29 Tools to Enhance Your Business Blog

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Are you looking for cool blogging tools to enhance your business blog?

The right mix of blogging plugins and widgets can make it easier to blog and also help you achieve your business goals.

To help you keep up with the latest and greatest, we asked a group of blogging pros to share the favorite new tools they’ve recently discovered.

Here are the latest blogging tools adopted by these social media pros.

#1: Lucky Orange

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Nichole Kelly

Arsham Mirshah of Web Mechanix turned me on to Lucky Orange. It allows you to watch activity on your site in real time and play back people’s sessions.

I’ve been using it to watch fall-off and landing page activity. It has heat maps so you can see where people are engaging with your pages, and it even has live chat. You can proactively chat with someone who is on a page and let them know you are there to help or people can reach out to you directly when you have chat online.

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Lucky Orange tells you who is on your site and what they are doing.

I’ve found it very helpful in figuring out how people are really using our site, so you can make modifications to drive the behavior you want based on usage patterns.

Additionally, I love that you can offer live chat and proactively reach out to people. For many clients, when we identify an issue on a web page, it takes time to get it corrected. Now, we can intercept people before they fall off while we wait for changes to be implemented. Super-powerful data.

Nichole Kelly, president of SME Digital, a division of Social Media Explorer, and author of How to Measure Social Media: A Step-By-Step Guide to Developing and Assessing Social Media ROI.

#2: Social Crawlytics

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Lisa Peyton

The best new blogging tool I’ve found is Social Crawlytics. This free tool lets you see detailed stats on the most shared content from any of your competitors’ blogs.

You can also research your own blog to determine which posts have gotten the most shares across Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Delicious.

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Social Crawlytics is a free tool that provides detailed stats on the most shared content from any of your competitors' blogs.

The data includes a breakdown of overall blog reader shares by each social platform and the top 300 or so of the most popular posts. The page-level results include the number of shares across each social network and are exportable to a CSV file. The reports also include the most shared authors along with the code to embed a badge on your blog recognizing these great contributors.

There are many ways you can use this information. If you’re looking for some great content ideas, just find the most shared (valuable) content from your competitors. Want to find out which social platforms are most active for a particular industry blog? No sweat.

Currently the tool is free but requires credits that you can earn by tweeting out links to their website.

Lisa Peyton, leader in the field of digital marketing, and editor at Thoroughly Modern Marketing.

#3: Leadplayer

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James Wedmore

I recently conducted a survey of my list asking them a simple question: “What is your preferred method for consuming content on the Internet?” The overwhelming majority answered “a combination of video and text.”

If you’re not using video on your blog, you’re missing out on an entire medium to communicate and connect with your readers.

With these survey results, I did two things: 1) I made sure all of my blog posts had videos and 2) I added a cool WordPress plugin called Leadplayer to all of my videos.

leadplayer

Overnight I increased my opt-in conversions by over 400%!

What is Leadplayer? Leadplayer allows you to add a skin to all embedded YouTube videos so a video blogger can add an opt-in box inside the videos at any time in the video.

If you’re blogging, using video and wanting to build your email list, this tool is essential.

James Wedmore, author of The YouTube Marketing Book, and founder of the 6,000 member-strong Video Traffic Academy.

#4: PhotoDropper

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Jaime Tardy

My newest plugin is PhotoDropper.

I used to stick with just the standard stock photo sites to find the right photos to add to my blog posts. But PhotoDropper has been great to use as it’s right inside WordPress.

PhotoDropper has both free images and paid ones (at a reasonable price).

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PhotoDropper is a great tool to access photos without leaving WordPress.

It’s great to have everything all in one place!

Jaime Tardy, Business Coach at Eventual Millionaire.

#5: Easel.ly

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Jason Miller

The image is the new headline. You have mere seconds to grab the attention of your prospects in the overcrowded social sphere, and one of the best ways to do this is by adding a compelling visual to your blog post.

Sure, you can go to Google Images and choose a funny cat or piece of bacon to grab attention, but why not get a bit more creative and create your very own custom illustration or mini-infographic?

Easel.ly is a great tool to do this.

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One of the many templates offered by Easel.ly (or you can of course create your own).

Now I’m not saying that this will replace or even compete with a well-designed, well-thought-out infographic by a major design firm, but Easel.ly provides an easy tool to add a unique visual element to your blog.

Let’s not forget that a simple infographic can go a long way in supporting and clarifying your overall point.

Jason Miller, social media strategist at Marketo.

#6: Video SEO for WordPress Plugin

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Ian Cleary

If you display video on your website from one of the video platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo, the content is not indexed on your site. This means that the search engines will not associate your website with the video when displaying search results.

The Video SEO for WordPress plugin will index the videos you embed on your site for you. Have a look at how this works in the image below.

This shows a video interview with Marcus Sheridan both on YouTube and as indexed on Razorsocial.

