Welcome to Day 4 of the Blogging Information Week series! Today I am going to be talking about five websites that I think every blogger should be familiar with and use. I try to steer clear of websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest--if you guys aren't using those you really should be. I want to focus my attention on other sites I thought you all would like but may not know much about!
Klout is one of my all time favorite sites for managing my social media accounts. You can link up your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to Klout and it can show you where you influence people the most and kind of guide you into making awesome decisions about your social media usage.
Klout is constantly evolving too! They just added a Create and Schedule section recently where you can find cool article inspirations based on topics that you care about and you can schedule posts and links to go live on your social media accounts. I think this gives Klout a more relevant appeal to social media enthusiast. You can not only see your influence but help your influence grow!
Lastly, what I love about Klout, is you can get to try stuff based on your influence. Every once and a while Klout will select people to try out their Perks. I have received a year subscription to The Red Bulletin Magazine and a jar of Hershey's Spreads to try for free thanks to the Klout Perks Program.
HubSpot is one of my absolute favorite tools for growing and marketing your blog. They have so many amazing tools to help out bloggers like the Marketing Grader or the Blog Topic Generator they have. Using their blog topic generator actually gave me the idea for this series! I love HubSpot because they give away a ton of free tools for bloggers looking to expand their marketing skills! They really do help a ton and a lot of their content is relevant to even the smallest blogger. Some of their stuff is more for legit buy a product--blog on the side businesses, but a lot of it can be toned down for any blog. I highly encourage checking out HubSpot if you are interested in expanding and profiting from your blog!
In case it wasn't super freaking obvious--I have a slight obsession with PicMonkey. I used the website to make every graphic you have seen during this blogging information series and I just can't get enough of them. I finally became a Royale subscriber a few weeks back and it was the best decision I have made in a long time. I can't tell you how many times I have used my Royale subscription, and if someone asks it is totally worth it.
So why am I so obsessed? PicMonkey makes it ridiculously easy for bloggers to make graphics for their blogs. If you just want an image that has a simple pretty background on it with some words that's totes Pinterest ready--PicMonkey is for you! With PicMonkey you can edit photos, touch up photos, design photos, and make collages. There is so much to explore and PicMonkey is constantly updated with new stuff. I have been playing around with PicMonkey for a while and I haven't even hit the tip of the iceberg with the Royale features. 10/10 I would recommend PicMonkey to a friend!
Every blogger should be able to use some sort of analytical software. Even if page views don't matter to you, they usually matter somewhat to people you might work with. It's good to able to provide page view evidence, but Google Analytics does much more than just that. The first thing I love about Google Analytics is that it is a free tool for website owners to use. Here are some of my favorite parts of Google Analytics.
Google Analytics allows you to see how a person found your page, where they are from, what kind of internet browser they use, and a whole slew of other information. Finding out information like this helps you align your blogs with your readers. If you know that readers, on average, don't visit your website for a long time you can begin to make stronger introductions in your blogs to keep people around a little longer. You don't want to tailor your blog to your readers too much, but it helps if you know what your readers like and don't like.
Social media is such an important part of being a blogger, so you need to have a website that helps you manage it all. I have tried a bunch of different social media management tools, but I think the best one that I have personally used that is great for beginner blogger's is Buffer. Buffer is easy to use and it has a bunch of great features. It even has an app and is easy to use on your phone which in my opinion is important, because I am a busy person and I need to be able to share on the go.
If you are not scheduling your social media, you will probably have a hard time getting everything out there. Scheduling your social media can shave hours off your blogging week, so what are you waiting for? Use Buffer to schedule your social media out today.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. As always, if you have any comments/questions/concerns leave them in the comments section and I will get back to you soon.