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20 Apps & Tools To Help Your Blog

For this weeks Blog Club I thought I would share with you all the apps, tools and programmes, which make my life easier. We all like time savers and ways to engage, so here are mine!

20 Apps and tools to help your blog

  • Instagram App – Vital for bloggers and fun for everyone.  Part of the TOTS100 ranking is based on Instagram followers, so if you don’t use it you need to start.

 

  • Twitter App – So much better for mobile tweeting than the website.

 

  • Facebook Pages Manager App – This is different to the main Facebook App and makes posting and uploading photos to your page really quick and easy.

 

  • VSCO CamPhoto editing app with wonderful adjustable filters.

 

  • Lightroom – Lightroom is a downloadable photo editing programme, that to my mind is magic. I adore it! It costs £8.59 per month but worth every penny.

 

  • Latergramme – A tool which allows you to schedule Instagram pictures.  This is a total lifesaver and I use it everyday.

 

 

  • Dropbox – Before I changed over to Apple I adored Dropbox.  It took all the pictures I take on my phone and dropped them into the Dropbox file on my desktop, so they are always ready and waiting.  Now I have an iphone and a Macbook this is done for me, but it is well worth investigating if you not an Apple user.

 

  • Priime – A great tool for adding filters and effects to pictures.

 

  • Twitter Lists – Now listen up!  I thought everyone used Twitter lists, but speaking to a few bloggers recently not everyone does.  In my opinion Twitter lists are crucial to being able to manage Twitter without a headache.  Twitter moves really fast and if you follow a lot of people, without some organisation, you will miss most of the action.  So create lists, which act as filters.  These can be anything you want and can include whoever you wish.  Click on your picture icon and the drop down menu should give the ‘Lists’ as an option.  Then click create list, name it and then you are ready to start adding people. To add someone click the wheel beside the follow button and ‘add to lists’.  So you could have a list of all the bloggers you interact regularly with, close friends, businesses you have worked with, the possibilities are endless.  It might seem like a daunting task to get started, but just create a list and add to it as you interact with people.  It may take time, but it will be worth it!

 

  • Snipping Tool – This is a simple tool on my laptop, but makes my life soooo much easier.  Just like taking a mini screen shot of a particular area of the screen.  cmd/shift/4 on a Mac does the same.

 

  • Social Oomph –  I can’t speak highly enough about social oomph.  As a blogger you will want to schedule some tweets and this programme makes it so easy and VERY quick.  I have tried Buffer, Twuffer and a few others, but they were either limited or time consuming and demanded that you input each tweet, then change the time.  For $4 a week Social Oomph allows you to enter one tweet and just set it’s schedule, ie. every 4 hours for 30 times, or once a day for a month, or every hour forever if you so desired!  Some people dislike automated tweets, but I feel as long as you interact too, I feel they are vital to promoting your posts.

 

 

  • Gleam –  I run all my giveaways through Gleam. I use the free version and it is just fine.  Don’t forget to use the ‘copy’ option (when you are in an old giveaway) to save you inputting all the options each time, just tweak for each competition.

 

  • Boomerang – an add on to Gmail, which allows you to schedule emails to send at a later date.  I often have to send live links of blog posts to PR’s and companies. Previously I would diarise this.  For example, if you schedule a post on a Tuesday to go live on Friday, you don’t want to email the PR before it is actually live.  Instead of writing in your diary, just write the email and schedule it to send on Friday. Done and you can tick it off your list.

 

  • Rapportive – another gmail add on.  This adds a panel on the right hand size of your inbox, which displays the senders social networks/image, very handy!

 

  • PicMonkey –Super easy photo editing website, that has a great free version.  Top Tip – if you have a dark picture, use the ‘curves’ option to lighten.

 

  • Canva –An alternative to PicMonkey with more options, some free and some paid for.

 

  • Excel – I use good old Excel to plan and also keep various records. One of my favourite uses is my spreadsheet for all posts, which details the shortcode etc, making finding things so much easier.

 

  • Feedly– I have only been using Feedly for a few months but I totally love it and it makes it really easy to stay on top of your blog reading.

