Hi, Al Bargen here. Life as a blogger can be lonely. You make information available to the world via the web, as you toil in the silence of your home office. Is all the sacrifice worth it? Of course it is! You are following a passion. You are listening to your gut when you answer the call to post once more.
After a recent dialog with a few very successful writers, I came to realize that there’s a need for many of us to use better tools. Here are some of the tools they mentioned they are using. Have you considered using the following five tools?
- HubSpot Blog Topic Generator. As its name suggests, this tool generates blog topics. These topics are coined by making the blogger enter three nouns that are relevant to the blog niche. This tool can generate topic ideas up to a year’s supply so bloggers are actually provided with great suggestions on what to write on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis. The best part though is that this blog topic generator is absolutely free. All a blogger or subscriber need do is go to their site to sign up, and make this tool a part of the content strategy he or she is cooking up.
- Editorial Calendar. There is no better way to pump-up a blogs attraction, than by making a monthly content strategy with all your blog posts designated on a calendar. That is what the editorial calendar is for. To create this you can use anything from a simple calendar, notepad or excel sheet. In other terms, it’s a free blogger tool. But not only that it will help you organize your thoughts in no time.
- Pocket. The best bloggers in the world are voracious readers too. Therefore, they will naturally be blog hopping. You want to remember your sources right? This is where Pocket comes in. Downloading this free tool for organizing bookmarked sites is wise as it makes your life a lot easier and efficient.
- Google Analytics. This free tool is a tracking device that Google provides for its subscribers. Bloggers simply obtain a Google account to get it. As a tracking device, the Google Analytics provides bloggers significant insights on which posts or pages are making the best impression to the site’s readership, as well as how long they stay on the site and the kind of readership the blog is making—the demographics and regions where readers are coming from.
- Google Drive. This is like a personal hard drive from Google that bloggers can access wherever they are and whatever device they have—computer, mobile or phone. That way, they do not need to worry how to get back to where they left off when a new topic comes to mind or if they simply need to access their files in between out-of-town tasks or vacations.
Let us know your thoughts on these five free tools. Sure there are many ways to ‘build the bridge.’ These are simply options at your disposal on the path to blogging brilliance.
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