Essential Blogging Tools for Fit Pros!
As a Blogger with a limited budget (read ‘I have no money to spend on my blog because it all goes on my two bundles of joy, so I have to do everything in-house!), I have discovered many amazing tools that have cost me zilch, zero, nada (you get the picture).
They have enabled me to produce professional looking images without worrying about hiring a professional or someone suing me for using their images without permission (do not use google images for your Blog people!)!
Life Made Easy!
I have been able to send out fabulous looking newsletters to my students, create titles for my YouTube videos, Social Media Graphics and transfer files without putting my hand in my pocket!
You do not have to be a Blogger to benefit from these tools, you don’t even need to have a website (but you should, everyone should have a website!), you could be a fitness instructor with a Facebook page or a Personal Trainer looking to start a Blog to drive traffic to their website!
Whatever it is that you do in the fitness industry, this list will help you on your way!
I have included some paid resources in this list but every section has a free version so do not panic!
My (not so) secret weapons list!
Wix is fab for those who want to have a bash at building their own website without too much technology overload! Wix is basically drag and drop, it’s so easy to use, you could feasibly build a website in a couple of hours!
I’ve built websites using Wix for a lot of my friends and they look great – There simply is no reason not to have one!
WordPress (My weapon of choice)
I have a wordpress.org website which basically means I host it and it allows me a lot of freedom when it comes to design. You can go through wordpress.com and they take care of the hosting for you, amongst other things.
The differences are a bit more detailed than that, I’ve included a link for you to check out an easy to read article explaining the differences.
Graphics and Documents
OMG, I am in love with Canva! It’s like Photoshop only online, easier to use and its FREE!
Canva is a free graphic design tool website, founded in 2012. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics (Cheers Wikipedia!)
Here’s a fabulous tutorial by YouTuber Marley Baird – Make sure you check it out!
There is a paid version called Canva for Work, I signed up for this and then realised (after speaking to Andrew and Pete – My Mentors) I didn’t need it (dammit!) so I cancelled and went back to using the free version!
You can also download the app to your iPad 🙂
Pic Monkey (FREE)
A lot of Bloggers and YouTubers use Pic Monkey, I prefer Canva tbh but Pic Monkey does have some great features!
PicMonkey makes creative tools for photo editing and graphic design because we want you to rock the universe. We want your images to show your creativity, your style, your spot-on brilliance (extract from Pic Monkey)
You can also download the app to your phone 🙂
Whether you are creating Social Media posts or Blog Titles for your website, you need to make sure that you use images from the proper sources.
A lot of people think nothing of using google images, (heck I’ve been guilty of it in the past) but did you know that it’s actually illegal to do so without the owner’s permission and some people have been sued?!!
I love Unsplash! Their tag line is: Beautiful, free photos – Gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers.
They have some amazing photos on there, uploaded by an array of talented photographers – From the amateur with a keen eye to the professional, all they ask is that you credit the photos when you use them.
You can also tweet them via the website and say thank you, which I think is a really nice touch and I’ve actually interacted with quite a few photographers on Twitter through Unsplash!
They send you images each month too, all for the price of your email address!
This was the first website I ever discovered (via Vicki Nicolson – check her out, very talented lady!), they have some amazing stock images!
You need to sign up to their mailing list and they send you free images each month (as well as some awesome branding tips), you can also sign up for a monthly subscription (paid) and choose even more images from their gorgeous collection!
I signed up for a free 7 day trial with Graphic Stock a couple of years ago, I liked the collections you had access to so when they emailed an offer through for an annual subscription, i signed up!
Worth every penny in my opinion as i’m able to search for an image suitable for that blog post and download it instantly!
Online Storage/File Transfer
I use Dropbox to send files that are too big to be sent via email. I also receive a lot of images/files from people and it really helps to have somewhere to store them when my laptop starts to do the spinning wheel of death!
Dropbox have a free and paid version, you get 2GB of data with the free account which is more than enough to store all of those gorgeous stock images you are going to download!
You can also download the app to your phone so you can access your files on the go!
They are far more knowledgable than me and the article is really easy to read/follow, check it out!
Colour Picker/Hex Codes
Have you ever seen an amazing colour on a picture/website and then tried to match it in a colour palette? I have and its frustrating as you can never get it exactly right!
Each colour has something called a hex code, a unique reference number that enables it to be identified. I use a tool called Eye Dropper (I’m pretty sure Vicki Nicolson told me about this one too!) and it can identify any colour, best of all, it’s absolutely free!
All of these resources are FREE, you do not need to sign up to any expensive subscriptions (I have membership with Graphic Stock but that’s the only thing I pay for) to make your website/social media accounts look fantastic!
I hope you found this list useful, if there are any other tools you’ve found and they are not on this list, please drop a comment below and let me know!
Mel is a Personal Trainer, Fitness Tutor and Blogger, she is passionate about what she does and her blogs represent her opinion (and she is pretty opinionated!).