7 Free Tools You Should be Using To Help You Manage Your Blog

clockBlogging should be fun, right? After all, it’s all about you and your interests. But when you’re balancing kids, a full-time job, dinners and more, keeping your blog updated can start to feel like a burden. Find Your Influence to the rescue! We’ve gathered some of our favorite apps, tools and programs that can help you manage your blog and social presence more efficiently, and hopefully, more enjoyably.

1. Feedly

A big part of creating great blog content is keeping up with what’s popular on the web. But who has time to read the entire internet? You do. If you’re not already using a reader, start now. By putting all of your favorite links into Feedly, you can get your daily reading done all in one place. You can easily see who has new posts and what’s popular. You can also divide your content into different categories—like mom blogs or recipes.

2. Editorial Calendar Plugin

If you have a WordPress blog, this one is for you. Instead of using spreadsheets or logging in to other apps, you can manage your editorial calendar directly in WordPress. The free plugin offers drag and drop functionality in a easy-to-use calendar where you can see all of your posts at once.

3. Buffer

You already know having a social media marketing is important, but geez louise it’s hard to keep up with. Buffer can help. First of all, the web app is pretty. Good design is always a major plus. You can schedule posts, copy them to other platforms and easily add their suggested content.

4. iDashboard app

This free mobile app is a great way to keep track of your blog data. Simply connect your Google Analytics account and then you can easily view your key performance indicators whenever you want.

5. Evernote

This app has become extremely popular so you’re likely already using it, but it’s definitely worth the mention in case you’re not. Evernote is like a digital filing cabinet. You can use it to store and organize anything from recipes to last year’s taxes. If you use their web clipper, you can easily grab articles you see on the web, add some helpful tags and save—all without leaving the page. You can also use it to store blog images, graphics and ideas.

6. Easy Tweet Embed

Another WordPress plugin, Easy Tweet Embed does exactly what you’d think. It makes sharing your blog post on Twitter easy. You can add prepopulated text to the share button so that when someone wants to tweet your post, most of the work is already done for them.

7. Easel.ly

Good visual content is often just as important as the words on the page. But hey, we can’t all be professional designers! Easel.ly is an easy-to-use tool for building beautiful graphics. You can build a graphic from one of their templates,  add features to your liking, save as an image or pdf, and voila! You’ve got great graphics to share with your followers.
There are tons of other tools out there that can make managing your blog easy and more enjoyable. What are some of your favorites?

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