If you have ever felt confident putting your inner voice on a sheet of paper that you feel could and may relate to masses, you could be a strong candidate to be a blogger in your domain of interest. Now, blogging has a different place in different people’s lives. Some may develop it as a hobby or see it as a window through which they share what they feel and think. If mastered over time it can become a side gig for an individual; Neil Patel, Robin Sharma and ShoutMeLoud‘s Harsh Agrawal, are some of successful examples. These individuals have established themselves as brands and entities with the help of blogging and other means. Similarly, on a larger level, companies can leverage this power of blogging to maintain their social status, promote their products and services to a large digital audience and showcase the progress they are making in the market. Now, If you have just picked up your pen or your typewriter, you can warm up here before jumping into the pool of blogging or freelancing.
Below are 12 awesome yet simple tools you can use to kickstart your blogging career.
It is advised to start small when you are a newbie, no matter what job you are in. In the case of blogging as well, when you see the progress made towards a set target of 500 words per article on the word counter, you can work on becoming more concise and overcoming that mood swing that is hampering your productivity.
Though Google Docs and Microsoft Word have a word counter option, they do not provide you with real-time progress. With WordCounter you can see the number of words on screen and characters you have entered in real-time. You can now optimise your writing and keep it to the point with an intrinsic motivation to reach to a certain goal.
As Steve Jobs once said, “Creativity is just connecting the dots”. Similarly, a creative person often gets a new idea when he or she encounters a correlation of certain things and is inspired by it to create something new. Now, the next time you are reading a blog and get an idea to create something new, put it down on paper and if you do not find any around you, put it on Wunderlist.
Now, an amazing thing with this is that you can use it on your smartphone, tablet and even on a laptop, for free. The next time you get stuck while starting a piece, just go through the list and pick a topic you’ve saved and start writing. Put a date to keep a check on the list from time to time to stay on a uniform track.
3. Pen and Paper
Man started writing with this combination of tools and it persists to this day, even though the world is surrounded by gadgets everywhere. Gadgets have battery and availability issues, A paper and pen does not.
Initially, when you being writing, the best way to start is to do some research on that topic and make a list of all the important points on a piece of paper. You can later go through and create a system to put specific ideas to create your article around.
As the name itself suggests, it is basically a grammar and spell checker and a damn good one at that. You can add the extension to your browser and can keep a check on any silly mistakes that might put you in an embarrassing situation.
It simply highlights the area in question and simultaneously suggests the alternative for that word or phrase.
Whether it is a long sentence or a use of a passive voice, Hemingway Editor has an option for you to refine your writing. With Hemingway Editor you can increase the readability of your words and essentially just clean up your work.
It is like getting it proofread from someone before publishing it. It highlights the affected area with different color codes and also suggests an alternative phrase and word. It rates the readability of your words on a number scale and displays the result as ‘Good’ or ‘ok, ‘needs to improve’ and more.
To improve SEO on your blog, Yoast has proved to be one of the best companions for beginners. it automates the most basic SEO terms and let’s you concentrate on other more important things. It suggests keyword changes in the title, the right use of keywords in your headline and much more. Yoast is here to help.
It suggests using the keyword 6 times in your article if stretches around 500 words and also whether you have used the keyword in the alt tags in the image or not. Check it out.
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If you don’t want to waste time struggling to find a perfect title for your blog post, you can try the Hubspot Blog Topic Generator. Just put in three keywords you have in your mind and it will show you a list of titles top marketers that are internet friendly and creative.
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These days, you’ll often come across ads for an increasing demand for employees with a higher EQ (Emotional Quotient) at the workplace. The same goes with writing. If you can get to the head of the reader with your headline, you are creating maximum chances to at least get that click on your post’s link.
With the Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer, you can tweak your headlines till you at least reach a value of 50 % EMV, which is quite a decent score.
To define it in two words, it is a Plagiarism Checker. Everybody knows the cost when your content is not original and is copied from somewhere else on the internet. You can use Small SEO Tools to check if your content is 100 % original and if it not, you can see where the fault is.
So, the next time you post on your blog or send it to your client, do make sure it is plagiarism free.
Now, once you are done with the writing, it is time to beautify your post with amazing pictures. You can do this with Canva which is an easy to use tool to create beautiful images for your blog. You can upload your own images or work on a template based on a certain theme. And, if your blog lacks a bold logo, Canva is the tool play with.
If you have access to multiple social media profiles of your own, your colleagues or your friends, you may find Hootsuite your biggest time saver in the times of hustle. With Hootsuite you can schedule your tweets, update your Facebook page from multiple profiles in just a few clicks.
12. Google Analytics
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Once you’ve done the hard work, it is time to reap the fruits of your labour. With Google Analytics, you can keep a check on your progress report. You can see where you are lacking and where you have performed well. You get an idea of how well a post has performed by evaluating the number of views of a certain post or the repeat rate on it with many other evaluating parameters.
Do keep a check on any plagiarised content, be regular with your updates and don’t let your audience slip away with any silly mistakes. An easy to read, proofread article can go a long way and if not taken seriously can massively damage the reputation of your blog in a few seconds.
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