5 SEO Trends for 2016

5 SEO Trends for 2016


2015 has been an exciting year for the SEO industry. We live the "Mobilegeddon" , which rewarded with a higher position in the ranking of results the websites that were adapted to mobile devices; the reform of local search  with Pigeon; the arrival of a new algorithm that rewarded the quality content; and about how many minor updates over Google. In addition, we have seen that digital assistants and new types of mobile devices begin to shape the future of search in terms of user behavior.
But what 2016 will bring new? Here is a list of some of the trends in SEO you should consider for the New Year.

1. The video content in ROI exceed the written content.

Today, the written content is regarded as the "standard" even by the vast majority of us who continually insist that the inclusion of different content formats is a good idea.
In 2016 this trend will change and the video will exceed the written content in terms of scope, commitment, efficiency and return on investment (ROI). Vine, Periscope, Snapchat, and other video applications are partly responsible.
In addition, Google is experimenting with the inclusion of video ads from its search results, so you need to get to work with this type of content if you want to keep up.

2. Mobile optimization will gain more importance

In recent years the standard search was from the desktop. But in early 2015 mobile search exceeded its predecessors for the first time Google announced to the world that the mobile traffic and desk were on equal terms .
In 2016, this change will continue to grow and mobile optimization converitirá imperative for any online business.

3. The digital assistants will change the search language

Search engines increasingly receive inquiries from our smartphones digital assistants (Siri, Cortana and Google Now). Spoken queries tend to be very different to the queries written so this new trend could reward pages that contain a more colloquial language.

4. The social content will be more easily indexed

In 2016 social messages have a value and a similar consideration any independent website, and the separation between "web" and "social networking" will begin to fade even more from the perspective of SEO.

5. Deep Links in Apps will be more important

As part of the shift to mobile optimization, Google is anticipating a future where applications can outperform traditional web sites in popularity and functionality. From 2016, the "deep links" to applications will have more weight. The deep links are those that send a user to a Web site to a page or a specific piece of content within an application, rather than to the home page of it.

50 things that bloggers in 2016 no longer should do

50 things that bloggers in 2016 no longer should do



50 things that bloggers in 2016 no longer should do
50 things that bloggers in 2016 no longer should do



Take a blackboard.

Now put it your fingernails.

And now scratch vigorously over it.

A cruel sound.


But I am not really matter.

What is important is what your readers think.

It's a Not-To-Do-List for bloggers.

Especially in 2016, but also beyond.

If you want your readers to spare a horrible tingling, then you should avoid these things.

In other words: Please, stop it.

1) Stop it to your text bold and italic

This does not contribute to better LESBARKET of blogs in. It ensures  ONLY  for  more confusion.

Set rather accents with the right choice of words.

Or with a Abstatz.

Point.

2) If I need an arrow diagram to follow your thoughts, then something is wrong

Write clearly.

Just write.

Write short.

3) Do not write like a plain speaker with a broomstick in the butt

Write the way you talk - preferably with zero parts per thousand and no lack of sleep. CLICK TO TWEET
The reader is usually not your boss - so behave yourself normal.

Be human.

4) Stop trying to write inconsequential 300-word article

Write epic Evergreen articles that have at least 1,000 words.

Everything else should only Seth Godin. Let me guess: You're not Seth Godin.

And if they do: Hi Seth, how are you?

5) glanders heading not just go

Your headline is the ticket into the world of writers. If you simply hinklatschtst carelessly at the end, then you're no one will read.

And somehow you've then also earned.

Because here I have been betrayed, how to write a good headline.

If you want to take a shortcut, then you can here use my templates.

6) Start your blog article not with a man in a lonely room, which is the Beetle

The Mr. Kafka has already made.

Rather Start with a Bang!

Here are  10 easy ways to begin your blog articles with a bang.

Not to do 

7) Pretend I would not

Each set should push the text.

I want to rush with adrenaline through the text - and not standing as on the A40 in traffic and fight my way through each passage.

So you write sentences that maintain the tension.

8) Do not tell, show me

Show Do not Tell is one of the most powerful principles when writing.

