Oct 26 2014

I ‘ve been blogging for an year now and have been pretty serious for the most part which means I have tried many things to make the whole process as easy and effective as possible. And trust me when I say I have spent a lot of time doing my research about all the tools out there that can be used for a more streamlined blogging experience. I have rounded up the most essential and the best of them all here to save you some time, hope it helps! πŸ™‚

If you haven’t installedΒ Google AnalyticsΒ for your blog yet, do it now before you read further. It is an intelligent tool that will give you a wealth of knowledge about your blog that can fuel its performance. Here is a guide to get you started.
1. Google webmaster tools: This a free service provided by google to all websites in order to help optimize their visibility on the internet. It gives you a ton of information about the google search queries that list the pages of your site in the search results, the position at which they are listed and the number of clicks to your site and also many other details including the number of inbound links, broken links etc which help you manage your site better. Here is one of the most elaborate and helpful tutorials to get you started.
2. Picmonkey: One of the most easy-to-use photo editors out there. Very helpful in creating collages, embedding text in images and also great for performing basic edits on your photos. You can create simple headers, buttons and icons for your blog in the flick of a finger, it is that simple.
3. Editorial Calendar: If you are working with a blog schedule, this is something you will enjoy using. It makes you feel all professional and helps you in getting your posts up more regularly. For wordpress users, there is the Co-schedule plugin which is excellent and for us blogspot users, we have our trusted Google CalendarΒ for the rescue. You can plan your posts, color-code them according to topicsΒ Β and have them scheduled on your calendar. One look at this will give you a clear idea of what posts are going up on your blog for the week or month and how they are spaced out.
4. Disqus: This is one of the best commenting systems hands down. It is very easy to set up and use, intuitive, has an aesthetically pleasing appearance with a conversation hierarchy and most importantly cuts out all the spam completely. It has a few bugs in terms of a few lost comments and delays in updating but it is still worth it.
5. Bufferapp: If you are anything like me, you hate promoting your posts on social media. Basically I can forget, and mostly I am lazy. I ve tried a bunch of apps to help me schedule my social media posts and the one I ve loved the most is Bufferapp. I basically use it just for twitter right now, but you can use it for facebook and google+ too. The best thing about it is that I can schedule for all days of the week at fixed times and just queue my posts to be sent out. Easy!
6. Evernote: We bloggers sometimes have a ton of ideas flowing out our heads and at other times feel empty and uninspired. So its best to record all those ideas and save them for the rainy days πŸ˜‰ I love Evernote to take down notes and jot down any ideas on the go. It is available for iOS and android too which makes it all the more better as you can sync the notes between all your devices. Genius!
7. Dropbox: Now after working hard on those blog posts and photos you don’t want to lose them due to a system crash or hard drive failure, do you? And for all those times when things just seem to go wrong for no fault of yours, it is best to keep a back up of all your data in an online safe. I love dropbox for hosting files, photos and for providing a platform to share them too.
Hope you are having a great weekend, and If you can squeeze out sometime today, start using these tools, they will save you a lot of time and energy later on.
What are your must have blogging tools? I’d love to know!

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  • Such a good post. Dayum. I already use Disqus and Dropbox, but some of these others sound very intriguing. I just found Google Webmaster Tools the other day, but I was totally confused and overwhelmed by it.

  • Great post Chaitra! Love Disqus and Buffer! Only recently started using Picmonkey and love how simple and easy it is. I definitely do not understand Photoshop haha! Oh Dropbox sounds like something I should be using! I'd hate for all my photos to get lost :O

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • β˜†Chieβ˜†

    thanks so much for sharing these tips and tricks! i only new of picmonkey! lol. i will have to install google analytics.

    Chie | The Brown Eyed Fox

  • Steph

    This is such a great post! I've never even heard of Bufferapp or Google's Webmaster Tools, but you can bet I'm heading on over there today to get them set up! Thanks πŸ™‚

    Steph xx
    Lay It Bare

  • Love this! I've been using Fotor to edit my pictures (adding text, mainly) and my favourite way to schedule tweets is Tweetdeck… Disqus is seriously the best and Google Analytics is so useful! I love Google Calendar to schedule… If only I followed it though, I always end up writing something else I like more instead of the post scheduled πŸ˜‰ xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  • Dropbox really changed my blogging game. I found it so hard to share photos with such a high quality format between devices as some way or another they'd always end up pixilated.


