5 Productivity Tools for Bloggers and Content Writers

Blogging is essentially an informal form of writing articles online. Usually, when one decides to start a blog, creating content appears to be easy at first because of the overflowing inspiration and hype. Most of the bloggers I know started out their journey in the blogosphere as a plain hobby - something that they can spend their extra time into and share whatever they like. However, once you take your blogging to the next level and turn it into a professional portfolio or a means to earn money online, it becomes such a tedious task with all the researching involved. 

If you are working as a web content writer or a blogger accepting paid posts and reviews, you certainly understand where I'm coming from. Have you ever experienced being assigned with a writing task that you completely know nothing about? I have been blogging for quite some time now and recently got a job as a web content writer. Today I would like to share with you five of my favorite tools that helped me get back a little bit of my time. There are a lot of productivity tools out there but these five I use most often. I hope you will find them helpful to you as much as they did for me.

5 Productivity Tools for Bloggers and Content Writers

1. Toggl Online Time Tracker (https://www.toggl.com/) 

Toggle labels themselves as an insanely simple way to track time online. In my experience, they really are and will definitely save you time compared to manually tracking your tasks on time sheets or spreadsheets. You just type in your current task and then start the tracker. If you need to pause from work and have a break, you simply click stop. Once you are back, click continue. 

Time tracking is very important especially when you are being paid on an hourly basis. For those who don't, tracking your time is still a valuable information to keep as it helps you identify if you have made any improvements productivity wise. 

2. Diigo Social Bookmarking Tool (https://www.diigo.com/) 

Diigo is a very powerful tool when doing research online. Aside from being an excellent way to organize your bookmarks, Diigo allows you to annotate (or highlight) important paragraph or paragraphs of virtually any online article. Imagine skimming through a very long Wikipedia article and seconds later you found yourself wanting to go back to a specific part but there is no way to quickly identify it? Diigo's highlighter option is fit for the job.

3. Lightshot Screenshot Tool (http://app.prntscr.com/)

Screenshots are one of the most common things a blogger needs to do especially for those "how to" posts but is also one of the most tedious task. Lighshot is a lightweight and easy to use screenshot tool with lots of additional features such as editing and annotation, upload screenshot to Lightshot server to get quick web link, and finding visually similar images. It is available as a web browser extension or as a stand alone software that perfectly integrates with your keyboard's Print Screen button.

What makes Lightshot stand out from competitor tools is that it allows you to select any area on a desktop. Unlike the conventional screenshot method wherein you have to manually crop the screenshot, this tool enables you to capture only a specific area that you want. You can literally capture, copy and then paste images to a word processor without any editing.

4. IFTTT Automation Tool (https://ifttt.com/)

IFTTT or If This Then That is a service that lets you automate countless tasks in a very simple way. As the name implies, you just select a trigger and then set an action. Save a substantial amount of time by having the internet work for you instead of doing them manually.

5. Evernote (https://evernote.com/) or Google Keep (https://drive.google.com/keep/)

Blog post inspiration can come from anywhere so save your thoughts, ideas, things you like, interesting things you saw, read or hear so you can come back to them later. If you are fond of using post its or scribbling on a notebook, these apps makes powerful alternatives at the same time cost effective.

About The Author:
Jane loves to explore what the internet has to offer. It is her personal mission to help people (in her own little way) find solutions by making use of available resources online. You can find her regularly blogging at her personal site, JaneVestil.com.
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  1. i am with you, i sometimes accept reviews though i dont have any idea what this thing is all about..nice one..

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  2. These are tools I've not run across. Definitely will put a couple to use.


  3. If a blog is not visible to the readers then, it is not fulfilling its purpose and its same if any reader doesn't read the whole blog or write any review. The best way to increase blog's visibility is to share it on social media sites. This will increase the visibility, but you need to write the blog that provides something, best option would be to provide some information otherwise, readers will not find any reason to stay.

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