Do not tell me that you're tired, but show me your tarnished eyes, the 15 cups of coffee and energy drinks. I want to see how tired you are.

9) You shouldn't write just like that

Write to change to.

Write to move around.

Write to touch.
If you already do not touch the reader, then at least, yourself.

10) About me not with details Laste

The reader has a brain and can think.

Listen therefore to ask you to explain banalities.


12) Write not only with your head

Write with your heart.

Write to the whole body, and say to all the senses.

Let me smell your sweat.

13) Do not brag

Showing off your text makes not a bit better.

Your author description should you not say, but it should make you curious - curious for more from you.

So you write an author description that attracts readers and not scared.

14) Do not write as your neighbor

You are unique. Write therefore unique.

Find your writing voice and be yourself -. All other there are already 
Find out what is a writing voice and why it is so important.


16) Do not be a Diplomat

You do not have it please everyone.

There is a formula for failure: to try to make it all right.

You do not have all fallen.

Only the right one.

1,000 true fans are better than 1 million volatile scanner. 

17) Do not live in the mousehole

If you are trying to avoid criticism, then you will never succeed.

Criticism is part of blogging as the headwind to fly.

Without headwind can not lift an airplane.

And without criticism you can not grow.

Therefore I write boldly and bad texts.


18) Do not think about the backburner

When writing (or blogging) as the last is on your long to-do list, then you will never find time to write.

Your book (your blog) will rot on the long bench. Burn this long bank!

Here are 15 tips to help you find time to write.

19) Do not sell below value

As long as you do not take yourself seriously as an author, it will not do the others.

Have to ask for your work not afraid to spend money.

Just because you enjoy it, that does not mean that you may not make money with blogging.

Here are my 5 most stupid mistakes about money.

20) Do not look out the window

We humans are masters in one thing: find excuses.

We always look out the window and find a culprit.

Instead, we should often look in the mirror and take responsibility for our lives.

Not the readers' fault that you do not have readers.

So to think, is a stupid habit.

Here are 10 more stupid habits that dismantle your life.

21) Do not kill your e-mail list

Most have already checked, that you as a blogger a build email list needs.

But too many bloggers kill their e-mail list in which they out garbage to their readers.

Or every week to sell something.

Please stop it.

Instead, you should definitely set an elite-mail list.

How?

That explains my friend Sergei here very awesome.

22) Forget the stereotypes

Use stereotypes (like the evil Russians Mafia boss named Ivan) only if you want to make fun of stereotypes or funny with the stereotypes in the minds of readers want to play.

Otherwise: Take your come up with a more original character for your products.

23) Do not be a stupid blogger

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.

Educate yourself so forth.

Learn it.

Here my writing colleague Marcus has listed the top 10 Writing Guides.

Definitely read!

24) Do not run the trend afterwards

Tomorrow the trend is over and your articles are then worthless.

Write timeless evergreen items that are still valuable next year.

Who runs after the audience sees but only its rump - Goethe 
Timeless products are the best way to more traffic.


25) Do not be perfect

Be imperfect times.

Make mistakes.

You dare.

Better a good blog as a perfect dream.

26) Do not ask for feedback if you only have praise want

People often ask me what I think because of her blog.

My answer: Not much.

Once I have listed all the errors and possible improvements, the blogger is offended suddenly.

If you have praise want, then go to Mama.

If you have constructive criticism would like, then you must also accept it.

27) Do not install any plugins in the world

Not everything that is technically possible to implement shall you also.

Mess Too many plugins, images, hover effects and flying Santas on top of the page and make the reader for eye cancer.

A blog is like a home: If the visitor of dirty underpants and smelly shoes is welcomed, then he goes away again.

Rooms please on your blog.

Everything you need to learn about blog design, you learn with my friend Dimitri.

28) Please do not do your eBook design itself

If you want your eBook attaches digital dust and unnecessarily wasted space on the Internet, then there is this a super agent: Mach the cover itself.

A cheap cover is a guarantee of failure.

Yes, you judge a book by the cover. So life is.

