5 Essential Blogging (and Vlogging) Tools to Improve Your Efforts
Do you have a blog that is in it's infancy? Perhaps you have a regular vlog that has been unable to gain traction and build an audience up until now? This piece has been created to give you practical advice and tips to consider when building/growing your online blog or vlog.
Did you ever wonder what distinguishes six-figure bloggers a part from bloggers and bloggers that struggle day after day? There are probably a number of factors, but the biggest is that the best ones pay close attention to detail when generating content.
Successful bloggers work hard to come up with excellent titles, thoroughly research keywords and pay attention to every other detail that affects their site. Few bloggers can figure all of this out on their own. Same can be said for the most subscribed vloggers currently owning their focused market.
They use a variety of tools to create effective blog posts. You may want to try these five tools if you are struggling to take your blog to the next level.
Coming up with a great title is one of the most important parts of creating a blog post. According to CopyBlogger, 80% of readers will never even make it past the headline. Your headline serves two very important purposes:
> Getting clicks from the Google SERP results and social media.
> Generating enough curiosity to get the reader to look at the rest of your content.
There are tons of great case studies on creating titles. Unfortunately, many writers create excellent content and still have trouble developing catchy headlines. Too many otherwise great articles are ruined by dull headlines. Crafting the perfect title is in art in and of itself.
Title Maker can help. It is a great tool that suggests interesting, clickable headlines for your content. Titles not only apply to your blog posts, but also your vlog titles, as these need to be carefully considered every time in order to maximise view counts.
HubSpot Blog Topic Generator
You need to constantly come up with fresh content for your site. That is easier said than done, because it eventually feels like you've written about everything already.
There are several ways you can generate new content ideas. Reading post from other bloggers is a good place to start, but it can be hard to find new angles.
If you're having trouble coming up with new content ideas, you may want to look into the HubSpot Content Idea Generator.
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Some of these titles may not be ideal for a paleo diet blogger, but others might work very well. This tool lets you come up with some great topic ideas you wouldn’t otherwise think of.
It has happened to all of us. We have a great idea for a blog post, but we end up forgetting it a few minutes later.
If you don't want to forget your blog post ideas, you need to record them right away. Evernote is a great tool for this.
It is a note-taking app that you can use on both your smart phone and desktop devices. You can download it on both devices and sync between them.
If you think of a catchy idea for a blog post the next time you are out shopping or catching up with your friends, you can immediately jot it down on Evernote. Make a habit of checking your Evernote notes regularly, so you don't forget any of them.
Finding an interesting topic is important. However, it isn’t enough. You also need to make sure the topic is trending, so people will actually be interested in reading and sharing it.
Google Trends has been around for a while and has always been a great tool for bloggers and vloggers alike. You can use it to see what topics are trending in your niche. All you have to do is enter keywords to see what content is already being generated around them.
You can also use Google Trends to see how many searches a keyword is generating on Google. This helps you know what keywords to use for SEO traffic.
Too many bloggers and vloggers overlook the importance of security. Unfortunately, websites and youtube channels are hacked and exploited every day, which leads to a lot of problems. Hackers can:
> Fill your site with spammy, black hat links
> Delete your content and publish it as their own
> Replace the urls in your affiliate links or Adsense with their own
> Stuff your site with malicious cookies to either commit affiliate fraud or install ransomware and other malware on your users’ machines
> Hold your YouTube channel ransom and demand monetary payment
There are a number of precautions you should take to prevent this. This includes using a VPN to hide your real identity. If you access your site from a VPN, all of your data will be encrypted and hackers will have a harder time exploiting your site.