When I started blogging, all I wanted was to be better every day. I needed help to achieve that. I knew content was everything. To get people clicking on your blog, you should have a killer content. That isn’t untruth. Content is really king. But content alone won’t get you there.
There are others…
It takes knowing the right tools to achieve other things apart from content, that gets people to your blog. These tools I’m going to talk about are tools I’ve used personally. They are tools I’ve benefitted from immensely and I believe every blogger who wants growth for their blog has to use these tools.
Let’s face it, sometimes it becomes hard getting topics to blog on. That nothing-to-write-about feeling that sulks your creativity out and makes you feel you can’t have any topic to write about all your life is solved with Hubspot’s topic generator. You’ll need to enter three keywords in Hubspot and you’ll get five different titles to work on—a topic a day for the week.
Quora kick-started my professional blogging journey. In the beginning of my blogging journey, most of the topics I wrote on are questions I saw from Quora. Quora gives you the platform to see the questions other humans want answers for. You can find various questions under your niche and write about them on your blog. What it means is that one, you won’t run out of topics to write on. And two, you are going to write on topics that interest people so much that they will ask questions about it.
Headlines are equally as important as the main content. Great content with dull headline won’t get the click. Something will have to convince someone that your content is worth the read. Coschedule headline analyzer does a cool job in this regard. When you key in your headline, it analyzes the word balance of your headline to see if it contains the right balance of power and emotion that will draw readers to click on it. It then gives your headline a grade. Anything below 75% means you have to keep tweaking the headline till you get the right balance.
Distraction is the one single reason why I’m not able to finish the work I set off to do. It comes from friends—friends on social media. It might come from the incessant notifications I get on my phone every minute and the itch I get to check on the happenings around the web. That’s when Selfcontrol comes in. Selfcontrol allows you to block your access to certain websites that may distract you during your writing period. It’s very simple and easy to use. You only have to indicate how long you want those distractive websites blocked for so you can have a distraction free writing time. I usually block Facebook while writing. The productivity is massive. For now, Selfcontrol works with only Mac.
I found Grammarly recently and it’s been my saving grace when comes to grammar. Grammar mistakes always find a way of sneaking into your work no matter how many times you read over your work. That’s why book publishers have editors. Blogging is a fast food kind of publishing so hardly can one engage the services of editors. Grammarly is your online editor. It checks for spelling mistakes, it looks into sentence structure, punctuations, and even style and suggests which changes ought to be made.
BuzzSumo shows you the type of content that does well on social media sharing and engagement. Also, it’s able to show you the content of other blogs in your niche that are performing better on social media. This way, you are able to find the angle you should take with your content so as to get the necessary social media shares and engagements. Just enter a topic to find the most engaging content on the topic or enter a website to find the most shared or engaged contentment of that website.
Imagery plays a huge part in blogging. Finding suitable and quality images for your blog post sometimes become very difficult. You don’t find the right image and when you finally find it, it’s licensed and can’t be reused. Pixabay provides you with thousands of quality images, all for free. What it means is, you can use these images without crediting any source. Pixabay’s search bar gives you the opportunity to search through photos based on themes.
You should have a list of subscribers as a blogger. If you don’t have it, you are missing a lot of opportunities to engage with visitors who come to your blog. If you have a subscriber list, Mailchimp should be your go to site. It is the best and mostly free for sending newsletters to your list of subscribers. That way, you keep engaging with visitors who might not visit your blog every day to see what’s new there. You can also set up an automated campaign that sends your new post directly to your subscribers or you can create a customized campaign to send specialized emails. Mailchimp is free if your subscribers are less than 2,000.
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