The Video SEO for WordPress plugin creates a document known as a sitemap, which gives search engines the details of all of the videos on your site. Google reads this sitemap and indexes your video content on your website.

Another big advantage is that you see an image of the video in the search results which means you get a higher click-through rate.

Ian Cleary, a social media tools specialist, and the founder of Razorsocial.

#7: Clicktotweet

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Brian Casel

One tool that we’ve been using on the Restaurant Engine blog recently is Clicktotweet.

This service makes it easy to quickly create a text link that launches a new tweet, prepopulated with text and a link of your choosing.

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Clicktotweet enables you to quickly create a text link that launches a new tweet.

This is really useful when we want to add a Tweet This link within an article, right after a particularly share-worthy sentence in an article.

We often place Tweet This links inside block quotes to emphasize key points being made in the article.

Brian Casel, founder of Restaurant Engine.

#8: List.ly

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Viveka Von Rosen

List.ly is one of my absolute favorite new blogging and social media tools. I use it on all of my social applications: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and my blog. It’s so much more than a list builder or a social bookmarking tool.

I started using List.ly to create lists of resources for the audiences I was speaking to. I chose List.ly because it is easier to manage and more editable and shareable than Delicious or StumbleUpon.

But you can do much more with it. You can very easily embed List.ly inside your WordPress blog. Be sure to grab the well-viewed and shared lists you create, and pop them into your blog as posts. This gives you a useful and relevant way to share your resources with your audience.

Not only is it easy to add List.ly to your post, but other people can add their resources to your List.ly list. This is a great way to encourage engagement and massively increase your exposure. Because if audience members like it, they can embed your list into their own blog.

Of course you can create resource lists, Best Of lists that allow others to contribute and lists to use for research for yourself and for your clients.

I’ve played a lot with List.ly since learning about it and I also use it for lists to support my #LinkedInChat and a list that has all of my online mentions. (Like my Social Media Examiner articles!)

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You can very easily embed List.ly in your WordPress blog.

There are so many useful applications for List.ly. It’s so easy to use. And did I mention it was free? Try it out. You’re going to love it!

Viveka von Rosen, author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day, and known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert.” CEO of Linked Into Business.

#9: Blubrry PowerPress Plugin

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Krizia de Verdier

I’ve recently started hosting my own podcast and I’ve discovered the WordPress plugin Blubrry PowerPress!

It makes managing and distributing my podcasts to top directories so much easier.

The Blubrry PowerPress plugin allows you to manage the copy and image featured in iTunes from the admin area of your blog!

You can manage the iTunes settings for your podcast inside your WordPress dashboard, thanks to the Blubrry PowerPress plugin.

The best thing about this plugin is that it’s a huge time saver and so easy to use!

Krizia de Verdier, an entrepreneur, video show host, speaker and author. 

#10: Elevatr

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Andrea Vahl

My favorite plugin that I’ve recently discovered is called Elevatr.  With it you can create email opt-in forms to display in different parts of your website, but it also offers webinar signup forms that integrate your email list with GoToWebinar.

The design form is easy to use and integrates with AWeber, MailChimp and iContact.

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Elevatr's opt-in forms integrate with GoToWebinar.

If you use GoToWebinar, you know there is not an easy way to import the webinar signups to your email list, which is critical to building your subscribers. It’s all done automatically with the Elevatr webinar signup forms.

Andrea Vahl, a social media coach, speaker and strategist and co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. Also the Facebook community manager for Social Media Examiner.

#11: Photo Pin

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Jim Tobin

I really like the concept of Photo Pin.

Photo Pin allows you to easily find a wide variety of images based on whatever search term you type in.

Then download the image you like at the size you need and grab the HTML code you need to ensure proper attribution is given to the photographer.

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Photo Pin is a free, simple, fair and powerful tool to use.

Free, simple, fair and powerful. It’s a nice tool.

Jim Tobin, president of Ignite Social Media.

#12: AuthorSure Plugin

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Russ Henneberry

Google Authorship is all the rage and for good reason. The little thumbnail headshots that have been appearing next to search results on Google have serious implications for content creators.

With Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt stating, “information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification,” bloggers and other content creators now have a powerful incentive to verify their identity on Google+.

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AuthorSure plugin is a simple way to configure Google Authorship.

For both single- and multi-author WordPress blogs, the AuthorSure plugin is a simple way to configure Google Authorship.

Russ Henneberry, a content marketing and analytics professional.

#13: WP Greet Box

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Barry Feldman

I recently installed the WordPress Greet Box plugin, which presents new visitors with a greeting specific to the inbound referral source.

The plugin welcomes visitors to your blog and encourages them to subscribe to your feed.

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WP Greet Box displays a different greeting message to your visitor, depending on which site they came from.

It makes for a nice personal touch and presents a clear call to action, so it’s helpful for expanding the reach of your blog.

