‘Anything to make my life easier’ is one of my go-to business mottos. As I’m also a sucker for shiny new things I LOVE having tools that help me blog.
I’m also Scottish, so if I can get anything for free. BONUS!
So here are my top 5 tools that I use to help me blog.
Canva is the best thing since grapefruit marmalade on sourdough bread. Seriously it’s good stuff. Even the free version rocks. Although I did upgrade to the pro version a couple of years back.
Canva is (IMHO) one of the best DIY graphic design packages around. It gives you the ability to make your marketing look pretty and professional at the same time.
Things I totally love about Canva:
As it says on the site, Unsplash provides beautiful free images and pictures.
What do you need to make the most of your Canva account? Even more pretty pictures. Although there are heaps of free (and paid) images on Canva you can get more if you go to Unsplash. Then you can import them into Canva for free and brand them beautifully.
Things I totally love about Unsplash
When you’re writing blogs it’s SO embarrassing to find typo’s (or maybe that’s just me). And if you’re not too hot on your grammar then Grammarly is for you.
Things I totally love about Grammarly
Hootsuite is a scheduling platform that allows you to share content over multiple social media sites but only write the post once.
I admit I’ve been very slow to use scheduling apps, but I’ve come to see the worth when posting across more than 2 social media sites. I’m focused on three apps: Facebook, Linked In and Pinterest. Just FB and LI kept me busy, but adding in Pinterest I’m finding it easier to use a scheduling app.
Things I totally love about Hootsuite
Need blog topic inspiration? Answer the Public is my go-to inspiration.
Answer the Public uses data from Google searches to provide amazing content ideas in the form of questions to answer. And since Google search is turning into an information provider, writing blogs that answer questions is a great way to improve SEO ratings.
Protip: don’t be put off by the moving man on the header image (it used to be a scary looking weathered fisherman). Scroll down to see the search boxes. And sometimes you do need to wait a while before the search results are shown.
Things I totally love about Answer the Public
So, there you go.
These are five of the best tools I’ve come across that I use to help me blog!
Since I’m always on the lookout for more shiny new things, if you’ve come across a tool that you think is the bees-knees, drop the link (and the reason you rate it) in the comments J
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