Ok, some (most) of these tools weren’t around 10 years ago and I was in it more for the writing. I had no idea what SEO was and adding a photo to a post was something I rarely did.
- Picmonkey – Speaking of photos, I love this site. Seriously, you almost always need to have an image in a post these days and I sort of suck at remembering to take photos. Picmonkey lets me make up graphics even though I don’t have any fancy tools. There is a free version and a paid version. I highly suggest using the paid version. It’s not that expensive and if you’re like me, you’ll get addicted to it anyway. The paid version has a collage with dimensions perfect for Pinterest. See the above image…made with Picmonkey!
- Statcounter – I’ll admit, Google Analytics confuses me sometimes (mostly). This was one of the first free tools I found. It’s fairly easy to install on your blog. I did it on my old Blogger.com blog. It shows you pretty graphs and tells you how people found your site.
- Triberr – If you want more people to see your blog, this is a great way to increase your reach. You join a tribe and promote other people’s posts. They return the favor for you. They also have a paid version (which I’ve not used yet). I think it lets you auto post other people’s posts. Also, they have campaigns available for you to get paid. I’ve not used that service yet…or been selected more likely.
- Shareaholic – This is a free plugin for your site. It can add those fun little social sharing buttons as well as include other posts your readers might like. I have no idea how it decides which posts to show them, but they all seem fairly random.
- EverNote – I’ve heard people rave about this iPhone app for years and now I understand why. It’s a great way to organize thoughts, to do lists, and notes about post ideas. I like how it can use your calendar to help you take notes. There’s a web version and desktop version and an Android version. If you create an account, they all sync up.