Barry Feldman, owner of Feldman Creative.

#14: SEO Auto Linker WordPress Plugin

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Laura Roeder

Recently we added the SEO Auto Linker WordPress plugin to our blog.

Internal links are extremely effective for making your blog “stickier,” but setting up the links can be tedious, especially on old posts.

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This plugin can help drive more sales to your blog.

This plugin allows you to automatically link certain keywords, building links through your entire archive of blog posts automatically.

You can also use it to link to the products and services you sell, driving more sales for your blog.

Laura Roeder, founder of LKR Social Media.

#15: VaultPress

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Kristi Hines

My most valuable investment has been VaultPress.

VaultPress allows you to automatically create a backup of your WordPress site (database, uploads and theme files) multiple times per day. This way, whenever your site crashes, you click one button to restore it to the latest backup, which is typically no more than two hours old.

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VaultPress automatically creates a backup of your WordPress site.

The basic plan including regular backups and support starts at $15 per site. Premium plans at $40 per site include security scanning and priority support.

If you don’t want to mess with doing backups and security monitoring yourself, then this is definitely a service to invest in for peace of mind to keep your blog content and engagement safe.

Kristi Hines, a freelance writer, professional blogger and author of Kikolani.

#16: Long Tail Pro

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Marcus Sheridan

I’m a huge fan of blogging to answer consumer questions, problems, needs, etc. Although I feel brainstorming these questions as a company is always one of the best routes to come up with more potential topics and questions to target, sometimes tools can help in this process as well.

My favorite blogging keyword tool is Long Tail Pro. Essentially, Long Tail Pro is like the Google Adwords keyword tool on steroids.

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Long Tail Pro finds keywords fast.

After entering a few keywords into the tool, it spits out a massive amount of terms you might consider creating content around.

And it also lets you do a deep analysis of the current 10 sites that rank for the keyword on the first page of  Google. This allows you to gauge the competition incredibly well and find major keyword opportunities.

Marcus Sheridan, founder of The Sales Lion.

#17: Magic Action Box

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Mitt Ray

I recently discovered a fantastic plugin called Magic Action Box.

It makes it easy for you to add an opt-in box at the end of each blog post. It integrates with AWeber and MailChimp too.

All you need to do is create an opt-in box with Magic Action Box using the web form code provided by AWeber or MailChimp. After that, every time you publish a post you can effortlessly display the opt-in box above or below it.

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Magic Action Box is a plugin that is easy to use to create an opt-in box at the end of every blog post.

Here’s a great tutorial by Nathalie Lussier on how to use this plugin.

The Magic Action Box helps you gather more subscribers at the end of every post on your blog. Install this plugin and watch your forms collect more subscribers.

Mitt Rayfounder of Social Marketing Writing and author of White Paper Marketing.

#18: Better WP Security

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Jamie Turner

The Better WP Security plugin may not be as sexy as some of the other plugins on the block, but it’s probably one of the more important tools you can use to protect your blog.

More and more hackers are trying to exploit innocent bloggers by infecting their websites with viruses and malware.

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Better WP Security is a great tool to protect your blog.

Better WP Security is easy to install, a piece of cake to set up and packed with simple-to-use features that are designed to keep the bad guys out of your blog. This is a must-have plugin in my book.

Jamie Turner, an Atlanta-based social media consultant and the founder of 60SecondMarketer.

#19: Author Box Reloaded WordPress Plugin

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Mike Gingerich

An important blogging plugin that I added a few months ago is Author Box Reloaded.

I believe it is critical to watch changes Google makes that can impact search rankings. With the launch of Google Authorship, there is yet another key item to consider.

The Author Box Reloaded WordPress plugin helps you to integrate a very nice Author Box automatically within all of your blog posts.

The plugin pulls in your Gravatar image and your WordPress user profile information, allowing you to set up once and then automatically deploy the box for each post you write. Your name is linked to your Google Author URL tied to your Google+ profile, giving Google a easy means to identify content as yours.

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The Author Box Reloaded WordPress plugin pulls in your Gravatar image and WordPress user profile information.

The value includes the extra impact of your picture given in search results, enabling those searching to easily identify content linked to you. A boost in personal branding can’t hurt in this social media day and age!

Mike Gingerich, co-founder of TabSite.

#20: LeadConverter

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Eugen Oprea

I’ve been successfully using LeadConverter lately. LeadConverter gives you a way to listen to your audience and gather more insights from your visitors.

Without an audience you can’t build a business. But to succeed in building an audience, you need to know how you can help your visitors achieve their goals.

One way to do this is to ask your visitors the right questions at the right time—when they are most engaged with your content.

With LeadConverter, you can use small widgets and ask your audience for useful insights such as:

  • What content they want you to write.
  • What features they will want to see next in the products you sell.
  • What stops them from buying your products.
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Ask your audience the right questions when they are engaged with your content.

