- Hey Blogger,
In my 5 years experience as a blogger, one thing I regret is that I wish I knew then what I know now. There were not many tools to make the blogging experience less time consuming and more effective. Someone had to go through all that stress so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I made in my early years as a beginner blogger. Blogging tools help to make your work less stressful, help you create genuine, original content, monitor blog traffic, publish blog posts with ease and help you grow your blog.
These are some blogging tools that have been helpful to me and I know they’ll help you too.
This tool lets you find blog posts that have been highly shared on social media. You just do a search for your main keyword and you’ll get a list of the latest and most shared blog posts related to your search. You can even search content your competitors have been sharing to see what’s working best for them. Then, you can create better versions of their most successful content to get more views.
This is a WordPress plug-in that helps to optimize your blog content, images and titles for increased visibility in search engines. Yoast SEO also helps to improve the chances that your blog/website will be one of the first to be found by the search engine. SEO means search engine optimization.
This has gradually become my best blogging/social media buddy. Having a blog post full of only written words makes your content less appealing and can easily turn off your visitors. Adding visuals like infographics, charts and other images can make your blog posts attractive to readers and also easily digestible. This is where Canva comes in; it comes loaded with free images and templates to help you create a customized image for your blog posts; the good news is the templates are also designed specifically for different social media platforms.
Manually sharing your posts on each social network isn’t a good use of your time as a blogger. Start using Sprout Social to make publishing your posts a lot easier; this tool helps you schedule & publish your blog posts on your preferred social media platforms. Through Sprout Social, you can also find influencers in your industry and keep a log of your past conversations with each person. As you start to establish connections, Sprout makes it easier for you to ask them to take a look at your new content. And hopefully, they’ll help spread the word about your blog posts too, and help to attract more readers to your blog.
It takes an average reader 2 seconds to determine if your blog post is one they will want to click and read; this decision is based solely on the topic/headline you choose for your article. Arguably, that makes your headline the most critical content to carefully consider when writing a blog post. CoSchedule uses the success of past headlines on the web to determine how strong your headline is and this is measured with a strength score between 1 and 100.
It includes factors such as how common the words are, as well as measurements of emotion and power. It will also let you know if your headline is too short or too long, and allows you to input tons of iterations so that you can work toward the highest score possible. I absolutely love it, you should give it a try.
With these tools; blogging is made easier, simpler and more fun. But there’s more you need to know about blogging than just the tools – things like how to generate great content, how to promote your blog posts, how to generate good headlines, how to find your niche, how to be consistent as a blogger, how to grow your blog and ultimately, how to make money through blogging.
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