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How to Use Tools to Save Time and Make Your Blog Stronger

Today’s episode is about the top tools and resources we use on the ProBlogger and Digital Photography School blogs. I share what they are, where you can find them, and how we use them behind the scenes to keep my blogs running smoothly, so you can use them to simplify your blogging life too.

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In This Episode

You can listen to today’s episode above or in iTunes or Stitcher (where we’d also LOVE to get your reviews on those platforms if you have a moment). In today’s episode:

  • Why we use apps and tools to help us run the ProBlogger and Digital Photography School blogs
  • More than 10 tools that I’ve found useful for my blogs that you can use too
  • Links to all the resources and tools I mention

Further Reading and Resources for How to Use Tools to Save Your Time and Make Your Blog Stronger

Apps and tools that I use (please note, I am an affiliate for some of these)

Email Opt-Ins

Email Providers

Landing Pages




Editorial and Social

Other Essentials

Episodes in my recent miniseries on the important things bloggers/online entrepreneurs should do to find success:

How did you go with today’s episode?

Do you have tools you use on your blog that have saved you time and made your blog stronger? I would love to hear what tools you have found useful in the comments below.

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  • Hi Darren. Great info on tools. Thanks so much. Just wanted to mention two tools I recently started using and am very pleased with them-so far. One is Airtable which I use for managing my blog activities. It’s similar to Excel but without the sophisticated formulas–which I don’t really need. I like it b/c it was easy to set up, I can expand a cell and write more info and I can include images. (However, I am thinking of using Trello just for managing photography portfolio.) For designing images, I’m switching from PhotoShop to Inkscape. It’s a free open source graphics app. And I’m loving it b/c it I can create original art, logos, banners and edit images with a much more professional look.) It enables me to create vector files and so much more. There are tons of YouTube instructions on Inkscape. I’m finding it easier to learn & use than Photoshop.

    PS. I’ve been trying out SumoMe but am having a bit of problem. SumoMe will report that I got a new subscription. But the subscription doesn’t show up in my MailChimp list. I’m wondering if this is b/c the person signed up but did not verify their email? Any ideas on that? Thanks.

    • Shirley,

      I had the same problem with new subscribers not showing up in my Mailchimp account. The tool I used at the time to acquire those signups was Mailmunch (which had a great free option). Although your signup tool (SumoMe or Mailmunch) does count each person entering their emails as a new subscriber, Mailchimp only show you subscribers who have confirmed their email addresses. I have tested Aweber as well (an email provider similar to Mailchimp) where they DO show you the people who has signed up without confirming their emails, although you cannot send them any emails.

  • Hi Darren, I’ve just started using Infusionsoft as (sounds a bit like Convertkit) as you can tag when people take actions such as clicking on a link or purchasing a product. You can move them from one email sequence to another, plus there is an ecommerce module so I can sell ebooks through it (plus deliver) as well as sell my online programs. I’m also about to start looking at its Landing Page ability too. Happy to get everything CRM, Emailm marketing and ecommerce under once roof!

  • George Cook

    Great list Darren. In my opinion tools like hemingway and proofhub are also very useful to save time and make blog stronger.

  • Claire Davey

    I have recently started using sumo-me it is amazing and upgrading to the pro is very beneficial and not loads of money for what it is offering. others I use is mailchimp, google analytics, canva, editorial calendar for wordpress plus few others but these are my basics