2) When it comes to sharing my links with all of social media in a really simple (and shortened!) way, I use bit.ly. This site allows me to easily share my blog post to my social media sites via a shortened link, and also gives me stats on who is clicking, where they are clicking from, and how many have clicked overall. It is such a great stats tool, and saves me time each day. Every morning I copy and paste my blog link into bit.ly, then share it to Facebook and Twitter. I can re-share during the day without having to copy and paste it again (using a different title to lure people in!), and I can see where my posting strategies are paying off the most.
3) My most favorite photo editing app on my phone is PicTapGo. You guys, this app is AWESOME. The editing options for photos is so much more than what Instagram offers, you can layer filters and adjust them (I like to brighten, add color and contrast, and use the air and bleached filter…), you can “float” a picture by making it not fill the whole screen, and your can crop it and make it pure perfection. I feel my Instagram feed has changed for the better since I found this app, I couldn’t recommend it more.
4) I realize that Instagram is the new Queen of social media, but the funny thing is, Facebook is still viewed the most. We may spend countless hours creating perfect pictures for Instagram, or funny tweets on Twitter, but at the end of the day more people view Facebook on a daily basis. I know I do! That being said, I have become more aware of what my blog’s Facebook page looks like, and I use the “boost” option often and find it works. You can spend very little ($5-$20), and with that your post can be seen my a HUGE variety of folks. Sometimes I think this is the new version of sponsoring for bloggers. You can spend a small amount of money to have a large population of people see what you are promoting, and it takes little effort. If I just post something regular on Facebook page, sometimes just 200 out of my 1700 followers will see it (via my analytics that come with my page.) If I boost my post, as many as 5,000 or more can see it. I’m not saying to do this with every post you do, but if you are particularly proud of something you have written? Boost it! You may be surprised by the results.
5) Lastly, the final “resource” I use daily for my blog is my time. I read many, many blogs daily, and comment on them. I also return a ton emails and answer comments as much as I can. I work really hard to keep up the community aspect of my blog, and to view my readers as friends. Some days are better than others (this holiday season is killing me!), but for the most part I try to be really consistent with this. Reader engagement is how I qualify the success of my blog (er, and money helps, too!), but having a give and take relationship with those that visit here? That means a lot to me, and using my time to reach out and connect is my best advice to those just starting out.
Tell me, what are some of your best resources for blogging? Do share!