomatic – Pinging lets dozens of blogging services know you’ve updated your site and increases traffic to your blog. Just enter your blog name and blog home page, check the blogging services you want to ping, just click ‘Submit Pings’ and in one click it pings all of them. Pingoat offers a wide variety of such services and is fast too. See many more one click pinging services.

11. Creative Commons – It offers a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors and artists. They have built upon the “all rights reserved” of traditional copyright to create a voluntary “some rights reserved” copyright. They are nonprofit and all tools are free and useful to highlight the way in which you want others to use you content.

14. Google Adsense and Search – When you take all effort to write for a blog, why not optimize it to make some money. Let users search for good posts in your blog. And now it even helps to monetize you feeds.


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68 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Feedburner is a good service but it does nothing for your Google ranking as the feed points to their site and not your own. Still, it’s a pretty good service considering it’s free.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Check out this list.

  3. Mr Anderson says:

    Thank you so very much.

  4. maruthi says:

    Just added extreme tracking to my blog. Planning to experiment with the rest of the ideas provided here. Thanks for the very useful post.

  5. Willu says:

    Hi! thanks alot for your post about this!

    I’ve referenced you from my own blog.

    Could you please tell me:

    1) how you do your comments atm ? It doesn’t look like Blogger default.

    2)How did you get
    “Popular Posts” category? I assume its automatic?

  6. Free Flash Podcast Player

    Take this flash based podcast player provided free by feed2podcast.com. Its easy and is perfect for your website. Why drive your website visitors to itunes or other content rich players when you can keep your fans at your site.

    http://www.feed2podcast.com/player/

    We originally created this flash podcast player for our Blog to Podcast engine which takes your blog text and turns it into a podcast using our text to speech engine.

  7. jinfoo says:

    You could add the firefox extension “performancing” on your list

  8. Willbe says:

    Try customizable bookmarklet at http://social.front.lv for creating social bookmark submitting lines for blogger’s posts.

  9. agent99 says:

    Thanks!

    I’ve followed your blog now for a year and have found many highly useful tips to implement.

    I guess the biggest tip of them all that would be great for your readers, is how did you double your active subscribers within the past year?

    Keep up the great work!

  10. karicherla jagdeesh says:

    Hey friends
    Can any 1 suggest a way to embed applets in my blog
    how can i include external applets i mean some other’s applets in my page.
    Please suggest any tools if any.

  11. Seshu says:

    ‘Stuff a Blog’ ( http://stuffablog.com ) may be used as a complement to a blog-post.

  12. Gopal Pillai says:

    Thanks.
    Update more often, add more tools.
    +Thanks.

  13. I’ve submitted this to TagNe.ws – Category: Blogging, I hope it gets enough votes for the front page.

    Also, you should mention SiteMeter, it’s a great resource for keeping track of where visitors are coming from, and going to.

    http://www.tagne.ws/Blogging/Free-Essential-Tools-Blogger-Blogs-From-Quick-Online-Tips/

  14. Nico says:

    Good tips, but here is tip number 15:
    I recommend you read these reviews to know the best directories to submit your blog: http://blog-dir.blogspot.com/
    Many Blog Directories will link back to your blogs but others are only trying to increase their own PR (page rank)by requesting inbound links and they don’t link back!

  15. lunakizz says:

    Good tips, Thank you!

  16. Clariniliki says:

    Great post!!! Really usefull to me. Today I decided to make my Blogger blog in touch with what blogosphere is now and I was so lucky to find this post at the beginning of my work! I tried most of them, but I only kept the useful ones (at least for the moment, I don’t really need many of them). Keep going!

  17. Thanks for the tips. I searched for Blogger statistics, and your site gives so much more.

  18. Steve Yu says:

    google should upgrade their comment system, add some feature like trackback and perhaps top commentators plugin. This should be much more better. Anyway, great tips there.

