Whether it be a personal lifestyle blog or a website about your I.T business – blogging is a lot harder than it looks. In this post, the aim is to provide some fab blogging tools to help you along the way.
I’m pretty sure people think us bloggers just sit down throw a few paragraphs together, publish the post and call it a day. We, of course, know it’s a lot harder than that. From getting the perfect angle for your featured image to making sure you didn’t make any ridiculous typos. There’s so much more behind the scenes of a blog.
Sometimes, when I produce content I worry about maintaining engagement, especially due to the fact I am so early in my blogging journey but, with these essential tools, I manage to stay motivated. Now to state the obvious, these tools aren’t going to do all the work for you. They do, however, help you work effectively and efficiently which are two key skills for being a successful blogger.
Below outlines five blogging tools that will massively help you on your blogging journey.
Evernote is without a doubt the best thing I’ve come across that has already massively helped me with productivity when it comes to blogging. Thanks to Darren Rowse over at Problogger, Evernote is my go-to to put my ideas or any additional content that’ll be relevant to my progression as a blogger.
With various templates to choose from and the ability to attach images, web links and even audio files. Evernote has become a vital ingredient to the success of my blog.
Utilising Evernote to create a content idea table and a weekly goal setting table has made all the difference in my productivity for the week. It helped me realise that when you physically outline tasks – you definitely feel more obligated to complete them!
In addition to the great features mentioned above, you can even add timers to particular notes that you may want to go back to, an absolute essential if you’re the queen of forgetfulness like me!
Whether you’re a new blogger with a million content ideas or a photographer wanting to put together a draft portfolio – this is an amazing tool to stick all your ideas in and watch them blossom into some fab content.
You’re probably familiar with Canva if you’re an active member of the blog-o-sphere (I promise I’ll stop using this word eventually) and if you’re not familiar with it, change that!
Canva is a graphic design website with easy drag-and-drop features and layout designs. With 1000’s of templates to choose from not only does it allow you to create beautiful eye-catching content, but the templates themselves also inspire!
This is the ideal tool for personal bloggers or creative teams and they provide subscriptions that cater to either of these. You can also opt for the free version if you’re on a tight budget or just starting out on your creative journey. Either way, Canva is a great starting point for graphic design.
Personally, as a lifestyle blogger, I utilise Canva for creative assets for Social Media to advertise my blog and blog posts. On the other hand, for my full-time job, I utilise it to create flyers/leaflets for events I oversee. From business cards to presentations – Canva really has it all. Try it here for free.
Without prejudice, this one is specifically for newbies or part-time bloggers. Regardless of our love for creativity and aesthetically pleasing images, sometimes, we just do not have the time.
Have you ever written a blog post but been unable to publish it because you just don’t have the right featured image yet? If you’re full time employed like me it can be overwhelming trying to find the time to create so much content. That was until I discovered Unsplash.
Unsplash is a website that provides beautiful free images available for download which can be used for whatever you may need them for! It’s basically a free version of Getty Images. The only “payment” the photographer would ask for is credit for exposure – though this is not required.
I do like to use my own images as it allows me to improve and promote my own work but sometimes it’s not necessary. I tend to turn to Unsplash when I need a generic blog style picture for one of my featured images and it does not disappoint. An example of one I have used is on my post about inspiring bloggers.
Have you ever published a blog post and later noticed a very obvious typo that you’re annoyed you missed before publishing? I think we’ve all done this at one point. Grammarly is the perfect tool to prevent this from happening on any future posts.
This free writing assistant helps your posts remain clear, typo-free and effective. You can install this as a Chrome plugin or directly to Windows so whether you’re working from WordPress or Evernote, Grammarly has got yo back!
You can opt for the premium version of Grammarly which provides additional writing alerts for issues like wordy sentences or weak language but the free basic service provides the essential spell checking and even allows you to set goals about the context of your writing so it can offer customised and helpful suggestions based on your needs!
5. Yoast SEO
In the early days of developing my blog and doing piles of research into what makes a blog successful, I immediately became fixated with SEO. If you’re unsure about SEO but are an aspiring digital nomad I’d advise you to get researching!
Search Engine Optimisation is the term used for increasing traffic to a website and the accessibility of that website through search engines. Whilst researching how to improve the SEO on my new baby, I came across Yoast SEO – named the #1 SEO plugin for WordPress – so of course, I installed it.
The free version of Yoast – which I find is handy enough – offers a variety of useful features including my favourite, the readability check. This automatically assesses the readability of your post, calculates your Flesch Reading Ease score and makes suggestions for improvement.
If you find you’re struggling to drive traffic to your website and don’t already utilise SEO tools – you can try Yoast here.
If you have any questions on the blogging tools mentioned above or have a tool you’d recommend I use please drop a comment below!