As bloggers, we’re always wanting and hoping to get more things done.
We sometimes feel as if there simply isn’t enough hours in a day to do all the things we want to do.
When people think about doing “blogging” activities, they immediately think of having a website and publishing some content on that website every so often.
But blogging involves doing a lot more than just producing great content.
As bloggers, we are responsible for a lot of things. Here are some of those things;
- Ensuring that our blogs are frequently updated with useful content.
- Ensuring that we engage with our audience, respond to comments and emails in a timely fashion.
- Ensuring that we carry out regular maintenance checks on our blogs.
- Ensuring that we are marketing and promoting our blogs and content properly.
- Making sure that we are responding to guest post inquiries and submissions properly.
- Making sure that we’re spending money in the right areas for promoting blog growth.
- Ensuring we are regularly monitoring and analyzing our efforts and progress, using various tools so that we can fine tune our strategies.
- Ensuring that we’re building a strong social media presence.
- Ensuring that we are putting ourselves out there 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 creating great content, it’s about doing many other things that are going to help us manage our blogs properly, and steer it in the right direction.
Anyhow, in this post, I want to share with you 12 awesome productivity tools for bloggers.
Before we get started I want to quickly mention that many of the tools listed below I’ve either used in the past or I’m currently using.
I’m sure you will find one or two of them useful too.
Let’s take a look…
Productivity tools to improve creativity
WordPress is ultimately the best website building and content publishing tool on the planet. Do you agree?
With WordPress and a small handful of useful plugins, and, of course, a great looking theme, you can create a fully functional website at the fraction of the cost of hiring a professional web developer to do it for you.
How can using WordPress help you increase productivity? It can save you a lot of time spent in managing multiple content pages, and organizing blog content in chronological order.
YouTube is without a doubt the most popular video content hosting, sharing, and marketing platform on the web.It’s also a powerful search engine for bloggers to promote themselves on.
It’s also a popular search engine, and many bloggers use YouTube to promote content and grow an audience.
I highly recommend that if you have a smartphone that you go and download the YouTube Capture app.
This app will allow you to easily create, upload, and share videos straight from your smartphone to your YouTube channel.
How will YouTube help you increase productivity? YouTube will help you reach a wider audience for your blog, and it’s cost effective!
Pixabay is a great resource site for finding high-quality stock photos to use in your blog posts and content marketing projects.
You can also contribute by uploading your own photos to Pixabay for other users to use.
How will Pixabay help you increase productivity? It will save time in having to find quality images to use in your blog posts.
SlideShare is a free popular content marketing platform ideal for uploading and sharing slide presentations, infographics, videos, and various other marketing documents.
It is also a great place to find content to add to your own blog posts and content marketing material. Just be sure to give credit where it is due for content you use.
How will SlideShare help you increase productivity? It’s a great platform to use for repurposing your content and tapping into a whole new audience for your blog.
Audacity is a free audio recording desktop software that you can download onto your PC and use to create quality audio content, such as podcast episodes for your blog.
How will Audacity help you increase productivity? It will help you easily record audio content so that you can use as podcasts, or as voice-overs for your videos. Audacity is also free.
#06 Thrive Content Builder (WP Plugin)
Thrive Content Builder is a powerful front-page visual editor for WordPress.
It is extremely useful for creating attractive content rich landing pages, custom sales pages, lead capture pages and more. Check out my full review of the Content Builder plugin here.
Social media productivity tools
#07 Buffer App
The Buffer App is one of my favorite social media automation tools.
With Buffer, you can schedule or post messages directly to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more all from a single place.
You can integrate the Buffer App with your browser, or download the app onto your smartphone and take your social media automation activities on the go.
Buffer App is completely free to use, though, there is a premium service which allows you to post unlimited posts and access some other features such as analytical tools. Click here to go to Buffer.
How will Buffer App help you increase productivity? Social media automation is important, especially if you want to save time. Buffer App is a great tool for doing just that.
#08 Google Analytics
Google Analytics is the most widely used website traffic analysis tool on the web.
I imagine most bloggers are using Google Analytics today as it’s free.
Google Analytics is not only great for monitoring website traffic but also useful for setting conversion goals, studying and tracking visitor behavior, exploring most popular content pages, monitoring visitor bounce rate, time on site, and more.
How will Google Analytics help you increase productivity? GA can save you so much time and money. You don’t need to spend money hiring a professional analytical expert, just sign up to Google Analytics if you’re not already using it.
#09 Google Webmaster Tools
Google Webmaster tools is another popular and free website tool.
It is an essential tool for all bloggers in fact
Google Webmaster provides you with all the tools you need to explore and maintain your website’s health on the web. You can think of it as a “first aid box” for your website or blog.
- Information about structured data.
- Where to make HTML improvements.
- Internal linking structure.
- Information about any manual actions taken against your site.
- Google index status.
- Content Keywords.
- Error pages and more.
How will Webmaster Tools help you increase productivity? GWT will help you identify any problems you may have with your site so that you can fix those problems before its tool late.
Other productivity apps to help you
#10 Evernote (Desktop and App)
Evernote is a great productivity app for keeping everything organized with your blogging tasks, from writing content, doing research for your next blog post, to making to-do lists. Click here to try Evernote.
#11 Hemmingway (App)
This online app is useful if you want to improve your writing, and, save time when editing blog posts in the future. Click here to check out the Hemmingway App.
#12 Byword (App)
A simple and clutter-free writing app for iOS and Mac OS.
The only app I actually depend on for writing blog content. Check out the Byword App here.
OK so that’s it for now, I’ll be updating this post in the future when I find more cool tools for boosting blogging productivity.
For now, though, enjoy.