With everything going on in life lately, I totally spaced on posting my favorite time management tools for bloggers last week. Whoops, looks like I haven't been following my own advice :) I've tried my fair share of apps and services to try and cut down on the time sucking activities that go along with maintaining a money making blog. The following are my tried and true, go-to apps and services that I use on a daily basis. They keep me sane (for the most part) and I love them for that.
BufferBuffer is a lifesaver. When you've got sponsored posts, regularly scheduled blog post tweets, and social media mentions to keep track of, this baby has your back. You can link up your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn account. My blog is attached to an email address that I don't use for Google+, so I don't use it for that (if someone could help me get that fixed, that would be awesome) but I do use it for Facebook and Twitter posts.
Brainstorm NotebookI could lie and say that I use a fancy app to record the ideas I come up with for blog posts on my phone. The truth is, I keep all of my ideas in a notebook. If I'm not near the notebook when I come up with the idea, I write it on a scrap of paper until I can enter it into the notebook. There's just something about physically writing down the thought that I like. Sometimes I find that by writing it down, I come up with other ideas to also jot down.
OutrightIf you make money off of your blog, you need Outright. It's a bookkeeping program of sorts. You can link up your Paypal and any other accounts that you use to pay for blogging expenses so that any transactions are automatically entered. I created my own separate blog checking account so that I could keep all of my blog expenses away from my personal expenses. I have that one connected to my Outright bookkeeping account. Each month I go in and make sure all of my transactions are categorized appropriately, enter mileage, and manually enter any other transactions blog related. I signed up for it prior to the last tax year and I am SO GLAD that I did. Getting my paperwork in order for our tax appointment this year was a breeze.
Bloglovin'If you haven't heard of Bloglovin', you may be living under a rock. Kidding ;) But seriously. Not only is Bloglovin' a great way to follow other blogs, it's a great way to get your blog read. I have my account linked to my Twitter and Facebook so that whenever I publish a post it automatically syndicates it to those social media platforms.
PassionfruitI've gone back and forth with Passionfruit. The truth of the matter is, it's the best that's out there currently for managing ad space. Plus, I'm digging the "Marketplace" that they've been building up lately where anyone looking to purchase an ad space can conveniently find a blog that fits what they're looking for.
Since I have started using Radlab to edit my photos, I'm pretty sure I've cut my time spent in half. I could bore you with my endless raving about how awesome it is, but you should just go check it out yourself.