My Favorite Blogging Tools
Finally! I feel like this week went kind of fast, in the beginning, then it came to a halt. It was weird but I’m super excited it’s Friday because I’ll be in Connecticut this weekend visiting my college friends. But what are your weekend plans babe?
Before you go,
comment below and tell me if you are a blogger and if so, what are your favorite blogging tools? If you are not a blogger, don’t worry this post is still helpful!
My Favorite Blogging Tools:
Google Analytics: I did a whole post on plugins but my favorite plugin for a quick look at my statistics is Google Analytics. I also love to log into the actual site because then you get an in-depth look at your readers and see what has been working. You can see where they come from, how they get to your site if they were referred by social media or found you in an organic search. There is such a wealth of information it can get overwhelming but my favorite thing is I can see how long people spend on a page or post and how long they spend on my site. The longer they spent and the more they click around lets me know that I’m doing something right and they like my content. Analytics also come in handy when you are creating a media kit.
PicMonkey: There are a lot of photo editing tools but PicMonkey is by far my favorite. I also love Canva but PicMonkey is easier for me to work with. It’s how I create my graphics and edit my photos. I use the paid version so I have my fonts uploaded and ready to go but the free version is just as good. Do you guys want to see a tutorial on PicMonkey basics? Let me know below. PS- if you are not a blogger, this is a great tool for editing your photos!
DSLR Camera: The best thing I ever purchased was my DSLR camera. My photos are 100x better quality. I even learned how to work with lighting and I love shooting in manual mode. It made me want to learn more about photography which I never knew I wanted to learn more about. I love taking photos and now my friends always ask me to bring my camera to events because they love them too. If you don’t have a DSLR that is totally fine. You can get great photos with your iPhone too but my DSLR has changed my blog photo game for the better.
Evernote: aka the hub of all my great ideas! jk kind of but Evernote is where I house all of my upcoming blog post ideas, expenses, marketing ideas, etc. It’s where I keep everything for my blog. I love it because it is essentially an online notebook that I can access anywhere and at any time. I used to have about 10 notebooks with random things and I was all over the place but now I put it all in my Evernote. PS – if you are not a blogger, this is still a great tool. I have one for my blog and for my personal info. My personal one has everything from contacts to logins to things like present ideas, etc.
Creative Market: Even though I’m pretty advanced as a blogger, sometimes there are things that other people can do better and that is where Creative Market comes in. For example, I’m very good at making my own graphics and but I have no clue how to create a blog theme [a blog theme is a layout you see when you visit a blog]. So for my themes, I usually goto Creative Market. They also have a lot of really cool graphics and fonts. If you aren’t a blogger but you own a business this is another great tool for you too! Maybe you can find your new business logo or even a new marketing font!
Social Media: Social media is easily my favorite way to connect with my readers but it also has a TON of insight into what they like and want to see. A lot of the social media platforms also have their own version of analytics so you can see what platforms work best for your audience. I like to equally spread my time on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest but maybe YouTube works better for you or Periscope. I also love Pinterest ads. It is easily my number one traffic source and their ads are relatively cheap.
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Are you a blogger? What are your favorite blogging tools?