Best Apps for Financial Bloggers
For busy bloggers juggling family, a day job, or multiple sites, it’s not always possible to have a dedicated hour (or even 30 minutes) to sit down and work at your laptop. But blogging is nothing if not adaptable. Many of the items on your to-do list can be checked off even if you can’t manage to sit down in the office—just download one of the myriad apps that have been created to meet your needs and you can manage your workload on the go. Here are the five apps that every financial blogger should know about:
1. MyRevenue. This app tracks AdsSense revenue for bloggers, and offers earnings numbers (including daily, weekly, and monthly breakdowns), impressions, clicks, and CTR. According to LaTisha D. Styles, the app offers a simple interface and is easy to use. At $0.99, it’s an inexpensive way to keep an eye on your AdSense revenue and other numbers on the go.
2. Pay Off Debt. This app was created by Jackie Beck of The Debt Myth. It helps users to create and follow a debt snowball so that they can become debt free. The app offers users the choice of paying off debt in order of lowest to highest balance (the traditional Dave Ramsay snowball method), or from highest to lowest interest rate, or users can customize the order they would like to pay. The app also provides estimated time to pay off each debt, the history of each debt, a planned debt-free date, and the ability to email the snowball information to up to four email addresses. For $2.99, this is a great piece of motivation to carry in your pocket.
3. SEO Automatic. This app allows you to know just how well your SEO strategy is working. The program analyzes headers, meta tags, photo tags and text in real time. In addition, the app offers expert suggestions for improving SEO. There is no limit to the number of URLs you may analyze through the app.
There are two versions: a free LITE version that provides you with all of the analysis on your device, and a $9.99 PRO version that also allows you to email the information to others.
4. Pocket. Keeping track of all the great content you’d like to read can be overwhelming. This is where Pocket comes in handy. Put the article or blog you’d like to peruse at another time into Pocket, and it will automatically sync to your phone, tablet, or computer. You can access the content anytime, even without an internet connection—which means you can be working even if you don’t want to turn on your data or find a wifi connection. You can save things into Pocket directly from your browser or from one of 300 other applications, like Twitter or Facebook. This app is free, which makes it a great deal, indeed.
5. Shoeboxed. Running your own blog has many of the same issues and chores as running your own business—like keeping track of your expenses for tax purposes. Shoeboxed gives you an easy way to both keep track of your expenses and also generate expense reports. You simply snap a photo of your receipt, and the app generates a digitized receipt—one that is completely acceptable to the IRS. You can export expenses from this app to QuickBooks and other accounting tools, and e-mail and phone support are both available through Shoeboxed’s website. Downloading this program is free, but there is $9.95 per month fee for additional services.
The Bottom Line
This is of course just the tip of the mobile app iceberg. Of the thousands of apps available, many will make the lives of financial bloggers easier and more productive. Please share your favorite app and how it has made blogging better for you.