 

Are there any new ones to you?  Which apps/programmes do you use most frequently?

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  • katy {what katy said}
    Reply

    Wow Aby, honestly I am in awe of you! These are great apps, will look into them tonight!! x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ah bless you, that comment made me smile x

  • Stephanie
    Reply

    Thanks – the gmail addins look interesting, will check those out 🙂

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      They are really useful x

  • Amy
    Reply

    So so helpful as ever Aby. I always feel happy when I see your posts pop up in my feed I know it will be something good! X

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Aw bless you that is a kind thing to say x

  • pantomum
    Reply

    What a brilliant post – and I will certainly look into the apps!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thank you, glad it was helpful x

  • My Family Ties
    Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous information, I had no idea of half of it! Very useful as I am a newbie and need lots of help to be a little more time efficient, have already added the Social Oomph app and it’s great! Big Thanks to you xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks hun for your lovely comment, I am happy you can use some of the tips xx

  • Jenna Richards
    Reply

    Once again, a very useful post, thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks hun, really pleased it is useful xx

  • Savvy Mum
    Reply

    Brilliant post Aby!! Thanks for sharing- really useful

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks huni x

  • Emma
    Reply

    These are some wonderful tips! I have tried out quite a few of these apps but will definitely be giving the ones I haven’t heard of before a go!

    Emma | frillsanddoodads.com

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I am so glad it is useful to you x

  • Sam
    Reply

    you really do write the most useful posts Aby! And so many posts!! I really don’t know how you do it – you must blog in your sleep – you are Super Blogger!!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Aw thanks hun! Not sure about Super Blogger though 😉 x

  • Mel
    Reply

    How my goodness, hun, you really know your stuff! I clicked on your link because I was honestly wondering what 20 apps you could possibly be using… I only use WordPress, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest (my all time favourite) on my phone. Who knew there were so many things you could use! I scheduled a tweet once, haha! (seriously!). I don’t even schedule posts, but I read more and more about people scheduling all their posts. I am in awe. I am just muddling along with my little blog 🙂 x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I think I am just a bit of a geek and tend to go 100% into things, maximum effort. Hope some of it is useful xx

  • Catherine
    Reply

    Thank you this is a great list. I really must get around to creating some Twitter lists!

    #MMWBH

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      It will help you if you follow a lot of people x

  • Laura Evelyn Bee
    Reply

    For some bizarre reason I hesitated clicking on this post as I thought I knew about quite a few apps already…I clearly do not!!!!!
    I had NO idea about a twitter list (I am always losing track of peoples tweets!!!) and there is more on there I never knew existed!!!
    Thank you so so much! x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ha ha! Glad it is helpful huni x

  • Mini Travellers
    Reply

    Abby the dropbox tip is absolute genius. Just ticked the box on settings now! I use dropbox for all sorts of my life already, but didn’t know it did this! Massive time saver tip. thanks. #sharewithme

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      My pleasure hun x

  • Jenny
    Reply

    This is absolutely fantastic. I really really need to 1) do twitter lists. I know I can’t believe I haven’t sat down to do this yet but I never find the time 2) I need to get Social Oomph I was looking for what’s best to schedule tweets this sounds perfect. So many things to catch up on now. Thank you immensely for all these. I use most of them and they are life savors in the blogging world for sure! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      My pleasure hun, hope it helps x

  • Donna
    Reply

    Boomerang has been a lifesaver for me, such a handy tool. Great list! x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Great isn’t it, then you can just forget about it and move on! x

  • Spidermummy
    Reply

    Very useful as always 🙂 You are the blogging queen!!! x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ha ha! Maybe just a Princess 😉 x

  • JoyandPops
    Reply

    Thank you so much for this! Twitter lists…I seriously had no idea, it makes so much sense though! I’m going to have a look now!
    Thanks
    Xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Hope it helps xx

  • Donna
    Reply

    Thanks I’ve stolen a few of these tips that I didn’t know about! #MMWBH x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Happy to help x

  • Brandyn Blaze
    Reply

    These are great! I was just thinking the other day that I needed to find some apps and things to simplify my blogging experience. Thank you for sharing, these will make my life a little easier!

