While I do my main blogging from my laptop, there are several apps that I absolutely love and actually even prefer to use over the desktop versions. Now, I can't guarantee that you won't become even more obsessed with checking your blog, but I can guarantee that you will become even more obsessed with checking your blog. I'm sorry. It's fun though.
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Um, this app is my life. My favorite part is the comment section, because I can reply super fast and easy to all of the comments left on my blog. I added a plugin Comment Email Reply so that all of my readers are notified when I respond to them, and I just respond to everyone right from this app. I LOVE IT.
My second favorite feature in this app would be the stats section. As we all know, Google Analytics has the most accurate reflection of your blog's stats, and I have found that the WordPress app's stats for my blog are generally half of what they are on GA. So I can just double the numbers and I get a better idea of where my blog is at for the day. I love being able to see what my readers are clicking on and also who is linking back to me.
Google Analytics (Android users click here).
Gotta check this baby every day! I love seeing how many people are on my site at any given time and what the hot times are during the day for traffic. Just like on the desktop site, you can access a ton of info on the app, like where your traffic is coming from to what keywords are being used to find your site.
Adsense (Android users click here)
I love seeing how many pennies I've made since yesterday! Hahahahaha! My favorite part about this app, besides seeing how much I'm earning, is being able to quickly access which ads are doing well in the reports section.
I send my weekly newsletter through MailChimp, so one thing I love about this app is that I can check it and see how well my most recent newsletter is doing. It will tell me how many people have opened it, what they clicked on, etc. I can also see how many people subscribed to my newsletter every day. I do all of my actual editing on the desktop version of this site, but I love using the app to watch the stats.
I use Photobucket to host all of my photos for my blog, but the desktop site itself can get pretty bogged down and slow, plus they have some annoying popups and videos that start playing while trying to upload photos. If I have the photos I want to use on my phone, I'll upload into the app instead, it's SO MUCH faster. Then when I'm putting together my post, I'll get on the desktop version and get the share codes I need. Makes things a lot easier.
Hootsuite is amazing for scheduling tweets. Every night that I write a blog post, I schedule out the tweets for that post up to 2 months out. You can pick the time or you can use their feature to auto schedule for optimal impact.
StumbleUpon (Android users click here)
StumbleUpon is my most favorite recent discovery!!! I currently have a post gaining lots of traction over there, 5 Morning Rituals for an Inspired Day. Take a look at the numbers on my StumbleUpon share icon at the top of that post. Woot woot, baby!! StumbleUpon brings traffic! And lots of it if a post starts getting stumbled a lot. I had another blogging buddy whose post went viral over there the other day, a post that was just a regular post without much action before she submitted it. My new nightly ritual for StumbleUpon is to stumble 10-20 articles that I like and then submit one of my own. It takes me 5 minutes. Which is beyond worth it considering the traffic it's bringing my blog. Today it's literally 50% of all my traffic referrals.
This app used to be called Just UnFollow. It basically shows you all of the people who have followed or unfollowed you on Twitter and Instagram. For a long time I wasn't very good about checking Twitter, and I'd just use this app to follow back all of the people who had followed me and unfollow those who had unfollowed. I put this app last because I don't really use it daily, maybe like once a week. I'll see who has unfollowed me on Twitter and unfollow them, make sure I'm following everyone who is following me, check to see who's been inactive for several months and also unfollow them. There appears to be new features to this app, like schedule posts for Instagram, but I have yet to look into it.
I hope you found this post helpful! Apps are amazing and usually so much quicker than the actual desktop site. They're great for quick checkins and keeping an overall eye on your site and the stats throughout the day. If you have any favorite blogging apps that I didn't mention, DO TELL in the comments below, I'd love to hear about them!