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Best Tools For Your Blog

It can be really overwhelming in the blog world sometimes. People tell me all the time they feel like, while there is insanely great information available everywhere, knowing the best tools for your blog can be tough to figure out. Everyone has different opinions on this, and honestly, no one is wrong. The tools another blogger uses may be different from mine, or we may have some crossover, but those tools are probably really helpful for that blogger. Today, I am showing you the best tools for your blog, in my opinion, and the ones that benefit my blog the most.

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  1. Hootsuite: I use Hootsuite EVERY SINGLE DAY. I schedule out my tweets over the weekend for the week. Not all of them, but any time you see me tweet a blog post that wasn’t a post from that day, I have scheduled it. I like to remind people of blog posts they may have missed in the past, and Hootsuite is a great way to do that. I also schedule out sponsored tweets for the duration of a campaign to encourage my readers to read my post or visit the brand website.
  2. PicMonkey: I do not use this as much as I used to because I use Adobe Photoshop for almost every image on my blog, but PicMonkey is a great photo editing tool that honestly anyone can use. It is inexpensive if you pay for premium, but if not most things on there are free and anyone could figure out how to navigate it.
  3. Google Calendar: I am a big fan of Google Calendar. I use my paper planner for most life things (doctor appointments, dinner with friends, vacations, etc) as well as set in stone blog posts, but I use Google Calendar to plan out my post months at a time. Andrew and I also have a shared calendar that we put any plans the both of us have together or if I have book club and he’s grabbing drinks with friends we put things in there as well, so we know what’s going on. I would not only consider Google Calendar a great blog tool to keep your post ideas organized and plan out what days you will be posting certain posts, but it is also great for keeping your life organized. Blog life balance is a huge part of what I talk about in my main blog course and I always praise Google Calendar. Plus, it’s free!
  4. LastPass: Who here uses the same passwords, or same variation on a password for most of their sites? Raise your hand. You know you do it! I did it too until my brilliant Information Security husband brought LastPass to my attention. Andrew and I talk a lot about it here in this post you NEED to read about blog security. But this is a great way to have all of your blog, social media, hosting, GoDaddy, etc passwords in one spot so you never have to click that “reset password” link again!
  5. Free Photo Sites: I am a big fan of creating my own collages and photos for posts, but sometimes you just need a great stock photo. Unsplash and Death to the Stock Photo are two of my favorites that I use all the time! With Unsplash you can edit and add wording too (PicMonkey is great for that) and Death to the Stock Photo will email you photo packs monthly you can use. Perfect for those days where you need a quick photo!
  6. Board Booster: This is what I use to schedule pins. I really love the formatting and how you can pin things in the morning and it will save them and pin them publicly for you later in the day at your desired time!
  7. MailChimp: This is what I use for my weekly newsletters and for my email sign up where you can get my daily blogging checklist! Make sure to sign up if you haven’t already. Anyways, MailChimp is very easy to navigate and set up. You can create templates similar to your blog design, like I have done, and save them so when you send a new email they look uniformed. It’s a great program to use. I used to use Constant Contact, and while I liked it, I think MailChimp is more user friendly.

There are literally hundreds of tools you can use on your blog, and these are not all of the best tools for your blog or all of the ones I use, but they are a good place to start without feeling overwhelmed.

What tools do you use for your blog?

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23 Comments

  1. Alice wrote:

    Such great tips! As always, thanks for sharing your blogger knowledge!!

    xo,
    Alice

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  2. Google Calendar is my life! I don’t think I’d survive without it!

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  3. I use almost all of those! Lately I’ve been using Pixabay for free pictures. They have quite a few and there are no hoops to jump mp through. I love Google calendar because I can sync it from computer to phone to iPad and never worry about it.

    I can’t wait to check out LastPass. I do have secure passwords for all blogging related needs (though I admit to using the same one for most other things). Still, it’s difficult to keep track of them all.

    Great post. Thanks!

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  4. katie wrote:

    I am definitely going to have to check out Board Booster! Thanks for all of this awesome info!! 🙂

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  5. Sasha wrote:

    Learned a couple of new things here. thanks!

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  6. Deb Wolf wrote:

    Thanks for sharing these tips. Definitely checking out LastPass. I hate keeping track of passwords.

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  7. Elizabeth wrote:

    Thanks for the great suggestions!

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  8. Betsy wrote:

    So I have been introduced to Hootsuite before, but never really looked into it. I just pulled up their website and it says to grant them access to one type of social media account, I chose Twitter – then you have to sign in to give them access, the following is what you are giving them access to:
    This application will be able to:
    Read Tweets from your timeline.
    See who you follow, and follow new people.
    Update your profile.
    Post Tweets for you.
    Access your direct messages.
    See your email address.

    Obviously I understand some of those…how else would the application work for you. But have you have had any problems with any of the others? Call me crazy, but I am slightly unsure of the “access direct messages” and “update your profile” I just don’t know that I want someone else to have the “power” to do that. Thought? Am I just crazy and overreacting? 🙂 Thanks!

    PS – Please don’t take this as my lashing out to you, totally not. I really appreciated this post. Just a little apprehensive about it all.

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  9. Lynn wrote:

    I need to know how to have twitter automatically tweet my post for the day. It used to but now it does not…

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  10. I agree…it starts with coffee:) Great tips, I follow some of them

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  11. Emily wrote:

    These are great tips! I’ve never used hootsuite. I’m still working on increasing my knowledge of twitter. I also would like to check out Unsplash. You can always use more pics! Thanks!

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  12. Jenny wrote:

    I love pretty much all of these.
    I just got BoardBooster today and I am loving it so far.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  13. These are great! I’m definitely guilty of using the same passwords and will definitely have to check that out. Do you know if Board Booster is free?

    Published 11.18.15
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  14. Kenzie wrote:

    This is so helpful, thanks for sharing!

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  15. coffeeslag wrote:

    Oooh, I’m going to bookmark Mailchip for when I eventually have a blog newsletter. A lot of these are super helpful, I use Buffer for scheduling tweets although I should really get on scheduling blog post tweets. In fact, I may do that right now haha. Thanks for this post!

    coffeeslag

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  16. Sonya wrote:

    I plan on learning how to use Mailchimp over the weekend. I’m glad to hear that it is easy to use.

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  17. Raewyn wrote:

    OOH! I think LastPass is a little known blog / computer guru secret. No one mentions it! It has totally saved my day so many times!!

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  18. Christina wrote:

    Thank you for these great tips! I already use several of these but I will check out the free photo sites and LastPass for sure.
    Christina ♥ https://caliope.name

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  19. Kate wrote:

    I looooove Photoshop, but unfortunately my subscription ran out & rent became more important haha (that’s what I get for my master’s program paying for Adobe CS). PicMonkey works great for the graphics I use for my blog, so it’s all good! I try not to use a ton of stock photos, but Unsplash is fantastic! I’m more of a Buffer user, but Hootsuite is also great.

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  20. What a great post!

    Knowledge is defenately power, the more I read the more I keep on learning!

    Thank you for a great post!!

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  21. Natasha wrote:

    I love all of these tools! I need to do better with Hootsuite and check out Last Pass. Thanks for sharing!

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