Make Your Blogging Simple: 6 Useful Apps
You never know where and when you’ll get inspired to write a new blog post. It might be in a café, on a train, or even somewhere in a tent amidst the mountains, where you have neither your PC nor laptop with you. Then it makes sense for you to get your smartphone or tablet equipped with all the necessary blogging tools. Here are 6 must-have apps for bloggers.
As the most popular blogging platform, WordPress does not need to be announced as a sensation. However, not every blogger knows that it’s possible to write, format, publish, and edit posts right from their smartphone. With its help, you can also moderate the comments and view analytics of your blog performance. One of its most remarkable features is publishing photos and videos taken by your camera. Let’s say you have a blog about traveling and want to write a new post about the country you are now visiting. Write while your memories are still very fresh and publish your freshly taken photos.
One of its biggest advantages over other writing apps is that you can publish your posts immediately instead of just creating drafts and waiting till you get home and turn them into a fully-ready article. The app is currently available on iOS and Android devices and it undergoes regular upgrades for improving user experience and blogging capabilities.
2) Google Analytics
Even though the majority of blogging platforms and apps have integrated analytics tools, Google Analytics still occupies a top position when it comes to traffic and performance analysis. It has been developed by Google to let users monitor how their websites or blogs perform. Things get even easier when you can review your blog performance right from your mobile device. Available for Android and iOS users, Google Analytics enables performing an extended keyword research, based on the popularity, competition, and some more factors. Similarly, with its help, you can view your bounce rate, click-through rate, traffic sources, and the overall performance of your blog.
The app is highly useful when you cannot wait till you get home to view how your freshly-written post is performing. Whether on a train, bus, café, or just waiting for someone, it might be difficult to concentrate on writing or reading. Checking your blog analytics is the best way to spend your time with use. As a blogger, you should be aware that a successful blogging strategy is a result of constant testing of your writing styles, post lengths, CTA’s, links, traffic sources, and other factors that can influence the behavior of your readers. With this app, you can spot any blogging mistakes you make and improve your existing strategies.
A good blog post is, first of all, a result of good research. Sometimes, it takes, even more, time than writing itself. Whenever new and creative ideas come by, never miss a chance to immediately write them down on your smartphone. With the Evernote app for Android and iOS users, you will be able to record all your ideas, someone’s theses, thoughts, or just save any useful links.
When you collect ideas for your new blog post, you will see how much faster you can turn them into a good article instead of researching and writing from scratch. Just put down your notes into a clean workspace, draw schemes, and collect all the relevant web resources you may later need. The app is highly recommended to those who are always on the go and find it easier to concentrate on new ideas when traveling, having fun, or simply drinking coffee in a restaurant. The best ideas come when you expect them the least.
Also, when you attend seminars or conferences, you will enjoy having your Evernote app with you. Instead of shuffling through the papers, store all your notes in one place and later access them from different devices.
4) Dragon Dictation
Writing on the go seems like an awesome and time-saving idea. However, if you hate your smartphone’s digital keyboard, the chances are you will always postpone your writing till you get home. But imagine if you could just dictate your notes for someone to put them down on your smartphone. With Dragon Dictation app installed on your smartphone, it’s more real than ever.
The computer version will be quite expensive and probably even irrelevant, but the mobile app for iOS and Android is absolutely free of charge. Say your text and the words will appear on the screen. It’s a perfect app for recording notes, new ideas, website addresses you don’t want to forget, and even entire paragraphs.
The app is perfect for drivers, busy entrepreneurs, and those who want to have more free from screens time. Transforming your voice into text seems to be a faster alternative to typing, especially when we talk about small and inconvenient smartphone keyboards. Actually, it’s about 5 times faster. It’s like having a personal assistant who takes your notes for you. It easily recognizes your words and quickly turns them into written text.
While some bloggers prefer creating and managing their blogs through WordPress, others find Blogger to be a better alternative. With a fully-functional Blogger app, they can manage their blog posts right from their mobile devices. Developed by Google Inc., the app gives bloggers a chance to write new posts, publish and edit them. It is also possible to view a list of drafted and published posts, moderate comments, and look through the analytics. Just like using Blogger on your computer, it is very easy to install and use it as an app. Create your posts on the go and save them as drafts or publish immediately. If you have more than one blog, you can easily switch between accounts and access them. If you need an image for your post, it is possible to choose one from the gallery or take a new picture directly in the app. Other important details can be added to your posts, including tags, labels, and location.
The app is currently not available for iOS users. However, it offers faultless performance on Android devices and constantly undergoes upgrades. Even if you’ve never used Blogger on your PC, you will adore it on your mobile device. Just download it for free and blog wherever you are and whenever new ideas come to your head.
It’s worth reminding again how important images are for your blog posts. If you want to receive more exposure from your blog posts, think about the use of attractive and memorable images. Infographics or some edited photos can be a good alternative to traditional stock pictures. But if you are traveling and cannot use your computer to work on creating appealing graphics, you can still design some creative stuff right on your mobile device. Canva app is currently available only for iOS users.
With its help, you can craft good-looking graphics, edit photos, add text, icons, borders, and other elements. You can choose ready-made templates and customize them to your needs. You can either choose you own photos or use any of the app’s stock photos and illustrations. Using the app is really easy – you just drag and drop the elements.
With the help of Canva, you can also create graphics to show your findings in stats or present your key information in such a way that it stands out. It is possible to subscribe for a basic plan and use Canva app for free or get an unlimited access to all the features for about $12 a month. Hopefully, the app will be available for Android users soon.
Times have passed when we used phones just for making and receiving calls. It has become a usual thing to manage a blog from mobile devices. Think of any of your favorite bloggers – nearly 20-40% of their blogging work is done on mobile devices. Just get armed with suitable apps and you can do the same or even more. Can you think of some more apps that might be suitable for bloggers in their writing? Just share your favorite ones in the comments.
Kevin Nelson started his career as a research analyst and has changed his sphere of activity to writing services and content marketing. Currently, Kevin works as a part-time writer at the BreezeWriting. Apart from writing, he spends a lot of time reading psychology and management literature searching for the keystones of motivation ideas. Feel free to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin.