16 Blogging Resources to Improve Your Blog

social media tools Do you blog regularly?

Are you looking for tools to make the process easier?

Blogging is hard work and it takes a lot of time to do it well. Wouldn’t it be great if you could streamline parts of that process?

In this article, you’ll find a list of tools, apps and advice you can use to find your groove and take care of blogging business.

#1: Brainstorm Blogging Ideas

When you need inspiration for your next blog post, where do you go? You can avoid blogger’s block by trying out these idea-generators to quickly get your creative juices flowing.

How to Use Quora to Cook Up Great Content: Adrienne Erin writes a pretty inspiring post about scanning Quora to find popular conversations and using those topics to create blog content.

Don’t Know What to Write About? Get Ideas From the Blog Topic Generator [Free Tool]: Ginny Soskey introduces HubSpot’s handy new topic generator. You simply put in three terms (nouns) you’d like to blog about and the tool spits out several topics. Of course, the topics aren’t always 100% perfect, but you can tweak them to make them work for you.

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Let HubSpot help you find a topic to write about.

Need a Google Alerts Replacement? Meet TalkWalker: Since the future of Google Alerts is unknown, this alternative tool, suggested by Gary Price, might do the trick.

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SearchEngineLand.com shares Google Alert alternatives.

#2: Get Organized to Be Productive

You have ideas, but now what? Keep track of them and organize your thoughts with cool online tools you can access from anywhere. Check out these resources that help you manage your ideas so you can make the most of your time.

How to Use Evernote as a Blogger: Michael Hyatt kills it in this timeless post where he shares his personal workflow using Evernote. His suggestion for setting up a blog template in Evernote is definitely worth the click.

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MichaelHyatt.com walks you through using Evernote.

15 Tips & Tricks to Get More Out of Google Drive: If you’re not using Google Drive, you’ll be surprised how much you can get out of it! Brian Voo’s article introduces some cool ways to use Google Drive to do everything from mind-mapping to editing images.

How to Use Google Calendar to Create an Editorial Calendar: The best way to keep track of your ideas is an editorial calendar. Some people use spreadsheets, others use pen and paper. Rebecca Livermore explains why you should switch to Google Calendar and even gives you a step-by-step guide for getting started.

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Learn to use Google Calendar as an editorial tool on AmyPorterfield.com.

#3: Optimize Your Content

Keywords not only help readers find you, they can also help you flesh out your post ideas. If you don’t know much about SEO (and really, even if you do), check out these posts that give you tips and advice about tools that can get you started.

Google Keyword Planner: The Ultimate Guide: Ask Ian Cleary any question about social media tools and he’ll write you an “Ultimate Guide.” So if you’re wondering about the ultimate tool for keyword research, look no further than his outstanding post about Google’s Keyword Planner.

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Find out how to use Google’s Keyword Planner from RazorSocial.com.

Get SEO Tips When You Need Them: For novice bloggers who aren’t sure how SEO works, Matthew Tschoegl does a great job introducing InboundWriter’s WordPress plugin. It’s basically a “consultant on your dashboard.” It’s a paid plugin, but definitely check it out to see if it’s a fit for you.

The Beginner’s Guide to SEO: Moz is the SEO site. Their guide has been downloaded over a million times! That’s a good sign that it’s info you need. Even seasoned bloggers will learn a thing or two.

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There’s a great SEO walkthrough on Moz.com.

#4: Find or Make Your Own Images (Fast!)

You know how important compelling images are for your blog, but it’s not always easy or cheap to find them. These articles show you how to find copyright-free images or make stunning graphics of your own!

How and Why I Use Photo Pin to Find Free Images for My Blog: John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing explains why he stopped using iStockphoto, Shutterstock and other image sites and started using Photo Pin. Be careful—you might be persuaded to change your mind too!

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DuctTapeMarketing.com shares an image finding option.

Tool for Screenshots: Awesome Screenshot: If you’re still trying to capture screenshots using Command-Shift-3 or -4, stop! There’s a better way. Check out this simple demonstration by Amy Lynn Andrews.

How to Make a Banner for Your Blog Using Gimp (for free!): If you’ve ever wondered how to make cool banners and incorporate them into your blog post, this article by Karen Lewis of Simply Amusing Designs illustrates (complete with screenshots) how it’s done. Give it a try—it’s not difficult at all. [NOTE: This site is in construction until 2/28/14. Check the link next week.]

Creating a Header Image for Your Blog: PicMonkey is an awesome free site (with a premium subscription option) to create and edit photos for your blog. Julie DeNeen, from Fabulous Blogging, also offers more advanced tips in her post, 10 Design Tips Using PicMonkey That You Might Not Know About!

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Learn how to use PicMonkey over on FabulousBlogging.com.

#5: Tell the World

After all of the hard work of writing and optimizing your blog post, you’d better make sure everyone in your network sees it and shares it with their friends too. Here are some nifty tools and guides to help your blog post go that extra mile.

