Top 5 Apps you need as a blogger!

14 July 2019


Apps really do make the world go round and being a blogger has shown me how reliant I actually am with them to get my posts ready to be published. Being a blogger can be hard and even though I haven't been doing it as long as some other people, in the time that I have been blogging I have found quite a few apps that help me make it a little bit easier. In today's post, I'm going to let you in on the secret and share with you all my favourite apps that I use as a blogger!

Unfold 

This app I actually discovered a little late in the game. I'm not too sure where I heard about it but it is one of my favourite apps that I actually use on every blog post. Unfold is an app where you can make really cute Instagram stories using different templates from the app. This is a free app but you may want to make some purchases of the different themes and templates but they are pretty cheap at only £1.99. This app is a must for me and I feel like it has really helped with my Instagram story game and it helps me to promote my posts in such a cute way. It takes me literally seconds to use this app and to create really lovely stories that I have found attracted more views to my Instagram photos. When you have decided what template you want you can add all of your own images and edit the text, font and colour of the background to create all different versatile stories that everyone will love.

Pinterest

I know this isn't really a new one for anyone and I'm sure we all have Pinterest but I needed to add it to my list as I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of it. Pinterest is an app that you can create a board and share different pictures depending on your interests, for example, a few of my boards are Makeup Wishlists, Summer Style and Plants. The way you can use Pinterest for your blog is by adding your blog photos to different boards and having links to your posts, Another way you can use Pinterest for your blog is by being involved in group boards where a group of people share their posts and you can repin the ones your interested in and check out their posts while doing so. I also like to use Pinterest for ideas for my blog posts if my having writer's block. Pinterest is really growing on me and it's fastly becoming one of my favourite social media sites. Click here if you would like to check out my Pinterest!



Abode Lightroom 

Scrolling through Instagram I have to say that I was slightly jealous at other peoples editing skills compared to mine and on further inspection, a lot of people were using the Lightroom app. When I first saw that it was Lightroom I was expecting it to be pricy but the app is actually free! This photo editing app allows you to do so many things like adding effects to changing the lighting and colour of your photos. If you've heard about Lightroom you have definitely heard about Presets, once you have made an edit that you like you can save the preset and use it for all of your photos this is how I like to keep a theme with my photos and keep my Instagram looking clean and aesthetically pleasing. It did take a while for me to get the hang of this app but after playing around with it for a while I began to find all the tools that I need for my blog post photos.


Google Analytics 

This app is slightly different from the other ones on this list but it is probably one that I use the most. Google Analytics is a service which tracks traffic and reports from different websites and again this is free. I added Google Analytics to my blog after a few months of starting it and it helped me track my views and see where all my traffic is coming from. Once installed on to your blog you can use the app to find out all the information that you need easily. This app will show you your page views for the day or month or over the whole time you've had it installed. It will also show you where your views are coming from for example from organic search (searching on google) or social media. Google Analytics will help you with a lot of other things to do with blogging like when you pitch to brands and they might want to know your exact stats and with google analytics it allows you to get all of this information all in one place. I'm really not an expert about it but a quick google search helped me find out all I needed to know.



Canva 

For the last but definitely not the least and its the Canva app. This is another app that I probably use for all of my blog posts. I mainly use the desktop version but if I ever need some quick graphics for either my Instagram or Twitter page the Canva app is what I use. This is again another free app which gives you all the tools to make all different graphics like Insgtram stories, Twitter posts, Pinterest graphics and loads more. You also get hundreds of free templates to add your own spin too to make them your own. I like to use the Canva app the most to make Twitter post graphics to promote my new blog posts, with this you can also create your own Twitter header. Anything I use on my social media I like to create it on the Canva app because it saved straight to my phone and its super easy to upload it straight to my social apps. I've created so many graphics using Canva like my blog header, Pinterest graphics and some of my Instagram stories and it literally only takes me minutes.



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So that's it for the round up of apps that I think all bloggers need! Do you have any apps that I need to try out?

