Everyone who has logged on to the internet has at least heard about blogs. For some these blogs are means to express their opinion on various matters, while others may just choose to blog because they like it. Then there are a few who hope to earn some cash from blogging. Well if you want to earn substantial money from blogging then you need to become a problogger. In order to become a problogger you need to have the right set of tools. There are tools for just about everything from cropping images, conducting polls to increasing the accessibility to your blog.
These tools do make a significant change to your viewership and will boost your revenues from your blog. The statistics tools give you a fair idea of what your audience wants and what your blog lacks. The image processing tools make your blog look more attractive. The desktop blogging clients let you blog from your desktop with ease. There are various tools that will provide you with the right information for the content. Then there are some miscellaneous tools that perform useful functions like find sites that have plagiarized your content, prevent against spam etc.
1. Google Analytics
Google Analytics is a tool that is easy to use and helps you analyze web traffic. It is rich in features and provides you with ample information to make your blog more successful. It monitors your report and sends automatics alerts if there is significant change in your data patterns. Moreover you could customize it to your needs so that it provides you the exact information you need.
This tool helps adding a Google Analytics tracking code to all the pages within your blog. That is its main functionality. However it adds a few extra’s. This plugin was also seen to add the possibility in order to tag and segment all the outgoing links. This enables you to see whether a click came from a comment or from an article. You can also choose where it tracks these links too. It also enables the possibility to track the domain only, instead of the complete link. This helps you to get a better view of just about how much traffic that you are sending where.
2. Stat Counter
This is another tool that lets you analyze web traffic. Moreover it is invisible as in it does not display any ads on your website. It provides real time web traffic reports. Moreover using this tool is very simple. All you have to do is register an account on the website and paste their code on to your website.
This is a free and also a reliable invisible web tracker. It comes with a highly configurable hit counter, a real time detailed web statistics. You can insert a simple piece of this code on your web page or even blog and then you will be able to correctly analyze and monitor all the other visitors to your website in real time.
The features of this tool are that it is free and Fast, Responsive and Quick loading and also providing reliable service. It features Invisible Tracking by which it means that there will be any ads on your website. It is an accurate and real time website statistics along with detailed visitor analysis and tracking.
3. Site Meter
As the name suggests, this is also web analysis tool. It as website tracking tools as well as useful counters that ill give you the right picture of the web traffic related to your blog. It also provides data about your readers so that you could modify your content to suit them better.
Site Meter possess a comprehensive real time website tracking and also counter tools which give you almost instant access to the vital information and data required about your sites audience. Along with the provided detailed reporting you will have a clear picture of who all are visiting your site, where they had come from, how they had found you, what all interests them and much more.
4. Google Ad Manager
Ads rake in the moolah and this tool is very useful in that context. It can help you to manage your ads. It has a simple and intuitive user interface and a very good serving speed. Moreover it is very reliable. It also lets you tag easily and manage your inventory with ease.
We know that, from the side of a publisher, it can be a real challenge to get noticed by advertisers. This is without any regard to finding and also contacting all of the potential advertisers who may actually be trying to reach your sites content or demographic areas.
Ad Manager Publishers can now list their specific ad placements, in addition to the site profile information, directly inside Google’s Ad Planner media planning tool. These advertisers can then contact you directly in order to purchase these corresponding advertising opportunities.
If you are not familiar with Google Ad Planner, then this solution will help connect buyers and also the sellers of the online advertising by efficiently enabling the advertisers and also their agencies to find the websites that help to cater to their target audiences to easily build up their media plans.
As a site owner, one can use the Google Ad Planner Publisher Centre in order to market your own site to the advertisers. Thereby, you can help them to search for you and also connect with these potential buyers. It is noted that by getting your site listed in Ad Planner, you can definitely ensure that the most accurate and precise information regarding your site is shared.
5. Google Adwords Editor
Use this tool to manage your ad campaigns. It has powerful editing tools that can let you do bulk changes to your ad campaigns while you are offline. Moreover you can simply copy or move items between ad groups and campaigns. It also lets you receive constructive feedback from others by circulating the proposed changes.
