Do you find it difficult to keep up with your blog and social media content? Do you wish you had more time in the day to get everything done? Do you think, “If only I had an assistant…. I’d be able to keep up with my followers and post more frequently to my blog”? If so, perhaps you can benefit from some automated assistance.
Top 10 Blogging Automation Tools
These social media tools can automate everything about your blogging process. They can take over the writing, posting, responding, and email-marketing. This will allow you to focus on other areas of your business.
IFTTT (If This, Then That) lets you set up automatic “events,” in response to “triggers.” For instance, a trigger might be that you post a new article on your blog. The event (response) might be that you Tweet the article. IFTTT has over 4,000 of these triggers to choose from. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can make your own.
Hootsuite takes a while to set up, but once it’s established, you can post to all of your social media pages from one website. You can schedule for several weeks at a time, and automate most of your social media efforts.
PlagTracker will review your articles and replace any instances of plagiarism with original content. Most plagiarism detection websites will only notify you if plagiarism exists. PlagTracker also fixes the problem, which will save you a lot of time in revisions.
ManageFlitter is a social media management tool that makes the most of your Evergreen content.
Evergreen content is content that never goes out of date. When you post Evergreen content, ManageFlitter adds it to a queue, and re-posts it based on a pre-set schedule. It eliminates the need to keep track of when to re-post important material.
Essay Mama can automate the writing process. If you know you need six blog posts each month, for example, you can hire Essay Mama once a month to write the posts. Then, you can take those articles and post them throughout the month. If you use Essay Mama in conjunction with a social media scheduling app, you can drastically minimize your time spent blogging.
Zapier is similar to IFTTT. Zapier connects all of your online apps in one place. You can connect all of the tools mentioned in this post to create “Zaps,” or actions that occur whenever they are triggered by an event. Over 250 apps are supported on the site.
Small business owners will benefit from PostPlanner. The site is only $7/month and allows the user to select content from a library. The material is relevant to your business. You can schedule the posts directly from PostPlanner. If you have more than one page or a lot of social media engagement, PostPlanner might not be the best tool. But if you just need some help with content creation and want to save some time, it’s a clear winner.
Aweber is an automated email-marketing website with some very helpful extras. In addition to sending out your email marketing messages, you can create automated follow up emails when people subscribe to your page. You can even create a series of automated emails.
Buffer connects to Feedly and your blog. You first scan Feedly for anything you’d like to add to your blog. Then, you add it to your “queue.” Buffer posts the content to your blog based on a pre-determined schedule that you set up in advance.
AddThis adds “share,” and “follow,” buttons to your blog. When people visit your page, they can easily share your data with their friends and followers. AddThis can also create a pop-up window on your website that prompts viewers to subscribe to your email list or your blog.
Consistently using these tools will drastically decrease the amount of time you need to spend on your blog. You’ll still need to monitor the apps to make sure they’re accomplishing what you want them to accomplish. You’ll also still need to monitor user comments and take care of your CRM. But you will find that you have more time to focus on the parts of your business that you do best. Happy blogging!