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10 Tools to Supercharge Your Productivity

Blogging Productivity Tools

Source: http://bit.ly/1UIkxHP bought by Linda Craig

A guest post by Linda Craig.

Is blogging all about producing high-quality content, featuring it on a lovely site, and promoting it in front of the target audience? We’re getting close to a comprehensive definition, but there is one factor we lack: productivity. There is no point in writing awesome posts if you don’t produce enough of them.

If you attract a great deal of audience with a particularly popular publication, you’ll have to keep up the good work. But, how are you supposed to fit daily blogging activities within a tight schedule? Don’t worry; technology is always at your side. Try the following 10 tools if you want to supercharge your creativity.

  1. Squirrly

There is no point in wasting your time locating the most popular long-tail keywords with Google AdWords, when you can just install the Squirrly plugin for WordPress and get access to the search queries you need.

When you enter a keyword in Squirrly, you’ll get a list of long-tail keywords you can easily fit into your post. You’ll save tons of time with your SEO practices, but you’ll also attract more readers with a single post.

  1. Evernote

Sometimes you come across online articles that can serve as an inspiration for your future posts. Sometimes you get great ideas while traveling or waiting in line, but you can’t write a blog post at that moment. That’s why you have Evernote – an app that helps you note down all ideas and plans you have.

The notebooks are easy to manage, so you can categorize your ideas and access them at any time. You can also use Evernote as writing software; that’s how awesome it is!

  1. HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator

HubSpot is the right tool to use when you’re wondering what topic you should opt for. You just insert 3 nouns related to your theme, and the tool will generate cool topics you can choose from. Some of the phrases won’t be grammatically correct, but you can always get inspired by the suggestions.

This blog topic generator is a really great tool to use when you find yourself in a writer’s block, but you can’t afford to skip a publication date.

  1. AssignmentMasters

What if you promised to write a certain post by a specific deadline, but you fail to deliver what your audience expects? In the worst case scenario, people will keep visiting your blog for a while and then they’ll forget all about it if they don’t see frequent updates.

If you don’t know how to approach an important topic, you don’t have enough information or ideas, or you simply don’t have time to write a post, you can start collaborating with a writer from AssignmentMasters. This is also an editing service, so you can use it to make your posts much cleaner before publication.

  1. Google Drive

If you’re not used to writing your posts directly in WordPress, then you’ll appreciate the simplicity and functionality of Google Drive. It has all features you need, and you won’t be paranoid about losing the content because it automatically stores your worn online.

  1. Wunderlist

Unfortunately this app is now discontinued, but here is a post which provides 11 alternatives: https://www.chamberofcommerce.org/best-wunderlist-alternatives/

  1. Trello

You can use the Trello board to pin ideas, to-do lists, and project details. You can monitor the tasks that are currently being developed, and you’ll mark the ones the team has already completed. Trello is a very flexible tool, so you can create different lists, suitable for the nature of your project.

  1. Quora

A new blog post always starts with a research. You want to know what your target audience is interested in, what questions they have, and what problems they need to solve.

Thanks to Quora, you can immediately think of a useful post you can write. Don’t hold back and become part of this community. That’s a great way to promote your blog. Answer some questions as an expert, and you’ll attract a greater audience towards your actual blog.

  1. Fyrebox

With this cool tool, you can make your own quizzes for the blog. If, for example, you’re maintaining a blog about cosmetics, you can craft a quiz that tells men and women what type of skin they have and what products they should opt for. The opportunities are endless, so make sure to take advantage of them.

Another online quiz-maker tool, Leadquizzes, helps you analyse your leads so that you can make smarter marketing decisions to grow your business further. This tool is a very practical way to increase your leads and learn about your audience – no tech skills needed.

  1. Sendible

You can’t get really productive with writing if you have to maintain several social media accounts as part of your marketing campaign. Wait; you can! Thanks to Sendible, you can manage social networks, engage your audience, schedule posts, and measure ROI from a single dashboard.

Bonus items!

11. Milanote

This is a tool for organising creative projects into beautiful visual boards. It feels like working on the wall in a creative studio – its flexible drag and drop interface is visual, tactile and sometimes a bit messy – a great fit for designers who work in teams remotely.

It allows you to write notes and to-do lists, upload images and files and save content from the web. Boards by default are a private place to think, but with a single click you can create a shared workspace for collaboration with your team. Milanote is filled with hundreds of built-in templates to help you get started with a variety of different projects, from creating a mood board to writing that perfect creative brief.

12. Xtensio

Xtensio brings team communication and workflow together with living documents and presentations. It’s a collaborative platform where all of your strategy, management, product and marketing efforts are centralized under a single platform.

Do you get the picture? These tools will make your work faster and easier, so you’ll get better results with the same time you spend on blogging. Try them and tell us what you think!

Linda CraigAbout the author:

Linda Craig is a creative writer, blogger and researcher of modern career issues. Feel free to reach her by Twitter.

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  • John says:

    Indeed a great list. 😀
    I am using some of these blogging tools and these tools always make my work easy and time consuming.
    I use these blogging tools:
    1. WordPress as CMS
    2. Grammarly as proof reading tool
    3. Flickr for high quality images
    4. Google Keyword Planner
    5. Google Webmaster Tools
    6. Google Analytics
    7. Long Tail Pro
    8. HostGator Hosting
    These are some blogging tools and resources which I am using on my blog and I am happy with these tools.
    Either way, Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post with us. 😀

  • bietthu3tang says:

    There are many tools I do not know yet. Currently, I only use Google Drive and Evernote, but not fully utilized. Thank you very much.

  • I use Google Drive and Trello But I am going to try out these tools.

    Few other tools I use regularly are
    Longtail Pro
    Keywords Everywhere Chrome plugin
    Coschedule Headline Analyzer
    Google Analytics
    Hueman Free template
    Yoast Free version
    Grammarly
    MyCurator

    Also I am always on the look out for new tools to include or replace my existing tools list

    Thank you for your tools list

    SB

  • I had started my Blog just a few months ago and am still learning. You blog post definitely gives me inspiration and a kick to really get with it.

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