I’m always looking for tools to help me work faster and smarter. Luckily, there are innovative people out there in Internet-land who like inventing tools that make people more productive. It’s a match made in Heaven, really.
Here are a couple of tools I’ve just discovered that are making me more productive.
Since a good portion of my Internet marketing is focused around blogs, I’m always interested in any tool that makes blogging or connecting with other blogging marketers easier. Bloglovin.com is a feed reader (think Google Reader) that goes an extra step. It notifies you when a blog you’re following has a new post. (You can control how you get notified, so this doesn’t get annoying.)
A cool feature of Bloglovin that’s different from Google Reader is that it takes you to the actual blog rather than displaying the post within a reader. As a blogger, I love that aspect because it means that readers are more likely to comment on my posts, use my social sharing buttons, sign up for updates, etc. As a blog reader, it gives me a chance to see what other bloggers are doing with their sites. When I used Google Reader, I honestly had no idea what most of the blogs I followed looked like.
If you’d like to, you can follow my blog with Bloglovin.
Not all bloggers have a need for screen captures, but if you do, you should check out Jing. It does both still screen captures and video screen captures. It also does some very basic graphic editing (adding arrows, highlights and text to still images, for example). I haven’t tried the video capture yet, but the still screen captures in this post are done with Jing. It’s simple to use, has an easy-posting-to-social-media option, and did I mention the arrows and text? So much simpler than Gimp.
What tools do you use to make your blogging easier? I’d love to discover more, so please share in the comments!