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! I have the Evernote app on my phone. It is super simple to use and it syncs with the servers so you can edit those notes on your laptop and not just your phone.
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 you can use a checklist function complete with 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 off when you’re done. So you could make a checklist for one specific task or you could make a reusable checklist that you set back to empty boxes at the end of the day.
Something I like to do is start figuring out what term to use for SEO – or search engine optimization – on the weekend before I write the post. That way, I’m not awkwardly including SEO keywords into posts after I’ve written it. You could have a note in Evernote with the possible SEO keywords to use for that week so can figure out what keyword to use based on what fits my topic best or what is the more natural keyword to use. Learn more about SEO and how to master it here!
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, if not many. Evernote is a great way to take notes and then always have them handy. When I’m on a call with a collaborator, I take notes on my computer with Evernote. What’s the benefit to using Evernote? 1) You will have all of your notes in one space and you won’t have to wade through docs upon docs to refer to those note in the future. 2) As I have mentioned multiple times in this post, they have awesome note-taking tools.
Do you use Evernote? How do you use it?
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