empowernet work.com http://www.empowernetwork.com/dailyresidual/blog/1-killer-tools-to-grow-your-blog-this-year/14 Killer Tools to Grow Your Blog This YearThey say that a mechanic, or even a carpenter, is only as good as his tools…I say the same can be said about a blogger.Of course, you might be able to get by trying to f ix everything with a screwdriver (or duct tape)……BUT, having a comprehensive toolkit would make anyone much better in any prof ession.That’s what this blog post is about…This blog post is about sharing blogging tools that I have used personally to help me become a prof essionalblogger and grow my blog over the past year.A majority of the tools that I use are completely f ree and very ef f ective, while others have required a smallinvestment.This is not a comprehensive list of tools, as there are literally hundreds of thousands of possible ones.This is a list of tools that I have personally used to create content, generate traf f ic, capture leads, and convertsales.So, let’s get started…1. Custom Theme – Thesis
One of the most important things when starting up your blog or looking to grow your blog is to select a themethat not only looks nice but also has clean code f or the search engines.For years, Thesis by DIYThemes has been my go-to theme f or all of my blogs and even client websites.The code is clean, the search-engines love it, and it’s very simple to use.Now, I use this.2. Reliable Hosting – HostgatorIf you are going to purchase your own hosting, then I recommend Hostgator.I have personally used Hostgator f or over 5 years and have never once experienced any interruption f or any ofmy 50+ websites.Making sure that your website works and can be accessed online crucial if you’re goal is to build a successf ulbusiness online. Downtime is just unacceptable.
3. Email Marketing Tool – AweberCapturing the emails of your blog readers is an essential step when building a relationship with your audienceand building an email list.All successf ul online marketers will tell you that building an email list is one of the most important steps f orbuilding a successf ul business.Aweber is easy to setup and simple to use. Sign up f or $1 and test it out f or yourself .4. Editorial CalendarComing up with content on a regular basis is one of the biggest challenges f or bloggers.I have f ound that keeping an editorial calendar has made this part easy f or me and has improved my bloggingten-f old.I simply create a spreadsheet in Google Drive with a list of topics and categories that I will write f or each day.This keeps me organized and more productive.
5. Double Your ProductivityThe Results Machine by Gavin Mountf ord has been one of the best tools I have ever purchased.It not only organized my blogging, but also the time that I spend on personal projects and f amily time.6. EvernoteHave you ever written down a blog post idea on a notepad or post-it note only to not be able to f ind it whenyou need it?
Well, Evernote will def initely be a lif e saver f or you…as it has been f or me.I save everything in Evernote. When I think of a blog topic I simply pull out my iPhone and make a quick noteabout it.7. Google AlertsWant to know what everyone else is writing about your topic? Want to stay up to date with trending topics?Then use Google Alerts.Simply enter any keyword that you would like f or Google to keep an eye on f or you and they’ll let you knowwhen anyone writes about it or mentions it.This is a sneaky way to spy on your competition.8. Google Keyword Tool
Even though it’s f ree, the Google Keyword Tool is still one of the best and most widely used keyword researchtools on the market.And why wouldn’t it be? The search juggernaut itself is giving you the best keywords to target when writingyour blog posts.Apart f rom telling you how popular your keyword is, the Google Keyword Tool will also give you hundreds ofkeyword suggestions that you might never have thought of .9. Keyword ResearcherKeyword Researcher is a tool that I like to use to come up with keyword ideas that I normally would never thinkof .The way it works is you f eed it a keyword and it pulls up thousands of auto-complete versions of thatkeyword.These keywords are gold because they are actual phrases that people type into the Google search box.10. Royalty Free Photos
There are dozens of sites where you can f ind royalty f ree photos f or your blog posts.This is important because you don’t want to risk violating any copyrights.I used to have a list of sites that I would visit bookmarked on my browser. At times it would take me over anhour to f ind just the right image.I now use a f ree website, PhotoPin.Simply enter a keyword that describes your ideal image and PhotoPin will pull up hundreds of photos f rom all ofthe royalty f ree photo sites f or you to use.11. Screen Recording SoftwareAt times I will record a tutorial on my computer f or my readers.
At times I will record a tutorial on my computer f or my readers.I use Screenf low f or this.Screenf low is a very simple to use screen-recording sof tware with prof essional quality editing f eatures.And once you’re done recording you can upload directly to YouTube f rom within Screenf low.A f ree alternative that might work f or you too is Jing.12. HootSuiteKeeping up with all of your social media accounts and posting to each one is def initely one of the toughestthings to juggle.Hootsuite makes that all simple by bringing all of your social activity under one dashboard.I use Hootsuite to f ollow conversations and post to multiple social prof iles at the same time.13. Document Sharing and Syncing
Sometimes I will write a blog post directly f rom my iPhone and iPad only to realize that a picture or f ile that Iwanted to share was back home on my desktop.That’s why I use Box. Box keeps all of my f iles neatly synchronized across all of my devices and even gives meaccess to them in the cloud.I’m never without all of my f iles thanks to Box.14. Fiverr.comI use Fiverr all of the time. It’s almost like an addiction f or me it’s so cool.Basically, you can get anyone to anything f or you f or only $5.Need a banner designed? Want a new logo? Need some quick backlinks? Or a quick virtual assistant?Go to Fiverr and get it done f or $5.These are some of the top tools that I have used to increase traf f ic to my blog, generate leads, and convert
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