One of the many great things about blogging is learning about the tools you can use to grow and improve your blog. From scheduling social media posts, to SEO, tools make the blogging world go round.
That’s why, in a recent Blog Talk video, I decided to share my five favourite free blogger tools with you guys. You can check out that video at the end of this post, but if you prefer reading words than listening to my dulcet tones (lol jk I sound about 5), then here are the tools and a bit more detail about why they make my top five!
Tool #1 – Canva
Canva has been mentioned in my Blog Talk series before, but it deserves another shout out because it really does make image editing more accessible to bloggers that can’t get their hands on software like Photoshop.
Canva also lets you create great imagery for social media (it’s particularly great for Pinterest!) where you can add fancy graphics and text overlay effects as well.
Tool #2 – Buffer
Buffer is awesome for scheduling your social media posts. I mostly use it for Twitter so I can line up tweets to go out whilst I’m at work or otherwise too busy to post manually. I use the free plan which allows for up to 10 tweets in your schedule, which is fine for me as it covers 2 days and I can just top it up.
Buffer also gives you lots of insights into how your tweets have performed, and sets a schedule to when your tweets are most likely to be seen. You can ‘re-Buffer’ tweets too for quick scheduling. It’s a complete lifesaver for busy bloggers!
Tool #3 – Tweetdeck
The next of my free blogger tools recommendations is Tweetdeck. It’s another social scheduling tool, but I actually use it to monitor conversations instead. I add columns on my Tweetdeck dashboard and follow along on Twitter chats such as #lbloggers.
I highly recommend it as it’s a Twitter product and works really well. You could schedule as many tweets as you like on it, as far as I know, but I just prefer Buffer’s platform for scheduling!
Tool #4 – Google’s Keyword Planner Tool
I’ve blogged about this tool before (you can read my guide to using it here), but it deserves a mention on the list of fab free tools. Although the tool has changed and the data you get without setting up a campaign is a bit limited, it’s a great place to start for getting keyword ideas to optimise your posts.
I should definitely be using this more, so be better than I am and make good use of this!
Tool #5 – Facebook Groups
Not *technically* a tool, but Facebook groups are a great place for getting decent advice from other bloggers, as well as sharing your posts to get more traffic. When joining a Facebook group, be sure to follow the rules and only share your posts where permitted. This stops the pages turning into spammy link dumps. Many of these groups will have a ‘Post share’ thread to pop your latest posts!
Simply search on Facebook for ‘blogging’ or ‘bloggers’ – lots of groups will come up!
Et voila! That’s five completely free blogger tools that you should start using pretty much ASAP.
If you fancy listening to me ramble on about the above tools, check out the video below. It’d be amazing too if you subscribed to my Youtube channel here. You’ll then find out when my latest Blog Talk video goes live! Spoiler alert, one goes live today!