5 Insanely Productive Blogging Tools You Should Have

productive blogging-tools‘1,500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was flat. And 15 minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.’

Yes, we are talking about the Men-in-Black.

But, what if I tell you a little secret? A secret that not everybody knew until now, just brought to you exclusive?

How about doing the same KICKASS thing in blogging like MIB?

“WHOAA! Blogging and Kickassness?”

First, let me ask : What is it that makes MIB so freaking awesome? GADGETS! The gadgets are what make us go ROCK & ROLL. The way, Agent J timely takes out his puny remote and flash the ray beam over the folks; people just love to go over and over for that. So, do you have had the right gadgets to be the next ‘MIB of Blogging’?

I recently read in a book that – “Man is judged by the Tools he has”.

Same principle applies to blogging counterpart too! Yes, it does matters. Almost 50% of your Job is done by choosing your right weapon for your job. For example, if you take a scissor for cutting a tree, will it be a sensible choice? Certainly not. But on the other hand, if you take a chainsaw, the same work will be done efficiently. The line we want to draw out here is that resources are what it matters the most. The Men in Blacks are assigned the work to defend the earth; gadgets are what make them the cool guys. Similarly, all of us are just regular writers assigned the work to write, Tools are what makes one best-from-the-rest.

Considering that, we have created a list of some of the most helpful resources over the web to assist you to be the next ‘MIB’ of blogosphere.

Insanely Productive Blogging Tools

1. Windows Live Writer

If you are an intense and determined blogger, then this tool must fall into your kitty. This service has already been online for many years, debuting in 2009. But call it lack of marketing or other glitch, this awesome tool has been unknown for the masses. Even I got to know about this tool, just 4-5 months back. But, the wondrous thing is that since then I haven’t logged in to my WordPress account once for writing any post. You must be looking why it is so. The answer is simple.

It’s your own Notepad with WordPress functionality. You have got options to safe draft on PC or directly publish it onto your website. You can check your word count, and also it has an offline spelling checker which ensures that your post gets enough out of it. On the other hand, you can have a preview of the post on the tool by emulating the website. There are tons and tons of tools and never-ending features which I can’t name it all here.

Overall, it’s the must have tool for every blogger. Especially, if you are in a remote area where Internet connection is scarce.

2. PING-O-MATIC

It’s a no-nonsense thing that Backlinks are one of the major stuff every blogger strives for. Especially, it’s best if you get backlinks from an authority blog. But, as a new blog, getting backlinks might be a nightmare. This is when this tool steps in.

The Ping-O-Matic is an online pinging tool that allows you to ping your blog URL and Feed Link on different search engine and other crawling agents. It also assists you to tell search engines that your blog has been updated with some fresh content. Making Backlinks were never so easy, but with Ping-O-Matic you can just change those words.

3. COPYSCAPE

What if you toil 3-4 hours writing on a new awesome post only to find out that your content has been stolen? Quite annoying, right? With Copyscape, you can checkout for online Plagiarism: check for duplicate and copied content from your blog on the internet. After figuring out on internet plagiarism,

I have figured out the theorem that:- For any post, the rate of popularity is directly proportional to the rate of plagiarism. Look it from any angle, but it is the truth. Every blogger has a major problem with time. Almost many of us lose to others when it comes to time. So, what to do? While to save time many folks use the golden rule of ‘Copy & Paste’. But do take care, that copying might help you in present.

But not in the future. So if you just want to ensure that your precious work is not in right hands or stolen then it’s the best of anti-plagiarism tool for the best of you.
Though there are many great alternatives to Copyscape and also many of them are free too. But, if you want the best premium one, then Copyscape is the best!

4. SITELINER

To put it simple, it’s the free version of Copyscape with some advanced tools to keep track record of your blog. You can use to check for per post word count, page power, title, broken links, XML Sitemap and even duplicate content. And the best part is that it’s a Google product; so I don’t need to explain anything about it anymore.

5. GOOGLE ANALYTICS

Of all the tools mentioned above, Google Analytics is the most essential above all. To represent in ratio – HUMAN : OXYGEN :: BLOGGER : GOOGLE ANALYTICS.