Tweetmeme retweet button helps to promote your blog on twitter in a unique way. It shows a live count on the number of times your blog post has been tweeted. It also finds the most popular links on Twitter for you to tweet. It allows you to retweet your post with one click.
TweetMeme is a service which was seen to aggregate all the other popular links seen on Twitter in order to determine which of these links are popular. The TweetMeme was seen to categorise these links into different categories, subcategories and even channels. This makes it easy in order to filter out the unwanted noise to find what you may actually be interested in.
It is made easy to subscribe to each and every category and also the most popular ones through our Twitter accounts and RSS feeds.
We hate spam. Akismet is tool to get rid of spam and make sure your blog remains spam free. Moreover it is free of cost for personal use and is rich in features. You will never have to spend your precious time tracking and deleting block comments after loading this tool.
You will definitely have better things to do with your life rather than deal with the dark side of the internet. The Automattic Kismet is Akismet for short. It happens to be a combined effort to make the comment and also the trackback spam a non-issue and also help to restore the innocence to blogging. It would never make you every worry about spam every again. It is proudly noted that Akismet is free for those who require for personal use. This is done in the spirit of helping the blogosphere of the users, as much as possible.
8. Google XML Sitemaps
What’s the use of a blog if no one is able to access it easily? This tool indexes your blog in a way so that it is easily retireived by major search engines lie Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com. It generates special XML sitemap so that your readers can see the complete structure of your site. Once your blog is picked up by the search engines, then it facilitates accessibility.
9. Google Reader
If you have a blog, then you are in constant need of content for the blog. Google reader is a tool that consolidates the content of all the blogs you frequently visit so that you could give a quick glance and get the inspiration to fill your blog. It also lets you share interesting news with your friends and family.
Google Reader has also added a feature that tries to sort the different posts from your subscriptions based upon your interests. This option is called ‘sort by magic’ and it is made available in any of the Google Reader view, but then, it is not enabled by default.
It takes into account, the past reading behavior which also included liking and starring of every user and the global signals. This process was seen to be completely automated and also anonymous.
The ranking algorithm was designed in order to prioritize the different posts from the subscriptions that you may frequently read and also the posts that may be popular among your friends and also among the other Google Reader users.
Picnik is a website that as something for the amateurs and the professional photo editors. Amateurs can fix their photos with a single click. People who are further interested in photo editing can go ahead and use advanced controls to fine tune the effects. It lets you crop, resize and rotate the image. It is loaded with lots of features ranging from classy to wacky and crazy. It also has awesome fonts and is very fast. It works on various OS like Mac, Windows and Linux.
So go ahead and log on to the site and check out what it has to offer. Picnik was seen to make your photos fabulous along with the easy to use yet very much powerful editing tools. It is noted to be fast, easy and lots of fun. Also it requires no form of download and there is nothing to install.
It is a voicemail to text service tool which is integrated with a number of blogging platforms including Blogger, LiveJournal, Tumblr and WordPress. It can also help you save post material by just recording them by voice while you are on a phone call. It offers additional service to bloggers by providing voice to email facility. When this feature is used along with email to post facility, then blogging becomes very easy and quick, without your presence near a computer.
12. Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer is one among the cleanest desktop blogging tools. This is featured with the familiar user interface that the other Microsoft applications may provide. The users may use the rich text editor and also the spell checker and can add images and other media as well. However the USP of this software is that you can add plug-ins to the editor. Some of these plug-ins integrate with Flickr and Facebook photos.
The installation of this tool is pretty much the same as that seen with most of the other blogging tools. It would require your site URL and also the login info and then it automatically does the rest. If you use the Internet Explorer, then there is the option of being able to install a toolbar that may add the blogging functionality.
BlogDesk is a multi-language blog editor which can also support all the popular blogging platforms except the Blogger. This is seen to be filled with unique and intuitive features. You can upload and edit pictures using the Image Wizard directly without tampering with the images using an image processing editor. It also lets you easily insert and edit inks. Links can be easily inserted and edited.
The Qumana is seen to be distinct from all the other blogging tools. It comes with a built in ad network which permits you insert ads into your post. It is a very apt and useful tool for those bloggers who are on the move. It also has a unique feature called the Drop Pad which includes drag-n-drop capability to snag links, pictures and text to a desktop pad.
