Now I know you’ve heard of most of these apps before but do you know how experts in the blogging industry are using them to stand out and effortlessly manage their blogging careers whatever niche they are in, and how you can also use them to make your blogging journey and experience much better?
These are the secret tools you’ve been needing to take your blogging to the next level. They are the tools professional bloggers are using to leverage their blogging skills, make some of their blogging tasks easier and grow their traffic and followers. You too can start using these tools to make blogging easier for yourself and more seamless, as well as grow your audience whatever niche you are in and whatever type of blogger you are.
WordPress is one of the leading blogging platforms in the world. Powering more than 30% of websites on the internet today, it is a reliable, all encompassing platform which can make a great home for your blog site.
One of the main reasons behind its popularity is that it comes with so many customization features and a massive selection of great looking themes to choose from for your website. It can also power almost any type of website from blogs to Ecommerce stores to business and agency websites, you can do it all on WordPress.
This is an easy to use scheduling tool that can be used for scheduling posts for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. This is one of my favorite apps because it lightens the burden of keeping up with all your social media accounts on a daily basis.
When you create your social media content in bulk and in advance, you can schedule the times that you want it to be posted and Buffer can do the posting automatically for you. This is available both on a free limited plan or a premium one.
Buffer even suggests good peek times for posting, and my favorite feature is that if you are adding hashtags to your post, it shows you how many hashtags you are left with out of the 30 count limit permitted by Instagram.
Tailwind is the best app for Pinterest posting and scheduling. As a blogger, one of my best and favorite sources of traffic has been from Pinterest and Tailwind not only allows you to schedule Pinterest content, but you can also join communities of other bloggers that can help you share your content and give exposure for your blog.
Tailwind also allows you to automatically spin and recycle old content at scheduled times, which is a great way to make use of your old content and make sure that it’s still getting traffic.
As if that’s not enough, you can also connect your Instagram account so that it automatically posts your instagram posts to Pinterest, gaining traffic to your Instagram account as well.
Ever had many Instagram worthy pictures but wasn’t sure in what order to post them or how they’d look when they have all been posted? If yes is your answer, then you need to get yourself the Planoly app because it comes with that feature and also allows you to visually plan your content and have an idea of how it will look like when posted.
Planoly eases the burden of posting to your social media content by letting you schedule your content and set reminders for when you want to post your posts. Now you don’t have to miss those optimal posting times!
One of the best kept secret among bloggers is the power of the Pinterest platform in growing blog traffic. Pinterest is a visual based search engine and social media. It is one of the best platforms to leverage blog marketing and get traffic to your blog.
With well done and appealing pin graphics your content can go viral and be shared by multiple other Pinterest users who can repin your graphics and help you to get visitors to your site. You can also join multiple group boards with other bloggers in your niche and help to share each other’s work through repinning.
If you haven’t been using Pinterest for your blog, now is the time to start looking into how the platform works! And if you’re a YouTuber reading this, you can use it for your channel as well.
Amazon is the best place to find all your blogging equipment. From planners, vlogging cameras, electronics, office equipment, clothes – if you’re a fashion blogger and other miscellaneous products; you can find it all on Amazon.
What has made Amazon a leader in the industry is the fast and efficient shipping. You can order something and get it delivered as quickly as the end of the day if you’re in the countries like the US.
So if you’re a blogger, this is one app you need to have for easy access to get equipment and physical things for your blog.
Etsy is also another great marketplace for bloggers. Initially it was mainly for homemade crafts but the platform has diversified so much and now you can find some incredible things on the platform. Some of the things you can find on Etsy are digital products like Instagram story highlights, YouTube channel and blog planners, branding resources, merch and many other things that can be helpful to your blogging career.
Etsy is a neat place to find some cool products you wouldn’t find on other platforms because it caters for both digital and physical products.
Evernote is a handy note taking app that is great for those random blog ideas that pop up at random times and for writing while you are on the go. It’s also a good app to store all your random notes in one place for easy reference.
You can also collaborate with other people for writing as well as other related projects.
Tiktok is a new social media platform that has been popular among the gen Z, but it has also started attracting an older audience. It’s been a great platform for those looking for virality and to reach a new audience.
With a feature to link your Instagram account and website or YouTube link, it’s a great way to get free traffic to your content and grow your followers.
It’s also a platform you can use to start your blogging career, with Tiktok as your main platform and short videos as your content. You don’t have to be an expert at editing videos as the platform is designed to be beginner friendly and make it easy for anyone to make cool videos without being tech savvy.
Email lists are to bloggers what client lists are to a traditional business. Mail chimp is an email service provider that is great for collecting and managing a list of subscribers. It allows you to collect up to 2000 email subscribers on their free plan and from $15/month from 2001 subscribers onwards.
It’s a great app to use collect emails and manage an email list.
Mailchimp also comes with an e-commerce feature with tools that can help you manage your Ecommerce customers and activity.
Twitter is another social media platform with a supportive community of bloggers who like you are also looking to grow their blog traffic and followers. There are many threads you can be a part of and many hashtags that you can use to reach more people, network with other bloggers and attract traffic to your blog site.
Some of the most popular threads to participate in are #Shamelesspromosaturday, #writerscommunity and #writerslift. They are most popular hashtags among both bloggers and writers. They are also a great way to meet and network with other bloggers in your niche as well as other niche in the blogging industry.
Fiverr is a marketplace for freelancers. You can list your skills on the platform and get paid for services and work you’re good at. You can also outsource some services like writing services (for when it gets overwhelming!), video editing services and other brand related services like marketing and graphic design you may need for your blog.
Instagram has become one of the most popular platforms to start a blogging career. It’s a visual social media platform that a lot of content creators and influencers have built successful careers on.
It’s a great way to become an influencer and do visual oriented blogging. Recently instagram added features like Reels and instagram tv which are features previously exclusive to YouTube and Tiktok. Now because of these features, you can create different types of content on the platform.
Instagram is a great platform to build a community and redirect that community to your blog site or even monetize the following through brand sponsorships. So if you haven’t been leveraging the platform it’s high time you started!
Facebook is one of the biggest social media platforms in the world today. With millions of active users daily, you can leverage the power of the platform to grow a community through a public page or a Facebook group. You can then redirect that community to your main content’s home, whether that’s a general blog site, YouTube channel or other social media platforms you blog from.
You can also join other Facebook groups to find and network with other bloggers as well as sharing your content with new people. Facebook has been a major source of traffic for this blog and it come be that for you as well!
I’m pretty certain if you’re reading this you’ve watched at least one YouTube video in the last week or two, if not many videos! YouTube is is owned by Google and is a very popular video based search engine and social platform.
There’s so much content on YouTube that you can almost learn any new skill you can think of from watching YouTube videos, including blogging!
You can also start your own channel where you share your lifestyle, your skills or any niche that interests you. It’s a great way to diversify your streams of income and earn another source of income if you can be consistent with it.
Another use for YouTube is finding content ideas, whatever is popular with YouTubers on the platform, you can take that and make similar content which is uniquely your own.
These are all great apps that are being used by professional bloggers and influencers to efficiently manage their careers and grow their reach. If you aren’t using some of these it’s high time you started using them so you can make the most of your blogging journey.
Which apps do you already use and which ones do you need to start using? Let me know in the comments below!