Over the last 7 years since I started working online I have tried out many online tools to help me with my business. Some I have loved and some not so much, but there are a few that really stand out for me. The tools that I simply cannot do without.
At some stage I will write a comprehensive list of awesome tools that I recommend but this is the list of the bare necessities for me.
Make sure to scroll down to my Instagram post that is embedded to enter a Giveaway for a 6 month subscription to one of my all time favourite online blogging tools – Social Jukebox.
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I’ve been a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate now for over 4 years and it is the one thing that really changed the game for me. I stumbled across this community while looking for information on how to rank my website.
The training is top notch and so is the support from the community. There is so much to learn about blogging and it can be overwhelming. Wealthy Affiliate takes you by the hand and teaches you how to blog while you set up your blog step by step.
The main focus is on affiliate marketing but you can apply the basics that you learn here to any online business. You will learn how to build your website from scratch, how to create content, how to get your content ranked on search engines so that you get traffic to your website and how to monetize your website so that you can make money from the traffic on your site.
They also offer many great tools such as free hosting for up to 25 of your own domains, a keyword tool (which I will go into detail in the next item), free SSL certificates for your websites, live weekly webinars, 24 hour support and live chat.
One of the things I enjoy the most about Wealthy Affiliate is that the online world is always changing and you have to stay up to date with everything. If anything changes online I’m handed that information on a platter by Wealthy Affiliate, along with the relevant training. There are no guessing games here, I am well looked after.
Jaaxy Keyword Tool
The next item on my list is my Jaaxy keyword tool. It is actually included in my Wealthy Affiliate membership so I don’t pay anything extra for it over and above my Wealthy Affiliate membership fees.
The reason I am listing it separately is because it is a tool in it’s own right and keyword research is vitally important if you work online. A keyword is simply the search term that someone types into a search engine.
You may have a great idea for a post and want to get cracking with it immediately, however you need to know not only what search terms people are using, you also need to know how much competition there is for that search term.
Spending a little bit of time researching your keywords before you write your article is well worth the effort.
Try it out for yourself by popping a search term into the Jaaxy search bar below. It’s loads of fun and you get 30 free searches.
If you are a blogger and you are not a graphic designer then you have to start using Canva – the best part about Canva is that you can use it for free. I used the free version of Canva for 5 years before giving their 30 day free trial for the Pro account a try and I have not looked back since. I will be sharing a post soon on why I am loving the Pro account so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Creating images with Canva is so simple and easy, trust me if I can figure out how to use it then anyone can.
Canva is something that I use every single day. I use it to create my blog post images, social media images, business cards, rate cards and media kits. I even use Canva to create my kids birthday invites every year.
If you have not tried out Canva then I highly recommend that you give it a go.
I’ve been using Social Jukebox for a number of years. It was originally Tweet Jukebox which was limited to Twitter and when they started to include Facebook and LinkedIn they changed so Social Jukebox.
Simply put Social Jukebox is a scheduling tool for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. You link your social media accounts and then you can schedule your posts.
There are many other social scheduling tools but the thing that makes Social Jukebox really stand out for me is that the other tools you have to keep on scheduling your posts. With Social Jukebox you can add your posts to a jukebox and it will keep on looping those posts over and over again.
If you have evergreen content you can forget about endless scheduling of your posts, just pop them in once and you don’t have to think about it again.
This is such a time saver for me since before I found this tool I had to spend hours each week scheduling my posts ahead of time. Now when I publish a new blog post I head straight to Social Jukebox, pop it in and it is done.
It is tough being a work from home mother so anything that frees up my time and helps me to run my business while I look after my kids or run my household comes up tops in my eyes!
Another thing that I just love about Social Jukebox is the helpfulness and responsiveness of the owner, Tim Fargo. I have emailed him a few times over the years for various things and he has always been so helpful and friendly each time.
He is so lovely that I was bold enough to ask him to sponsor a Giveaway for this post and he was more than happy to do so! Thank you Tim, you’ve made my day and I promise to write a full review of Social Jukebox as soon as I can.
You can enter the Giveaway on my Instagram post below to win a 6 month subscription for Social Jukebox.
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[Giveaway] I love being a blogger which means I get the best of both worlds – I can work from home and I get to be a stay at home mother. Of course this means that I also get the insane task of juggling my work, looking after my kids and running my household. ___ This is where working smart really comes in and where I have a love for online tools that make my life much easier so that I can spend more time on the important things, like playing with my kids. ___ I’ve just published a new post on my website (link in bio ☝️☝️☝️) sharing the top 5 online resources that help make my life easier as a full time blogger 🎇🎇🎇 ___ And guess what? I’ve partnered with one of my all-time favourite online tools @socialjukebox to bring you a fantastic giveaway – enter below to win a 6 month subscription to Social Jukebox and watch your social media strategy get so much easier! 🎉 ___ @socialjukebox is a social scheduling tool with a big difference – once you have added your content to your jukebox to be shared on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn it will continue to loop it so your evergreen content just keeps on coming! Read more about them on my website post – link in bio ☝️☝️☝️. ___ How To Enter: 1. Like This Image 2. Leave a comment on this post ___ For bonus entries tag your friends and share this post in your stories! ❤❤❤ ___ This giveaway will end on Wednesday 21 August 06h00 GMT+2. Winners will be announced via my IG stories. This is not sponsored or endorsed by Instagram. Must be 18 or older to enter. . . . . . . . . . . #giveaway #socialjukebox #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialmediatools #digitalmarketing #onlinemarketing #onlinebusiness #mompreneur #contentmarketing #marketingdigital #makemoneyonline #internetmarketing #workfromhomemom #dailymotivation #solopreneur #momswhohustle #marketing101 #gogetter #marketingonline #femaleentrepreneur #womensupportingwomen #bossbabe #bosschick #makemoneyfromhome #workonline #makemoneyfromanywhere #businesstips #womeninbusiness
Bloggers Engagement & Growth Community – Ladies Only
One of the toughest parts of blogging is creating engagement on your website and on your social media channels. It is almost as if nobody wants to go first, but if you have engagement on your channels it not only encourages more engagement from your readers, it also helps to boost your website rankings and your popularity on social media.
To get this kick started it is very helpful to find your own tribe, a community that supports you and can help your business grow.
Wealthy Affiliate is a fantastic community that I will never leave but there is something more that I was looking for – a community of women only that support each other.
I have spent a long time looking online and joined many Facebook groups trying to find that space but I have not been able to find it.
A few weeks back I decided to take matters into my own hands and created my own online community and I have been completely blown away by it already!
We help each other when we are stuck and we engage with each other online, which helps the ranking of our websites and helps to increase the engagement levels on our social networks.
Wealthy Affiliate offers a fantastic site comments feature which I make use of, however it does not always work well for my sites. The reason being is that the majority of the members that take part are male and most of my websites are geared towards women.
If I am writing a post geared towards women and 95% of the people that respond are men it looks just plain creepy. Sorry guys – no offense intended here, but when I am writing about breastfeeding or those TMI posts about giving birth I really need the ladies commenting!
Please note: It is in fact in the pipeline for Wealthy Affiliate to have an option for choosing which gender you would like to respond to your request for comments, so keep an eye out for that!
It is early days and the community is small but highly engaged and this is what really counts. I am so excited to see where this community website takes us as I have truly found an amazing tribe.
If you are a woman working online wanting to grow your engagement on your blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter please sign up here! (LinkedIn and Youtube will be added soon too.)
I’ve shown you mine, so now tell me about yours! What are online blogging tools can you simply not do without?