5 Useful Blogging Tools Every Blogger Needs

5 Useful Blogging Tools Every Blogger which will help them improve the page speed and be more organised.

Blogging can be hard to handle when there are so many things to worry about. Luckily there are so many blogging tools that can make things better and easier. It is all about knowing what you want and being specific. If you know what you are looking for, it is easier to find the blogging tools you’re looking for. 

If you are looking for a way to make your website faster without changing your web hosting, there will be so many options. For instance, one of the ways is minimising the size of your images. How can you do it? Read through to find out more about my most used blogging tools, I’m sure will be useful for many.

5 Useful Blogging Tools

COMPRESSOR.io

There’s a tv series called Silicon Valley, have you ever heard of it? If you like geeky tv series then there’s a chance that you already know about it. If you don’t know then let me give you a short summary… So a group of programmers came up with a lossless compression solution, which means you can compress your video, music, photo or any other file without losing the quality! Luckily someone actually came up with the same content and created a tool for reducing the size of the images.

You might know the importance of the page speed for Google. If you upload high-quality photos, the size of them will not be any less than 2-3 megabyte even after saving as a web file. As a result, your website will be really slow. If you save your photos in low resolution, then you might not be happy the way they look on your website. Compressor.io makes things easier for us. With this website, you can reduce your image size more than 50% with the same quality, isn’t it great? You can have 200-kilobyte images rather than a few megabyte, so your website won’t be hard to load.

5 Useful Blogging Tools for Every Blogger which will help them improve the page speed and be more organised.

I tried several WordPress plugins before, however, none of them gave the result I was hoping for. They didn’t only reduce the size of the images but lowered the quality of them as well. Give Compressor.io a try, you will not regret it!

Keyword Eye

In order to be found by search engines, your website has to be search engine optimised, in short SEO. SEO is important and it can be tricky as well. You might get every setting right, then wonder why it doesn’t work for you… You should know the important of choosing a keyword. For example, if you pick a generic word like mascara as your focus keyword then it won’t get you anywhere. When there are millions of the posts with mascara written in it, you will have to come up with a focus keyword that will stand out. You need to be more specific. Google Adwords keyword planning is good, however, you have to pay for it. Free tools are good enough for the beginning.

Keyword Eye is one of these websites that you can search for focus keywords. You can get 10 free keyword searches daily and if you want more, then you have to pay for it. Daily 10 searches mean 300 searches in a month, which is not bad, right? You can check the competitiveness of the keyword and the search volume. Avoid going for red ones, high competitiveness might not be good unless you have a good traffic. You should go for high to medium volume and low competitiveness.

This tool is so easy to use and well illustrated. The size of the keyword indicates the search volume and the colour indicate the level of competition. The level of competition means, how many websites rank on this specific keyword. Just have a look at it, it is easy to use and understand. If you have any question about it, you can always ask me from here or Twitter! Also, I would recommend you to search for 2-3 words keyword rather than a long sentence!

5 Useful Blogging Tools for Every Blogger which will help them improve the page speed and be more organised.

If the free version is not enough for you, pro version offers you unlimited searches and other features such as competitive analysis and question finder. Another free alternative for searching keywords is Google Trends.

Hootsuite

Some years ago social media wasn’t a big thing, things weren’t as complicated as they are now. Time changes everything and now social media is crucial for marketing and reaching out to people. Especially for bloggers, social media is actually one of the most important sources for driving traffic. You can’t be on the phone or laptop to tweet or post on Instagram 24/7, luckily there are tools which can do these things for you.

Hootsuite is one of the social media managing platforms that you can link your social media accounts. With the free version, you can link 3 social media accounts and schedule your posts. You can also track your social media analytics from Hootsuite and see how your accounts are doing. Of course free version won’t be as exclusive as the premium one, but still, it is good for controlling your accounts.

I’m managing my Twitter, Instagram and Google+ accounts from Hootsuite. I schedule my daily tweets for blog posts, so I have more time to focus on blogging. The timing for sharing in social media can make a big difference. If you choose the wrong time, even your best wouldn’t get any attention.

Google Webmasters

Have you ever thought how Google finds your newly posted content? From the moment you post your content, it might take up to a week for Google algorithms to recognise your new content. How can you eliminate this time and speed up the process? Don’t worry, there’s a way to make things quicker.

Google Webmasters helps you manage your account, you can access many things from search traffic to Google index. One of the things you can do is acting like Google… “Fetch as Google” means you can submit your content’s URL right after publishing it. Then it only takes a few hours to hopefully this URL to get indexed instead of waiting for days or a week. If your link is indexed, Google will crawl your URL frequently. Then depending on Google ranking parameters such as page speed, the traffic, backlinks and so on, it might get ranked by Google. Just remember that… URL gets indexed and focus keyword gets ranked. If you manage to get your keyword ranked at Google, you can expect a lot of traffic from Google. You don’t need to leave all these work to Google when you can do it yourself in less than a minute!

