10 Free Useful Apps for the Growth of Your Blog

December 16, 2015

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This is a guest article by Yatin Khulbe.

According to the Statista report, the number of mobile phone users is going to reach 5.3 billion by 2017.

On April 21, Google came out with ‘Mobile Armageddon’ algorithm. It was rolled in for making a mobile-friendly site while keeping in mind the increasing number of mobile users.

Why am I focusing on these two striking things?

Here is the reason:

The percentage of people using Internet services via mobile is increasing steadily. A noticeable amount of traffic is coming from mobile users.

In this fast changing scenario, users want to access information through pocket-size devices.

My question for all the Website Administrators: Do you find yourself lagging in this pocket-size race?

If yes, you don’t need to worry.

You can easily manage your blog through your smartphones and tablets.

If you are serious about blogging, you must install mobile apps to stay connected every time.

If your users are accessing the information of your blog through mobiles, you must start using free useful apps for simplifying your blogging journey.

You might be thinking: Why should I use these apps?

If you are not satisfied by the two important points in the beginning, let me tell some more reasons…

These apps will help you in tracking your blogging goals. No more scratching your head trying to remember all those brilliant ideas. It doesn’t matter whether you are traveling or chatting with your friend; you can update the information instantly. As a result, you will become more organized and productive.

Ten Free Useful Apps for the Growth of Your Blog

1. WordPress



Unsurprisingly, this is the first app on the list. Without WordPress, the other apps don’t have any relevance.

You can edit, update and publish posts on the go. From the palm of your hand, you get the information about all your traffic updates and favorite stories anywhere.

Push notifications allow you to engage with your readers instantly. Forget about logging in your dashboard through your laptops and PC. With just a touch on your screen, you get the entire WordPress platform in front of you.

This app allows you to upload photos and video while traveling. So, no need wasting your precious time transferring the media files from your mobile to PC. With WordPress app’s formatting buttons, don’t worry about writing the post.

The intuitive interface makes the whole experience as easy as a cake walk. Approve the comment or any new order on your e-Commerce store instantly.

Have you ever opened your WordPress account without the app on mobile?

The dashboard screen spoils the whole reading experience. With the app, you can access all the information smoothly without any problem. The whole interface is built specifically for small-screen users.

WordPress for Android|WordPress for iOS


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2. ExpressVPN


While traveling, you search the nearest hotspots for connecting to public Wi-Fi.

But you need to be careful about the hackers. After getting the access, they can steal all the important information on your site. Under their control, your site is in serious trouble.

Express VPN gives you an encrypted connection by hiding your IP address from hackers and spies. You can quickly access any site regardless of geographical restrictions or censorship.

This app encrypts your Internet connection to prevent third parties from monitoring your Internet activities. ExpressVPN accepts bitcoin also. It provides a fast and secure connection to all your online work. Everything stays private.

Express VPN for Android|Express VPN for iOS


3. Google Analytics

These days, mobile search traffic is on the rise.

On top of that, mobile conversions are increasing day by day. So, Google decided to provide better analytics experience for its users.

Google Analytics monitors your website performance anytime, anywhere. It has an easy-to-understand dashboard that helps you know the amount and source of your traffic.

After getting the information about the average visit duration and pages per visit, you can work on improving your bounce rate. By providing the mobile solution, Google provides reports and metrics to the website owners.

It presents an engaging experience to the users. Achieve your targets by focusing on the single goal conversion.

With this app, you can access all the reports of your landing pages, engagement rate, active users and social media traffic on the go.

Google Analytics for Android|Google Analytics for iOS


4. Evernote


Evernote is a productive app for writing notes, checklists and any research ideas on the go.

This tool syncs well with all your devices.

The whole interface is clean to use. You can attach the PDF file, photos, and office docs easily. All of the items are organized properly to provide a clutter-free environment to the users.

In the above screenshot, you can see I have jotted the main points on my Evernote app for crafting a blog post. Whenever I write a post, I keep these points in mind. I don’t need to go through the On-page SEO article again and again.

Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, is the owner of more than 400 companies worldwide. According to Forbes 2015, he has a net worth of Five Billion Dollars.

You must be thinking: What is the connection between note making and Richard Branson?

In his post, he says note writing is one of his favorite pastimes. During the dinner-table conversation, he was the only person who was busy taking down notes of the entire session. He even ran out of the available white space.

What lesson did you learn from this great entrepreneur?

Note Making is really important for the growth of your blog. Ideas can pop up anytime. Don’t waste them without storing them. You might not need them currently. But, a single idea has the potential to turn into a great post.

Evernote for Android|Evernote for iOS



5. Feedly


Every blogger must be updated with the latest news related to their niche.

It is tough to catch your favorite articles in the noisy home feeds of your social profiles.

Feedly provides a single place for organizing all the articles, podcasts, and collections in proper categories.

Subscribe to favorite RSS feeds by just entering the URL in the search bar. By integrating with Facebook, Twitter, Buffer, and many other apps, this app helps you share stories with your friends and colleagues.

Feedly for Android|Feedly for iOS



6. Pocket


While surfing, you come across a fantastic article. You want to read it, but you are not able to take out time from your jam-packed schedule.

That happens a lot, doesn’t it?

Pocket comes in quite handy. It is a bookmarking tool that allows saving articles, videos and other web content for later reading.

You can segregate the items with the help of tags. After adding the article links, you can view them offline. You heard it right. You don’t need any internet connection for your saved content.

Pocket for Android|Pocket for iOS



7. Buffer

Time management is the biggest issue in handling the social media accounts.

It’s hard to plan and organize with so many different networks. An app like Buffer is ideally designed to overcome this issue.