Therefore, you should find yourself a reasonable designer who specializes in books.

29) Stop it, just to share your content

Now let's face it: If we are promoting on the internet the most?

Ourselves.

It is time that we change that.

Vladislav has described very well:  The egotism of the German blogger costing them the success.

#Lesetipp: Here are 9 Facebook Tactics for more readers!

30) Please, please, please: Do not write for Google!

This search engine lyrics are just awful.

Please stop to squeeze your keyword in every sentence, just so that your keyword is found in the keyword search as a keyword - the keyword again!

The full keyword!

Keyword!

31) Do not be a snob

Many bloggers lob over her audience: "These stupid readers with their stupid comments ..."

Hello?

The readers are the reason why your blog exists. They are your source. Why do you treat them like servants?

As a blogger, you are the servant. You serve your audience. CLICK TO TWEET
Do not be a snob and take your readers seriously: your criticism, your comments, your fears and concerns.

32) Do not be a lone wolf

I do not care how good your blog is.

I do not care how awesome are your lyrics.

If you are a loner, you will not get far. If you are a lone wolf, then you are the sheep run away.

Find friends. Find mentors.

33 not) ignore SEO

With search engine optimization, many have overstated.

That does not mean that search engine optimization (SEO) is not important.

Much of my traffic comes from Google.

With this tool, * you can improve your Google ranking in the long term.


34) Do not write for your blog

You have read correctly: Many bloggers out there have to stop writing for her blog.

Why?

Because nobody reads anyway.

Seriously.

If nobody eats your food, then stop cooking and go to where the people are hungry.

For you as a blogger, this means: Write for other blogs that have thousands of readers.

This is called guest blogging.

With this strategy, I get 300 e-mail subscribers - every single month.

35) washing any dirty laundry

Clear: With dirt, gossip you get a lot of readers quickly.

If you insult others, you're making fun of others or other criticize, then yours attention.

The problem: Do you think that your name is always mentioned in connection with dirty laundry.

As Blasphemes ashes you'll get traffic - but no confidence.

No loyal readers.

No Fans.

36) Produce No 08/15 Freebies

This tip comes from Markus Cerenak:

Sometime you were told that you need a freebie, goodie or a lead magnet, so sign your readers in your newsletter. For the absolute most important thing is to build your list.

Presumably, you've got it, as 80% of the bloggers who do wrong and produced a freebie that is not specific to long or in the wrong format.

Your freebie has razor-sharp even better razor-sharp suit your blog topic, for each item.

Here I'll tell you how you produce the perfect freebie and so magnify your list in no time.

37) Neglect your comments Never

This tip comes from Daniela jump:

Somehow, readers seem to have become septic comment - do you think It is also up to you -. Because you have an emotional appeal to your readers.

Here I will show you how to get more comments on the blog.

38) Listen to be useless

Again Daniela jump:

Produce not any content.

Solve a problem.

Be useful.

And no, not you decide whether the content is useful, but the reader.

How do you find topics that are useful for your readers.

39) Kill No advertising

You want to make money with your blog?

Then let the fingers of Google Adsense and Co.

Advertising mach your site ugly, slow and annoying.

One of 1,000 clicks this advertisement and 999 are annoyed. Do you want it?

I once tried Google Adsense and you know how much I've earned?

€ 30 per month.

How do you make money instead?

Offer a service or product.

40) Do not kill your routine

Numerous bloggers lose motivation and energy because they do not write out of habit.

Writing must belong to your everyday life.

The routine of writing must be firmly anchored in you.

As Marcus Johanus says: The art lies not in how you walk in the letter. The trick is not to get out from the letter.

If you're only in the flow - and bleibst-, then you will never again be a writer's block have.

41) Disable the comment function does not - not even at the beginning

This tip comes from Ben Harmanus:

Be smarter than many in front of you and not ponder over this chicken or the egg.

Yes, a new blog gets maybe not the same comments and does not look great. But a blog without comment function never gets comments.

Logical, right?

Produce from day 1 on content that you're proud of and share them on social networks, also in the group. So you've got a good chance that you transfer a conversation started there in your blog.

