7 Incredible Tools Every Blogger Should Be Using

Posted on June 23, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

Blogging is a full-time career for many freelance writers. However, it’s not something that happens overnight or is easy. Thankfully, there are many tools out there that can help make the dream a reality. Whether you’re interested in writing about food or film, you can make a living blogging. All it takes are the right tools. The following are just seven incredible selectively chosen tools that every blogger should be using or take into consideration in order to ease a bit of workload.

Rafflecopter

RaffleCopter Giveaways attract readers – plain and simple. While there are many pay-to-use programs out there, Rafflecopter is actually free and simple to use. All you do is decide on the item you want to give away, such as a gift card, and choose ways for readers to enter. For example, you might offer two entries into the giveaway for following you on Twitter and another two for following your blog. Rafflecopter takes care of everything, making it easy to host a giveaway.


FotoFlexer

Not every photo you take will be perfect for your blog. However, that doesn’t mean you need to invest hundreds of dollars in photo editing software. FotoFlexer is not only free to use, but has many of the same features as PhotoShop, making it a must-have tool for bloggers. If you are wondering why edit photos, this is one ideal way to drive traffic. You can edit the photos in a manner in which you can make it unique from the rest, resulting in your photo being displayed on the top pages in the image search. Another easy way to drive traffic.


Google Adwords Keyword Tool

keyword research

Successful blogging begins with SEO. Search engine optimization ensures that your blog is easier for readers to find through the use of keywords. The problem is that many keywords have a high level of competition. This is where Google Adwords Keyword Tool comes in handy. The tool allows you to search keywords to see which keywords rank the highest, but have the lowest amount of competition.


Blogger or WordPress App

wordpress and blogger

If you’d like to be able to post a blog from anywhere, having a Blogger or WordPress app installed on your phone is a must. This allows you to write posts, edit, and save posts for later if you out or travelling somewhere. WordPress App for Windows Phone, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Nokia, WebOS can be downloaded from here Download Blogger App for Android from here  and iOS users can download it from here


HootSuite

Social networking is another important aspect of blogging, but it can take up too much of your valuable time. An account with HootSuite allows you to post to many social networking sites without having to visit those sites. You can even schedule posts to occur at a later date.


Stock.xchng

stock photo

Photos are essential for blog posts because they create more interest in the post. Of course, you can’t just use any photo you wish. You need to use photos that are available for such use. One great place to find photos is through Stock.xchng. These website offers thousands of photos on just about any subject imaginable. Just be sure to follow the guidelines for use. The images available here are of HQ.


Evernote

Last, but not least, Evernote is an amazing app for those that always have great ideas while away from the computer. Evernote allows you to organize your ideas, photos, and much more so that you can create wonderful posts when you’re able to sit down and work on them. Blogging tools can make it much easier to be successful as a professional blogger. Best of all, many of these tools are free to use. What are you waiting for? Get out there are turn your hobby into a career.

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About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has finished his graduation in the field of IT and is currently mastering at the University of South Florida. He also loves watching cricket, listening to music and travelling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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