These small widgets can be targeted to people after a specific time period, or when they visit a page you define.

And that’s not all. When someone leaves you a message, you can reply so they can see your answer when they come back to your website.

Plus, you can see how many visitors your website receives and how many of them convert into subscribers or customers.

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Regularly check the metrics that matter most for your website.

Eugen Oprea helps you convert more traffic into loyal customers using proven techniques that grow your business.

#21: Inbound Writer for WordPress

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Brian Honigman

The Inbound Writer plugin for WordPress is a helpful tool to empower blog contributors to create content that’s relevant and search engine–friendly.

Utilizing inbound marketing through channels like social media and the search engines will help pull in your audience rather than pushing your message out.

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Writers can easily optimize their blog posts to be more relevant and search engine–friendly.

This plugin allows writers of all skill levels to utilize real-time search and social intelligence to easily create more discoverable and engaging online content.

One of the most exciting features is that you can use the Inbound Writer for WordPress plugin within a post you’re writing in WordPress. Start writing a post like you normally would and enter three keywords you’re thinking of including. The plugin will then research the best words and phrases to include in that post, pulling these recommendations into a list of options to choose from.

This research can help make your blog’s content stronger and more shareable, no matter your skill set.

Brian Honigman, digital marketing executive of Marc Ecko Enterprises.

#22: Scribe

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Jeff Korhan

Scribe is a blogging plugin that makes your blog content more powerful, while also speeding up the process for optimizing it.

Small businesses that do not have the luxury of an editor to check their work will gain valuable insights from using Scribe to check their work before publishing. This is why I think of Scribe as my digital assistant.

You can see in the video that Scribe grades your content. This includes everything from keyword usage, links, titles, meta descriptions and tags. Sometimes just one word in a title can make a big difference in the reach of that content. That’s the hidden value of Scribe.

You are investing a lot of time creating fresh and original content, so it only makes sense to do it well. Scribe can help you with that.

Jeff Korhan, speaker, trainer, coach and author of Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business.

#23: Premise

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Nina Amir

You likely want to start creating online courses and membership sites to take advantage of the full potential of your blog. The best blogging tool and plugin I’ve discovered in the last six months to help create both courses and membership sites is Premise.

I wouldn’t say this is the most user-friendly plugin. I admit I sought out some help to get it up and running. However, once set up, it’s a dream!

Premise lets you create great landing pages and content pages, provide secure login credentials to members, sell products, tie into a variety of email service and digital product providers and let members pay for your products with PayPal or credit cards.

If you don’t want to produce courses, Premise gives you a way to have your blog readers become members of your “private” site, where you offer great free content in addition to what is on your blog. Later, you also can encourage them to upgrade to a paid membership site.

Premise helps you increase the chances that your blog readers become customers and clients.

Nina Amir, inspiration-to-creation coach, blog-to-book expert and author of How to Blog a Book.

#24: Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin

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Rich Brooks

If you want to increase the search engine visibility of your blog posts, I strongly recommend the WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast.

Once installed, the Yoast box appears below each post you create. You can do some limited keyword research within the tool, uncovering the best keywords for a given topic. After you’ve written your post, you can rewrite the post title for improved SEO and create a keyword-rich meta description.

Yoast will also display a snippet, giving you a preview of how your post will appear in the search engines. It also gives you feedback on how well you’ve worked your targeted keyword into the post.

Yoast also offers more detailed feedback, giving you opportunities to improve the SEO of an individual post.

There are also site-wide tools for SEO, including the ability to create sitemaps, improve titles, create internal links and more.

Rich Brooks, president of flyte new media and founder of The Marketing Agents.

#25: WordPress Backup to Dropbox Plugin

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Marc A Pitman

I’m loving the WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin.

This simple plugin automatically backs up your blog on a schedule you set. It allows for a lot of configurations. And it’s a set-it-and-forget-it tool.

I set it up once, and now my blog is backed up every night to a folder on Dropbox!

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This plugin keeps your blog backed up on a regular basis.

Marc A Pitman, founder of Fundraising Coach and author of Ask Without Fear!

#26: Gravity Forms

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Stephanie Sammons

One of my all-time favorite blogging tools is the Gravity Forms plugin for WordPress. Gravity is a simple contact form creator for WordPress that requires zero coding knowledge.

The visual form editor allows you to drag and drop the components of your form right into place on pages and posts, all within the back end of your WordPress site.

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Gravity Forms is an easy tool to put contact forms on your blog.

Gravity Forms makes it easy to do any of the following on your site:

  • Set up simple landing page forms for lead capture.
  • Create email newsletter subscribe forms that integrate with your email marketing service.
  • Build order forms to sell digital goods or services on your site.
  • Create user registration forms for your site (developer license required).

