5 MUST-HAVE Tools For Your Blog
Happy TUESDAY! Holy cow was yesterday a whirlwind. Thanks a lot, Monday. Fingers crossed that Today’s post is for my blogger ladies. I have been working hard to get this post up for you guys so you can start applying it to your own blogs and reaping the awesome benefits. I won’t pretend to be an expert – but these tools are the best ones I’ve found that make my job 10x easier. Each one has a specific purpose for different parts of blogging so you can work smarter – not harder. Let’s do this.
5 MUST-HAVE Tools For Your Blog
This one is an obvious choice. A TON of people use this tool and it’s amazing. I use it to schedule tweets, Facebook posts, and LinkedIn posts. You can also schedule Instagram posts, but I prefer to do those myself. It’s one of the best scheduling tools on the market. You can use a free version – but the paid version includes a social media calendar, connect your Pinterest account, post filtering and more. It’s a do-it-all app and it simplifies your life a million times over.
So. A LOT of new bloggers use Canva for their graphics (and that’s totally okay…you do what works for you!!) but if you want to really up your game, Photoshop ALL THE WAY! It’s SO customizable – you can make everything exactly the way you want and you aren’t bound by a limited website. In terms of editing your images, there is not better editing software than Lightroom. You can use amazing presets and it’s the same software that many, many professional photographers use. I honestly see SUCH a difference in my image quality. 10/10 recommend.
Evernote is awesome. I jot all my ideas down on my phone, and it transfers to my computer automatically. It’s easy to share between people, so you can cross ideas. It’s got to-do lists, analytics, manage projects, connect teams, collect research – all in one place. It’s also awesome because I can scan in business cards so you don’t forget contact information!
This is a GAME CHANGER when it comes to SEO and keyword planning. It’s the top app when it comes to keyword research. See who is searching what, different demographics, keyword popularity and more. You can search for keyword ideas based on terms that are relevant to your site and categories. My favorite feature, however, is the traffic forecast. You can see predicted clicks and conversions and get an idea on what people will be searching and when so you can stay on top of relevant topics and keep your audience updated with the latest information.
Ok. This one totally takes the cake. It’s a service I’ve been using for a while now and it’s been so, so awesome for my Instagram channel. For the first time in MONTHS, I’m not anxious over my IG page. I’ve been treading water with my growth and it was honestly making me nervous. I found Upleap and signed up with their service and have not been disappointed. Upleap uses REAL people – NOT BOTS – to organically grow your Instagram. I am on myself an hour a day, engaging with my followers, responding to comments and watching IG stories, but I needed more manpower. My account manager Mia uses organic methods to engage with followers and bump up my Instagram when I’m working and creating content. I can watch my growth analytics and can pause the service at any time if I’m not satisfied with it. I absolutely recommend this if you are looking to really take your account to the next level.
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I hope these tools help you as much as they’ve helped me. I don’t often post about blogging, but I know so many of my readers have blogs or are thinking about starting one – and this should point you in the right direction!!
Let me know if you use these tools, too, and what your thoughts are in the comments below!