Content is not a king of blogging. You’re a king!
While it’s nearly impossible to drive traffic to your blog and keep readers interested in your product without creating an outstanding content, everything depends on you only when it comes to promoting your website.
To begin with, let’s dig into online content statistics:
- 347 new blog posts appear every minute on the web
- 79% of users scan your text instead of reading it
- 76% of B2B marketers claim that they will produce more content in 2016
So, what does it mean?
People are spoiled with the number of information on the web, and if you want to not only drive traffic to your blog but hold your readers’ attention as well, you need to be very and very picky about what you post.
Although there is nothing new under the sun, you need to wrap up all information the right way in order to interest your readers: provide them with interesting statistics, adapt your writing style to your readers’ needs, and even optimize your post for SEO.
Here’s the problem:
Unless you have a big staff team who works for your blog, it’s you who needs to be ‘all in one’ and do all tasks on a high level.
If you’re wondering how to do it without burning out, the answer is pretty simple: use tools and apps that can help to save time and efforts while being a blogger.
Although there is a big variety of articles that suggest ‘top tools and apps for bloggers’ aka ‘download all of them’, most of them are:
- well-known for proficient bloggers
- paid or self-promoted
Let’s face it: I might have nothing special to surprise you, but as I’m a student who is pressed for money, I want to share my personal list of tools which I use absolutely for free.
To begin with, it’s important to divide the process of blog post creation into core elements.
So, how is post writing look like?
- Editing & proofreading
- Creating images
A list of tools and apps for bloggers
Every blogger who puts his or her career high on the list is ready to improve writing skills in order to achieve the next level which means attracting more readers. Therefore, we produce tons of content daily, and the writing process takes a considerable amount of time and efforts. If you want to keep writing without losing your motivation, use the following apps that help to create, share, and keep your content wherever you are.
More than 10 million of Internet users have Google drive on their computer, and I’m no exception, too. One thing that I’ve learned over the years of writing and studying is that we all need to have a place where to keep our materials and notes, and Google Docs is a big helper.
You never know when a brilliant idea will strike you, so it’s important to be prepared to write it down wherever you are. If you use Google docs, you can download their app on your smart phone to use it anytime you need it. What is more, it can be important to bloggers to share their piece fast, and this tool can help you again.
- intuitive interface
- different file types (docs, presentations, excel files, etc.)
- fast access wherever you are
- share your text with colleagues to ask for a review
- keep your materials online without any mess
Before start writing an article, every proficient blogger spends a lot of time doing research. Sometimes it’s hard to collect all the data you’ve found on the web to organize it the right way, but if you use Evernote, it’s easier to do. This tool was crafted to help you write notes, and it was upgraded for writers to save and keep bookmarks to significant articles on the web. Once you find something that might help you create an outstanding in-depth piece in the future, save it.
Moreover, there are several account types which differ in their options. So, you can sign up for a better account if you’re not afraid of spending money.
- mobile-friendly app
- advanced search
- textual and visual content creation
- reminders to keep writing
- save materials from the web
Edit & Proofread:
If you are full of creative and interesting ideas, that’s great. If you know how to express your ideas simply in a logical manner, that’s even better. However, no matter how good as a writer you are, we all make some mistakes from time to time, so it’s important to polish our skills and produce a well-written article. Therefore, the editing and proofreading processes can help us become a better blogger.
Writing flow matters. Readability either.
As a blogger, you might pay much attention to the final draft of your content because you know that it’s your visit card for readers. Therefore, you dedicate time to editing your text. And if you want to make this process easier, you’d better pretend you’re a reader, not a writer, and ProWritingAid can help you. Paste or download your text, push ‘Analyze’ button, and work on your text to polish it.
- spot confused words
- enhance readability
- detailed summary report
- Google Docs add-on
No matter how good at writing you are, you make mistakes from time to time. Everyone makes them, and it’s not a question of your knowledge. Grammarly was crafted to help people avoid making grammar and spelling mistakes. Although it won’t polish your writing, it is a good way to correct some parts in order to make your piece better.
- mistakes corrections with explanations
- check word usage
- expands vocabulary
- plug-in for browser that helps to eradicate mistakes
Did you know that images can help to increase reader engagement?
If you’re a proficient blogger, you know that blogging is not just about doing research, collecting data, writing a blog post, and replying to comments. It’s also about finding relevant visual content to support your thoughts and ideas.
According to Kissmetrics, articles with images get 94% more views.
While hiring the best designers is quite expensive, there is a big amount of tools and apps that help to create original visual content without spending much money. Even if you’re not so good at drawing, check out the following apps as you can find different templates to make good images.
One of the most popular graphic design software, Canva, has become a popular tool for most bloggers when it comes to creating visuals. It offers a big variety of templates, layouts, and images. Moreover, you can upload your visuals in order not to buy stock photos. What I like the most about this app is that you can create a brilliant image doing nothing but composing different already-made elements. It’s easy like 1, 2, 3!
- user-friendly interface
- a big variety of design types and templates
- useful tutorials
- good navigation
No matter what you need to do with a photo, whether draw it from scratch or just edit, you can use this service for free. As for me, I use it to crop images, add text, or do minor changes. However, it’s easy to change the size, layer, etc. Authorize with Facebook, and start using all benefits of Pixlr.
- online photo editor
- mobile app
- multiple language support
Do you use infographics to provide your readers with visual information?
If so, you’re on the right track! People crave visualized information as it’s easier for perception, and it’s a good way to scan info to dig into important elements with ease. Although crafting an inforgrapic is painstaking work, you can create a good image doing nothing but using Infogram.
This tool offers templates, images, and fonts, so every blogger can use his creative thinking to stand out.
- different layouts and templates
- online database
Are you pressed for time to craft an image? Don’t go to pieces: there are some sites that offer free images with creative commons license.
The Bottom Line
Blogging can be a reason of a burnout if you don’t use the right apps and tools to save time and efforts on crafting an outstanding content. Having a large ‘to-do’ list requires much attention, so most bloggers feel emotional downturn from time to time.
If you’re on a tight budget, there are still some options for you to make the most out of the digital era, and the above-mentioned list of tools and apps is at your service. Using them, you can become ‘all in one’ blogger who can make everything without hiring additional staff.
- find tools and apps that work well for you
- follow recent digital trends
- insert add-ons to save time
So, do you have your own toolkit? What apps do you use often?