8 Tools To Boost Your Blog

Reinforcing steel in construction siteWith endless methods out there all claiming to help you create a better blog, it’s hard to know which of them actually work. Fortunately, the following 8 tools to boost your blog will help you in all aspects of blogging–from ideas to search engine optimization.

1.  Qualaroo

Every writer finds themselves, at some point or another, fumbling for ideas of what to write about. Minimize your down time with Qualaroo, which helps you brainstorm ideas from the critic that matters the most: your readers.

On your blog, Qualaroo will place a pop-up box with any question you want, followed by a blank for your reads to respond right then. You may even wish to simply ask them,

“What other topics would you find interesting on this blog?”

From this, Qualaroo gathers the opinions and analyzes them from similarities, letting you know which topics are in demand.

2.  Quick Sprout

At Quick Sprout, you’ll find a free content marketing analyzer to help you understand which blog posts do well on which social media sites. Enter in either your URL or the URL of a similar site to view data about which blog posts did well and how many social shares were achieved on which social media site.

Use this site for brainstorming content for blog posts that will really hit home with your readers, making use of not only your resources but also those of your competition.

3.  Buzzsumo

At Buzzsumo, you can type in a key word about any topic and view a list of content that has found success in your field. For example, if you were to type in “marketing,” you would receive a list of blog posts sorted by the number of social shares. The greater number of social shares, the greater the views.

From this list, you can brainstorm effective blog posts to pinpoint what content will be most successful. Don’t waste your time and efforts blogging about content that people don’t care about!

4.  Simply Measured

Even if you have all the right content, it won’t matter if you completely miss your target audience. Being able to catch your audience online at the right time is vital to your success.

At Simply Measured, you will find a number of free tools. Among these is a tool that lets you know the best time to post on your social media account to catch the greatest number of followers online.

Additionally, Simply Measured alerts you to the key words and phrases that attract your followers. With Simply Measured, your content will not only attract more of your followers to view your post, but will reach a greater audience.

5.  Hello Bar

Don’t leave your readers guessing as to what your message is. Now you can broadcast it at the top of your page with Hello Bar. You can customize the banner to offer whatever you want with your free account. This tool can help you build your list by offering a free ebook or list of tips. If you haven’t established a specific goal for your blog yet, now is a good time to set one and let your readers know with this tool.

6.  Yoast SEO

Search engine optimization is much less intimidating with this plugin. Yoast SEO lets you adjust meta tags, make an XML sitemap, and much more. Don’t worry, it won’t cost you a dime. And it’s really not that difficult to follow the directions to ensure each post is optimized.

As long as you’re going to the trouble of writing a blog post, make sure that it will be seen through search engine optimization. Don’t wait!

7.  Emails

If you don’t think of email as bringing in the most traffic for your site, think again! Create opportunities for readers to opt-in to your blog through Bounce Exchange and OptinMonster.

Once you have a following on email, send them notifications when you put up a new post. Some email service providers, including MailChimp, have a feature that allows you to deliver this notification very easily. If you blog multiple times a week you may consider a weekly email with links to all the blog posts for the week rather than an individual email per post.

8.  Open Site Explorer

Open Site Explorer will sort a domain’s URLs by backlinks for you. Search traffic correlates with the number of backlinks you have: so the more backlinks your website has, the more search traffic you’ll get. So, using this tool, you can start to understand what blog posts yield more backlinks.

If you’re researching your competitor’s website, don’t merely copy their blog posts. Instead, re-write them and make them even better, and then ask those that link to your competitor’s posts to also link to yours.

Now that you know about these helpful, free tools, you have no excuse not to utilize them in your blogging! These are some great tools to get started on your way to a better blog today.

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