It’s no secret that bloggers are busy, busy, busy. But fear not, there’s tonnes of Apps for Bloggers out there that can help with your productivity.
Blogging is a 24 hour job but we all know that it’s not possible to be sat at your computer or laptop all the time. We live in a world where everyone is constantly on the move, especially bloggers! So what’s important is being able to manage your blog and everything else that goes along with it no matter where you are. Luckily, apps exist!
Here are my 20 favourite apps for bloggers.
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I usually get inspiration for blog posts at the strangest of times…on the tube, when I’m out running, when I’m at the shops.
I used to just make notes in the notepad app that came with my phone and then copy them over to WordPress and fill them out into full blog posts once I was back at my laptop. Then I realised I was wasting my time!
Every time I started making notes on the notes app I was copying them over into WordPress. That was before I realised that there was a WordPress app. Downloading that app was the best idea ever!
Now I can do draft blog posts straight into the app which syncs with my WordPress account online. It also allows me to read and reply to comments on the go, as well as checking my WordPress stats.
Chances are, you already have the Facebook app on your phone. Let’s face it, who doesn’t. But did you know that there’s a different app for Facebook Pages?
If your blog has it’s own Facebook Page, I would highly recommend downloading the app as it allows you to do so much more on your page than the normal Facebook app does.
As with all social media accounts, I like to stay engaged all day rather than trying to spend hours “catching up” in the evenings.
This might just be me but I’m a bit of a Twitter addict so whether or not I had a blog, I’d have Twitter on my phone.
It’s no secret that engagement is one of the key factors in getting traffic onto your blog so having social media accounts at your fingertips 24 hours a day is a godsend! Especially when it comes to Twitter as it moves so quickly.
If like me, you schedule promotional Tweets for your blog throughout the day, it’s nice to be able to Tweet naturally in between. For example, breaking up your promotional Tweets with photos of a cute dog your saw on the train or your morning coffee. It also allows you to retweet things as and when they show up in your feed and reply to any Tweets you receive.
This is more of a peace of mind app for me. I schedule all of my social media updates for the week ahead on a Sunday afternoon using Hootsuite. So I like to have the app on my phone to check what I’ve scheduled whilst I’m out and about.
I like being able to check when my promotional Tweets are going to be posted before I post something to make sure that nothing clashes.
The Hootsuite app is super easy to use and, whilst I like to schedule all my updates for the week on my laptop at the weekend, this app is perfect for doing this on the go!
You can access a 30 day free trial of Hootsuite Pro below.
Formerly known as Latergramme, Later is my favourite tool for scheduling my Instagram posts. The best part of it is that you can see your 3×3 grid preview and drag and drop images into an order that you are happy with before you hit “schedule”. This makes styling your Instagram so much easier than trying to guess whether or not your latest image fits in with the rest of your images!
You can find out more about Later here.
Pinterest is kind of a big deal in the blogging world right now. One of the main “problems” in implementing a good Pinterest strategy for your blog is pinning consistently throughout the day. Most of us have lots of other things to be doing during the day than sitting at our laptops refreshing our Pinterest home page and pinning to our boards. BoardBooster takes this out of the equation by allowing you to queue and schedule pins.
Read about how to explode your Pinterest account using Boardbooster here.
You can grab your first 100 pins for free by clicking on the image below.
You know those really cute video clips you see on Instagram when it plays forwards and then backwards? Yeah, those ones. Ever wondered how to create them?
I mean, it’s no great mystery as they all say “Boomerang” on them! I love making those little clips on Boomerang so it definitely had to make this list.
8. VSCO Cam
I love, love, love this app for editing photos.
The basic package is free but you can buy add-ons in the app such as extra filters/settings.
The app is really easy to use and makes basic iPhone images look much more professional. You can either take photos through the app itself or upload them from your camera roll.
9. Layout by Instagram
This free app is great for creating photo collages. It’s really easy to use and you just access photos straight off your camera roll. Then you can move the photos around to the positions that suit you using the pre-set templates.
WordSwag is an amazing app for making images with text that are perfect for Instagram.
You can select from the image library on the app or upload your own photos. Then you can add your own text or choose quotes from the menus on the app.
Finally, you can edit by choosing from different fonts, text layouts and colours. The app lets you save the image to your camera roll or upload it to your social media accounts directly.
This app lets you create beautiful graphics and professional looking designs. You can edit images, add text, stickers and frames etc. Canva lets you upload your own photos or choose from the hundreds of free stock images on there.
Canva is what I use to edit all of my photos for my blog by adding my branding. Being able to do this on the move saves me loads of time in the long run.
As a blogger, I love to keep up to date with all of my favourite blogs. Sometimes the only chance I have to do this is when I’m on the move.
The app also means that I can save blog posts to read later rather than having to trawl through my Twitter feed to try and find it when I get home.
You can also use the Bloglovin’ app to track stats and new followers (which I know pretty much every blogger is obsessed with!)
Whilst this isn’t necessarily an app that will help you blog, it will help you get more reading done. As a blogger/writer, reading is one of the most important things you can do to improve your writing.
We’ve already touched on how busy bloggers are so, if like me, you find it hard to find time to sit down and read, having the Kindle app in your hand at all times is a dream come true!
I primarily use Evernote on my laptop but I also have it on my phone too.
Evernote lets you take notes, create to-do lists, take snippets of websites and save pretty much anything you find online.
The best part is that the app syncs between your phone and your laptop so you will always have access to everything no matter where you created it.
Wunderlist is a beautiful organisational app. You can create to-do lists and manage your tasks all in one place using different categories and folders.
It’s great for productivity and staying organised. What’s even better is that you can share your lists with other people and you can both work on, and tick off things from the same list. Fantastic if your blog has a whole team working on it!
16. Remember the Milk
Remember the Milk is another great productivity app just perfect for bloggers.
It’s essentially a to-do list but you can set up reminders to come through by email, text or notifications on your phone.
One fantastic thing about this app is the ability to arrange things how you want with different priorities, lists, categories and tags. The app also integrates with Gmail, Google Calendar and Evernote which is an added bonus.
17. Google Drive
I cannot recommend Google Drive enough for bloggers both on your laptop and your phone.
Laptops have a horrible habit of dying at the most inconvenient times which could lead to lost work. Saving documents on Google Drive takes this risk away.
Having the phone app means that you can access and edit your documents no matter where you are.
Dropbox is like my Google Drive for photos.
Having so many apps on your phone will inevitably take up large amounts of your phone’s memory. Add to that the hundreds and hundreds of photos us bloggers take every day and your phone’s constantly reminding you that it has no storage space left.
Uploading your photos into a Dropbox account straight from your phone is a massive help with this storage issue.
19. Gmail (or other email account)
This one is really obvious in my opinion but no blogger could possibly survive without having access to all of their email accounts on the go.
Whether it’s to email yourself a reminder for something (hopefully you’re using one of the above apps for that) or replying to time sensitive writing opportunities, emails on your phone is a must have.
Quite simply, 1Password is one of the best apps ever invented! You can store all of your login details to everything all in one place! How good is that?!
Whilst I’m usually pretty good at remembering my passwords, having 48,000 different passwords can sometimes get a little too much for my blogging brain.
Are there any apps that you swear by? Have I missed anything off the list? Let me know in the comments below.
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