If you’re like me, there’s never enough time in a day. You’re juggling everything from running your business to marketing and promoting it across social media.
Simply put, you wear a lot of hats. So any tool that can shave a few seconds off that to-do list is well worth looking into.
I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite blogging tools that will make collecting information, syndicating your content and writing your blogs a whole lot easier!
(Note: this post has been updated as of February 2017)
10 FREE Tools to Make Blogging Easier
Have you ever found yourself surfing the web researching your next blog topic only to find you needed a quick and easy way to capture that information?
Evernote not only allows you to capture that info on your PC or Mac, but sync it to your other devices making the information accessible from wherever you are.
I’ve used Evernote for years to organize and house anything from research material to a grocery list.
There are a million ways to use it and the more I play around with it, the more reasons I find to love this tool.
Scribefire is a Firefox, Chrome, Opera & Safari add on (sorry IE users) that makes posting a breeze.
You are able to access Scribefire directly from your browser and throw together a quick blog that you can easily post to your site.
If you’re a serious blogger, this is a tool to check out!
Side note: If you’re on a Mac, another option is Writeroom.
3. Post Planner
Oh how I love Post Planner! Similar to Hootsuite, Post Planner allows you to find, plan, and post all content to Facebook and Twitter.
With Post Planner, you can search Popular folders to find top performing content across the web.
No more searching for that perfect post or tweet. Simply scroll through, check the star ratings for virality, and schedule the content.
You can also search through the huge database of Status Ideas to help with your blog content promotion.
Flick Creative Commons is a way for bloggers to keep their backsides out of a sling.
With creative commons you can choose from different licensing options rather than simply “borrowing” an online image.
No one wants to find themselves on the wrong end of a copyright lawsuit!
My husband asks how in the world I keep up with as many blogs as I do and all in less than 30 minutes per day.
I tell him it’s simple – you just need a way to manage or aggregate all of that information.
I subscribe to over 200 blogs and all of them show up in one place – Feedly!
Google Alerts are an easy way to monitor specific topics with a click of a button.
I enter the topic I’m interested in and Google scans the web for relevant information.
Once I’ve created my search within this “set it and forget it” system, Google will send emails throughout the day with related content.
I use this to monitor social media updates, industry events and local happenings.
An added bonus: Monitor your brand on the web by adding your name to your Google Alerts.
This WordPress plugin automatically displays links and thumbnail images to related posts within your blog.
You can choose to show the links on your home page or single blog pages only.
Don’t let dust collect on those past posts – linkwithin your site!
Not only can you research top performing content based on social shares, but with BuzzSumo, you can easily see what your competition is blogging about
This is a terrific research tool and one I can’t live without.
If you have a blog and a Facebook account than you need Networked Blogs.
Promote your blog automatically by syndicating your feed to your page as soon as you post it.
Networked Blogs make advertising your blog painless and trouble free.
A super flexible online video editor than allows you to mix videos, images, music, text and effects to create standard or high-definition online videos.
Check out a few of their sample videos to get a feel for what Animoto can do for you.
Another option is Stupeflix
Your first video is free. After that, their standard pricing model is designed for high-volume production but plans are available for less frequent use as well.
The bottom line:
If you create content that captures the attention of your readers and motivates them to take action, blogging will become fun and rewarding.
Hit the publish button, promote your blogs, and watch your words take flight.