Smart bloggers are always looking for ways to save time and be more productive. There are many time management and productivity tools out there but it can be a challenge finding out the ones which are actually worth your time.
Here are ten tools that you should definitely try out.
A great resource for procrastinators and the chronically distracted. StayFocussed is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps limit the amount of time spent on some websites that distract you. StayFocussed blocks them for a day, so you can, well, stay focussed. Effective method, though maybe a bit extreme.
CoSchedule Headline Analyzer scores your headlines and tries to predict whether they will be a hit or a miss taking into account many factors such as word balance, structure, grammar, readability, character and word count and also provides Google search preview, keywords, and other details.
Using this tool, you don’t even have to write a full headline, you just type three nouns, click the ‘Get me blog topic!’ button, and get the results. It may not always throw up the most readily usable ideas but you do get enough to improvise and build upon.
Original content is the blogger’s best friend and you should always strive to keep that as a priority. However, it’s sometimes difficult to create something truly new in an age where everything is a copy of a copy of a copy.
So if you’re writing your own posts and research other articles during writing, always check your writing for anything that might have inadvertently creeped in verbatim.
To complement high-quality content, you need good visual content. Compfight is a search engine that helps you find free and royalty-free images for you to use using the Flickr search API.
It also provides you with clear attribution guidelines along with an FAQ section where you will information on how to use different types of licenses.
Moz is an SEO tool that helps with the big picture strategy for your blog (what content your target audience expects to see and what content evokes interest) and make your online presence more effective (by providing you with tools to improve your positions in search engines). A great tool to be a few steps ahead.
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably struggled with task management at some point. Todoist is a to-do list created to make your life less tense and more organised.
It’s accessible on mobile devices and web browsers and allows you to create projects and tasks, set and track notifications, reminders, productivity, due dates, and comments.
Trello is a task management software using which you can create, manage, and collaborate on projects that you are currently working on.
To be precise, your team shares a dashboard with a number of lists and cards. Your colleagues can work on it in real-time, creating and editing cards as needed. Other features include comments, notifications, due dates, and labels, among many others.
Good news for bloggers working on WordPress. The Editorial Calendar plugin makes editorial management a breeze by allowing you to view and schedule all the posts and their statuses in one central location.
Users can also drag and drop posts if they want to change the publishing dates. Quickedit mode allows you to change titles, dates, and content.
Ninja Outreach is a marketing tools that helps you compile a list of influencers from a specific industry or other subject matter experts. Ninja Outreach has a database of over 4 million websites.
To use Ninja Outreach, you just type a keyword, set search parameters, and run the search. You can email people on your outreach lists via your Ninja Outreach profile and keep track of all communication.
What are some tools that you use to work smarter and save time? Let us know in the comments!
This is a guest contribution by Nancy Lin, a freelance writer from Kansas City. She enjoys writing about blogging and personal technology. Connect with Nancy via Twitter and LinkedIn.