I know so many of my readers are new to blogging! Over my last few years of blogging, I have learned a lot about what resources are helpful to bloggers, and I’m going to be sharing my secrets with you all!
I am constantly searching for new apps and websites that make my life easier as a blogger. Below are 9 websites and apps that I swear by as a blogger.
I’m sure you’ve heard about this one before (or at least clicked on a Shopstyle link). Shopstyle gives bloggers the ability to monetize text links to clothing. They have a huge database of thousands of fashion items. When I’m shopping for something myself, I often use their database since it pulls from items all over the internet. If someone clicks on a link that I post on my blog and buys the item, I receive a small commission. It’s a great starting place to make money blogging!
I am OBSESSED with Later.com’s blog. I receive their weekly emails and I always learn so much from them. They cover how to use social media to your full advantage. Every time there’s a new feature on a different platform, they post articles on how to best use it. For example, they just posted an article about Polls in Instagram Stories. Later also offers Instagram scheduling and posting. They have one free plan, but you have to pay for the others. I use a different app to schedule my posts which I will mention later in this article.
I consider Canva.com to be the ‘free and easy’ Photoshop. It’s a great way to make images for Pinterest, Youtube thumbnails, or even Instagrams with text. The great thing about Canva is that they have so many templates and so many free elements. It’s free to sign-up. When I don’t have the time to format or create something in Photoshop, I turn to Canva.com. I even use it to make my Youtube video thumbnails!
This website is a total lifesaver. I run my blog off of WordPress so I have to manually upload all of my images. I shoot my blog images in RAW format and then edit them, so they are huge files. Tinypng is great because I can upload my large files onto their site and they will reduce the file size for me, rather than having to resize all of my images in Photoshop. Then, I can just upload my reduced file images without getting an error from WordPress saying that my images are too large.
The app ‘A Color Story‘ is my go-to for quickly editing pictures. I use it for their presets and filters. It’s so easy to use and has free elements. I have purchased some filters, but the free ones work just fine too. I think applying the same or similar filters to all of your photos really help achieve your *aesthetic* on your Instagram. I personally like it better than VSCO and think it’s totally worth the download.
The app ‘UNUM‘ is my secret weapon since it’s free and so great. You can use it to plan out your Instagram before you post an image. I use it to see what photos will look best in what order for my feed. It’s also a great way to help plan out what you will post. You can save captions on your images which makes it super easy to prepare to post. I definitely recommend it if you are not using an app to plan out your Instagram photos.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed Linktree. Linktree gives you a link to put in your Instagram bio. On this link, you can add as many subsequent links as you may like. That way, you can put more than one link in your bio (so to speak). It’s a bit confusing to explain, but if you click on the link in my Instagram bio, it will make more sense. I can easily add links or turn certain parts off and on.
I love Adobe products. I use Photoshop, Lightroom, and Illustrator almost every day. They are great for helping me run my blog. I can edit my photos, create graphic, and draw different elements. They are a bit pricey, so I would say only splurge if you know you will use them everyday. If you’re in college, most schools offer the Adobe Suite to students for free!
When I first started blogging, I was using blogger. It’s a great way to get started, but when you are ready to upgrade your blog I highly suggest moving on to WordPress.org. Or if you’re just starting to blog, I suggest you move directly to WordPress.org and skip Blogger altogether. I love WordPress because I can have my own domain name and my own theme. Plus, I have so much more control over my site than I did with Blogger. I can add widgets and I can rank better in terms of SEO. Switching over is not as scary as it sounds!
I purchased my own theme off of Etsy (they sell so many) and I got my domain name and website hosted through Your Last Host. It’s a very easy switch and the people over at Your Last Host were really able to help me get everything set up. This isn’t sponsored or an ad, I just wanted to share the good service I’ve received. I’d be happy to do a blog post on how to switch your site over if that’s something you would be interested in reading!
What other apps or websites can you not live without as a blogger? Let me know in the comments!
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