    #sharewithme

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Glad that is will help x

  • Amy Duthie
    Reply

    I am definitely bookmarking this post (as I do with many of yours!) Really helpful- thank you! I just started using Canva this week (you can see on my latest post) and am loving it. Social oomph sounds like a must click too… Thanks Aby 🙂

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      That is great, so happy that they help you x

  • ghostwritermummy
    Reply

    Thanks for this, looks like I should be using a lot more apps than I do! I’m not sure about the tag for likes on Instagram though? I prefer Instagram to be separate from blogging mainly but I know its moving more that way now x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I don’t think anything that has my blog name on it is separate, but that is just personal preference. x

  • Mummy Melton
    Reply

    Great post! I will be checking out some of the apps and programmes I don’t have xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thank you. Have fun! x

  • Leigh - Headspace Perspective
    Reply

    Blimey, what a list! I already use a few of these, some I probably should use to make life simpler (like Twitter lists) but never get around to sorting them out, and others I’ve never heard of. Thank you for being so generous with your tips! xx #brilliantblogposts

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      My pleasure, I hope some of it is useful xx

  • Honest mum
    Reply

    Fab list, I use a lot of these but I prefer Tweetdeck to Social Ooph and Buffer but mix them up, Hannah of Mums’ Days told about latter two. I discovered #tagsforlikes while ago when searching for making instagram pics more prominent and find it’s a good way to promote, especially at non busy times on insta. I don’t use lists on twitter but I don’t follow as many as those who follow me so find it works well as is, fab post! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks hun. Yeah I told Hannah about Social Oomph 🙂 I’m a bit of a fan, I just find it is so quick to schedule stuff. x

  • Mummy Tries
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing these hon, I need to get on Instagram asap!! xx #brilliantblogposts

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Yes you do! xx

  • rachel
    Reply

    Thanks for this list, it’s very helpful! I am still unsure how to hashtag on instagram but I must look into this!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Just type it in after your comment x

  • Louise
    Reply

    Great list Aby, thank you for sharing – off to check out some of these apps 🙂

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      My pleasure x

  • Yvette
    Reply

    As usual, this is such an insightful and helpful post – thank you! I can’t wait to try Dropbox – I haven’t heard of it before but feel it could change my life! I also had no idea that Instagram formed part of the Tots 100 ranking *strokes chin thoughtfully* Congratulations on your new position of 75 by the way – fabulous!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Yes hun it does now. They took away Kred and replaced it with Instagram, so get on it! Thank you I am thrilled to be 75 🙂 Dropbox probably will change your life 🙂 x

  • Hannah Budding Smiles
    Reply

    Aby I genuinely need you to organise me. Not just my blog, me, because since Toby arrived I’m basically winging life on a daily basis! You’re so organised and on it, thanks for sharing the things that help with being so xx #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      O.k I will do it 😉 I just work so many hours, not sure if it is organised, just more of that something has got to stick if I throw enough time at it! Working on cutting down & being more productive so I can have a night off! xx

  • JOhn Adams
    Reply

    Great list. I use some of these already but there are a few I will try out. #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Hope they help x

  • Katie / Pouting In Heels
    Reply

    Some great apps here, many of which I already use but there’s definitely more than I will be investigating now! Thanks for sharing! X

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      My pleasure! x

  • Mama Blueberry
    Reply

    Aby, I laughed when I read this. Your like my personal blogging guidance coach. I want to hug you and shake you at the same time. Hahaha (ok sorry verging on odd there) Its like I think I’ve just got it and then I see something new I need and I break out in sweat. On a more serious note, I’m eternally grateful! Thank you for all these helpful posts I couldn’t do it without them. Please read my today post ‘adventures of a noob blogger’ and all will start to make sense. Hugs x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Bless you! I am glad they are helpful. I still feel like you do now. With blogging there is always something new you could learn or do, frustrating, but great too! x

  • Kristine
    Reply

    I was also surprised at how many people don’t use Twitter lists. They are essential and I keep them all private. #TheList
    Thanks again for sharing.