For more tips on online community focal point of your blog, check out my article Why I can not share your content.

42) Do not write without a goal

Again Ben Harmanus:

Each article should solve a problem of your target audience. That's a goal. But what is your hidden goal?

Each blog post has also a fixed of you (interim) follow objective, a so-called Key Performance Indicator (KPI). Traces of products that aim to rank for a particular search in Google? Should he directly stimulate their sales of a product or generate e-mail addresses?

Without the setting of intermediate targets you can measure very difficult, which is responsible for your success or your failure. Make yourself out of your blogging real content marketing with a content strategy.

Content Marketing?

And what not - Find out what is content marketing!

43) Do not forget your backup

A backup copy of your blog is like your life insurance - especially if you earn money with the blog.

Therefore, you should from your blog regularly make a backup. If you do not often are creating content, in my opinion enough once a month.

How?

Manually running the something like this:

Step 1: upload all the content on your FTP server. And everything. Download all files downloaded, the files that are not explicitly found in the WordPress folder, because they could be from plugins.


44) Listen only to report to you if you want something

This tip comes from Katharina Lewald:

If you build an email list, you may distribute the e-mail addresses of your readers do not just gather - only to then leave only once rot in your email system.

You want to definitely not make the mistake your readers only to email, if you want something from them. (Parts of my items! Buy my product! Download my freebie!)

That's like having a long "lost" family member who only calls when it needs help with the move.

In addition, your readers can no longer remember you if you do not present yourself for too long with them perhaps. Then sign up from your newsletter, and your hard work has been in vain. Instead, you want to establish long-term, trusting relationships with your readers - especially if you want to sell them something.

You're scared to write your readers on a regular basis, because you think you could annoy you?  Here are two hard truths about annoying newsletter.

45) Stop listening to other people

You're the artist.

Break the rules.

Be different.

I'll cover your back.

51) Deliver not like the others

If you want to be read, then deliver more than promised.

Telling more than the others.

Be honest when it expected the readers.

Go the extra mile.

On the extra mile there is never jam. CLICK TO TWEET
Be Great

I wish that in 2016 a lot of new blogs created and that bloggers and bloggers courageously their way and are great.

And that the "old" blogs shake their dusty coat and times really give gas.

I hope that you write great - and great living.

If you pack these two things in your blog, then believe me, your readers will love you.

Lebe great.

Write great.

Your Walter

PS

If you liked the article, then share it but please. I'll be grateful to the entire 2016!

How to Build High Quality Backlinks

How to Build High Quality Backlinks


One of the secrets to creating more web traffic with your posts is to build in some backlinks. To build high quality backlinks is one of the most popular methods to boost your content over the competition. However, finding the right methods to build the backlinks is going to take a little effort.


Everything starts with understanding what a backlink is and what it will do for your content. From there, you can then extend your efforts to build even more backlinks using creative and effective means that maximizes the potential of your content.

What is a Backlink?

A backlink is an incoming hyperlink that connects the web page or content to another website. Backlinks are very important when it comes to page ranking as Google rates them highly. However, the backlinks themselves must be of good quality in order to generate the rankings needed to boost your content ahead of the competition.

Quality of the backlinks is important because having 10 good ones will beat 200 bad ones in terms of Google rankings. So, you must strive for quality each and every time. However, it will take time to build up backlinks to your articles because people will have to see it and then decide to link to it in order to add more value to their site.

If you look at adding good backlinks as a long term strategy, you will eventually reap the rewards that they offer. What follows are some interesting ways to start building good quality backlinks so that you can start your success today a little bit at a time.

Create Long, Interesting Posts

One of the easiest ways to start creating good backlinks is by writing a good, long tutorial post that uses images, charts and other graphics to really make it interesting. It will need to be from 1000 to 1200 words long and not have any filler, so the information really needs to be good and tight to make it interesting.

How-To guides often make the best long posts, especially if you can really hit the details so that people will fully understand how to do what you are explaining to them.

