There are a lot of tools out there for bloggers, and everyone is telling you how great they all are. But one of my favorites is Evernote. I’ve been using it since 2014 and I’m a big fan, so today I’m sharing my tips for how to use Evernote for blogging.
What Evernote Is
Evernote is basically an online notebook, or binder of notebooks. You create notes and store them in notebooks (basically folders), and you can then access them anywhere you have the app, including if you have the desktop version. All you need is Internet access or cell service if you’re using it on your phone. That version is free, but if you pay $24.99 per year you can access it offline and get more storage space (along with more features), and if you pay $49.99 per year, you get even more storage space plus even more features.
How To Use Evernote for Blogging
I have 3 notes for blog ideas, 1 for each category of posts. Whenever I think of a new idea, I add it to a list so that I have a whole bunch of ideas when I need them. This is great for creating an editorial calendar as well as ensuring you never run out of blog post ideas. This also works if you’re trying to come up with ideas for one of your pages (like your about page, a work-with-me page, etc.).
Keep Track of Blog Traffic
As you know, I post a blog traffic report every month. What you may not know is that I use Evernote to keep track of the things I do to increase my traffic so that when I sit down to write my traffic report I have the list ready to go. I just use Evernote to keep track of the things I do, but you could also use it to keep track of the traffic itself since you can insert a table in a note. (Those of you subscribed to the monthly newsletter The Greatest People You’ll Ever Meet got a free download of a blank version of the Excel spreadsheet I use to keep track of my blog traffic.)
Waiting for someone? Have some free time but don’t have your computer with you? Just want to write without the distraction of logging into Wordpress or Blogger? Use Evernote to write a draft of your blog post!
Keep Track of Goals
You can either make a notebook to keep track of a goal or make a note focusing on it. Within it you could write down the things you do to achieve your goal, update how you’re doing on your goal, keep a journal about your goal, etc.
List Places To Submit Posts
This could be websites, Facebook groups, journals, etc. If you’re looking at websites to submit a post to, you might also include who you should send your post to and their email address, their submission requirements, and the date you submitted them.
One of my favorite parts about Evernote is that they have a little box to check! It is next to the bullet points and numbered list so you can write a to-do list and check it when you’re done.
Something I like to do is start figuring out what term to use for SEO – or search engine optimization – on the weekend before the post goes up. Helene has a great post on SEO for bloggers, and since she is literally certified in Google Adwords, you know that she knows her stuff.
Whether this is a meeting with a collaborator or a client, you will probably have at least one blogging meeting in your time as a blogger. Evernote is a great way to take notes and then always have them handy.