Starting a business or a blog? There are a few (mostly free) blog tools that you should know about.
Tried and true- I am sharing with you the small business and blog tools I use each day/week. These save me a lot of time and frustrating moments, and I know they can help you too!
Pixabay & Pexels– You’re going to need photos to add to your blog posts and your social media. If you didn’t know, it is not okay to use photos from just anywhere on the good ole internet, however, these sites have cultivated high-quality images for free commercial use.
Fotofuze– This one is for the small business owner, especially if you have products to sell. When you take a not so good photo of your product, upload it to Fotofuze and it can help you edit it in no time. It is super simple and best of all – free. The upgrade is only $5 if you want to take it a step further to get larger photos and quicker processing.
Website & Analytics:
WordPress– You likely already know that WordPress is great for blogs and websites alike. It is easy to use and maintain. I cannot speak on the development of websites (that’s why I have a Web Developer hubby), but I can speak on using them. I can create all my blog posts, add new pages, categories, etc. all on my own without additional support. Though WordPress offers a free site, there are some advantages of having a one that you pay for, like using your own domain name and the ability to advertise at some point.
StatCounter– Want to know how much traffic you’re getting on your site, what people are looking at, and if your link was clicked on? Then use StatCounter to monitor your site activity. It is similar to Google Analytics, however, I prefer this one to monitor regular activity for its easy use. It shows a lot of the information you are looking for in one spot versus having to click through multiple levels like Google Analytics.
SEO & Writing:
Yoast SEO– We have added the plugin Yoast SEO to our WordPress sites. This allows us to make sure that our pages, products (on other sites), and content is all well written and likely to be optimized well for Search Engines like Google. There is a basic free version that is great. It teaches you with each post how to optimize it, and change all the lights from red (bad) to orange (better) to green (good). It can be kind of addicting, but so exciting when you’ve turned on all the green lights!
Grammarly– This app has saved my arse a few times now. It has saved me from sounding like a total idiot or repeating the same word twice in a row. Apply it to your browser so that everything you type on the internet sounds as good as it does in your head. Use this for product descriptions, blog posts, and everything else writing.
Facebook Debugger – This one is a life saver! Once you’ve written a new post, you’ll be so excited to share it on Facebook as soon as it’s published. Since you live on the wild side, you’ll share it in a hurry just before you need to leave the house. Once you share it, you’ll realize the is showing the wrong image. You’ll curse, you’ll get mad, and you’ll spend time trying to figure it out, even though you “should have left 10 freaking minutes ago, and WHY WON’T IT JUST WORK!“. Whew… anyways… just pop your link into this Facebook Debugger first, then make your post live.
I know these small business and blog tools can help you too. If you have other tools that I should know about, please add them to the comments. I’d love to know what is working for someone else!