Participate in Forums

A person who is active in the forums when it comes to the subject that you are writing is building a network of potential fans who might offer high quality backlinks to their work. This is a delicate matter as you don't want to come across as someone only interested in what they can do for you. This will mean offering quality backlinks to those who participate in the forum as well if you find their articles useful and informative.

Write e-Books

An e-Book is one of the best ways to help spread the word about your talents and you can ask your friends to share it with the world through social media as well. You can also send your links to the best in social bookmarking sites as well to help augment your efforts.

With e-Books, you don't have to write very many, but it does help if you create ones that are very useful, highly readable and can be shared so that you can build high quality backlinks.

Create Special Days

One of the more interesting ways to build high quality backlinks is creating special days like St. Patrick's Day, Halloween or Valentine's Day to offer discounts on your products or services. You can actually build up to the day as well with special writing and content features to help pull in more traffic.

Remember, you'll need to do some research on your audience to see what type of holidays and content works best for their interest, but Valentine's Day is one that everyone shares, so that is an easy one to write good content, or run a contest that is bound to get good, high quality backlinks.

Have Free Products

Everyone likes free products and this can help you boost the number of visitors to your website. You can have a free e-Book or even a promotional gift if you want. While it may take some investment, the result will be getting more web traffic which in turn creates more demand for your products or services.

Videos

YouTube may very well be the biggest marketing tool of the moment with no signs of slowing down. If you can create a funny, interesting video then you will start getting some great backlinks. Today, the technology to create a solid, professional-looking video is dirt cheap compared to just a decade ago.

You can create "how-to" videos or find something interesting to make a video about as long as it relates to the industry in which your business is in. The key is to do something fun and enjoyable for your audience so that they will start sharing it with their friends.

Interact with Other Blogs

When you read a blog or see a video you like that is within your industry, don't just say "good job" and leave it at that. Write a good, interesting comment or review so that you can really share your thoughts. Remember to be positive, articulate and get right to the point. If you can write your thoughts in an entertaining, audience-pleasing way, you can start building up an audience for your comments and reviews.

Do Guest Blogging

Want to make a great impression? Find a good place to guest blog and write until you get that post to go viral. This will not only attract you an audience, but by helping out someone else you will build high quality backlinks as well.

It will take time, effort and the ability to write well. But if you can pull it off, your stint as a guest blogger will pay off big time for your efforts. The key is to write something that attracts people's attention and provides you with a place to write again for the blogger.

Guest blogging can be very rewarding in more ways than one, so if you have the time to do it right, then you should market your services as a guest blogger.

These are just some of the methods you can use to build high quality backlinks and start building up your web traffic.

How to Track Invalid Adsense Clicks

How to Track Invalid Adsense Clicks



A lot of things can happen online, some of which are beyond your control. One of these is invalid click activities that are caused by a number of things, but can lead you into one unfortunate situation - getting banned from AdSense for good. Since you need AdSense to keep track of your website's performance, you should do anything possible to protect yourself against invalid clicks. 

A lot of things can happen online, some of which are beyond your control. One of these is invalid click activities that are caused by a number of things, but can lead you into one unfortunate situation - getting banned from AdSense for good. Since you need AdSense to keep track of your website's performance, you should do anything possible to protect yourself against invalid clicks. 


After entering the appropriate information, press the "Add Project" button which will take you to the "Choose an installation Guide for your website" page - here click the "Default Installation Guide" link. Now, StatCounter will give you a code along with instructions on how to install this code on your website. After adding the code, press the "Check Installation" button on the right toward the bottom of the page in order to finish the installation process.

Tracking Exit Links

Once you have added StatCounter to your website, your reports will be available within minutes. Now let's see how to track invalid AdSense Clicks using StatCounter.

Click on Stats and click on the menu called "Exit Link Activity". This will show all the links that visitors clicked on to leave your website. Here, you can also find Date, Time, Exit Link Clicked and the page on which the exit link was clicked.

The exit link could be a advertisement or a link to other website. To display only the clicks on the AdSense ads, use the "Exit Link Match" filter to 'google adsense'. This way, you will be able to see how many clicks are there on advertisements and at what time the click was made.

