Blogging is not just for fun. It’s also an excellent way to get your word out and earn big bucks along the way! Entrepreneurs like Neil Patel have successfully used it as a way to earn a name for themselves online. You too can be one of them.
To become a successful blogger, it’s important to get started on the right foot. That’s where most novice bloggers get confused. Where and how to get started? The key is to get your hands on the right resources and tools. This post gives away information on what all tools bloggers can use to get started and get more done in less time.
If you are contemplating plans of foraying into blogging, here are some incredibly handy tools you must be knowledgeable of -
1. WordPress - If you want your writing to reach people, you need a platform where you can get your word out and share it with people. That platform is WordPress. Initially a content management system, WordPress has now emerged as a leading website building platform. Around 25% of the total websites on internet run on this platform. From new bloggers to the well-established companies, everyone uses it to create their websites. Complete ownership and control, thousands of themes to create attractive websites, backed up by active community of online support system are just some of the attractive features of WordPress.
2. ProofHub - Basically a project management software, ProofHub is a collection of amazing tools that can help out bloggers in different ways. After all, blogging is a project as well, isn't it? If you work in collaboration with other professionals such as bloggers, editors, graphic designers, then you need a system to keep everybody’s efforts in sync. That’s where ProofHub comes in. With features like creating multiple projects, assigning people t those projects and assigning them tasks, this Saas-based tool will let you plan, collaborate, organize and deliver your blogging projects. In addition to that, it also has feature to proof files and work in collaboration on creative samples, the feature to record time entries for time management, time-line creation to mark various project activities, and Gantt chart to monitor work in progress.
3. Keyword Planner - Search engines want quality content. But, search engines use algorithms that pick up the keywords in a post to display it against search queries containing those keywords. So, knowledge of which keywords will go best with your posts is highly important. That’s where keyword planner tool comes in. You can use this tool to find a series of popular keywords and form your posts around them. You can analyze the popularity of keywords for both high competition and low competition and accordingly choose the most suitable ones.
4. Buffer - It’s no use to put hard work into writing an excellent post if people cannot find it. And, where do people find maximum information? They find it on social media channels. Therefore, staying active on all the relevant channels and regularly sharing your blog posts on social media channels is very important. But, unfortunately this task is quite time consuming. And, a tool like Buffer saves that time by automating the sharing of content on various social media channels. With, clean and easy-to-use interface, Buffer also helps you analyze what type of content is able to secure maximum engagement, and which time of the day is best for sharing content. It also lets you see how much traffic is coming from social media posts using Google Analytics. Other than that the tool gives you content suggestions relevant to your blogging.
5. BuzzSumo - The type of content that gets shared the most on social media platforms is always crafted around reader’s preference. A blogger too needs to craft such content that people like to read. The kind that is solution-oriented and solves a purpose. BuzzSumo helps you in that department by giving you access to the type of content that’s already been published with your targeted keyword in it and also performed exceptionally well. Your chances of writing quality content that might go viral increases severalfold if you use this tool. Just type in your keyword and get access to type of content that has performed well in the past. Then you can create a different version of the most successful type of content.
6. Canva - Humans are visual creatures. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that visually appealing content that has at least one image has higher likelihood of getting shared. To make your blogging more engaging and visually appealing, you can use Canva. This free tool lets you prepare engaging and attractive charts, infographics, and custom graphics to go nicely with your content. If you want to add a touch of visuals to your blogging, then Canva is a great option.
7. Readability-Score - Often bloggers make the mistake of concentrating too much on using fancy words instead of focusing on the readability of the content. This can drive the readers away. So, readability is something that you must preserve in your writing if you want it get read by maximum people. The readability-score tool helps you analyze whether you’re focusing more on technical jargons that’s making it difficult for an average reader to understand.
So, that sums up the list of helpful tools every blogger can use to get more done in less time. If you are a newbie in this field, or an already established one, then be sure to start incorporating these tools in your work activities.
Hopefully, this post will help save your time and improve your stature as a blogger!