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8 Free Online Tools to Bring the First Million Visitors to Your Blog

8 Free Online Tools to Bring the First Million Visitors to Your Blog

Free tools can help start a blog and get it up on its feet. Many bloggers suggest paying for various blogging tools once you want to go pro. However, this is not necessary. There are a couple of ingredients needed to create a perfect blog that can go a long way. Some of the most important things that can turn a solid blog into a monster are amazing content, a good web hosting service, well-constructed blog posts, great content outreach and well adapted blog comment systems.

Thankfully, there are many free online blogging tools that can help you achieve all of these goals effectively, without having to pay anything. Read on to find out which blogging tools you can use to attract a lot of visitors without giving up a dime.

1. AWeber Communications

AWeber Communications

    This is a tool designed for running a successful online marketing campaign. AWeber is an auto responder that allows its users to automatically send welcome emails to its new users, or send mails to inform your audience about something new. This tool will make it a lot easier to spread the information you think is necessary. It also offers data analytics that can show you how and in what measure people interact with your emails.

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    2. Evernote

    Evernote

      Evernote is another great tool for storing content and fresh ideas. This tool is specially designed for collecting and storing ideas quickly. You can store anything in Evernote — photos, notes, websites, etc.

      The cool thing about this tool is that it has a very powerful tagging system that allows users to memorize, share and suggest ideas efficiently. Sometimes, speed and simplicity are what count — and this is what Evernote is all about.

      3. Hootsuite

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      Hootsuite

        This is a tool used for social media management. The most appealing side of Hootsuite is the fact that it allows you to manage three major (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) social networks from one board. The free version of this tool even allows you to add RSS feeds, enabling you to automatically tweet your or someone else’s blog posts.

        4. Scoop.it

        Scoop it

          Scoop.it is a search engine specifically designed for finding content, and it works flawlessly. Not many bloggers know about this search engine, which is strange considering that it is free. It’s very easy to use and the only thing you need to do is to type in the specific topic you have interest in and the results will pop out.

          Results include thousands of top rated articles which are connected to the topic you typed in. This search engine comes in handy when you are looking for top-trending topics that can help you get a better perspective on what to write about.

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          5. Dragon Dictation

          Dragon dictation

            Has it ever happened to you that you come up with an amazing idea but you are no where near your computer to make a note of it? Personally, this happened to me many times and this is why I started using the Dragon Dictation app. This app allows a person to record their thoughts by simply speaking. Not only can it record your speech, but it also turns it into text —  making this an easy and fast way to form a text without even writing.

            6. Trello

            Trello

              Creating a constant flow of good content for a blog is one of the most important things you need to accomplish. But this is easier said than done as writers often get creative droughts. No matter if a blog is run by one person or it has a lot of contributors, it happens. This is why Trello is becoming one of the most popular tools for blogging as it allows you to plan easily. With Trello, you can create boards for editorial calendars that can help you organize writers and switch tasks when they are finding a hard time to write something good. The boards are very user friendly and intuitive, allowing users to overview and organize content easily.

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              7. Google Analytics

              Google Analytics

                Tracking your blog statistics is essential to learn about the amount of visitors your blog has and what their activities are. Google Analytics is a free tool made by Google and it can help you find out where traffic comes from, what users click on your blog and the average time users spend on your site.

                This is a very useful tool that can tell you if you are heading in the right direction while also showing you on which aspects of your blog campaign you need to work more.

                8. WordPress

                WordPress

                  You have probably already heard about WordPress, but this blogging platform still needs to be mentioned. WordPress is one of the most widely used platforms for blogging. People like it because it is a very interactive platform that is easy to use. WordPress can be used for relatively simple blogs, as well as complicated ones. It offers a wide range of free plugins which no other platform can match. The ability to create a cool and unique site with WordPress is astonishing and it is optimized for any kind of web browsing, meaning that you can be sure that all people will be able to visit your blog without any problems.

                  I guarantee that using these tools properly will enable you to achieve pretty much anything with your blog. Make sure to remember all of these tools or bookmark them so you can try using them when needed. Start slowly and get to know each one properly in order to learn their strengths. Once you know your stuff, technology will take care of the rest.

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                  Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                  11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                  11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                  Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                  Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                  Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                  In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                  1. ScheduleOnce

                    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                    Available on Web

                    2. Calendly

                      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                      3. Assistant.to

                        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                        Available on Web

                        4. Acuityscheduling

                          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                          5. Pick

                            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                            Available on Web

                            6. X.ai

                              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                              Available on Web

                              7. YouCanBook.me

                                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                Available on Web

                                8. Doodle

                                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                  9. WhenAvailable

                                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                    Available on Web

                                    10. Rally

                                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                      Available on Web

                                      11. NeedtoMeet

                                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                        Available on Web

                                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                        The Bottom Line

                                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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