The number of blogs keeps growing everyday, and they deal with every subject under the sun. Of course, if you are like me, you have more than one blog and sometimes you run out of ideas. This is especially true if these blogs are on different and unrelated subjects.
The tools that every serious blogger should have in their arsenal should include those for helping to create ideas for topics as well as helping to garner traffic. The number of these tools, both free and paid for, is overwhelming. If you are serious about your blog, you need to put time aside to test these out so as to find the ones that best suit your needs. Some of these tools that I think are definite must haves are discussed below.
Content Idea Generator: A tool from SEO Gadget, it is great for keeping abreast of what’s happening on the web so that you can come up with ideas for your blog or website.
Diigo:  If you are like me, you want a tool that allows you to mark, make notes and highlight for later, and that is what this tool does – allows you to organize the web. You can organize, make screenshots, and highlight sections of a webpage for later reading and revisiting.
Finding images and links is made easier with Zemanta. We all know the importance of images and links for generating traffic for your blogs. This tool helps to make it so much easier.
Generating polls and surveys is also a good way to connect with your readers. Conducting surveys also helps you learn what is working for you and what your customers or readers want or would like to see more of.  There are quite a few tools available for this, but one of the easiest to use is PollDaddy.
Finally add SEOBook to your toolbox if you want to have a successful blog or website. This has a host of tools to help you, some free and others you have to pay for, but the free options are fantastic. You can use the free tools to generate keywords, analyse keyword density of your page, and generate Meta tags to name a few.

 

I would love to hear what tools and apps you use to help you be a better blogger. Drop me a line.