It is called the Qumana how-to blog and it is the all new front line seen for everything within the Q World. This Qumana how-to is all about how to make your own blog attractive. That is how to make it rock, how to make the blogging easier and also making money from all of this.
MarsEdit’s USP lies in its capability in order to integrate with the other text editors such as BBEdit, SubEthaEdit, TextMate or TextWrangler. It can provide you with a simple and robust user interface. You can insert photos from your Flick library by the click of a button. Another attractive feature of the tool is its live preview feature. It will display how your blog will exactly look like before you post it.
It claims a wonderful interface which is also very easy to use. This tool also has tons of features that make blogging a pleasant experience. It has WYSIWYG editor and auto image upload to speed up the uploading process. It has multiple skins to give an enhanced appearance. You can also upload all your existing posts using the auto blog upload and start off in less than five minutes.
17. Gist Web
When you are researching online, you waste a lot of time reading nonsense. Gist Web is tool that will give the gist of the web page’s actual content. This saves your browsing time of web pages so that you know which sites are worth your time. Using the tool is very simple.
18. Website Watcher
This is also a tool that lets you keep track of the changes that are occurring in the websites you frequently visit. It will highlight all the changes in the text that have occurred so you don’t need to waste your time reading the old information again and again. It has a filter system to remove unwanted content.
What google is for web sites, Technorati is for blogs. It is one of the most popular blog search engines. It searches the blogs by tags or keywords. It also provides popularity indexes.
No it is not the Tokyo Stock Price Index! It is a tool that sorts news items and puts them in categories. It takes news from thousands of sources and sorts them according to US cities. You can also sort them according to wide variety of subjects.
It is a service that lets you monitor blogs, RSS feeds and Web URL’s to provide a better reach to your feed publishers. All you need to do is place the widget on your blog. This widget permits people to sign up for an email along with the latest feed postings. It also lets you manage and control your subscriptions. The FeedBlitz Blog – news and updates about the best service for emailing RSS, Atom and Blog feeds using email (SMTP). Add email subscriptions to your blog or feed, or subscribe to any blog by email.
Pingoat is one of the most popular tools used for pinging. It basically notifies a number of services that keep track of weblogs and publish them. This helps publicize whenever your blog has been updated which in turn helps to better index your site and publish your blog’s content and hence increase your blog’s popularity. You have to choose the websites that you want to be pinged from the huge list.
It is always useful to have your reader’s feedback. Easiest way to collect the feedback is through polls. Polls increase the interaction between the blog and its readers. The best site for this is Blog Polls. Yu have to follow three simple steps in order to ember a poll onto your blog. First create the poll by following the wizard. Then paste the HTML code and voila you are done. Moreover this tools lets you customize various aspects of your poll so that you get exactly what you want. Moreover the polls are 100% free.
Today, who really have time to even read the headlines of a newspaper? However we do want to remain updated along with information that is important as well as useful for our blog. The best way to do that is by using Bloglines. All you have to do is choose the kind of the content you are interested in, let it be news or blogs or anything else. Then your favorite news will be consolidated and then sent to your home page to allow you to go over.
This enables you to browse through all your favorite web pages within a single browser. Bloglines can be accessed through your mobile phones also. The Mobile bloglines permits you to read all the important information continuously without enduring the pain of having to type with the mobile phone.
Tumblr brought to the cyber world something new- a tumblelog. Tumblelog is nothing but a quick-post blog. It provides an easy to use interface. The Tumblr bookmarklet is very useful since it makes capturing and preparing a new post a simple one click affair. You can follow other users and see their posts all together on a single dashboard.
Tumblr is actually a blogging platform that permits the users to post their text or images or video into their tumblelog, which is a short-form of a blog. The users are now able to follow the other users and also see their posts all together place up on their dashboard. The users can also like or even reblog the other blogs seen on the site. This service was seen to emphasize on the customizability and also the ease of use.
