If you are a blogger, there are a lot of great tools that you can use to make your blog better and help improve your blogging experience. Different platforms name their tools different things, and there are different resources for all blogging platforms; you won’t be able to use the exact same thing on Blogger and WordPress. The same types of tools are available for almost all popular platforms though.
Some types of tools, such as plugins or widgets for your blog are must haves. These will help you to make your blog more appealing to visitors, more fun for you, and will generally make your blog better for you and your readers.
Buttons for following and sharing
You can insert these with HTML or do them the easy way with plugins or widgets. It doesn’t matter how you do it; you need these buttons.
By having these buttons on your page, it makes it easier for readers to follow you and your blog on social sites and to share your posts to these sites. This means that you and your content can reach even more visitors when your readers do a quick simple click.
Putting tabs at the top of your page makes it even easier for visitors to navigate through the content on your blog. Instead of having a sloppy, crowded sidebar crammed with information, visitors can get to your about page, contact information, archived posts and more quickly and cleanly.
Using tabs for your blog can help build repeat readership because visitors like it when it is easy to get find what they are looking for on blog. The neat, easy to navigate professional and appealing look will also make it easier for you to update and organize your pages and posts.
Recent or popular posts
People love to read the newest and most popular posts, and they probably don’t want to read through a bunch of other stuff to find them. Use a widget or plugin to put a queue of either the most recent or most read posts near the header or in the sidebar. This way, readers will be a click away from the newest or best content you have.
There is some added benefit to having these tools on your pages. Search engines love finding links, so the links to your content that this tool provides could help prove an SEO boost.
As a blogger, you want to make yourself accessible. People will want to contact you for all sorts of reasons from asking about guest posts to offering you paid opportunities. You want to make sure you can be contacted, but you don’t want to put your email address out there on the web so that every spammer can have access to it.
Contact forms are a great way to make sure you can be contacted quickly and easily, and you still can keep your email address private. Tucked away on the sidebar or given its own page, a contact form is a must have for making sure you get email…and not spam.
There are many more useful tools that you may find as plugins or widgets that make your blog just that much better. Widgets for RSS feeds and plugins to boost SEO can all be beneficial to you as you are blogging. As you develop your site, there is no harm in trying different tools to see which ones work the best for both you and your readers while making your blog look even better than ever.