It is a smarter way to share your post on various social profiles like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest.

In the above screenshot, you can see I am sharing the same post from my three accounts at the same time. With this app, I don’t need to waste my time to share them individually. I also have the option of scheduling this post. By offering various time slots, it provides me the exposure to interact with the audience from different time-zones.

You have the option of sharing the post instantly or schedule it at your desired time slot. Their simple analytics help you analyze which social posts or tweets are performing better.

Buffer for Android|Buffer for iOS



8. Quora

Quora is a simple platform for understanding the current needs in your niche.

You can ask a question or get the answer from leading experts. It also helps with building your community by sharing your knowledge with other people.

Why is this app this helpful?

Suppose you cover SEO articles on your blog. At the time of writing, there were more than 18k questions in the SEO category. With this app, you can easily frame your content ideas for future posts.

Quora for Android|Quora for iOS


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9. MailChimp

Mailchimp App


The growth of your blog also depends on your email subscribers.


All your latest post and product updates land in the inbox of your subscribers. With MailChimp app, you can stay connected with your email marketing campaigns on the go. You have the access of your newsletter stats instantly.

You can preview and monitor recently sent and scheduled messages anywhere, anytime. For every broadcast message, the user gets the information about the open, bounce, click, and complaint rates. With this app, you can submit a support ticket for any unsolved queries. Otherwise, you can search the MailChimp knowledge base.

For the beginners, MailChimp has a free plan in which one can have up to 2000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month. You just need to fill out the sign up form for sending your latest blog posts, special news, or any campaigns directly to the subscriber’s mailbox.

MailChimp for Android & iOS


10. Dropbox


Dropbox is a cloud-based storage app for sharing your photos, videos, docs and other files across different devices and platforms.

The free version comes with limited space for 2 GB.

All the files are backed up safely and can be accessed easily from any devices.

With this app, you can send large files to anyone. It doesn’t matter whether the receiver has a Dropbox account or not.

Have you ever thought about backing up your website data?

Your digital property is under threat from hackers and malware. When you face this horrible experience, you must be ready with the sound backup mechanism.

A backup helps in protecting your site from any security threat.

If you are a serious blogger, regular backups are essential for keeping your content safe.

Some WordPress backup plug-ins like BackWPUP (Free) and Backup Buddy (Premium) integrates with this app for storing your website backups.

Dropbox for Android|Dropbox for iOS


The internet world is changing fast.

You must catch up with the current trends in the market. Otherwise, you will miss the bus and someone else will take your portion of the revenue pie.

The solution: Test these free useful apps for managing your blog.

Apart from solving blogging needs, they help in your overall productivity.

The whole process becomes more efficient and far more enjoyable.

One final question for you: Which mobile app do you use to help grow your blog?

I’d love to hear your list of apps. Share your answers in the comment section below.

Author Bio:

Yatin Khulbe, the founder of Mushroom Content, provides content services and marketing strategies for bloggers, business owners, and internet marketers. Want to build a profitable online empire? Get Ultimate Content Marketing Road Map (20 chapters) for free with unheard explanations for attracting your target audience and converting them into loyal audience.



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  1. ILYAS KERBAL says:    •   4 years

    Hi Matt,
    As always, a Great blog post!
    I’m happy to be here reading one of your blog post.
    Yes! Holidays are a good occasion to think of new ideas and plans.
    Best Regards,

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Thanks Ilyas,

      Yatin put a nice list of useful apps together for everyone. Be sure to check out his blog as well.

      Enjoy your holidays, Ilyas! Whatever they may be.


  2. Rickey Harris says:    •   4 years

    Great tips, Matthew!
    I’ll definitely be checking a few of these out!!

    1. Yatin Khulbe says:    •   4 years

      Thanks Rickey for appreciating the article. Sure check out these plugins. And, let us know their importance in your blogging journey.

  3. MAHLATSI THAMAKGA says:    •   4 years

    awesome tips Matt, now I want to know how do I build a successful blog while I am in financial drought?

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   4 years Author

      Hi Mahlatsi,

      The good news is these apps are free. 🙂
      They will definitely help if you use them.
      I don’t recommend using a free blog platform. I would set a goal to save up some and then when you’re ready, I’ll be happy to help you start the blog.

      Let’s do it in 2016 together,


      1. MAHLATSI THAMAKGA says:    •   4 years

        Fantastic …..

  4. abdul says:    •   4 years

    Great insights. I use the wordpress app, but mostly for checking notifications. I find typing on my phone very tedious indeed. Will have to take a look at the Express VPN. There are few things worse than stolen data over the internet.
    Thanks for the post, Matt and Yatin.

    1. Yatin Khulbe says:    •   4 years

      Hey Abdul

      It’s important to look after the blog security on the go. In that case, express VPN becomes a shield to protect the digital property from hackers.

      Thanks for appreciating the article buddy

  5. Deb Palmer says:    •   4 years

    Thanks for this… I’m trying the Express Vpn. I didn’t know something like this was available.

    1. Yatin Khulbe says:    •   4 years

      Give it a try Deb. We’d love to hear your experiences with this app

  6. Lauren Golden says:    •   4 years

    Great recommendations. I went ahead and downloaded those I don’t already use so that I can give them a try. Would love to learn more about backing up a WordPress site, as well. Thanks as always for the tried and true info!

    1. Yatin Khulbe says:    •   4 years

      For backup, you can also search for UpdraftPlus plugin.

  7. Pauline says:    •   4 years

    Very useful information. I have the free Evernote app, but don’t really use it very much

  8. Elizabeth says:    •   4 years

    Thank you Matt! This is awesome!