  • gina

    just installed disqus on blogger and now can't see any comments! help? http://www.thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

  • Alina Bostan

    I love these tips! I need to get going with Google Analytics so hope the tutorial helps as I've no clue! Picmonkey is my go to for adding writing to a photo or creating collages. Really need to used Dropbox more often, I tend to forget x

    Beauty with charm | TOOFACED GIVEAWAY

  • The Google Analytics app is my new favorite way to blog on-the-go. You should definitely look into that. Evernote keep hearing about and you just inspired me to create an account. Between my personal blog and my day job in PR, I'm in serious need of help! haha


  • I'm trying hard to learn how to use Google webmaster tools πŸ™‚ lovely suggestions! xx

  • fab post!

  • BloonStuff

    Some great tips. Definitely going to look up that Bufferapp. At the moment I just use the usual Blogger comment system, but I've been thinking of switching to Disqus. I've seen some arguments for and against it, so I wasn't sure. :/

  • Great tips, Chaitra. Never heard of Picmonkey before!

  • Didn't know about webmaster tools, thanks! I agree about Disqus, I love it. I think the Google comments are good too, though anything has got to better than blogger comments lol.

    Amy at Amy & More

  • I switched and love it!

    Amy at Amy & More

  • Juliana Grace

    This is such a great post! I definitely need to learn to use Google Analytics! Thanks for the advice. Happy 1 Year!!
    Juliana Grace | http://www.julianagraceblogspace.blogspot.com

  • I totally love PicMonkey and the Buffer App, and the other ones I've yet to try out! Thank you so much for this advice!


  • BloonStuff

    Hrmmm, decisions decisions. πŸ˜€

  • Tasha Steel

    Great tips! πŸ™‚ x

    I use tweetdeck on my laptop and buffer on my phone – so I'm always sorted!


  • Fantastic tips, I use most of them everyday and it has helped me blogging for sure πŸ™‚

    Melissa || http://www.vintagemelissa.co.uk x x

  • Annabel

    I am always surprised at the amount of people without Analytics, or something similar. Great post!

    Annabel β™₯
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • fashion_tidbits

    your blog design and layout is so beautiful!

  • I use most of the tools and they definitely save me a lot of time, great post!!

  • I don't have google analytics still and am thinking of going to disquis- it's so weird how you can miss the basics I am on wordpress though and it costs me a lot to modify my blog too much, but I am going to have to bite the bullet xx

  • Ah yes, i agree with it being overwhelming. I think its best to start small, learning a thing or two whenever we get time. Thanks holly! x

  • πŸ™‚ Photoshop was scary for me too sheri but i have begun to like it nowadays. As always practice makes perfect. Yes dropbox is awesome! Hi five! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Oh yes google analytics is a must , do it right now chie πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Thank you steph! Hope you find these useful πŸ™‚ xx

  • Hi gyudy! Hope u had a lovely weekend! I always had a bit of a problem with tweetdeck, it takes a lot of time to schedule tweets on there, i find buffer easier that way! Have you tried buffer? x

  • I get what you are saying taylor, dropbox is so helpful for large files! x

  • Oops gina! So sorry. So you need to first import comments from blogger to disqus and then install disqus. Did you resolve it yet? x

  • hey alina! yes analytics is great, i love it! What do u use for social media? x

  • Hi kelly, How is the analytics app different than the website itself? Aren't they same? Ha ha evernote is awesome! xx

  • Thanks mary, yup it is a bit of a drag but very useful πŸ™‚ xo

  • <3 thanks x

  • Disqus is lovely, and a lot easier. But make sure to import your comments before you install it πŸ™‚ Thank you πŸ™‚ xx

  • Its awesome melissa, you gotta try it πŸ™‚ x

  • ha ha! Google comments are good too, but i still prefer disqus somehow. It just looks better to me! You are welcome amy πŸ™‚ x

  • Thanks juliana! Means a lot to me πŸ™‚ x

  • Glad it helped Zoe πŸ™‚ U r so welcome!

  • yes i love buffer! Thanks for reading xx πŸ™‚

  • πŸ™‚ So glad to hear that melissa! Do u have any to add to the list? xx

  • Thanks annabel! yes I find analytics very useful! x

  • Aww thanks a ton πŸ™‚ x

  • Exactly, they save a lot of time. Do u have any favorite apps? x

  • Are you on self hosted wordpress jess? Yup, it is a decision to make, but i am sure you ll love the changes! xx

  • lauren

    Great post! I love Picmonkey for editing. I've also been considering disqus for such a long time, think I might have to take the plunge!
    Lauren x

  • I use a papercalender for the overview of my posts, then I love Evernote! Why I after many years still can not find out of Google analytics I do not understand…..