You might be wondering what’s so special in it that makes it so important and essential. Often monitoring stats via your WordPress account is not enough. But not like that Google analytics helps you to track every single webpage of your blog. It can show you who came to your website, from where he exactly came, his country and everything. You can checkout visitor distribution chart of you blog.
And, the best part of it that it helps one in making some of the great strategies.

Strategies! How?

Take that your blog has many visitors from France, or you have got many Frenchmen as your visitors. Rather than focusing on other subjects more, you can try to focus on writing more on French society. Or otherwise, if you want visitors from UK more, you can try to write posts associated with United Kingdom. Also, as it’s a Google product. You just need a valid Gmail account and a blog you can add up at Google analytics.

Well, by now you have got almost 5 of the most important ‘Gadgets’ to go Rock & Roll in Blogging. So where’s the another 1/2 ?

Let us stick to MIB and gadgets. So well you are a MIB now with all the awesome gadgets in your kitty. But if you don’t know how to use the gadgets, are the gadgets important anymore?

So what’s the important of these essential productive blogging tools if you don’t know how to assemble them and use them?

Therefore, our 1/2 accounts for your smart brain. Though I should have gone for +2 for it, but as it’s compilation of tools, brain doesn’t suits in it. Using the right tool at the right time, optimizing the tools to it’s greatest extent, Sequencing the tools. You have got the brains, just try to spend some time on thoughts and try to figure out your own strategy.

Are you using any other tools other than the above 5? Do let us know in comments.

5 Useful Blogging Tools For Linux Users

When I start Blogging I wasn’t familiar about Linux. I used the common applications for blogging like most of the Windows users do. I slowly start learning Linux and start using as my primary operating system. Linux offers a huge amount of applications and most of them are completely free. Finding an alternative software according to your need is a bit complex. I manage to use some applications but sometimes I have to migrate to another application because it can’t fulfill my needs. Meanwhile, I can’t use the different tools that most bloggers suggest. Most of the tools are made for Windows or Mac and are not available in Linux. Therefore I have arranged the list of the tools that are installed in my Linux system that makes my blogging work easier.

1. [Screenshot Tool] Shutter

Shutter screen capture tools

Shutter is an open source screenshot program that allows to take screenshot of specific area, whole website and applies different effect to the captured image. The application allows direct upload of an image to image hosting site. Shutter contains inbuilt screen editing features. The image editing general option allows to edit the capture image. Don’t expect any advanced features but it is strong enough to handle basic editing. Shutter is rich in plugin. Plugin allows to do different tasks easily like adding watermark to image, resizing, adding 3D layout etc.


2. [Screen Casting Tool] kazam

kazam screen casting tools

Kazam is a fabulous application to create screen casting. Kazam support HD recording in 720p and also supports direct upload to various video sharing website. The editing can be performed by various video editing Linux applications like Pithivi editor, openshot editor. Kazam isn’t as good as Cam Studio in windows but it has various features than other Linux screen casting tool.


3. [Blogging Client] BloGtk

bloggtk

BlogTk is a blog editor which supports Blogger, WordPress and other popular blogging platforms. It supports most of the formatting options. However, Instead of WYSIWYG text panel. It uses the mix of HTML and plain text in text editing area. The preview option helps you to switch to what post look like in the browser. BLOGtk also supports custom tag and has other various features.


4. [Blog Backup] Dropbox, Ubuntuone, and Google Drive

WordPress-Dropbox-Backup

Not every cloud storage platform is not available for Linux. However, most popular platform like Dropbox, Google Drive (INSYNC open source Google Drive alternative for desktop) and Ubuntu one for Ubuntu and other linux distros provides effective way to store your file online in cloud. I prefer Dropbox because your can directly use WordPress plugin to upload your file in Dropbox account.


5. [Video Editor] Openshot and pithivi

linux-video-Editing

Video editors are important if you are also involved in Video Blogging. Openshot and pithivi are awesome tools to edit your video. I personally prefer Openshot. Both of these applications are wonderful and provide almost all features like commercial software. Rendering process can be a bit slow if you have old machine.

