Today I am at another Little Blog Big event, this time in Canberra, and I’m so excited to meet some other Canberra bloggers and get inspired by Carly (Smaggle) and Chrissy (Hair Romance) all over again.
I will post more about it next week, but I thought today I would share 15 websites and tools that are great for bloggers to make life just a little bit easier and more productive (some of which I am sure will be discussed today!).
I have spoken of my love for Evernote before (and written a post on how bloggers can use Evernote) but it is basically a great tool for keeping notes and it syncs across all your devices which is fantastic for when you’re out and about and have a brilliant idea. I draft pretty much all my posts in Evernote and use it for everything from shopping lists to brainstorming post ideas.
Another tool I absolutely love. Todoist is the ultimate to-do list in my opinion. It also syncs across devices and I have the iPhone app, iPad app and desktop app to keep track of my to-do list wherever I am. I love that you can create projects to separate your lists and can create recurring tasks for those things you do on a regular basis. It’s great to set recurring reminders for things like keeping track of your stats, promoting old posts, and writing any regular posts you do (like my Links I love series).
Another to-do list tool, I haven’t personally used Wunderlist but I know other people who have and they love it!
This is a new tool I’ve discovered recently and it is basically a text analyser to make your text more readable. It highlights redundant words and complicated sentences. It also offers suggestions to replace passive words or words with a simpler alternative. Obviously as bloggers we want our blogs to be as readable as possible, so this is a great tool!
Another tool to help your writing. It is a bit more in-depth than your run of the mill spell check and will help you to have correct grammar in your writing (always a good thing).
This tool creates lovely break-out boxes in your post to make it super easy for your readers to tweet a link to your post, like so:
Bitly is great for creating short links from your unruly longer ones for sharing on social media. For example, the url for this post has been shortened to bit.ly/15toolsforbloggers.
Dropbox is a cloud-based file sharing/storage site which is great if you’re involved in any kind of blogging collaborations to share files and images without having to email them. It’s also great for keeping backups of your posts, images and your blog! If you’re on WordPress, use a plugin called WordPress Backup to Dropbox to automate your backups to Dropbox.
This is a great stock photo website where you can download stock photos for free (and they aren’t your usual stock photos!). They appreciate if you credit the website as the source of the image, and the more people who use it the more photos they will be able to add!
The name of this stock photo website is brilliant, and they really do have some incredibly awesome photos. You can use it for free and receive a selection of stock photos in your inbox each month or pay a premium membership ($15/mth) and have access to their whole collection. All photos must be credited back to the website.
One last stock photo site for you and this one is all about awesome food photography. They’re all free to use, you just need to credit the site. They are beautiful images and perfect if you want to talk about food but find food photography a bit daunting (it’s so hard!).
This is a great photo editing site and the one I go to the most to edit and resize my own photos for the blog. It’s really easy to use and you can do a lot to your images by using it including adding overlays, text and tweaking the look of your images.
This is the other major photo editing site and is a good one for designing your own graphics. I know many a blogger who have designed their logo and other elements for their blogs using Canva. It’s also really easy to use and an easy way to create graphics for your blog.
This is one of the many social media scheduling sites and I really like the layout of Buffer and the way it works. You can post to Twitter, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn with the free version, and you can post to Pinterest with the paid version. I think this is a good place to start if you’re looking at schedulers. Notable mentions for other schedulers are Tailwind and Viraltag for Pinterest (I use Tailwind), Hootsuite and Tweetdeck for Twitter and Edgar is the new all round social media scheduler on the block.
I’ve used Coschedule for almost a year and I absolutely love it. I use it as an editorial calendar to plan out my content and to share my posts to Twitter and Facebook. It’s really easy to move posts around in the editorial calendar, and the social media sharing is built into the draft for your post so it’s so simple to schedule social media shares for your post not just when it’s published but weeks and months into the future too. It’s good to schedule a couple of shares when you draft your post to make sure it gets seen. I like going back through my previous months posts and resharing the ones that have done particularly well to get some fresh eyes on them.
And there you have my 15 tools for bloggers (plus a couple of extras!) that I recommend using to help you be a more productive and more efficient blogger.
What are your favourite tools to use?