This is a collaborative post
If you want to be the best blogger you can be, the thing you need the most is yourself; your ideas and experiences, not to mention your writing ability, are the biggest assets you have. However, there are some additional tools that you can, and probably should, use to great effect if you want to be a blogging success…
Grammarly is an excellent app that will very quickly. And effectively, highlight not only any spelling mistakes in your text but any grammatical errors too. It will also tell you how easy your content is to read, how engaging it is and how well it is tailored to your particular audience. Free and paid packages are available, but it is definitely worth paying a bit extra to get the most out of this great little writing app.
CoSchedule Headline Analyzer
Writing a decent headline that draws the reader in and convinces them to click on your content, is one of the hardest parts of running a blog. Luckily, this tool will analyse your content and find headlines that will appeal to your audience and the search engines too.
WordPress may be an old faithful in the world of blogging, but it has endured so long because it is the perfect platform for bloggers to get their stuff out there. From its unique blog templates to its plugins that let you do everything from host your own courses to building your own blog-based shop, it has everything you need to be a success in one neat little package.
Google Keyword Planner
Google Keyword Planner is probably the most effective SEO tool to help you reach as many people as rank as highly on the main search engines as possible. Not only is it very easy to use, but it will give you more information than you will ever need on how to find the best keywords and are ending topics to ensure that your content makes it to the top of the pile.
Optin Forms allow you to offer your readers the chance to subscribe. Once they have done that you can send them emails of your latest content, along with any other marketing materials, to ensure they never miss out and that will hopefully help to boost your readership, and your success.
Yes, really. If you are blogging as a means to make money, then you will need, if you earn more than £1000 annually in the UK, need to submit a tax return, which means you will need to keep accounts of all the transactions you make. Accounting software will make this a whole lot easier for you by automating most of the tasks involved with recording your income and filing your tax return.
With all of these tools at your disposal, you will give yourself a much better chance of being a blogging success, but of course, the tools won’t do it alone – you need to make an effort to blog regularly, brainstorm great new ideas and engage with your audience effectively. I wish you luck!
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