Out of the box, Gravity Forms integrates with both MailChimp and AWeber email marketing services as well as PayPal, Authorize.net, Freshbooks and more. Additionally, any information that you capture through your forms is also accessible and downloadable from your WordPress site itself.

The forms you create with Gravity Forms are nicely formatted to fit on your pages and posts in addition to any content that you might also wish to add to the page or post itself.

The cost of Gravity Forms will vary based on the type of license that you need. For a single site license, the cost is a one-time fee of $39 for the plugin. You can test drive the plugin here.

Of the various form creation plugins and landing page programs available on the market, I have found Gravity Forms to be the most reliable, intuitive and affordable.

Stephanie Sammons, founder of Wired Advisor.

#27: PopClip for Mac

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Belle Beth Cooper

PopClip for Mac is an amazingly useful productivity tool that works in the browser and native Mac apps. Similar to the iOS copy/paste menu, PopClip shows a menu of options anytime you highlight text.

It does more than copy and paste though. With a plethora of extensions available, you can use the highlighted text to create a new note or send a tweet, search for it in Google or on Amazon, create a calendar entry or task or even change it to uppercase or lowercase.

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PopClip for Mac makes it easy to send an email when you highlight an email address.

If you highlight an email address, you can immediately compose a new message, or if you highlight a link you can open it in a new browser tab with just a click.

Since blogging often requires a lot of copying and pasting and fact-checking, these shortcuts save me loads of time. The list of extensions keeps growing, and includes apps like Evernote, Buffer, OmniFocus, Google Maps, Wikipedia, Google Translate and Skype. The app is well worth $5, and it comes with a 30-day free trial that will almost surely have you hooked.

Alas, I was unable to track down a similar app for Windows, but I’d love to hear about it if you know of one.

Belle Beth Cooper, freelance writer and social media consultant who now spends her days wielding a pencil as Attendly’s resident Inbound Marketer.

#28: ZenWriter

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Gregory Ciotti

The web is a double-edged sword if I’ve ever seen one… As useful as it is, it can be a huge time sink if you aren’t careful.

Online writers know this all too well, which is why many prefer to write offline and try to make things as distraction-free as possible.

One amazing tool that I’ve come across that is now permanently a part of my blogging toolbelt is ZenWriter, a full-screen writing tool that is worthy of the “zen” moniker.

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ZenWriter is a full-screen writing tool.

With great typography settings, optional ambient music and sounds (to give you some background noise) and a beautiful interface, I haven’t drafted a new blog post in anything else since discovering it.

While you can still leave heavy editing for programs like Word, ZenWriter is the premiere writing tool for those long articles or projects that require all of your attention.

For Mac users, a great equivalent can be found in the iAWriter software.

Gregory Ciotti, founder of Sparring Mind and the marketing guy at Help Scout.

#29: LastPass

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Heidi Cohen

I have a confession to make. While I post my content and do the basics related to blogging and creating content, my webmaster, Larry Aronson, takes care of all of the technical aspects of my blog, HeidiCohen.com, so I don’t have to worry about them.

He’s taught me the value of backing up my database and WordPress theme and keeping my software up to date. Although his advice isn’t some new sexy blog tool, it’s one that many bloggers, myself included, overlook. However, it is necessary to keep my blog safe from hackers and others.

Technology and security matter for bloggers! Here are two important steps to protect your blog.

  1. Ensure your blogging software is up to date. For WordPress users, there will be a message at the top of your admin pages notifying you. Click on it and follow the instructions. Make sure that you back up your blog’s database and theme files. (Here’s the WordPress instructions for updating your blog software.) Note: Only users with admin privileges can see this.

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    Remember to check for messages at the top of your WordPress admin page.

  2. Use secure passwords and change them regularly. Secure passwords are at least eight characters including upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Avoid common dictionary words that are easily hacked. This includes first and last names. For example, Mary123 is no more secure than Mary. Also, don’t call your administrator “Admin.” Even worse, don’t use “password” or “pw” as their password. To help you remember your passwords, check out LastPass.

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    LastPass is a password manager that makes web browsing easy and secure.

Heidi Cohen, an actionable marketing expert and president of Riverside Marketing Strategies.

Have you tried any of the tools mentioned above? What do you think? What are your favorite blogging tools? Please share your comments below.

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  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Well done as usual Cindy! Now I just need an extra week on the calendar to investigate all of these. Nice contributions SME writers :-)

  • http://www.mittray.com Mitt Ray

    Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for including my tip. Great post – It has lots of wonderful tools I plan to try out.

    Mitt

  • http://www.stuffedweb.com/ Sam Scholfield

    Wow great list! Good to see that both WP Security and Backup to dropbox are in there, website security can be boring stuff, but it’s essential!

  • ZoltanBalazs

    Thank you for this useful article, spot on!