The Tumblr was seen to emphasize on its customizability and also its ease of use, along with a simple sign-up process. It features a ‘like’ button, which permits one user to tell another whether or not they liked his content and the ‘reblog’ button, permits easy reposts of the content from one tumblelog upon another. This provides positive feedback which has given the Tumblr about an 85% of retention rate when compared with the 40% seen to be given to Twitter.
It is a very useful bookmarklet that submits your posts to multiple social networking sites with a simple click. Displaying your posts on social networking sites is a very effective method of publicizing your blog considering the fact that social networking sites are accessed by every tom dick and harry. It increases the number of visitors to your page and improves your ranking in popularity index of blogs. Moreover it makes this process less tedious with just a single click execution.
Flickr is one of the most leading websites for sharing your images. It is rich in features and has a huge user database. Bloggers who are in need of pictures need to look no further. It lets you share your photos and even edit them. You can perform various functions like crop, cut and paste the images. Moreover you can view your friends and family’s images.
Flickr is a social networking site that was also noted to be an image and video hosting website. It was also seen to be a web services suite and an online community as well. Additionally, other than being a popular website for different users in order to share and also embed their personal photographs, this service was noted to be widely used by the bloggers in order to host the images that they embed in their blogs and also in social media. By October 2009[update], the site claimed to host about over 4 billion images
The early versions of Flickr were seen to be focused on a multiuser chat room which was called ‘FlickrLive’. This came with real-time photo exchange abilities. It is noted that the key features of this site that were in fact, not initially present, were tags and also marking of the photos as favorites or even group photo pools.
28. Zoundry Raven
Zoundry Raven is a free and advanced WYSIWYG-blog editor along with XHTML editing, drag and drop from browser-functionality. It has an integrated HTML validator which is built into the code view. It also provides the Unicode (UTF-8) support, quick links and a template-based preview. By utilizing this tool you can not only manage multiple blogs online but you can also manage blogs offline and use a built-in indexer that allows you to see posts by blogs, links, tags and images.
BlogJet is the perfect tool for professional bloggers although it comes with a heavy price tag of $60. It combines a number of useful tools in one clean, intuitive interface. It also supports RSS Readers and other regular blogging services. The tool also has Flickr and YouTube support, Spell Checker, Word Counter and Blog Statistics, Post Management and Searching.
If you need inspiration of some sort to fill up your content in your blog, then the stumbleupon bookmarklet is the ideal tool. Stumbleupon presents you with interesting web pages according to your preferences. It is the leading bookmarking service. It also has a stellar recommendation service. It lets you rate web pages. This service is useful to find out the best web pages that suit your need.
Plagiarism is the one word that bloggers truly hate. It is intolerable to see our content being blatantly copied and pasted in another blog without our permission. This tool tracks down all those blogs which have copied our content. Moreover it is very easy to use. All you have to do is type in your web page into the box and press the button titled ‘go’. It will come up with a list of websites that have copied your web page.
BlogRolling is a tool that helps you to manage your link list. It has an easy set up which just involves pasting of the code. It lets you modify your link list with ease. You can add, delete or revise your link list anytime by visiting the editing page. Moreover you can also change the look of the list to suit your site. It notifies you when the sites in your linklist were last updated.
Feedburner helps you manage your subscript buttons for XML, Newsgator, Yahoo and many more. It also gives you a feed count chicklet which shoes how many readers are reading your blog using your feed. Another useful feature is the headline animator, which displays the 5 most recent replies or comments in a very nice manner.
The best way to publicize about your blog is to follow other blogs and be active on them.This handy tool enables you to browse conversations in a blog and find websites which will are interesting. This will not only give your blog increased popularity but will expand your social network as well. Also, by scanning through the conversations of the other blogs, you can come up with a lot of interesting ideas and facts.
Aweber is a tool designed specifically for finance, business and related fields.It has a variety of features like creating awesome newsletters with the help of templates .It also has an easy point and click wizard which makes anonymous replies into potential contracts. Other than these, you can also keep tracks of important reports in a very user friendly manner, deliver important messages to the subscribers instantly and maintain schedules, notes and relationships with clients.
Flock is an award winning tool that reduces the workload of the blogger. It does so by automatically getting latest updates,pictures and videos from the your favourite websites. It also makes sharing of pictures in your blog much easier. It also enables quick transfer of photos and videos between blogs.
