Best 10 Essential Blogging Tools

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So, you finally decided to take the blog leap. You’ve heard all about the marketing and search benefits so you moved up to the plate and signed up for a WordPress blog software package and now you’re a blogger.

Okay, now what? Add the ten necessary blogging tools listed below and you will also be well on your way to building and promoting a blog that is a strong marketing tool. I’ll explain the use of the tool and offer some ideas.

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So, you finally decided to take the blog leap. You’ve heard all about the marketing and search benefits so you moved up to the plate and signed up for a WordPress blog software package and now you’re a blogger.

Okay, now what? Add the ten necessary blogging tools listed below and you will also be well on your way to building and promoting a blog that is a strong marketing tool. I’ll explain the use of the tool and offer some ideas.

Feed reader

Subscriber center

You need to make it carefully for your blog visitors to subscribe to your blog’s RSS feed –  so they can read your blog in their personal feed reader.

The safest way to do this is to go to FeedBurner and burn your own RSS feed their and use the tools they give to set up automated subscriber links so people who want to use Bloglines, Google Reader, MyYahoo or Pluck, for instance, can click on one button to subscribe. Tech types can figure this out without the buttons but why not do it easy for anyone to understand.

Subscriber center

Side note

subscribe to each of these yourself and you will overcome some blog spiders to visit your website.

Side note

Email subscription option

A lot of people will never get the whole feed stuff, but everyone gets email. Create an choice for people to subscribe by giving you their email address –

they will simply receive your blog posts like an email message. FeedBurner offers this service for free. FeedBlitz is different option or, if you already have an autoresponder email list help they may offer that service. AWeber offers this and helps us integrate these blog email subscribers into other mailing lists.

Email subscription option

Blog and RSS directories

There are thousands of blog and RSS directories and getting listed in many can be a valid thing. We use a piece of software called RSS Submit, but you can also visit Robin Goode’s frequently updated list and submit your blog and feed by hand.

Blog & RSS directories

Ping service

Pinging is a term used for hiring the various blog and RSS directories know when you have posted fresh content. Again, FeedBurner suggests this as an automatic option called PingShot and you should begin it.

PingGoat and Ping O Matic are other benefits but they require that you visit and update your record each time you post original content.

Ping service

Bookmark manager

As you surf nearby the web or hop from blog to blog you may find sites that you need to point out to your readers. Online bookmark directors enable you to bookmark and categorize web and blog pages as you get them and are a excellent tool for handling all of the stuff you find on the web.

Bookmark manager

Blog stats

I like to track a few key stats in original time because it shows what other blogs might be connecting to you or posting about your blog. A group of people just like to track this sort of thing for fun and frequently visit sites like Technorati. I like to track it for networking chances.

I use a tool called MyBlogLog because it acknowledges me to see where traffic is coming from but also tracks what links on my blog visitors are clicking on. It’s amazing how this data can help you write more efficiently. MyBlogLog also stands your links so visitors can see which links on your site are the most common.

Blog stats

Desktop posting

With most blog software you need go online and post using a set of tools given by the blog software. Many bloggers like to use a desktop application to build and submit their posts as it presents them some extra tools and allows them to more quickly combine content and files on their computer.

Desktop posting

Blog stats

I like to track a few key stats in original time because it shows what other blogs might be connecting to you or posting about your blog. A group of people just like to track this sort of thing for fun and frequently visit sites like Technorati. I like to track it for networking chances.

I use a tool called MyBlogLog because it acknowledges me to see where traffic is coming from but also tracks what links on my blog visitors are clicking on. It’s amazing how this data can help you write more efficiently. MyBlogLog also stands your links so visitors can see which links on your site are the most common.

Blog stats

Tell a friend script

My blog software has a focus that allows a reader to click a link and send the post to a friend. This tactic leads me lots of readers. You might try seeming here for some simple scripts that do that alike.

Tell a friend script

Republish your feed headlines

The ability to republish your blog posts on other webpages, websites you recognise or sites of strategic partners is a great way to expose folks to you blog content. One more time we turn to FeedBurner for a painless process to republish your blog post to any web page you choose with something they call BuzzBoost.

Republish your feed headlines