I take my blog seriously. It’s not a hobby. It’s my business.
That means I’m willing to invest time, energy and money in my blog.
To build a successful blog, you’ve got to have the right tools.
The great news is that there are many fantastic tools out there to help you get it done right and to make your life easier as a blogger.
Instead of telling you that you MUST use a specific plugin or service, in this post I’ll share with you the TYPES of tools that you’ve got to have.
And I’ll share a few suggestions for each.
I’d love to hear what you’re using and what’s working (or not working) for you with each of these types of tools.
Are you missing any?
Anything I’ve missed that definitely needs added to this list?
1. Content Calendar
Non-negotiable. You’ve got to have a way to plan out your posts and keep track of what’s going on in your universe.
And here’s how I plan my content (this is an older video but it’s still the system I use and it’s great for business blogging).
2. Social Media Scheduler & Syndication Tools
Don’t let your blog and social media take over your life.
To get traffic and readers to your blog, you’ve got to be active on social media. But that doesn’t mean you need to be online 24/7!
I also use tools to syndicate content including Triberr.
3. Email Management System
Confession… I was in business for YEARS before I started building a list.
Don’t do that.
Your list is one of your biggest assets in business so take it seriously.
Choose a service and be consistent about growing your list and sending email out.
4. Money Tracking System
You’ve got to deal with it… because you’re in business.
You DO want to make money right?
Make it easier on yourself and get a system in place for tracking everything.
Maybe it’s QuickBooks. Or Wave Accounting (what I use).
Just use something, please. Your account will thank you.
5. Image Creator/Editor
In a world with Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook… images matter!
There are lots of cool tools for creating and editing images to use on your blog.
I own Photoshop (check out the Creative Cloud options–they’re affordable)… but Canva’s generally quicker and easier to whip out graphics with.
6. Idea Tracking System
Ideas are everywhere! It’s keeping them handy and organized that can be a bit of a challenge.
So get a SYSTEM that works for you.
I tend to open blog drafts, pop in a title idea and a few notes and just save it so later I can come back and create the post. When I’m on a “list kick” (just being honest, my organization comes in spurts…) I use Workflowy.
There’s also Evernote.
Doesn’t matter what system you use as long as it works for you.
7. A Timer
Simple. But effective.
Use a timer to stay focused, write faster, and generally get more done.
I have an actual timer that sits on my desk. Sometimes I use e.ggtimer.