It is a designing tool which offers a wide variety of features .They includes live spell-checking, which instantly corrects spelling mistakes, a “portable mode”, easy uploading of images, built in smilies and add-ons for easy user interface. In short, it allows the user to easily integrate all other blog tools into the blog.
CoComment consists mainly of 3 features .The first one is track, which enables us to keep track of our comments on any webpage in a particular location. Next is discovery of interesting conversations on blogs based on a search criteria and lastly is increasing the number of hits on your blog by linking up with coComment.
Haloscan is a tool which enables you to add free trackback in your blog by creating a small piece of code. You can also replace the blog comments by integrating the comments component into a single entity. You can also keep all these comments in a separate place for future references and many others purposes thereby allowing your blog to remain relatively free.
Imageshack takes care of the problem of registration while uploading images to your blog. It does so by creating an interface for free image hoisting. In this interface, you can upload all your images onto a particular space and then add them to your blog in any way you wish. It also allows hotlinking and transloading from other websites.
41. Blog explosion
Blog explosion is an awesome tool for new blogs which are not well known. It works on a very nice principle mainly being that you visit other blogs and they visit your blog. For every 2 blogs that u visit or leave a comment, you are guaranteed to get a visitor.
42. Creative commons
What can you do to prevent plagiarism? You get your work copyrighted. But, what do you do when you don’t want it to fully copyrighted? This is where this tool comes in handy. It offers a large range of copyright freedoms and protections .It basically allows you to decide how much of your content is liable to be open to the public and highlight the important content
43. W bloggar
This tool is a very useful add-on which offers many resources and features that the web based blog editors don’t have. With this, you can have one interface for several different accounts in different blogging sites. It is a very useful tool to manage more than one blog.
As the name suggests, this tool is meant for audio posts. Basically, you can make and audio posts on your blog. All you have to do is to call a particular number, spell out your post very clearly and then it will be automatically be uploaded to the blog which it is supposed to posted on. The best part of this tool is that it enables mobile to computer transfer of messages.
45. My Blog Log
It keeps a track of outgoing links therefore keeping a tab on your blog traffic. You can also add top links to your blog to increase traffic. As an added bonus, there is a community for the tool users to increase the popularity of their blogs.
Extreme is a tracking tool which finds out about your visitors and about how they visit your blog. It then gives you a statistical report of your visitors which includes number of visitors in a day, month and year, the maximum number of visitors for the month or year, the time of their visit and the keywords that they typed to get your blog website. It definitely will help you plan out and improvise your blog.
Swiki is search and wiki combined .It is an extra tool added to many blogs for financial purposes. With this tool, you can create a swicki and add any information to it like information about your blog. This considerably increases the number of people visiting your blog.
They are small icons which can be added to your blog for two major purposes. The first one is decorative purposes and the second one is for adding a brand value to your blog. It gives all the visitors a good idea as to what your blog represents and can be used to highlight the important features.
A favicon is the short for favorite icon. These are also known as a shortcut icon or a website icon or a url icon or a bookmark icon. This is a 16×16 or 32×32 or even a 64×64 pixel square icon which is associated with a particular webpage or a website. A web designer is noted to be permitted to create such an icon and also install it into a website or a webpage using several means. It is noted that most graphical web browsers will definitely make use of it. Those browsers that may provide the favicon support may typically display every page’s favicon in the browser’s address bar and also next to the page’s name within a list of bookmarks. Those browsers that support a tabbed document interface may typically show the favicon next to the page’s title seen on the tab.
Are you disturbed by the unsightly messages on the sidebar along with tons of buttons, blogrolls and scrolling menus? Flobble is the solution for these problems. It enables you create collapsible menus depending on your needs and requirements. With Flobble, we can also clean up the blog rolls, scrolling menus into compact packages.
Snap is a tool which creates a pop-up of any link on your page giving you a preview of the link. It also has a lot of add-ons which enhance its beauty and usefulness as well as that of your blog. In addition to the above mentioned features, you can also upload pictures onto your blog with ease and share them with the visitors.