During 3 months of learning how to blog, it’s inevitable that I have to resort to various blog tools to make the process easier. I will try to make a comprehensive list of these tools in accordance to their function so that you can incorporate all or part of them in your blog management.
1. SEO evaluation tools or software for your website
There are a great number of blogging tools that you can use when you need to evaluate the SEO effectiveness of their website. WooRank is a brand new free service recommended by Techcrunch this morning. It evaluates a website based on 50 criteria, provides helpful SEO tips and most importantly it’s free for now. I’ve used the tool to evaluate some of my websites today, and connectivity seemed to be excellent as opposed to the frequent downtime complain mentioned by Techcrunch.
2. Links Checker
There are a few free blogging tools you could use for checking backlinks. The most commonly used is none other than Google Webmaster Tool. It’s the most basic blogging tool. Apart from this, you can use Backlink Watch to check on all the sites that are linked to yours. There are a few advantages in using Backlink Watch:
a. Don’t have to past tracking code into your website
b. Shows all the websites and pages that are linking to your own website
a. The tool limits the frequency you can use it in checking backlinks
3. Keywords Analysis
Use Google AdWords Keyword Tool to gauge on the keyword that you wanted to use on your blog title and its content. For example, if you can’t decide on which keyword or phrase to use, “blog tools” or “blogging tools”. Just type both the phrases into the fill-in-box, then followed by clicking on the ‘Get keyword ideas’. From here, you can actually gauge which phrase has a higher search and subsequently, choose the best keyword.
4. Analyse Trends
Google Trend is still the best tool to use when you want to know about the most talked about trend being searched in Google. Google is the big brother of Search Engine. As a result, if a particular fad or trend is rising in popularity in Google, you can rest assured that, this is the trend you need to watch out for in the rest of the blogosphere.
If there is a field that you are particularly interested in, for example, blogging, you could make use of Google Alerts. Google Alerts would send you the latest news and happening of your interest to your email address.
5. Duplicate Contents
You have to be more sensitive with duplicate contents in your blog if you are hiring part time writers for your content. You are paying these writers and as a result, you would expect their articles to be original and not just pure plagiarism. Try CopyScape. This website allows you to check all the possible duplicated contents inside your website. With this report in hand, you can always ask for refunds from your writers.
6. Search Engine Ranking Checker
Thumbshots Ranking could be used to compare SERP ranking in different search engines, for example Google vs Yahoo.
Another exceptional free SERP checker worth mentioning is SERP Rank. Of the two, I found the latter to be more precise in gauging the search engine ranking of our website.
7. Page Rank Checker
For the beginners, we could just use Google Page Rank Checker to check the page rank on any site of your interest. For instance, there might be a site or link that you are interested to exchange link with. Most of the time, we do not want this link to be lower than the page rank of our own, so therefore, we carry out the page rank check.
8. Social Networking
The No. 1 tool that comes into my mind is TweetDeck. This blog tool is an Adobe Air desktop application used to access twitter. It’s built in panes that allow an enormous exchange of information tweets. An obvious advantage of TweetDeck as compared to other Tweeter browser is the former’s responsive speed and smaller file size.
Another social network tool called twables, which is said to enable you to find all of your Facebook friends on Twitter so that you can follow them, and they can follow you! For this tool, I can’t really comment much about it because personally, I haven’t really given it a try. Please try it out and give us your comments if you like!