Ever since I decided to devote more time to my blog and (hopefully) turn it into a business one day, I’ve realized how important it is to utilize blogger resources. And the great thing? There are so many of them! Well, it’s great, but it can also be overwhelming. There are so many helpful resources out there these days that it can be difficult to decide which ones to use. If you’re stuck on which resources to use, I aim to ease your indecisiveness. And if you’re new to this whole blogger resources thing altogether, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s the thing. The amount of things you have to do as a successful blogger can get a little crazy. Some people may think all you have to do is write a post, hit publish, and wait for the page views to roll in. If you blog for fun and only really care if your friends and family see your posts, that’s totally cool! But if you want to grow your blog following and community, and maybe even turn your blog your biz one day, there is plenty you have to do to get your blog out there for the world to see – from researching and creating amazing content, to utilizing SEO, to scheduling social media and creating/editing images, so on and so on! And that, my friend, takes a whole lotta time!
These resources are tools that will allow you to blog and promote your posts faster, more efficiently, and with ease. They’ll help with organization and time management, building your email list, making pretty visuals, and optimizing your blog posts for search engines.
Almost all of them are free (or at least have a free option) and I use them all on a daily basis! If you’re ready to jump in and start using some amazing blogger resources, let’s get started!
When it comes to blogging, first thing’s first – find an awesome host! There are a number of different hosting sites out there, but I could go on all day about my love for WordPress.
With WordPress (.org, not .com) you actually own your domain, which makes you look more profesh, plus it’s a must if you eventually want to start monetizing your blog. WordPress makes hosting your blog so easy, plus it allows you to customize your site, access helpful (&free) plugins, and optimize your blog posts for search engines like Google!
Want to know more about starting a blog with WordPress? Check out this post!
BoardBooster is a Pinterest scheduling tool and it. is. amazing! In case you haven’t heard, Pinterest is ESSENTIAL if you’re a blogger. I had no idea what a gem it was, but since I’ve started utilizing Pinterest for my blog (I spend quite a bit of time optimizing my posts for Pinterest!), the platform is now my #1 referrer! I’ll be doing a post on my best Pinterest practices soon, so make sure to check back!
Back to BoardBooster! It has a number of different pinning tools to make your Pinterest scheduling a breeze. First of all, it creates secret boards that link up with your public boards. You pin to the secret boards and BoardBooster sends out the pins to your public boards at optimal times, based on YOUR audience. You choose how many pins you want to post to your public boards each day and BB will do it for you!
They also have a looping tool, which is amazing! You choose the boards you want to loop and BoardBooster will take pins chronologically from oldest to newest and re-pin the pins from your chosen boards. It’s best to use this with boards that have at least 100 pins so you’re not re-pinning the same thing to your audience over and over. This way it looks like fresh content, but it’s actually content you’ve already pinned! Sneaky, sneaky.
Sign up for a free trial and see how great it is for yourself!
Buffer is another social media scheduling tool that I absolutely love! I use it to schedule my tweets, but now that I have a Facebook page, I think I’ll use it for that too! It shares your scheduled posts over the day, at the best times! You can spend a few minutes at the beginning of the day filling up your Buffer queue and it will do the rest!
All you have to do is download the browser extension (this one is for Safari, but they also have one for Firefox and Google Chrome) and when you find a post love, click the extension, and add it to your queue. It’s up to you to choose how many posts you want buffered each day and it will set up a schedule that sends them out at optimal times.
Schedule your blog posts along with other articles you love and know your followers will love too! Although I only use it for Twitter, you can also connect Facebook, Linkedin, Google Plus and Pinterest. They have a free and paid option and I use the free one, which works perfectly for everything I need to do.
If you’re looking to create awesome graphics for your blog (especially Pinterest images!) let me introduce you to PicMonkey. All the Pinterest images I use on my blog I’ve created with PicMonkey! It’s free and has so many editing options including basics like cropping and sharpening your photos, along with the ability to add extras like text and overlays.
It’s super simple and allows you to create branded images for your blog. Choose a few fonts, colours and overlays to use on each of your images and people will begin to recognize them as yours!
5) Google Docs
I got a rude awakening earlier this year when my laptop broke down and I had to replace the internal hard drive. I had some of my stuff saved on a USB, but hadn’t backed anything up on an external hard drive (note to self: make sure to do this on a regular basis!).
I lost all my articles I had written that I had typed up in Word. Luckily I wasn’t working on anything at the time, so it was all old articles, but it still totally sucked to lose it all. And if I HAD been working on something in Word (say my thesis, or a kick-ass blog post like this one!) I would had cried!
Now I write everything in Google Docs. You can access it from anywhere with the Internet, so even if your computer breaks down, your stuff will be saved! You can also create spreadsheets for to-do lists, income reports, and even an editorial calendar for your blog posts!
I’ve recently started building my email list! (side note: Sign up for my newsletter here and receive my FREE Instagram e-book with tips on how to grow your following – plus, I’ll be sending bi-weekly emails with juicy tips and insider info to grow your blog!).
MailChimp is an email marketing service that allows you to grow your email list and send out newsletters and freebies to your subscribers. It’s free for up to 2,000 subscribers so it’s perfect for bloggers just starting to build their list!
I’m still trying to wrap my head around email marketing, but MailChimp has made it easy to start building my list and I’m excited to send out my first newsletter next week!
It can all be a tad confusing, but here’s a MailChimp tutorial by Melyssa Griffin. I used it to get started and it truly made everything so much easier! Just go step by step with your account and voila, you’ll be ready to send out your first email and newsletter!
7) Yoast SEO
If you want to grow your organic traffic, learning about and implementing Search Engine Optimization is key! The Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress assists you with optimizing your content so people can more easily find your posts in search engines like Google.
For each of your posts, the plugin lets you know your SEO rating. It will give you a “red” if your SEO is bad, a “yellow” is it’s OK, and a “green” if you’re good to go. It provides you with an analysis of your post so that if your post isn’t green you can make changes to fix it, whether it’s using your keyword in the first paragraph of your post or including a longer word count.
It’s a quick and easy way to up your SEO!
So there you have it, the 7 blogger resources that will make your life SO much easier. Do you use any of these? Are there any tools you’d add to this list? Let me know in the comments below! And if you loved this post, don’t forget to share it with your peeps on Pinterest!