Today, we are going to continue our series on “list of tools” focusing specifically on tools to help you become a better blogger. As most marketers know, adding the very best content to your website via blog posts is a fantastic way to improve crawl rate and crawl depth (through internal links) as well as attract natural links and social shares. In this post, I want to hit on four areas of blogging, idea generation, content research, content creation, and content promotion. Let’s jump in!
The hardest part of blogging is coming up with topics to write about on a regular basis.
Twitter Search – Twitter search is a fantastic tool to help you see what people are talking about on Twitter and what kinds of topics are trending.
Google+ Search – Same thing as Twitter search, except on Google+.
Evernote – Evernote is a free app that you can jot down notes whenever you have an idea for a blog post. I like to use the voice to text feature and brainstorm on my commutes.
Xmind – Xmind is by far my favorite mind mapping software. Mind maps can help you easily generate dozens of ideas for your blog posts from a single topic. I wrote a post about this over on Marketing Pilgrim you might want to take a look at.
Google Trends – Google trends allows you to compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, time frames and other Google properties.
Pulse – Pulse is an app that allows you to pull in feeds from your favorite blogs and news publications. This is particularly helpful to see what your competitors are writing about on a regular basis and can help give you ideas on what to write about as well.
Once you come up with your topics, now you need to do your research and find content to support or flesh out your idea.
Qrait – Qrait allows you to collect online media about a single topic in a neat, clean interface and then allows you to share or embed in your blog.
Creative Commons – Flickr creative commons allows you to find images that are relevant to your topic and post them without paying a fee.
Curate.us – Curate.us allows you to put together visually compelling clips and quotes of web content that are easily embedded in blog posts, email, forums and websites.
Yahoo Answers – Yahoo answers is a fantastic place to go for tips from experts in different verticals. It is also a great place to find individuals who might be interested in providing a quote for your content.
Quora – Same idea as Yahoo answers.
After your research is done, its time to write!
WordPress – Many bloggers prefer to write their posts directly in their content management system. Adding content right into WordPress makes it easy to manage your drafts, optimize them (with the Yoast plugin), and get them published.
Dragon Dictate – Dragon dictate is one of the best speech to text programs ever! It is accurate and makes it far easier for people who hate to type, write fantastic posts.
After you click publish, you are not done! You need to get more eyeballs on your content.
Digg Digg – The first piece of the puzzle when promoting your content is making sure others can easily share it. Digg Digg, a WordPress plugin does just that. It is a floating social sharing bar that is front and center whenever someone wants to share your post.
Viral Content Buzz – Viral Content Buzz is a community of individuals who are looking for content to share online. When you share someones content, you earn points and then you can use those points to get your content shared. It’s pretty awesome!
StumbleUpon Paid Discovery -Paid stumbles are a great way to get the ball rolling for your awesome content. Just add $5 and you will start to get targeted traffic to your post in no time. If it is a really good post, you will start to earn free stumbles and it can go viral from there.
Repost.us – At repost, your content can be instantly syndicated to other publishers, bloggers or websites with a few clicks and no prior business relationship.
So there you have it! Did I missing anything? If you have other blogging tools that you use and love, please feel free to share in the comments below.