Have you ever sat in front of your computer, frustrated by your social media marketing, and wished you could just spend less time dealing with all of it? It’s shocking how much is involved in keeping your pages updated. You probably have more than one social media page. Each one requires you to post original content and re-post related content from other users. You also need to respond to people who post on your pages, monitor your analytics, and strategize to grow your audience.
You also have email marketing lists that need content, and you have to keep up with new followers who sign up for your newsletters. Unless you have an assistant to handle all of these tasks for you, they can easily suck up all the time in your day.
Instead of becoming a shut-in who rarely emerges from behind the computer screen, perhaps it’s time you start automating some of those tasks. There are all kinds of tools that can make the social media marketing and blogging process almost effortless. From scheduling your posts to automating your responses, these 20 blogging tools can make you love blogging again. Get ready to meet your 20 new best friends.
Essential Blogging Tools To Grow up Your Blog
Automate your SEO management with QuickSprout. Just type in your URL address, and QuickSprout will tell you which posts have been the most successful. You can use this information to shape your future content.
Outbound Engine takes over the entire social media and marketing process for you. The service plans and tests marketing strategies for your business, creates email newsletters, and updates your social media profiles. If you are going on vacation, Outbound Engine can take over the entire process for you. Or you can use them as your main social media management tool.
Post Planner is a Facebook marketing tool that finds the most popular content in your industry, adds it to a queue, and posts it to your page automatically. It won’t be original content for your readers, but it will likely draw them to your page.
Similar to Post Planner, Buffer takes content that you send to your Facebook page from Feedly, and shares it with your followers based on a pre-configured timeline.
Use Alltop to automate the content creation process. Instead of seeking new content all the time, set up a news feed on Alltop. You can access the news feed at any time and always have new content to tweet or blog about to your readers.
You can completely automate your blog writing process by having Essay Mama do it for you. Just give your topic, deadline, and expectations to their team, and they’ll create high-quality blog content as often as you want it.
Pocket is another great way to save time on finding content. Any time you read interesting content that you want to share with your readers, save it to the Pocket app. You will never have to miss out on a great article just because you forgot about it.
Use Hemingway Editor to quickly spot sentences that are difficult to read. The app will tell you when you need to re-write a sentence for clarity or to change it to active voice. The app is free and very easy to use.
Dlvr.it helps spread your content across all of your social media channels. You choose a source, and whenever you post to that source, Dlvr.it posts it to your other pages. You can also add items to your queue, and Dlvr.it will post it based on a pre-determined schedule.
Evergreen posts are posts that never expire. They are not time-sensitive. They can be posted any time and they will always be relevant. Social Oomph allows you to put these “evergreen” posts in a queue, and it will repost them as frequently as you request. You can make multiple variations of the same tweet so your readers are less likely to notice the repetition.
IFTTT (If This, Then That) lets you automate all sorts of actions from a “recipe” list of over 4,0000 examples. Things like “If this company posts to Instagram, then post it to Twitter.” If you can’t find an action that you want, you can create one.
PlagTracker scans your entire document to find any instances of plagiarism. It then replaces these sentences with 100% original content.
Aweber is an email-marketing app with automated systems built in. For instance, when a new user signs up for your email list, Aweber will send out an introductory email or a series of emails.
Enter your content topic into BuzzSumo’s website, and it will tell you which social media pages have the most similar popular content. For instance, a topic may have been posted 4,000 times on Pinterest and only 700 times on Facebook. If this is the case, you would want to post to Pinterest instead of Facebook.
Use this website to quickly generate a list of possible headlines. If you know what topic you want to write about, Blog Topic Generator can create a week’s worth of content ideas in just a few seconds. Save yourself time and stress.
Never spend another valuable minute searching the web for copyright-free images. Death to Stock Photos sends a monthly email of stock photos to your inbox.
CopyScape is an extremely easy to use website that scans all of your writing to find any instances of plagiarism across the web. It costs $0.05 per search, but it can be invaluable to your blogging efforts.
Automate all of your social media platforms from one place. Hootsuite lets you attach all of your social media pages to one profile. You can schedule all of your posts and use the “insights” tool to learn when is the best time to share your content.
Insert your topic, and Portent’s title generator will come up with creative possible headlines. It also explains why each part of the title is effective. You can use it when you’re having a hard time coming up with a title or when you want to improve upon an existing idea.
MailChimp can completely take over your email marketing efforts. The website is free if you have up to 2,000 people on your email list.
Using these tools will guarantee that your site is well cared for, even when you no longer have the motivation to deal with them. Let them take the sting out of your day-to-day blogging efforts or completely take over your page when you want to take a vacation. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your social media pages and your blog will be covered, your readers will get fresh content, and your actions will be automated.
Author: Kenneth Waldman is a freelance writer and content creator. He draws his inspiration out of the traveling. Get in touch with him on Linkedin.