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10 Handy Websites For Bloggers

4 January 2015
During my time as a blogger I have stumbled across many sites in order to help aid my blogging in some way or form, here are my favourites that I use quite regularly!


Photos: 
Picmonkey
First off is Picmonkey, I actually mentioned this in my 'budget photography tips' too. This website is perfect for collages, I use it quite regularly - I last used it in my review of 'Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow' post, so I could show the swatches next to each other.

Dafont
This website is the mother of all font sites, the standard fonts on your computer can get a bit bleak after a while so hunting through this site for a fresh font is always refreshing. I regularly use 'Moon Flower' as I think it's a perfect, simple girly font (it's also what I used in the main photo of this post).

Technical: 
Google Analytics
This site goes hand in hand with blogger and gives you a much better insight into who views your blog, unique users and search queries. To install it on your blog you need to find your ID code.

To do so, click the 'admin' tab at the top then something similar to the above should appear. Then click 'tracking info' > 'tracking code'


When you have clicked 'tracking code' you'll get give a 'tracking ID' and a tracking code. If you're using blogger like me totally ignore the 'tracking code' tracking ID is what we're looking for so copy it!
Once you've copied your ID go to blogger dashboard > 'settings' > 'other' 
then at the bottom you'll see this, simply paste your code and save. Viola! 


Xomisse & icanbuildablog
Both give very useful layout tips! I've used both many times in the past.

Layouts: 
Etsy
Layouts can get very pricy, but I paid very, very little for mine being only £7.50! I just tweeked it a heck of a lot. I reccomend setting a budget for yourself then using the money bandwith options so only layouts in your price range come up! There are a good few cheap layouts out there as well as the pricey ones.

Original Layout - By 'Jasmine Joy' called 'Settle Down'
How it looks now!

Social Networking:
Hootsuite
This website is perfect for scheduling tweets! If you're like me, you may have other commitments like work or Uni and you can't always tweet when you want to this is the site for you.


When you have created an account you'll see a bar at the top with 'compose message' click it and type in the tweet you want to send. 



Next to the paper clip there is a calender option where you choose the date and time of your tweet, for me I chose the 3rd January at 1:45pm.


Then as long as you have added 'scheduled tweets' as a stream, you should see what tweets you have schduled and when they'll be posted - it's as simple as that!

Linkedin
This is a professional social networking site. I highly recommend this if you want to make blogging into a career one day! You can add other bloggers, brag about your success', post your posts on their so potential employers can see, etc. (I really need to post more - feel free to add me though https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=295001925)


Pinterest
I love pinterest! (although I have like no followers wah) it's so great for inspiration, or just full on day dreaming!

justunfollow
I like to use this to clean up my twitter mainly, you can whitelist people to not awkwardly unfollow you didn't want to and you can follow inactive twitter accounts! When I first logged in I was still following people who hadn't used twitter in over a year!!!

I hope these sites help you guys out like they do for me! I'd love to hear what sites you use!

Emma xo

61 comments

  1. Found this so useful thank you :)

    lovelikebuy.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I already used Picmonkey but the rest sound really good too! I'll definately check them out. Thank you for sharing :) x x

    www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I might have to try some of these sites out, I've only ever used etsy and pinterest.

    megan xxx
    megxnscott.blogspot.com

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  4. This post is so helpful! I read the FBL chat about Google Analytics a while ago, I wanted to use it but couldn't understand. Over the next couple days I am definitely going to look at your guide, thanks!
    Sam xx
    Knockoutcouture.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Such a helpful post, thank you! I just managed to set up google analytics easily because of this, great post! x

    clarkecouture.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. What a lovely post, this is really helpful ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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  7. This is really helpful, I had no idea about google analytics so going to set it up now, thanks :)

    Amy x

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  8. Always wanted to try out some new fonts as you don't get much choice on blogger so i'll check out dafont! Feel free to check out my blog too :)

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  9. I wasn't aware of the Google Analytics code being on the blogger settings, thank you for that one!!
    Great post hun :)

    Sian | Siân Marie Beauty
    xo

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  10. Great post, thank you for sharing! :) x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♥

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  11. This is really helpful thank you! Jo x

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  12. These websites sound great, I will definitely give some of them a go! I tend to use 'Picasa' and www.canva.com for my images :) x

    http://www.jasminesandhoney.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. I loved this post and I think you've saved my life with the Etsy layouts! I've been looking around for one for ages but they all cost so much n Wordpress! X

    Ps. I've added you on linked in :)

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  14. This is a very helpful post! I love using PicMonkey!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  15. Thanks for all the links! :) Xx
    Oliviacherylx.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Great post I love Hootsuite- it's great for scheduling for tweets :)

    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

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  17. So useful! And I've used Xomisse so many times, total life saviour!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  18. Great post! I will be saving this post to use for future reference! I haven't really been editing my photos but Picmonkey seems like a great idea to add something extra to your blog.

    xoLiz

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  19. So helpful, I'm already checking out linkedin thank you <3

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  20. this is such a helpful post! once I get back into blogging I'll definitely be following your advice, thank you:)x
    www.dimpl3dbrunette.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Great post! thanks for this.

