As a beginner blogger, time is of the essence. Getting out there quickly and efficiently is often the most successful method. Years ago, I tried blogging and it was just very time consuming. It was a pain to use photo shop to create all my images. It was also a pain to get all the technology to plug into my site so that I can make my blog user friendly to others. This time around however, things have changed so much. With these tools, anyone can launch a site in 2 weeks with the main effort devoted to writing posts.
I can’t say enough about how great word press it. You really have to try for yourself. It’s easy to use. The best part is that there are a host of plugins to make your life easier: social media scheduling plugins, subscriber signup menus, seo plugins and so many great free themes that my head spins just looking at them all. Most of these are free if you are a beginner blogger. Other than the WordPress monthly fees, I did not pay a thing.
Click below for the ultimate guide to WordPress to get you started.
It goes without saying that pinterest is the ultimate promotion platform. It is a blogger’s promotion heaven to get quick results and click throughs to your website. I use it to generate traffic when I first started up. There are pinterest boards and groups that you can join to get exposure.
Here’s the information on joining Pinterest groups:
Tailwind is a scheduling tool for Pinterest. I find it extremely useful to schedule all my pins. It also has tribes that you can join similar to groups in Pinterest for additional exposure.
Here’s the information on Tailwind:
This is a tool that manages scheduling for other social media outlets such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram.. etc.. There’s a basic free plan that allows you to manage 3 accounts with 30 scheduled posts. When used in conjunction with WordPress scheduling, all of my social media outlets get covered except for Pinterest on a weekly posting schedule. This is probably all a beginner blogger would need.
Here’s the information on HootSuite:
This is the SEO tool that comes with a plugin for WordPress. It makes SEO less intimidating for a beginner. I have yet to figure out all its features. But, defining all the attributes took only 5 minutes.
Here’s the information on Yoast SEO:
This is an awesome image tool that is free online. It contains a load of templates for generating images for all social media outlets. It also contains loads of free stock images to choose from. For a beginner, the free version is more than enough. For the first two weeks for my blog, I was able to generate images for all my posts in this tool.
Here’s the information on Canva:
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