As bloggers, we’re always wanting to get more things done. We sometimes feel as if there simply isn’t enough hours in a day to get everything we want done.
When most people think about “blogging”, they think about having a website and putting some content on that website now and again. But blogging involves doing way more than just producing great content. As bloggers we are responsible for a lot of things. We have to do the following on a regular basis –
- Ensure that our blogs are frequently updated with useful content.
- Ensure that we engage with our audience, reply to comments and emails in a timely fashion.
- Ensure that we carry out regular maintenance checks on our blogs.
- Ensure that we are marketing and promoting our blogs properly.
- Make sure that we are addressing to guest post enquiries and submissions properly.
- Make sure were spending money in the right areas for promoting blog growth and future development.
- Ensure we are regularly monitoring and analysing our efforts and progress, using various tools, so that we can fine tune our strategies.
- Ensure that we’re building a strong social media presence.
- Ensure that we are putting ourself in front of our audience at all times… and so many other things… The list goes on…
So now you can see that blogging, simply isn’t just about writing content on a blog.
Anyway, in this post I want to share with you 12 awesome productivity tools for bloggers.
I’m personally using many of these tools myself to help me manage multiple blogs, and getting more things done. And I’m sure that if you’re not already using some of these yourself, you’ll at least find one or two of them to be useful.
Let’s take a look…
Productivity Tools For Your Creativity
WordPress is ultimately the best web design and content publishing tool on the planet.
With WordPress, and a small handful of plugins and a theme of your choice, you can create a fully functional blog at the fraction of the cost of hiring a professional web designer to do it for you. You can also keep tabs on your blogging efforts whilst you’re on the go with the awesome WordPress app for iOS or Android.
How will WordPress help you increase productivity? Save you time in having to manage multiple content pages, and organise blog content in chronological order.
YouTube is without a doubt the most powerful and most popular video content sharing and marketing platform on the web. It’s also a powerful search engine for bloggers to promote themselves on.
If you have a smartphone, you can download the YouTube Capture app, which allows you to create and upload videos straight from your phone and from where ever you are.
How will YouTube help you increase productivity? Help you reach a wider audience for your blog, without having to do a ton of marketing, thus saving you time and money!
Flickr is exceptionally useful for finding high quality images to add to your blog posts, or even better, a place to host and store your own images to use on your blog.
A great way to build your blog image portfolio on Flickr is to install the Flickr app on your smartphone, and use the amazing editing tools to add attractive filters to your images before uploading them to your Flickr account.
How will Flickr help you increase productivity? Save time in having to find new images to use in your blog post. You can also save time by instantly uploading images to your Flickr account from your smartphone.
#04 Slide Share
SlideShare is an amazing place to share content and drive targeted traffic back to your blog. The site allows you to upload and share presentations, infographics, documents and much more. You can then embed your SlidShare content into your blog posts, which is a great way to diversify your blog content and provide your audience with even more value.
How will SlideShare help you increase productivity? Help you promote your content and reach a wider, targeted audience without having to do a ton of marketing.
Audacity is a free audio recording software that you can download onto your PC and use to help you create quality audio content, such as podcasts for your blog.
You can use your saved audio and upload them to sites like SoundCloud, or if you’re hosting your own podcast, something like Libsyn to use on your blog later.
How will Audacity help you increase productivity? Help you create audio content to use on any platform without having to spend time and money on expensive software.
#06 Thrive Content Builder
Thrive Content Builder is a powerful third party WYSIWYG front page editor for WordPress. It’s an amazing plugin for creating attractive content rich landing pages, sales pages, lead capture pages and more, using many built-in functional elements. Check out my full review of the Content Builder plugin here.
Social Media Productivity Tools
#07 Buffer App
This truly is an amazing tool, before I discovered Buffer I was totally loyal to using HootSuite. And whilst I still love using HootSuite and it’s amazing features, Buffer is so simple to use and very intuitive.
Buffer is a scheduling tool that allows you to post messages on Twitter and Facebook at any time of day all from one single place.
Scheduling is essential if you want to sustain your social media presence when you’re not connected to the online world, Buffer takes care of your tweets and Facebook wall posts even whilst you sleep.
You can integrate the app with your browser, or download the app onto your smartphone and take your social activities and scheduling away with you, more over, Buffer is completely free to use, though there is a premium service which allows you to post unlimited posts and access some useful analytical tools. Go to Buffer.
How will Buffer App help you increase productivity? Save you a ton of time by posting and scheduling to multiple social sites from one place.
#08 Google Analytics
Google Analytics is the most widely used website traffic and behaviour analysis tool on the web.
You can see at a glance and in great detail what posts are most popular on your blog, what types of users are reading them and how they found your content all using the tools and features in Analytics, and all this information can be used to fine tune your blogging and marketing efforts.
The majority of bloggers are already be using Google Analytics since it’s completely free to use. In addition to the desktop service, there is also a powerful app you can download for iOS called SimplyStats, Google Analytics Viewer which is completely free.
How will Google Analytics help you increase productivity? Save a ton of time and money having to hire someone to do your analytical research and marketing. You can access your analytical information from anywhere and at anytime.
#09 Google Webmaster Tools
Google Webmaster tools is another free and absolutely essential tool for any blogger.
This is not like Analytics though there are some analytical data to explore, this is more of a “first aid tool box” for your website.
Google Webmaster tools gives you information about the structured data of your website, where to make HTML improvements, search traffic and detailed internal and external links to your site, information about any manual actions taken against your site, Google index status, content keywords and security (any health issues with your site).
How will Webmaster Tools help you increase productivity? Help you identify problems with your site without having to spend a ton of money on diagnosis solutions, so that you can work on resolving them quickly, and keep your blog healthy.
More productivity apps to get more things done!
#10 Evernote (Desktop and App)
If you love blogging on the go, then Evernote is an absolute must! Organise your next blog post, bookmark posts, collect images and pieces of content, bring all your research together, and access it from any device using the Evernote.
How will Evernote help you increase productivity? Having access to all your content, media, research, links, and resources from any device and from anywhere, will be a HUGE time saver for you.
#11 Hemmingway (App)
Improve your writing and save time on editing posts, as well as making your content more readable by using the Hemmingway app.
Be warned though, depending on it too often trying to achieve perfection can take up more of your time.
How will the Hemmingway app help you increase productivity? It will help you improve your writing whilst saving you time on post edits.
#12 Byword (App)
My all-time favourite, clutter and distraction free writing app for iOS and Mac OS. I love the Byword App.
How will the Byword app help you increase productivity? By taking the distractions away from writing content.
That’s it for now…
There are many more tools, services, apps you can explore to help you increase productivity as a blogger, and get more done. I’ll be updating this post in the near future, as and when I find more cool tools and apps to help you stay productive as a blogger, for now though, enjoy!
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