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  22. This was a very helpful post! Thanks! I'll certainly be looking into the sites you suggested.
    - Meggy
    makeup-by-meggy.blogspot.ca

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  23. Thank you so much for this post, it's really helpful. I love a good bit of picmonkey and google analytics!

    alice xo | beautybyalicee

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  24. I love how the amount of detail you went into for this post, so helpful! I'll definitely keep these things in mind and pin it for my followers to see! Xx

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  25. Great post!

    www.miss-singh.blogspot.com

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  26. I always love Dafont because it gives many beautiful fonts! Great post <3 xo

    http://www.kinikunormal.blogspot.com/

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  27. very informative.....loved your post.....lots of love

    http://progressivepanache.blogspot.in/

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  28. This will definitely be helpful, thanks for sharing


    Please let me know if you would be interested in following eachother on GFC and Bloglovin.Would love to stay in contact.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves
    ♥♥♥

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  29. This was an amazing post and has helped me so much thanks

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  30. Thank you for such helpful post! X

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  31. Such a useful post, thanks for sharing :)

    http://amyscornerblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. I love picmonkey it saves me tons of time vs. photoshop which takes me forever but maybe its because I am an amateur ;) thanks for sharing xo C

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  33. This looks really helpful, especially scheduling tweets - I'm so bad at tweeting new blog posts and this is definitely needed! I'm fairly new at blogging so it's nice that seasoned bloggers are passing on their knowledge to help the rest of us. Thanks!

    thesundaywardrobe.blogspot.com

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  34. Great list. Always good to utilize tools.

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  35. Great list I am quite happy I use most of these , I will give the Twitter one a go but I just joined up a few weeks ago. xox

    http://www.rainbowsandunicornsblog.co.uk/

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  36. this was really helpful! Thank you so much :)

    xx
    vanityflows.blogspot.be

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  37. As a newbie this has really helped me! Thanks lovely :)

    acornishmum.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. Can't wait to try out a bunch of new fonts!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  39. I notice you have an HP laptop - I just got an HP Pavilion 15-p199sa and was wondering if you have any Windows app recommendations for blogging and organisation?
    <3 Jon

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  40. This is really helpful! Thank you :)

    Emily x

    emilymace.blogspot.co.uk

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  41. So helpful! I would also add for photo editing ipiccy.com

    Lidija xx
    lidijascorner.blogspot.com

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  42. What is your pinterest?! I'll follow you as i need followers too! :')
    http://www.pinterest.com/sammyjorichards/

    Loverslost-inspace.blogspot.co.uk
    xo

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  43. This was really helpful. I started my blog but I am not sure how everything works and I feel like now I can think about it a bit more seriously. Thanks

    sparklygoddess.blogspot.com

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  45. Justunfollow seems really helpful- god knows how many inactive accounts I'm following aha! Will have to check it out!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

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  46. Great tips, very helpful! I'm new to blogging as of last week so I'm looking to other bloggers for tips and inspiration, you're blog is really nicely laid out and your tips are so helpful, thank you :)

    http://afraicisabelle.blogspot.ie/

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  47. Thank you for the great tips.

    http://Greendaisys.wordpress.com

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  48. Thank you for this post. It was super helpful x

    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  49. what a useful post! x
    www.sparklethiscity.blogspot.com

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  50. I literally don't know what I'd do without Picmonkey!

    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

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  51. This was very useful. I do use Google Analytics and Picmonkey (and Pinterest and some other pages you mentioned) but I'll try Hootsuite, it seems something that will come very handy :)

    xx Cecil // www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

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  52. This is such a great post!!!! I absolutely love that you posted this! I really need to use Google Analytics but I feel I may get disappointed in what I come up with haha! I've tried Hootsuite but I know I need to do better especially since Im working1 I love picmonkey I use it basically in all my photos! Once again great post I'm so glad I found you!!!

    Jasmine :)
    colorubold.blogspot.com

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  53. Hi Emma,
    Is that your own tracking code? If yes, is it not dangerous to show it to everyone?

    Jo of saycheesycake.blogspot.com

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    1. Nope because it's a Google Analytics generated code so if someone used it nothing would happen as my account generated not my blog, if it was vive versa I imagine it would be :)

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  54. Great post and really helpful. Just reminded me I needed to get Hoot Suite
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  55. Really useful. Thanks for sharing! I've been needing a new blog layout x

    www.thevivacestyle.com

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  56. Fantastic post! I'll be definitely using some of these websites :)

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'

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  57. THX for these tips!

    Want to follow each other on GFC & bloglovin etc.?
    Let me know!

    Greets from the EDELFABRIK
    Chrissie

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  58. Great post with some great tips, love this! Thanks for sharing!


    hushhush990.blogspot.com

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