The Best Free Blogging Tools for Power Bloggers

Lately I’ve been trying to focus on churning out some quality posts instead of re-blogging or echoing news. With the limited 3-4 hours a day that I spend blogging and reading my RSS feeds, I have I been trying to use various free tools and tricks to enhance my productivity. Some of the these tools have become indispensable to me and I cannot imagine blogging without them. Do let me know if I have missed out any tools that you think should be there in this list.

The Best Offline Blog Editor

Windows Live Writer

This is the best blog editor out there. I have used more than 7 different blog editors and I can tell you this is the only one I really liked. One reason why I like it so much is that you can manage your drafts and synchronize them very easily. You can also copy paste html while stripping it off all junk code, use tags, link glossary lots of inbuilt support for WordPress.

FireFox Blogging Tools and Extensions.

Well the first thing you need to do is download FireFox, if you are a opera, or IE 7 user (Don’t tell me your still using IE 6) your missing out on a lot of tools and extensions that enhance your productivity.


ScribeFire needs no introduction it was previously called Performancing for Firefox. This is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog.

Screen Grab

Screengrab! is an extension for FireFox that makes it easy to save a web-page as an image. With it, you can save anything that you can see in a browser window – from a small selection, to a complete page.

FireFox Universal Uploader

As the name says, this FireFox extension allows you to upload/download files from any website using a friendly interface. Upload files/photos/videos to Flickr, Picasa, Youtube, of free space), Facebook, Webshots and OmniDrive in this version. Next versions would support other websites like Google Videos etc. You can add multiple files to the queue at a time. Extension will take care of uploading them for you.

AutoFill Forms

Tired of Filling the the same details while commenting on different blogs? Autofill Forms enables you to fill out web forms with one click or a keyboard shortcut. A set of customizable rules is used to determine the input for each form element. You are able to edit, remove, enable/disable the provided rules and to add your own ones. You can configure the order in which the rules are to be applied and define site specific rules.


FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla FireFox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.

Free Screen Capture and Photo Editing Tool

Gadwin PrintScreen

A Free simple yet powerful screen grabbing utility. (there are two version Free and Paid)

Image Resizer Widows XP Power Toy

This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click. You can even resize multiple files in one go.

Google Picasa Photo Manager

Resize crop, alter, refine make a collage etc all can be down with this simple but powerful picture manager from Google.

Best RSS Readers

Google Reader
The best Web based Rss reader, some people prefer netvibes or pageflakes.

RSS Bandit
The best Free Offline Desktop Reader. I like the Inbuilt support for WordPress comments without the need for going to the post to read comment, unfortunately it works only for WordPress blogs.

Miscellaneous tools


Yotophoto is indexs well over a quarter million Creative Commons, Public Domain, GNU FDL, and various other ‘copyleft’ images.

Stuff a Blog Bmash

A useful tool just type in your keywords get related Picture, Tags, links, News and amazon products.

14 Responses

Greatnews RSS reader is good too.Though i didnt know of wp commenting on bandit.

Hey nice post! I prefer google docs over live writer, but I think is a grate tool also

I would add the following benefits to Windows Live Writer:
– WYSIWYG editor – you see how the content is going to be posted
– Ability to write posts offline, and then upload them when connected

I would add to the screen capture programs – Snagit by TechSmith. You can capture using a variety of options, and output using quite a few different formats. It does cost $40, but if you do a lot of screen captures this is an excellent tool.

@techzilo Thanks I’ll check out GreatNews.
@hh I tried using Google Docs somehow it never clicked with me.
@Thomas Good points. I didn’t put Snagit since its not free. But I think its a Great tool.

Hey great post out there. Windows live writer has to be the one of the most power blogging editor. Long live Microsoft :)

This is excatly what I was looking for. Thanks man.

Nice compilation. Win Live Writer didn’t seem to work well for me :( , so I use BlogDesk. :)

I used WLW before . But now i am quite satisfied with RTE of wordpress .

@Everyone I think most people would agree the WLW is a great product. @chacko your welcome. @shankar what issues did you have with WLW care to share it.

Well, WLW hangs often, and I’m unable to publish a post. Those were the issues.

Nice compilation, Stumbled this one. :D

@nirmal thanks.. @shankar mmm yes its happened to be but not often plus its just a beta version. The only problem I have is the invalid HTML code it generates. But I found a work around I post it as a draft to my blog then fire up the WP editor which strips off any invalid code. Yeah I know sounds stupid but I use WLM mostly for managing my drafts.

That’s odd, yet cool :D

Not to forget, no blog is complete without a hit counter, there are many available on the web, I am using and they are good.