7 Must Have Tools for Guest Bloggers

A guest article by Elena Vakhromova. You too can be part of this great knowledge sharing community. Take a look at our guest blogging guidelines.

Why do people guest-blog? For self- or product promotion, for traffic, money or just for interest’s sake. Indeed, guest blogging has become a marketing goldmine and all self-respecting online business owners tend to create a discourse around their product or service in blogosphere. Not all of them have the ability to write excellent posts which make the readers beg for more. Still any writing skills aren’t inherent or intuitive. Instead, good writing is a learned skill and it may be easily developed through practice.

If you’re preparing to plunge into guest-posting, you will need not only a knack for writing but a bunch of good tools to aid you in daily chores. Here is a roundup of handy web and PC-based applications which I find indispensable for everyone aiming at comfortable and effective guest-posting.

Evernote

 

 

 

Those who get tired of MS Word and OpenOffice, will definitely love this free note-taking app. Evernote is an ideal solution for drafting a guest post. Its main asset is being perfectly cross-platform: notes are easily accessible from a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android phone and from the Web. Beside text notes, Evernote can keep whole web pages or excerpts, images, HTML code, PDFs, music, business cards, etc. Everything added to Evernote is automatically synchronized and made searchable. Evernote is also remarkable for its auto-saving, absence of cumbersome editing tools and ability to email notes.

FastStone Capture

 

Every guest post requires images, to say nothing about software roundups or reviews – here screenshots are a must. FastStone Capture greatly simplifies the task of taking snapshots of any screen fragments – full screen, active software windows, drop-down menus, web pages, or any selected areas of the above mentioned. Just hit the PrintScreen key and save your image in a desired format copy it to the clipboard. FastStone also has a basic image editor that lets crop, resize, rotate, adjust colour of the capture, add captions, print or email images. The only unpleasant feature that it has only 30-day trial and it’s $19.95 to register a version.

Flickr

 

If you need an eye-catching image for your post but you aren’t skilled enough to use Photoshop, address Flickr – an online photo hosting service. It’s a great place to find images on any topic you’d like, just type a query in search and browse thousands of cool images that are Creative Commons licensed, meaning you can use them in your post as long as you attribute credit to the image owner. Plus, Flickr has a huge community of photographers who share their impressive photos there.

NoDoFollow

 

The main reason behind guest posts is quality backlinks building. Still some resources have a very strict backlink policy and put tag “nofollow” for any external links. To figure out such blogs, use NoDoFollow – a helpful Firefox extension that lets see if links on a page are dofollow or nofollow. It highlights all the links according to their follow status: blue for dofollow, red for nofollow. The extension is compatible with Firefox 4 and up.

Bufferapp

 

It’s very important for a guest blogger to spread a new post via social media channels- Facebook, Twitter and others. SMO specialists recommend to retweet your own content multiple times a day for different time zones. Bufferapp lets perfectly complete this task. This is a free web-based app which allows you to arrange tweeting as many times a day as you wish and keep your social presence while you’re absent. A convenient analytics tool provides feedback details on every bufferapp post. There’s also a similar option to schedule Facebook posts.

WordWeb


It’s needless to say how grammar and spelling are important for a guest blogger, especially for a non-native speaker. Here WordWeb comes to the aid. This is a free powerful dictionary and thesaurus program that provides the definition, synonyms, antonyms of any given word without requiring you to go online. It has about 150,000 words in its database and allows you to look up a word in online reference sites. The app is also notable for its hot key support: you simply use a hot key combo when the cursor is pointed over any word, and WordWeb will pop up onscreen with all pertinent information. The Pro version ($19.50) includes more word definitions, advanced Web search options and other features.

Freemake Video Converter

Guest posts may get better coverage due to multimedia addons. If you’d like to put a video into a post, you can’t do without Freemake Video Converter. This is a free Windows-based software that lets turn any offline video into web-compatible format (Flash FVL or SWF) or easily upload it to YouTube. You can also cut unnecessary video parts, choose a custom video resolution and even create video out of photos and music.

  • Good points. particularly having Evernote by your side is very handy. You never know when you come up with a new post

  • yes ! you are right every tool was very important for guest bloggers like me.

  • I haven’t heard yet this Freemake Video Converter software.. this gonna be a great help for me. Hope this not only for guest bloggers.

  • Its really great place to know about 7 tools for the guest bloggers. And, guest posting is one of the best directions to increase high traffic into the blog. Thank you so much for sharing your blog post on here 🙂

  • Guys,
    thank you for the feedback. I’m happy you loved my post.

  • Hi Elena,
    7 powerful tools that I have forgotten, I will upgrade my blog work with these tools. Thank you.

  • Buffer and Evernote are items I not only use on a daily basis but highly recommend them. Nice research on your part.

  • That’s a great list Elena, with many useful apps for writers.

    I always meant to try Evernote and have heard many good things about it, but I don’t think I’ll ever find something that matches the convenience and portability of Google Docs. I guess Google Docs’ biggest disadvantage over Evernote is that you have stay online, but that’s rarely an issue with me.

    I love that you included the Wordweb dictionary – I use it myself on occasion, although when I’m on my computer I always have a browser tab with thefreedictionary.com open.

    • I Completely agree with you, Google Docs is a good platform for documents on the move and I personally prefer it over other tools mentioned here.

  • Hi Elena, a great article with some great tools, out of all of these Evernote is the one that I use the most, I use on my desktop, IPad & IPhone, it’s so useful.

    • I guess Evernote is a nice note software because it is available on mobile platforms as well and it syncs all of them in a common repository.

  • Must agree about NoDoFollow Elena – must be one of the most effective and time saving free resources around

  • Excellent post, Elena! I am definitely checking out these different recommendations!

    Ted

  • These tools surely prove as significant traffic catalysts for a blogger.In my opinion it should have been explained with more details. But on the whole its as important post of its own kind.A superb effort -Keep it up ..Dear Elena Vakhromova you are really skilled !

  • Very useful indeed ! Little more details would have been nice but it is fine as it is!

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  • Thanks for the tips. I have been looking around for a video converter.

  • Yes the rel="nofollow" part of a links is a good point to consider when you have posts that link back to a user’s site.

  • Bilhelm

    I just want to add my words of thanks for bringing these tools to our attention… Some of them I already had, others I just learned about! Thanks

  • Neil Odom

    Nice post. These tool are all very useful for every guest blogger.

    Keep sharing good work Elena

  • rnd technologies

    Nice blog

  • This really is exactly what I had been searching for, thank you

  • Thanks for such a great list which i was searching for it. Really Wonderful list , Thanks again