  • Toby Crabtree

    Very nice tips, but the only thing is that the list is too long and it’ll require some extra time. But I really like Leadplayer and PhotoDropper tools

  • http://makeextraincomeathome.com/ Felipe Kurpiel

    Wow… a lot of possibilities here! Now I realized I am just using a few of these tools. It
    will take some time to add some of them into my website, but I will try a lot of them. SEO plugin from Yoast it is a really great plugin. I am achieving great results by using it.

    Amazing article, I am bookmarking it to reference. Job well done!!

  • http://jpcornett.com Josh Cornett

    What an awesome resource! I use some of these tools already, can’t wait to check out the others :)

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  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    :) Let us know which ones you like!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    So true, Sam… and easy to overlook until you really need it

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thank YOU, Mitt!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Let us know which ones you like best, Josh!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Cool! It seems that the Yoast SEO plugin is always a favorite.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    OK. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcome!

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  • http://www.eugenoprea.com Eugen Oprea

    Excellent picks, as always! Fantastic job, Cindy!

  • Dara Khajavi

    I did not know about these great tools! I will definitely start using them. I particularly liked the SEO Auto Linker WordPress Plugin. Thanks for compiling this great list.

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  • DesignSpike

    This has to be one of my favorite posts from Social Media Examiner. You hit on many of our favorite resources (We could not live without Last Pass!) and you have turned us on so many new options. Can’t wait to try out Author Box, Photo Pin and more.

  • http://www.postplanner.com/ Scott Ayres

    Holy Cow that’s an incredible list Cindy! Well done..

  • John Ledesma

    Thanks a lot! This is extremely useful for anyone that wants to learn about the best wordpress plugins.

  • http://www.stephaniesammons.com/ Stephanie Sammons

    Nice round up Cindy, I’ve definitely discovered some new ideas here!

  • Nina Amir

    Phenomenal list! I’ve used some of these but not all. I’ll be trying to integrate those I haven’t used ASAP! Thanks for asking me to contribute.

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  • heidicohen

    Cindy–

    Thank you for including me in this awesome list of blogging tools!

    There are a number these I need to integrate into my blogging routine.

    I’m glad to see that there are a number of tools regarding backups and security since my webmaster has dealt with a number of high profile blogs that had serious problems due to these issues.

    Happy marketing,
    Heidi Cohen

  • http://jeffkorhan.com Jeff Korhan

    Already using several, and installed WordPress BackUp to Dropbox this morning, next going to try Gravity Forms, WP Greet Box, and Author Sure … and probably a few more. :)

  • http://www.socialmediapearls.com Shirley Williams

    Great list!!

  • http://www.lucrazon.com/blog Alice Ly | Lucrazon

    I use PhotoPin almost daily and will look into Easel.ly :)

    Are all of the WordPress plugins only for WP sites that have their own URL? Will they work for nameofcompany.wordpress.com sites as well?

    Thanks for the list!

  • http://twitter.com/chriskulbaba chris kulbaba

    WHOA! I am looking for my socks… you blew them clear off – they went across the room! I am always checking out Social Media Examiner for great ideas and content – as usual this is out of the park! I am going to begin at number one and work my way through… AWESOME resource here!

  • Arbel

    Fantastic article!! Thank you so much for sharing, we might be using LuckyOrange very soon!

  • Dawn Boyer

    I wish there was a ‘print this article out in it’s entirety’ button on this – guess I have to settle for print the web page version!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Glad you like it, Chris! And a very big thank you to all of our writers for sharing such really cool tips!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Cool! Let us know how it goes with Easel.ly.

    These plugins are for self-hosted sites. But WordPress.com came out with new features not so long ago: http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/introducing-wordpress-business/

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks Shirley!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcome, Heidi!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcom, Nina! We are indeed lucky to have such great writers!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks, Scott! This was a fun one to put together.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcome, Dara!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks Eugen!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcome, John!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    :) Let us know how you like it Arbel!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    How about saving a bookmark, Dawn?

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    It really is fun to see the selection of tools our writers have to share. Thanks for participating, Stephanie!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    The BackUp to Dropbox definitely sounds like a great one :)

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

    Hey Cindy, thanks for including my tip! There are some great ones on the list so I’ll be checking them out! Ian

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner

    Dawn – There is! See the print button at the top of this page

  • ABRAHAM

    anyone knows any good widgets for WP where I can have visitors subscribe to things like my twitter feed, youtube channel and FB page without leaving my site? greatly appreciate any insight, awesome site BTW.

  • Pallav Kaushish

    Great article Cindy. After reading the list I have two things to contribute:

    1. WordPress SEO Booster plugin: It’s like an extensive form of WordPress SEO by Yoast. It let’s you control even the tiniest details that are important for your SEO optimization. I’m currently in love with it.

    2. As you mentioned lastpass, I felt the need to mention another platform that I use called SmartSignin which helps me with the Single Sign On and Identity Management as we marketers have to remember tons of passwords of different apps. Didn’t try lastpass because there was a security breach at lastpass last year.