5 Social Sharing Plugins Reviewed: Dan Norris lays it all out with “what we like” and “what we don’t like” about five popular sharing plugins. Now you’ll know what to expect before jumping in.

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Explore some great plugins on WPCurve.com.

Need a New Tool? 3 Social Sharing Tools That Do Something Specific: I like how Amanda DiSilvestro emphasizes the “do something specific” aspect of these tools. Indeed, these three tools are so specific you’ve probably never heard of them, but you should definitely give them a whirl.

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Moz.com shares sharing tools.

The Essential Guide to Content Sharing: Yes, another Ian Cleary article (because he’s the tool guru, remember?). This time Ian’s “Ultimate Guide” includes 13 tools you can use to get the word out about new posts. Some of the tools you’ve seen, some you haven’t and some you should probably use more. Definitely check this one out.

What do you think? Which of these tools have you tried? Please share your experience in the comment box below.

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About the Author, Patricia Redsicker

Patricia Redsicker writes research reviews for Social Media Examiner. She is the Social Media Manager at US Pharmacopeia, a public standards setting organization. Follow her on Twitter at @predsicker. Other posts by »




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  • Bhanu Chander

    Cool resources. Worth noting :)

    Thank you !

  • http://juliedeneen.com/ Julie DeNeen

    Thanks so much for the mention!!!

  • Adrienne Erin

    Great list! Thanks for featuring my piece for The Blog Herald. :)

  • BigcomDevloper

    Good Job Patricia!!
    Now a day people love to post blogs and updating through out. Social media can be overwhelming. I always recommend to choose one or two platforms and do those really well, Even for a seemingly simple blog, site architecture, content categorization, and menu structure can be elusive. That’s often because there are different ways to bucket content, depending upon what point of view you’re looking from.

  • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

    Thanks for the mention Patricia, there’s some great tips in your article!

  • http://www.EarningFreeMoney.com/ Louida M

    Awesome list! I’ll be going through these! Thanks!

  • CJ Johnson Writes

    Love the resources. Going to check out the social sharing platforms over at Moz and using Evernote for bloggers! Thanks Bunches!

  • predsicker

    Thanks for reading Julie.

  • predsicker

    You’re welcome Adrienne :)

  • http://entrebond.com Blake Schreckhise

    I definitely think this is the most complete list of resources for making blogging easier, kudos! I am going to use photopin in about 2 seconds and I will be reffering back to this post for more resources soon!

  • predsicker

    Hi Ian, Is it even possible to write about blogging tools/resources without mentioning you? Impossible! So, thank YOU!

  • predsicker

    Sure thing CJ, thanks for reading :)

  • predsicker

    Cheers Louida!

  • wendy mccance

    Incredible advice!! I am sharing this post with my own readers on my Facebook page and Twitter. Even as a blogger with a few years experience, I learned some new tips too!!

  • Victor Renteria

    Thank you Patricia Redsicker, I’m new in this blog, but it is interesting.

  • http://SellLeadSucceed.com/ Tim Mushey

    Just a FANTASTIC resource. Lots of great info! I have not used many of the tools, but certainly look forward to checking them out in the near future. Thanks again!

  • Robin Solanki

    Great resource, thanks for sharing!!!

  • http://corcoranimages.com Tom Corcoran

    Excellent article. I will use this to keep me going. I am sure i can learn something new too.

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  • AJ

    The future of Google alerts looks pretty in tact: http://searchengineland.com/google-alerts-get-a-shiny-new-redesign-182047

  • http://www.StevenLJohnson.net Steven L. Johnson

    There are alot of precious nuggets in this post, thanks so much for putting this together.

  • http://www.antoniocalero.com/ Antonio Calero

    Articles with a collection of tips, articles or references are my favourite: so much information at hand, and there’s always something new to be learnt!

    Are you planning on doing something similar for more complex multimedia tasks, such as video creation, podcasts, etc…? I’ve read some great articles, but it would be good to have a list with all of them…

  • http://amylynnandrews.com Amy Lynn Andrews

    Great post, Patricia. So much great stuff to explore! Thank you. And thanks for the mention!

  • Madhava Verma Dantuluri

    Wonderful list of factors.

  • http://google.com/+MohamedMagdy Mohamed Magdy

    Great

  • Alison Brown

    I love discovering new tools or techniques. Will be checking out a lot of these and reading more about the ones I already use. Thanks heaps!

  • Jeff Domansky PR

    Patricia, what a great post! You highlighted a few of my favorite secret blogging weapons and opened the door to a few new ones. Thanks so much.

  • http://www.EntrepreneurOnFire.com/ John Lee Dumas

    Awesome tips here for when you start to run out of topics to write about! A great tip we live by: listening to our community and really taking the time to understand what type of content will help them the most, and of course, what type of content they want the most. Thanks for this Patricia!

  • http://www.spiderworking.com/ Amanda Webb

    Great article Patricia, do you really think Google will kill alerts? I was delighted that they brought the RSS feed back for them. It would be a big blow if we lost them.

