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As bloggers, we know that the to-do list never seems to get shorter. In fact, it gets longer and longer each day. Instead of going crazy trying to do everything all at once, I looked for blogging tools that will help me stay sane and still produce quality content for my readers.
I am a huge fan of tools that help me get from point A to point B faster. After all, why do it the long way if you find a shortcut that works?
Today I am going to be sharing 10 blogging tools that help me save time as a blogger. Some of these are free and some are paid, but I stand by them all 100%.
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8 Time-Saving Blogging Tools
Before I switched over to WordPress, setting up a theme and running a blog, in general, was a nightmare. I don’t understand coding at all, so having a website that does all the coding for me is a godsend.
WordPress also checks my analytics and has a ton of great plug-ins I use to keep my site looking nice and performing well. In addition to that, their app is great to have on my phone and quickly read/reply to comments and draft new posts on the go!
Bluehost is the hosting site I use for my blog and I absolutely love it. When I first started out with it, I was a little lost because I have zero idea about website building. Luckily, they offer 24/7 chat support, and that was a huge help in the earlier days of my blog!
Bluehost is are super affordable, at only 3.95 a month, so every blogger can create a professional blog right off the bat.
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Canva is what I use to create all my graphics, social media pictures, and freebies. It took some time getting used to it, but now it is something I use almost every day.
Another thing I use Canva for is to create all my pins. My pin game has definitely not always been great, but I have now gotten into the groove of creating nicer-looking pins on Canva.
You can create so much on it. Anything from planners, resumes, social media designs, documents, worksheets, lesson plans, logos, business cards, and even invitations can be made for free using Canva.
If you only sign up for one of the services I’m recommending, let it be this.
ConvertKit is what I currently use as my email provider for my mailing list. I used to have an account with a free mailing service for a few months, but I switched over to ConvertKit and it made a huge difference in how fast people are now subscribing to my mailing lists.
One of my favorite things about ConvertKit is that I can place a different opt-in form on each post, which I couldn’t previously do.
Right now I have 4 different opt-in forms across my blog. Each one is for a specific area I blog about. Previously, I could only have the same opt-in forms on ALL my posts. That meant that my readers who were reading a post on blogging had an opt-in form for self-care in the post. Not exactly relevant.
I’ve used Grammarly since I started blogging, and it quickly became one of my favorite tools. I am not the greatest writer in the world. In fact, I am far from it.
What Grammarly allows me to do is not worry about whether what I’m writing makes sense, because if it doesn’t, it lets me know.
There are a few plans that Grammarly offer and each plan has different features. I recommend signing up for the Premium plan which has a lot of great features. It checks for overused words, plagiarism, inconsistent writing style and unclear sentence structure among others.
I think all professional bloggers and writers need a tool like Grammarly, no matter how skilled in writing they are. Mistakes happen here and there, and there are times when I would completely overlook something if it wasn’t for the alerts.
Sign up with Grammarly here.
I can’t have a post on blogging tools and not include Tailwind. I was hesitant to start using Tailwind at first because I thought that manual pinning was easier to do. That was until I tried out the free version after countless blogs told me that it was the coolest thing since sliced bread.
If you’re confused about how Tailwind works and if it will work better for you than manual pinning, here are my thoughts.
Manual pinning takes time. Lots of time, especially, if you want to get somewhere with Pinterest marketing. Before switching over to Tailwind I pinned maybe 20 posts on a good day.
Ever since switching over to Tailwind a month back, I am now pinning 100 pins across 67 boards. Want to know how long that takes me? I timed myself today. It took me 15 minutes to schedule 975 pins. Pinning manually, 975 pins would have taken me forever to pin.
My reach has also increased, and it is only growing. My best performing pin has been clicked on over 400 times, and I have grown my monthly viewers by 40K in one month.
Manually making sure that every post is SEO friendly is a complete pain in the ass, and not guaranteed. That is why Yoast SEO is a lifesaver if you want to rank higher in Google searches, and have legit-looking posts.
Since installing the plug-in, I am now able to see if there is anything I need to fix when writing my posts to improve SEO.
It’s super easy to install and activate and is something that every blogger needs to increase traffic and keep Google happy.
I use the free version of Yoast SEO and it serves me just fine.
I’m no photographer, nor do I try to be one. What I do know is that photography takes a lot of time and effort, and I applaud all bloggers who take their own photos.
Since I do not, I like to use stock photos. I used Pexels for the longest time until I realized that I’d used all the pretty photos they have to offer. Pexels is a free stock photos website, and is great for beginners, or if you don’t want to pay for images.
A few weeks ago I bought a membership to Pixistock. The images there are absolutely stunning and fit my theme perfectly.
I think that at one point all bloggers should upgrade to a paid stock photo membership unless you take your own photos. The reason being is that everybody’s blogs are a bit saturated with the same free photos. It’s good to stand out.