Make Evernote your blogging bff with these 4 tips
Evernote is an extremely popular note-taking app. It’s used by all sorts of people for business and life-organization.
But I’m not going to go into that in this post. This is TechYourBlog.com, so I’m going to show you how to use Evernote to be a more productive blogger.
Learn to Use Evernote to:
- create more streamlined blogging habits
- save yourself hours of work on brainstorming and writing
- get fan-freakin-tastic at organizing your ideas
- use a blogging schedule to stay on top of your ideas for new blog posts
- use reminders to get better at networking with other bloggers and up your view count
- and enhance your blog posts with all sorts of cool info and extras.
With just 4 tips.
Fo real guys. Fo. Real.
Why you need to use Evernote for Blogging
…Especially if you want to make money from your blog
Since blogging can get messy if you don’t keep track of who’s who, what post is going up when, your photos, your ideas for a new blog post ect. it’s important to use a tool like Evernote to keep things organized if you’re serious about creating a profitable or professional website.
- Getting in the habit of organizing your blog information will take hours off the time you spend creating a successful blog.
- It takes a minute to learn, but technology has become so user-friendly it’s seriously so easy in the scheme of things, it won’t take long for you to start asking yourself why you didn’t start before now.
- Use it to make your blogging more focused and productive.
1. Get the web clipper
This is a basic step guys, but it’s important and ohhhhh soooo useful.
Use the web clipper for your browser to easily save snippets of webpages that interest you. Once you download it, it sits in your browser’s toolbar, ready to use with a click.
Why it makes a difference:
Rather than saving a link to the whole page it allows you to choose specific portions of the page to save, and gives you a few options for how to save it.
This is a massively useful tool for research and blogging ideas since you don’t have to sift through the entire saved webpage, but instead can focus on the part that specifically interests you.
TIP: Write in your own little notes and ideas next to the clip so you’ll never forget where you were going with the idea!
2. Set Reminders for Blog Posts & Networking
You can set reminders in Evernote related to specific notes.
So if you have an idea for a blog post that you want to work on or finish on a certain date, set a reminder on the note for that blog post.
For example, if I jot down a note entitled “How to Use Evernote for Blogging” with a few lines of text in the note, or a clipped webpage or whatever, I might then set a reminder for 2 days from now to remind me to flesh out the post. Then, once I’ve done that I might set another reminder a couple days from then to publish the post to my blog.
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Maybe you have joined a weekly blogging linkup or “blog hop.”
Make a note about it in Evernote, include a link to the page (maybe use Evernote’s web-clipper to clip the page into your note) and set a reminder for the day you need to participate. If it’s reoccurring, simply reset the reminder once it’s set off.
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3. Use Evernote and IFTTT to fill your blog posts with awesome content
IFTTT (If This Then That) is an extremely useful app that allows you to automate tons of different actions across some of the world’s most popular apps – such as Gmail, Twitter, Spotify, and yes, Evernote.
I’m all for automating to make life simpler, and this is such a cool tool to use with Evernote!
- You can automate so many different things, such as automatically creating a note in Evernote when you favorite a Tweet on Twitter. Use that to collect ideas and quotes from other people to add to your blog posts.
- If you use the ever popular Dropbox, you can use IFTTT to automatically backup your documents from Dropbox into Evernote. Make sure you never lose important info or ideas!
- Use IFTTT to save your “liked” Instagram photos to Evernote so you can go back and reference them or embed the Instagram photo into a blog post.
- When you choose “watch later” on a Youtube video, IFTTT can automatically save it to Evernote. Browse some videos you think might be interesting in your next blog post, then go through them in more detail later for research and to see if you want to embed them in your actual post.
If you aren’t having fun creating content, you’re doing it wrong.- Ann Handley #quote
— MasterTeacher (@YourBizMaster) September 21, 2015
4. Tags Vs. Notebooks in Evernote for organizing all the things!
If you’re unfamiliar with Evernote – it uses notebooks and tags to organize your stuff.
Notebooks (basically folders) are totally useful, but rather than creating notebook upon notebook, consider creating just a couple main notebooks (for instance I have a notebook for each of my websites – named after them) but then focus strictly on tags.
Use tags like:
- New post idea
- Post finished
- Post published
- Post picture
This allows you to go straight into the notebook and be able to search through your notes based on a tag system.
Let’s do the example thing:
- You’ve just starting adding some little notes for a new post, so you use the tag “New post idea” and whatever other tags you like (“social media” “travel” “college”)
- Once you’ve finished adding new info to it, delete that tag and add the “post finished” tag
- Once you’ve taken that post and published it to your blog add – you guessed it – “Post published.”
This way you’ve got a version of your blog post saved on Evernote, and you get into a rhythm of how you collect and organize your blog post ideas and the content that goes with them.
Using this tagging system makes it easy to search through your blog post ideas in Evernote, even if you have hundreds of them, without the need to create hundreds of separate notebooks.
Have you started using Evernote yet?
Do you have any other apps that you loooooove to use for blogging?
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