Busting into the blogging scene is easy. All you do is show up, write a few words, and people will flock to you. No worries!
But that’s what so many bloggers think. And when people don’t show up, they get frustrated and quit.
People don’t show up because the net is overcrowded and listening to the same regurgitation over and over again gets old.
The big names of blogging, you know, Copyblogger, Chris Brogan, and Pat Flynn didn’t start off big. People didn’t know who they were in their early days.
They had to work their way to where they are. And it’s what you have to do if you want to rocket ship your blog into outer space.
The bad news is starting off as a success isn’t an option.
The good news is you can shorten your time as a rookie astronaut by boosting your blog power with these free tools.
1. Google Adwords Keyword Tool
Google Adwords Keyword Tool is massive starting point since blogging about what your audience is talking about is an absolute must if you want to rocket into the stratosphere.
It’s invaluable for coming up with post ideas and keywords that will help you rank quickly.
There are even new options now that will let you find out what keywords you could use for a particular link.
Once you have those amazing keywords from your Adword Tool, you’ll need to put together a stellar post.
XMind is a free mind mapping software that you’ll want to use to do just that.
It helps you take things out of a linear perspective, where most other people write from, and into a more visual and right-brained angle.
This will help you get more attention since you’re not regurgitating the same content everyone else is.
3. Google+ Account
As a blogger, you want access to the world. You’ll need to pin people down for interviews or conduct classes online that will make readers drool over your prowess.
Hangouts is an amazing way to do that. You can record sessions and hold them captive if they have really juicy content and trade it off for emails. Genius.
Connect with me here:
I know, I know.
You’ve heard it a million times, but you’d be surprised how many people are still blogging from Blogger, Tumblr, or SquareSpace.
WordPress cannot be beaten when it comes to blogging because you will own your own content.
If blogger goes under, so do your words.
Don’t let someone else own your work.
5. WordPress SEO by Yoast
This superior and free SEO toolkit will help you focus on tightening your content keyword wattage so you don’t have to worry about your keyword percentages, whether or not you’ve covered your bases in putting your keywords in the right places, etc.
WordPress SEO by Yoast is a powerful tool in the hand of bloggers trying to rank faster.
Pixabay is, by the farthest reaches of the universe, the absolute best free image site out there.
Everything is free and it’s all top quality.
Beware. Once you get into Pixabay, you’ll have a hard time getting out.
Don’t try to keep up with all your passwords. You have logins all over the net, just save yourself time and headache by letting LastPass do the storing for you.
One password is all you need to keep track of.
No more confusion or wasting time looking up passwords, having to reset them because you forget them.
8. Google Docs
If you’re trying to hit it big quickly, you’ll want to be able to work effortlessly and efficiently with other bloggers out there.
With Google Docs, there’s no more emailing documents back and forth.
Others can leave you notes, make changes, and more with this powerful time saver.
9. Social Sharing Toolkit
You cannot blog without social sharing buttons to help people help you by spreading the word about your massive content.
I use “Genesis Optimized Social Share” plugin, specially crafted for Genesis Framework..
Once you’ve spent all that time creating those moving words for your readers, you have to make sure to promote your own goodies.
Are you going to periodically drop by your own site and click the “tweet” or “share” buttons? I hope not.
Hootsuite will let you schedule your posts ahead of time, so you can set up each post to automatically go out once every 4 hours across each of your networks and you’ll be able to move on to the next piece of content you need to create.
Take this knowledge and go forth to explode your blogging career into the stars using these 10 free tools.
I use the Pro version of Hootsuite, definitely worth the 9,99$/month.
What do you think?
Do you have any other tools to add and to suggest?
Please let me have your thoughts in the comments below, thanks!