When years ago I started my first blog, I had no idea that different apps for bloggers can make your job so. much. easier. I didn’t have a clue what were they and where to get them from.
And so it turned out that my first blog was text only. But then, the fantastic times came when I started to discover the magical world of online resources. I landed on my first royalty-free picture database (and boy, those pictures were HORRIBLE). I discovered how to make basic banners and edit pictures with Gimp.
It was a struggle. Struggle you don’t have to go through because nowadays we’re drowning in the ocean of apps for bloggers. Most of them are smart, easy to use and free.
But okay, before you get disappointed. By “free” I mean there’s a free plan along the premium one. Yes, it will have some limitations. That’s how most of these tools for bloggers work. If you cough up some money, you’ll get over those limitations and get access to some extra features.
Today I’ll break it all down for you. Let’s jump straight in.
Some of you still don’t know this tool exists. But it does and it’s super easy to use. If you’ve got no foggy idea about how to start with banners or social media post, Canva is a great place to start.
It’s based on drag-and-drop and intuitive user interface. The amount of templates they use is astounding, I’ll give them that. All you have to do is to pick and tweak.
When talking about videos, a lot of bloggers think about getting in front of the camera. That’s not necessary. You can make your blog content more attractive without showing your face. Plenty of tools for bloggers that make it possible. Lumen5 is one of them.
So far, the easiest tool that turns your blog posts into videos. All it takes is to link your blog post or upload a video script. Then, choose loop videos or graphics that will flow in the background.
A Lumen5 credit screen shows at the end of every video. It disappears when you upgrade to a premium version. But I’m not putting it as a minus – they’ve got to eat, right?
While I like and recommend Canva and Lumen5 alike, I have to say, Adobe Spark nearly stole me as their customer.
This platform is like a mixture of two tools mentioned above.
It allows you to create graphics, banners and videos from one platform. It’s got loads of templates, royalty free music, voice recording, branding, resizing and many other functions that come to you for free. Their premium plan is really cheap too if you want to unlock all the possible options and tweaks.
Adobe logo shows up on every clip of every video and on every graphic you make. But again, doubt if I should count it as a minus.
Later is one of the tools for bloggers that helps you managed your social media. Its primary target is Instagram – and they focus heavily on that one platform. However, they also let you schedule to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest – and that’s all most bloggers need.
The platform is easy to use and within its free plan, you schedule up to 30 messages monthly per platform. It’s got an inbuilt image editor so in many cases, you won’t even need an external graphics tool.
A lot of bloggers skip on SEO research because they’ve got no idea how to go around it. Ubersuggest is a free and easy to use tool that will help you find the best keywords.
It’s not the most advanced tool out there, I’m aware of that. However, for people who are only starting out and need some basic suggestions, it will do the job just fine.
There are people who start the day with a cup of coffee and a favourite newspaper. I start it with a cup of coffee and Feedly..
Back in the day, I bookmarked every single interesting site or blog I’ve found. I wanted to get back to them later, but you know very well what happens to 90% of bookmarks. I was the classic case of “save and forget”.
Feedly turned out to be the PERFECT solution. It’s free and it lets you store all your favourite blogs in one place. So long the site has a working RSS feed, Feedly will alert you each time there’s something new published.
Well, there you go – all these cool apps for bloggers that you can check out. Probably not the longest list you will find on the web, but here’s the thing. You don’t need a lot to create awesome blog content. I’m a devoted minimalist and I believe that less is more. And remember – there are loads of alternatives to those tools on the web. All it takes is a little research.
Are you on a spring cleaning spree around your house yet? Don’t neglect your blog. Next time we’ll talk about how to bring some freshness to your site.