There is no denying that running a blog takes a lot of time and energy. You need to constantly keep updating it, as well as answering any comments that you get. Many blogs also have co-bloggers and guest bloggers, and that can be even more of a hassle! But if you would love to start your own online blog but you just don’t have the time then there are a few tools that can help.

Here you will find out more about the top 5 free online blog tools that can help to save you time and energy.

Blog Time Saving Tools Tool Number One – iTeamwork

If your blog is going to have many different contributors then iTeamwork is a great free web based program that can help. Through the tool you can start new projects, and give members of your team new tasks to complete. Once you do assign new tasks, all task owners will be emailed to keep them in the loop.

There are a number of similar free tools that you can try out. However, iTeamwork is definitely one of the best. One of the reasons for this is because it enables you to change various tasks into projects. Perhaps a task has become too big for one person to complete? By changing it to a project you can get various contributors involved.

The tool also lets you add notes to every task that you create. This in turn enables you to keep everyone working on it to keep up to date with any problems or information regarding the task. You can find out more about this tool at http://www.iteamwork.com/.

Tool Number Two – To Be Done

If you aren’t experienced with project management programs then “To Be Done” is a great one to start with. This free tool enables you to see projects in a simple and organised way. You can prioritise the projects into date, or by level of importance. This lets you and other contributors see what needs to be done first.

Again if your blog has more than one contributor, you may find it difficult keeping on top of everything. “To Be Done”  features great cloud-based tools that will help to show everyone exactly what needs to be done.

Tool Number Three – Skype

Skype is one of the most well known programs on the Internet. It is best known for being able to make and receive calls through the Internet. However these days it can be used for a variety of purposes. You can text chat, share files and collaborate on content. It is one tool that many online businesses take advantage of.

You can interview people via Skype to come up with quick blog content. It is one of the easiest ways to communicate with people from all over the world. It is impressive that this tool is completely free to use and it is one that all businesses should use as part of their marketing arsenal.

The following website will take you to the free download page, as well as offering more information on the program, http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/.

Tool Number Four – dotProject

If you run more than one blog then you may be really struggling with time. If so then dotProject may be able to help. The web-based program enables you to view all of your blogs, and arrange your projects and tasks for each blog in one easy to navigate section. You will need to pay for hosting on the site, but the software is 100% free. The following website will help you to find out more, http://www.dotproject.net/.

Tool Number Five – Stock.xchng

The final free tool worth a mention is the Stock.xchng tool. It provides you with free images that you can use on your blog. It can often be time consuming when you have to find appropriate images to accompany a blog. With this handy tool you won’t have to worry about that anymore.

So, there you go! With these 5 tools at your disposal, keeping on top of your blogs should become a doddle! Happy blogging!

 

This was a guest post by Lior Levin who works for Kitchen Stools Direct, a bar stools and kitchen stools company that Lior advises to.