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Aaliyah xo

26 comments

  1. I use most of these. I need to check out Unfold though! Thank you for this post!

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    1. Unfold is one off my most favourite apps, it’s so easy to use and you create such cute Instagram stories! X

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  2. Apart from Google Analytics, I use all of these apps! I use Canva from my laptop though as I find it easier using it through that rather than my phone, Unfold is an amazing app, I love using it for my Insta stories xx

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. I use unfold all the time, out of all my other apps I find t the best to create my Instagram stories. I sometimes use canva on my Ipad too and that works a lot better at create different graphics x

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  3. Oooh, I started using Pinterest more lately to promote some of my posts. It helps with getting visibility. Google Analytics is great to see how your blog is doing. Thanks for sharing these apps!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Im really starting to like Pinterest a lot more, I never used to get the hang of it but it’s now becoming easier and a lot more fun. Google analytics is one of my favourite apps too! X

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  4. This is such a helpful post! I'm definitely going to check Unfold out, I've been after something for Insta stories for a while xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. I would recommend unfold to everyone, it’s such a good app to create really cute Instagram stories x

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  5. Great post! I am still trying to remember to use pinterest but I keep forgetting.

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    1. Thank you! I used to be the same way! I’d always forget to add my posts to it but once I did I started to notice more views! X

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  7. Great tips! I need to step up my Insta game. I'm definitely checking out Unfold and Lightroom. I really love Canva. Pinterest also helped drive more traffic to my blog.

    Fritzie | lifetravelsoul.com

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    1. Thank you! Unfold will definitely help you to step up your Instagram story game! Canvas my favourite too x

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  8. I use Canva even for work! It's so good isnt it! I love unfold, so perfect for stories. I have been super bad with pinterest lately though! I use Snapseed instead of lighroom

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    1. I love Canva I literally use it for all of my blog posts and it helps me create the best Pinterest graphics! I used to use Snapseed a lot but now I actually think I prefer lightroom! X

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  9. I had Unfold then deleted it but I think I'll go back because I really wanna upgrade my stories and make them more interesting. I really need to check into the Google Analyticsđź‘€

    Natonya | https://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

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    1. I’d definitely redownload it! I love using it to promote my blog posts on my Instagram stories! Google analytics will really help you see your stats as well! X

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  10. I use (and LOVE) Canva all the time, it's amazing. I tried Lightroom but couldn't get the hang of it so I use Color Story instead. And I've been pretty rubbish with Pinterest recently, I need to focus a bit more on that, I keep hearing how good it is for blog traffic. Yes to Google Analytics as well! Lisa :)

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    1. Cava is the best! You can create so many different graphics for your blog and it’s all for free! Which makes it better m. I issued to be the same with Pinterest and just forget to use it but the more you do the more it will pay off! X

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  11. Canva is an app that as a blogger I have definitely been trying to use more and more. But pinterest is one that kind of scares me because I don't know how to exactly use it in correlation to my blog but I'm hoping to learn.

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    1. I’m definitely not an expert with Pinterest but there are also so many blog posts out there of people explaining how to use it! Once you get the hang of it it really fun to use! X

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  12. I love lightroom - its a must! I need to use Pinterest more. I go through phases of using it & when I do I definitely see benefits in my blog. xxx

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  13. Thank you so much for this post, I've always wondered how certain bloggers create cute Instagram stories. Downloading the Unfold app as I type!

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  14. I use most of these! I've never heard of Unfold though and it sounds great, definitely going to check that out tomorrow. I love Canva but I really don't like using the app version, I find it so much easier to edit things on desktop. Love Lightroom, especially in winter and GA is an essential! Great suggestions x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  15. I love using Canva and Pinterest but after reading this I'm definitely going to look into the others, especially Unfold! Thank you for sharing :)

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  16. Thank you for bringing my attention to Unfold! I've been looking for something like this to help me utilize Insta stories!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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