Okay, I’ve been blogging for a while but it wasn’t until this year that I wanted to get down to business. This meant for me to start embracing the tools I thought I didn’t need. You know that feeling? Like you already got this blogging thing down so why need “xxx” thing. But sometimes our own stubbornness works against us and we need to use tools to further expand our blogs. Here are some of my tools that I completely fell in love with and have helped my blog grow!

Tweetily

At first I was against this because I thought it would clog up my Twitter feed but this has been such a handy tool. Tweetily is a plugin that tweets out your posts throughout the day, so your content is always getting out there. This is an easy way to get older posts back out again because it chooses posts by random! I have mine set at every 6 hours so you can adjust it and even exclude posts you don’t want shown.

Shareaholic

This is also a plugin I started using late in the game and it’s been so useful! You see all those social media icons on the left side of this post? That’s what this is. It makes it easier to share your content. All it takes is one click and done! You can customize it, add different social networks, and when people share you can set it up so they can see your own social media accounts in case they want to follow!

Pretty Link

I’ve been using bit.ly for a while and it’s still great, but I recently discovered Pretty Link. With Pretty Link you can shorten your links while keeping your own domain name. For example this post can be shortened like adrianarenee.com/blogtools. I like this because you can keep your name and just shorten the rest of the link so people can recognize your link everywhere! Plus, it comes with analytics so you can track where things are coming from!

Pinterest

Like I said, it took me a while to get into some of the most obvious tools. Some of my content isn’t fit for Pinterest but once I started putting my Disney posts on there, I saw how great it is! My bucket list has been shared around and I’ve seen traffic come from it every day. So start sharing on Pinterest! Use Canva to make visually pleasing pins and use it to the fullest.

Stumbleupon

I casually used Stumbleupon before but I stepped it up recently. You basically just put a certain blog post and people will stumble into it! It’s really easy to use but you do have to make sure to share other content so they penalize you. But it’s a quick way to get a post out!

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Do you use any of these? What are your go to blogging tools?

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  • I have never heard of Pretty Link before so I totally need to check it out.
    xoxo, Jenny

  • Pinterest is definitely the greatest for traffic! I’ll have to look into Twettily. And I used StumbleUpon for awhile but it felt like it took me a lot of time and not much traffic in return so I kind of gave up on it.

  • Casey Oakley Bennevault

    Tweetily sounds useful! I might have to give it try! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    I am going to have to check out Shareaholic. Thank you for posting this, I never would have known!

  • I definitely need to get better about Stumbleupon! Thanks for sharing your tools!

  • I hadn’t heard of the first three and they sound great! I am not great at regularly posting on Twitter so I will definitely have to check that one out.

  • Check it out! It’s so easy and you can even preset hashtags when it posts so you don’t have to worry about setting it up each time.

  • It takes a while to get it but you got this!

  • Check it out and let me know if it works out for you!

  • It’s super easy to use! Hope you check it out!

  • I’m so pleased to see StumbleUpon on this list. Pinterest is by far the biggest player for me but I get some really good page views coming from StumbleUpon. It’s definitely one worth paying attention to.

  • Seriously, I am seeing the benefits of Pinterest now and I love it! StumbleUpon is changing so I know their algorithm changed so I’m figuring out how it’s working now.

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Will do!

  • Great Tips… yeah I need to start incorporating some of this, it’s definitely time to get down to business.

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com