To see even more information about a particular visitor who clicked on the link, click on the magnify icon. This will show you the Search Referral, IP Address of the visitor, Host Name, their Location, how many times they've visited your blog before, Visit Length, Browser, OS, Resolution, ISP, and the pages they viewed including the exit links.

So this is how you can track the invalid AdSense clicks using StatCounter. Although you may have to disable advertisements on your website temporarily to avoid a potentially disastrous situation, such as being click bombed, it is a better alternative than being kicked out of AdSense permanently. Through StatCounter, you will be able to detect invalid clicks or any suspicious activities that will inflate the number of clicks on an ad. Since you can't control an advertiser or publisher's desire to increase their earnings, you should monitor click through rates or the cost per clicks you are making. If there is a sudden increase of clicks but you make zero CPC, it's time to track down on these invalid Adsense clicks and put a stop to them.

How To Add Related Posts Widget To Blogger with Thumbnails

How To Add Related Posts Widget To Blogger with Thumbnails


Now here is a wonderful hack for displaying related posts beneath each of your blog posts, along with thumbnails. The related articles are chosen from other posts in that same category/label/tag. With this hack many of your readers will remain on your site for longer periods of time when they see related posts of interest.


Adding the Related Posts Widget to Blogger/Blogspot

Step 1. Log in to your Blogger account and go to Template > Edit HTML

Step 2. Click anywhere inside the code area and press the CTRL + F keys:

Step 3. Search for this piece of code adding it inside the search box (hit Enter to find it):
</head>
Step 4. Copy and paste the below code just before/above the </head> tag:
<!--Related Posts with thumbnails Scripts and Styles Start-->
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<style type='text/css'>
#related-posts{float:left;width:auto;}
#related-posts a{border-right: 1px dotted #eaeaea;}
#related-posts a:hover{background: #EEEEEE;}
#related-posts h2{margin-top: 10px;background:none;font:18px Oswald;padding:3px;color:#999999; text-transform:uppercase;}
#related-posts .related_img {margin:5px;border:2px solid #f2f2f2;object-fit: cover;width:110px;height:100px;transition:all 300ms ease-in-out;-webkit-transition:all 300ms ease-in-out;-moz-transition:all 300ms ease-in-out;-o-transition:all 300ms ease-in-out;-ms-transition:all 300ms ease-in-out;-webkit-border-radius: 5px;  -moz-border-radius: 5px; border-radius: 5px; }
#related-title {color:#666;text-align:center;padding: 0px 5px 10px;font-size:12px;width:110px; height: 40px;}
#related-posts .related_img:hover{border:2px solid #E8E8E8;opacity:.7;filter:alpha(opacity=70);-moz-opacity:.7;-khtml-opacity:.7}</style>
<script type='text/javascript' src='http://helplogger.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/relatedposts.js' />
</b:if>
<!--Related Posts with thumbnails Scripts and Styles End-->
Note:
- to change the width and height of thumbnails, modify the 110px and 100px values in red
- to change the color and size of related posts titles, change the value in blue
- remove the line in violet if you want the related posts to be displayed both in homepage and post pages.

Step 5. Find the line below (you will find two times, but you need to stop at the second one):

<div class='post-footer'>
Step 6. Just above <div class='post-footer'> paste this code:
<!-- Related Posts with Thumbnails Code Start-->
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
<div id='related-posts'>
<b:loop values='data:post.labels' var='label'>
<b:if cond='data:label.isLast != &quot;true&quot;'>
</b:if>
<script expr:src='&quot;/feeds/posts/default/-/&quot; + data:label.name + &quot;?alt=json-in-script&amp;callback=related_results_labels_thumbs&amp;max-results=5&quot;' type='text/javascript'/></b:loop>
<script type='text/javascript'>
var currentposturl=&quot;<data:post.url/>&quot;;
var maxresults=5;
var relatedpoststitle=&quot;<b>Related Posts:</b>&quot;;
removeRelatedDuplicates_thumbs();
printRelatedLabels_thumbs();
</script>
</div><div class='clear'/><div style="font-size: 9px;float: right; margin: 5px;"><a  style="font-size: 9px; text-decoration: none;" href="http://helplogger.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-add-related-posts-widget-to.html" rel="nofollow" >Related Posts Widget</a></div>
</b:if>
<!-- Related Posts with Thumbnails Code End-->
Note:
- change the 5 value from max-results=with the number of posts you want to be displayed
- if you want the related posts to be displayed on homepage too, then remove the lines in violet

