9 Social Media Tools Every Blogger Needs To Know About

This is a guest post by Siv Rauv.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by social media?

As a blogger, you have to wear several different hats, from creating good quality blog post to trying to spread the word for your blog and connecting with others.

This is where social media tools can help.

Not only do these increase the efficiency of your social media efforts, using a combination of the best tools often results in higher returns from social media.

From my own personal experience, here are the top 9 social media tools every blogger needs to know about.

Addict-o-matic

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Addict-o-matic is fantastic for creating a customizable page for your selected keywords. It will gather related content from a range of sources for you to view from your customized page.

Why you should use it?

One of the best content curation tools I’ve come across because of the sheer amount of sources you can choose from including Bing, Google, YoutTube, Flikcr, Twitter and much, much more. You’ll never be short on ideas for your next blog post with this under your belt.

Dropbox

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Dropbox is a free cloud storage service that lets upload your photos, documents, and videos online in your Dropbox account so you don’t have to bother with sending and downloading attachments from emails.

Why you should use it?

This is currently the social media love of my life. I often don’t write my articles in one sitting. I might write part of my article, and then add new ideas in later on. I’m often on the go as well, working from home and the office. Being able to access my documents anywhere through the online, desktop and mobile syncing is incredibly convenient for me.

Clipboard

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Clipboard looks like Pinterest, but its functionality is similar to that of Dropbox and Evernote.

Why you should use it?

Unlike Pinterest you can clip a range of items that provide you with inspiration including slideshows, audio, a functioning web app and online games. All these can be accessed right within the clip. It’s like a visual version of addict-o-matic, for those who prefer to curate content using visual images rather than articles.

SocialMention

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SocialMention monitors 100 + social media sites so you can easily track and measure conversations on keywords in real-time

Why you should use it?

Often the most popular bloggers are also the most influential on social media sites. This is mainly because the more valuable your article is, the more likely users are to share it with their social networks. Keep track of all your social mentions with this nifty social media tool. It comes complete with advanced analytics such as sentiment analysis, passion, reach and strength so you can gauge how well your brand is being perceived online.

NutshellMail

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NutshellMail delivers your social media activities from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Yelp and LinkedIn right to your email inbox.

Why you should use it?

For those of you who don’t have time to regularly visit sites such as SocialMention, Nutshell mail provides a good alternative. While you don’t always have the time to visit different social sites you’re active on, chances are you do check your email throughout the day so you can easily monitor engagements from your new blog posts.

Timely

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Simply add your tweet to the Timely bookmark and it schedules tweets at optimal times when it will have the highest impact on your followers.

Why you should use it?

Give yourself the best chance for your followers to view your tweet and spread the word about your blog posts by scheduling it at optimal times. The best part is it operates through a bookmarklet. When you see a webpage you like, click on the Timely bookmarket, and it will automatically take the title & shorten the URL. You just need to click ‘Add to Queue’ or ‘Post Now’.

UPDATE: Timely has decided to close their doors as of November 2012. I would suggest using Buffer instead. You can read more on how to use it here. It is one of the 50 essential tools recommended by Kristi Hines.

Disqus

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Disqus is a popular, global comment system that helps improve discussions on websites by connecting conversations across the web.

Why you should use it?

If you’re using a comment system where the reader simply leaves their name, email address and comment, you’re missing out on capitalizing on interactivity on your webpage. Disqus contains key features to increase engagement including threaded comments and replies, notifications and reply by email, full spam filtering, blacklists and whitelists and much more. It’s great for users as well, as it logs comments and likes received.

Gravatar

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Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog.

Why you should use it?

This is a must have for anyone trying to establish credibility in the online space. It is important as a blogger to use the same photo across different websites and social networks to help users identify your personal brand. All you have to do is enter your email address when you post an article or comment and your photo will automatically appear.

Click to Tweet

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With Click to Tweet, any element of your blog can be tweeted through a customizable link.

Why you should use it?

People love sharing interesting information, images and quotes. Why not make it easy for them to share this information within your blog post. In return you’ll receive another tweet with a link back to your blog. For example, when I posted an article announcing the free version of our social management platform, I added a Click To Tweet option:

“If you would like to share the good news and recommend SocialMotus to your Twitter followers who need a free social management tool, you can send a tweet here (<<<—- Hint hint)."

That’s it for my list of social media tools every small business needs to know about.

Are there any other tools you can’t live without? Please feel free to recommend it for other readers in the comments below.





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Comments

  1. says

    Wonderful list of tools!

    While I use most of them being a blogger and freelance writer, I’ve still not got down to using Dropbox because of the large space it occupies because I did download it once. I’ve heard a lot about it though, so might just make space for it now. :)

    NutshellMail and SocialMention were new to me, so thanks for sharing more about these tools. Would head right over and check them out.

    Thanks for sharing. :)
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  2. says

    I officially don’t like you :) Why? Because of the Addictomatic, which is something I needed and haven’t found and now that I see it exists I know myself, and will get addicted!
    I use Dropbox and love it, as well as a few others you mention. I do have to say I like Livefyre tad bit better than Disqus, but I still use the default WP commenting system on my blog.
    Anyway, great list and I am off to try this Addict tool :)
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  3. says

    Please also consider including SocialMotus. We’re a new, free social management tool platform for businesses and individuals. We’re building some innovative and powerful conversion tracking and social management features including priority messages inbox, targeted Twitter followers discovery, sales conversions by posts and much more.

    You can review it by signing up for free here http://www.socialmotus.com or emailing me for more information.

    • says

      Thanks Ileane. Yes, unfortunately after I wrote and submitted this guest post article Addict-o-matic and Timely seem to have become redundant. It’s a shame as they were both really great tools.

      It really goes to show you how fast paced the social media world is with dozens and dozens of new tools and apps entering and disappearing from the market daily.
      Siv Rauv just posted 4 Twitter Tips To Triple Your Twitter Mentions

  4. says

    Gravatar is a must have for bloggers these days but on my blog, I have enabled a plugin that allows me to upload avatar of bloggers without a Gravatar account.

    As for file synchronization and backup, I prefer Google Drive over Dropbox simply because of the cheaper storage and its integration with other Google services.

    And to top it all off, I’m a big fan and paid user of Buffer!! :)
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  5. says

    I like Timely and I am a little disappointed that they are closing down. Although it is not loaded with extra features it is easy to use. I use Buffer too, it’s alright but seems to consume a lot of resources because it slows my Firefox browser down considerably. I end up turning it off when I don’t need to use it. Maybe it has better performance with Chrome. Dropbox is nice too. I don’t store all kind of things or use that much space, but it is certainly a great freebee that does what I need.
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    • says

      Hey Ray, this might be a potential workaround for you without switching your browser.

      Install the addon from Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later) and register an account there. What you can do is to add articles that you want to share to Pocket. Then, open the list up every day and put them into Buffer by going to the website, bufferapp.com, rather than having the addon installed.

      Hope the tip helps.
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  6. says

    Great set of media tools. I have a look at addict-o-matic and I am very impressed. It allows me to look at various search engines and social media and brings it out to you in one interface. Very impressive. Dropbox is good as well, I can store some stuff online. I will need to increase more space on it. Thanks for these interesting tools.
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  7. says

    I found this post really helpful because I am always looking for new ways to increase my social media efficiency. Social media can become overwhelming and time-consuming, due to the sheer volume of options! I saw a few resources on this list that I believe I will try.

    One thing I often tell my business of writing blog readers is that the best social media to incorporate into your marketing, is the social media you will use! So if you find tools to increase the likelihood that you will use a particular network or tool, then all the better.
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