Top 8 Free Tools For Bloggers and Writers
Once you have made up your mind on being a blogger and making your writing into your actual job – full-time or part-time, it is important that you realize that you should employ every tool that you have at your disposal for maintaining and developing your blog.
Top 8 Free Tools For Bloggers and Writers
With today’s development and widespread technologies, it would be crying shame not to let your gadget help you with your blog.
Sadly, many bloggers that want to keep posting at all times use their mobile browser for that, whereas in fact, there are so many great apps out there just waiting for you to give them a chance to facilitate your blogging process. Below are some examples:
While it remains the most popular blogging platform out there, it is only logical for them to have an app of their own. For some reason, it is not often used by bloggers, – probably because we never think about it.
Surely, the functions are somewhat limited, if compared with what you can do on your PC, but everything you need is there: you can post new stuff and edit the existing posts, upload images and videos, work with tags and categories, etc. It will work regardless of whether you are using WordPress as your host or merely as a website engine.
The name says it all. It is an app for writing and formatting your article. It has all the necessary functions to work with fonts, headers, lists, and bullets, etc.
As a bonus feature, it can take over your entire screen and mute all notifications and messages from other apps to help you concentrate on your writing and dodge all those distractions.
3. Photo editor
It is always a great idea to illustrate whatever you have to say. If you are writing about your immediate impressions, then – naturally – the picture that you want to illustrate your post with will also be freshly taken.
Such pictures are often not all that bad, but they could use some improvements here and there, in order to correspond to your blog’s high-quality standards.
For example, with Photo editor you can fix the horizon by rotating and cropping your picture. You can also resize pictures, add effects, captions, drawings, etc.
Sometimes the images that you want to illustrate you blog post with is not in front of you, but on your screen.
Then you need to take a screenshot, – that’s what Snagit is used for. It not only allows you to take a screenshot but also edit it. You can add captions, arrows drawing, and even some custom logos and icons from the buffer.
A perfect example of what it may be used for is a tutorial post where you need to place some explanations to aid your visual material and have the reader’s attention focused exactly where you need it.
This is the ultimate app to manage your blog’s performance on social media. Here you can share posts and have instant access to the statistics of likes, shares, and comments.
Speaking of the latter, Hootsuite also allows you to interact with your audience by instantly alarming you of their comments and giving you the opportunity to reply to them immediately. The interface is most comprehensive and user-friendly, too.
As you may guess from the name, this app allows you to keep track on your blog’s stats at all times.
This is not for sheer curiosity. This is helpful for instantly tracking down the trends in order to develop on them – wherever you are and at any time. For example, you can see some of your older posts growing in popularity and quickly put together a new one on the same or similar topic.
This is one of the most sophisticated apps – in terms of its practical application, but not in terms of the comprehensiveness of its use.
It is based on A/B split testing. What it does is basically dividing your audience into two groups and showing them two different pages.You can instantly see the statistics on which page gets a better response. As mentioned, it is quite easy to use, and you can have your split testing running in no time.
If you have come to a point where you blog from your phone, then you probably realize the importance of swiftness.
IFTTT stands for If This Then That, and it allows you to automatize the process to the extent limited only by your imagination. Basically, it links your apps to perform complex tasks in the order that you set for them.
In previous times, you would need a programmer to write you a separate app for each separate algorithm, but now that you have IFTTT, you can do it all by yourself.