Not sure where to start when it comes to iPhone apps? This guide is full of the information you need to maximise your smart phones potential and boost your blogs exposure.
Bloggers are always working, even when it looks like they aren’t. There are so many elements to being a blogger that owning a smart phone is essential. Smartphones such as the iPhone can even help you earn an income from your blog.
Social media is every bloggers secret weapon.
Apps including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are a must have. Sharing content on social media really gets your voice noticed. Instagram is my favourite social media app. I love the sense of community and I am ever so slightly obsessed with Instagram Stories which allow followers to get a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse at the person behind the blog.
Pinterest is also a vital tool for bloggers. The search engine style tool is the source of 60% of my blog traffic. Tailwind is a Pinterest essential, the Tailwind app is available from The App Store but you’ll need to access Tailwind via a desktop to use all of its features. The Pinterest app is fantastic. Simply type a topic into the search bar and you’ll discover thousands of search results in the form of pins that are sure to give you the answer you are looking for. Get your content seen on Pinterest by following these brilliant tips from Jenna at The Bloglancer.
The Tribe app is one of the more controversial iPhone apps amongst bloggers.
Once you’ve downloaded the app and set up your Tribe account you’ll be able to look through current brand opportunities on offer via Tribe. If you see an opportunity suitable for your niche, you can apply by creating content (usually an Instagram or Facebook post) that meets the criteria stated. You have the freedom to set your own fee for the content, and if you’re not sure about what to charge, Tribe has a handy fee guide based on the number of followers you have. Once your content is ready and you’ve chosen a fee, you can submit the post for approval from the brand.
Many bloggers aren’t keen on Tribe as they don’t like creating content with no guarantee of being accepted. To be honest, I wasn’t overly keen at first. However, I have had several posts approved that required no purchase or were based on a product I already owned. I think the Tribe app is definitely worthwhile if your blog/social media is your main income source.
Microsoft Excel is a fantastic spreadsheet app which is ideal for keeping track of your income and expenditure.
Keeping track of income and expenditure is vital if you are a self-employed blogger. The yearly tax return isn’t fun for anyone. Keeping on top of your business finances and being able to access them easily will make the task a lot easier.
Keep on top of your inbox by ensuring your emails can be viewed and responded to on the go. It’s easy to set up your email account on the Mail iPhone app, or you can download the relevant email app such as Gmail via The App Store.
If you want to access your blog statistics easily, make sure you have the Google Analytics app. The Google Analytics app allows you to discover current monthly/weekly/daily stats as well as historical stats. This is particularly helpful if you are responding to emails on the go and a brand asks for details such as your monthly visitors or page views.
Like many bloggers, I use Paypal/Paypal For Business to receive payments for the content I create. There are two Paypal iPhone apps, standard Paypal and Paypal for business. I find the standard Paypal app incredibly easy to use, it allows me to easily receive payments and withdraw funds. I use the Paypal for business app to send invoices when I am away from my desk.
The final app I recommend for bloggers is Canva.
Canva is a graphic design tool available on both desktops and smart phones. The Canva app doesn’t offer as much design freedom as the desktop version but it is handy for creating blog graphics such as Pinterest pins on the go. Every graphic element of the Just The Three Of Us blog and YouTube channel is designed using Canva. Canva is free to use, however you can upgrade your Canva account to a Canva for business plan for an incredibly reasonable price.
What iPhone apps do you recommend for bloggers? Let me know in the comments below.