How long has it been?
You know … since you started looking for the magical tool of successfulness … the secret tool all the successful bloggers use.
The tool they use to magically grow their audiences, build their email lists, and create their revenue streams?
If only it were that simple.
Tools I’m Using As A Blogger
The magical tool of successfulness may not exist, but there are plenty of real tools that do. All you have to do is find the right combination that works for you.
I’ve tried a lot different combinations over the years, but find that keeping it simple works best for me – at least for now.
Here are the tools that work for me and why.
Evernote – I use this for general planning, taking notes on the go, free-writing, and drafting content in a distraction-free environment. It’s almost like a private digital journal, where you can dump all your ideas, works in progress, and to-do lists. I like that my account is always synced – no matter if I’m using my computer or phone, I can pick up where I left off.
Google Drive – I use this to share documents and collaborate with others. I like it because it eliminates the need to use email ( thanks #GoogleWave ).
Editorial Calendar – I use this for content management and scheduling. It’s not CoSchedule, but it’s free and supports a bird’s eye view of your month, drag and drop re-arranging, and setting deadlines. If you’re serious about content, start here.
Canva – I use this to create social media, infographic, and article visuals. I like it because it has a collection of presets available for popular social networks, so you don’t have to worry about the ideal dimensions for your social profiles or posts. It also offers a ton of great fonts, imagery, and pre-designed text styles. I used Canva to create the image above.
Google AdWords – I use a few other tools for long-tail and competitive keywords, but this is still my go-to for general keyword research.
Yoast – I use this to optimize my content for search engines. I like it because it offers several optimization measurements within WordPress, including keyword density, readability, and more.
Moz – I use this to track how well or poorly my content is ranking within search engines. I like it because it offers keyword insights, revealing where you need to improve.
MailChimp – I use this for subscriber management and email communication. Clean. Simple. I like it because it’s easy to use and I don’t have many subscribers so it’s still free lol.
Buffer – I use this for scheduling social activity, monitoring follower reactions, and optimizing my social timing based on my following. I like it because it allows me to batch social activity for the week in one sitting, which in turn allows me to focus on creating new content.
Google Analytics – I use this for traffic insights. At times it feels pretty bulky, but I like it because it’s powerful and free.
It’s always a good idea to keep searching for tools that help you improve as a blogger, but don’t let yourself waste time searching for the magical tool of successfulness.
You already have it.
There’s only one way to grow an audience, build an email list, and create a revenue stream – you have to do the work.
You have to set your mind to it.
Because in the end, your mind is the magical tool of successfulness.
What Tools Are You Using this year?
I’d love to hear what tools you’re using to improve your blogging – let me know in the comment section below.