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WHSR Twitter Chat Recap: Blog Smarter and Stay Productive to Grow Blog Traffic
Updated: Dec 10, 2016 / Article by: Jason Chow
Twitter chat is a conversation between a group of people on Twitter. People tweet and answer using a specific hashtag. This helps to keep the conversation organized and easy to follow.
WHSR has started our own hashtag #WHSRnetChat. We reach out to influencers, friends, and brands to gather feedback on our questions. Although we are not hosting it live, feedback from Twitter communities is really helpful!
#WHSRnetChat Q2. What's the blogging tool(s) to increase productivity?
Nearly every blogger lacks enough time to complete all the tasks on his or her list. You have to read, write articles, promote them to social media, engage with others, and a million more things.
There is just not enough time. As such, tools remain the necessity to help us better manage our time and be more productive.
I have reached out with this question to pro-bloggers and writers to discover the tools they are using. You have most likely heard about tools like Hootsuite, Buzzsumo, and Buffer. But, there are lots of good tools you might not have heard of just yet.
Take a look at the feedback from the Twitter community:
“For me it's not necessarily about the tools (there are so many to choose from and different ones work for different folks), but about developing a process for writing and publishing that makes it quick and easy to get your content onto your site. I use WordPress on my site and there are plenty of great plugins, but [by] far the most useful is Yoast SEO. It is very useful when ensuring you are trying to get your blog noticed and saves a lot of time on customizing meta tags.”
I did some research on a few tools which I thought you might be interested in. Some of them are new to me. Others are useful and I'm using as well.
Habitbull is a habit tracker tool. The app organizes your daily life and keeps track of all your habits. It will put all your data in beautiful graphs. The cool part is, it includes motivational images to keep you motivated.
If you are looking for an online collaboration tool, Trello is a great platform to start with. It is easy to use. You can create a task and move around quickly with the use of boxes. You can add a comment to every task and track all the activities.
Missinglettr replied to our Twitter chat with a brief introduction. Here's what they said: “With @missinglettr you literally just connect your blog and that's it. We then send you pre-rolled campaigns. Campaigns are created based on your own blog. Each campaign is unique and will run for 12 months. In short, we save you the time and pain involved in having to create a social campaign for each article you write :)”
Viral Content Buzz is a great place to boost your tweet and gain social appearance. It works by earning credits when you share other users' content. You will have to use the credit when you promote your content through the tool. It works across other platforms like Pinterest, Facebook, and StumbleUpon.
Here are some key points covering our question:
Don't be a slave to tools, but understand that they can help you in your work.
Use tools that are comfortable to you. These will probably be those with less of a learning curve.
“For someone who is starting out, don't get hung up on visitor numbers. Generating regular traffic to your site won't happen overnight and only getting a handful of daily visitors can be a little demoralizing. Don't give up! Developing a loyal following takes time and effort, it's a big market and you are competing with millions of other experts. When I started out, I was amazed how long it took to gain readers.”
I'm sure there are lots of mistakes you can learn from. I wanted to know what are the things pro bloggers would do if they could turn back time. I searched around the Internet and hand picked a few answers:
“I would spend more time networking and building a community of like-minded bloggers and small business owners. This is the key to growing, learning, helping, profiting and much more!” @madlemmingz
“I would give more attention to my followers on social media and communicate more with them rather than just promoting my blog.” @DovileMal
“The #1 mistake in my blogging career: Not collecting emails – right from day one.” @WebHostingJerry
“My biggest blogging mistake was thinking I was a failure if I didn’t publish a blog post every week.” @alancassinelli
“Be consistent, don’t do it all by yourself, and help others.” @devesh
“I didn’t write.Or, I didn’t practice writing 1,000 words or more daily. Write, write and write some more to find your voice and to stand out.” @RyanBiddulph
“My biggest mistake was buying backlinks for bloggingcage.” @kulwantnagi
If you would like to learn more blogging mistakes from the experts, here, here and here are some good roundup posts to follow.
The key takeaways to conclude from our last question:
Bookmark it. Make sure you do not repeat their mistakes.
Always remind yourself what you need to do, although it is not your first day of blogging.