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!
I use SmarterQueue to schedule my Twitter and Facebook posts. You can recycle your evergreen posts so you're not constantly starting over. You can also search for content to share from others right in the SmarterQueue tool. This tool is half the price of some of the big name players and has all the features. I've been amazed w/it's functionality.
Sumo Share Icons are the social share icons you see at the bottom of each of my posts. 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.
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.
ConvertKit is an Email Marketing Platform specifically built to meet the unique marketing needs of professional bloggers and creative solopreneurs. Complete with automation and tagging features, you can automatically send series of content to specific members of your audience. My FAVORITE part about ConvertKit? It's EASY to use. Finally!
Leadpages & Leadboxes
A must have for growing your email list. You can use Leadpages to capture email addresses and send your audience content upgrades and freebies. They have full landing page templates you can customize. Also included are Leadboxes, the boxes you use to capture emails within your content, and automatically send your audience freebies.
>>Visuals & Design>>
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.
Not great at designing your own visuals? Creative Market is the online marketplace for all of your visual design needs. They have photos, fonts, logos, social media templates, icons, graphic elements, brand kits, and so much more! Ready to use design assets from over twenty thousand independent designers. Like Amazon for creatives.
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.
>>Planning & Productivity>>
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.
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.
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.
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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