Five Free Tools I’ve Used To Improve My Blog

If you’ve been on my email list a while, you’ll have noticed I love sharing free tools (I literally wrote the book on free). Recently I’ve been making a few important improvements to my blog, using tools that are 100% free and easy to access. The following tools can be used to make small but vital tweaks to your blog, that will help drive traffic, improve usability, and build your email list. Take a look.

Five Free Tools I’ve Used To Improve My Blog

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Peek User Testing

Peek User Testing is a site that lets you get an idea of what readers think of your blog. You simply submit your url and a real person will visit your website, take a look around, click on some links and let you know exactly what they think. You’ll receive an email, usually within 24 hours of submitting your url, with a link to a video of one random user talking you though their first visit to your blog.

You can request reviews of your site on desktop or mobile, and you can ask for up to three tests a month. This means you can improve based on the feedback you get, and then re-submit.

This is a totally free service. Obviously the folk at Peek are hoping you’ll also use their paid services, but there is no hard upsell on this. I’ve been gently tweaking my site based on Peek feedback for a couple of months now, and I’m getting a better response each time.

The Co-Schedule Headline Analyzer

I’ve started  using this totally free online tool on every headline I write for my blog, (I actually use it on the articles I write for my content creation clients too, and the pitches I send out to freelance markets). I’m using it to test out titles for my books as well.

Simply pop your headline in the box, and click ‘Analyze Now’. You’ll get a grade for your headline (you’ll want to aim for a B+ at least, if not an A). You can keep tweaking it to improve. The analyzer will let you know how many power words you’ve used and how many emotional words, as well as whether your headline is the right length.

Yoast SEO

This free WordPress plug-in optimizes every post I write, letting me know if I need to tweak my title, url or description, or add more keywords to my post. If you’re still not sure how to use Search Engine Optimization, this book does a great job of explaining it, but if you use Yoast, you’ll only need a basic understanding. Yoast will do the hard work for you.

Just ReTweet

Just ReTweet is my  favorite free way to drive traffic to my blog posts. It lets you to get a lot of genuine ReTweets, Google shares and Facebook likes very quickly, and helps you attract new followers on Twitter at the same time.

As an extra bonus, this site is also a great place to go to find fresh content to curate and share with your readers.

If you have a Twitter account, you can simply go to JustRetweet.com and sign up. I wrote a whole post about JustRetweet here.

Mailchimp & Mailmunch

Mailchimp and Mailmunch are actually two separate tools, but I’ve grouped them together because they’re best used as a system to grow your email list. Mailchimp is a reliable email provider that’s free for your first 2000 subscribers, so it’s great for when you’re just starting out with email marketing. You can sign up for free here, and then you’ll be able to put a form in your sidebar, within your blog posts, or anywhere else on your site, with simple html code.

Mailmunch is a plug-in which allows you to add extra forms, such as a pop-up, scroll box or top bar, to your site. It integrates with Mailchimp, sending all the emails you collect in these forms straight to your Mailchimp list. The forms allow for a fair bit of customization too, even if you’re only using the free version. Both Mailchimp and Mailmunch have paid versions that you can upgrade to in the future, but they are completely free to get started with.

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Comments

  1. Awesome tools, I already use a few of these but I’ll have to check out Peek user testing. Nice to connect with you 🙂
    Kami @FaithfullyMeBlog recently posted…Eggnog Bread With Streusel ToppingMy Profile

    1. Karen says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Kami. Peek was a great find. It’s kind of disconcerting watching someone find their way around your site, but it certainly brings your attention to anything that’s confusing or misleading. And you can tweak things a little then request another test.
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  2. Annie says:

    Hi Karen, Just ReTweet looks promising. It seems that I need an account there 🙂

    Btw, have you used Unplag before? This tool can help you to get rid of duplicate content on your blog (if you have any). And this tool has a free version too.

    1. Karen says:

      Hi Annie. Yes you will have to sign up for a (free) account at JustReTweet. Haven’t tried Unplag before. Will take a look at it.
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  3. These are fantastic tips thank you #weekendblogshare
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  4. Stephanie says:

    I love love love coschedule! I have the full plugin (paid version) and it has the headline analyzer built into the interface for all my posts! And I already use mailchimp and a different SEO as well. I haven’t heard of the Peek User Testing, I am going to try that out, thanks!
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    1. Karen says:

      I’ve heard the coschedule plugin is a good investment. Good to hear it again. It’s on my list of plugins to try, but I just love that they make the headline analyser available for free too.
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  5. Nadalie says:

    EK! I signed up to do Peek. I’m a bit nervous. Like I love my site, but will this random person feel the same? Thanks for this list of awesome resources.
    Nadalie recently posted…How Do I Slay My Goals?My Profile

    1. Karen says:

      It is nerve wracking, Nicole. But the tests I’ve done have been really helpful. People pointed out little things I’d never have thought of that let me make little tweaks and improvements.
      Karen recently posted…Ten Tips for Making Affiliate Sales on Social MediaMy Profile

  6. Nataly says:

    Great tips Karen!
    I haven’t implemented Peek but it sounds like a great tool to use. Honest feedback is priceless.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Nataly.
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