While I work on compiling a larger list of tools, plugins and apps I use for blogging, I thought I’d share the few I use the most. I’ve found I consistently use these few tools to help me manage and monitor social media, keep track of post ideas and save important articles and information I want to read again or share on my blog. Even better, these are all free!
Try these great tools to make your life easier, grow your social media accounts and in turn drive traffic to your blog.
I use Feedly as a content reader to keep up to date with all my favourite blogs. I like it because it integrates with Twitter, Buffer and other social media platforms for easy sharing, you can organize sites by category as well as save content for later. I just use the free option, but the premium option offers even further features and integration options.
Although reading and commenting on my fellow bloggers posts is important to me, if I don’t have a quick and easy way to see all their new content, I often forget to visit some of my favourite sites. Feedly makes it easy to check in for a few minutes each day and see what’s new around the web. It’s also a great way to discover new content and blogs.
Buffer is social media scheduling app that allows you to schedule content at pre-determined times. I love it because it’s very easy to use and has a handy extension that allows to you add content to your queue from any webpage. You can also send content out to multiple platforms with one click. Even better, I can use it directly in Twitter, it has a mobile app and it integrates with Feedly.
I love Hootsuite for it’s monitoring capabilities but Buffer is excellent for on-the-go, impromptu scheduling. I try to top up my queue each morning before I go to work so my social media accounts are always stocked up with good content for the day.
Hootsuite is a powerful social media management tool that I’m sure most of you have heard of. I primarily use it for monitoring Twitter, but you can do a lot more with it. I make streams from specific keywords I want to follow and use Twitter lists to keep track of certain groups and topics. I also like to use Hootsuite for scheduling content for specific times and dates, rather than Buffer which sends out content at set intervals each day.
If I simply scrolled Twitter each day I would miss out on so much. Hootsuite allows me to narrow it down, stay in the loop and get right to the good stuff. In a noisy social media world inundated by content, it’s absolutely key to focus on your interests to stay productive. Hootsuite helps me stick to the content and information that’s useful to me. You can also upgrade to the premium version for just $10 a month for even more great features.
Pocket is a handy bookmarking tool that works across your desktop and mobile device. I use it for keeping tracking of links and articles I want to read again later, refer back to or share on my blog. I like that it has a browser extension for quickly saving and organizing links. I find it’s very useful for researching blog posts or collecting articles I want to share in round-up posts.
I use Evernote to keep track of blog post ideas and other important things I don’t want to forget. I find it handy because it syncs across desktop and mobile with both a website and app so I can access it anywhere. If I don’t write my ideas down, I tend to forget them so I try to take quick notes for blog posts whenever I think of them.
You can also add in photos, make lists and set reminders. I also like how you can organize your notes by tags and notebooks. Try using it to jot down rough points for blog posts as they come to you, that way when the time comes to write them, your job is that much easier.
iDashboard is a mobile app that pulls in your key performance indicators from Google Analytics. I use the pro version of the app which is very powerful and gives me access to all the information I need. I would recommend the paid version over the free, but the free option is still useful.
iDashboard makes it easy to track all of my statistics on-the-go and at a quick glance. Understanding your blog traffic and statistics is an important part of growing your blog, so anything that makes it easier is gold in my books. I typically check in once a day to see how people are finding my site, what content is popular, visit my trackbacks and thank them for sharing a link and check on popular keywords.
So, those are the tools I’ve been using the most recently. I’d love to know what your favourites are?? Am I missing out on something? Share any great tips or tools in the comments!