Blogger Advice & Must Have Apps
So if you’re anything like me, it’s either a hit or miss with my photography. Thankfully some of them can be saved with a button or two with these apps listed below. I also love apps that keep track of my followers. If anyone unfollows me I can see that which is why there is really no point on doing follow sprees if you unfollow days later…which brings me onto my first piece advice.
Follow Trains: I like follow trains because it’s a way of finding new bloggers within or out with your niche (if you have one). But whatever you do, don’t think you HAVE to follow everyone who RT’s it, follow those who’s context you like. I’m sure many of us have had the scenario where someone follows us and then unfollows a day later if we don’t follow back. It’s pointless and a waste of time. Obviously, you may follow them but grow to dislike their content so you unfollow which is fine! It’s easy to tell the difference between the people who use you for follow and those who just didn’t like your content.
Name: When you’re thinking about a blog name, think about what you want to blog about first. Photography? Beauty? Reviews? Politics? Daily life? You can blog about anything you want so don’t let others tell you otherwise. From there, you can then create a name by either combining the name/niche of your passions together or even your name can be an option.
Templates: I mentioned in my Blogger to WordPress migration post that I hated the fact I wasted so much money. If you read that post it explains it all.
Social Media: This is the most important step. Everything is online now or at least making its way there so sharing your blog on FB, Twitter, Bloglovin and Instagram, etc. is important.
These are I must have Blogging apps to use and best of all, they’re all free!
TwitFollow + (pro): This app keeps track of your Twitter followers. It really helps with things like Follow trains (as mentioned above) because then you can see who unfollowed you. There are two apps but be sure to download this one as you can follow new followers and unfollow people that have unfollowed you (if you wish).
Followers: This app keeps track of your Instagram followers and pretty much does the same thing as the TwitFollow app.
Layout: This allows you to organise images into collages and gives you a wide variety of layouts. I like to use these for my blog, it gives you a unique layout!
Canva: I use Canva to edit my photos. I use it for text, laying out pictures and creating headers. I did use PicMonkey but you now need to pay which is ridiculous – there are better apps/websites out there. Don’t be fooled into buying a membership unless it does something you need that other apps don’t.
Buffer: Promoting your blog posts is one of the most important steps to take when you’re trying to grow your blog, but as well all know, it can be difficult to remember to tweet links. I love this app because you can schedule tweets for specific time and date. Obviously, there are some people in different time-zones who are awake when you’re asleep, so you can schedule one for when you’re asleep to get target those people and gain even more traffic whilst you’re asleep. I think it’s a maximum of 10 posts at a time on your ‘schedule list’ but if you want more, you’ll have to upgrade but I use the free version.
Pixabay: This is such a good app because they’re free to use and you don’t need to worry about crediting anyone or any copyright laws. Sometimes you just really want a specific photo but you either don’t have one for whatever reason and this app just helps a lot. It’s also available as a website so you don’t need to download the app – still worth it though!
Photo Blur: I don’t use this all the time but you can blur out backgrounds as much or as little as you want and focus on a specific section.
WordPress: Pretty self-explanatory. It’s a great app since my blog is on WP. I can easily edit on my phone when I’m on the go. I mentioned in my migartaion post how great it was to edit on my phone rather than on my laptop. I have shut down my laptop so much only to re-boot it five or six times just because of seeing mistakes thoroughly the day or things I want to change. You can also change the layout on here – another reason I migrated from Blogger to WP
If you have any apps or advice to new and older bloggers, leave them below!