If you’ve been blogging for some time now you know there are tons of tools out there at our fingertips. Tools to help us manage social media, create awesome images, make our own infographics, create engaging content and well, you know what I mean.
But finding the right tools can be overwhelming, right? I remember when I started blogging there was so much to soak in. It almost feels like every time I jumped online there was a new tool out there.
If you’re a new blogger, I’m hoping to make it easier for you by sharing some of my favorite blogging tools…tools every blogger should be using.
Social Media Management
I’m sure you know managing our social media accounts is a task by itself. Going from page to page to keep up with those you’re interacting with. Thank goodness social media management tools were created.
Everyone knows how much I love Hootsuite. I love all the features that comes with their Pro plan. To learn about their features, read my post Why Hootsuite Pro Is My Favorite Social Media Management Tool.
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There is also Buffer and other options to choose from. Just take a look at this post by Dash Burst that shares 12 social media management tools.
For Pinterest and Instagram, there is no other tool like Tailwind to help you schedule pins based on when your followers are most engaged. And there are more features than the scheduling tool. You can increase your pins and build a community by joining their Tailwind Tribes. Click here for all the details and to try it for free.
For Managing Your Blog
We should all check our stats via Google Analytics. Not only can you see how your blog is doing as far as traffic goes but it breaks it down by where your traffic comes from, demographics, key word searches, the whole nine yards.
The stats are a great picture of what your visitors are doing on your blog. You can see things like which keywords they’re using to find your blog, what posts they’re reading, how long they’re on your blog and what sites your visitors are coming from.
Page Rank Checker
For a complete analysis of your domain, PageRank Checker is a free tool to check your blog’s google page rank, domain authority, Alexa rank and more. All you have to do is enter your domain name and viola you get instant results.
PageSpeed Insights checks your blog’s performance on a desktop and mobile. It gives you a complete analysis and offers recommended fixes.
For Your Blog Post
I love this tool. Whenever I can’t come up with a title or if I need an idea for a blog post, I got to ContentIdeator. Just enter your keywords and just like that- you get a list of titles for a suggested blog post.
And when you write your blog post, you have to watch out for spelling and grammatical errors. Grammarly checks your spelling and grammar and if you upgrade to their premium plan, you can also check for plagiarism. Brenda of My Girly Parts tells us about Grammarly in her post Get It Right the First Time with Grammarly.
I’m sure you know by now images are everything. For thousands of free images, go to pixabay.com. You can download any image, except for those that are watermarked – and they are usually placed at the top of your search results.
For Creating Blog Post Images and Editing
Canva is my favorite site to create images for a blog post. We can customize it to our own size, choose from different layouts or use their templates for a Twitter, Facebook or Instagram post. It also has cool looking templates to create Social Media covers. They have free images, icons and illustrations and you can also create charts and infographics.
But you should always have a back-up tool in case one goes down for whatever reason – it’s happened to Canva.
You can also use the free version of Pic Monkey to create blog post images as well as to edit photos or for cropping and adjusting images.
BeFunky is another great editing tool I like to use. It has prebuilt templates and features like Canva and you can upgrade for less than $40 a year.
But if you want to make your own, you can use Piktochart. It’s got great templates, images, and special fonts to create awesome infographics.
Here’s one I did for my post called 6 Ways to Make Money Online.
For Growing Your List
As you know, growing our subscriber list is an important element for driving traffic to our blog. Think of it as our most loyal readers who are interested in what we have to say about products we promote. Sure we have social media but this is a personal way of connecting with our visitors because we have their undivided attention.
Sumome and Hello Bar are just two of the tools available to help us to grow our email list. I personally use Hello Bar and it truly has grown my subscriber list. Here’s a screenshot of my stats from the time I signed up in August:
For Driving Traffic to Your Blog
Speaking of driving traffic to your blog, just take a look at these free and one paid site to promote your blog post and have it shared by others.
Blog Engage – this is a paid program for only $9.99 a month.
You can also use the plugin Revive Old Post, formerly Tweet Old Post to share older posts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Other Helpful Tools
Pocket is a great tool to keep your favorite blog posts and other sites you might keep as a resource. You can even add keywords to make it easier to pull up an article or website you’re looking for.
Simple add an extension for Chrome and Firefox and you’ll see an icon next to the toolbar. All you have to do is tick on the icon and it will save the webpage you’re on.
There are so many tools out there to help us and what I’ve shared with you here is just a drop in the bucket. But I hope this helped you pick the blogging tools that will help you wok smarter not harder. Do you use some of these tools? What are other tools you use?
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