  • I love using PicMonkey for brightening some photos or just some small touch-ups on stuff. I'll have to check out some of the things you've mentioned here as it'll make my life 10x easier, they sound very useful too!

    Elma x || PetalGrrl

  • I already use a few of these, but I still found this post really helpful. Thankyou for sharing.


  • Alina Bostan

    I use Hootsuite at the moment for scheduled tweets but I just post myself on facebook or instagram. Twitter is the one I'm still trying to figure out and get my head around it as I only opened up my first account with my blog x

  • Yes disqus is really really useful lauren πŸ™‚ xx

  • I love paper calendars too, I am thinking of making and printing my own , it just feels to have something in hand right? πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading ellen! x

  • You are so welcome sarah! πŸ™‚ So glad! xx

  • Oh yes I am sure they will elma πŸ™‚ Let me know which one syou end up loving the most! x

  • Great tips! And thanks for the link to the G webmaster tutorial. I've been looking for a good one for ages! Xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • So welcome katy πŸ™‚ x

  • This was so helpful! Thanks for these tools. I'll be exploring some of these for sure.

  • Abi Davies

    This is so helpful! Thanks so much would love anyone to check my blog out the link will be below πŸ™‚

    Pretty Little Things

  • So welcome Emily πŸ™‚ <3 Let me know which ones you liked best! x

  • Buffer and PicMonkey are also my saviours – I couldn't blog without them!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  • Completely agree, picmonkey is such a savior! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading Josie x

  • Julianne

    Nice blog! Love the clean layout and your pics are amazing!

  • Thanks a lot Julianne! πŸ™‚ x

  • Whoa! I was looking for info, but believe me nothing is as precise as your post. Another problem was I couldn't find tools for the mix of topics in my blog, this nails it for me. Thanks πŸ™‚

    Have to mention, your pictures are stunning. I am generally staring at them rather than reading the post πŸ™‚

    – Vaishnavi

  • Iclal Bulur

    Thank you for the many useful tips! I was looking for something quicker than photoshop and illustrator, I'm going to try Picmonkey right now and all the other tips later. //Iclal


  • It is the same but when I had to check on my laptop I rarely checked. Now that I can quickly browse stats in-line somewhere or traffic, I'm way more on top of my stats. Also, I like the layout of the app more than the website πŸ™‚

  • Aww that was such a sweet comment Vaishnavi !thank you very much πŸ™‚ So glad it helped! I ll be writing similar posts soon, so watch this space for more! πŸ™‚

  • So good Iclal! So glad it was useful! πŸ™‚ xx

  • BloonStuff

    Oh, thanks for the tip! πŸ™‚

  • The ProCam app is awesome, it lets you adjust a tonne of stuff, I'd definitely recommend it!!

  • Caroline

    Great tools! I couldn't live without Evernote or pic monkey! I use them both on a daily basis πŸ™‚ I definitely want to check out Buffer and look more into the Google webmaster tools! Thanks for this girl! xo


  • So welcome cali! πŸ™‚ I love evernote, it is so so good, i would be lost without it! x

  • This is so helpful! Thank you so much for sharing these with us all, a few of them I wasn't aware of so hopefully they should help me πŸ™‚ Have a great week lovely!

    Hayley-Eszti // http://www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

  • Hi hayley! So glad they are helpful! Thank u sweety, you too have a great week! x

  • Really informative! Heart this!! x


  • This post was so helpful πŸ™‚ Thank you !
    gabriella from http://www.willowjolie.com

  • I love using tweetdeck too! Will check out some of the tools you mentioned, I am falling in love with your blog and it is quickly becoming one of my favourites Chaitra.

    Debasree // ALL SHE NEEDS

  • your posts are life-savers!! Thank you!!

  • Ly Patromo

    I’m so glad I’ve read about bufferapp here. It’s indeed very helpful. Thank you Chaitra! β™₯


  • Love Buffer! Saves me so much time and it’s so simple! Great post!


  • Thanks so much for this article! Honestly for most of your articles! They are very helpful I have blogged a little over a year and I still feel like I have a ton to learn!
    Kat | Delirium Style