Welcome to a new series I am launching today. Each Friday I am going to share FIVE must read posts about blogging that I have read during the week and tell why I think they are important for you to read! The topics will include SEO, social media, online marketing, and more. I will be sharing them on Friday so that hopefully you can take some time out during the weekend to read them. Here we go!
1. A Foolproof System for Keeping Content Creation Organized, Using Trello and Google by Think Creative Collective
Love the ladies at Think Creative Collective (did you know they have a podcast called The Strategy Hour)! As a blogger, keeping track of content and keeping everything organized can feel like a full-time job. These ladies show you how! I will say I have purchased and watched their Trello for Business course and it is worth EVERY LAST DIME (and it is only $29!).
2. 7 Apps to Help You Run Your Blog More Effectively by XOSarah.com
I use quite a few on this list – Dropbox, LastPass, Google Drive, and Google Calendar. Instead of her suggested list app and Asana, I have everything combined in Trello. What apps do you use to help manage your blog?
3. How to Setup Mailchimp Automations Absolutely Free by TheSitsGirls.com
I moved away from Mailchimp to Convertkit because at the time Mailchimp didn’t have automations and didn’t seem very intuitive for me. If I had seen this article before, I might have stayed with Mailchimp (and saved money)!
4. How I Got My Instagram Account To Be Seen By Thousands by The Sway
Have you heard about Instagram takeovers? They are THE big thing right now. Check out one blogger’s story and her tips for securing a takeover and what to do once you have the job. I know one blogger who increased her Instagram following by 30K when she took over the Whole Foods Recipes account.
5. 9 Common Social Media Mistakes to Avoid by The Bloguettes
Great advice for all bloggers – whether you are new or have been blogging for years. I specifically like the trying to have a presence on all platforms. I get this and am guilty of it myself. You need to be where YOUR AUDIENCE is – not where you like to be. You should also look at your Google Analytics and see which platform is sending you HIGH-QUALITY traffic – high time on site, low bounce rate, and multiple pages per visit.
Which of this week’s 5 must read posts about blogging did you like best? What apps do you use to manage your blog? Which social media platform is your favorite?