My go-to apps for branding my blog, making it my own, and creating a signature style across the web! Carve out your unique space with apps that help define who and what you are as a brand.
It’s done. Finally.
My redesign that is. I know I said it a few weeks back, but to be honest, I wasn’t in love. Now? COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. (All thanks to my girl Katy, btw!)
I love the look, I love the feel, I love the flexibility….the ease of use! It’s exactly what I’ve always envisioned for the blog and I can’t wait to keep growing and changing with it in the future.
With that said, it was a LONG process. Not just the design, but creating Healthy Helper as a ‘brand’.
Eww. I hate that word…brand. It makes me feel so removed from my blog…so corporate or something. But I shouldn’t see it that way! Creating your brand
can be IS a positive thing. It helps distinguish you from the crowd and define what you bring to the table in this world of bloggers, internet celebrities, and trolls.
My blog has changed so much over the years, but I finally feel like I am coming into my own. I have a better sense of direction in terms of what I want to share with my reader and feel like a true community has formed as a result.
To put it simply, Healthy Helper is about sharing my passion for health and fitness, making delicious (yet, NUTRITIOUS!) food, and helping others on their own journey to wellness!
Sure there is a lot more to it, but that’s the general idea of what I like to put out there. And I have some help to do it!
Today I want to share my Top Five Apps for Branding Your Blog. Everything from creating a personal style in your photographs to maintaining a good relationship with your readers, these apps help you establish the image you want for yourself and your blog.
WordPress App | used for: quick comment reply and small edits to posts
Readers like when you engage them in conversation, answer questions, and respond to comments. It makes them feel like they are getting to know the real person behind the blog and not just talking to the void that is the internet. Plus, it helps YOU get to know your community, find new blog friends, and LEARN. There is so much to learn from your readers.
Snap seed and VSCO Cam | used for: editing pictures
Pictures are key to establishing your blog’s brand. You want people to associate high quality images (and a certain logo, of course!) with your blog. These apps help you edit in a style that is consistent and unique to your blog’s message, look, and mission.
Bitly | used for: link shortening
You might not think shortening links would be that important to blogging…but it is! Especially on platforms like Instagram where you can leave a link for people to click on in your profile. Additionally bit.ly is awesome for making custom urls! Instead of a bunch of random characters and numbers, your URL for your latest brownie recipe can be http://bit.ly/thebestDAMNbrownies ever!
Buffer | used for: scheduling social media
As a blogger, you want a high social media presence. You want visibility and for your readers to always be able to access the content you’re producing. Your brand should be aligned with consistency and regular engagement. But being on social media all day and updating all the time is not realistic. This is where Buffer comes in! I can schedule tweets and Facebook posts in a few seconds right from my phone. Set it up on a schedule and forget it! Easy and efficient.
Circle Pay | used for: making secure monetary transactions from your phone
Like I mentioned above, Healthy Helper got a makeover! Pretty obvious at this point and it’s the happiest I’ve ever been with the design. The thing is design work, backend tech stuff, and quality business relationships cost money. If you want things done the right way and your site kept in tact/functioning throughout the process, it’s not going to be free.
Believe me, I’ve gone the cheap skate route before and it’s only landed me out of money and in the hands of scammers. If your blog really is your passion (your baby!), then you want to make sure you’re doing everything in your power to stay in safe, secure hands in everything from the design process to online blogger groups. This means conducting safe transactions when you’re paying for a service or getting paid for something you’ve done for someone else.
As much as it doesn’t feel like it (because I love it so much!) blogging is a business in a sense. That’s why I only use Circle Pay now to handle payments and money exchanges online. I was with other platforms in the past, but after experiencing major losses, I decided to go with the best. I highly recommend Circle Pay for anyone though! Blogger or non blogger. Whether you’re handling big transactions or just casually repaying a friend, Circle rocks. It’s easy, straight forward to use, and the app is incredibly reliable. Not to mention, NO FEES ARE CHARGED for usage! Gotta love it.
While I have your attention I want to fill you guys in a huge sweepstakes circle has going on right now! Spring break is right around the corner (thank god!) and Circle is giving away 1000 bucks to spend on your dream getaway. Currently dreaming of the beach so you know I’ll be entering! All you have to do is: Go under “Settings” in the app and input the promo code SB2016 to enter. EASY peasy….just like the app itself!
Bloggers! What are your go-to apps for branding your site?
Non-bloggers! Sorry this post wasn’t exactly the most interesting for you…but have you ever considered starting your own blog?
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