06 Sep My 11 Favorite Blog Tools – Part 3 of Blogging Series
Happy Friday yall! We made it through the week and I just couldn’t be happier. Not only am I thrilled to finish up this series for you wonderful people, but tomorrow starts the one week countdown to my 27th birthday (woohoo!). While I know each of the topics could have used their own week, I hope you’ve gained some valuable knowledge and tips for your blog. To finish up the week we’ll be talking about my 10 favorite blog tools.
I hope you’re already using some of these, and some you learn about for the first time today.
MY 10 FAVORITE BLOG TOOLS
SiteGround isn’t just a blog tool, it is a host but this drastically affects how your blog runs. I am obsessed with SiteGround. From their prices, to their quality, and to top it off with their amazing support; you can’t find a better host. To make it even better they have some the best uptime and speeds for their servers. This means you don’t have to worry about your website going down or running slow!
If you’ve never tested your site on Pingdom, go this moment and do it. It will give you real time stats of your blog speed as well as links with more info. I don’t find the more info that helpful but simply googling what your errors are will provide insight. If you need any help fixing those issues, reach out to a developer (ahem, hello!). Some of them require editing files that you shouldn’t touch if you don’t have programming knowledge. Pingdom also has some great non-free products you should take a look at.
- GOOGLE ANALYTICS
This is another great tool that will provide you all kinds of fun and informative stats on your site. You name it, and Google Analytics shows it. Under the Audience section you will find data ranging from geographical location, to interests, to what device they visited you on. Below is a snap shot of my audiences’ interest:
The Acquisition section is also important as this will show you how people are getting to your site and where they leave it at. It will compare methods which your users get to you and even down to specific social media platform. I have over twice as many users come to me from Facebook over Instagram. And the very last section, but probably most important is the Behavior of your site. This is going to give you even more info than Pingdom did above. It provides detailed information on your pages, for instance, I can see that my post Wednesday on Blog Promotion is my best post yet.
One of the biggest concerns with WordPress, or any site/blog for that matter is security. With Wordfence your mind should be a little more at rest. This plugin not only serves as a firewall and login protector, it scans and monitors your files and website to make sure everything is running smoothly. If anything isn’t you can be sure you’ll get a notification.
- YOAST SEO
I’ve mentioned Yoast before in my SEO Essentials post, so if you still have not downloaded this (shame on you) then go do it now. Not only is a great optimization tool for your entire site, it gets specific with your posts as well, making sure you never forget the basics. There’s debate on the colored dots, but I always aim to get both green. If your readability isn’t good, chances are your clients aren’t going to read it, regardless of your keyword activity.
I love me some MailChimp. It’s going to make your life so much easier to keep up with your email list, segment out groups and hit ’em with some amazing email marketing. If you read (which I know you all did :P) the second post in this series I talked all about promotion and the first topic being email promotion. It’s crucial y’all and MailChimp will be your best free friend.
Trello is a business game changer. I started using it to streamline my business processes, and everyday I’m finding new ways to use it. One of my favorites has become using it to manage my blog content. I can easily throw up cards for various ideas, add in comments, pin research links to, add due dates… Pretty much everything.
Stuck on content ideas or needing that competitive edge for a post? BuzzSumo is great for this and it also allows you to find influencers for your content. They break down what does best based on social media interactions and provide endless shareable content. BuzzSumo has some really great paid products as well, but you’ll find plenty of help from their free services.
- KEYWORD PLANNER
AdWords has this nifty little tool called their keyword planner, and Backlinko has a great postwith step by step instructions on how to use this. Although this is now just in the keyword section of the campaign info. This lets you see how far your reach will be and really see the best keywords to use.
Alright this is a two for one. Buffer not only is a great scheduler, it’s really amazing at distributing content. With access to every social media platform there’s not much you can’t schedule with Buffer. It allows you the ability to repost the same content with different headlines, which is great for A/B testing!
Last but surely not least is Canva. This sweet little app, available online and in app, allows you to pretty much create anything. It’s crucial to have applicable, original images in your blog. Not only to capture your audience but also for SEO purposes and Canva allows you to accomplish all of that.
That’s it folks, hope you enjoyed my 10 favorite blog tools. Make sure to keep the comments and questions coming, I’ll be doing a follow up post Monday to answer them all!