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As a blogger being on your phone is part of the job. There are so many tools and resources that can help you with producing killer content and growing your blog. Whether you are new to blogging or you are a blogger who wants to change that hobby into a business, there are helpful apps out there for you.
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I have 8 must have blogging resources and tools to help you build your blog and to increase your traffic.
This is an app that you can link yo your social media platforms and schedule posts. This is really useful especially if you have a full time job, it means you can schedule promotional tweets for your blog posts and tweets to keep up your engagement with your followers. I have found the app really helpful to put out promotional tweets during different times of the day. I have a lot of followers from around the world and it has been really beneficial to schedule tweets during the night when I am asleep, this maximises the effectiveness of each tweet.
This is an app that shares free stock photos for creators to use that cover a range of themes. Stock photos are a great resource to use if you are struggling with photography ideas for a post. There are so many creative shots on there to help compliment your blog content. I use a combination go my own photographs and stock photographs from Unsplash. If you do use Unsplash images make sure you are crediting the original creator.
This is a must have app! This app has so many different free templates for all social media platforms that you can edit and make your own. There are various fonts and filters for you to experiment with. You can either use the templates that are already there or start from scratch. If you are new to blogging and are not yet confident in designing graphics from scratch, the templates are a great way to start. I use canvas for creating my Pins for Pinterest. I have also used this app to create my media kit, if you are wanting to design one this is the app for you.
This website is a really helpful tool if you are wanting to take your blog more seriously and want to develop it into a business. This website allows you stay informed on your DA score, keyword rankings and other statistics. It explains all the terms and information. I currently use the free version, but you can pay for the services and have more features and resources to help you.
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I use WordPress for my blog, so it is really helpful that they have an app. This means I can reply comments on the go, read blogs and upload images quickly from my phone. This app is really easy to navigate and you are able to track all your information and if you want you can write a blog post all from your phone.
#6 Google Analytics
Signing up to google analytics is a resource where you can track your statistics accurately and in real time, this is helpful if brands are wanting more insight into your audience. I have recently signed up to this, so I am excited to start tracking my statistics in more detail.
#7 Social Media Apps
Social media apps are a blogger’s best friend. Social media allows you to promote your blog content, engage with your audience and reach out to brands to seize opportunities. I use Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and recently set up a Facebook page too. If you do not use social media I recommend using at least one platform to help boost tour blog traffic and build a following.
#8 The Bloggers Survival Guide
This is an ebook by Nic, it offers 6 chapters of great blogging tips and information to help you grow your blog. If you are struggling to understand SEO, how to monetise your blog or how you can write killer content, this book is for you. You can invest in your blog and building your business for a small £4.99, check it out here.
Do you use any of these apps or resources? What are you go to apps? I’d love to hear in the comments.
I use WordPress too – I prefer it to Blogger! And Canva is amazing, I love using it for creating Pinterest and featured images!
Can you link your blog
This post itself is a great resource – especially for new bloggers! I’m obsessed with Canva ofc, but I also love Photopea. It’s a completely free online dupe of Photoshop with most of the functionalities xx
Some useful tools, thank you for sharing. I love canva. I use it create all kinds of images for my blog and promotion Content as well as social media images for Instagram.
Janet Christy says
Good post!I love using canva too!
Thanks for this! I love Canva and think scheduling apps are so useful! I used to use hootesuite but found Buffer was more suited for me. I have downloaded the WordPress app and am Checking out Moz so thank you for the tips!
Louna | BurstsOfAutumn
Moz is great!
A fab post I really need to optimise Moz more and Hootsuite, thanks for some fab recommendations!
I just started using Canva for my posts and I love it! Great tips 🙂
Obinna Anyaibe says
This is a wonderful list! I use Canva A LOT — it’s my favourite graphics designing app for mobile use. I only recently started using Hootsuite, and I haven’t formed an opinion of it yet. I used to use Crowdfire to schedule my tweets and Facebook posts, but since the app lost some features due to Twitter’s new rules and policies, I decided to try something new for a change.
Oh that’s frustrating. I get on well with Hootsuite.
I use Canva and Planna. I need to get into Hootsuite more.
I use wordpress and canva all the time! Never heard of Moz until now but it sounds very useful.
It is, helps you to know how many keywords you use and your da score
Thanks, I discovered new things to try.
Boomer EcoCrusader says
I use WordPress and I am just starting to use Canva. I will definitely check out some of these other apps. Thanks for sharing!
Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes says
Thanks for sharing, these some of these I allready use for my blog 🙂
Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes
Canva is definitely a must for me, it’s one I use a lot as well as Moz and WordPress, I love the WordPress app and how easy it is to write out a draft when you randomly get an idea!
Samantha | https://samanthajblogs.co.uk
Jaya Avendel says
I love Canva, WordPress, and especially Unsplash for gathering up beautiful images.
I am not using Google Analytics yet, but I want to give them a go as soon as I get it installed properly; the last time I tried it, I bungled the job terribly and that discouraged me, but I am eager to try again. Best of luck to you installing it without a glitch! 🙂
I love Canva and Unsplash for amazing pictures. I don’t have Hootsuite yet but I will download it now. Thank you
I use all of these except for Google Analytics. I love WordPress & using Canva to great graphics is a must!