  19. iwan says:

    I am looking for instant traffic maker for free

  20. Hi,
    You have posted such an wonderful information thats why I wanna say thnx to you. This is a useful information.
    THanx,
    Web Development

  21. RMS says:

    Thnaks ! I also have a question I use zookoda to manage my blog’s feeds (http://toutpourlemanagement.blogspot.com/) and I would like to know whats’s difference between this feeds manager platform and feedburner…(Actually i’m not fully satisfied with zoodoka and i would like to know if it could be interesting to change for feedburner !)

    Could you help me ?

  22. chief blogger says:

    here is another interesting tool – it allows you to automatically display links to wikipedia documents that are related/relevant to your blog post. check out the tools section:

    http://www.similpedia.org

  23. steffmeister says:

    Good stuff, although Feedblitz is really no good unless you are willing to spam your readers daily, or pay. bummer! Feedburner and Sitemeter very good so far.

  24. I have recently switched to Feedburner for my RSS email soultion. I have found the emails much neater than Feedblitz. It also keeps the readers on your site via a pop up suscription window. However, Feedblitz has more customization options. Zoodoka is good for sending weekly newsletters.

  25. Tim Heckel says:

    If you’d like to have instant emails sent whenever new content appears on your blogger.com blog, you can use http://www.bnotified.com.

  26. Ookami Snow says:

    Instead of Feedburner I use FeedButton that lets readers add my blog feed in whatever reader they use.

    Seems to work good.

  27. mara says:

    Thanks for the useful tools list. I’ve been using Statcounter for quite long now and I’m very pleased with it. It’s simple to use and understand yet gives very detailed information. Also, now it’s expanded the 100 visits archiving limit to 500!

  28. Erik Sebesta says:

    Do you rank things in your blog? Would you like your readers to provide their input too? Rrankk.com allows you to create your own topic with a list of items for your readers to rank. Topics are embedded easily into your blog pages. Unlike the current standard of radio-button voting, users order the list of items, providing greater accuracy and a better user experience.

  29. han says:

    Thanks for posting this, definitely worth reading :)

  30. angie says:

    Hello all. First, thanks for taking the time to look at my question. SO here goes. How do you add audio to your page? I mean, do you have to subscribe to a feed some where? Let me also warn you I’m not that computer savvy, so I’ll need some detailed instructions. THANKS!

  31. ruje3 says:

    page digged thanx, does anyone know about rss input for blogspot.

  32. Nice Blog you have got. I started just a few days back and found your posts most useful and inspiring.Mustsay thanks to all you people who visit,comment and post queries as well.Thats the real fun and spirit of blogging .

    God Bless!

  33. hwchua says:

    thanks for this post
    it is very helpful for a beginner like me

  34. Thanks for the info!!! Nice one.

  35. Zander Boon says:

    Hey, great stuff. I just started my blog, and these tips will be really useful.

    Cheers!

    Zander

  36. Mike D says:

    Just started my site as well and I may have to try some of these tools out. Blogexplosion looks interesting but I’ll have to check each one out individually to try and gain more readers and such.

  37. Happyhh says:

    Awesome post. The best article about blogging tips that I cam across so far. Keep up the good work.

  38. Hi. I want to say of tracking services, The ExtremeTracker is very quickly tracker service. I advice it.

    Thanks.

  39. MTT says:

    Please tell something about how to add related articles to blogger.

  40. WonderTicker takes your Blogger feed and use them as news titles in a scrolling ticker on any web page you put it.

  41. Tijmen says:

    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: http://youstickit.com

  42. Vanessa says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the enormous work of posting the glossary. It is a very helpful list. I posted an article about it and mentioned your link. It will be very helpful to people new to the world wide web and blogging.

  43. Eric says:

    GFXPOLL is also a nice tool for blogger users! Free unique graphical poll layouts. Works always!

  44. Janet T says:

    iHype.com is set to introduce something grand to bloggers who are interested in making money

  45. Jay Poker says:

    Great post and tips. Which widget do you use on blogger to allow people to digg your post, stumble upon, or add to technorati favs? I’ve seen lots of blogger blogs that have this at option at the end of every post?

