I started my blog not so long ago. It was a huge decision to me as I had multiple blogs in the past but none of them worked out. When I started this one, I thought “This is what I love. It’s the thing that’s making me happy when I do it”. And I continued. Now, I have more than 20 followers, which for some can be very little but I am really grateful for all of them! So thank you so much, you all!
Thinking about when I started blogging I was looking for some good apps to use whenever I can, whether I am working from home or from the bus. I wanted a little bit more flexibility so I can create my own graphics, pins, totally unique posts with the big chunk of my personality shooting out of them. I found some good apps that I can use online, sitting at home, or on my phone while travelling. It helped me a lot with my blog, especially now, when I am back at my part-time job and looking to quit it soon so I can give blogging and starting my own business a good try.
The first app I devoted myself completely to is Canva. It gives you two options to choose from – free and Pro. The free version is quite limited with options but it doesn’t mean you can’t create pretty designs! You can choose from a long list of designs for Instagram posts, Pinterest pins, various covers for your social media accounts like Twitter or Facebook, and many, many more. You can even make business presentations with it. There are already made templates you can use but I much rather go with a blank page as it gives me more room to shine. I used the free version of Canva for creating a logo for my blog, and main graphics too. It doesn’t look bad, does it?
I recommend Canva because it is ridiculously easy to use, very straightforward and ideal for people who are just starting their blogs or sites. It also offers you a mobile app so you can take your designs with you anywhere you go.
Unsplash is my go-to site when it comes to professional photos that look good on my blog. Yes, I know I should be giving you my photos but I am just not very good at it yet (bear with me, I will post my photos one day!). Unsplash gives me everything I need – free pictures to download, professionalism and beauty. Their site is modern and simple, yet so beautiful. The simplicity makes the usage of the site very easy, even for the beginners. Just search the category which you’d like the picture to be in and you will have thousands of photographs to choose from. As we all know, the beginnings aren’t easy so Unsplash makes it a little bit less stressful for me. I don’t have to worry about photography for my blog and can fully devote myself to writing and graphic design.
Unfortunately, Unsplash doesn’t have an app – it is available only for desktops.
The very similar site to Unsplash is Pexels. It works exactly in the same way as the previous one. You go onto it, search for pictures and download them free on your device. What I like about Pexels is that whenever I want a picture and I can’t find it on Unsplash website, I can always try them and, somehow, they have what I am looking for. It is easy to use, modern-looking and it doesn’t overlap with the photos from Unsplash, which is great if you need multiple pictures from the same category but you want them all to look differently.
Pexels also offers an app for your mobile so you can download pictures to your phone and save them for later usage!
Obviously, when you want to promote your blog a little bit more but don’t know how to, the first thing that we all do is creating a Pinterest account. Now, Pinterest is my everyday use app. I cannot go a day without it. I had it way before I started blogging. My ideas come from there and I share lots of my blog posts on it too. The easiest way to get views on your site is by joining the group boards. I, last week, joined one of the bloggers’ group board on Pinterest. I love it there. There are so many people sharing things, giving me inspiration and motivation to keep going. Pinterest is relatively easy to use. You create an account, follow some interesting people and topics, and voila! – you can now re-pin pins to your own boards for later.
Pinterest has an app for your desktop and mobile so you can have it with you at all times, but you can also use it online, directly from the website.
You probably figured that getting traffic to your blog might be time-consuming. I find it easier to connect with people first. Finding the right audience is the key and what better site for that than Instagram. I am sure you already have an Instagram account but do you have a separate one for your blog? I recommend having one! Your personal account might have more people that follow you but most of them won’t even click on the links because they’re probably not interested. So targeting the right audience is important. Instagram lets you do that. You can search for people using hashtags or keywords like “lifestyle blogger” or “body positivity” and just connect with them by commenting on their posts. Remember to make it meaningful as that kind of comments are more likely to get a person to your page.
Instagram has a mobile app as well. You can use it on your PC but you cannot upload photos from it so I recommend having it on your phone as it is a quicker and more sufficient way to connect with people.
These are just a couple of apps I use to grow my audience and make my blog look good. I highly recommend it for people who don’t want to spend money the first month. I just bought my Premium account last Thursday because I couldn’t afford doing it at the beginning. I look forward to upgrading to Business account next month. I am sure there is more apps that you use but I find those 5 the best for the beginner (like me).
What are the apps you knew about? Is there any other app that you use and love?