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.

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4 Social Media Tools to Improve Your Social Media Marketing

social media toolsAre you struggling with day-to-day social media marketing tasks?

Are you looking for tools to speed up your social tasks?

In this article, I’ll share four social media tools and tips to help community managers save time, show creativity and streamline community management for their companies.

Why Social Media Tools

Community managers for organizations of all sizes are tasked to cover everything from curating content to creating it. Customer support, marketing, Vine and webinars all fall into the mix.

The sheer volume of tasks can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. With just a few tools, individuals and teams can manage their responsibilities better, while presenting a successful social media presence.

Keep reading for four social media tools that will make your social media tasks much easier.

#1: Manage the Appearance of Links to Your Website With Facebook Debugger

We all know Facebook updates that include pictures and snippets of their content do unbelievably better than ones that publish bare links. We’re a visual bunch, us humans.

Has this ever happened to you? You updated a page on your website with new images. Then, when you tried to publish a link to the page on Facebook, you found yourself staring at the link text for way too long.

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If Facebook has trouble finding an image to include with your link, the preview can take a long time to show up.

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5 Hashtag Tracking Tools for Twitter, Facebook and Beyond

social media toolsAre you using hashtags in your social media campaigns?

Do you want to find tools to help manage your hashtags?

The right tools can help you launch, track and analyze hashtags across social networks.

In this article, you’ll discover five tools that make it easy to track hashtags and their related conversations.

Why Use a Hashtag?

Hashtags make it easier for people to find and follow discussions about brands, events and promotions. They also let brands track the performance of promotions across social media.

Hashtags can determine how easily you can target and track a campaign. You’ve probably seen many businesses use generic hashtags like #food or #chocolate. While these will get your update into a large conversation, using such broad hashtags is wasting your time.

Can you imagine how many posts (tweets or otherwise) contain #chocolate every minute? Managing the hashtag would be a nightmare. You’d spend weeks sorting through every instance of the hashtag to determine which mentions apply to you.

It’s worth the effort (and your sanity) to come up with a unique hashtag that fits with your particular campaign.

A good example is Subway’s #januANY campaign. Their hashtag has two key components: it’s distinctive enough to track easily and it’s simple for fans to remember.

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Subway uses hashtags that are memorable and easy to track.

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29 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros

social media toolsAre you looking for ways to enhance your social media marketing?

Do you want new tools to simplify your job?

We asked a group of social media pros for the hottest social media tools they use today.

Check them out to see if these social media tools are a good fit for you!

#1: RivalIQ

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Jay Baer

Figuring out precisely what works in social media is a tricky (yet entirely necessary) proposition.

I’m always seeking to improve clicks, shares and social media engagement on my own content as well as our Convince and Convert clients’ content.

Recently, I started using RivalIQ to get at what’s working in social, and this easy-to-use, reasonably priced analysis platform produces a steady stream of insights while saving me a ton of time.

Here, I set up a collection of consumer products companies (RivalIQ calls them a “landscape”) for a strategic plan we’re building. With just a click or two, I can find the top 50 Facebook posts (by engagement rate or total engagement behaviors) among these companies over the past 7, 14, 30 or 90 days.

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RivalIQ provides competitive intelligence.

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6 WordPress Plugins That Ensure Your Posts Look Good When Shared on Social Media

social media toolsDo you blog?

Are you looking for WordPress plugins to help control how your content looks when it’s shared across social media?

In this article, I’ll share the best WordPress plugins you can use to make your social shares look great everywhere.

Why WordPress Plugins for Social Sharing?

To get the most mileage out of every social share, you need to optimize a few key elements of your content so it looks great on every social network, including search results.

While many websites have to rely on adding rich snippets to the HTML, WordPress users have almost unlimited options when it comes to easy-to-use plugins for social media optimization.

Keep reading to take your blog to the next level:

#1: Implement Twitter Cards for Rich Media Tweets From Your Website

Whenever someone shares content from your website on Twitter, you hope for at least two outcomes: 1) You want their tweet to bring other Twitter users back to your content and 2) you want your username added as the publisher and/or author.

Unfortunately, a lot of the tweets you get for your content can look like this.

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3 Google+ Tools That Take Your Marketing to a New Level

social media tools Do you know you need to focus more on Google+?

Are you having a hard time building your community on Google+?

In this article I’ll tell you about 3 tools to build your presence on Google+ and get more value for your business.

#1: Friends+Me—Distribute Google+ Content to Other Platforms

Friends+Me automatically shares content from Google+ to other social networks by checking your Google+ business page and/or personal profile at regular intervals. If new posts are found, they’re reposted to any social networks you’ve associated with Friends+Me.

Friends+Me has some excellent configuration options available, but you’ll need to spend some time setting them up. Once that’s done, Friends+Me is a robust way to share your Google+ updates across multiple platforms.

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Sharing from Google+ to Twitter brings more traffic to your Google+ account.

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6 Simple Photo Tools for Creating Social Media Visuals

social media toolsAre you including images in your social media content?

Looking for easy-to-use tools to help you create images for your content strategy?

If the idea of using Photoshop makes your head spin or hiring a graphic designer isn’t an option, there are many easy-to-use, low-cost alternatives available to you to create social media graphics.

In this article, I’ll show you 6 easy tools that will help you create compelling graphics for social media.

#1: Use PicMonkey’s Online Photo Editor to Take Your Images From Good to Glorious

PicMonkey‘s free option has a wide variety of frames, special effects and font types to choose from.

With a touch of a button, you can crop and resize your photo, and add text to your images.

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Choose from a wide variety of free fonts on PicMonkey to create appealing images like this one with PicMonkey.

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4 Pinterest Tools to Grow and Measure Your Pinterest Presence

social media tools Do you need help measuring your Pinterest activity?

Are you wondering which tools can help you grow your followers on Pinterest?

In this article, I’ll show you 4 tools to help you analyze and grow your presence on Pinterest.

Why Pinterest Tools?

The average Pinterest user follows nine brands and spends just over 15 minutes on the platform.

That means to compete, you have to be able to serve up fantastic images, measure the impact of your efforts and connect with new followers on a regular basis.

If you don’t have a large budget to sink into your Pinterest strategy, integrating the time-saving shortcuts and functions of a few affordable tools can work wonders.

Here are four tools worth consideration…

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20 Instagram Apps to Enhance Your Photos and Videos

social media toolsDoes your business use Instagram?

Are you looking for apps to help you create unique images and video for your Instagram feed?

In this article, you’ll find 20 apps that make it easy to create and edit outstanding images and videos for Instagram.

Why Instagram Apps?

Instagram recently passed 150 million active users.

To create lasting engagement with those users, you need to share beautiful and targeted content that resonates with your audience.

If you’re not a professional photographer, this can present some difficulties. That’s where image and video apps come in.



Finding the Apps

Most of these apps are available for both iOS and Android. When they aren’t, a link to a similar Android app is listed as a substitute.

#1: Photo Editor by Aviary

Have you ever felt limited by Instagram’s settings? If so, download Photo Editor by Aviary for a complete range of effects and color correctors. Its smart “one-tap auto enhance” will help you render a gorgeous photo.

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Aviary Photo Editor provides a number of useful tools to edit your photos.

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