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! 🙂
If you haven’t installed Google Analytics 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 Calendar for the rescue. You can plan your posts, color-code them according to topics 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 😉 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!