We all have our favourites, whether it comes to food, books, movies, music or fashion trends. As bloggers, the one thing that unites a lot of us, though, is the presence of incredibly useful apps on our smartphones. The list below is something I’ve put together after I’ve used many other applications over a period of time. These are the ones I have found to be consistently useful, for me, personally. Since I use an Android phone, these are the apps for bloggers I highly recommend.
But the good news? All of these are also available on iOS! So, Apple users, I’ve got you covered too.
*Bonus: They are completely free!
I’ve ordered the apps here in the sequence in which they appear on my smartphone’s screen. You’ll understand why when you see the final screenshot at the end of the post. They are not ordered by importance. I love them all equally!
12 Fantastic Apps for Bloggers that you absolutely need!
Do you follow me on Twitter? If you do, you’re probably aware of how much I love Buffer! They are absolutely incredible when it comes to understanding how blogging and social media marketing works. And what’s better? They built an app which reflects that sentiment completely!
What I love: You can schedule content to your favourite social media platforms. The free plan allows you to link one page/profile/account to each of the following: Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Linkedin, Pinterest and Instagram. I only use the first four with Buffer. For Pinterest, I prefer using Tailwind due to the multiple other features that it provides.
Tip: Use the posting schedule feature on Buffer to automatically publish your posts at the best possible time when your audience will be online.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
Are you blogging on the WordPress platform? Then I hope you have this app. Oh, but even if you aren’t on WordPress, I would still suggest you get this one. Why? Well, for one thing, it really helps you comment conveniently on WordPress blogs if you create a WordPress account. For another, it may convince you to move from any other blogging platform to this one. Trust me, that’s one of the things that made me switch!
What I love: I can check and reply to comments using the app. The ‘Like’ comment feature is especially useful since I can track which comments I have already seen and responded to. In addition, the WordPress stats are perfectly lined up for you inside the app. From showing you where your audience comes from to seeing which posts perform the best, this app is perfect!
Tip: The Reader feature allows you to track which of your favourite WordPress blogs have been updated. That plus the ‘Discover’ stream shows you quality content you’d love.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
I confess I only started actively using the Instagram app a year ago and more specifically, as a blogger, in the last 3 months. But I am loving it!
What I love: What’s not to love? The ability to search for trending content using hashtags, seeing which posts get better engagement, following some quality bloggers in your niche and finding out what clicks. It’s a lesson in social media marketing like nothing else! And this works across all niches!
Tip: Use the Stories feature in the app to showcase content or ideas which have short-term and immediate impact. Or even just share a picture of yourself out and about town. People love getting to know one another using this app. Be social.
*I do an Instagram Live on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 12 PM, IST. Catch me there with any of your questions on blogging or social media.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
You just KNOW I had to mention Pinterest, right? It’s been my blog’s new best friend since October last year. From boosting my engagement to making me learn what works as a source of traffic for the blog, it’s all kinds of awesome!
What I love: While I use Tailwind to schedule most of my content on Pinterest, I love using the Pinterest app to manually pin content every day. I find that the smart feed on the app is so much easier to access on the phone than the desktop.
Tip: The Search feature is fabulous for finding relevant and popular content in your niche so do be sure to check that periodically.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
5. StumbleUpon (Now Mix)
**StumbleUpon is closing down on June 30th, 2018! But, the same makers have created a new app called ‘Mix’! All SU users will have their content migrated to Mix before the end of June.
Did you know that this app is fabulous for driving traffic to your website? I haven’t yet leveraged the power of it completely but I do see some posts that get huge traction thanks to this website.
Case in point, see this post of mine which has over 1200 stumbles: How I broke a bad habit in 30 days
What I love: It’s the easiest app to use! Literally speaking, you just need to click the Stumbleupon button inside the app to find content relevant to your niche and interests. Categorise the links by theme and keep track of what posts seem to do well.
Tip: Long-press any link to copy it from your smartphone, open the SU app. It automatically asks you if you want to add the link. Done!GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
I may have let out a tiny shriek of joy last month when I found out that the Canva app is now available! This is the best website and app for any blogger looking to make high-quality graphics for their blog or social media handles. Everything is optimized by size for each social media platform so you have no work other than creating the image!