Oooh! I love all of these different blogging resources. I am BIG on Unsplash!! Great for so many high-quality stock pictures. I’ve been having a hard time with taking pictures lately and have no shame crediting them. I still need to look into Moz. Thanks for sharing the different resources!
A solid list. The hard part is carving out time to bring them all together. Example: I use Hootsuite some times but then land up scrolling feeds which is less efficient. The API rule changes did nit help.
Best part of paid version of Canva – can resize images you have made and photos are mostly free.
Thank you for reading and commenting. Can you link your blog
Jenny in Neverland says
Some really useful resources here. I love using Unsplash for stock images, there are some really talented creators on there x
I use a mixture, there are some amazing photographs on there x
Great list, I use most of these although I have gone with Buffer for scheduling and I really find it easy to use.
I adore Canva, I find it so easy to use for bulk making pins x
Yes me too. I will have to try buffer and see what it is like. X
Sophie Harriet says
I use most of these, my favourite is Canva! And social media sites, WordPress and Google Analytics are all essentials for me. x
Sophie | https://thisbrilliantday.com
Unsplash is my saviour for blog photos! Sometimes I just don’t have the right photos to work with the post that I’ve written but Unsplash always have the perfect photos x
Me too! I try to use my own but when I don’t Unsplash is so important!
Canva is an absolute must, especially when it comes to Pinterest! I used to use Hootsuite but I’ve started scheduling directly in Twitter now and I find it a lot easier x
You can schedule in Twitter? 🤯
Raising Harry says
Great post for bloggers! I’ve been blogging almost 3 years and didn’t know about some of these!
Glad they have helped
Tina Siuagan says
Canva is the best. I’ve never looked into any other app since I discovered it. I’d be interested to try out Hootsuite. It seems it makes a blogger’s life easier.
Thanks for sharing this helpful list!
Great ideas! I’ve been making more of an effort to use Keyword sites to help with my SEO and reach. SO far it’s not helped but I’m hoping if I keep at it that will all change and pay off.
John Aiwone says
I definitely endorse a lot of these myself! The top 3 are probably my favourite blogging apps, more so with the content I’ve been making during lockdown. Without them I don’t know if my blog would look the way it does at the moment.
Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
I don’t have anything to schedule my social media and after having read your blog post I’ve decided that it’s something I’m sorting out this week! I’m terrible at keeping up with all my accounts so I think this might be the way forward 🤞🏼
Thanks for sharing! ☺️xx
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Thank you! Still trying to get to the bottom of my comment problems, it’s driving me crazy! x
Okay lovely x
I’ve used hootsuite before and found that site quite cool, I will admit there is a couple on there that I’ve never heard off. But I will check them out 😁
They are definitely helpful!
Great post! I love canva as it is a game changer especially for my Pinterest! I have just set up google analytics too, hopefully it will be helpful!
I hope it is for you.
Lisa Alioto says
Love Canva and Google Analytics – still learning the rest (thank you! :-))
Thank you for sharing! Moz and Canva are two of my favourites especially – where I use Moz for my day job it’s meant I’ve picked up quite a few tips on how to use it properly! x
Glad it was helpful. Can you link your blog
Unsplash will be great for you! Can you link your blog
Do you think it’s worth it?
I’ve heard of Moz but not used it – I’m gearing myself up to learn about keywords soon so it sounds like I’ll need to take a look at that one! xx
Thanks for this! I didn’t know Moz was available as an app. Should use it 😊
Kat Akcakanat says
Great tips! I am going to use this post as my master blogging class! I really needed to read this! Thanks!
That’s awesome! I hope it helps!
Aww this was very informative. I will look into unsplash because I am always keen to find images. I love canva, it has to be the best app for a blogger! Great post.
Yes Unsplash is great for free stock photos!
S.S. Mitchell says
This is a really helpful list. I am familiar with or use a number of these resources but hadn’t heard of Moz so will be checking it out. Thank you!
That’s awesome! Can you link your blog so I can read
Britt | Shed Happens (@ShedHappenscmty) says
Great suggestions. I would be lost without Canva, it makes my life SO much easier – especially when it comes to Pinterest pin creation. It just makes everything simple so that I can get done what I need to and move onto other tasks. Plus, Canva Pro has a great selection of stock photos!
So a lot of people have said this about Canva pro, but do you mean stock photos in the templates or they have a separate amount of photos? Can you link your blog
Thanks for sharing these apps they are amazing I use already several of them and now I am going to check the other ones out Thanks again Cris
Great post! I use (or have used) most of these, but it’s still good to have a reminder 🙂
Emily Clare says
WordPress is a must! I will have to check out some of these other ones though!
Jodie Paterson says
I love Canva! Definitely changed the way I marketed my content
Thank you! Oh bless you. I hope you find the time. Can you link your blog so I can read.
I’ve heard of Hootsuite before but never knew what it did. Thanks for the clarification!
It is a great app!
I’m struggling a bit with Hootsuite for retweeting but enjoying it otherwise as Buffer has me covered from that side of things. I’ve not long discovered Canva and loving it! Thanks for the recommendations here – few I hadn’t come across before.
A Capone Connection says
Thank you for this great list! I recently started using Canva and I don’t know how I lived without it before. I look forward to learning more about MOZ. Thanks!
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