  46. Jay – you can try AddThis or Sociable wordpress plugin.

  47. edwin says:

    very useful tools. tq for post.

  48. tdb says:

    Hey thanks for the lists
    it helps all the webmasters around

  49. Thanks, 100% useful tips for Beginners. You are doing a remarkable job. Keep publishing post like this one. Thanks again.

  50. Pradeep says:

    Great post! :)

  51. Keith says:

    Blog Alert – Quickly allows your blog visitors to subscribe by sms (text message) to your new posts. They just have to enter their email, and never have to leave your site. Very good to keep your subscribers informed of new posts on the go. http://corporate.alerts.com/?page_id=96.

  52. healingkid says:

    This is kept quite relevant — thanks for the periodic updates!

  53. Rene says:

    Thank you so much for this list! I’m headed now to check many of them out! Thank you again for sharing.

  54. 12million says:

    thanks for the tips. i must say i needed these to boost my blog. thanks again!

  55. When designing Blogger templates, it’s useful to have a set of “tools” available before you begin. So in this installment of the Blogger Template Design series, I have compiled a list of tools I use often when designing themes, from imaging programs to relevant websites and resources you may like to use when designing your own templates
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  56. Shafar says:

    Very useful article for a beginners like me.. Thanks! :)

  57. c3v3n says:

    thanks for your tips. it’s great news for beginner like me..keep up good work and nice rank for your site. thanks again!

  58. Thomas says:

    Great list of tools! Although pinging is important and Pingoat doesn’t seem to be working, I have been pinging my blogs with BlogBuzzer.com

  59. Roomy Naqvy says:

    I am quite amazed by the kind of details your site has. I am thoroughly impressed. I use Feedblitz for my blog [http://issuesinacademics.blogspot.com/] but I haven’t mastered the art of using a feed to promote a blog. You have really researched the subject pretty well. Please accept my congratulations and best wished.

  60. Quiet interesting post. Definitely worth trying, especially the trackback or maybe some other.

    Probably the BEST OF ALL THE TECHNIQUES is to write quality content that takes TIME, ENERGY and above all A LOT OF PATIENCE.

  61. Tikoim says:

    I searched for a poll tool for blogspot and found this posting some useful tips – great.

    Anybody knows a tool for making polls or letting users vote for something on a blogger account – something like a poll-voting tool for wordpress as WP-Poll or Democracy plugin would be great – found nothing yet.

    Ok thanks

  62. Invoicing says:

    Wonderful list of tools for blogging! I have been using most of the tools! Thanks for sharing! Here, I would like to share another tool “Billing Boss” which takes care all of your billing and invoicing needs.

    Billingboss helps you with all your billing and invoicing needs. It’s a free online tool and you can generate unlimited invoices and send it to unlimited customers. It allows you to maintain a track on your transaction. It is really helpful for the freelancers and SMB owners.

  63. Interesting and very useful.
    Thanks.
    Jerome christopher

  64. Mr.Choice says:

    Great article. Some of the tools are are up to par.

  65. Tonis says:

    There is no such thing as INSTANT traffic maker:D
    You have to get traffic by using SEO, Article marketing, Forum marketing, PPC, Guest blogging etc… If you do these things you will get traffic for sure!
    Ofcourse you can always buy traffic, but usually that will not convert into sales or bring you in ANY money.

  66. Prakash says:

    Lovable post with the great collection of free essential tools for blogger. Feedburner & Technorati tools services were looks great. I really love it & inspired of it.

    Thx for sharing such a wonderful listing. Keep on sharing good things like this always.

  67. Ev yemekleri says:

    blogger deleted my blogs accusing me of spamming, without even asking me, or giving me a chance to prove I’m a normal “human” blog writer, who spent years writing all those hundreds of posts. At least, they could have given me a chance to save my posts somewhere else for myself. I have no trust in blogger anymore!

  68. otodeluxe says:

    Cool collections there! I think i have figured out something from here.

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