There is so much more that goes into blogging than writing. True enough, writing is a core competency that all bloggers must have. However, a blog that isn’t shared or that readers find irrelevant, dies very quickly. That’s why the savviest bloggers use the following seven blog helpers to ensure that their blog posts get read by the people who would enjoy them the most. More importantly, many of these tools also make blog posts much easier to share, ensuring that a blog’s influence continues to grow.
1. Easy Tweet Embed
According to the Social Media Examiner, Easy Tweet Embed makes it easy for your readers to share your blog content by creating pre-made tweets, which you place throughout your content.
Let’s say you work in the employment industry, and your blog posts center around finding freelance work. If you have written a particularly memorable quote or added links to a helpful tool, like Search Remotely, then use Easy Tweet Embed as a way to make that quote or the employment link shareable on Twitter.
Instead of making your readers copy and paste your blog’s title, as well as a shareable link, this tool saves them time. Once your readers click on the hyperlink “Tweet this,” which is located at the end of the quote, a box pulls up from Twitter.
The box includes the quote, plus a link to your site and your Twitter handle. It’s an easy peasy WordPress plugin that makes your content infinitely more shareable.
2. Blog Topic Generator
Most bloggers understand that they need to write a steady supply of blog posts in order to keep their current readers and attract more. However, even the most creative bloggers get writer’s block sometimes. That’s where HubSpot’s Blog Ideas Generator comes in handy. This tool creates numerous blog post ideas from a single noun. All you have to do is type the noun into the search box and click “Add.” A handful of blog post ideas pops up in a matter of seconds.
On the best days a blog is filled with perfect grammar and syntax. Unfortunately, most days are not the best days. The fact of the matter is bloggers are human and therefore make mistakes. However, tools like Grammarly, which is a free grammar checker, catches those punctuation, spelling and grammar errors before your blog goes live.
4. The Hemingway App
Impactful writing is clear and concise, free of complicated wording and too many adjectives. Unfortunately, most writing doesn’t fall into the impactful category on the first go-round. That’s why so many bloggers love the Hemingway App.
If you’ve never used it, you’re in for a treat. All you need to do is copy and paste your blog post into the app interface. Within seconds, the Hemingway App produces a color coded guide to your writing.
At a glance, you’ll see if your sentences are too wordy, if you’ve used too many adverbs or if you have written in the passive voice. Being able to see these issues at a glance allows you to correct your writing quickly and efficiently.
Most bloggers understand that they need to create social engagement from their posts. with Buzz sumo they’ll discover what topics are relevant right now and which influencers are talking about those topics. From the insights they gleam from this app they can create equally relevant blog posts to get social engagement of their own. This allows you to create content that keeps your readers in mind, which is one of the ways to keep it relevant, according to Social Media Today.
In a nutshell, StayFocused is an app that literally forces you to stay focused while you’re working online from your home or office. Basically, the app prevents you from spending too much time on sites that waste your time.
For example, if you have trouble staying off of social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter, you can use StayFocused to prevent yourself from visiting those sites while you’re working. The app allows you to spend a bit of time on those sites each day. Once you’re allotted time is up, you can’t access those sites for the rest of the day.
A flexible workspace for creating moodboards, storing project information and getting feedback on design concepts. Milanote is perfect for bloggers and designers who work in teams remotely. You can also organize things and make a visual to-do list using this tool.
The smartest bloggers use tools that make their writing easier to read and easier to share. The seven tools on this list help bloggers to do just that: write posts that are easy to read and even easier to share.