  • http://africasiaeuro.com/ Heinz Rainer

    Installed a ton of plugins, some are good, some are not. One gave me huge problems in WP, name is Vitamin, it’s supposed to change your SEO , but it messed up my whole URL structure.. Installed some in your list, will see how they perform. Another great plugin I have been using is WP Db Manager. It helps you to keep mysql on self hosted wp blogs in order, with backups, optimizing and clean features. Also worth mentioning are : All in one SEO, Tribe Object cache (for faster loading), Word fence security. Also consider to use a free cdn service, if you can afford a paid service you are still better off. WP super cache is cumbersome to uninstall – should you want to do that. WP touch prepares your site for mobile smart phone traffic. Google Analytics Plugin is important to analyze your traffic sources. ..

  • Terri L Maurer

    Awesome post, Cindy. This isn’t a typical list of the usual plug-ins, but more ‘next step’ level platforms to really help advance our blogs.

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

    Awesome list Cindy! It will definitely help a lot of bloggers and those who are about to start in the blogging industry! I do not have have a blog, but I post “show notes” of my podcast on my site and I find Lucky Orange and Lead Converter particularly interesting, but I am not sure if it will be as useful for my site as they are in a blog. Your thoughts? Thanks for your answer in advance!

    Keep rockin SME peeps!

    ~John Lee Dumas

  • http://www.devonwebdesigners.com/ Elizabeth Jamieson

    Thank you for listing one of our plugins. My husband Russell wrote AuthorSure – so nice to see his work recognised!

  • Rhonda @ The Human Resource

    Great article/very beneficial. Thank you!

  • http://felixpov.com/ Marie Felix

    Great round up!

  • Carolin Geissler

    This is a fantastic article with many great tips. I didn’t know half of those before. I agree with Heidi and and Marc that website security and backups are absolutely essential.

    I love the look of ZenWriter and kind of wish there was a version for Mac. But aside from IAWriter, there is also Bean, a simple text tool with a full screen mode and my personal favorite Scrivener, which is fantastic to keep your blog posts all in one project, draft them, jot down ideas for future posts and more. It comes with a full screen mode as well that helps limit distractions.

  • http://www.socialbenzene.com/ Jithesh Rajendran

    Great article, thank you for sharing. Especially the security aspects you have mentioned here. Bloggers tend to concentrate more on writing than site maintenance. Enough can’t be said about the importance of backing up blog content.

  • Tom

    Wow! This is a great list! One that interested me was Video SEO for WP. I have videos on FB but haven’t gotten around to synching them with my blog.

  • http://www.turneight.co.uk/ Jess Shanahan

    Fantastic article. Am already implementing some of these into my blogs!

  • http://www.aparcher.com Apryl Parcher

    Love these tools, Cindy! Great job of scouring good bloggers to see what tools they love best. Lots of good perspectives here on every aspect of blogging, from writing content to SEO and more. Think I’ll print this one off for use as a reference and also share it around.

  • KristenMatthews

    I feel like I just found a gold mine….Book marking this for sure, thanks for such an awesome resource!

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  • Richard Good

    I registered for this site after reading this, well done

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thank you, Richard!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thank you, Kristen!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks, Apryl! This is a fantastic group of people! It’s always inspiring to work with them.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Cool! I hope some of these are a good fit for you :)

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks for sharing, Tom! It seems like there’s always something we can do to improve our social media marketing. It sounds like the Video SEO for WP could be a good fit for you.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcome, Jithesh! Yes, it’s definitely worth spending the time to keep up security issues and latest tools.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks for sharing, Carolin! Scrivener sounds interesting.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Hi John, I don’t know if Lucky Orange would be a good fit for you, but it definitely sounds interesting enough to check out. I have to say that I find their team very helpful and eager to hear back from users.

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Thanks for sharing, Heinz!

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Cool! Thanks for adding to the list, Pallav :)

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    Abraham, I don’t know of any off the tip of my tongue. But I do believe I’ve seen something along the lines of what you are looking for. I believe it was one of the bars you can put at the bottom of your website. Perhaps someone else can chime in. If not, I suggest you reach out to the people in our Networking Clubs: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/clubs/

  • http://cindyking.biz/ Cindy King

    You’re welcome, Ian. I know you must be used to seeing lots of cool tools, but this list was really inspiring to put together. Thanks for participating!

  • http://africasiaeuro.com/ Heinz Rainer

    . my pleasure Cindy, enjoying your blog

  • http://twitter.com/pennyman Robert Welkner

    Gonna give some of these pluggins a try – thanks!

  • Yasin Aydin

    I highly HIGHLY recommend Lucky Orange. Their pricing is insanely cheap and their support has been great. Awesome features too. Used for several clients already.

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

    Thanks Cindy! See you in a couple weeks at SMMW!

