There was a time when people only dreamed of having a website and people who could have one were looked upon with great prestige and admiration. Today it is possible for anyone, with even minimum or no coding skills, to own a blog and that too for free. Services like Blogger, Type pad and Word Press have revolutionized the way the Internet used to work.

With the advent and evolution of blogging, the practice that started as a hobby – as an online diary, soon became a business. I think Darren Rowse was the first, or at least one of the first, to earn a decent income from his blogs and support his family.

Today thousands of bloggers are blogging day and night to follow Mr. Rowse’s footsteps. Blogging can be a very much time consuming process if you don’t know the right tools. For example when you write a blog post, you not only have to produce the best quality you could but also use appropriate keywords in the post so that search engine spiders can easily trace your site out. Now the traditional practice to do so is to go to a keyword research website, like Google Ad words, plug-in some appropriate words relevant to your post and hit enter to see what keywords are the most searched for on the Internet. Then return to your blog and frame your article accordingly.

Tool no. seven below, namely SEO Blogger enables you to do all that without leaving your blog’s dashboard and hence can save you on a lot of time.

There are 14 more essential and useful tools for bloggers that I have collected below. Go down and take a look.

1. Pixlr

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2. Blogjet

The most advanced Windows blog editor and manager. Get convenience and speed of a native application, and the ability to write posts offline.

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3. Thing link

Make images come alive with music, videos and any web content.

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4. Ping o matic

Ping-O-Matic is a service to update different search engines that your blog has updated.

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5. Qumana

This simple desktop editing tool allows you to write and save posts to your hard drive, while also posting to any of your blogs, anywhere. Never lose a post again.

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6. Rapportive

Get rich Contact profiles right inside Gmail, Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox.

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7. Optimize Your Posts As You Write

Whether you blog about business, politics or the hot topic of the moment, SEO Blogger allows you to find the most sought-after keywords for your subject without ever leaving your blog editing screen. The tool sits alongside whatever blog publishing software you’re using so you can do keyword research and optimize your posts as you write.

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8. Egg Timer

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9. Word tracker Keyword Questions

Get great content ideas from the questions people ask. What are the hot Christmas gifts this year? Who makes the best coffee maker? How safe is online shopping? Find the popular questions people are asking in your market … There’s a blog post that explains the recent changes to Keyword Questions, and how you can use it for your site.

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10. Compfight

Compfight is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research.

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11. Veeeb

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12. Diigo

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13. Deepest Sender

Deepest Sender is a blogging client that runs inside Firefox, Sea Monkey, and XULRunner.

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14. Google Analytic

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15. Google Keyword Tool

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I hope the above collection will save you a lot of blogging time and will also make you a better blogger. Let me know in the comments below what do you think about the above collection.