Before I get started I do want to tell you that since I use these products personally, I decided to become an affiliate for their brands. I will give you my 100% truthful opinion no matter what and would never promote anything I do not personally use and love! These top 5 tools are what seriously helped me take my blog to the next level and I am thrilled to share them with you today!
Ok so now that that is out of the way let me tell you about some of the amazing programs I use and could NOT live without!! These are what I call my top 5 blogging tools and I owe them so mad props! So grab a cup of coffee and hold onto your seats..this post is a little long but if you want to take your blog to the next level, it’s SO worth reading!
Do you ever get so excited when you find out something so useful that you want all of your friends to know about it? That is seriously how I feel about these programs I am about to share with you. I would cry a puddle..ok, maybe a ocean..if any of these services did not exist! That is how serious I am!
Let’s face a Blogging fact. It is TIME CONSUMING, fun as hell, but TIME CONSUMING! Some days I don’t even have an extra 20 minutes to sit down on Pinterest to pin , repin, comment, and like. Shame on me, RIGHT!? Well my friend Christie from Sparkles of Sunshine, told me about this program she was testing out and of course I had to jump in on the fun…..and OMG let me tell you what. I was hooked by day two! So here is the first blogging tool I cannot believe I went so long without!
BOARDBOOSTER: Have you heard of it? Well it is pretty amazing. You create secret boards and pin to them. Then Boardbooster pins the pins you have on those secret boards all day long for you! I am not kidding when I say that I have seen a HUGE increase in my page views, followers, and pins/repins! It was like a magic genie that lived in a board and poof. I rock at Pinterest again!
It is a little confusing at first..I won’t lie…BUT it is a game changer! It sets up secret boards for you and you pin things into those boards. THEN they pin for you from those boards. You get to decide how many pins to publish a day from the board, if you want the pins to be deleted after its pinned, or put them on a loop so they keep repinning. They have great tutorials, don’t worry! I promise it will make sense!
Best of all they give you 100 pins a month for free! I lasted about 10 days before I signed up for the $5 plan. (I think there is an ongoing theme in my life..I want it, I like it, I go for it!) Another cool thing is that they send you an email at the end of the week letting you know how many new followers you have, as well as pins and repins from the pins they posted on your behalf! It helps you stay in front of people all day long!! You cannot beat it for $5 a month!! I am going to be upgrading to the $10 a month plan, because in my opinion this service is priceless!
COSCHEDULE: Next up let me enlighten you about C0Schedule. My friend Sharon from Her Organized Chaos (I love having bloggy friends!) told me about this and I was beyond excited to get it up and running. I had no idea there were services out there that would publish your posts for you like this program does.
Let me explain, and for the purpose of this I am going to talk about when you publish a new post..but you can go back into your calendar and schedule old posts too!
When you install the Coschedule plug-in this is what shows up at the end of your posts before you publish. You can schedule when you want them to share your post. They share your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+page, tumbler, and Facebook Pages. They have a great tutorial on how it works, so I wont go into to much detail on how to use it. But…
My favorite thing is that you can schedule the post to be shared as many times as you want! It has helped increase my “shares” on all social media networks, and has even increased the amount of page views and followers my blog gets! Don’t tell anyone, but I get so busy someday’s and I never shared my posts. Bad blogger! I could always tell when I was not promoting enough because my page views suffered! Now, with this tool I don’t have to worry about forgetting because my posts are scheduled to be shared daily!
I can say that I did not promote my older content nearly enough, and it got forgotten about. Not anymore!! It levels the playing field on all of your content! You have to at least try out the 14 day FREE trial and see for yourself how amazing this plug-in is!! PLUS, there are a LOT of cool features..like how it keeps tracks of the shares on your posts…in this plugin and the video tutorial will tell you all about them…so make sure you watch it!
One last thing. If you visit their blog after you sign up, you get a free book that is AMAZING…free downloadable editorial calendar that really helps since it looks like the plugin calendar..and so many more amazing posts from them on how to maximize everything! Don’t miss out!
FIZZLE: OMG..words cannot describe how awesome these guys are and how much I love being a part of this community! If you are trying to take your blog to the next level you need to join this program and learn from these amazing and entertaining guys!
I tried the trial period and fell madly in love!! If you are trying to launch a book, increase your photography skills (they actually have a whole section that talks about food bloggers-but the info is great for any blogging niche), promote something, make videos, sell something, seriously anything business related, this is the place to learn!
Plus if you love them and want to continue their service you can get money off of your monthly payments until it is free when anyone signs up under you. (Totally not why I am telling you about this, I pinky promise!!) Just something super cool about their company that I feel you should know! They are also great at customer service and a joy to talk to! Don’t hesitate!! I started writing an E-book thanks to the Fizzle team!
Here are some examples of Courses you will find:
1. Start a Blog that Matters
2. Launching (covering everything about launching a product)
3. The Essentials of Building a Great Food Blog (can be applied to any niche)
4. Build your Email list: the First 10k and Beyond
5. How to Create Effective and Engaging Content
…I could keep going..These courses do not disappoint!!
DROPBOX– If you don’t use this, you are seriously missing out! I have it on my computer, phone and tablet. Then when I take photos with my phone/tablet I just add them to dropbox and they appear on all three devices without having to use cords to upload and all that jazz.
It works great for me too when I am at my shop or somewhere that is on a computer I dont have the program on, I can still login and access my photos!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this convenient service!
Plus, if you are not signed up with them yet, CLICK HERE and sign up..they will give you 500 mb of free space for both of us!! WAHOO!
EVERNOTE: Have you used Evernote before? It is another go to app for me that I use on a daily basis! I have it on my phone, tablet and desktop and cannot tell you how handy it is to have! Anytime an idea pops into my head I will open the app, create a new note and start typing! There are so many things this app can do for you as a blogger, it is a MUST HAVE! You can register for your FREE account HERE.
Here is a GREAT book on Evernote called EVERNOTE ESSENTIALS it really opened my eyes to what all Evernote is capable of and I HIGHLY recommend it! This is actually one of the top 3 books I would tell any blogger to read!
One last thing, If you have yet to sign up for a blog and need a good place to start. I recommend starting with Bluehost! Almost every blog you go to will say the same thing! They are awesome, great to work with, and the customer service is incredible!
You can use that image to sign up…and when you need a friend to help you with blogger problems…please feel free to ask me! I am always here to help a fellow blogger!
So what do you think? What is the one tool from this list you are going to incorporate TODAY, or what tools do you have that you love that maybe I didn’t add. I would love to know what you use and how they work for you!
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