Tools & Resources for Bloggers and Creative Online Entrepreneurs
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When it comes to building my blog and online business, I might be a tools junkie. I love discovering and testing new tools that can make my life easier and my business strategies stronger. The tools I use have helped me develop strategic workflows, grow my blog, save time, design my brand, and get organized!
Tailwind is a Pinterest & Instagram Marketing Toolkit complete with a Smart Scheduler (This thing changed my life), In-Depth Analytics, and Tribes. Check out my post Pin like a Pro with the Tailwind Pinterest Scheduler for an in-depth look at how I use Tailwind for Pinterest.
Boardbooster is also a Pinterest Scheduler but I personally use this in conjunction with Tailwind. I use Tailwind for scheduling pins. Then I use the added features of Boardbooster: Looping Pins & The Pin Doctor. Boardbooster also has a database of Group Boards so you can find new Group Boards to join.
ConvertKit is an Email Marketing Platform specifically built to meet the unique marketing needs of professional bloggers, complete with automation and tagging features. I can easily create an email opt in form with a content upgrade that auto-delivers to my readers inbox.
Canva & Canva Work
Canva is hands down the best tool I've used for creating Pinterest images and other visuals for my blog and business. The best part? Canva is free!! If you want to take it to the next level there is a paid version of Canva -Canva Work you can use to save image templates, brand colors and font palettes.
Evernote is like the best notebook you've ever had in your life. And it's free. You can create notebooks and then save notes within each notebook. I use it to plan and write my blog posts. I also have an Ideas Notebook where I save ideas for my blog. You can even clip content from the web and save it to your notes for future reference.
Asana is a Task Management tool. I use it to keep a running list of all of the tasks I need to get done for my blog and business. You can add tasks to a running to do list and add notes and additional details within each task. No more unorganized sticky notes and notebooks. All my tasks in one place. Amazing.
Squarespace is the website platform I use to host and build my site. I've tried others and Squarespace is hands down my favorite. It's easy to use, has beautiful design templates, simple customization, and all of the features I need built in (No more plug-ins). It's simplified the backend of my site so I can focus on my content and biz.
Mindnode is a mindmapping app for Mac and iOS. I use it to brainstorm how I'm going to organize my content, the blueprint of my website, email marketing campaigns, and sales funnels. Basically anytime I have an idea I use MindNode to bring clarity and help me visualize the details.
CoSchedule Headline Analyzer
CoSchedule's Headline Analyzer is a great tool to help you write blog post titles that are more likely to get clicked, based on proven strategies and analytics. You enter the title you're thinking of for your blog post and the tool will give you an overall score, feedback, and suggestions.
Sumo Share Icons are the social share icons you see scrolling with this page. This makes it easy for your readers to share your content on social media. You can customize which social icons are displayed and the color and shape of the icons.
Google Analytics is the most comprehensive analytics tool I've used for my website. You can see the number of daily visitors to your site, traffic sources, track conversions, see your most popular pages based on number of page views and time spent on each page. To name a few!
Regina of byRegina.com created this one year Editorial Planner. This is an actual physical workbook that ships to you - what?! I know. When so many of the tools and resources I use are digital products, it's actually really nice to put pencil to paper to plan my content.
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