I started again to blog every day almost a year ago. During the past year, good habits have resumed, and I can present you the tools that I would not be able to do without in my life as a blogger.
I use all these tools in free version since I am a student and do not have a job! On the other hand, if I would be able to pay for some services, other tools would be found here as CoSchedule and TailWind – but this list focuses on free services! If you want to try TailWind, by the way, the link gives you $30 in credit which is a whole month of upgrading your Pinterest game! 🙂
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Blogging Tools I use every day
Usefulness: Plan ahead the publication of tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram and so much more!
Social media is the most important thing when we have a blog. Indeed, we must be able to do a good promotion of our articles if we want to have visitors. That’s what Hootsuite allows me to do. I plan tweets every week to be published on my account and my Facebook page. It allows me to concentrate on other things for the rest of the week.
English is not my mother tongue; it’s French. I have learned this language at school and over the years. I make several mistakes when I write in that language. I use Grammarly to make sure that my articles contain as few errors as possible.
A few months ago, I heard about Grammarly in an article from another blogger. There is a free version as well as a paid version. I installed the free version, and I immediately noticed how Grammarly could help me write the best article possible! I also use Antidote, except that the latter and Grammarly complement each other very well. These two tools do not always detect the same errors.
I had a 1-month trial of the premium version of Grammarly, and I must say I am considering investing every month to keep it and write better articles. As you can see in the screenshot above, all the yellows errors would not have been detected if I didn’t have the premium version – and I think those errors can make a significant difference in a text.
I might also add that as a tech blogger, I regularly talk about programming languages and other words that don’t exist in the dictionary. What I like about Grammarly is that you can add those words to your account dictionary and it will never detect them as errors again!
Usefulness: to know the habits of our visitors (number of pages visited, technology used, time spent on the blog, where they come from, etc.)
It is so useful to know the habits of its visitors. By using Google Analytics, you can find out the most visited articles on your blog, know where your visitors come from, and several other information that will help you focus your promotional efforts. There is no use in spending hours per weeks on Twitter if that social media is bringing you five visitors a week. Google Analytics will help you find these numbers!
Usefulness: Plan your editorial calendar + other tasks to do
I use Trello to plan the next articles to publish on my blog. Seeing all my future articles in a timetable allows me to keep my motivation. I don’t know what I would do without Trello – I started taking blogging seriously when I created my editorial calendar.
Usefulness: Create images to illustrate its articles / Pinterest
I have a Facebook group for women in tech. Every week, I create images to illustrate our themes of the week. Canva is of great use to me! Also, I create images to promote my articles on Pinterest – or just to make them look better.
With a free account, you can even create a team to work on images with friends on collaborators!
Usefulness: Detects the dead links of your blog (404 errors)
One of the main reasons I like Google Search Console is that it tells you where your broken links are. The ones that would make you end up on a 404 error page. This allows me to add 301 redirects so that these errors do not happen! I’ll share how I do that in an upcoming article!
There you go! I hope this article will help you and may allow you to improve your blogger life. Let me know in the comment what are your thoughts and if you have any questions!