Google is the biggest search engine in the world, however, bear in mind that there are other search engines like Bing and Yahoo, which also has a webmasters tool!

Wunderlist

In order to get rid of the daily stress, it is important to have a daily plan. Also, as a blogger, you need to keep track of so many activities that might get hard to handle. You might even end up forgetting half of the things you want to do. Having a tool that helps you remember doing all these things you want to do can make your life easier.

Wunderlist can help you with that. You can create a to-do list, schedule tasks or even create a shopping list, which you can access from any of your devices. You can also share your tasks or list with others if it is a group thing. If you want to stay more organised then, you should check out this tool. Trello is the other alternative which does exactly the same thing.

Bonus Blogging Tools

Google Sheets

Every blogger wants to keep track of their stats. May it be follower count, post views or just Alexa Ranking. There’s clearly no tool out there that can keep track of all these things and give you an in-depth information of blog information such as page views, comments or referrals. If you can’t find a tool that does all these things for you, you can always try to create it yourself. With a little bit of practice, there’s nothing you can’t do!

My lovely husband built me a tool in Google Sheets for keeping track of all these info on one single page. This includes all my social media followers, referrals on my blog (where traffic is coming from), page views, visitors and comments. Also, Alexa Rank which indicates how popular your website is in the worldwide and also in the country you are at.

5 Useful Blogging Tools Every Blogger which will help them improve the page speed and be more organised.

I also use this tool to set goals and see how far away I am from my goals. This sheet updates automatically, which means you have all the important information you need on one sheet. The good thing about google sheet is it is free since it is a cloud base tool it is accessible from anywhere and any device. The only thing I need to do is update my goals for the month. This helps me to analyse my strengths and weaknesses and allows me to focus on specific traffic resources that might need improvement.

We are still trying to improve this sheet to make it more efficient. If you want to create your own sheet and need some help or formulas, then just drop me an email to elabellaworld@gmail.com then I will be more than happy to help you.

Grammarly

Also if you’re not a native English speaker and want to check your content before publishing, Grammarly is one of the tools you should have a look at. It checks your grammar and the suggests the correct spelling and also considers commas. All you need to do it add it to your browser and signup for free then you can start checking your content straight away.

These are some of the blogging tools that I can’t live without. Have you heard any of these blogging tools? What are your favourite blogging tools that you can’t do without?

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  • Hayley Rubery

    Oooooh I love this post lady – so much useful sites that I’ve never even heard of! I need help to be more organised so I’m going to bookmark this, thank you for sharing!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • You should definitely check them out, they help me improve the blog and get more organised! x

  • Such a helpful post! Thank you! Definitely going to sit down and go through each of these tomorrow 🙂

    EmmysBeautyCave | Bloglovin | ColourPop GIVEAWAY

    • These sites are really useful in terms of improving the blog and also getting more organised. I hope you had time to check them out 🙂

  • I am horrible at keeping up with social media with my regular life stuff it gets really difficult! I’ve been hearing of Hootsuit a lot lately, and I definitely need to try it right now, especially now that school has started again and I’m drowning in things I need to do. Thank yo so much, for these tips, amazing post! <3

    Cy | Dulce de Mango

    • I’ve been using hootsuite for a long time and I don’t know what I would do without it! Definitely check it out, I am sure you will love it 🙂

  • Great post, thanks for the tips!

    Much love,

    HER FASTEST FASHION

  • I used to always be on wunderlist and I still use it sometimes but I always end up preferring to actually write down my lists and plans! I definitely need to start using it again though along side writing it down, would definitely keep me organised because I always have my phone with me
    Kathy x
    http://www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.co.nz

    • I love writing down, I actually prefer it too, however, sometimes when I don’t have a pen or so then wunderlist comes handy 🙂 x

  • Bernadette

    What a brilliant post. I definitely need to check a few of these out. I definitely favour writing down my lists and plans for some odd reason.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

    • I prefer writing down too, however, it is good to have a digital option too.

  • Beauty Journal

    Such an informative and helpful post. I am definitely gonna check this out and try soon. I am new to blogging and these are so helpful tools. Thanks for sharing !
    -Karishma
    http://yourbeautyjournal.com/how-to-style-the-off-shoulder-clothing-the-fashion-guide/

    • I hope you have a time to check them out, these sites are really useful!

