Every blogger wants to create stunning content, organize and come up with strategic blog posts, and reach out to as many readers as possible. But, the question remains how can one do it? What’s the best possible way to successfully do all these things? In this post, I will share with you a list of tools and resources which I personally use to run this blog and other sites. I have categorized these tools in segments which will focus on areas which are key to your blogging success. Do let me know in the comments section, If I have missed any of your favorite blogging tools.
Best Tools To Help With Content Ideas:
1.Quora: This is an absolute gem of a site, where I regularly go to understand the challenges and problems real people have. Quora is a platform where questions are asked and answers are given by real people. So for coming up with blogging ideas you can go here.
2.BuzzSumo: I frequently use BuzzSumo to keep track of the most shared content and what key influencers are talking about. This tool is essential to understand content trends across the globe, which in turn will inspire blogging ideas. Free functions are limited.
Best Tools For Organizing Content:
3.Evernote: I use Evernote basic which is absolutely free and gives me an opportunity to organize my work in one single place. Use this tool to take notes, track tasks, and save things you find online. You can even sync everything between your phone and computer automatically.
4.Google Calendar: I recently started using Google Calendar, because I found out it can be used as an amazing editorial calendar. It helps me immensely in assigning posts across different platforms.
Awesome Tools Which Can Be Used For Optimizing Your Content:
5.Google Trends: Whenever I have a blog post idead, I run the topic through google trends. This gives me an understanding of search volumes, keyword possibilities etc.
6.Adwords Keyword Planner: Extremely important tool to understand the dynamics of any and every keyword that is related to your topic and content. I use it often if I am really targeting a specific keyword group.
Great Tools To Make Your Writing Better:
7.Hemingway: A wonderful free tool to check sentence density and text readbility. This tool has helped me greatly in checking for text comprehension when I write detailed posts.
8.Grammarly: Once again an amazing tool to take care of all the grammar and punctuation anamolies of your content. I use this app on my browser, hence I get immediate prompts if I am messing up while writing.
Killer Tools To Produce Wonderful Visual Content:
9.Picmonkey: This is my personal favorite when it comes to creating beautiful images for my blog post. Just pick back grounds, edit and add text or create beautiful pictures from the scratch. Most of the functions are free to use.
10.Canva: Great design software online for all your graphic needs, I am trying to use this but I find it a little advanced for my skill levels. But nevertheless has some great features. You can create infographics, flyers, Facebook covers etc.
Top Tools For Content Distribution:
11.Buffer: This takes care of most of my sharing activities. A great tool to help distribute and schedule your posts across multiple social networks. A must have to share content.
12.Mailchimp: I have not used this email list management and distribution tool for this blog yet, but I have used it for some of my other online entities. Great interface and you can send 12000 emails in a month to 2000 subscribers on your list free of cost. If you have some spare cash to spend I suggest using AWeber or GetResponse for your email list management and campaigns.
Do let me know what tools you are currently using and if you have used any of the tools I have listed here, if yes how was your experience? Let me know in the comments.
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