Final Conclusion: Unlike Windows and Mac user there are lots of application suitable for bloggers. The choice might be different depending upon the people, but choosing the right application not only makes blogging easier but also helps to save time and increase your productivity. If you are a Linux user don’t forget to share the application that you use on regular basis.

10+ Useful Tools For Bloggers To Track Their Comments

Almost every blogger loves to comment on other similar niche blogs. Brand Comments gives you good number of visits & loyal readers indeed. But it is really hard for them to check their last 10 comments and the replies they received. Seriously that is a hard task for a busy/professional blogger, because it is time consuming and quite difficult.

Although there are some plugins to notify you regarding replies, still they are hard to maintain. Fortunately we have some worthy tools for tracking blog comments easily. I mentioned some useful tools below.

#1 – Co.mments

comments

co.mments helps you stay on top of the conversation by keeping you updated of new comments. Just bookmark, track and follow. One page to track all your conversations. Check on new comments, remove conversations, add your comment. You can also subscribe to your tracking feed and read new comments in your feed reader or e-mail client.


#2 – CoComment

cocomment

coComment is a service for managing, powering and researching conversations online.

When using coComment, you can keep track of your comments across any site, share them with friends, and get notified when you get a response.


#3 – Commentful

Commentful

Commentful is a service that watches comments/follow-ups on Blog posts, Digg submissions, Flickr pictures, and many other types of content.

When ever there is an update, such as a new follow-up or comment, Commentful notifies you instantly.


#4 – BackType

backtype

BackType is a marketing intelligence company that develops products and services that help companies understand their social impact.

BackType has built the most powerful system in the world to analyze social data. They also power social features for over 100 companies including The New York Times, SlideShare, Automattic (creators of WordPress), Bitly and more.


#5 – del.icio.us

Delicious

Delicious (formerly del.icio.us, pronounced “delicious”) is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. Delicious is one of the most popular social bookmarking services. By posting the blog entry link to del.icio.us and tag it with ‘self’ you can track the blog comments easily. [Check Tutorial]


#6 – Google Reader

Google Reader

Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline.

Users can subscribe to feeds using either Google Reader’s search function, or by entering in the exact URL of the RSS or Atom feed. New posts from those feeds are then shown on the left-hand side of the screen. You can see per blog how many articles you have commented on and the timeline of your comments. You can also use Google Reader for finding the subscribers of any blog or website. [Check Tutorial]


#7 – Google Analytics

Google Analytics

Google Analytics (GA) is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website. It can track visitors from all referrers, including search engines, display advertising, pay-per-click networks, e-mail marketing and digital collateral such as links within PDF documents.

We can also use Google Analytics for tracking comments by a small tweak. [Check Tutorial]


#8 – YackTrack

yacktrack

As a content producer, you can search for comments on your content from various sources or other blogs that talk about your content.

Granted, this may sound like it is targeted at the content producer, but it can also help the people commenting on the content themselves. If you have commented on a blog post, you can find other people that are commenting on the post and join the conversation on other sites.


#9 – Twitter

Twitter

Twitter is a website, owned and operated by Twitter Inc., which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. This is one of the most popular social networking and microblogging service, and this service can also be used for tracking your comments on the web by setting up a comment feed for each blog you want to track. [Check Tutorial]


#10 – Comment Save

Comment Save

Comment Save can help you in these cases. It helps you keep track of what you have been writing. Clicking the icon beside the address bar brings up a window showing you the last thing you wrote along with a link to the page. A link in the window allows you to view your post history where you can delete specific posts.


#11 – Disqus

Disqus

DISQUS is a comments platform that helps you build an active community from your website’s audience. It has awesome features, powerful tools, and it’s easy to install. Many famous blogs like Mashable use DISQUS, so having a DISQUS account will help to you track the comments. You can also use another similar comments platform account, IntenseDebate.


Do you use any of these tools for tracking your comments? If you know any other cool tool for tracking? Kindly share them in the comments below. Meanwhile, you can subscribe to our feeds to get such collection of useful tools.