  • Oh dear I feel so silly, I use hootsuite for twitter I had no idea I could schedule google plus posts there too! Thank you! 🙂 I’ve added it to my account already. Really helpful post! 😀

    I need to use hootsuite as otherwise I’d only ever tweet when the boys nap – using hootsuite spreads it out a little!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • With two energetic boys, I am surprised that you can find time for blogging and all other things, I am sure I’d be dead tired 🙂 I used to use it for G+, now only use it occasionally for it but Twitter and Instagram constantly 🙂

      • I was blogging a few years before the boys so I’ve got a little routine down that helps! 🙂

  • Thank you. This is such a helpful tips/tools post.

  • This is such a handy post! Thank you!

    LUCY | lucy-cole.co.uk

  • chinella

    This is brilliant. Besides hoot suite I haven’t heard of any of the above. Thank You so much for this post. Will be looking into all the above.

    Chinella
    lalachicuk@blogspot.co.uk

    • Definitely check the others too, they are great for improving the blog performance and being more organised.

  • Corinne C

    I’ve never heard of keyword eye before, it looks fab! I need to try it!

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

    • It is a great site, I found a few other sites before, if they are any good then I will share it with you! x

  • Becky Hughff

    This is such a helpful list! I hadn’t heard of Compressor before!

    http://www.ohsobecky.com

    • Compressor.io is a must have for me, I don’t know what I would do without it 🙂

  • So helpful! I will definitely check that compressor and the key word search 🙂
    Nati xx
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

  • Such a helpful post, thank you! I love wunderlust and have the app on my phone to keep me going throughout the day! x

    http://www.57-days.blogspot.co.uk

  • Grace Campbell

    Such a great post, so many helpful tips, thanks for sharing!!x

    Grace xx
    http://graciebellblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

  • SamanthaSeries

    Wow very interesting. I didn’t know about any of these! :O I will definitely bookmark this. Thank you for sharing!

    Samantha Series

    • When you have some time, have a look at them! I don’t know what I would do without them 🙂

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Interesting stuff, these seem super-helpful!! Thanks!
    Adi xx
    fancycorrectitude.com
    instagram.com/fancycorrectitude

  • I LOVE this post Ela. I didn’t know about some of the tools. Compressor sounds like a life-saviour.

    http://www.mydailywear.co.uk

    • I am so happy to hear that 🙂 Compressor.io is a must have for me, before that tool my blog speed was on the floor and now it is always over 90% 🙂

  • Such a helpful post, the only one that I use is Hootsuite but I’m definitely going to check out the rest. Compressor in particular sounds amazing and I actually never thought about the size of the image slowing down how a website loads up x

    Beauty with charm

    • I use Hootsuite all the time, I am a mess in terms of social media at least it helps me scheduling some posts before hand 🙂 Compressor io is a must have, before that tool my page speed was really bad and now it is always really high! x

  • This is so interesting Ela, I haven’t heard of half of these but I love the sound of Google Sheets especially! Will definitely be looking into it when I get a chance!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

    • Google sheets is good, I didn’t know about it until a few months ago!

  • jodie.keith

    I’ve been really struggling with page speed/ image sizes recently so thank you for the recommendation of that website – I’m going to go and check it out now!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    • Definitely check out compressor.io, even decreasing the photo size some KB will make a big difference on page speed! x

  • Yvonne

    Thank you, Ela! This is a very good post! I will come back to this later! have a great week!
    xo Yvonne
    http://www.aproposh.com

  • You are heaven Bella! Thank you so much!

    http://www.fashionparadoxes.com

  • I only..use Google Sheets.. I haven’t heard of Keyword Eye before and it sounds super useful! Will definitely check that out! Thanks for the tips 😀

    • Keyword eye is great, I try to use it all the time for picking the right keyword 🙂

  • Ellie Adams

    I use Google sheets everyday to manage my blog finances and I honestly couldn’t do without it, so amazing for keeping invoices/accounts up to date. Love the sound of google webmaster too, so interesting!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • I seriously didn’t know Google sheets until a few months ago and now I use it more than excel 🙂 Google webmaster makes everything quicker! x

  • Thank you for this! I’m a huge fan of Grammarly , but I haven’t use any of the others so I’m definitely going to be checking them out 🙂

    Sammy // samantha-jayne.com
    xx

    • I didn’t know about grammarly and now have it as a plugin on the browser 🙂 You should definitely check others too, they are really good 🙂 x

  • This was awesome – thanks.

  • Rajwant Kaur Singh

    Amazing tips, I feel such a newbie with all of these tools I wouldn’t even know where to start
    Thank you so much for sharing

    What Raj Wants

    • These tools are so easy to use, you should give them a try!