There are moments when you feel great and write at the speed of 100 words per minutes and sometimes, you just stare blankly at the screen waiting for that auspicious moment when you will be illuminated with an idea. Yes, it is kind of a writer’s block and if it keeps plaguing you all the time, you should have instant access to some blogging tools that can save your precious times so that you can invest more time and energy on brainstorming new ideas that have enough spark in them to create something truly inspiring. To help you become a great blogger, here are some of my favorite tools that you should not miss out on:
E.ggtimer: Sometimes you go on writing for hours caring a fig for other things to do in the real world. This can have disastrous impacts on your personal life. With this awesome tool, you will be able to set a time frame and when the time elapsed, E.ggtimer will start beeping, bring you back to planet earth.
Springpad: This tool bears some similarities with Pinterest. It lets people create notebooks using texts and images around different topics and then they can share that thing with other community members. Since everything is categorized precisely in this community, finding new topics do not take that much time. Try this tool as a resource for brainstorming new ideas.
Evernote: When you are brainstorming for an idea, you are more likely to note down creative tidbits at random. With Evernote, you will be able to store your ideas or projects in a centralized location and the greatness of this tool lies in the fact that it lets you access this information anytime, anywhere. Evernote app can be synced across different platforms and devices and it is supported by almost all the major browsers. This is a great tool to keep your ideas organized.
Google Keywords Tool
Google Keywords Research Tool: Though there are some people who strongly discourage you write articles based on keywords, sometimes you need to do some keywords research since it is the only way you can make sure that you can draw some targeted traffic to your website. Use this tool to find some related keywords so that you can frame your next article based on them.
Quora: I take this website as a sophisticated version of Yahoo Answer and unlike Yahoo Answer, it does not have dwindling number of users. In fact, Quara is gaining ground every day with its simplicity and lets you communicate with users effortlessly. So with this tool, you will be able to get a straightforward answer from some of the industry’s smartest people even before you complete the write-up. Try this tool to get feedback on your ideas.
After the Deadline
After the Deadline: If you find editing or proofreading is the most gruesome thing that you have ever come across, After the Deadline is the tool that you will need to get your hands on. This tool is great for checking spelling, semantic usages, grammar etc. It is as good as getting your article proofread by a real person of flesh and blood.
Headline Split Tester
Headline Split Tester: As we all know, clicks on an article invariably depends on the title of the article. People decide to click on an article based on how interesting the title is. So, if you are finding it difficult to decide on which title may draw maximum click and which may be a big flop, you should leave the guesswork behind with this WordPress plugin. Headline Split Tester will test two different versions of a title and tell you which version is the most effective one.
Shareaholic: Once you are done with the write-up, you too need to share it on social media sites to get some targeted visitors to your website. Now, this is a tiresome process to log in to each social networking site and get that URL shared. With Shareaholic, you can make it super easy. It comes with two different options to choose from – Shareaholic for Your Blog and Shareaholic for Your Browser. And you wish to track visitors who are sharing your content, you can use Shareaholic Analytics. It offers great insight on how your content is faring in social networking sites.
Songza: If there is too much noise around you and you are unable to concentrate, Songza is the best tool out there that you should give a go. Irrespective of your musical preferences, Songza has the best collection available to you. You can find the finest music based on your mood. Get an earphone and got lost in the magical world of music. This is my favorite tool to keep you focused.
So, which tool did you find most useful to improve your blogging skills?
Written by Michael Evan. Edited by Rahul Chowdhury.
Michael Evan is a PPC Consultant and social media analyst. He is currently associated with Site2You.com.
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