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As your blog gets more and more popular, you may not have time to schedule manually through Facebook or have time to grow the social media you would like, so that’s where blogging tools are really helpful. Most are paid-for, but I promise you, they will not break the bank. You have to remember that you must invest in your business for it to grow. Making more time to grow your blog and not having to worry about posting on five different social media accounts will open more time for other important tasks like turning your blog into a business! Without further ado, here are 8 blogging tools and plug-ins that I use on my blog every day.
1. EDU Birdie
When you are writing an assignment for college or university, it is important to do more than just check it for spelling and grammar errors. You now have to use a plagiarism checker. With more researching being completed online now, this means that you have to make sure that no work is stolen or copied. By using a plagiarism checker free online, you can make sure your paper is ready to turn in and it is all original. This detector tool does all the hard work for you. Just attach the document that you want to check for plagiarism and let the software do all the work. It only takes a few minutes and it will return the results. Any plagiarised work will be highlighted in red so that it can be edited. This will make sure that your work is 100 percent unique before it is handed into college or university.
I use the free version of SumoMe. This is a fantastic tool for collecting email addresses. I also use their sharing bar so it makes it easy for people to share my articles throughout social media. I use a welcome mat to collect email addresses from people that visit my site. In return, they get one of my travel bundles for free so it’s a win-win. If you haven’t signed up, make sure you do! SumoMe also has a load of other features like heat maps (this tracks where people are clicking on your site) so definitely start using this tool immediately. Email addresses should be your number-one priority, simply because email will be around forever but you can’t say the same for Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.
MailChimp is an essential for me. This is where I create my newsletters, where my reader’s email addresses are stored and how I automate emails so when people sign up they automatically get an email with my travel bundle. I also use this to automate my e-course emails so Mailchimp should be an essential for you too. You can choose a free plan but once you get over a certain amount of subscribers you have to start paying – it’s not a lot though, trust me!
I actually don’t know where I would be without Buffer. I use it to schedule all my week’s tweets, pins and Facebook updates. Every Monday I go through and find new content, and schedule it all for the week. It makes my life so much easier, so I really couldn’t recommend this blogging tool enough. I have a rule when it comes to social media: focus on one and automate the others to get the best results. At the moment Instagram is my biggest focus so that’s where I will spend most of my time. Twitter is not overly important to me and Facebook brings me okay traffic so I make sure I post interesting stuff but I always automate it. Pinterest brings me amazing traffic but it’s easy to put it on autopilot!
Do you want to make sure that your paper is unique and original? Then you need to use a free online plagiarism checker. You can spend hours working on an article, using online sources for help. Without realizing it, you may be copying these sources. Don’t worry, it can happen to anyone. But unfortunately, if you complete this work and publish it, you may be in trouble.
You risk getting into big trouble over plagiarising another person’s work. Of course, nobody wants this. So, using a free plagiarism checker will make sure these mistakes are brought to your attention. That way you can make the changes required without it being a problem. Simply drop your file into the checker and it will search for similar results online. it is so fast and easy to use. In just a few minutes, it really could save your blogging career!
I use Tailwind solely for Pinterest. I use Tailwind to upload my pins and send them out throughout all the boards. It takes half the time and to do that is absolutely free. I know a lot of people that do use Tailwind to schedule pins at the right time and so on, and it works great for them. They also have an Instagram scheduling tool coming out that I have been testing for them and I really love it. It reminds me that it’s time to post so all I have to do is press post, and it posts the photo along with the caption that I pre-wrote – easy as that!
- Yoast-SEO Plug-in – Free
Yoast has been a lifesaver. I’m not a huge fan of SEO jargon. I know the basics and that’s all I really want to learn, otherwise my brain might just explode. Yoast really helps you to set up your articles’ SEO. It will tell you if you need to add your keyword throughout your article a few more times or that the SEO of your article is crap and this is what you need to do to change that so your posts are going to be easily found on the internet.
“What do you use to make your title graphics?”, I get asked this question A LOT and the simple answer is Canva. I use it to make my title pictures that have the lovely-looking writing over photos. I use it to make headers, e-pintables and lots more. What I really urge you to do is do some research on Pinterest and try to re-create some of the graphics you have seen. Spend a good few hours to familiarise yourself with all the features. Before you know it, you will be able to make those beautiful images too! It’s a really great tool if you know how to use it and it’s absolutely free to use. To me, this is a really important blogging tool because this is how my articles get shared on Pinterest and Facebook. If I have a really good picture with a beautiful title, then it gets shared a lot.
I would love to know what blogging tools you use on your travel blog already. Do you use any of the ones above or have any other recommendations?
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