Update! If you are unable to see the related posts widget after saving the template, add the code (step 5) just above the </b:includable> tag which can be found above this line (CTRL + F to find it):

<b:includable id='postQuickEdit' var='post'>
For more info, click on this screenshot below:


Step 7. Save the Template and that's it. Now the Related Posts widget should appear below each blog post that has labels on it. Enjoy!

10 Time-Saving Blogging Tools For Smart Blogger

10 Time-Saving Blogging Tools For Smart Blogger


Have you ever felt like you don’t have enough time to everything you need to as a blogger?
Imagine if you could get more done in less time, wouldn’t that be awesome?
The great news is that you can get more done in less time using the right tools.
In this post you’ll learn how to streamline your approach to managing your tasks, content planning, editorial calendar, social media campaigns, blog post collaboration and more.
Ready to get started?
Let’s dive in
I’ve lost count of how many task management tools I’ve tried and most of them seem to have something missing.
Todoist is the closest I’ve come to finding a tool that does exactly what I need.
What I like about this tool is how simple it is to use, just add a project then add your tasks.
You can set due dates for tasks if you want, add sub tasks and notes.
Just tick off tasks when you’re done.
Various mobile apps are available so you can tick off tasks or add new ones on the go.
But, above all else it’s essential that you try a few different to-do list style tools to find one that fits best with how you work (we’re all different). TeuxDeux andWunderlist are great alternatives – H/T to Vivek Misra and Wendy Kreuger for mentioning these in the comments.
Price: Free with premium plan costing $29/year.

Use EggTimer to stay focused and on-task


Staying focused is essential if we want to maximize our productivity.
By working on tasks in short bursts we can keep our focus high and ensure we take regular breaks which will also improve our motivation.
The length of time you work for may vary. For example, the Pomodoro techniqueis based around 25 minutes work, 5 minutes break then a longer break every 4 cycles.
But I personally find that 60-90 minutes works best for me.
So it’s worth experimenting and finding what works best for you.
You could use any sort of timer for this, but the easiest tool I’ve found so far is an online tool, E.ggtimer.com.
Just select how long you want to work for and click go, you’ll then hear an alarm go off when it’s time for a break.
Price: Free.

Make lists and keep track of them with Workflowy

Workflowy
Initially I was a bit sceptical as to how helpful Workflowy could be – on the surface it just looks like a tool for writing bullet pointed lists.
But, it turns out that the simplicity of this tool is incredible.
While I haven’t been using it for long, it’s already proved to make planning for some of my newer projects very helpful. I’m in the process of moving my Blogging Wizard plans from another tool.
It’s great for keeping lists organized, outlining projects and getting a bird’s eye-view of what I’m working on.
It doesn’t sound like much, but it works for me, it might just work for you too.
Price: Free with pro option for $49/year.

Use LastPass to remember passwords for you

LastPass
With so many tools and social networks on the web, it can be difficult to remember all of our passwords.
LastPass.com is a tool which will remember them for you.
All you need to remember is a master password and LastPass will take care of the rest.
When you install the browser extension and enter a password into a new site you’ll be prompted to store the password. This is a huge time saver.
Price: Free with premium plan available for $12/year.

