In the previous post, we looked at how you can monetize your WordPress blog, in this post, I’m going to go through a few tools that I found and use all the time.
There is a lot involved when you create and start a blog, especially if you are doing it part-time.
Fortunately, there are a few useful tools available that can save you time and make your life a bit easier.
Let’s get started.
Logging into your WordPress blog every time you want to create or update a page or post can become annoying.
Even more so if you want to have a look at the stats for your blog.
WordPress offers both a desktop and mobile app you can download for managing your WordPress blog.
From the apps you can:
- Create/edit pages
- Create/edit posts
- Manage media
- Manage comments
- Manage plugins
- View blog stats
If you have more than one WordPress blog, you can manage all of them using the app.
To use the WordPress apps, you will need to have a WordPress.com account. Which means you won’t use your blog login details as mentioned in a previous post.
The WordPress apps are available on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.
Social media is one of the best promotional channels you can use for free to promote your WordPress blog as mentioned in this post.
In a previous post we already linked social media accounts so that an update goes out whenever we publish something new on our blog.
But posting an update once is not enough, promotion is a continuous process.
Remembering to post regularly on social media can be a nightmare not to mention overwhelming, that is why Buffer is on this list.
Buffer allows you to schedule multiple social media posts on various different accounts.
Buffer offers a free publish account option, that allows you to schedule up to ten social media posts at a time and connect up to three different social media accounts.
You can increase the limit by upgrading to one of the paid accounts.
They also offer other paid social media services such as Reply & Analyze.
To find out more about Buffer, you can go here.
We’ve already added Google Analytics to our WordPress blog in a previous post.
Even though Google Analytics is the best service for gathering detailed insights it can be difficult to understand what the data means and how to improve it.
Which is why Hotjar is on this list.
Hotjar can make it easier to improve your blog and make sense of the insights from Google Analytics that is why it is better to use both.
Hotjar offers several services that you can use to understand your visitors better.
In this post, I am going to focus on two of the services I find most valuable.
If Google Analytics reports that your blog has a high bounce rate (how long your visitors stay on your blog) but you are not sure why or how to improve it, you can use the video recording feature from Hotjar.
This allows you to see visitors interacting with your blog which can provide you with the answers you need to improve the results in Google Analytics.
Are they finding what they’re looking for?
How quickly do they find it?
Another valuable feature from Hotjar is click heatmaps.
By enabling this feature you will be able to see where visitors are clicking most.
Compare the click heatmap with the layout and design of your WordPress theme
Do they match?
If not, you will have to take a closer looks at your WordPress theme or change it.
With the combination of Google Analytics and just these two tools from Hotjar, you will be able to improve and ensure the success of your WordPress blog.
Just like Buffer, Hotjar also offers a free personal account option.
Another bonus is that there is a WordPress plugin available which makes adding Hotjar to your blog quick and easy.
But before you install the plugin, you will need to create an account here.
No matter what your experience is in writing, having your writing reviewed is a must before releasing it.
Unfortunately, not everyone has someone that they can ask for a review and that’s where Grammarly saves the day.
It is an amazing writing analysis tool that I use for everything I write.
Nothing goes live without it.
It helps with grammar, punctuation and spelling, things that tend to sneak in when you are writing.
You can also set goals that are related to what you are writing and your audience.
You will get an overall performance score that is divided into:
- Correctness (Spelling, grammar & punctuation)
- Clarity (How easy is it to understand)
- Engagement (Interesting & effective)
- Delivery (Reader impression)
Grammarly offers solutions for most writing channels such as:
- Plugin for browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge)
- Plugin for Microsoft Office
- Desktop app (Mac, Windows)
- Web app
It also makes you write more effectively and learn along the way which will make you a better writer over time.
Last but not least, Grammarly also has a free option which makes it even better!
To create your account you can go here.
ActionBuddy for Writers
ActionBuddy for Writers is a web app that I developed to help me write more consistently as well as break up my writing into small tasks.
Having a writing schedule is important if you have a WordPress blog.
That is what ActionBuddy for Writers aims to solve with personalized automated reminders as well as some extra features that are useful such as:
- Word target count per project.
- Time tracking for tasks as well as an overall project.
- Progress awards that can be shared on social channels to help you stay motivated.
- It also gives readability scores for each task as well as the overall project.
- You can also upload images to your image library if you want to use images. (Limited to 30 images for a free account)
ActionBuddy for Writers offers a free and premium account.
The price for the premium account is USD9.97 per month which offers extra features.
The current premium features are:
- Unlimited images for your image library.
- Weekly performance reports that are available from your dashboard as well as emailed to you every week.
- Ability to export a project as audio (MP3) with the choice of 8 different voices.
You can create your free account here.
In this post, we looked at some useful tools when running a WordPress blog:
- WordPress apps
- ActionBuddy for Writers
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Thank you for reading and please let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.