8 essential online tools I cannot blog without

8 essential online tools I cannot blog without

Every blogger needs to take and edit images, write incredible posts and share them on social media but we all have our own ways of doing things. I’ve put together a list of online tools that I think every blogger should use to create and promote their content. These are all tools that I love and depend on, and I think you should too!

Canva

I use Canva a lot at work to create graphics for our social media accounts but it comes in especially handy for creating graphics for my blog. There’s a huge range of fonts and thousands of free and paid images you can use, plus they have image templates for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and loads more!

Buffer

Buffer is just one of many free scheduling tools available and, if I’m honest, I find Buffer so reliable and easy to use that I don’t feel like I need to try anything else! It’s got a built-in optimal timing tool to predict the best times to schedule posts throughout the day and you can schedule posts to all of your favourite social media accounts.

Google Analytics

This one goes without saying! Every blogger should be using some sort of analytics system to track their website traffic. Google Analytics is probably the best analytics system available and it’s free so why not give it a try? It’s a bit complicated in places but you’ll pick it up in no time.

Bloglovin’

This is a controversial one but I personally love Bloglovin’. It’s easy to set up and once it’s done it does all the rest for you. When you publish a post it automatically gets shared on Bloglovin’ and all of the blogs you love are in one place, what more could you ask for?

Snappa

This one is very new to me, in fact I hadn’t heard of it until last week, but I fell in love with it instantly. It’s kinda like Canva, you can design and create images for your blog and social media accounts. All the images on Snappa are free to use but unfortunately they don’t let you save your designs like you can with Canva. It’s definitely worth a try though! I love it.

Toodledo

Toodledo is a lifesaver for me. I’m constantly coming up with blog post ideas in my head but unless I write them down I forget them. With Toodledo you can set tasks, write notes and make lists. The desktop version is good but they have a handy mobile app too which is great for when you think of something when you’re away from the computer.

Twitter

For me, Twitter is crucial in getting my posts out there. It’s where most of my traffic comes from and it’s all thanks to retweet accounts. They do a fantastic job at retweeting hundreds of posts a day and helping to promote and grow small blogs like mine. Twitter blogger chats are also fantastic for connecting with and getting know other bloggers.

Statusbrew

Statusbrew’s main use is for finding out who’s unfollowed you on Twitter and, if you want to, unfollowing them back. That’s not all it does though. You can also find new people to follow based on who you already follow, filter down inactive accounts that you’re following and also spam accounts.

8 essential tools I cannot blog without

Let me know, do you use any of these tools already? Have I mentioned any of your favourites? If you’ve never used some of these tools before, do you think you’ll try them out? If you do let me know how it goes!

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26 Comments

  1. May 21, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    Great suggestions! I’ve become reliant on lists recently to organise my blog. Used to use Evernote but have recently changed to Wunderlist. Have you tried it? I’d definitely recommend, I use it to set reminders for Twitter chats, or to remind me when I’ve got a post due up.

    Rebecca

    • Sophie Wright
      May 22, 2016 / 8:41 am

      That’s a fantastic idea! I’m always forgetting about Twitter chats so I miss out on loads of them. Thank you Rebecca, I’ll definitely try it out!

  2. May 22, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Great suggestions. I was using Fotor for my images/graphics but now i am loving Canva. Been playing all day after reading this!

    • Sophie Wright
      May 22, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      Fantastic, I’m glad you liked the post Nadia!

    • Sophie Wright
      May 30, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      It’s no problem at all, thank you for reading Samantha! x

  3. June 3, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    Loved this post, definitely going to check out all of these! x

    • Sophie Wright
      June 5, 2016 / 1:54 pm

      Fantastic, thanks for reading! x

  4. June 20, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Thanks for the suggestions! I’ll already using some of these and the ones I’m not using I will be trying in the future.
    x.Cattleya

    • Sophie Wright
      June 20, 2016 / 12:03 pm

      Fantastic, I’m glad to hear it Cattleya!

  5. July 10, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Ooo these are handy to know. I’m still on a major learning curve. I shall have a peek at these and see how I get on

    • Sophie Wright
      July 10, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Fantastic, let me know what you think of them!

  6. July 13, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Great post. It’s nice to see bloggers helps other blogger with tips and tricks that they actually use and work. Besides Twitter I have never heard of any of these apps or tools before. True saying, we learn something new everyday.

    • Sophie Wright
      July 13, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! You should give them all a go and let me know what you think.

    • Sophie Wright
      July 15, 2016 / 12:02 pm

      Fantastic, let me know what you think Jaye!

  7. July 25, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Great Post!! I use almost all of these except for Snappa, Toodledo and Status Brew! I use evernote on my PC and mobile instead of Toodledo. Buffer and twitter are amazing and I love the retweeters!! I am not sure if my bloglovin automatically shares my posts though? You should check out ifttt.com!! There are millions of things you can automate too!!

    • Sophie Wright
      July 25, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      I’ve heard great things about Evernote but I’ve never tried it. I’ll definitely check it out, thank you!

  8. August 15, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    Thank you for these. I love Canva too!

    • Sophie Wright
      August 15, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      You’re welcome! Thank you for reading and commenting.

    • Sophie Wright
      August 18, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      You definitely should Beth! They’re all fantastic tools. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  9. September 10, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Twitter is definitely great tool to drive traffic to any website. I also use Hootsuite to schedule twits so my followers know what’s happening! You can take part in my Travel Tag and win till 15.09.16! Best Wishes, Iga x http://igaberry.com

    • Sophie Wright
      September 11, 2016 / 3:01 pm

      I’ve not tried Hootsuite before. I have an account but I’ve never given it a go. I’m too used to Buffer! Thanks for reading and commenting! x

  10. January 30, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Awesome ideas! Thank you!

    • Sophie Wright
      February 4, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      No problem, thanks for reading!

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