You’ve heard that “it takes a village” saying, right? Well, with blogging, it’s more like “it takes a garage filled with a whole bunch of tools.” Not sure if that’s the best metaphor in the world, but the point is, we’ve found that taking your blog to the next level is a hell of a lot easier if you have the right tools. Tools to help you build traffic. Tools to help you stay organized. Tools to help you breathe. That said, here are some of the top tools we recommend.
We’ve covered why you need a self-hosted blog. Well, for that, we recommend you go with iPage. Why? Well, first of all, it’s totally inexpensive. And with their one-click WordPress installation, you can have your blog up and running in a matter of minutes. All for as little as $1.99 per month. Click here to get started!
Building traffic can take a long time. However, with Pay-Per-Click ads (PPC), you can generate targeted organic traffic to your site. Imagine someone searching your main keyword, and your blog pops up first.
For that, I recommend Yahoo GEMINI. Why? Because it’s simple to use and if you sign up now with the code YAHOOADS, you’ll get a $50 credit for free! Get your free credit here.
Invoicing and Bookkeeping
When I started my own online business, I focused all my energy on content and didn’t really consider the bookkeeping aspect of it. Well, let’s just say tax time after that first year wasn’t exactly easy. But then I learned my lesson and found Freshbooks. From invoicing the people I blogged for to keeping track of my expenses, Freshbooks is my go-to solution. Try Freshbooks free here and be prepared come tax time.
Who would have thought that an integral part of running a website is networking? But once I started attending conferences, my business grew dramatically thanks to connections made with advertisers and other bloggers. And what’s crucial to those meetings? Business cards! Tell the story of you with premium business cards from Moo.
Social Media Management
To be a successful blogger, you need to build a solid social media following. However, if you don’t have a plan, along with a systemized way to carry out that plan, you’ll never achieve that goal. That’s why I use Hootsuite to manage my social profiles. Hootsuite allows you to see and control all your social profiles in one place. You can even schedule out messages to share way in advance. Stop piece-mealing your social media together and get it together. Try Hootsuite free for 30 days.
Dropbox is a way to organize all your files (drafts, images, contracts, etc.) in one convenient spot while being able to access it from anywhere with an internet connection. No more “aw man I left that at home on my desktop” and no more losing flash drives filled with your life’s work. Try Dropbox free for 30 days and get organized!