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      My pleasure x

  • Joanna
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ll be uploading some new apps this week 🙂
    #thelist

  • Rossi
    Reply

    This is a very useful list! Thank you for posting it. It will definitely make the life of new bloggers like myself so much more streamlined. Best wishes from Italy!

  • Heledd
    Reply

    Another fab list! Twitter Lists are a must as is the WordPress App and PicMonkey. Other Apps I love for editing images are Camera+ and Typic.

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks hun x

  • Debs
    Reply

    What a great list and thankfully bar one or two I already use! I have to admit still trying to get all of my twitter lists in order, its so time consuming! Thanks so much for linking up with #MMWBH x

  • Kat
    Reply

    Boom to boomerang! You are the oracle! Fab list as always lovely. Xxx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks huni, not sure about the oracle but always happy to pass on what I do know xxx

  • Everything Mummy
    Reply

    great tips i do use most and I’m starting to get into using twitter lists although i need to spen an evening sorting them all out x

  • Rachel Hirst
    Reply

    It’s amazing just how many things we need to actually run a blog! I use a fair few of the apps you have mentioned but some i have never heard of like the gmail plugins, which would really come in handy. Thanks for sharing this I have something to refer back to when ever I am struggling to find new apps. I find CANVA quite difficult to use and a little sluggish but I know others love it, I may have to invest a little more to learning how to make images correctly. I tend to use GIMP which is a free photo software (A little like Photoshop) and Pic Monkey is just awesome. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. Rachel X

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Glad it is useful hun x

  • Cat Julia
    Reply

    thank you for this, really helpful! Especially the twitter lists, it confuses me most of the time so i think this will help me get to grips and keep up! xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      I am happy that you found it useful xx

  • Stacey
    Reply

    I have a few of these apps but there are definitely a couple you have mentioned that I’m going to try out.

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Hope it helps x

  • Mummy Don't Say
    Reply

    Thank you! Lots to do now 🙂

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Have fun x

  • Alan herbert
    Reply

    Some great apps there. Some I use already but others I will definitely be downloading. I currently use Hootsuite for scheduling posts, but that doesn’t allow repeat posting. Thanks for another great blog club posts

  • Jayne
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing some really useful apps 🙂
    You are a star! x

  • Kat
    Reply

    I love it when you do these posts as I am ALWAYS bound to pick up something new! Aby, you are bloody brilliant. I had heard of Boomerang AGES ago but never had the motivation to use it. You have inspired me to set aside some time to get organised! Xxx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks so much. I hope you got to grips with Boomerang x

  • Mim
    Reply

    Oh you are so organised Ms Aby, thanks for sharing these! You know I still can’t get my head around Twitter lists but it’s my mission, to one day, at some point, in the future, find out more ha ha! I’ve added a few people to lists and then done nothing else oops. Mim x #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      They really do make your life much easier 😉 xx

  • Tracey Abrahams
    Reply

    This is a great list. Some I already use, but many more are new to me, so Inwill be checking them ou, thank you xx #thelist

  • Claire at Life Love and Dirty Dishes
    Reply

    I will have to try Gleam. I have used rafflecopter until now. Useful post as always #TheList

  • wendy
    Reply

    Thank you for writing this, I had no idea about half of this and looks like I’m making my life difficult by not having them. I’m going to get downloading now 🙂 xx #TheList

  • Rebecca U
    Reply

    Boomerang and Social Ooomph sound fab. I’m always forgetting to promptly email over links to brands but have never heard of this – brilliant! #thelist

  • Complicated Gorgeousness
    Reply

    What a great list – I really need some of those photo apps. My pics are always terrible. Really useful x #thelist

  • Sam
    Reply

    Great list Aby. I keep waiting for Picmonkey to bring out an app! I have recently discovered an app called Textgrabber which is great if you have found yourself out and about with just a pen and paper and want to start writing a post. You just take a picture of what you’ve written through Textgrabber and it converts it to typed text onscreen which you can then upload to email or all the other usual places. It’s not perfect translations and you do need to do a bit of editing though! #thelist

  • Nadia - ScandiMummy
    Reply

    Great tips (read them before and many of your other helpful posts) #TheList

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  • Leslie Rickerby
    Reply

