I can’t tell you how much I love blogging, but even more, I love tools that help my blogging life easier. I love planning, scheduling and automating so that I can breathe easier when life gets in the way. That is why I like the fact that there are so many blogging tools out there.
I have tried so many blogging tools and have had a great amount of luck with some and little to no luck with others. Some were super easy to navigate and were user-friendly, whereas others, not so much. When I look at blogging tools, I don’t always look for easy; that helps, but I look at what the tool will do for me. I want to know that I am investing my time and sometimes money on something that benefits me and gets me the best results.
That is probably the best advice I can give any blogger. Utilize free trials and gauge how each tool helps traffic or followers and then invest in those that work. There are some tools that you may have to invest in, but that are completely worth it, for me, that is CoSchedule and Tailwind. Others are free and help me immensely, such as Buffer and Mailchimp. There are just so many tools out there, and I would say to take your time to find what works for you.
BlueHost is what I used to create my blog. The tips and customer service through BlueHost are fantastic. Their online chat service is so helpful when I was first starting out; when I would have issues with blog 404 errors or is not accessible, and I would want to give up, but within 5 minutes, they would have it back up. I have never experienced such excellent service as I did with them. For those wanting to start a blog, I can’t recommend them enough. It also doesn’t hurt that they are so reasonably priced.
Canva is what I use to create my blog graphics or social media graphics. They are easy to use and have such great free templates. I always upload stock photos so that I can then add my titles and other text as necessary. I know that there are a lot of other tools to create graphics, but Canva has been the one that has worked best for me.
Ivory Mix is a great site for stock photos. Kayla’s photos are so amazing and are featured a lot on my blog. She has plenty of photo options to appeal to any blogger. By just subscribing, you can get free monthly photos delivered to your inbox or sign up for a $10 monthly membership and have access to her 300+ stock photos. You can’t lose.
MailChimp was a great resource in regards to setting up email lists and sending/tracking emails to your subscribers. I was intimidated with the whole emailing thing. I have been saying for months that I was going to start emailing my subscribers, but have always put it on the back burner, and it has simply not happened, until yesterday. Finally, I bit the bullet and sent out my first email to my subscribers, and it was so much easier than I though.
Tailwind is a great tool for automating your pins on Pinterest. Pinterest can suck you in….hard, and before you know it 3 hours has passed, and you’ve forgotten to do the laundry, or realize it’s almost midnight and your little one will be waking you up in 5 hours. Tailwind is a great way to spend 20 minutes and quickly gather pins and set up automation for the next week. If you go to Tailwind through my link, you will get a free month! Also, join my Tailwind Tribe Help A Blogger Out and increase your reach with fellow bloggers.
CoSchedule is great for scheduling content. You can also schedule social media posts and there is also a headline analyzer. The headline analyzer is so helpful. I will play with words until I get the highest score for the title for my blog post. It almost is like a game, just by changing one or two words, the score can increase by 15 or 20 points making your headline more appealing. It is probably my favorite thing about CoSchedule.