Saturday, July 27, 2013

Best Mobile Apps for Bloggers Part I


Best Mobile Apps For Bloggers


These days, when we all carry with us tablets and smartphones, you (almost) don't need a computer to run a blog. Lots of apps, some are better, some are not that good, will help you with everything you need to get your blog going.
I tried to list here the most interesting and important apps (at least I think they are :) ) for bloggers. All of these apps are available for android and iOS and all are free, unless otherwise stated.

1. Facebook Page Manager - A must if you have a Facebook page (not a personal profile, but a business page). With this app you can manage your Facebook page, see and reply to messages, upload pictures and check your insights.

2. Twitter - Everything you love (or not) in Twitter you'll find on this official app as well.

3. Pinterest - Oh, Pinterest... As if all the hours we spent in front of the computer weren't enough, now comes this great app. You can pin, search other pins and boards and basically do almost everything you can on the website.

4. Instagram - Need I say more?

5. Bloglovin' - The website that took Google Reader's (RIP) place in a praised mobile version. Add blogs to your list and read them on the cleanly designed feed.

6. Google+ - I admit, I'm not a huge fan of their app, but in tough times, when I can't work on my laptop (summer vacation with three kids anyone?...), I use the app instead. Google+, by the way, is well worth a series of posts. What used to be an inferior social network is now one of the most important networks for bloggers.

7. Stumble Upon - I love the idea behind the website. You mark pages with like and dislike, and Stumble Upon will show you other sites you might like. The app does just the same :)

8. Hootsuite is an app that helps you manage multiple social media accounts. You can post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other networks with just one click. I'm still learning this app, but I know of other bloggers that use it and love it.

9. MailChimp is a website and an app that will help you create newsletters and manage your subscribers. The app is very convenient (although I only used it to manage subscribers so far) and similar to the website.

10. Guidecentral is an app that features all kind of tutorials. You can also find the tutorials on their website. Pinterest addicts beware, the potential for addiction is high here as well... Currently only available for iOS, but android version is on its way.

And a few words about apps for writing posts -
My blog is a Blogger blog. Unfotunately, I don't like the Blogger app. I tried to use it a few times, but sometimes the posts I write on my smartphone don't show up later on my laptop, sometimes I only get the html of the post etc. So I rarely use it, but I'd love to hear from you if you had better experience with it.

Regarding Wordpress app - since I'm not a wordpress user, all I can tell you is that there is a wordpress app for mobile :).

If you're a fan of apps I didn't mention here or if you have any comments and insights on the above, please let me know. I'm working on a second part for this post and I'd love to give credit to anyone that will help with it :)


**** Update - Second part to this post is now up! ****

17 comments:

  1. Ooh, I didn't know there's a Hootsuite app. That will definitely be useful :)

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    1. Glad I could help :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I've tried to use the Wordpress app on my iPad, but wasn't impressed. Maybe others have had a better experience with it than I have, but I prefer to just use Safari.

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    1. Thanks! I'll mention it on the second part :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing the list! I use most of them. I prefer to use Pinterest on my computer, though. I haven't tried Stumble Upon yet. I didn't know about the Hootsuite app either.

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    1. I actually prefer to use all on my computer, but when I'm on the go, I think they make a good alternative.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Thanks for sharing these great ideas. Some I was aware of others not. I use oktopost to keep in touch. What I like about it the most is I can post in all of my linkedin groups in 15 seconds. As business owners we really couldn't stay in touch without apps

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    1. Never heard of Oktopost before, thanks! I'll look into it :)

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  5. If you don't like the Blogger app, you should check out the one I created for the very purpose of replacing that one... BlogGo.

    xo Dana

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    1. Dana' it looks great! I'm an Android user, will you have it for Android as well?
      Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Guidecentral is the only one I haven't heard of. I use wordpress, so I would put that on my personal top 10. Could you do an update on hootsuite after you useit more? I'm actually really hating it for loads of reasons. Maybe I'm just not getting it.

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    1. I'll try. I'm still in learning stage on this one. sometimes I feel a bit lost when I'm using it, so I still mostly manually update my social media account. Hopefully I'll manage to figure it out soon...

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  7. Hi Tal,
    Thank you so very much for all of this great info!!! I have a few, but did not know about the others!! Lol!! I am just a cub in the Blogging World, and need all of the help I can get!! I am now going to go check out your part 2 of this post!! Also, I would absolutely l love it if you could stop by and say hi on my blog sometime!!! It's called "Unique Chic & Rustics: My Upcycled &Repurposed Life" and you can find it at:
    http://myrepurposedlife2.blogspot.com
    Thanks again, Jess 😊

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    1. Thanks Jess, glad it was helpful! Love your blog :)

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  8. I am addicted to apps! Ill have to try hoot suite! I do post from my Wordpress app and it works quite well for very simple and consice posts ;)
    Ursula
    http://kraftmint.com
    A journal of modern crafts.

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  9. Also, I'm visiting from sugar bee crafts party. And I blogged about a cool bloggyish app here ;)
    http://kraftmint.com/2013/08/14/apps-create-a-website-from-your-phone-in-5-minutes/

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    1. Thanks Ursula! Let me know how you like hootsuite, I'm still trying to figure this one out...
      Love your blog!

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