    Fab tips, will definitely be using some of these. Especially latergramme, that will come in very useful for a project I have on next month

  • Catie: An imperfect mum
    Reply

    Thanks so much! This is a brilliant post. I didn’t know a lot of these and will be checking out later Gramme now! #thelist

  • Laura
    Reply

    Thank you! I’m relatively new to blogging so this is really helpful, especially the Twitter lists 😀 #thelist

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    Reply

    Great choices Aby. I use most of these already – all of the social media apps & a lot of the editing ones. I still haven’t mastered scheduling! I signed up to social oomph but can’t get my head around it lol Our phones are full of blogging apps! x

  • Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    Reply

    Fantastic post. Honestly, I swear I have bookmarked so many posts of your for future reference I think I should print them and put them in a “how to blog” folder. Thanks once again for some super useful tips! Where would I be without you! #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ah that’s great to hear, thank you x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Really glad it is help x

  • Rebecca Smith
    Reply

    Thanks for this, so many I need to check out! #TheList

  • Louisa
    Reply

    Great advice Aby. I have been wondering about a twitter app to schedule tweets, they sound so much more time effective. I love instagram and pinterest but had no idea you could schedule those as well. Thank you!

  • Mummy Fever
    Reply

    I agree about the twitter app – I use that a lot. I will check out some of the others thanks x #TheList

  • Lucy
    Reply

    This is great, though a little scary. Makes me realise how much I have to learn. I have completely forgotten about the snipping tool, which I used to use all the time! #TheList

  • Jessica Powell
    Reply

    I couldn’t live without the snipping tool! 🙂 Some great apps here, I need to go and check out a few. x #thelist

  • Fionnuala
    Reply

    This is a good list Aby. Thanks for sharing.
    I love Excel and have done since I first used it back in the ninties. Sniping Tool is a great thing too. I love Canva but it can be really slow at times.
    Boomerang soungs great. I must check it out.
    #thelist
    Fionnuala from http://www.threesonslater.blogspot.com

  • Al
    Reply

    Love these kinds of posts! So helpful. Thank you.

  • Mummy here and there
    Reply

    Very enlightening post as never heard of.half these apps. Thank you for.sharing some great advice X #thelist

  • Laura's Lovely Blog
    Reply

    Great suggestions. I started using Boomerang after one of your posts and I am now off to download latergramme 🙂 #thelist

  • Joanna
    Reply

    Great post Aby 🙂 I’ve just added a few apps to my phone (and saved the post for later on my Pinterest board!).
    I have been using Social Oomph for a year or so and noticed recently that some of the tweets have not been coming out on Twitter – though SO has them marked as sent. I wrote to SO for advice, but they were not very helpful, telling me to deal with Twitter directly. Have you had a similar issue with repeat tweets?
    #TheList

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      You have to make sure there are other tweets scheduled in between each tweet that is the same, if that makes sense x

  • Carry On Katy
    Reply

    Love this! Super helpful as always! I must get around to checking these all out when I get some time.
    You should write a book on this topic. You’d make a mint!x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ha ha now there’s a thought! x

  • Silly Mummy
    Reply

    Use some of these, and some others here I should look into. I know I really need to sort my twitter lists, but at this point it seems too big a job! #thelist

  • Leandra
    Reply

    Any, you’ve nailed it again with another awesome blog club post. Great advise, I know there’s some from here, I’ve never heard of and shall be looking into thanks for sharing your amazing blogging knowledge xx #thelist

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ah thanks huni, it is my pleasure x

  • Rachel
    Reply

    Really useful as always. Really need to get my twitter lists sorted. #thelist xxxxx

  • Anna Brophy
    Reply

    Invaluable stuff!!! Where would I be without your blogs to spin my head around and upside down?? You always point me in the right direction and help me to plan my ‘to do’ list. Thanks so much at #TheList

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    Reply

    Aby, great suggestions, Pinning this so I can come back to it for each App and Program when I’m ready for them. I need to look into VSCO I see so many using it, but I always like my Instagram with no filters, but I’m thinking it would help me brand better. Thanks for sharing all this, you are the best! xx

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