Friday, 17 April 2015

A few useful blogging tools!

Over the time that I've been blogging, which is over a year and a half now, I've learnt a lot about blogging, social media and online promotion. Most it I've taught myself and learnt from others through twitter or blog posts. I wanted to share a few things that I've discovered that you may really benefit from if you are a blogger.

Google Link Shortener - Does what it says on the tin. It shortens URL links so that you can get more content into tweets without your link taking up most of the characters. What I like about this, and what I didn't realise to begin with, is that it tracks the clicks to your shortened link and keeps it safe for future use (if you are logged in to your google account). This has become an invaluable tool for me in scheduling tweets as I have all my links in one place. I also love to see how well my link is doing from the click through rate. Its such a good tool that I stumbled across and I wanted to make sure everyone knew about it!

Alt Text with images - This is something a lot of people talk about on their blogging tips posts and something I think is really important. When I look at my analytics and where my posts rank in searches I often find that they don't feature highly in the main web search but when you switch to images I'm right up there at the top! Make sure you clearly label your images for what people are searching to get the best position. If you don't know where you are going for this in blogger click on your image and then click properties. In there type in the alt text bar and describe your image.

Webmaster Tools - Everyone knows about analytics but does everyone know about webmaster tools? I didn't and one day I stumbled across it. It may have even been through another blogger but when I found it I was in stats heaven! When you link this up to your blog you are able to see what search terms people have looked up in order to find your blog. This goes in to the detail of how many clicks you received, where you rank in the search engine and how many impressions you've had. I find this so interesting as I am able to see what posts are getting attention through google and try to make others better. As well as this there is so much more, you can see where your blog has been linked on other sites, look at content keywords to see what you write about most and a lot more other techy stuff that I don't understand!

I hope some of these may be new to you and you'll have a look into them! Do you have any good tips for me? I love to learn and constantly keep up with anything new!

1 comment

  1. Ooh all of these sound so good!! This post was so helpful to me and I am definitely going to be using all of these in the future! I never knew how to do the Alt text so I am really glad I read this :D
    I use Google analytics which is pretty good but ill definitely check out webmaster too.


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