What I love: All my designs are securely saved on the Canva app and it syncs seamlessly with my account so I can access it on the desktop as well.
Tip: Make sure the elements you are using are all free. Some of them may be chargeable, but it’s clearly indicated before you download, with the Canva logo overlay.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
As someone just starting out with building an e-mail list, I would advocate going with MailChimp. For one thing, it’s free for up to 2000 subscribers and makes creating and managing lists very simple!
What I love: The app lets you track new subscribers, segmenting them into the right groups, track open rates on each email campaign and optimize your email marketing based on what works.
Tip: Keep an eye on which newsletters have a lower open rate and opt to re-send them with a single click to only those who haven’t opened them yet. Such a boon!GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
8. Pages Manager
Wondering why I haven’t mentioned Facebook at all so far? That’s because I don’t use the Facebook app or the Messenger app on my phone. I found them very heavy and they weighed my phone down in terms of performance. Plus, let’s not forget the incessant notifications. But the one Facebook related app I definitely recommend for serious bloggers is the Facebook Pages Manager!
What I love: From the app, I can directly interact with my readers since I also have Facebook comments integrated on my blog. It automatically allows me to comment as my Page instead of my profile. The messaging feature allows readers and brands to contact me directly and this is independent of the Messenger app. Page insights show you which posts perform well and you can use that to create new content that is engaging.
Tip: Integrate your Instagram account to your Pages Manager app and see comments on your Instagram posts from inside your Pages Manager app.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
9. Google Analytics
Did you know that I spoke about Google Analytics in my first-ever Instagram Live video earlier this month? And the responses were fantastic! I love Google Analytics. It’s the perfect free tool for bloggers to track which posts are performing well on their blogs.
What I love: So many things, actually, but to start, I love real-time tracking of viewers, audience insights, behaviour, locations of my readers, 7-day and 30-day performance of content. Oh, actually, all of it. Just get the app!
Tip: Use Analytics to figure out your top performing posts and pin them to the Home page of your blog, so new visitors get to see them first.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
Remember how I said I love StumbleUpon? Well, I love Flipboard for more or less the same reason. It’s a curation app, so you get articles and content that you can categorise based on your interests.
What I love: Creating different magazines for specific niches, say, blogging, parenting, social media tips, motivation and more, is something I really appreciate. It has an excellent readability feature which makes it very convenient to flip through articles at the swipe of a finger.The magazine layout is extremely easy on the eye.
Tip: As a rule, blog posts which are 1500 words and over in length tend to do better in terms of Flipboard traffic. ‘How-to’ posts and tutorials work well too.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
Put very simply, Pocket is a bookmarking app. But that does absolutely no justice to the usefulness of this invention! It’s the one app I adore for its utilitarian purpose and convenience.
What I love: You can bookmark any article with one click using the Pocket extension on your Chrome browser. It automatically converts it to a readable format for use on desktop or mobile devices. Bloggers, do you visit a lot of blogs? Bookmark them using the app, read them at leisure when you get time. You can follow other users on Pocket to check their recommendations.
Tip: If you have a Kindle, use the ‘send to Kindle’ feature to send all your articles to the device from Pocket. This is excellent for distraction-free reading.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
Medium is one of my recent loves, thanks to the regular writing that I do there. But it’s more than just a blogging app.
What I love: Some of the best and high-quality content I have read on the web comes from Medium. Its app is very user-friendly and typing out a post using the app is very simple. Auto-formatting of content is a boon! Between Flipboard and Medium, I find the most interesting and well-written articles on various topics. They serve as excellent inspiration for my own blog posts.
Tip: Use the Stats feature to see which of your posts have a good engagement rate. Use the bookmark feature to save posts for reading later.GET IT ON GOOGLE PLAY Get it on App Store
So there you have it! 12 Apps I absolutely love as a blogger. Here’s how they look on my phone. Can anyone guess on what order they are based? Oh and do you have any apps for bloggers that you love? Let me know in the comments!
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