Essential Blogging Tools
So, you finally decided to take the blog site leap. You’ve heard everything about the marketing and search advantages so you stepped up to the plate and registered for a TypePad, MovableType or WordPress blog software package and now you’re a blog writer.
Okay, now what? Include the 10 essential blogging tools listed below and you will also be well on your way to developing and promoting a blog that is a powerful marketing tool. I’ll discuss the use of the tool and use some suggestions, including the tools I utilize on my own blog sites consisting of the DuctTapeMarketing blog site.
The best method to find out about blogs and blogging is to check out, or a minimum of scan, lots of blog sites. One of the marvels of blog sites is that you can have every brand-new post from every blog site you wish to check out delivered to your desktop or to online place through RSS, so you can easily check out and scan the posts of lots of blog sites in an extremely brief time.
Newsgator is a good online option for feed reading and also has a variation that incorporates with Outlook. I utilize a free online service referred to as Bloglines. http://www.bloglines.com
You require to make it simple for your blog visitors to register for your blog’s RSS feed– so they can read your blog site in their favorite feed reader. The very best way to do this is to go to FeedBurner and burn your own RSS feed their and utilize the tools they provide to set up automatic subscriber links so individuals who wish to use Bloglines, Google Reader, MyYahoo or Pluck, for example, can click on one button to subscribe. Tech types can figure this out without the buttons but why not make it simple for anybody to find out.
Side note– sign up for each of these yourself and you will require some blog site spiders to visit your website.
Email subscription choice
A lot of people will never ever get the whole feed thing, however everybody gets email. Create a choice for individuals to subscribe by offering you their email address– they will merely receive your blog posts like an e-mail message. FeedBurner provides this service totally free. FeedBlitz is another choice or, if you currently have an autoresponder e-mail list service they may provide this service. AWeber offers this and helps me incorporate these blog e-mail customers into my other newsletter.
Blog and RSS directories
There are hundreds of blog site and RSS directory sites and getting listed in lots of can be an advantage. I utilize a piece of software called RSS Submit, but you can also check out Robin Goode’s often updated list and send your blog site and feed by hand.
Hint: register for the RSS feed he uses and you will be informed when new directories are included.
Pinging is a term used for letting the numerous blog site and RSS directory sites understand when you have actually published new material. Again, FeedBurner offers this as an automatic option called PingShot and you need to trigger it. PingGoat and Ping O Matic are other choices however they require that you visit and update your record each time you publish brand-new content.
As you browse around the web or hop from blog to blog you may discover websites that you want to explain to your readers. Online bookmark supervisors allow you to bookmark and categorize web and blog site pages as you gather them and are a fantastic tool for managing all of the things you discover online. I use del.icio.us however BlinkList does a fine task also. http://del.icio.us
Blog site stats
I like to track a few crucial stats in real time since it shows what other blogs may be connecting to you or publishing about your blog site.
A lot of people just like to track this kind of thing for enjoyable and often go to sites like Technorati. I like to track it for networking chances. I use a tool called MyBlogLog because it allows me to see where traffic is originating from however also tracks what links on my blog visitors are clicking. It’s remarkable how this data can help you write more effectively. (MyBlogLog likewise ranks your links so visitors can see which links on your website are the most popular.)
With the majority of blog site software you must go online and post utilizing a set of tools provided by the blog site software application. Numerous blog writers like to utilize a desktop application to produce and submit their posts as it gives them some extra tools and permits them to more quickly incorporate material and files on their computer system.
I use w.blogger however also like Performancing, Qumana and ecto (apple folks) (w.blogger likewise functions as a really simple HTML editor.)
Inform a pal script
My blog site software (pMachine) has a feature that enables a reader to click a link and send the post to a buddy. This tactic brings me lots of readers. You might try looking here for some easy scripts that do that very same
Republish your feed headlines
The ability to republish your post on other websites, websites you own or sites of tactical partners is a fantastic way to expose folks to you blog material. One more time we turn to FeedBurner for a pain-free method to republish your article to any web page you select with something they call BuzzBoost
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