Technology is doing wonders for bloggers and so much of it can make your blogging life 100x easier (what’s not to love?). But with SO much stuff out there it can be a bit tricky finding the ones that are right for blogging, and right for you.
Not a problem. Your blogging fairy godmother (aka me) has got a list specifically for bloggers. It’s packed with apps and resources for social media, Pinterest, your mailing list and your blogging life.
Social Media for Bloggers
I feel like bloggers have extra pressure when it comes to social media. Your feed has to look perfect ALL the time, a curated snapshot of your life to introduce your readers to the ‘real you’. All of which is a bit ridiculous, but there’s no denying that having a great feed that represents you well can really help you out #sponsoredposts. These apps will be able to make that whole thing a lot more manageable 👊🏼
I’m in love with this app. It lets you schedule your Instagram posts (the free version allows you to upload 30 photos per month) and you can see/play around with how your feed looks. It also means that the app can automatically post the photos for you, so you can still post when your followers are most active (even if you’re partying/eating dinner/napping – delete as applicable)
There are loads of photo editing apps on the market these days, so if you’ve got a favourite then totally stick to that one. I love Snapseed because it’s totally free and has everything I need all in one app.
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Pinterest (for your blog, not just cool outfit ideas)
If you use it in the right way, Pinterest can be a goldmine and get huge traffic to your blog. These are the things I use to get 30k viewers to my Pinterest per month.
Hands up if you’re living for Canva right now. Just me? Oh dear. Canva is the free app that lets you create incredible graphics for anything and everything. Seriously, I’ve made infographics, posters, business cards and logos on there. It has pre-formatted layouts specifically for Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest so you never need to worry about the image being the wrong size.
In about fifteen minutes you can create a Pinterest-optimised image to go along with your blog post. It’ll get shared on Pinterest and you’ll get traffic to you blog. You also get a pretty picture to go along with your post which is sort of my favourite part #easilypleased
2: Tailwind Tribes
Tailwind is a little bit like Planoly, it lets you upload your images and schedules them according to when they’ll get the most attention. The Tribes are a free part of Tailwind – you get to upload your images there where they’ll definitely get shared, and you get to find great images/blog posts/resources as well.
I found the layout of the site clunky to begin with, but I’m getting the hang of it now. I’ve discovered some amazing things that wouldn’t have shown up in my Pinterest feed, and my traffic has skyrocketed.
And because it’s almost Christmas, I’m giving you a free month of Tailwind Tribes! Click here to get on board and start boosting your traffic 💖
SEO for the brave but also slightly scared blogger
SEO gets bandied about a lot and if you’re not in the know it can feel overwhelming and a bit off-putting. These resources will suit every blogger – even if you’re a total newbie and not sure where to start.
1: Keyword researcher
This beauty of a website lets you find the best keywords relating to your niche/topic. It’ll show you how many hits there are for each word or phrase, meaning you can find out which words you should be including the most in your content.
2: My method for using keywords naturally in your content
It’s all well and good knowing that you should be prioritising phrases like ‘organisation for bloggers’ or ‘productivity for entrepreneurs’ but how do you include those into your content without it reading badly? I use this method to make sure my words fit naturally into what I’m writing about.
If you’re on WordPress, this plugin will make your (SEO) dreams come true. Once activated, it’ll measure your posts for readability and SEO. Enter your keyword or phrase underneath your blog post and it’ll check that you’ve included it enough and in the right places. It’ll also let you write your own meta description for the post. This will give you a better chance of showing up higher in search engines.
Organisation for blogging (because let’s be honest, it can be a mess)
1: Google Calendar
I’m obsessed with this app at the moment. My favourite part has to be the fact that you can add in goals and it’ll automatically schedule them around your existing activities. It’ll also remind you to do them which is pretty helpful too.
Not only that, you can add in reminders, recurring events and make the whole thing colour-coordinated. I’m hooked.
If you’re a post-it-notes-all-over-the-place kinda blogger, Trello will be your lifesaver. You can have EVERYTHING about your blog all in one place with cards (again, colour-coordination), deadlines and checklists to boot. You can see everything that you have going on at a glance and get reminders to help you meet your blogging goals
There you have it. Everything you need to get your 2019 blogging off to an amazing start. Which one of these are you most excited to use?
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