The Best Tools for Blogging Full-time
Since starting a year ago, I’ve learned first-hand that blogging is a full-time career that takes a lot of effort and you need the right tools to succeed. Without these following tools, I would be drowning in work. These tools are a great way to organize and maintain a successful business. They are creative tools, organization tools, or social media tools. Stay on top of your blogging game and add these resources to your work routine.
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When you first start creating your online site, the biggest concern that comes to mind is choosing the best web hosting service for you! We typically want a web hosting service that is reliable and affordable! Unfortunately, I decided to go with Wix when I started blogging… and oh boy, did I regret that decision. Thankfully, I didn’t stay with Wix long or purchase anything besides the basic plan.
As I began my search again, tons of friends pointed me to Bluehost! Bluehost was there for me as I transferred from Wix and transformed The Carly Collective into a professional blog. My favorite thing about Bluehost is that they offer 24/7 service. So, while I was panicking about my site’s launch, they quickly responded to my calls and emails.
Bluehost has been a great and reliable self-hosting service. Bluehost offers tons of options for your site including themes, add-ons, and other professional services! Plus, all at a small price! Bluehost is only 3.95/ a month for a basic plan. Part of signing up with Bluehost is receiving your own free domain name!
I originally wasn’t sure about Tailwind. I really questioned if 9.99/ a month was worth it. Tailwind offers a week-long free trial and during my free trial, I became addicted!
Tailwind is AWESOME for your Pinterest game. Since starting a Tailwind membership, I’ve doubled my Pinterest followers. On my Tailwind dashboard, I’m able to keep track of my engagement rate, follower growth, and virality score. Tailwind is also great for Tailwind Tribes and automizing your pins. (That way you can pin 20+ times a day, throughout the day, while you have your feet up while watching TV)
Not sure what Tailwind Tribes are? No worries, I didn’t either. Tailwind Tribes is a tool that enables you to meet and grow with other marketers, just like you! The closest thing I can compare them to is Pinterest groups. You’re able to share your pin with the tribe and repin others.
HootSuite has been the ultimate tool in helping me balance my personal and work life! As a marketer, I feel like I’m ALWAYS on the computer and hate it! With HootSuite, I’m able to step away from the screen and feel confident my content will be posted at the right time and place.
HootSuite lets you manage all your social media in one place. Instead of switching tabs from Facebook, Twitter, etc., you’re able to post to all from one platform! Even better, HootSuite lets you schedule those posts. HootSuite is so awesome, you can post while you sleep! HootSuite helps me organize and manage my social media campaigns.
*Tip* Schedule all your posts on Sunday, that way you can give your focus to other tasks throughout the week!
It is so important to have a consistent and eye-catching Instagram to promote your brand best. Instead of predicting whether or not your next Insta post will match your layout, download Planoly and know!
Planoly is connected to your Instagram, so it stays updated 24/7! You are able to upload multiple photos and slide them around to see where they fit best. That way your Instagram theme will be on fleek,
SelfMade is another great Instagram tool! Selfmade co. is a fresh new company that prides themselves on “strategic brand-building for social media”. Through an app on your phone, your connection with a “stylist” at all times. It’s kinda like having your own social media team hidden in your pocket.
Selfmade started as just a photo editing app. The creators study your Instagram, learn your aesthetic, and figure out what goals will help grow your brand. Then, you add your un-edited photos to the app and they return a pro-quality, aesthetically pleasing pic! (*Truth bomb* Once in a while, their edited is a miss but you can ask for unlimited revisions)
Some of their newest features include a content planner, as well as hashtag designer. The hashtag tool shows you the best hashtags for your photo to succeed!
Don’t have Photoshop? Me neither. Yet, I’m still able to run a successful online business! But not without Canvas help! If you haven’t heard of Canva yet, Canva is an amazingly simple graphic design service. Canva provides access to thousands of free photographs, graphics, and fonts.
Canva makes design quick and easy! The service also gives you tons of templates to design off of. You’re able to create blog graphics, presentations, Facebook posts, and printables!
I am a huge fan of Google Calendar! I have multiple physical planners, but I’ve found Google Calendar is the best way to schedule and organize blog posts, as well as campaigns. With Google Calendar, nothing is permanent, so you’re able to rearrange posts to fit the best posting date!
Furthermore, Google Calendar even lets you color code your events! I use blue, red, yellow, and, green blocks to determine what hasn’t been started, what needs work, and what posts are good to go. You can also add multiple people to one calendar if you are working on a campaign with a team.
Use these tools to take your blog to the next level! Are you a full-time blogger? Do you use of these resources or any I haven’t mentioned?