Blogging Tools For 2011

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You’ve resolved to blog more in 2011. You know you’ve got some blog topics figured out. But how are you going to amp up your blogging even more? Here are some blogging tools to consider, if you’re on the WordPress platform.

Editorial Calendar – The editorial calendar plugin lets you see your blogging schedule in an easy-to-consume way. I use it to help me think through themes. You can pick it up here.

WPTouch – WPTouch is a mobile theme for WordPress. When someone comes in via a BlackBerry/iPhone/Android/Whatever, they’ll be served this mobile skin, which makes every page look a lot prettier in the 3 inch version. Get it here.

Genesis Premium WordPress Theme – (affiliate link). Genesis is the theme I use at [chrisbrogan.com]. It’s also the theme I’ve installed on several other sites. What makes it useful to me is that it helps with SEO (basics), helps with design, and has several useful child themes that let you design faster. Get Genesis here.

ShareThis – If you haven’t installed social sharing on your site yet, this is the time. Put the ShareThis button to use (or your favorite social sharing button) and see if people start spreading your blog around more. Get it here.

Related Posts – One way to keep them on the site longer is to give them more posts to visit that might keep their attention. I’m using the “Yet Another Related Posts Plugin because I met the creator at an event. There are lots of similar plugins like this. You can get this one here.

Beyond the Tools

Beyond the tools, what I’d start with this early in the year is a mental picture of what you want the blog to do for you. Write out some themes and ideas of overall ways you want the blog to help. Then, see if you can put one theme together for each month. Then, see how many variations on the theme you can come up with. Poof, you’ve got a sense of a creative editorial calendar all ready to go.

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    Great post! I start my blog 2 months ago and this is really helpful for me and I’m newbies on the road…. Thank you…

  • http://vibgyortel.in/sms-reseller-solutions Bulk SMS Reseller

    Great post! I start my blog 2 months ago and this is really helpful for me and I’m newbies on the road…. Thank you…

  • http://twitter.com/RyanCritchett Ryan Critchett

    Someone just told me about that editorial program. This seals the deal! I remember John Reese talking about something like this a while back and it seemed super interesting. Cool.

    RC

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  • http://www.IntegrityVASolutions.com Katie Simmons

    I am using the editorial calendar currently and I love it. It helps me to stay organized and I can see at a glance when I have blog posts scheduled. This is a very helpful plug-in for any blogger!

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  • Ronalpert

    I think the Calendar is another arrow in my quiver to help me to keep writing. Anything to ease my efforts is most welcome, thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing this tools.. Great post..
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  • http://www.sixthsensemarketing.com.au/about/bradley-davis/ Bradley Davis

    The calendar is an awesome idea.

  • http://theeditor.terrablack.com terra black

    editorial calendars are the best, for me it immediately alleviates the stress of what I’m going to blog about.

  • http://www.coopersbarnyard.com Frankie Cooper

    I’ll try the word press plugins to help with my writing.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the ShareThis tip…it’s awesome!

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    I am also a blogger. And I consider that we should have good resource for readers or visitors. Such as Related Posts & Sharing facility should be given for all. This help us to keep visitors stick to site.

  • http://www.g2apex.com Alexander Welz

    Thank you for this post. I like the idea of using Related Posts plugin. I will start using it myself

  • http://www.g2apex.com Alexander Welz

    Thank you for this post. I like the idea of using Related Posts plugin. I will start using it myself

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