The more I write, the more I notice that there are some things that I just can’t do without! When it comes to boosting blog growth, to organizing my subject matter and to sharing it with YOU great people, I need all the helpful tools I can get!
Some of these tools I use constantly and some I just use occasionally, but they are all time-savers and they do exactly what they claim to do.
There are many apps and programs available to bloggers that are created specifically to boost productivity and to increase blog growth. I’ve listed a few of the ones that I use on a daily basis and that frankly, I couldn’t live without! Check out the apps that have knocked HOURS off my workload! Yay! Click To Tweet
1. Bluehost Web Hosting
I use Bluehost for this site and I have used it for two other websites that I have had in the past. I have always been very satisfied with their customer service and as a hosting provider, they really cover all the bases. The WordPress platform is unbelievably easy to install on Bluehost and this is the primary reason that I recommend them. I think it is important for EVERYONE to benefit from all of these tools and Bluehost and WordPress both really come through with their user-friendly systems.
WordPress is a free blogging software used for content management and is the most popular blogging system used on the internet. One thing that I find attractive about WordPress is the fact that it is so user-friendly; beginning bloggers as well as pros can have great success with the WordPress platform and themes.
3. WordPress theme
WordPress offers a variety of themes for websites, some free and some paid. Your choice of themes is what makes your blog unique, and WordPress offers a multitude of choices. If you decide to use a WordPress theme, there are several things that you will need to do to keep your site secure and protected from hackers or from any type of compromise. You surely don’t want to lose everything that you have put all your blood, sweat and tears into! Horrors!
4. Google docs
Writing posts in Google docs has been a major convenience simply for the fact that wherever I go, my work goes with me. Documents can be accessed on computer, phone or iPad, and can even be shared with others if needed which is really convenient if you find yourself somewhere away from your workplace with a little time to work on a post. Also, Google docs has lots of different fonts to jazz up your post and images and links and images can also easily be inserted.
5. Yoast SEO WordPress Plugin
If you’re anything like me, grasping the concept of SEO and all that it entails is mind-boggling. Here is a post that might help. Enter the Yoast SEO plugin. This simple little addition to your website takes care of everything for you by guiding you to write content that will help your post to rank higher in search engines. It makes you choose keywords and criticizes you until you change things to make its little green light come on. Amazing.
6. WordPress Editorial Calendar
This is a plugin that I have used for a long time on my WordPress site. It is exactly what it says it is: a calendar that allows you to easily schedule posts to be published on whatever day/time you choose simply by dragging and dropping. What is great about this calendar is that you can look at the entire month at a glance and see what you have published and what is scheduled to be published in the near future. And the best thing about it is that it’s free!
Although I did use the WordPress Calendar for awhile, I found CoSchedule to work better for me because I like being able to see all my social media platforms in the same place. With CoSchedule you can not only schedule posts, but you can also schedule Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter posts as well. CoSchedule is not free, but I find it definitely worth the money because of how it has helped me get organized. Which I needed. Desperately. Here is a link to CoSchedule, and if you happen to sign up for it, I will receive a small commission. But even if you don’t sign up here, do check it out!
I now use ConvertKit to handle my mailing list and I have been very happy with them. In the past I used MailChimp but for some reason I had problems with their system, and out of frustration I just cancelled it and went with ConvertKit. ConvertKit is a little easier to figure out but I think it is just a matter of personal preference. MailChimp may not be configured for as many subscribers, so if you are planning on massive blog growth, then ConvertKit might be your answer.
Buffer is my favorite! It has helped me to free up so much time. With the free version of Buffer you can schedule tweets for the day and with the paid Buffer you can schedule tweets to run for days. I love it! CoSchedule will also schedule your tweets; you just have to figure out what combination works best for you. Buffer also works with Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and more!
Boardbooster is another favorite tool that I use religiously. It basically does the same thing for Pinterest that Buffer does for Twitter by automatically posting pins to your Pinterest boards at specified intervals of time. I can’t imagine how many hours it would take to do this manually! I love, love that I can just set it up and go.
PicMonkey is an incredibly simple photo editing site that I find much, much easier to use than Photoshop. I probably use this tool more than any other photo editing tool. PicMonkey makes it very easy to create images for blog posts, Twitter, Instagram, and pins for Pinterest.
Canva is another photo editing site that I use regularly with great success and very little frustration.
13. Google Analytics: To keep up with BLOG GROWTH!
Google Analytics installed on your site will show you everything you need to know to monitor your blog’s growth. I think it is something you should not be without!
Blogging is a lot of work and requires commitment and consistency. These tools will help you by automating many of the jobs that you have been doing manually, which will free up the one thing we all need more of…TIME!