    I’ve bookmarked the alternative just in case!

  • http://thenetworkmarketingtaxexpert.com Darren Sanford

    Awesomeness! Thanks for sharing these valuable tips.

  • Nathan Brook

    Really it’s a great experience for me to read this post which helps me to learn something new and interesting. Thanks for your explanation.

  • Mark Sagor

    Awesome post! Thanks.

  • treb072410

    I will definitely be checking this out! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://robdyess.com Rob Dyess

    Yeah… this article is a keeper!! Thanks!

  • FrancesCaballo

    This is the best post about blogging that I’ve been in a while. I love HubSpot’s blog idea generator. Now that’s a cool app! Thanks, Patricia, for this great article. Kudos to you!

  • predsicker

    Hi Blake. Thanks for reading. Photopin is actually a recent discovery of mine and I’ve since been using it religiously. But now breaking news has it that Getty Images will start giving away their photos for free. Hmmm…can’t wait to see how that plays out.

  • predsicker

    Thanks for reading Wendy. Glad you found the tips useful :)

  • predsicker

    Welcome to socialmediaexaminer Victor! It’s really nice to have you join our community. Thanks for reading my article and yes, do stick around – there’s more good stuff posted here every day :)

  • predsicker

    You’re so welcome Tim. Thank you for reading.

  • predsicker

    You’re welcome Robin.

  • predsicker

    Thank you Tom.

  • predsicker

    Thank YOU for taking the time to read my post Steven. Hope those nuggets come in handy for you :)

  • predsicker

    Thank you Antonio. Not sure about that. We’ll have to wait and see ;)

  • predsicker

    Any time Amy!

  • predsicker

    You’re welcome Jeff. Thanks so much for reading.

  • predsicker

    Yes, I think they will, unfortunately.

  • predsicker

    Thank you Darren.

  • predsicker

    What kind comments Frances – thank YOU. And yes, I was blown away by Hubspot’s Idea Generator. Will certainly be using that myself.

  • http://entrebond.com Blake Schreckhise

    I hadn’t heard that, but it should be good! Good pictures really make a post!

  • http://researchasahobby.com Michael Bely

    Hey Patricia,

    Thanks for the round-up.

    By the way, as regards “How to Make a Banner for Your Blog Using Gimp (for free!)”
    You say: This site is in construction until 2/28/14
    They say: will be launching on March 16, 2014.

  • predsicker

    Thanks for the heads up Michael :) Then March 16th it is – They might have changed the date from the last time we checked.

  • predsicker

    Thank you for reading Rob :)

  • http://corcoranimages.com Tom Corcoran

    You are very welcome. I find this to be a good checklist or process to get it all together. One of the better ones I have seen.

  • Karen Lewis

    Super list you have compiled here – as soon as I finish my redesign, I will link back to it, as it definitely has merit for my clients. And…thanks for the mention!

  • http://marcscottvoiceover.com/ Marc Scott

    Sometimes I feel like I’ve exhausted every topic and angle in my niche. So I’m always on the lookout for tools and resources to help me come up with new ideas. Thanks for this!

  • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

    Thank you so much! Looking forward to catching up in San Diego!

  • http://wpcurve.com/ Dan Norris

    Hey Patricia, super cool to be mentioned here. Great post too thanks. Another cool tool I found recent is http://app.buzzsumo.com great for finding what blogs have the posts that are going well. Put in ‘blogging’ and see what comes up first ;)

  • Vivek G Maudgalya

    Good one Patricia!! Most Informative!!

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Great work Patricia! Thanks

  • Jeff Harbeson

    Thanks for sharing…good information!

  • Deb Scott, BA, CPC

    Excellent article!!!

  • http://blog.hubspot.com Ginny Soskey

    Thank you so much for including the Blog Topic Generator, Patricia! Really appreciate it. :)

  • http://pickadirection.com/ Mike

    Great tips Patricia! I use Google Drive & Evernote myself for my blogging as well as a number of other tools you’ve listed here. Do you use the paid version or does the free do the trick for you? I’ve been contemplating buying the paid version for some time now.

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  • YoelSommer

    Very useful post. Thank you!

  • raggedyjosh

    absolutely fanstastic, gonna be implementing these!

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  • Lashana Coaches

    This is a wealth of information. I’m fairly new to blogger, but with the information shared in this article I will have a successful blog site in no time. Thank you for the blogging “nuggets”.

  • http://www.pursueincome.com/ Van

    I hear the same thing from bloggers every day, and I begin to wonder, if what they say make sense. I honestly, think this particular points makes a lot of sense though. Thank you for your points,they came in handy.

  • http://blogsetter.com teeburks88

    Than you for this amazing post, you not only go over each subtopic in detail but you also provided resources for further reading. This is awesome

  • http://www.pursueincome.com/ Angyer vandefan

    Thanks for posting

  • http://reachgoodlife.com Hieu Luong

    Perfect Article!
    I’ll bookmark this to read later!

    Thanks!

  • leo

    great content . helped a lot :)









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