Bloggers have to use a lot of apps and figuring out your favorites takes time, but I thought I’d share the favorites that I use on a regular basis. 🙂
Mailchimp is the email tool that I use to manage my email list. It’s pretty user friendly and has a huge selection of help topics that can teach you pretty much anything you need to know about managing your list through their platform. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in the help section, you can always chat with their customer service representatives or send them an email.
I also love the appearance of the user dashboard. It’s fairly aesthetically pleasing and that makes it better to look at for long periods of time while creating email automations and campaigns. There’s a series of groups and segments you can use as well that will help you narrow down the interest groups for your audience. So far for me, it’s been a win!
WordPress is my all-time favorite website management tool. I build all of my sites in WP because of the ease of use, robust library of plugins and functionality. There are always tons of themes to choose from as well and it allows you to create pretty much any style you want for your site.
I always recommend doing a self-hosted WordPress website, meaning, you purchase the domain name through your web host, set up your hosting plan, then install WordPress through your dashboard. This will allow you to install a theme and operate your site under the site URL that you choose. It’s a rather straightforward process and once you’re all set up, you’ll see that maintenance is a breeze.
Reward Style and Shop Style Collective are two affiliate sites that allow you to earn money for your posts. Shop Style pays a commission based on clicks and Reward Style pays a commission based on purchases. The majority of bloggers use Reward Style. I personally have used both and each has its benefits.
Both programs require you to apply for membership and you have to be approved. Fortunately, Shop Style wasn’t difficult to get accepted into, so I was able to start using it right when I started blogging. Reward Style took a little longer for me and for many other bloggers in my network as well. They just have stricter policies on the bloggers and influencers that they accept.
Todoist is a To-Do List application that I was introduced to during my time working as a project manager. I love the simple functionality and the ability to set deadlines, reminders, and alarms. I’ve used it for years. There’s also an application you can download to your computer so your to-do list stays active on your screen and you can check in with it any time you like.
Bit.ly is great for a few reasons. You can shorten your post links down to a small URL and you can track the number of clicks your link receives. This works well for posting in your Instagram bio. It even gives you data about the source that the clicks came from which is super helpful so you know where your traffic is originating. We all know that is a necessity for knowing the best places to promote your posts.
Plann is the tool I use to plan my Instagram Feed. It’s an amazing scheduling tool that offers performance metrics, hashtag sets, stories planning, palettes, bulk image uploading, and strategy. It’s a must-have in my blogger/influencer toolbox. There are free and paid plans to choose from. If you choose a paid plan, you can even include team members if you have someone else assisting with the management of your social media.
I’ve been using the When to Post app for a few years and it’s always been spot on for posting times for me. It’s got mixed reviews, but I’ve never had any issue with it whatsoever so try it for yourself and see what you think before taking anyone’s opinion of it to heart.
This app shows you the best posting times for your specific audience. I like that it gives me the ability to look at the week as a whole and plan my posting times around what is best for my account. BONUS! They have a new version coming out in mid-April so I’m excited to see what changes they have in store!
This list is always changing as technology changes, but these have remained the best apps for bloggers in my opinion. Do you have any that you love using? Share in the comments below! I’m always looking for new tools to test out.