Make blogging easier with the right tools. These are 5 tools I discovered in my second year of blogging. Each one has been a game changer for me!
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Last week I celebrated my 2nd blogiversary! This year was a big one for A Savory Feast. I learned a lot and grew from around 12k pageviews per month to over 40k. I had a lot of fun opportunities to work with big companies and even travel.
This past year I learned that some expenses are well worth the investment when it comes to growing and maintaining a blog, especially when you want to make money.
This service is 100% worth the investment! CoSchedule connects to WordPress to help me schedule social media posts as I’m writing a blog post. I also use the Chrome plugin to easily add social media shares from other blogs and web-sites. You can read my full review here.
I did a lot of experimenting with services that allow you to schedule pins this year, and Tailwind is by far my favorite! You can use it to schedule your own posts to go up on all of your group boards at a set interval of time. It’s also helpful to schedule pins to go up during peak Pinterest hours, even if you can’t be actively pinning at those times.
Last year I started to really focus on improving my food photography. Because Pinterest is my #1 referrer, I need beautiful images to attract attention. I started using Lightroom and it has made such a difference! I pay $9.99 a month for the Creative Cloud. It takes a bit of time to learn how to use, but it’s definitely worth it!
I recently read Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers by Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body. I learned so much from it and have been putting her ideas and tips into practice over the past couple of months.
One of the programs she talks about in the book is Skimlinks. It’s a service that helps you create affiliate links for thousands of different websites! Instead of being an affiliate for a bunch of different sites, just sign up for Skimlinks and you can create links for any of their partners.
Google Chrome is my favorite browser for many reasons, but the biggest reason is extensions. These handy buttons make it easier to schedule social media shares, get affiliate links with Skimlinks, stumble a page and much more.
What are some of your favorite blogging tools?