Hey everyone! So, in this post I thought it would be helpful to go through 10 apps you need for blogging. From social media to photo-editing apps, everyone loves a good nosy at how others do it right?! I know I do, and I know you guys loved my Blog Plan post so let’s get started!
Twitter has to be my top app for social media because this is where most of my traffic comes from. It’s great for joining in on comment and follow threads to get people to visit your blog and leave comments in your posts. Twitter has a huuuuuuge amount of bloggers out there and its such a lovely little community so it’s definitely worth having to help get yourself out there and interacting with others! If you’d like to give me a follow on there, here’s the link to my account!
Although Twitter drives most of my traffic to my blog, I have to say I prefer Insta as a social media platform as its so much more visual and easier to interact. Also, you have more characters to play with on your captions lol!! I love watching Insta stories, and I’m getting to grips with them myself. However, I cannot stand the sound of my own voice so you won’t be hearing me talk on there anytime soon lol! I’m currently working on improving my Insta account and doing lots of research in the background. I received some feedback that my feed was quite dark so I’ve been editing my pictures and I think it’s slowly improving my figures! I’ve also managed to plan a whole months worth of content for Instagram for May which I’m really proud of! So, to find out what I’m going to be posting, check out my account!
Obviously, if you don’t blog through WP, then this one isn’t for you but you’ll have your alternative. The WordPress app is great not only for creating your posts but also for the Reader function where you can keep up to date with every new post published by the bloggers you follow. You can also view your stats for daily views and blog visitors so there’s everything you need to maintain your blog in one place!
Pinterest is a bit of a sore subject for me now. I absolutely love browsing for all the ideas for my boards, and it’s so rewarding seeing my monthly unique viewers rising every day. A while back, Pinterest decided to deactivate my previous account because I apparently violated their spam policy. After numerous emails and only receiving replies from bots, they decided they wouldn’t be reinstating my account. I was so gutted, all my hard work gone! Anyway, I decided to start a new account, start a fresh, and really make an effort with this one. I go to pin my first pin and guess what. Pinterest have marked my website as spam!! So I can’t pin because they won’t allow links to my blog, so it looks like I’ll never get traffic to my blog from there, but I’m going to keep my account and just use it to gather ideas. But, I have learned that to start getting traffic to your blog from Pinterest, you really have to persevere and pin constantly!
Ok, Canva is the only app I’ve ever used for any of my graphics for blogging and my promotional work on social media. It has soooo many templates, and a lot of them are free! From images for Instagram posts, Twitter headers, Pinterest pins, blog headers, you name it, Canva has it. It’s really easy to use too, trust me if I can, anyone can lol!
I’ve been using Photofox to add frames to my pictures for Insta and it’s made such a difference to my feed! To be honest, I’ve not really played with any of the other features as that’s all I was looking for. But the other free features are Filters, Adjust, Brushes, Blending, Transform and Frames.
This app is the one I use to make my photos lighter and brighter. I won’t lie, I have absolutely NO idea what exposure, contrast and all those things are. But on the Light feature of this app, I adjust all of those to the same settings and it’s worked so far lol! There are other features on Lightroom too but again, I’ve not tried them out.
Buffer is the app I use to schedule tweets when I’m going to be at work all day. While we’re on lockdown I’ve been able to be more active on Twitter so I’ve not really used Buffer much. I usually schedule tweets that link to blog posts (old and new, because you can’t forget about the old posts!), and follow links for my social media accounts. You can also schedule your Insta posts but I use a different app for that which is up next!
So I signed up to Later a while ago but never really used it until recently. You can schedule your Instagram posts (up to 30 a month for free) and preview your feed, like in the picture below. It allows you to switch up the order of your posts to suit any theme you may have, and make sure it flows well. You can have your captions ready, add tags, geotags and hashtags saved too! Now I’ve got most of my content for May planned out, I’ll be using Later to schedule them so I’ll see how it goes! I also love the emails they send you when you sign up. They give you really good tips on how to get the most out of your Insta. Definitely worth a read, which I must admit, I’m yet to do for a lot of them!!
If you want to send emails to your new subscribers, or you have a lead magnet to give away, Mailchimp is the app for you. You can set up multiple campaigns depending on what you need, but it’s fairly easy to use. It’s also free until you have 2k subscribers. I learned how to use it when I signed up to an online course by a lady called Marina Di Giovanni. The course was really helpful! (Not an ad, just sharing the love!)
Well there you have it! The 10 apps you need for blogging! In my opinion anyway lol! What are your fave apps? Let me know in the comments! Until next time, Steff xx