We can spend hours and hours searching for tools which will make blogging easier for us, or we can ask other bloggers what they use and like.
Today I’m sharing five of my favorite blogging tools.
Although I continue to compare statistical programs, my favorite stats tracker is Woopra.
I’ve been using Woopra for over two years now and thoroughly enjoy all it offers. As the photos show, it’s colorful and has loads of options.
Some of Woopra’s features are:
- Live, real time tracking
- Real-time analytics
- Ability to manage multiple blogs
- Deep analytic and search capabilities
- Live chat
- Rich user interface
Woopra also offers a plugin so you can easily review your Woopra stats from your dashboard, plus they also provide a desktop application for Windows, Mac & Linux, which I highly recommend.
A good spam blocker is essential to blogging.
I use Akismet which is preloaded in WordPress, in conjunction with Bad Behavior. If you look at the footer of this blog, you’ll see how Bad Behavior stopped over three thousand spam comments in the last week before they reached my spam filter. How cool is that?
CommentLuv is my all time favorite plugin.
I like how it rewards those who comment by adding a link to their latest post. With a catchy sounding title, chances are others will click through and this added exposure can possibly increase your readership, as well.
Gravatars, or avatars are another blogging favorite of mine. I like how just by using a small photo helps to brand us in blogosphere as well as on social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook. The power of avatars was proven when we played a guessing game in the “Who’s Who In Blogosphere” post.
LinkWithin is a new favorite of mine. The thumbnails it produces and displays at the end of each post adds a little bit of pizazz, plus may inspire our readers to dig deeper into our blogs. Since adding it to this site and The Blog Boutique, I’ve seen an increase in my page views.
So there you have it. My fave five.
How about you?
What blogging tools, plugins, or widgets can’t you live without?
Care to Share?