If you’re a blogger, then you’re probably looking for tools that make the blogging experience a bit easier.
.. I know I am..
Below is a list of the 7 best blogging tools that will do just that.
Here’s what they are:
This is a free service that lets you bring your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and share them easily. You’ll never have to email yourself a file again! Watch their YouTube video to learn more.
I freaking love Drop Box. I use it all the time. There’s no need for USB’s anymore.
Whenever I need a file on another computer, my laptop, iPad or iPhone, I just drag it to my Drop Box folder and access it wherever I want.
If you haven’t been using Drop Box, you don’t know what you’re missing. Plus, it’s free! Download it here..
Looking for an app that does almost everything to make you more productive and stress free? Evernote is the application for you. You can save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see.
You can access it anywhere.. it’s compatible with almost every mobile device out there and you can find stuff you’ve saved fast by using the search feature.
Evernote is more than a To-Do list.. it’s like having an extra brain to hold the things you don’t want to forget.
Weird analogy?… yea, but you get the point.
I use All Top to get caught up on what’s going on in my industry. I use this awesome site to spy on my “competitors”, and try to figure out what I can add to what’s being said about a particular topic.
Stealing topics isn’t a bad idea either… that’s why all they’re talking about now is that Carnival cruise ship in the evening news.
I’ll address this idea of stealing and creativity in a future post, because I think it’s an important one to cover.
… even if it’s been covered thousands of times before..
This simple desktop app makes me super duper productive. I set the timer for 25 minutes and start writing, or designing, or doing whatever I need to do to grow my blog.
When the 25 minutes are up, I take a 5 minute break. (the break is actually built into the application itself). I use this time to take my mind of the task at hand so I can get back at it with super clear focus.
If you download any of the tools I mention in this post, let it be this one.
… plus it’s free!
Need to find high quality images for your blog posts, but don’t want to spend $3 on a simple picture.. this is the site for you. You can type in any keyword, select the image you want, fill out a form asking for permission to use the image and you’re done.
This site is filled with fancy images that you just can’t find on Google Image search. Give it a try, you might like what you find.
My go-to software when things go haywire with my websites. I can upload and download scripts, images and documents. I can edit files that corrupt my site. I can do all sorts of stuff.
There are several other FTP programs (CuteFTP and SmartFTP to name a few) but I like FileZilla. =)
This web application allows you to capture screenshots straight from the web and even add annotations. You can circle stuff.. underline.. highlight.. cross out.. put stuff in rectangles and a bunch of other things.
It’s a Chrome extension, but it’s also available for the Firefox and Safari browsers. Sorry Internet Explorer users.. why are you using IE anyway? =)
I use this desktop app occasionally. There are times where I get distracted very easily and need to block everything out and get some writing done.
This is mostly when I’m working on a big post, a special report, or an autoresponder sequence.
Focus Writer opens up beautifully and creates a blank screen for you to write. No icons. No Youtube. No Twitter. No Aweber stats. Nothing. Just you, your keyboard and Focus Writer.
What Other Tools Make Blogging Easier For You?
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