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  • https://jewelry-necklace.kitsylane.com/ Ramiro Rodriguez

    Great stuff man! I got the Long Tail Pro software :-)

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  • DonnaGilliland

    Cindy King, this a great article. Wonderful list. As always I learned a great deal from your article.

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  • http://www.onebyonemedia.com Jim “Genuine” Turner

    Sounds like they need to install “Send to Kindle” on this blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/catherine.nikkel Catherine Nikkel

    Gold mine of information! Thank you – a definite bookmark and share

  • wiedenu

    Mac option is OmmWriter – http://www.ommwriter.com/ — great for focusing. Another new platform-agnostic writer is draftin.com — both are good. Although, I usually use Evernote to write all my blog posts. Keep it simple!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mhmusa09 Mosharraf Hossain Musa

    Nice collection ! I will try to use some. Thanks.

  • http://www.it-sales-leads.com/ Barbara Mckinney

    I’m glad that you include “videos” as one of the important tools to enhance your business blog. Videos come in handy for people who prefer moving images
    and audio over written content, and it is the fastest way to convey a message
    with emotion. Most blogging platforms, primarily those that require a fee,
    offer plug-ins that make it easy to embed videos onto your site. Users
    commonly upload their videos to the popular video sharing site, YouTube. From
    there, plug-ins within the blogging platform make it easy to transplant the
    video into your blog by placing the Web link or HTML code of the video into
    the plug-in.Thanks for sharing these tips Cindy!

  • proussakis

    Great post thanks I found Lastpass to be unnerving at times, so much treasured info in the hands of one site, it works brilliantly but still..

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  • Oretta Norris

    Great! This is my favourite type of posts and this one did not disappoint. Many thanks to Cindy and all contributors.

  • http://www.marketingquery.com/ Jose Capelo

    Great article. I think the success comes down to keeping social network profiles and publish content within reasonable time frame to engage with your online community.Thanks for all the info provided.

  • http://www.kylepetzinger.com/ Kyle Petzinger

    Really great write up! Thanks for all of these tools. Gonna try some out soon. :-)

  • James Kingston

    Great post, I use sendible to manage my social media.. worth a look!

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/kmadhav Sourabh Rana

    Awesome post with some superb tools to make money with wordpress. The best thing is about in this post that all industry experts shared their best plugins & tools for WordPress. Really Helpful Cindy King .. Good work :) I am searching a tool or plugin who can track who steal my content & where it is shared is there any tool is available in market to resolve this issue.

  • http://www.fissionlink.com/ Gail Monique Mallo

    Thanks for this list it’s very useful! My favorite is List.ly because I love organizing my resources into lists although I am yet to explore it’s features like the feature to embed the lists into blogs.

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  • Dorothy E Barnes

    Thanks for the list! Wonderful tools!

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  • Sabarudin Hashim

    Here are a few more (or alternatives to some items already in the list) thta you may want to consider for the next revision of this post :

    1Password (Alt. to LastPass) : Password management for IOS/Mac/Win + form filing with custom profiles.

    Backupbuddy (Alt. to WordPress Backup to Dropbox) : Super simple backup and restore (or even migrate) plugin for WordPress bloggers. I’m even using it to create “2min quick-deploy templates” for new hosted wordpress-based blogs. Great for those who hate messing around with plugins, theme customizations, CSS coding all over again. Just clone your base website and replicate!

    Instabuilder plugin : Create opt-in/squeeze landing pages/landing pages while retaining your favorite WordPress blog theme. (Far easier to use than Premise … way easier).

    Bulletproof Security (alt. to Better WP Security) : If you host several blogsites on shared hosting, this free plugin can be installed on your primary domain site and it will protect all your other sub-sites under the same hosting account. Very powerful, albeit the clunky interface.

  • http://www.mikejohnsonmarketing.com Mike Johnson

    Yes, excellent list. I definitely feel inclined to add my suggestion of the very affordable SEO Booster Pro Plugin. Authorship, Rich Snippets, Optimizations for Facebook Open Graph, Twitter Cards, Google Itemprop, and HTML5 Boilerplate optimization as well. Plus it integrates with both the Yoast WordPress SEO and All in One SEO Plugins.

    Check it out here: http://wpsocial.com/product/wp-social-seo-booster-pro/

    The Lite Version can be found on WordPress.org and currently has over 40,000 Downloads:

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-social-seo-booster/

  • http://www.leadingpoint.com.au/ Martin Longden

    Well done. Excellent list with broad functionality across many requirements of a standard blog. Using a membership site means the linking plug-in will be very useful, as will the other plug-ins I plan to research and apply over time. thanks!

  • Victoria Casey

    Helpful article Cindy, thank you! Have used some myself. Recently came across this great tool for sharing data. It is so easy to share relevant data, helps when working with a team. Thought you should check it out http://www.collatebox.com







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