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10 Apps You Need To Be A Better Blogger

10 Apps to be a Better Blogger District Sparkle

Looking to take your blog to the next level? These 10 apps are where your journey begins. Whether you’re new to the game or looking to refine your approach, these apps will give you the boost you need to get the job done.

1. Google Analytics

Google Analytics tracks and reports all of your website traffic. By embedding a simple code on your blog, you can find out how many people visit your site, how long they stay, what time they visit, find where your readers are located, how old they are, how many readers are new and how many keep coming back, what their interests are and so much more. With this information you’ll be able to tell which campaigns bring the most traffic to your blog and see what your readers click on most in order to get a feel of which content you’re publishing is the most popular.

2. Hootsuite

This is a free social media scheduling tool. Before you jump for joy, this tool does not schedule Instagram or Pinterest posts (we’ll touch on that in a bit). There are tons of other scheduling platforms out there like TweetDeck and Twuffer so it comes down to personal preference. I like the site layout and how easy it is to switch back and forth between scheduling tweets and Facebook posts. In addition to their website, they have an easy to use app for when you need to schedule on the go.

3. CoSchedule

If I could recommend one addition to your blogging arsenal, this would be it. For $19 a month, the site helps you organize marketing and build your audience by keeping your content (new and old) consistent. The editorial calendar let’s you plan your week in advance and schedule corresponding social media posts all in one place – there’s even a plug-in for WordPress so you can manage everything from your dashboard. My favorite feature? After linking all of your social profiles you can schedule posts to be published at the “best time” when your traffic is highest on each network. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to my blog. Try it a 2-week free trial to see if it’s the tool for you. Sign up here

4. Planoly

Planoly is a free app let’s you schedule your Instagrams and get push notifications when it’s time to post. Unfortunately, there is still no app out there that will schedule and auto-post Instagrams for you. With Planoly, you’re able to see all of your comments in one place; whether you’re using the website or the mobile app, this makes responding to comments incredibly simple. There’s also a small section for analytics in the free version. If you choose the pay option, more analytical tools become available.

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5. Iconosquare

While there are similar free options out there, I choose to pay $5 a month for this app. It’s the key to learning everything you ever wanted to know about your Instagram. Based on past performance, it tells me what’s trending, the best time to post, and and provides engagement analytics, among other things. I get emails each day about the previous day’s performance and analytics. If you’re interested in organically building your Instagram platform by learning about your audience, I would highly recommend this app.

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6. Mosaico

This app is basically just a $6 Instagram post organzier so you’re able to see the layout of your feed before you publish. This is especially helpful if you’re trying to follow a certain pattern in your feed or you’re just Type-A, like me, when it comes to Instagram. Gone are the days of posting an Instagram, checking to make sure it looks good in your feed, then quickly deleting it if it isn’t up to par. After using this app for a month, I’ve also found that I’m not scrambling as much to get posts up since they’re scheduled well in advance. You can also add text and tags to each image so they’re ready when you’re ready.

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7. VSCO

Filters, filters, filters. Whatever look you want, VSCO is the place to get it. Tons of free filters come with the app but if you’re looking for more you can buy additional packages for a few bucks. Similarly, you can buy filter packages on the VSCO website that can be used in Lightroom on your computer. These are more expensive (around $50 when they’re not running a promo), but worth it.

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8. rewardStyle

rS is the publishing house behind LIKEtoKNOW.it. After signing up for rewardStyle, you’ll be able to use LIKEtoKNOW.it in any Instagram post. It links products you’ve saved in your rS profile to the image so that consumers can shop the post (your outfit/home decor/desk accessories, etc) and you earn a commission. After an image is ‘liked’ LTK distributes your enabled content to consumers via email. Readers can also access all of your LTK posts through a main site.

The app is where the magic happens. Here, you can link the products you’ve favorited to a specific image that will then be exported into Instagram for publication. You can now schedule these posts in the rS app and receive a notification when it’s time to post. Not a member of rewardStyle yet? Shoot me an email!

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9. Tailwind

For $15 a month, you can now schedule Pinterest posts. Yes, you heard me right. Absolutely worth the price of admission. After using this platform for less than a month, I’ve already seen a higher rate of traffic driven to my blog from Pinterest than ever before. Tailwind also gives you the option to install a extension making it possible to pin + schedule an image in one easy pop-up. Sign up here

10. Bloglovin’

Essentially, this is the new Feedly. It’s the one place I go every morning to catch up on my favorite blogs. Bloglovin’ will also recommend new blogs for you to follow based on the ones that are currently in your feed. Get started today and while you’re at it, make sure you’re following District Sparkle!

 

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