Five Great Tools for Upping Your Author Website Game!
Author websites are a source of angst and pain for a lot of indies… but it doesn’t need to be!
In today’s quick post, we’re going to share 5 of our favorite tools for helping you UP your website game, quick, easy, and FREE.
Blogging – ugh, you either love it, or hate it – but we all know we need to be doing it, right? But what to write about? People are probably getting tired of pictures of my cat sleeping!
HubSpot to the rescue! Type in a few nouns, and it gives you a short list of 5 blog topics to get your idea-brain running!
Better yet? Sign up for their newsletter (which is chock-full of some brilliant marketing and website tidbits) and get a HUGE list of 250!
Blog for the entire year? Done.
Similar to #1, Portent’s Content Generator is a FUN(!) and powerful tool for helping you to take the work and stress out of coming up with ideas for your blog — or even your newsletter content!
Simply enter your subjet on the “blackboard” to get started, and let Portent do the hard work for you!
Yep – you heard that correctly. While it’s main focus is titles and content ideas – this is a fantastic tool for coming up with catchy blog post headlines – email (newsletter!) subject lines, ad campaign title lines (and taglines) and more.
Super easy, super-fast, and in a few keystrokes you’ll have a list of 700 potential headlines (and content ideas!)
If you follow any of our rants about author websites, then you’ll know we talk often about the ”joy” of optimizing your website.
Just do it. It’s your website and you need to give your readers the best possible experience you can! (wags finger!)
But most of us aren’t graphic designers, or even remotely interested in techie-stuff.
No worries – TinyPNG solves the problem of website optimization in a simple, easy-to-understand way… if you can drag a file from here to there… you can optimize the graphics you use on your website, social media, newsletters…. Anywhere you use graphics!
Yeah, yeah, everyone knows about Canva!! Maybe… but for those folks in the back or just joining… maybe not. AND – we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention how awesome Canva is for making graphics for your website, blog, newsletter, social media headers, and just about anything else you need.
Its free (they do have a paid, pro version, but for most people it isn’t necessary), it’s super-user-friendly, and you don’t have to worry about being either a techie, or even knowing what the image sizes are “supposed” to be for all the different platforms… they do that for you!