Want to grow your blog? There’s an app for that.
Why are you blogging?
Blogs are usually created for 3 reasons:
- For fun (personal)
- For promotion (of an existing business, brand, skill, or product)
- To create a new income stream
You may fall into any (or even all) of these categories. They’re all good reasons to start a blog.
Here’s the catch: If your ultimate goal is to make a business out of blogging, you’re going to need to start treating blogging like a business. Maybe you’ve heard that before, I’m sure I’m not the first to mention it.
How to blog like a pro:
Use some of the best apps available to streamline your business
So you know you need to treat blogging like a business, but where do you start?
Plan, prepare, automate
This won’t require anywhere near the time or financial commitment of your normal brick-and-mortar business, but it’s not nothin’.
That’s where the apps come in. You can use apps like these to help streamline business, and automate some of the more mundane work. Your time probably isn’t best spent organizing email everyday – you should be worrying about things like building your blog following, or brainstorming new post ideas, so give the extra work to the best apps for the job.
Create a business-like blogging system
These are some of the best apps for blogging and business. They’ll give you a starting point for your planning, organization, ideas, ect.
Blogging is fun, but making a business out of blogging does require work, and these apps allow you to automate some of the more “businessy” parts of becoming a professional blogger.
There are apps for business, apps for productivity, finance, lifestyle, social media, and even some apps specifically for email.
One of the first steps in learning how to blog like a pro is YOU taking your blogging seriously.
There are links to the appstore for Android and iPhone apps (depending on availability)
Apps for Business
They’ll make you take your business seriously. They’ll make others take your business seriously. People will believe you’re an adult who knows what they’re doing! (…who also just happens to think animated movies are the absolute best.)
Highly customizable forms for business
2. Abbyy Business Card Reader
Business Card Reader scans contact information from business cards and saves in contacts
Makes the process of getting documents signed fast and painless
A task manager with a simple design that makes organizing your daily projects easy
Tip for bloggers: Use for group blogging projects, creating a community with other bloggers with strengthen your blog exponentially. Also consider using it if you outsource some of your work.
Access your computer and documents from anywhere, anytime.
Because you never know when you’ll need an impromptu roadtrip.
Apps for Finance
Because your dog has come to expect treats of a certain quality, and disappointing a dog is the literal worst.
Also – Starbucks money. Important.
Keep track of your business expenses and create expense reports (the app makes it cooler than it sounds)
Invoicing made easy (not actually edible)
Keep track of personal expenses, credit card payments, bank accounts, ect. all in one place
Apps to Make Sure You Don’t Forget
Oldie, but ever-useful. Keep track of all your ideas by creating voice, text, image, sketch-notes and more!
One of the best apps EVER. Get it?
10. Task Hammer
An Android app that makes your daily tasks into a game
Turns your iPhone to-do list into a game to give you a little extra shot of motivation
A beautifully designed to-do list app for bloggers that get sh*t done
An award-winning to-do list with a host of other useful features within the app
Don’t forget to share if you think your friends or followers might like this!
Apps for Social Media & Email
For the times when you gotta talk. To people.
14. Talon for Twitter
Use it to make your Twitter-life easier with customizable features and to connect with more people to expand your following and blog interaction
Blogging can be an isolating gig sometimes, Meetup lets you easily connect with actual humans with similar interests
Streak has integrated project management with Gmail to make working easier and faster
The app to go with the popular and super-useful email subscription manager
A messaging app that helps declutter your inbox by creating a space for business chat
Apps to Get You Up and Ready to Meet the Day
Like a effing dragon-winged-warrior who’s also had a triple-shot espresso and a bowl of high-fiber bran cereal.
‘Cause you don’t mess around.
A community where you can give and receive advice, chat, or set a wakeup call time and someone can give you a quick wakeup call.
It’s anonymous and the calls have a time limit.
20. Sunrise Calendar
Another beautiful calendar app that syncs with other apps (app-ception!) including Todoist
Apps You Never Knew You Needed
Sorta like a piece of pie, but for your phone.
For those who don’t have the time or inclination to go full graphic-designer, Wordswag allows you put beautiful text on your beautiful photos
22. Stand Up!
A simple little app that reminds you to stand up from your computer once in a while
23. Caffeine for mac
This minimalist app for mac keeps your computer from going to sleep or autmatically shutting down while you’re working
An extremely useful and customizable keyboard for your smartphone
Apps That Make You a Better Person
You may not like change but you’re gonna be a glowing, beautiful damn butterfly by the time you’re done.
Because you say so.
The best apps should add something to your real life. Create new habits with this progress tracking app. Set goals, meet them.
Successful people keep looking for new ways to learn and evolve – keep growing by spending your drive time taking in a new audiobook on whatever topics interest you
Music approved by SCIENCE to give you better concentration while working
Best Apps for Google Analytics
For these two, users seem to favor the traditional Google Analytics for the Android app and the Dashboard for iPhone – I’ll leave the decision up to you:
The traditional app for this service
Dashboard for Google Analytics
Not the official Google app, but a solid competitor with a cool design