Keep your content ideas organized with Trello

Trello
I’m always coming up with new content ideas and while I’ve tried keeping these organized in spreadsheets, they’ve never really made the process easy.
So now I use Trello to keep everything organized, it’s a free tool that allows you to make lists of lists and easily drag them to a new list.
I have a separate board for each project and whenever I get a new blog post idea, it’ll go on the post ideas list then I’ll move it over to the in-progress list as soon as I start writing.
This means I’ve got my entire editorial process covered from start to finish and anyone who needs visibility can be added as a member to the board, so it works great for collaboration.
I usually don’t need to add much apart from notes in the description for each card, but you can add members to cards, add checklists or record your activity if you need to. It all comes down to how you want to use it.
Price: Free with premium plan available for $5/month or $45/year or invite new members to earn free months.

Manage your editorial calendar with CoSchedule

CoSchedule
We talked about Trello earlier and how I use it in my editorial process.
CoSchedule is the next tool in the chain; it’s a WordPress plugin that I’ve been using for a while now and it’s a big time saver.
As soon as a post has gone from an idea to being scheduled in WordPress, that’s where CoSchedule takes over.
You can use CoSchedule for the entire process and that would simplify things somewhat but I prefer to use Trello and CoSchedule as it allows for more control over my editorial workflow.
CoSchedule is an editorial calendar with task management and social sharing built in.
You can see all of your posts on a smart calendar allowing you to easily drag and drop posts to change their publication dates.
If you use the social sharing feature you can drag and drop scheduled social messages if you need to.
Social share counts are also tracked and Buffer can be integrated for easy scheduling of social updates.
This is a paid tool, but there are alternatives like the Editorial Calendar plugin.
Price: Starts from $15/month.

Collaborate on blog posts with Google Docs

Google Docs
If you’ve ever wanted to collaborate on a blog post with another blogger,Google Docs is a great tool to use.
It’s easy to share documents and it works perfectly as a word processing tool (you can also create spreadsheets, presentations and other types of documents).
Your documents are stored on Google Drive so everything is saved.
Even if you don’t collaborate on any posts, it’s a great alternative to software like Microsoft Word.
Price: Free.

Take notes on the go with Evernote

Evernote
As bloggers, we need to be able to take notes whenever we get a new idea.
This is essential because we won’t always be next to a computer and need to be prepared to plan content as soon as an idea is taking shape in our minds.
For example, I came up with a great idea for a blog post while I was standing in in front of the fridge (eating some yoghurt).
Instead of running upstairs, booting up my computer and waiting for everything to load up, I was able to open up the Evernote app on my phone and begin fleshing out the blog post idea straight away.
Well, after I finished my yoghurt.
Your next great idea could strike at any moment, and it’ll most likely be when you’re doing something completely unrelated to blogging.
The truth is that it doesn’t matter what you use. I like Evernote because it synchronizes notes on my phone with my computer but as long as you have something to take notes, you’re covered.
A trusty notepad and pen will do the job.
Price: Free with premium plan available for $5/month or $45/year.

Streamline your outreach process with Ninja Outreach

Ninja Outreach
Connecting with other bloggers is essential if you want to grow your blog’s audience.
Guest blogging is a great way to get started here and you can manage your guest posts from a simple spreadsheet but it gets messy and time consuming.
A great alternative is to using spreadsheets is an outreach tool like Ninja Outreach.
Whether you’re doing guest blogging, reaching out to bloggers to promote a product or anything else that involves blogger outreach – the process can be managed from start to finish with Ninja Outreach.
You can search for blogs and bloggers with advanced search functionality, create lists of blogs, find contact details and send emails all from within the platform.
Price: Starts at $19/month.

Keep your social media efforts on-track with MavSocial

MavSocial
There are a crazy number of social media management tools available but most of them or paid or have free versions which are so limited that you have to upgrade to a premium plan.
This is where MavSocial comes in.
It’s a full social management platform which makes it easy to schedule, publish and monitor your social media efforts.
Paid plans are available but the free plan allows you to connect 50 social profiles and covers 6 different social networks. That’s amazing considering it’s free.
What I particularly like is that MavSocial enables you to group social updates into campaigns, overlays them onto a calendar style interface and makes it easy to add visuals into your social messages (they give you access to over 50 million royalty free stock images).
Just based on MavSocial being free, it’s worth checking out. If you’re looking for a paid alternative, Sprout Social is a great option.
Price: Free with paid options available.